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Columbia RecordsLongtime Columbia Records art director John Berg, who oversaw the creation of the memorable cover art for Bruce Springsteen's Born to Run, Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits and thousands of other albums, died of pneumonia Sunday in Southampton, New York, The New York Times reports.  He was 83.Berg began working for Columbia in 1961 and spent almost 25 years with the label, retiring as a vice president in 1985.  During that period, he won four Grammys for his cover art design
10/13/2015 01:20:00pm
Republic RecordsOne of the captivating aspects of Mad Men, the award-winning AMC drama series about a 1960s advertising agency, was the music that accompanied each episode.  Now, in conjunction with the release of the series' final mini season on home video today, an album featuring select songs heard in the show has hit stores.Retrospective: The Music of Mad Men features 24 tracks, including songs by Bob Dylan, The Beach Boys, Roy Orbison, Frank Sinatra, Nancy Sinatra, Roberta Flack, J
10/13/2015 11:00:00am
Credit: Olaf HeineLast September, shortly after U2 released their latest album, Songs of Innocence, guitarist The Edge told Rolling Stone the band already had amassed a bunch of other songs that likely would appear on a follow-up record titled Songs of Experience.  Now, with U2's current iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE Tour set to wrap in late November, frontman Bono has given an update on the status of the group's next album.The singer tells Entertainment Weekly U2 is "well into" the project and ha
10/13/2015 11:00:00am
PRNewsFoto/Hollywood Records1975 was a breakout year for Queen, and the band brought it to a close in a big way -- with a special Christmas Eve concert at London's Hammersmith Odeon that was broadcast live on British television and radio.  Now, in advance of the event's 40th anniversary, an official live album and home video documenting the frequently bootlegged show will be released in a variety of configurations November 20.A Night at the Odeon -- Hammersmith 1975 will be available a
10/13/2015 06:00:00am
Timothy WhiteJames Taylor's mother, Gertrude Woodard Taylor, died at age 92 Saturday at her home on Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, surrounded by family and friends.  Her daughter Kate Taylor tells the Vineyard Gazette the cause of death was complications of old age.On his official website, 67-year-old James Taylor notes his mother was, "devoted her life to her marriage and her five children, four boys and a girl." His sister Kate and brother Livingston Taylor also became professional
10/13/2015 06:00:00am
Erika Goldring/Getty Images for Pilgrimage Music & Cultural FestivalThere still seems to be a disconnect between Steven Tyler and Donald Trump.Over the weekend, it was reported that reps for Tyler sent a cease-and-desist letter after the Republican presidential candidate used the Aerosmith classic "Dream On" at campaign stops.  Tyler said it had nothing to do with Trump or his politics -- he just didn't want Trump using the song without his permission.Well, The Donald used the son
10/13/2015 06:00:00am
Credit: Mark SeligerKeith Richards has gotten a lot of press lately thanks to the recent release of his third solo album, Crosseyed Heart, but the Rolling Stones guitarist also has been grabbing headlines because of some negative comments he's made about other famous rock acts, such as The Beatles, The Grateful Dead and Metallica.  Now, in a new interview with Rolling Stone, Richards turns a critical eye -- or ear -- toward Led Zeppelin and The Who.Keith tells the magazine that he never was
10/12/2015 07:00:00pm
Credit: Dieter HoffmannA guitar that once belonged to Jimi Hendrix is at the center of a new lawsuit that the late rock legend's estate has launched against the owner of a Tucson, Arizona, guitar store, according to the Arizona Daily Star.  The newspaper reports the Hendrix family-run Experience Hendrix company filed a $750,000 suit October 2, claiming Rainbow Guitars owner Harvey Moltz isn't the rightful owner of Jimi's Black Widow guitar.  The suit seeks the instrument's return,
10/12/2015 07:00:00pm
Patrick Ball/Martin GriffinPhil Collins appears to be in the mood to revisit his life and career.  After recently announcing a deal to reissue all of his solo albums, he's now signed a deal to write his life story.Collins' autobiography, which is currently untitled, will be out in October of 2016 via Penguin Random House.  In a statement, the Genesis frontman and drummer said, "Several times over the last few years I have been asked to write a biography but never felt that the tim
10/12/2015 03:00:00pm
Tyler Golden/NBCJohn Fogerty's stint as a mentor on The Voice begins tonight, as the popular show's Battle Rounds are set to get under way.  This is the part of the competition where each team is joined by a guest music artist who works with the contestants alongside their coach.The former Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman will be advising Maroon 5 singer Adam Levine's team.  Fogerty, whose own voice has powered some of the most enduring rock songs of all time, says he's been
10/12/2015 11:00:00am
Credit: Norman SeeffHeart's Ann Wilson has been pulling double duty lately, as she recently launched a new solo group called The Ann Wilson Thing that's currently playing a series of shows in between her main band's 2015 tour dates.  Wilson's side project also recently released an EP, titled The Ann Wilson Thing! -- #1, that features four of the songs she's showcasing at her concerts.Heart continues to be a busy touring and recording act, so what motivated Wilson to start another music
10/12/2015 06:00:00am
Donald Trump, Steven Tyler & Melania Trump backstage at Prudential Center September 3, 2014 in Newark, New Jersey; Kevin Mazur/WireImageSteven Tyler thinks Donald Trump can "Dream On" if he wants to continue using the classic Aerosmith tune at his campaign stops.Tyler's reps have sent Donald Trump for President Inc. a demand to stop using the song at campaign events, according to a letter obtained by The Hollywood Reporter.The cease-and-desist letter insists, "Trump for President does not
10/12/2015 06:00:00am
Ross Halfin/UMeAlice Cooper is the latest veteran rocker to join the lineup for the 40th annual T.J. Martell Foundation Honors Gala, which will take place on Thursday, October 15, at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City.  The charity event also will include performances by Foreigner, REO Speedwagon and Train frontman Pat Monahan.The star-studded gala's theme this year is "Top 40" in honor of the event's 40th anniversary.  As previously reported, original MTV VJs Nina Blackwood, M
10/10/2015 06:00:00am
Heather Wines/CBSA small Minnesota crowd gathered to watch Prince play a set in the wee hours of Friday morning, and another 1980s pop icon was on hand to enjoy the show: Madonna.  The star and her dance entourage showed up to see Prince's special hometown gig at Paisley Park, TheCurrent.org reports.Madonna apparently perched herself on the edge of the stage right at Prince's feet, and gazed up at him as he jammed to songs like "Guitar" and "Ain't About to Stop" from his latest album, HIT
10/09/2015 07:00:00pm
Credit: Gregg RothPeter Frampton contributes guitar to a track on the upcoming self-titled debut album from Ten Commandos, a new hard-rock act featuring Soundgarden and Pearl Jam drummer Matt Cameron and Soundgarden bassist Ben Shepherd.  Frampton appears on a tune called "Sketch 9."Ten Commandos' lineup also includes Queens of the Stone Age collaborator Alain Johannes and singer Dimitri Coats of the punk band Off!  The album will be released in late November on Pearl Jam's Monkeywrenc
10/09/2015 07:00:00pm