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Doctor Who composer Delia Derbyshire receives posthumous honorary PHD

The electronic music pioneer was honored by her hometown university. Delia Derbyshire, composer the Doctor Who theme and a key member the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, has posthumously received an honorary doctorate from Conventry University today, The Guardian reports. Derbyshire was born in Conventry in 1937 and later attended Cambridge University for math and music with

The 'Lost' Malcolm Young Interview: AC/DC in 2003

The beginning 2003 was a potent time to talk to AC/DC — and Malcolm Young in particular. The group was being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Fame at the time, and as part a new deal with Sony, it was rolling out a full series remastered albums. It was also in an odd

Cyhi The Prynce x The Breakfast Club: Talks Writing For Kanye West, Relationship W/Akon, Getting Off Def Jam, 'No Dope On Sundays,' Being A Lyricist

Video After The Jump Cyhi The Prynce stopped by The Breakfast Club to talk about writing for Kanye West, relationship with Akon, getting f Def Jam, his album “No Dope on Sundays,” being a lyricist and more. Follow Me

Bebe Rexha on How Florida Georgia Line Helped Heal Heartbreak & Life Lessons from Nicki Minaj, Louis Tomlinson

They've created chart-topping hits with Nelly, The Chainsmokers and the Backstreet Boys, but when it came to Florida Georgia Line's latest collaboration, it took Tyler Hubbard's wife to get the track rolling. The country duo feature on Bebe Rexha's latest single, “Meant to Be,” from her EP All Your Fault: Pt. 2, and the trio shared

Mel Tillis, Longtime Country Singer and Songwriter, Dies at 85

Mel Tillis, a Florida native who defined the word e”ntertainer” in the field country music, died Sunday (Nov. 19) after a long illness in a Florida hospital. He was 85. One the most colorful personalities the music business has ever seen, the Country Music Hall Fame member enjoyed success as a writer, actor, and performer,

Tyler, the Creator Ignites Sold-Out NYC Terminal 5 Show With Help From A$AP Rocky

Tyler, the Creator didn’t thank his sold-out crowd at New York City’s Terminal 5 on Monday night (Nov. 13) for the sake formality — he did it because they helped restore his faith in his own songwriting. The 26-year-old rapper born Tyler Okonma revealed that he thought he only had “three good songs” prior to releasing his latest

Problem Talks New Album 'Selfish,' Staying Independent & Tapping Into His Vulnerable Side

“I’m just trying to do something big. Something that’s never been done by an independent.” From a short stint at a major record label to releasing 20+ projects all before the release his debut album, Problem has been putting in the work. If you’ve never heard his name, then you’ve probably heard him on some

Macklemore Mentored a Young Seattle Rapper and Debuted Him on 'Fallon': Watch

It’s been a compelling career journey for Macklemore, who in the space five years has gone from the “Thrift Shop” to the summit the Billboard Hot 100 and performing to almost 80,000 rugby fans Down Under.  But there’s more to the tale than bright lights, brisk sales and the big stage. There’s a feel-good story

Demo Taped Debuts Track 'Pack of Gum' & Exposes His Insecurities for the Greater Good: Interview

He tells me that one his biggest insecurities is his conversational skills, and if he hadn’t told me, I would never have guessed. It's worth mentioning because the subject matter the rest our conversation — mental health and the misunderstandings it from the outside looking in. He is Demo Taped (born Adam Alexander), a 19-year-old singer-songwriter whose music

Eric Bellinger & Wale Praise Their Women in 'G.O.A.T 2.0.': Premiere

For the 2016 politically-themed EP Eric B For President: Term 1, Eric Bellinger dropped f the sensual “G.O.A.T,” which found him singing the praises his woman. Today (Nov. 16) Eric B connects with his longtime friend Wale for “G.O.A.T 2.0,” as they continue to celebrate their significant other for being the greatest all time.  Over the

Macklemore Protege Travis Thompson on 'Tonight Show' Performance: 'I Had Hella Fun'

Thompson came up through Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ Seattle-based music mentorship program The Residency. Imagine making your network TV debut on The Tonight Show. Now imagine doing it alongside multi-platinum hip-hop star Macklemore, who took a chance on you when you were just a cocky teen from the small Seattle suburb White Center. That's basically

Sam Smith on the Advice Elton John Gave Him & Where He Sees Himself at 60

Forget the sophomore slump. Sam Smith's second album, The Thrill It All, dropped Nov. 3 and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. This Sunday (Nov. 19), the iHeartRadio Album Release Party With Sam Smith Presented by Ulta Beauty will bring an intimate NYC performance and Q&A with Elvis Duran to radio and streaming.

A Practical Conversation With Curt Smith of Tears for Fears About the Band's Latest Greatest Hits Album

You could forgive Curt Smith '80s hitmakers Tears for Fears for not being overly celebratory about the band's recently released (Nov. 9) greatest hits compilation, entitled Rule the World: The Greatest Hits. Since releasing their first best-, Tears Roll Down, in 1992, the cerebral pop duo have had their name attached to hits comps named

Taylor Swift Lands Third UK No. 1 With 'Reputation'

Meanwhile, Camila Cabello’s “Havana” featuring Young Thug lands a third week atop the singles chart. First-week sales 84,000 give Taylor Swift her third consecutive U.K. No. 1 album with Reputation (EMI/Universal), as Camila Cabello's “Havana” (Epic/Syco/Sony) featuring Young Thug lands a third week atop the singles chart. Swift's new set made a fast start with sales in

Lauv Explains How a 'Sappy Ass Movie' Inspired New Song & Opening for Ed Sheeran Has Been Life-Changing

At this point last year, a 22-year-old Lauv was watching his breakup tune “The Other” begin to take f on Spotify, nearly two years after releasing the somber dance track. Little did he know that just one year later, the song would go on to have more than 120 million streams and he’d have 20