21 Aug 2014

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Country Music and the Rise of the Binge-Drinking Bro

Full disclosure, I prefer the musical stylings of Arcade Fire to Kenny Chesney. In fact, by the time the 2013 Grammy-winners for best album wrap up their current world tour at the end of this month, I will have seen it on two stops -- Minneapolis and Chicago. In contrast, by the time Mr. Chesney wraps up his last tour, of his last album,...

21 Aug 2014 10:19pm GMT

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Run The Jewels announce new album 'RTJ2'

Killer Mike and El-P will put out their second collaborative LP on October 28






21 Aug 2014 8:27pm GMT

Beck and Jenny Lewis duet on Rod Stewart's 'Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?'

The touring partners performed the cover in Redmond, Washington






21 Aug 2014 7:49pm GMT

The Drums stream new song 'I Can't Pretend' - listen

The duo release their third album 'Encyclopedia' on September 22






21 Aug 2014 7:02pm GMT

Courteeners announce autumn tour

The band will play 18 dates throughout October and November






21 Aug 2014 6:43pm GMT

Foo Fighters preview new song in trailer for 'Sonic Highways' show - watch

'Something From Nothing' features in the teaser for the show about the making of the band's eighth album






21 Aug 2014 6:14pm GMT

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Music site SoundCloud to start paying artists

BERLIN (AP) - SoundCloud said Thursday that it will start paying artists and record companies whose music is played on the popular streaming site, a move that will bring it in line with competitors such as YouTube and Spotify.

21 Aug 2014 6:10pm GMT

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The Knife announce plans to split

The band will come to an end following their November tour dates






21 Aug 2014 4:46pm GMT

'Batman' spin-off villains revealed in latest trailer for TV show 'Gotham' – watch

The Penguin, Catwoman, Poison Ivy and The Riddler will feature on Channel 5






21 Aug 2014 4:05pm GMT

Scott Walker and Sunn O))) tease collaborative album with two-minute clip – watch

The two acts will release 'Soused' on October 20

21 Aug 2014 4:02pm GMT

Mansun's Paul Draper to release solo track 'Feeling My Heart Run Slow'

Draper intends to release a new album, following the split of the band in 2003






21 Aug 2014 3:24pm GMT

Star Wars Rumor Generator lets fans create their own 'baseless hearsay'

Slate gives fans chance to decide plot, title and poster for JJ Abrams' reboot






21 Aug 2014 3:15pm GMT

Tom Cruise takes the ice bucket challenge – watch

'Mission: Impossible' star does the charity stunt to raise awareness of ALS






21 Aug 2014 2:44pm GMT

Aphex Twin announces new album 'Syro'

The producer's first full-length album since 'Drukqs' will come out on September 22

21 Aug 2014 2:33pm GMT

Morrissey's 'World Peace Is None Of Your Business' removed from iTunes and Spotify

The digital release has been taken down from US streaming sites and online stores

21 Aug 2014 2:19pm GMT

Billy Bragg performs impromptu show in Ferguson

Bragg is the latest musician to show support for the people of the Missouri city






21 Aug 2014 2:02pm GMT

Josh Homme remixes Mark Lanegan Band's 'Sad Lover' – listen

The Queens Of The Stone Age frontman has reworked the 'No Bells On Sunday' track






21 Aug 2014 1:36pm GMT

Judge rules Shakira track 'copied' another songwriter's work

A Spanish-language version of 'Loca' has been found to be in breach of copyright






21 Aug 2014 11:30am GMT

20 Aug 2014

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Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes: Music City Tippler Hires Strategic Hospitality to Consult on Business Operations

Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes: Music City Tippler Hires Strategic Hospitality to Consult on Business OperationsAs rumored last month, changes are indeed taking place at Music City Tippler, as Strategic Hospitality has been hired to consult on the day-to-day operations of the seemingly troubled restaurant and bar. The restaurant group, which owns and operates...


20 Aug 2014 7:16pm GMT

MTV Video Music Awards to open with a 'Bang'

This combo made from file photos shows, from left, Ariana Grande, Jessie J, and Nicki Minaj. The trio will kick off Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards with their new song “Bang Bang." (Photos by Omar Vega/Evan Agostini/John Shearer/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK (AP) - The MTV Video Music Awards will open with a "Bang."


