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The Beatles, Michael Jackson and More Musicians with Space Objects Named After Them

Buzz 15:35PM EDT

The Beatles received an interesting honor on this date 25 years ago, as each member-John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr-received the honor of having four newly discovered asteroids named after them. It's not a rare honor-as Mental Floss explains, there are literally hundreds of asteroids and "minor planets" in our galaxy, and although they don't necessarily need to be named after anything, we're a sentimental species. That's how individuals such as The Beatles, Michael Jackson and Phil Spector ended up with astronomical objects named after them.READ MORE

Van Halen

Kimmel and Letterman Losing Faith of Labels in Late-Night Musical Performances

Buzz 12:54PM EDT

Shows such as 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!' and 'Late Night With David Letterman' may not have great musical segments for too much longer, as more and more labels decide that performances—such as Van Halen's epic seven-song set on Kimmel—just aren't worth it anymore, according to a Billboard report.READ MORE

Grateful Dead Add Two California Concerts with Trey Anastasio due to Demand from Deadheads

Buzz 12:18PM EDT

The Grateful Dead have announced two additional dates with Trey Anastasio, these ones to take place in Santa Clara, CA, ahead of the trio of "Fare Thee Well" show at Chicago's Soldier Field schedule for July. The announcement came in response to a number of complaints from the many "Deadheads" bothered by details of the Chicago finale.READ MORE

Chris Cornell of Soundgarden

Temple of The Dog Master Tapes Subject of Legal Battle Between A&M and London Bridge

Buzz 11:42AM EDT

Temple of The Dog's iconic debut album is the basis for a new lawsuit between A&M Records and a Seattle recording studio. The label is suing Rajan Parashar, owner of London Bridge Studios, to force him to turn over the master tapes from the project.READ MORE

Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran's '+' Goes Platinum, Joining 'x' in Million-Copy Sales Club

Buzz 10:54AM EDT

Ed Sheeran has gone platinum and it might not be the album you were expecting: His + crossed the million-album sales mark last week, many months after his second album, x, did the same thing.READ MORE


Nelly Arrested in Tennessee for Alleged Felony Drug Possession; Guns Also Seized

Buzz 10:08AM EDT

Nelly has been arrested in Tennessee on charges of drug possession after an incident this weekend. The emcee's bus was pulled over for not having required stickers and police came aboard when they smelled marijuana. A few other charges have been filed, although some pertain to the rest of the crew riding the bus and not the rapper himself.READ MORE

The Beatles

7 Highest Priced Records on eBay Right Now: The Beatles, Minor Threat, Bach and More

Buzz 16:17PM EDT

Jack White made headlines a few weeks ago when he announced that he was the bidder who spent $300,000 for the acetate of Elvis Presley's original single, a 7" pressing from Sun Records featuring "My Happiness" and "That's When Your Heartaches Begin," and that his label Third Man Records would be releasing copies of the recording for Record Store Day 2015. That inspired us to check out what the highest-priced albums on eBay were at the moment, and readers ate it up, so we've decided to keep it going, looking at every LP priced at more than $1,000 on the online auction site at the moment. From least to most expensive, including The Beatles, Minor Threat and Bach.READ MORE

We Are Harlot. Er, they are We Are Harlot.

Danny Worsnop's Transition from Asking Alexandria to Hard Rock Most Interesting Aspect of 'We Are Harlot'

Buzz 11:48AM EDT

Society always celebrates the records that top the Billboard 200 album chart. Back of The Billboards is a Music Times weekly segment that looks at the opposite end: the new record that finished closest to the back of the Billboard 200 for the previous week. We hope to give a fighting chance to the bands you haven't heard of. This week we look at We Are Harlot and the hard rock group's self-titled debut album, featuring members of Asking Alexandria, Sebastian Bach and more.READ MORE

Singapore is all raved up with nothing to dance to.

