1. Rita Ora, 'Grateful': Exclusive Song Premiere from the 'Beyond The Lights' Soundtrack

    October 22, 2014 2:39 PM EDT The soundtrack to the 2014 romantic drama, Beyond the Lights , is laced with star-studded features, including Rita Ora , Mavado (featuring Nicki Minaj ), Machine Gun Kelly (who portrays "Kid Culprit" in the film), Yuna and more. The mighty new single off the soundtrack, "…

  2. Florida Georgia Line Scores First No. 1 Album

    October 22, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Bob Seger, The Game, U2 and Hoodie Allen also score Top 10 debuts on the Billboard 200 chart. Country duo Florida Georgia Line nabs its first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart with the arrival of Anything Goes . The set was released on Republic Nashville and sold 197,000 copies in the…

  3. 'Motown the Musical' Feels the Love Back in the Motor City

    October 22, 2014 1:58 AM EDT "The Motown family cannot NOT love each other," Berry Gordy, Jr. recently told Billboard. And there was certainly plenty of love in the room on Tuesday night when Gordy and dozens of Motown alumni -- artists, musicians executives, recording engineers, secretaries and more --…

  4. Lisa Mitchell Discusses Her New 'F--k It' Song ‘Wah Ha’: Listen

    October 21, 2014 1:24 AM EDT Lisa Mitchell has never been one to take the obvious route. The Australian singer-songwriter is back in the groove after taking time out to travel and work on a bio-dynamic vegetable farm. The experience of getting her hands dirty on the Victorian site proved to be a creatively fertile one.…

  5. Kelly Clarkson Covers Sam Smith's 'Stay With Me'

    October 20, 2014 4:01 PM EDT Performing over the weekend in Chicago, Kelly Clarkson decided to bring her formidable voice to bear on a cover of Sam Smith 's "Stay With Me." "I just like the word 'stay' in songs," she joked, unveiling her version of Smith's hit after singing …

  6. Female Artists Ruling the Charts: A Movement or Just a Moment?

    October 17, 2014 11:43 AM EDT It’s an unprecedented week six of women ruling the top 5, as one exec says when this happens en masse... “there’s something going on culturally.” Taylor , Iggy , Katy , Nicki , Charli , Jessie , Ariana -- there’s no question that women are dominating the singles chart and leading the…

  7. RCA Records Hires Dan Chertoff as VP, A&R

    October 17, 2014 10:20 AM EDT Dan Chertoff has been appointed vice president A&R of RCA Records, where he'll be responsible for signing and developing new artists, the label has announced. Chartoff will work out of RCA's New York City headquarters and report to CEO Peter Edge and David Wolter , SVP of A…

  8. Inside Kesha & Dr. Luke's Dueling Lawsuits

    October 16, 2014 7:49 PM EDT The pop star alleges physical, verbal & sexual abuse, while the hit songwriter-producer claims it’s part of an extortion plot. Who’s telling the truth? Rape, verbal and physical abuse, indentured servitude and mental torment were but a few of the allegations put forth in a lawsuit…

  9. Merlin to Open U.S. Office, Taps A2IM's Jim Mahoney to Lead

    October 16, 2014 8:00 AM EDT Merlin, the indie label global rights agency, has hired Jim Mahoney to open and head its U.S. office as gm. “Merlin prides itself on being a truly global operation, so to open a permanent office in the world’s largest music market was a logical step," Merlin CEO Charles Caldas said in…

  10. SESAC Settles Television Class-Action for $58.5 Million

    October 15, 2014 6:06 PM EDT SESAC has agreed to pay $58.5 million to TV stations as part of a settlement with the Television Music License Committee, which was part of a class-action suit filed against the privately-owned performance right organization in 2009 that alleged antitrust behavior by the PRO. The suit was…

  11. MLB Playoffs: All the Intro Songs Revealed

    October 15, 2014 4:15 PM EDT What are players rocking when they step to the plate? There’s a lot more than organ music at baseball games these days. Unless we’re talking Chicago’s Wrigley Field (the only stadium that sticks to the classic organ sounds), every MLB player has the opportunity to step to the plate with his…

  12. Meghan Trainor Tops Hot 100; Tove Lo Joins All-Female Top Five, Bobby Shmurda Hits Top 10

    October 15, 2014 2:45 PM EDT Led up by Trainor's 'All About That Bass,' women monopolize the top five for a record-extending sixth consecutive week, with Tove Lo's 'Habits (Stay High)' entering the region. Plus, Bobby Shmurda's 'Hot Boy' dances into the top 10. Another week,…

  13. Dr. Luke Claims in Defamation Lawsuit That Kesha Is Extorting Him

    October 14, 2014 5:01 PM EDT The star producer files his own lawsuit in New York, claiming that her 'false' sexual abuse allegations arise from a contract dispute. As pop superstar Kesha lobbed a bombshell lawsuit alleging disturbing sexual abuse on the part of her producer, Lukasz "Dr. Luke"…

  14. Nile Rodgers, Ellie Goulding Honored at BMI London Awards

    October 14, 2014 12:02 PM EDT Legendary lyricist Tim Rice was honored, Nile Rodgers took top prize and Ellie Goulding was a three-time winner at the BMI London Awards , held Monday night at London's Dorchester Hotel. The annual gala is held to honor the U.K./Euro/Caribbean songwriters, producers and publishers of…

  15. Exclusive: NBA Live 15 Soundtrack Unveiled, Cover Star Damian Lillard Discusses The Music

    October 14, 2014 8:00 AM EDT NBA Live 15 , the latest incarnation of the best-selling basketball video game franchise, is due out on Oct. 28, but the soundtrack to the EA Sports game has been unveiled on Tuesday morning (Oct. 14). The 26-song track list is highlighted by hip-hop and R&B stars like Jeezy, Jeremih, G…

  16. Kelly Clarkson Gathers Famous Friends for Holiday Benefit Concert

    October 14, 2014 12:16 AM EDT Kelly Clarkson announced on her website that she'll be hosting her first annual benefit concert, Miracle on Broadway , on Dec. 20. The show, which will be held at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena, features a star-studded lineup, including Reba McEntire , Trisha Yearwood , Garth…

  17. Chris Brown & Beyonce Lead Soul Train Award Nominations

    October 13, 2014 3:56 PM EDT Team Breezy will be very happy about this. Chris Brown leads with seven nominations for the 2014 Soul Train Awards. Brown is followed by six nods for Beyonce and five for Pharrell . Hosted by Wendy Williams , this year’s show will take place at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas on Nov. 7 and…

  18. 'Downton Abbey' Christmas Album Is Coming

    October 13, 2014 2:51 PM EDT This is the best news since the last time the Dowager Countess spoke :  Downton Abbey  will be releasing a Christmas album this year.  Christmas at Downton Abbey  will feature a festive version of the show's theme song as well as traditional hymns and carols, according to ITV , which…

  19. Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Herb Alpert Returns After 27-Year Absence

    October 10, 2014 8:00 PM EDT Plus: the first new Christmas album of the season debuts! On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart, Blake Shelton scored his second No. 1 album with Bringing Back the Sunshine , as the Warner Bros. Nashville album sold 100,000 copies in the week ending Oct. 5, according to Nielsen…

  20. Music Producer Charles Huggins Convicted of Investment Fraud in NY

    October 10, 2014 7:12 PM EDT A music producer who worked with stars including Tom Cruise and Whitney Houston has been convicted of ripping off investors in gold and diamonds. Charles Huggins was convicted Friday of wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Federal Judge Sidney Stein ordered Huggins held at least…

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