MUSIC

Tom Silverman: The New Paradigm in Music Starts at NMS

Tom Silverman has spent more than 30 years in the recorded music business, as the founder and chairman of Tommy Boy Records, one of the leading dance record labels. Silverman saw a gaping hole in the music industry so in 1981, he and partners, Joel Webber and Marc Josephson created the original New Music Seminar....

Jennifer Lopez, Casper Smart Sex Up American Idol (watch!)

Jennifer Lopez is drawing mixed reactions for her performance last night on American Idol that featured boyfriend Casper Smart. Did she look too old for the dancer? It’s rapidly becoming known as the Madonna syndrome, where aging female performers hook up with boyfriends young enough to be children....

Coldplay Salutes Beastie Boys' Adam Yauch (watch)

Coldplay frontman Chris Martin sang a poignant tribute to Beastie Boy Adam Yauch, turning the group’s raucous anthem “(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party)” into a soulful ballad. Celebrities filled the Hollywood Bowl for the concert. Yauch created the group with Mike Diamond and Adam Horovitz in the 1980s. ...

Justin Bieber New Boyfriend Video a Pimp Dream World (watch!)

Justin Bieber’s definition of a more adult look and sound is a teenage boy’s vision of fast cars, lots of scantily clad girls and money to burn. Bieber has been going to the max to promote the video for “Boyfriend,” the first song off his new album Believe. He said it marks a departure from his teen roots to a more grown up look and sound....

Bruce Springsteen Pays Moving Tribute to Levon Helm (watch)

Bruce Springsteen went acoustic last night at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ to pay tribute to The Band’s Levon Helm, who died Apr. 19 from throat cancer. Helm, 71, had one of the most distinctive voices in rock. Bruce picked up a six-string to cover The Band’s hit song “The Weight,” which Helm had sung with the group....

Willow Smith Whips It in New ‘Do It Like Me’ Video (watch!)

Willow Smith takes on the world in her new video for song “Do it Like Me (Rockstar)… literally. The 11-year-old globe trots as only the daughter of Hollywood power couple Will and Jada Pickett Smith can for the upbeat tune. Willow has been dabbling in music ever since her catchy tune “Whip My Hair” vaulted her into the spotlight. But it may be a little too premature to call the pre-teen a full-fledged pop star....

Carrie Underwood Makes Pickups Sexy in Glamour (photos)

You can take Carrie Underwood out of the country but you can’t get the country out of Carrie, even when she’s posing for high-fashion Glamour magazine. The frills are one thing, but a pickup truck? Underwood has undeniable model good looks and even flashes a little cleavage in a football jersey for the magazine’s May issue. And, yes, she poses with a rusty old pickup truck....

Neil Young, Crazy Horse Ride Again on Old Susanna (listen!)

Neil Young has proved once again he can spin and old saw into a psychedelic rock song, with the release of “Oh Susannah.” Yes, that “Old Susannah” from 19th century composer Stephen Foster. But what a difference. Young teams with his band Crazy Horse and pumps out the cover for his new album Americana. He opens the tune with his classic scratchy picking and strumming on his 1953 Les Paul Custom guitar....

John Mayer Wants Fresh Start in Shadow Days Video (watch!)

John Mayer steps out of the shadows with the release of his new video “Shadow Days.” Hopefully, he’s put his throat problems and his days of being a jerk behind him with his new album. Mayer, 34, has been sidelined since last September with a granuloma in his throat which had to be operated on. He was forced to cancel several shows and step out of the limelight to recover....

Phil Collins' Iconic 'Live at Montreux 2004' Out on DVD

When singer, songwriter Phil Collins first played his song “In The Air Tonight,” Atlantic Records chieftain Ahmet Ertegun, had some suggestions that ultimately gave birth to a drum line heard throughout the 1980s. Truth be told, it even holds up today and has been captured on Eagle Rock Entertainment’s double DVD set, Phil Collins Live At Montreux 2004...

The Wanted's Chase the Sun Video Riffs on 'Twilight' (Watch)

The Wanted, the UK boy band that hit U.S. shores last month, have followed up with a new music video for single “Chasing the Sun.” The boys go right for the pulse of pop culture, mixing their music with a play on “Twilight” vampires. They band made its U.S. debut in March on the Ellen DeGeneres show and Jay Leno’s Tonight show, and earned a shoutout from teen sensation Justin Bieber....
Fiona Apple Every Single Night

Fiona Apple's New Single, Every Single Night, Debuts (listen!)

Fiona won’t be mistaken for Lady Gaga or any other cookie-cutter dance-driven artist dominating the charts. Her new single “Every Single Night,” from her new album is a melodic tip-toeing through her subconscious. Apple, 34, set the music world on its ear with her debut album Tidal in 1996. She was just 19. Her distinctive contralto voice, piano skills and biting, angst-filled lyrics set her apart. She still stands alone....

Rihanna Coachella Drug Use Stokes Bad Girl Image (look!)

Rihanna likes to flaunt her bad girl image. She posted photos that look like she’s getting ready to snort cocaine, or maybe roll a joint off some guy’s bald head at the Coachella Music Festival. How bad ass is that? Of course, no serious coke-head would be so cavalier with their stash, if not out of fear of getting busted, then out of fear of watching the expensive powder blow away in the wind....
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Ahmet Ertegun's Legacy Secured With Oxford University Fund

When those in the know talk about the major behind-the-scene players in the music business, three names always come up: Clive Davis, Mo Ostin and Ahmet Ertegun. Ertegun’s legacy was secured in February when his widow gave $26 million to Oxford University. The money will pay for at least 35 graduate scholarships every year through the Mica and Ahmet Ertegun Scholarship Fund....

Esperanza Spalding Jazzes Up the Daily Show (watch!)

Esperanza Spalding turned Jon Stewart’s Daily Show into a jazz club for two songs last night and belted out two songs from her new album Radio Music Society. Stewart doesn’t often do music, but when he does, it’s usually awesome. Spalding, 27, is well-known in jazz circles, but only vaulted to national attention last year when she set teen sensation Justin Bieber back on his heels by beating him out for Best New Artist at the Grammy Awards....
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Lisa Marie Presley Gutsy, Blues-Edged Single Out (Listen!)

Lisa Marie Presley is ushering in her first album in seven years, with the release of a new single “You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet,” produced by 12-time Grammy winner T Bone Burnett. Needless to say, the daughter of King of Rock Elvis Presley spared no expense producing the album, recorded at The Village in Los Angeles. She sings in a breathy voice that sounds a lot like Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac. It’s been described as “gutsy and blues-edged.”...