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Willie Nelson, Skrillex Concerts to Air on SiriusXM on New Year’s Eve

SiriusXM has announced a stacked New Year’s lineup with live concerts by Elton John, Willie Nelson, Skrillex, Diplo and others to air throughout the night and into the following day on multiple channels. 50 Best Songs of 2014 Nelson’s headlining set at the Moody Theater in Austin, as part of Austin City Limits Live, will air on the country legend’s own Willie’s Roadhouse, channel 59, while Diplo and Skrillex’s co-headlining gig at Madison Square Garden will play on BPM, channel 51. On New Year’s Day, the Bridge, channel 32, will broadcast Elton John’s performance from the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, and the Pulse, channel 15, will feature sets from a number of performers – including Meghan Trainor, Train and Matt Nathanson – playing the “Live in the Vineyard Concert.” Other live New Year’s Eve highlights include Phil Lesh at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York (Grateful Dead, channel 23), Southside Johnny at the State Theatre in New Brunswick, New Jersey (E Street Radio, channel 20), Erasure at Terminal 5 in New York (First Wave, channel 33) and Widespread Panic at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina (Jam_ON, channel 29). Martin Garrix and Armin van Buuren will spin back-to-back sets on Electric Area, channel 52, with the former broadcasting first from Pier 36 in New York, and the latter following live from White Wonderland in Anaheim, California. Along with these live sets, SiriusXM will also replay a number of concerts that aired throughout 2014, including the Black Keys’ private concert for SiriusXM listeners at Nashville’s Mercy Lounge (The Spectrum, channel 28); the Allman Brothers’ last concert at the Beacon Theatre (Classic Vinyl, channel 26); the Foo Fighters’ recent gig at Irving Plaza in New York (Alt Nation, channel 36); and Young Jeezy at the Echostage in Washington, D.C.

On the Charts: J. Cole Drives Home a Number One

WISHING YOU ALL A LUMP OF THIS CHART TOPPER FOR CHRISTMAS: A year ago, if I’d challenged you to predict the Top Three first-week sales numbers, would you have answered Taylor Swift, Coldplay and rapper J. Cole? The first one’s obvious, the second possible and the third – like winning your NCAA-tournament pool by picking Valparaiso. Yet Cole’s 2014 Forest Hills Drive sells 354,000 copies this week, or 375,000 if you include Billboard’s newfangled “equivalent units” formula, making its album-chart debut at Number One

George Harrison, Bee Gees to Receive Grammy Lifetime Achievement Awards

George Harrison, the Bee Gees and Buddy Guy are among a number of artists who will be receiving a Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award during the festivities surrounding next year’s Grammy Awards. Beck, Beyonce Nominated for Grammy Album of the Year The Recording Academy will also honor country duo the Louvin Brothers, jazz saxophonist Wayne Shorter, composer Pierre Boulez and Tejano music accordionist Flaco Jiménez. Along with the Lifetime Achievement Awards, the Grammys will also hand out Trustees Awards, which recognize contributions to music in areas other than performance. This year’s recipients are producer Richard Perry, husband-and-wife songwriting duo Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil and jazz impresario George Wein

Billy Corgan: ‘The Mythology of the Nineties Now Is Irrelevant’

Billy Corgan has been asked to revisit the heyday of Nineties alternative rock a number of times while promoting the Smashing Pumpkins’ most recent record, Monuments to an Elegy , but in a new interview with The Guardian , the rocker seemed to hit a breaking point, saying: “Right now that era is irrelevant.” 100 Best Albums of the Nineties Corgan noted that neither the Pumpkins nor any of the other bands from that era are charting anymore, and dismissed the notion that a lot of new bands are being influenced by Nineties artists. “I don’t hear that,” Corgan said. “The mythology [of that era] right now is irrelevant to combat the pop menace in America right now.” While Corgan didn’t back up his rhetoric by naming names, he stated, “EDM is kicking everybody’s fucking ass,” and argued that no matter how sentimental people get about the Nineties, if that music, or the music it inspired, can’t compete in the top cultural spheres, “it doesn’t mean anything.” “Look at the numbers the DJs are making!” he said. “They’re kicking rock bands’ ass.

Hear Old Crow Medicine Show’s Rollicking Bob Wills Tribute

On March 3rd, Asleep at the Wheel will release their third tribute to Bob Wills, the revered “King of Western Swing.” But they aren’t going it alone: The big band and its leader Ray Benson recruited a crop of guest stars, from veterans Willie Nelson and George Strait to contemporary Americana acts the Avett Brothers and Old Crow Medicine Show to cover Wills classics. Today, Rolling Stone Country premieres Old Crow’s contribution to Still the King: Celebrating the Music of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys , the rollicking “Tiger Rag.” Inside the Bluegrass Civil War “It’s a helluva cut,” says Benson, seated on his bus last night in Nashville, where the Austin-based Wheel was performing. “Every 10 years there is a group of youngsters who are exactly what I was when I was young and saying, ‘What kind of music do I want to play?’ I wanted to play roots music.” Benson approached Old Crow Medicine Show after a performance in Austin and eventually asked them to participate in Still the King , co-produced by Benson’s son, Sam Seifert. Old Crow’s Ketch Secor suggested the little-known “Tiger Rag,” from Wills’ time with the Light Crust Dough Boys band

5 Things We Learned at Nicki Minaj’s Revealing CRWN Q&A

Last night at New York venue Le Poisson Rouge, Elliott Wilson hosted the latest edition of CRWN, a rap version of Inside the Actors Studio , with Nicki Minaj as his guest. The conversation was pegged to the release of The Pinkprint , her latest LP, but the night quickly became a celebration of the local star’s entire catalog, with fans rapping back verses – even obscure freestyles – at every segue. In between, Minaj spoke candidly about the state of Young Money, her position in the game and the making of the album. Here are five things we learned. 20 Best R&B Albums of 2014 1.

