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Jay Z's Tidal CEO Leaves Company Amid Staff 'Streamlining'
Sat, 18 Apr 2015 11:06:00 -0400

Less than a month into Jay Z's Tidal reign, the rapper is already effecting major changes. The streaming service has parted ways with Andy Chen, the CEO of Tidal's parent company Aspiro that Jay Z purchased for $56 million. Former Aspiro CEO Peter Tonstad will replace Chen on an interim basis. Business Insider...

 Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood Front All-Star ACM Lifting Lives Gala
Sat, 18 Apr 2015 10:00:00 -0400

The Academy of Country Music's first Lifting Lives Gala, hosted by Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood, was a rousing success raising more than $1.5 million for the ACM's charity arm, as well as Brooks' Teammates for Kids.

The co-hosts got help from some of their talented friends Friday night, turning the...

 Major Lazer, Skrillex, T-Pain Set for Mad Decent Block Party 2015
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 17:52:00 -0400

Mad Decent Block Party has released a 2015 lineup that includes some of the most popular artists in rap and EDM.

When the "block party" began, the now-annual festival was exactly that: a small, neighborhood event held outside the label's old Philadelphia headquarters. Seven years later, it's become a two-month traveling circus that...

 Major Lazer Recruit 2 Chainz, Pusha T for Explosive 'Night Riders'
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 17:07:00 -0400

Major Lazer promise to "set the streets on fire" in the cameo-filled "Night Riders," an explosive track from the dancehall-EDM trio's upcoming LP, Peace Is the Mission. Rappers 2 Chainz, Pusha T and Travi$ Scott contribute to the track, while Mad Decent reggae artist Mad Cobra throws in frenetic vocals....

 Flashback: Crystal Gayle Leads Group of Female Country History Makers
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 15:51:00 -0400

Since 1944, Billboard's Country Songs chart has served as something of a microcosm of country trends, in addition to reflecting the ever-changing musical tastes of country fans across the nation. When it comes to women and country music, although feminism certainly impacted the charts throughout the Seventies, thanks to such...

 Marilyn Manson to Portray Hitman in Indie Crime Film
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 15:23:00 -0400

Marilyn Manson's acting career have so far seen the shock rocker appear as a roller rink attendee (Eastbound & Down), a porn star (Lost Highway) and a white supremacist (Sons of Anarchy). Next up for The Pale Emperor singer: A hitman. Manson has been cast as a calculating contract killer named "Pope"...

 Tim McGraw's Sandy Hook Show Sparks Controversy, Billy Currington Bails
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 13:26:00 -0400

Earlier this week, Tim McGraw announced plans to swing his summertime tour through Hartford, Connecticut, and play a benefit show for Sandy Hook Promise, a non-profit organization that formed in the wake of the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings. 

Billy Currington and Chase Bryant, McGraw's two opening acts on the...

 Jay Z, Jack White Calling Tidal Subscribers to Thank Them
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 13:13:00 -0400

Jay Z, Jack White and other Tidal superstars have been thanking their streaming service subscribers for their patronage in a unique way. In addition to offering high-quality audio and exclusive content, the rapper and the Lazaretto rocker have personally called subscribers to express their gratitude for signing up for the fledgling...

 Enter for a Chance to Win a Trip to New York City's FarmBorough Festival
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 09:44:00 -0400
Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan and Brad Paisley will help New York City make history when they headline FarmBorough this summer, marking the Big Apple's first-ever country music festival.

Set for Randall's Island June 26-28, FarmBorough will also feature performances by Dwight Yoakam, Sturgill Simpson, Wade Bowen, Brandy Clark, Maddie & Tae,...

 Miranda Lambert Writes and Records Song for Reese Witherspoon Movie
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 09:22:00 -0400

After pulling off a heist with Carrie Underwood in the music video for "Somethin' Bad," Miranda Lambert is returning to her law-breaking ways with a new song, "Two of a Crime." The "Little Red Wagon" singer wrote the tune especially for the upcoming Reese Witherspoon and Sofía Vergara comedy Hot Pursuit....

 Hear Giorgio Moroder and Sia's Bubbly Dance-Pop Track 'Deja Vu'
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 09:03:00 -0400

Disco pioneer Giorgio Moroder has offered up the track list and title track for his forthcoming album, Déjà Vu, which arrives June 12th and features an all-star supporting cast that includes Sia, Charli XCX and Britney Spears.

The track list's most exciting detail is Spears' upcoming cover of Suzanne Vega's classic, "Tom's Diner," but...

 The Black Sabbath Feud Just Got Much Worse
Thu, 16 Apr 2015 18:51:00 -0400

One day after Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward released a 700-word statement blasting frontman Ozzy Osbourne and detailing intra-band squabbles, Osbourne has responded on his Facebook page, bluntly asking, "What the fuck are you on about?"

In Wednesday's post, Ward reiterated that he would not rejoin the band until Osbourne apologized for unspecified statements Ward said...

 Bill Wyman Releasing First Solo Album in 33 Years
Thu, 16 Apr 2015 13:07:00 -0400

Former Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman will release Back to Basics, his first solo album in 33 years, on June 22nd via Proper Records.

