It's not like he ever really went away, but Billy Joel's return to the full flush of stardom has become all the more evident with his recent honors, including an ASCAP Centennial Award and the Library of Congress' Gershwin Prize. He recently announced further shows in his record-breaking residency at......
When CMT launched the prime-time concert series Crossroads in January 2002, the network hoped to include classic-rock godfather Bob Seger in one of the very first episodes. Seger was halfway through a decade-long break from the music business, though, and he wasn't wild about pausing his retirement to appear on a fledgling TV......
It's been a decade since all three members of De La Soul recorded a studio album together, but the 3 Feet High and Rising crew are back with a powerful new song titled "The People." This hard-hitting socially conscious track features a guest appearance by Public Enemy frontman Chuck D. "Lyrically, Chuck brings a sense of......
Throughout his decades-long career, photographer Guy Webster has captured some of the most iconic figures in music, film and politics – from the Rolling Stones to Dean Martin to Bill Clinton – during their prime. His work was recently collected for the book Big Shots: Rock Legends and Hollywood Icons, The Photography of......
Back when Joe Newman was an art student at the University of Leeds, he set about methodically photocopying a photocopier. "I got a photocopier and dismantled it, piece by piece," he recalls, grinning. "Then I took each component and photocopied it in a different photocopier. I wanted to put together......
Kinks frontman Ray Davies wrote a staggering number of songs during the band's early years. For proof, look no further than The Anthology 1964-1971, a new 139-track collection that includes 25 unheard demos and outtakes. There's also talk of a Kinks tour, which would be their first since 1995 –......
Creed's Scott Stapp has apparently fallen on some hard times. Fifteen years after the band's Human Clay sold over 11 million copies, the lead singer now finds himself "penniless" and reduced to living in a Holiday Inn, Stapp says in a jarring 15-minute video that he posted on his Facebook page (via......
Garth Brooks may be a Man Against Machine, but the machine certainly isn't against him — for the second week in a row, the pride of Oklahoma tops the Billboard Country Albums chart, proving that distance does indeed make the heart grow fonder. It had been since 2001 that Brooks......
With Black Friday upon us this week, the blockbusters have finally kicked in — will Taylor Swift and One Direction make a dent in the numbers? Album sales ticked down another notch this week to down 12 percent year-over-year (as opposed to last week, when they were down 13 percent). Track sales,......
Ronnie Milsap didn't just dominate country music in the Seventies and Eighties, he helped redefine it. One of the genre's most successful crossover acts of all time, Milsap blended rock & roll, soul and pop, and took songs with those elements to the top of the country charts a staggering......
When Coldplay announced their upcoming CD/DVD set Ghost Stories Live 2014, complete with music videos for nearly every Ghost Stories track, a clip for the studio version of "Ink" was noticeably absent. That's because you need a computer to play along as the band unveiled their "choose your own adventure" journey for the heartbreaking......
During a recent chat with Rolling Stone about his new documentary The 50 Year Argument, which chronicles the rise and influence of The New York Review of Books, director Martin Scorsese looked back on one of his most famous docs, the Band's The Last Waltz. In this excerpt, Scorsese discusses the experimental......
Outside of what he hears playing in truck stops while out on tour, Whitey Morgan isn't really exposed to much mainstream country music. And it shows. "Man, the last time I watched that it turned my stomach," Morgan says of the CMA Awards. Calling from Long Beach, California, where he and......
Bruce Springsteen was the guest of honor at the 2013 MusiCares Person of the Year benefit, which featured an eclectic mix of artists – including Neil Young, Elton John, Jim James, Mumford & Sons and Mavis Staples – covering classics from the New Jersey icon's massive songbook. A televised version......
"Our next guest made her U.S. TV debut on our Late Night show last year and since then has become one of the most popular artists in music," host Jimmy Fallon said while introducing Lorde on Tuesday night's Tonight Show. The teenage New Zealand singer's rise has been nothing short of meteoric:......
Two-thirds of the Wu-Tang Clan crashed The Late Show With David Letterman on Tuesday night, performing their emphatic new track, "Ruckus in B Minor." RZA, Method Man, Masta Killa, Inspectah Deck, U-God and Cappadonna represented the New York City crew, though GZA, Raekwon and Ghostface Killah were only onstage in spirit. "Live......
After scoring their first Number One in two years when "Rewind" hit the top spot on the Mediabase chart in June, Rascal Flatts' return to chart dominance stumbled a bit with the follow-up "Payback," an oddly aggressive track with a rock beat that stalled just shy of the Top 20. With......
The massive demonstrations flaring up across the country this week in the wake of the Ferguson grand jury's decision not to indict Darren Wilson for the killing of Michael Brown have a lot of people thinking back to the 1960s. It was a time when the airwaves were full of......
It may be hard to believe, but Kid Rock is about to release his 10th studio album. Rock has spent his career learning how to move easily between old-school hip-hop, classic rock and country. First Kiss (out February 24th), which he self-produced, features all of those sides, from the Aerosmith-style rocker "Ain't Enough......
Christmas has dominated the holiday carol game for far too long. Where are all the songs about Pilgrims and turkeys and awkward dinner table conversations with idiotic relatives? "There are literally thousands and thousands of Christmas songs, but I think the closest thing we have to a song for Thanksgiving is the......