20 Aug 2014 2:34pm GMT

iTunes Festival adds Lenny Kravitz, Clean Bandit and others

Lenny Kravitz will perform at the iTunes Festival in London this September.The lineup is nearly complete for the next iTunes Festival, which is set to take place in London throughout the month of September. Lenny Kravitz, Clean Bandit, Ryan Adams and David Gray have just been added to the program, joining previously announced acts including Pharrell Williams, Kylie Minogue, Maroon 5, Beck, Blondie, Jungle and David Guetta.


20 Aug 2014 9:43am GMT

What to Watch Now: Best New Streaming Movies & TV at Netflix, Amazon, iTunes, and Hulu

What to Watch Now: Best New Streaming Movies & TV at Netflix, Amazon, iTunes, and HuluLooking for something good to watch? We've picked out the best movie and TV titles added to all of the major streaming services over the past month. Read and Post Comments | Get the full article at Metacritic


20 Aug 2014 7:24am GMT

19 Aug 2014

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NFL Tries to Get Music Superstars to Pay to Play the Super Bowl Halftime Show

Rihanna | Photo Credits: SplashPlaying the halftime show at the Super Bowl is one of music's biggest and most prestigious gigs. And now artists hoping to receive that honor are being asked to pay for the privilege. According to The Wall Street Journal, the National Football League has eyed three possible performers for.. Read More > Other Links From TVGuide.com Coldplay Red Hot Chili Peppers Rihanna Katy Perry Bruno Mars


19 Aug 2014 10:48pm GMT

18 Aug 2014

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Music Monday (8/18): This Week's New Albums + Videos

Music Monday (8/18): This Week's New Albums + VideosOur guide to this week's album releases also features streams of upcoming albums from Basement Jaxx, J Mascis, Ty Segall, The Bug, Merchandise, and more. Plus, catch up on the week's music news, and watch new music videos from artists like Arcade Fire, The Black Keys, and Röyksopp & Robyn. Read and Post Comments | Get the full article at Metacritic


18 Aug 2014 8:15pm GMT

11 Aug 2014

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Music Monday (8/11): This Week's New Albums + Videos

Music Monday (8/18): This Week's New Albums + VideosOur guide to this week's album releases also features streams of upcoming albums and tracks from Kimbra, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Stevie Nicks, Wu-Tang Clan, and more. Plus, catch up on the week's music news, and watch new music videos from artists like Alt-J, Lil Wayne, Azealia Banks, and Bishop Allen. Read and Post Comments | Get the full article at Metacritic


11 Aug 2014 8:08pm GMT

04 Aug 2014

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Music Monday (8/4): This Week's New Albums + Videos

Music Monday (8/18): This Week's New Albums + VideosOur guide to this week's album releases also features streams of upcoming albums and tracks from Sinead O'Connor, JJ, and more. Plus, catch up on the week's music news, and watch new music videos from artists like Beck, Lana Del Rey, Janelle Monáe, BANKS, and Sam Smith. Read and Post Comments | Get the full article at Metacritic


04 Aug 2014 8:44pm GMT

10 Oct 2013

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Macklemore & Ryan Lewis lead American Music Awards nominations

Kelly Clarkson and Will.i.am speak during announcement of 2013 American Music Awards nominations press conference in New YorkBy Patricia Reaney NEW YORK (Reuters) - Hip-hop artists Macklemore & Ryan Lewis scored the most American Music Awards nominations on Thursday with nods in six categories, followed by country-pop star Taylor Swift and singer Justin Timberlake with five each. The duo will compete in the top category, artist of the year, against singer Bruno Mars, Swift, Timberlake and pop singer Rihanna, who collected four nominations. Also getting four nominations were country music pair Florida Georgia Line and R&B singer Robin Thicke. Rapper will.i. ...


10 Oct 2013 4:14pm GMT

09 Oct 2013

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Taylor Swift to receive country music songwriting award

Swift poses at the premiere of "Romeo and Juliet" in Los AngelesLOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Country-pop singer Taylor Swift will be honored as this year's songwriter and artist of the year by the Nashville Songwriters Association International, making her the only artist to win the award six times, her record company said on Wednesday. The 23-year-old singer and writer of pop crossover hits "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" and "I Knew You Were Trouble" will be officially named the award's recipient on Sunday, Big Machine Records said. The annual award recognizes country music's songwriters who scored top 30 hits during the past year. ...