Per a press release, the stripped-back album counts JJ Cale, Tom Waits and Leonard Cohen among its influences, and came about after Wyman found approximately 60 unreleased songs while archiving...

 Lady Antebellum Tour Bus Catches Fire En Route to ACM Awards
Thu, 16 Apr 2015 12:55:00 -0400

Lady Antebellum singer Hillary Scott, her husband Chris Tyrell, their tour manager and driver were just about 45 minutes from AT&T Stadium, home to this Sunday's ACM Awards, when their tour bus caught fire Thursday morning.

According to the Associated Press, the group was traveling on Interstate 30 just northeast of...

 Christina Aguilera to Ride 'Shotgun' With Rascal Flatts on ACM Awards
Thu, 16 Apr 2015 11:05:00 -0400

Christina Aguilera has gone from dipping her toes in country music to diving right in. The singer's appearance at this Sunday's Academy of Country Music Awards comes just days after her guest-starring debut on ABC's Nashville, on which she is playing a pop superstar who wants to do what she'd...

 Slayer, Replacements, Passion Pit Headlining Converse Boston Fest
Thu, 16 Apr 2015 09:05:00 -0400

Slayer, the Replacements, Passion Pit and Chance the Rapper are among the artists that will flock to Boston later this month for Converse's five-day, multi-genre Rubber Tracks Live festival featuring five different themed concerts: Alternative rock, indie dance, heavy metal, hip-hop and punk. Check out the Converse Rubber Tracks site for full...

 Black Sabbath Reunion: Bill Ward Demands Ozzy Osbourne Apology
Wed, 15 Apr 2015 16:42:00 -0400

Founding Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward has been feuding with his onetime bandmates since 2012, when he opted out of the group's reunion over what he called an "unsignable" contract. Now, as rumors of another album and tour build online, he says he will not consider rejoining the group unless Ozzy Osbourne apologizes...

 Sly and the Family Stone Prep 'Live at the Fillmore East' Set
Wed, 15 Apr 2015 08:55:00 -0400

Sly and the Family Stone will release a new four-disc set documenting their two-night, four-concert stand at New York City's iconic Fillmore East in 1968. Live at the Fillmore East October 4th & 5th, 1968 is available to pre-order now, and will see release on July 17th via Epic/Legacy.

The Fillmore shows were recorded towards the end...

 Julian Casablancas Teases New Strokes Album
Tue, 14 Apr 2015 16:39:00 -0400

The Strokes have reconvened in New York City to begin recording new music, frontman Julian Casablancas said in a lengthy new profile on Noisey.

"It’s the first time we’ve been exclusively writing since Comedown Machine," Casablancas said. "We’re planning on recording stuff. I still think we could do cool things and I’ll...

 Flashback: Bob Dylan and the Band Play 'Hazel' in Rare 'Last Waltz' Video
Tue, 14 Apr 2015 15:43:00 -0400

When the Band decided to stage a farewell concert on Thanksgiving in 1976 they wanted to pack the stage with as many rock icons as possible, making even the Concert for Bangladesh seem like a minor affair by comparison. They aimed high, inviting Neil Young, Eric Clapton, Joni Mitchell...

 Remembering Percy Sledge, Soul Legend Behind 'When a Man Loves a Woman'
Tue, 14 Apr 2015 15:00:00 -0400

Percy Sledge, the R&B singer whose golden voice powered the 1966 classic "When a Man Loves a Woman," died today of liver cancer at his home in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. "'When a Man Loves a Woman' is one of the best songs I've ever heard," Rod Stewart said when he...

 Pete Townshend, Eddie Vedder to Celebrate the Who at Cancer Benefit
Tue, 14 Apr 2015 14:22:00 -0400

Pete Townshend and Eddie Vedder will celebrate the music of the Who with a special charity concert in Chicago, raising money for the rock outfit's Teen Cancer America and other programs that help teenagers and young adults with cancer.

"An Evening Celebrating The Who" will take place May 14th at 8 p.m. at the...

 Jack White Plots Secret Acoustic Concerts
Tue, 14 Apr 2015 13:25:00 -0400

Geographical enthusiast Jack White has just announced plans for a short run of acoustic concerts in the five states he's never played before. He's keeping each show a secret until the day of the performance, which he will publicize at 8 a.m. local time via his website and social media...

 R&B Great Percy Sledge Dead at 74
Tue, 14 Apr 2015 12:35:00 -0400

Percy Sledge, the soul singer who belted out the hit "When a Man Loves a Woman," died in Baton Rouge, Louisiana Tuesday morning. The cause of death was liver cancer, his manager Steve Green tells Rolling Stone. He was 74.

The singer sky-rocketed to the top of both the Hot 100 and...

 Drake Tells 'My Side' on 'If You're Reading This' Bonus Track
Tue, 14 Apr 2015 09:25:00 -0400

Just over two months after Drake's surprise mixtape If You're Reading This It's Too Late became the bestselling release of 2015, the rapper's quasi-album will finally get a physical "Collectors Edition" release on April 21st, with the original album getting expanded to 19 songs thanks to two bonus tracks. One of those...


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