Roger Daltrey Illness Postpones London Who Shows

The Who were forced to postpone the final two 2014 dates of their Who Hits 50 tour after singer Roger Daltrey was diagnosed with a throat infection. The Tommy rockers were scheduled to perform at London’s O2 Arena on December 17th and 18th, but doctors ordered Daltrey to rest his voice, NME reports. The Story Behind One of the Who’s Greatest, Earliest Tapes The Who have rescheduled the O2 gigs for March 22nd and 23rd, three weeks before the band embarks on the lengthy North American leg of the tour. “The band and their management wish to sincerely apologize to all ticket holders for the inconvenience and disappointment this has caused,” the band said in a statement. The postponed gigs give Daltrey over three months to recuperate before taking the stage again for the rescheduled concerts. On April 15th, the Who will bring their 50th anniversary trek – which has seen the band performing some of their classic tracks for the first time in decades – stateside with a leg-opening concert at Tampa Bay, Florida’s Amalie Arena.

Watch the Band Perry Put a Modern Spin on Glen Campbell’s ‘Gentle on My Mind’

If you’ve ever seen the Band Perry perform Queen’s “Fat Bottomed Girls,” you know the sibling trio have a knack for putting a modern — yet respectful — spin on songs that came before their time. They do the same, albeit with a much tamer delivery, with a Glen Campbell classic released 16 years before their eldest, lead singer Kimberly Perry was even born. The country group’s stirring, banjo-rich rendition of “Gentle on My Mind” is featured on the soundtrack to the documentary, Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me , and was one of the highlights of both the 2013 Grammys and 2014 CMA Awards.

Modest Mouse Unveil Frantic, Stomping ‘Lampshades on Fire’

Modest Mouse have released the frantic, bounding “Lampshades on Fire,” the first taste of their upcoming new album, Strangers to Ourselves . The band enlisted numerous fans to help announce the album, sending them a double-A side 7-inch of the LP’s first single, one of which spins on a turntable in the video accompanying the song’s official release. 100 Best Songs of the 2000s A stomping, up-tempo number, “Lampshades on Fire” boasts a relentless, clattering drum beat and finds frontman Isaac Brock unleashing a torrent of tightly-wound lyrics over a simple buoyant keyboard riff and striking, but funky, guitar work. The song has been a part of Modest Mouse’s live sets since 2011.  “Lampshades on Fire” will be made available as an instant download to those who pre-order Strangers to Ourselves on iTunes or Amazon

Green Day, Lou Reed, Joan Jett, Ringo Starr Lead Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2015 Class

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has officially announced next year’s inductees: Lou Reed, Green Day, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Bill Withers and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band will all join the class of 2015. Ringo Starr will be given the Award For Musical Excellence and 1950s R&B group the “5” Royales will receive the Early Influence Award. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees, 1986 – 2014 The induction ceremony will be held at Cleveland’s Public Hall on April 18th, 2015. Once again, the general public will be allowed to attend. Tickets go on sale this Thursday.

Stevie Wonder Tribute to Air Week After Grammys

Stevie Wonder will be the focus of a televised tribute concert that will air one week after the Grammy Awards next year. Stevie Wonder: Songs in the Key of Life – An All-Star Grammy Salute will feature what the Recording Academy has billed as “some of the biggest names in music today” performing songs that the soul legend popularized over the past half a century. 50 Best Albums of 2014 The two-hour show will tape two days after the Grammys in Los Angeles and will air on CBS on Monday, February 16th, from 9 to 11 p.m. EST.

Flashback: Keith Urban Performs First Big Hit at Bluebird Cafe

In a genre that’s seen its share of overnight successes, it took Keith Urban more than a decade to become a platinum-seller. He hit that milestone in August 2003, when Golden Road — his second American release — sold its millionth copy, thanks in large part to the popularity of the record’s kickoff single, “Somebody Like You.” Later that year, Urban landed another platinum award with his self-titled debut, which had been released back in 1999. That honor arrived on December 15, 2003, 11 years ago today.  Keith Urban: The Rolling Stone Country Interview With American Idol getting ready to launch its newest season in January, it’s hard to picture a time when Urban wasn’t one of the most familiar faces in pop culture. When the now-superstar first moved to Nashville in 1992, though, he was a struggling songwriter and underrated guitarist whose success back home in Australia — where he’d released an album for EMI and appeared on INXS’ concert record, Live Baby Live , as a backup singer — didn’t open many doors in the American south. He was seriously gawky, too, rocking a peroxide-blond mullet as seen in this performance from an Australian TV show in 1991.  Urban was still gap-toothed and ruffled-looking when he scored his first chart-topping single with 2000’s “But for the Grace of God,” proof that the guy began building his empire not on good looks, but on the strength of his material

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