• Indie artist delivers an impassioned and smart defense of Spotify

    Just because Jay-Z’s Tidal service has been a bomb so far, that doesn’t mean artists aren’t right to be upset about the paltry sums of money they’re receiving from Spotify. However, Fort Frances lead singer David McMillin argues over at PopMatters that musicians shouldn’t be upset at Spotify at…

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  • 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
  • Neil Young Previews Cheeky 'Rock Starbucks' Video

    Neil Young and Promise of the Real, a band featuring Willie Nelson's sons Lukas and Micah, will release their protest LP The Monsanto Years on June 16th, and today Young premiered a first look and listen for the album's "Rock Starbucks" music video at Democracy Now. Young, once...

    Rolling Stone
  • Slayer to release album on September 11

    Macabre heavy metal giants Slayer have announced a new album to come out on September 11, the band's first since the death of founding member Jeff Hanneman. Slayer, known for intensely dark lyrics, faced a backlash in 2006 over a song about the September 11 attacks entitled "Jihad," which took the…

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  • Correction: Obit-Bruce Lundvall story

    NEW YORK (AP) — In a story May 20 about the death of jazz recording executive Bruce Lundvall, The Associated Press erroneously reported that Lundvall failed to regain consciousness after surgery. In fact, he regained consciousness prior to his death. The story also inaccurately stated Lundvali left…

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  • Tavis Smiley: My Conversation With Josh Groban on the 'Intimidation Factor' of Collaborations (VIDEO)

    Tonight I'm joined by multi-platinum recording artist Josh Groban. The internationally renowned singer-songwriter is out with his seventh studio album, titled Stages. Recorded with a 75-piece orchestra in Los Angeles and London's famed Abbey Road Studios, the project features a collection of some…

    Huffington Post
  • 6 Musicians Who Have Been Arrested for Their Political Beliefs

    Here's a look at 6 bands and musicians that have been arrested for their political activism.

    The Cheat Sheet
  • Sweden, Russia hot favourites for Eurovision jamboree

    Swedish heartthrob Mans Zelmerlow is bookies' favourite 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 wildcard entry…

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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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  • 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…

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  • 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 Say They Weren't Contacted for Jamie xx/Young Thug Sample

    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…

    Billboard
  • 'Vogue' Producer Shep Pettibone's First Interview in 20 Years: On Making a Madonna Classic & Why He Left Music Behind

    To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Madonna’s “Vogue” reaching No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, we reached out to the song’s co-producer and co-writer, dance legend Shep Pettibone for — amazingly — his first interview in “20 years.”

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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.

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