09 Oct 2013 10:39pm GMT

Timberlake celebrates return to music with second No. 1 album this year

U.S. singer-sonwriter Justin Timberlake performs at the Rock in Rio Music Festival in Rio de JaneiroBy Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Pop singer Justin Timberlake scored his second chart-topping album this year on Wednesday as his latest record debuted at No. 1 on the weekly Billboard 200 album chart, capping the singer's successful return to the musical spotlight. Timberlake's "The 20/20 Experience - 2 of 2," which follows the first set of 10 songs released in March this year, sold 350,000 copies in its first week, according to figures compiled by Nielsen SoundScan. The first installment of "The 20/20 Experience" sold 968,000 copies, the biggest opening week sales of the year so ...


09 Oct 2013 10:14pm GMT

08 Oct 2013

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Pogues' guitarist Phil Chevron dies at 56 from cancer

LONDON (Reuters) - Guitarist Phil Chevron of the Anglo-Irish folk-punk band the Pogues died on Tuesday at the age of 56 after a long battle with cancer, the band said. Chevron joined the Pogues in 1984 and became a core member as the group made its name internationally in the 1980s and early 1990s with albums including "Rum, Sodomy and The Lash" and "If I Should Fall From Grace With God". Chevron, whose real name was Philip Ryan, wrote the band's popular ballad "Thousands Are Sailing". "He was unique. We'll miss him terribly. ...

08 Oct 2013 8:38pm GMT

Rumour has it: Rocker Graham Parker is back

File photo of Graham Parker arriving at the premiere of the movie "This is 40" at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in HollywoodBy Angus MacSwan LONDON (Reuters) - Decades on from his days as an angry young rocker, a role in a Hollywood movie playing an ageing musician struggling to make a comeback has helped give a new lease of life to Graham Parker. In the movie, Judd Apatow's "This is 40", the bid fails. In the real world, however, things are going pretty well for the 62-year-old London native. He's brought out a well-received album, a documentary and a concert film with his reunited backing band, the Rumour. In late October they play their first British dates in 31 years. The London show sold out straight away. ...


08 Oct 2013 11:49am GMT

06 Oct 2013

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OneRepublic victorious in closest UK chart battle of 2013

Tedder, lead singer of OneRepublic, performs at KIIS FM's Jingle Ball concert in Los AngelesLONDON (Reuters) - U.S. rock band OneRepublic snatched the top spot in the British singles chart on Sunday, edging out The Vamps in the closest race for the number one position seen all year, the Official Charts Company said on Sunday. A late surge for OneRepublic's 'Counting Stars' helped them outsell new entry 'Can We Dance' from British band The Vamps by just 1,150 copies to reach the pinnacle of the charts for the first time. Former number one 'Talk Dirty' by Jason Derulo and featuring rapper 2 Chainz fell to number three, while Katy Perry's 'Roar' dropped into fourth place. ...


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21 Jul 2009

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The Raveonettes Unveil Album Release And Tour Dates

Danish rock duo The Raveonettes has announced the dates for a fall tour in support of its fourth studio album, Billboard.com can exclusively report.


21 Jul 2009 12:23pm GMT

Jackson Browne, Republicans Settle Copyright Case

Jackson Browne is hopeful that the protection of music copyrights will be bolstered by the settlement of his lawsuit against U.S. Sen. John McCain and the Republican Party over unauthorized use of one of his songs in the 2008 U.S. presidential campaign.


21 Jul 2009 10:00am GMT

Sony Bids $50 Million For Michael Jackson Film Footage

Sony Corp.'s movie studio has bid $50 million to acquire the worldwide distribution rights to a film based on rehearsal footage for Michael Jackson's "This Is It" comeback concert series, according to a person familiar with the bid.


21 Jul 2009 9:27am GMT

Kasabian, Florence Lead Mercury Prize Nominations

Alt-rock acts Florence & The Machine and Kasabian have emerged as the bookmakers' favorites for the 2009 Barclaycard Mercury Prize, the U.K.'s album of the year award.


21 Jul 2009 9:08am GMT

Kings Of Convenience Make New 'Declaration'

Norwegian rock duo Kings Of Convenience will break a five-year silence this fall with its third studio album, "Declaration of Dependence," due Oct. 20 from Virgin.