Shipsomnia EDM Cruise Hopes to Evade Singapore's Problematic Government by Escaping to Sea

Buzz 11:14AM EDT

Some clever promoters have figured what to do if the authorities in Singapore won't let them hold an EDM festival on land...they'll have it at sea instead. Shipsomnia is the most recent in a slew of electronic music events taking place on cruise ships. The boat will launch from the small Asian nation during January of 2016, assuming the government doesn't reach deep into maritime law to prevent it from doing so.READ MORE

'Mamma Mia!' on Broadway

'Mamma Mia!' to Close on Broadway; ABBA-Based Musical Played 14 Years, Brought in $2 Billion

Buzz 10:24AM EDT

'Mamma Mia!,' one of the longest-running musicals in Broadway history—based on the music of Swedish pop superstars ABBA—will close down during September, ending at just less than 14 years of performances. For reference, some titles that it recently passed for longest runs: 'Rent,' 'Fiddler on The Roof,' 'Grease' and 'Miss Saigon.'READ MORE

Matt Berninger of The National

The National Releasing 9-LP, 6 Hour Performance of Same Song as Limited Edition Box Set

Buzz 09:44AM EDT

The National's fans are in for a treat as the band has announced a new box set highlighting its performance at the Museum of Modern Art in New York from 2013. Notably, the band played for six hours at the event, repeating the same song—"Sorrow"—over and over. And yes. Now you'll be able to buy the entire set as one release. The title? Very humorously...A Lot of Sorrow.READ MORE

Epik High

Epik High Announces 'Epic' Tour, Largest K-Pop/K-Hop United States Concert Series Since 2010

Buzz 09:13AM EDT

It doesn't take much to impress fans of K-Pop, or at least that's the lesson we gleaned from the Epik High tour announcement where the hip-hop/pop trio announced six North American dates for later during 2015. Billboard reports that those six dates, as minuscule as they might seem, represents the largest tour by a K-Pop act since 2010.READ MORE

Sam Smith

Sam Smith's 'Stay With Me' Under Attack from Another '80s Songwriter...Plaintiff Wants Grammy

Buzz 08:39AM EDT

Sam Smith's hit "Stay With Me" is under a new bit of legal pressure as another songwriter has come forward claiming that Smith and his songwriting team stole inspiration. Mark Halper (not the famous Hollywood photographer) claims that during his song "Don't Throw Our Love Away" from 1986, he opens with the phrase "stay with me," which he refers to as a "significant phrase."READ MORE

Drake...and a fan.

Ranking Drake Covers, from Lykke Li's 'Hold On, We're Going Home' to Florence +The Machine's 'Take Care' and More

Buzz 16:10PM EDT

Lykke Li covering Drake's "Hold On We're Going Home" has several media outlets excited today, although the song was first performed by the Swedish alt star during 2014. Naturally there's always a bit of interest when one prominent performer covers another from a different genre, but perhaps the homage to the Toronto emcee has piqued our interest even more because covers of hip-hop singles are rare...due to the mistaken idea that regular old vocalists can't convert raps to their style. Even if that were true, Drake makes for a favorable cover subject thanks to his blending of rhythms and melodies throughout. We gathered five Drake covers from the Arctic Monkeys to Florence + The Machine and more, ranking them accordingly.READ MORE

EXO: At least they still have an American record.

7 Bestselling Albums in Korean History: Jo Sungmo, g.o.d. and Kim Gun-mo Big Overseas

Buzz 14:52PM EDT

EXO made headlines this week when its album EXOdus gathered the best sales week, in the United States, of any K-Pop album ever. The grand total? Just more than 6,000 copies sold. Okay, that might seem underwhelming after all the hype, but it's just another step in the continued growth of the pop genre among American audiences, as the previous record was held by 2NE1 and Crush was set during 2014. If you want to see some more awe-inspiring numbers, check out the list of the best-selling albums in the history of South Korea, K-Pop's homeland. Jo Sungmo, g.o.d. and Kim Gun-Mo make appearances.READ MORE

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