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Casey Kasem

Casey Kasem’s Whereabouts Unknown, Judge Orders Investigation

Within a family dispute of the truth-is-stranger-than-fiction variety, legendary radio DJ Casey Kasem has turned up missing, prompting an L.A. Superior Court Judge to order an investigation to determine his whereabouts. Kasem, 82, has been thought to suffer from Parkinson’s disease, but CNN is reporting that the family recently learned he actually suffers from Lewy body disease, a progressive ailment similar to Parkinson’s that causes dementia. The former “American Top […]


Peaches Geldof

Heroin “Played a Role” In Death of Peaches Geldof: Authorities

When the death of 25-year-old Peaches Geldof (daughter of music icon Bob Geldof) sent shock waves through the entertainment community last month, her autopsy results came back as “inconclusive.”  Today, authorities are saying that according to the toxicology reports, heroin use likely “played a role” in her death. While heroin has not been officially ruled as the cause of death, the reports indicate the illegal drug was present in the […]


Lorde

The Spring of Cancelled Tours? Lorde, Miley and Others Off the Road

At this rate, spring 2014 may go down in music history as the “spring of cancelled tours,” as an inordinate number of high-profile artists have had to come off the road for one or more legitimate reasons.  At least four major tours have been affected, and by sheer coincidence, most of the cancelled dates have affected Australia. The slew of cancellations seems to have started in March when The Rolling […]


Record Store Day 2014

It’s Record Store Day. Go Out and Buy Some Records.

So yesterday was Good Friday, and tomorrow is Easter. What to do in the meantime? How about buying some records at your local independent record store? Yes, today, Saturday, April 19, is Record Store Day—the day when music fans around the world show their support of independent record retailers by actually going to the store and buying physical copies of records.  (Anyone remember when we did that sort of thing […]


Peaches Geldof

“Unexplained” Death of Peaches Geldof Stuns Music Community

Peaches Geldof, the 25-year-old daughter of iconic singer-songwriter Bob Geldof and the late Paula Yates, died suddenly and inexplicably at her South East England home on Monday, April 7.  As of this morning, USA Today reports that the autopsy results are “inconclusive.” Toxicology tests are scheduled, but the results could take several weeks. Bob Geldof released a statement on behalf of the family later that evening: “Peaches has died. We […]


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Jack White Aims for World Record on Record Store Day

Jack White loves records.  Not just the vinyl kind (though his love for old-school recordings and attempts to preserve them are well-documented). We’re also talking about the Guinness Book of World Records type of records—the kind that are made to be broken.  After crying foul a few years ago when the Guinness folks refused to accept a one-note White Stripes concert as the shortest concert ever played, White now plans […]


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Twitter Partners with Billboard on New Real-Time Music Chart

Looks like Twitter hasn’t given up on curating their own music charts. On the heels of officially burying their failed Twitter #Music app, the social media giant is trying again—and who better to help them than Billboard.  Yesterday, it was announced that the two entities will be partnering to launch the all-new “Billboard Twitter Real-Time Charts,” which will track ongoing Twitter activity regarding the latest bands, artists and songs. Those […]


Record Store Day 2014

List of Special Releases Announced for Record Store Day 2014

It’s that time of year again. Less than a month from now (April 19, to be exact), music fans around the world will crowd into hundreds of independent record retailers in honor of Record Store Day 2014. In keeping with the growing tradition, hundreds of notable artists are planning special, one-of-a kind releases that can only be purchased at these independent retailers starting on April 19.  The full list can […]


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Music Festivals: They Ain’t What They Used to Be

In case you hadn’t heard—it’s music festival season again. SXSW in Austin just wrapped last week, and next month launches two weekends’ worth of Coachella in the California desert.  What’s more, it seems music festivals are big business these days; more of ‘em seem to be popping up around the world each day (and selling out faster than ever), and summer tours by up-and-coming and mainstream bands alike seem to […]


L'Wren Scott

Rolling Stones Postpone Tour In Wake of L’WRen Scott Suicide

It has been an understandably rough week for The Rolling Stones, and for Mick Jagger in particular, who is still reeling from the news of the apparent suicide of long-time girlfriend L’Wren Scott. In the wake of the tragedy, the band have announced the postponement of seven shows along their current Australia-New Zealand tour, extending into April. Scott, a model-turned-stylist for the stars, was found hanged in her Manhattan apartment […]


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Two Dead, 23 Injured in Hit-and-Run at SXSW

Shortly after midnight on Thursday morning, during a routine DWI check set up by Austin Police, a suspected drunk driver broke ranks, wove through traffic, drove at high speeds the wrong way down a one-way street to avoid pursuit, broke through a police barricade and plowed into a large number of pedestrians who were exiting a music venue as part of the South-By-Southwest (SXSW) Music Festival. Two minutes later, two […]


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Missing SXSW? Stream (Some) Live Performances on VEVO

South By Southwest (SXSW), Austin’s world-renowned “indie” music/film/interactive festival, is growing larger and more dominant every year. While the music portion of the festival has been drawing hundreds of indie bands (and a few bigger acts) every year, this year’s debut iTunes Music Festival at SXSW is putting the event squarely in the mainstream spotlight, with scheduled shows from the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Pitbull, Soundgarden and Coldplay, among many […]


U2 Invisible

U2 Reportedly Push Album, Tour Back to 2015

There was never actually a release date set for the new U2 album—hell, we didn’t even know the name of it—so the label insists this is not a “delay.”  But as Billboard reported exclusively yesterday, several sources are confirming that the album release and tour are being pushed to next year. No official statement has been made thus far, but it’s hard to believe this was part of the plan.  […]


KISS

KISS Decline to Perform at Rock Hall of Fame

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For the second time in three years, the annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction has generated controversy and drama due to questions over band lineup.  Two years ago, it was Axl Rose and Guns N’ Roses. This year, it’s KISS. Rather than just regurgitate the news reports, let’s put the thing in plain English as best we can.  KISS will be inducted this year into the Rock Hall […]


Cee Lo Green

Cee Lo Green Announces Departure from “The Voice”

As the premiere of The Voice Season 6 approaches, we already knew that Cee Lo Green wouldn’t be in his chair—he and Christina Aguilera have been rotating seasons with Shakira and Usher for the past couple of years.  What we didn’t know until this week is that Cee Lo isn’t planning to return at all, making him the first coach on the successful talent show to abdicate officially. The “Forget […]


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