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  • Martina McBride, Billy Ray Cyrus Salute the Beatles in L.A.

    Fifty years ago this month, the Beatles met Bob Dylan, tried marijuana for the first time and launched a sold-out tour of the United States. The summer tour took them to 23 different cities, including Los Angeles, where the band played the Hollywood Bowl on August 23, 1964. It was a......
  • Weekend Rock Question: What's the Best MTV VMAs Performance?

    The MTV Video Music Awards air live from the Los Angeles Forum this Sunday night, and as usual, the awards themselves will almost be an afterthought: The big moments will all come from the performances. Everyone remembers the Miley Cyrus/Robin Thicke twerk-heard-around-the-world from last year, but how many recall that Justin......
  • 'Jimi: All Is by My Side': Photos From the Set of the Hendrix Biopic

    John Ridley earned his first Academy Award this year for his 12 Years a Slave screenplay, and now he's in the director's chair for Jimi: All Is by My Side, a biopic tracing a year in the life of Jimi Hendrix with Outkast's André Benjamin in the title role. Scenes take place......
  • Coldplay's Chris Martin Lives 'Big' in 'True Love' Video

    Frontman Chris Martin and actress Jessica Lucas (Evil Dead, Cloverfield) star as sumo-suited "big" ballerinas in the video for Coldplay's third Ghost Stories single, "True Love." The message for the clip, as displayed at the end, is "anything is possible," and in the case of the clip – directed by......
  • Glen Campbell Doc Reveals Man and Musician

    The influential music career and turbulent private life of pop-country entertainer Glen Campbell has been chronicled in the documentary film I'll Be Me, which will be released October 24th in New York and Nashville. Following the performer during his Goodbye Tour, the film also features footage of Campbell's doctor visits......
  • Blake Shelton Talks New Single, Haters and Crossover Hits

    With his new single "Neon Light," Blake Shelton is renewing his vows to country music. But he's doing it his own way. "The song, the melody, the chorus is so George Jones or George Strait. It really is," the reigning CMA Male Vocalist of the Year tells Rolling Stone Country. "Of......
  • Kathy Griffin Challenges Nicki Minaj to Butt Contest

    Kathy Griffin has issued a challenge to rapper Nicki Minaj – and it involves butts, not ice buckets. "Of course, everyone's talking about that 'Anaconda' video, and it's fantastic," the comedian told The Associated Press in a new interview. "It's a lot of boo-tay, and I would like to challenge Nicki to a......
  • Songwriter Spotlight: Troy Verges

    Troy Verges humbly credits his success to serendipity. The Louisiana native was a student at Nashville's Belmont University when he saw a flyer posted on a corkboard for an internship at Patrick Joseph Music, which at the time was on a hot streak with a roster that included Matraca Berg,......
  • Basement Jaxx Turn Up on Energetic, Hopeful New 'Junto'

    When Basement Jaxx first rose to stardom, the duo was unsatisfied with the state of dance music, describing it as "linear" and "close-minded" and giving their debut album a bold title: "Remedy." "Most dance music is very shiny and so robotic," Simon Ratcliffe, one of its members, told Rolling Stone......
  • Metallica, Arcade Fire Reps Rip NFL’s Pay-for-Play Super Bowl Plan

    The NFL's reported plan to get major pop stars to pay for a coveted halftime appearance at next year's Super Bowl will work only if the pop stars participate. And several outraged music-business sources predict they won't. "Halftime's for sale," says Dennis Arfa, agent for Metallica, Billy Joel and Rush. "If......
  • 20 Best MTV VMAs Opening Performances

    If the Grammys are "music's biggest night," then the MTV Video Music Awards are music's most memorable. For three decades, the VMAs have had an incomparable ability to distill a year's worth of pop music into a single killer ceremony-opening performance. Things don't always turn out well — Britney's 2007......
  • Hear Melvins' 'Brass Cupcake' From Butthole Surfers Collabo LP 'Hold It In'

    Tireless alt-metal upstream swimmers the Melvins are releasing their 24th studio album, Hold It In, this October — a wildly diverse, heavily crunching project that recalls the freewheeling experimentalism of their mid-Nineties Atlantic Records run. As the Big Business bros (bassist Jared Warren and co-drummer Coady Willis) are sitting this one out, King Buzzo......
  • Texas Star Wade Bowen Announces New Album

    Wade Bowen has made a name for himself in his native Texas, but he's confident that his new self-titled album, out October 28th, will expand his reach beyond the Lone Star State. Over a dozen tracks, Wade Bowen showcases the singer-songwriter's gift for imagery-rich lyrics. Songs like album opener "When I......
  • Hunter Hayes Tour to Kick Off in October

    After posing for numerous selfies with concertgoers in New York Friday morning, Hunter Hayes took the stage for the Today show's Toyota Concert Series, performing "I Want Crazy," "Tattoo" and "Invisible."  The four-time Grammy nominee, dressed in a black t-shirt, displayed an intricate henna tattoo sleeve running down the length of......
  • Midnite Vultures: Beck and Jenny Lewis Cover 'Da Ya Think I'm Sexy'

    "I don't know if this is legal in the city limits of Seattle," said sonic chameleon Beck Hansen onstage during his Wednesday night show in Redmond, Washington. He didn't light up a joint mid-song or take off his clothes during a set-break – as Consequence of Sound notes, his legally (and culturally)......


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