Duke Ellington has been dead for 40 years, but his record company, EMI Music Publishing, is still playing hardball with the jazz great's cut of the loot.
Yesterday marked 50 years since the Beatles played The Ed Sullivan Show, an (DUH) historic moment that changed the course of music history forever. Yes, there's been much hullabaloo and hoopla over a half-century of the Fab Four this week, and rightfully so: their music has united generations of li ... More >>
Cruise through this index of the Voice's top ten albums from 1971 through 2013, according to its annual Pazz & Jop critics' poll, started by Robert Christgau. The poll has run every year since '71, except for a three-year hiatus after that first year. The prominence of legacy artists on the inaugu ... More >>
Better Than: Drunkenly singing Joan Jett's songs in any public place that is not a Joan Jett concert. "Hey New York! What the fuck is with this feedback?!" Joan Jett became pretty angry early in her set. After blazing through two songs, Jett quickly made known what was fueling her ferocious energy ... More >>
For more shows throughout the week, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which is updated daily.
With reports last month that Beyonce had scrapped 50 songs to start over completely on jer album, I got to wondering what kind of perfectionist Queen Bey must be. I mean, it says something that she couldn't sift a good album out of 50 tracks from today's hottest producers. For artists with lower sta ... More >>
Although Morrissey doesn't currently have a record deal, he hasn't slowed down one bit. Tonight, he will perform a sold-out show at Radio City Music Hall, playing hits from throughout his career as well as a few numbers that might surface whenever he releases the follow-up to 2009's Years of Refusal ... More >>
Not too long ago, there was talk that the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry and the Recording Industry Association of America might sue Google, claiming that the web behemoth has used its search engine service to shape the online music market in a way trade groups do not like. T ... More >>
The Beastles, Boston-based dj BC's well-received (but ultimately unauthorized and subsequently yanked offline) Beatles-Beastie Boys mash-up, is now fully available online. In memory of Adam Yauch, Bob Cronin (dj BC's alter ego) has decided to face any potential legal wrath from publishing companies ... More >>
Thanks to her husband, Katy Perry considers herself as an honorary Brit. But as the most frequent current inhabitant of the Billboard charts, she must wish we were all anglophiles. If only America had a Christmas No. 1 competition as rabid and media-fueled as Old Blighty's! Katy would have t ... More >>
A king of hip-hop, retaking the penthouse of the album chart with his latest blockbuster. A middle-of-the-road rock band, reviving a turn-of-the-'90s "alternative" sound that's now squarely mainstream. A sexagenarian legend who debuted in the '60s and who still captures Boomers' hearts and ... More >>
Those of us old enough to remember listening to terrestrial radio for hours on end probably have a clutch of songs in our memories that we know, but we don't know--songs that could be hummed on demand, and maybe even sung for a bar or two, but that are effectively no-name tracks thanks to th ... More >>
"Kneel, industry, kneel!"We'd graph it, but sadly, it's too simple for that. Your 2011 Billboard #1s, in chronological order: Taylor Swift, Speak Now, 52K; Cake, Showroom of Compassion, 44K; the Decemberists, The King Is Dead, 93.5K; Amos Lee, Mission Bell, 40K. That last number is the lowest ... More >>
Recently Forbes staged an event a long time coming, bringing Jay-Z and the billionaire Warren Buffett to the same table as part of something they're calling the Forbes 400 Summit. People have been speculating about this meeting for years now--some quite prophetically--and as interlocutor, the ... More >>
On May 7, Katy Perry debuted "California Gurls," the first single from her forthcoming album, Teenage Dream. It was a cleverly-engineered, synchronized piece of pop craft--a classic no-chances move--and it had to be: there were things riding on this song. Things like the viability of Perry as a bo ... More >>
On James Murphy's sardonically devastating new record
Pink Floyd has won a legal claim in the UK against EMI; Chancellor Sir Andrew Morritt agreed that the music company doesn't have the right to sell the band's music in formats the band does not accept. The band cited an artistic integrity clause in its contract that the court agreed applied to ... More >>
His first #1 song is his first Pazz & Jop chart-topper as well. Go Yankees.
--The Knitting Factory is back. After getting chased out of Tribeca last year, the venue has rebounded, and will open up again at their new location in Williamsburg at Metropolitan and Havemayer (a/k/a the old Luna Lounge) for the first time tonight. Les Savy Fav, the comedian Hannibal Buress ... More >>
"You've got some fans that wanna stick up for me and say, 'Rae's still got it!' And you got some that say, 'Nah he'll never beat that album!'" In the 5000 or so days since Raekwon released Only Built for Cuban Linx, long considered one of the greatest of all solo Wu-Tang albums, the Chef h ... More >>
The seminal duo ditch the paranoia on the splendid new Yes
Rupert Murdoch's pride and joy is trying to go legit; mayhem may ensue, and success may not
Another payola settlement promises us better, braver radio. Let's not get too excited just yet.
An East Village staple evolves, but dies a little in the process
The thematic daring and genre-bending perversity of the original Wicker Man
EZT shuts down, courts lag behind, WMG gets desperate
James Murphy and Tim Goldsworthy of local label DFA reconstruct post-punk for a whole new dancefloor
The most commendable political compilation of a watershed year for official liberalism
EMI cleans house, Elektra merges, Arista folds, what's left?
Unlimited supply, EMI, there is no reason why, if the label sues there's sure to be a fight
Merger mania picks back up; a smaller Warner gives up
Why iTunes Won't Save the RIAA From Pirates, Downloads, Lost Product, and Ill Will
The Music Industry Makes Peace With Big Softwareat Dial-Up Speed
Iraq's Divided Pop World Awaits Life in the War's Wake
Little Johnny and Big-Biz Music Duke It Out Over Peer-to-Peer Software
Martial Solal Plays Everything All at Once
Five Corporations Cope With Content
Sex Crimes of the Hip Hop Generation
The Music Industry Turns to the Tech World for a Boost
Mzwakhe Mbuli in Mandela's South Africa