• Watch U2 Play Super Rarity 'In God's Country' With Fan On Guitar

    U2 are just five shows into their Innocence + Experience Tour, and they're already taking fan requests and breaking out super rarities. At Friday night's show in Phoenix, the group was all set to play "The Sweetest Thing" on the B stage until Bono stopped them. "This guy I met...

    Rolling Stone
  • Jack White Pens Poem 'Music Is Sacred'

    Just days after Jack White defended the value of music in a Q&A, the rocker has expanded on those thoughts in a new poem titled "Music Is Sacred." In the poem posted to his Third Man Books site, White pleads to "those of you who stand for the...

    Rolling Stone
  • New Sun Ra Recordings To Be Released This Fall: Exclusive

    A new series of remastered, reissued and unreleased recordings by Sun Ra (1914-1993) are coming out this fall, according to the Manimal Group, which will press and distribute the new CD and vinyl. The series was announced today (May 22) on what would have been Sun Ra’s 101st birthday.

    Yahoo Music
  • Butch Walker Remembers His Father With Help From Ryan Adams, Bob Mould and Johnny Depp on 'Afraid of Ghosts'

    To say making his latest solo album, Afraid of Ghosts, was therapeutic for Butch Walker is an understatement. A year and a week after his father succumbed to pancreatic cancer at the age of 72, Walker entered PAX AM Studios in Los Angeles, with friend Ryan Adams severing as producer, to cut the…

    Live Nation
  • See Spotify Run

    Upon activating the feature and selecting the “Recommended for You” playlist as I trotted out of the office parking garage, Spotify asked me to run a bit so as to figure out the appropriate tempo before settling upon 165 steps per minute. Linkin Park.  The playlist purports to make choices based on…

    The Atlantic
  • Sweden, Russia hot favourites for Eurovision jamboree

    Swedish heartthrob Mans Zelmerlow was bookies' favourite Friday to win the Eurovision Song Contest, Europe's glitzy annual music extravaganza, followed by Russian diva Polina Gagarina and cheeky Italian pop opera trio Il Volo. Former "Australian Idol" winner Guy Sebastian, given a special wild card…

    AFP Relax News
  • Bob Belden, global-minded jazz saxophonist, dies at 58

    Bob Belden, a global-minded saxophonist and arranger who brought a jazz lens to music ranging from chart-topping pop to classical Indian, has died. Blue Note Records, where he recorded his best known works, confirmed his death. Belden in February became the first American musician to perform…

    AFP
  • The Vergecast 154: Sony Music, Spotify, iTunes and the state of streaming music

    The music industry is (and has been) undergoing significant changes. Join Nilay Patel, Micah Singleton, Emily Yoshida, and Sam Sheffer as they discuss Spotify’s expansion, Sony Music’s no-to-secret contract with Spotify, Apple’s upcoming music service, iTunes, and more. Subscribe to The Vergecast…

    The Verge
  • YouTube music streaming service not online until September 2015

    YouTube's Music Key service has been pushed back once again as the heads of the project have announced that the current beta version will live on through the summer of 2015. Because of Apple's acquisition of Beats by Dre last year, the expectation is that the new service, possibly called Apple…

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  • Persuasions React to Jamie xx/Young Thug Sampling Their 1972 Song (Update)

    Jamie xx's brand-new single "I Know There's Gonna Be (Good Times)" with Young Thug and Popcaan features a sample from classic a capella group The Persuasions' 1972 song "Good Times." The sample lends the song both its title and its hook, much like Rod Stewart's recording "In A Broken Dream" did for…

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    Adam Levine Defends 'This Summer's Gonna Hurt Like A Motherf***er' Song Title

    Adam Levine says Maroon 5's new song "This Summer's Gonna Hurt Like A Motherf***er" is not "mean-spirited." Blake Shelton and Carson Daly weigh in.

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  • Chris Weaver Hopes Brazil Adventure Leads to More Nashville Exposure

    As a relatively new artist, Chris Weaver has spent a lot of time on the road in the United States getting acquainted with fans and radio programmers. However, this spring, the West Virginia native took his music on the road like never before -- all the way to Sao Paulo, Brazil.

    Billboard
  • Radio Seems To Like Brantley Gilbert Just As He Is

    “I like being different,” admits Brantley Gilbert. “The way I look at it is, as long as I know there’s a box, and I’m outside of it, I’m good to go.”

    Billboard
  • Tomorrow's Hits: Pia Mia, The Temperance Movement & Kaleo

    Each Friday, Billboard presents Tomorrow's Hits, a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success.

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  • Kevin Costner Discusses his Growing Music Career, and his Inspiration

    The 'Black or White' star tells THR that the Malibu Guitar fest “gives me my best chance of having an authentic relationship with a bunch of people without it turning into autographs or pictures.”

    Billboard
  • Hot 100 Chart Moves: Fifth Harmony Scores First Top 20 Hit

    The vocal group's "Worth It" rises 21-19. Plus, moves for Rachel Platten, Chris Young, Maroon 5 and new "American Idol" champ Nick Fradiani.

    Billboard
  • Steve Aoki's 'Neon' Lights Up Top Dance/Electronic Albums Chart

    Plus, Zedd’s latest zooms in and Rozalla tallies her first top 10 in two decades.

    Billboard
  • Eurovision and Nothingness: backstage with the hopefuls of Europe's biggest TV event

    In barely three hours, he and the three other members of the Danish boy band Anti Social Media will take the stage at the Eurovision Song Contest, one of the biggest — and most ridiculous — TV events in the world, and sing their official competition song, "The Way You Are." Six months ago, he was…

    The Verge