1. Maya Angelou's Work Mixed With Hip-Hop for Album

    September 03, 2014 6:56 PM EDT Maya Angelou 's iconic words and lyrics will blend with hip-hop beats for a new album called Caged Bird Songs . Shawn Rivera , the lead singer of R&B group Az Yet , and RoccStarr , who co-wrote Chris Brown 's "Fine China," produced the 13-song set, to be released…

  2. Country Newcomer Danika Portz Talks Eclectic Influences: Katy Perry, Dolly Parton & The Circus

    September 03, 2014 6:02 PM EDT Danika Portz's debut single "Greatest Show On Earth" definitely qualifies as one of the most unique country singles this summer. The dramatic, haunting melody is underscored by the fact that the Iowa native simply sounds like nobody else in Nashville these days, especially on a…

  3. 20 Best High School Music Videos

    September 03, 2014 3:45 PM EDT If high school had existed in Shakespeare’s day, he’d have set every battle on a football field, each stolen kiss under the bleachers. That’s because when it comes to drama, neither rotten Denmark nor fair Verona holds a candle to the modern American high school. While the Bard missed out on…

  4. Vevo Looks to Take Music Videos Into Virtual Reality

    September 03, 2014 12:50 PM EDT Vevo will be there with a fully immersive music video experience when the just-announced Samsung Gear VR 3D headset is released later this year. Jon Li , product manager on the project, said in a statement that the project forced his team to re-think the whole music video-watching experience.…

  5. 2014 CMA Noms: Dierks Bentley & Miranda Lambert Score Big, Jason Aldean Gets Snubbed

    September 03, 2014 12:45 PM EDT Wednesday morning on Good Morning America, the nominations for the 48th Annual Country Music Association Awards were announced by Darius Rucker and Little Big Town -- and, as usual, there were a few surprises. The biggest head-scratcher of all was the omission of Jason Aldean -- who headlined…

  6. Interpol Plays Deep Cuts & 'El Pintor' at 2,000-Year-Old Egyptian Temple

    September 03, 2014 12:35 PM EDT Interpol claims NYU roots, called Manhattan home before the Brooklyn scene became trendy, and eventually played Madison Square Garden while signed to Capitol Records. But if New York is your home turf, you’ve never quite seen it all. Primed to releasing their first new album in four years,…

  7. Exclusive Premiere: King Tuff's 'Danger in the Dark'

    September 03, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Ahoy, Tuffy! King Tuff , that is: the Vermont garage-rocker has released his new single, "Danger in the Dark," created for rum giant Captain Morgan 's new advertising campaign, the Tavern Series. Kendrick Lamar-Inspired Short Film to Debut at Sundance's Next Fest Despite…

  8. Hear Kendrick Lamar & Flying Lotus Team Up on Spastic 'Never Catch Me'

    September 03, 2014 10:34 AM EDT Kendrick Lamar is an undisputed juggernaut on his own, and he’s not one to back down from a challenging collaboration. From working with Imagine Dragons to Robin Thicke , we know Kendrick likes to experiment, so it’s refreshing to see him hopping on a track with someone who lives to…

  9. Disney Reveals 'Frozen Fever' Animated Short Coming in 2015

    September 03, 2014 10:24 AM EDT Fans of  Frozen  don't have to let it go just yet. During Tuesday night's behind-the-scenes special about the making of  Frozen on ABC, Disney revealed the company will release a new animated short,  Frozen Fever ,  in the spring of 2015. Like the original hit film, the short will…

  10. First Look: Allison Williams as 'Peter Pan' Unveiled

    September 03, 2014 9:58 AM EDT The first photo of Girls star Allison Williams as Peter Pan has been revealed. In the image, released Wednesday morning by NBC and tweeted by its Today morning show, Williams sports short hair, a ragged green suit and brown boots, as she's shown perched on a ship. First photo! See…

  11. 2014 CMA Awards Nominations Revealed on 'GMA'

    September 03, 2014 8:23 AM EDT Check out the full list of CMA nominees On Wednesday morning in Times Square, Little Big Town and Darius Rucker took over ABC's Good Morning America to reveal the 2014 Country Music Association Awards nominees. As you might expect, the CMA nominees are some of the absolute biggest names…

  12. David Anderle, A&R for Frank Zappa, Beach Boys & More, Dies at 77

    September 02, 2014 8:27 PM EDT David Anderle , the A&R executive who worked with Frank Zappa , the Beach Boys , Sheryl Crow and Aaron Neville during a 35-year career, died Monday of cancer at his Los Angeles home. He was 77. A classmate of Herb Alpert and Lou Adler at Fairfax High School, Anderle served his longest…

  13. TV on the Radio Drops New Song, Shares Tour Dates & 'Seeds' Release Date

    September 02, 2014 2:34 PM EDT New TV on the Radio music is finally here. The New York-based whiz kids have shared the official lyric video for a new song called “Happy Idiot,” which comes from their forthcoming studio album Seeds . Good news: The frothy, cotton candy theme of the Seeds trailer they teased in July is back!…

  14. Lorde Working in Studio, Has Instagram to Prove It

    September 02, 2014 10:49 AM EDT What’cha working’ on there, Lorde ? On Aug. 29, Lorde shared an Instagram shot of her in a recording studio with a candlelit soundboard. Her caption reads, “i always remind myself to bring a candle for the studio and finally i did today and ohhhhhhh.” Is Ella working on her new track for The…

  15. Beyonce! Bruce Springsteen! Miley Cyrus! Check Out Some of the Coolest College Courses

    September 02, 2014 10:40 AM EDT Now that summer is over, it's time for school and between History 101 and English 300, several institutions of higher learning are offering courses on some of the country’s most influential artists. (We're looking at you, Beyonce!) Ultimate Stuyding Playlist | 20 Best Videos Set in…

  16. Exclusive Premiere: Listen to Better Than Ezra's New Album 'All Together Now'

    September 02, 2014 10:35 AM EDT Frontman Kevin Griffin tells Billboard about the prank-filled recording sessions for their new album. Better Than Ezra , the New Orleans-based rock trio behind such '90s hits as “Good” and “Desperately Wanting,” are back with a new studio album, and it's streaming exclusively on…

  17. 'Pancake Mountain,' Kid-Friendly and Music-Centric Series, Returns with New Season of (Weird) Programming

    September 02, 2014 10:18 AM EDT The series, co-conceptualized by punk demigod Ian Mackaye and ressurected thanks to the patronage of 'Star Wars' director J.J. Abrams, returns today. Katy Perry 's slightly scantily-clad performance on Sesame Street may not have flown with Big Bird -- or parents -- but the…

  18. Chris Brown Pleads Guilty to Assault in Washington

    September 02, 2014 10:11 AM EDT Chris Brown pleaded guilty on Tuesday to hitting a man outside a Washington hotel, an assault that occurred while the singer was on probation for attacking his then-girlfriend Rihanna. Brown pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault and was sentenced to time served. He spent two days in a…

  19. Is Neil Young Recording His Orchestral Album?

    September 02, 2014 4:54 AM EDT Neil Young is apparently making good on his plan to record an orchestral album.  The legendary Canadian artist has been at work in the studio cutting a new recording with the highly-rated German-born composer and arranger Chris Walden . The longplayer is said to have a working title of…

  20. Chart Highlights: Charli XCX's 'Boom Clap' Thunders To Top Of Pop Songs

    September 01, 2014 4:15 PM EDT She scores her first No. 1 as a lead act. Plus, new leaders for Jennifer Lopez, the Pretty Reckless, Lady Antebellum & more Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys…

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