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Sam Smith shuns the spotlight

The British pop star plans to keep his private life out of the headlines.

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Get ready for 3D ‘Thriller’

Michael Jackson's epic 14-minute music video is going to be re-released next year.

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Bono says U2 isn’t advocating ‘free music’

The U2 frontman denies the band's recent album giveaway is undercutting other artists.

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Taylor Swift, Metallica to play first U.S. Rock in Rio fest

The annual Brazilian festival is branching out in 2015 with a U.S. version that will boast a wide variety of acts.

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CHART TOPPERS: This week’s top alternative tracks

LISTEN: This week's top alt tracks, according to the latest Billboard chart.

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The top 20 concert tours

Paul McCartney, Jay Z & Beyoncé, Jason Aldean, and Phish all have top-grossing tours, but the No. 1 might surprise you.

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Thom Yorke hopes to change music industry with album release

The former Radiohead frontman is releasing his second solo album, "Tomorrow's Modern Boxes," through BitTorrent.

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Willie Nelson ditches joints – but he’s not quitting!

The 81-year-old proud pot smoker uses a hi-tech device to super-heat his smoke stash.

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Foo Fighters fans put their money where their mouth is

Fans of rockers the Foo Fighters have hit a Kickstarter.com target to bring the band to Birmingham, England for a show.

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Lorde is ‘most powerful minor’ in music

The "Royals" hitmaker, 17, has been named the most powerful person in music under the age of 21.

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Beatles’ ‘Ed Sullivan’ backdrop up for auction

Part of the set from the Beatles' iconic U.S. TV debut is expected to sell for more than a half million.

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Andre 3000: Hendrix biopic doesn’t need music

The film, which opens tomorrow, tells the story of Hendrix before he became a star with all the hits.

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Streisand makes history with 6 decades of No. 1 albums

Barbra Streisand made music history as her latest release "Partners" topped the U.S. Billboard 200 chart.

Dave Grohl speaks onstage during the "Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways" segment of the BBC America 2014 Summer TCA on Thursday, July 10, 2014, in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Foo Fighters fans raise $110,000 for gig on Kickstarter

Fans turn to crowd-funding in an effort to persuade Foo Fighters to perform in the U.K. next year.

Hall of Fame Inductee Cat Stevens performs at the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Thursday, April, 10, 2014 in New York.

Scalpers prompt Yusuf Islam to cancel New York show

Yusuf Islam, formerly Cat Stevens, has pulled the plug on part of his first North American tour in 35 years after becoming disgusted by greedy ticket scalpers. The Peace Train singer, formerly known as Cat Stevens, announced a string of rare live dates last week, but he has now decided to cancel his Big Apple show at the Beacon Theatre on 7 December and re-route the trek to Boston, Massachusetts.

FILE - This Jan. 4, 2014 file photo shows actor Idris Elba at the Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala in Palm Springs, Calif. Elba tweeted Friday, April 18, that his son Winston was born Thursday, adding a photo of the baby’s tiny hand gripping his finger. Elba had Winston with his girlfriend, Naiyana Garth.

Idris Elba recruits Mumford & Sons for Mandela album

The Wire star, Idris Elba, has recruited Mumford & Sons and James Blake to work on an album dedicated to the memory of late civil rights icon Nelson Mandela.

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WATCH: Beck kicks off George Harrison week on ‘Conan’

"Harrison Week" celebrates the late Beatle and the upcoming release of “The Apple Years: 1968-75,” featuring the beloved singer/songwriter’s first six solo albums.

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Ryan Adams readying release of ‘lost’ album

The singer/songwriter recorded the tracks while battling a serious alcohol and drug addiction and at the time decided to shelve the project.

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U2 star to develop homes in California

The Edge has won a long-running battle to develop his land in California.

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New Queen album features Michael Jackson collaboration

The track features vocals from late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury and the King of Pop.

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