21 Jul 2009 5:07am GMT

Michael Jackson Theatrical Release Deal Close

Sources have confirmed to Billboard that a deal between the Michael Jackson Estate, AEG Live and Sony for a theatrical release of the Michael Jackson rehearsal footage from the ill-fated This Is It concerts could close today.


21 Jul 2009 1:43am GMT

20 Jul 2009

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Beastie Boys' Adam Yauch Has Cancer, Tour And Album Postponed

The Beastie Boys' Adam "MCA" Yauch has been diagnosed with cancer and will undergo surgery, he announced in a video posting on the group's website this morning. The band has canceled its summer tour plans and delayed the release of its forthcoming album, "Hot Sauce Committee Part 1," in order to allow time for his recovery.


20 Jul 2009 12:44pm GMT

JLS, Michael Jackson Top U.K. Charts

JLS, the British boy band who were runners-up to Alexandra Burke in the fifth series of talent series "The X Factor" last December, scored a No. 1 U.K. single yesterday (19) with their first release, "Beat Again" (Epic/Sony Music Entertainment). "The Essential Michael Jackson," also on Epic, got a third week atop the album chart.


20 Jul 2009 10:50am GMT

Prince Closes Out Montreux Jazz Fest

Prince fans from across Europe converged on Montreux for two shows by the American musician whose rare appearance on the continent stretched well into Sunday morning. The 51-year-old star closed the two-week Swiss Montreux Jazz Festival with a mix of old hits including "Little Red Corvette," "Peach" and "Purple Rain" and fresh titles such as "Elixir" from his new album with singer Bria Valente.


20 Jul 2009 9:46am GMT

Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' Approaches Eagles' All-Time Sales Record

For nearly a decade, the Eagles' "Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975" has been the recording industry's ultimate evergreen release, certified by the RIAA as the all-time best-selling album in the United States. But thanks to continued robust demand for Michael Jackson's catalog since his June 25 death, "Thriller" appears on the verge of matching "Their Greatest Hits," at least in the eyes of the industry trade group.


20 Jul 2009 9:14am GMT

Paula Abdul May Not Be Back On 'Idol'

Paula Abdul's new manager says she may not be returning to "American Idol."


20 Jul 2009 9:07am GMT

Justin Bieber's 'Time' Is Now

It's a familiar narrative: wunderkind with a gift for music takes it seriously, and lands a major-label deal before he gets his driver's license. Usher, Chris Brown and Britney Spears all fit the formula. Now, Justin Bieber can add his name to the list.


20 Jul 2009 9:03am GMT

John Fogerty Enlists Springsteen, Eagles For New Blue Ridge Rangers

John Fogerty's "The Blue Ridge Rangers Rides Again," a new collection of Fogerty recordings of some of his favorite classic songs, is set for release Sept. 1 on Fortune Son/Verve Forecast. The album, recorded under the guise of the mythical group of his 1972 solo debut, includes guest spots from Bruce Springsteen and members of the Eagles, and features covers of songs by John Prine, Buck Owens and John Denver, among others, as well as Fogerty's own "Change in the Weather."


20 Jul 2009 3:00am GMT

19 Jul 2009

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Kid Rock, Alice In Chains, Skynyrd Rock Detroit

A pair of home town stadium concerts over the weekend gave Kid Rock and a couple of his support acts an opportunity to showcase new material for the 40,000 fans who attended each show.


19 Jul 2009 1:49am GMT

17 Jul 2009

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Warren Haynes In Musical Overdrive With Gov't Mule, Allmans, Dead

Thanks to tours with The Dead and the Allman Brothers Band, a new Gov't Mule album and tour and a planned solo album, Warren Haynes is having his busiest year ever -- and is enjoying it immensely.


17 Jul 2009 11:49am GMT

They Might Be Giants To Release Third Kids Album In September, Rock Album In 2010

On the heels of its 'Best Children's Album' Grammy win for "Here Come the 123's," They Might Be Giants is readying the release of another kid-centric set, "Here Comes Science." The album and animated DVD is due Sept. 1 on Amazon and iTunes and everywhere Sept. 22 on Disney Sound.


17 Jul 2009 11:16am GMT