1. ASCAP Honors Ellie Goulding, UMPG at 34th Annual Awards

    October 09, 2014 10:29 AM EDT At ASCAP's (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) 34th annual awards in London last night, pop singer/songwriters Alex Clare and Jim Duguid were named Songwriters of the Year for their hit song “Too Close,” recorded by Clare. Meanwhile, Ellie Goulding 's "…

  2. Violent Soho, Courtney Barnett & Sheppard Among Winners at Australia’s Independent Music Awards

    October 08, 2014 11:49 PM EDT Violent Soho , Courtney Barnett , Sheppard and Remi were among the big winners Wednesday night (Oct. 8) when the trophies were handed out at Australia’s Independent Music Awards. There was no glory for either Sia or Chet Faker, however, who each had three nominations but failed to win a…

  3. 'Ghostbusters' Reboot: What Woman Should Take On the Theme Song?

    October 08, 2014 5:07 PM EDT Who are they gonna call? Time to place a call: Ghostbusters is officially being rebooted with director Paul Feig and  Katie Dippold ( The Heat ) penning the script. "It's official. I'm making a new Ghostbusters & writing it with @katiedippold & yes, it will star…

  4. 'Super-Serving the Uber Fan' To Be Discussed on Billboard Touring Conference Panel

    October 07, 2014 2:37 PM EDT How to manage fan relationships and extend them beyond each concert is something all concert industry stakeholders want, and today's data makes that more possible than ever. The issue will be discussed in-depth at a Billboard Touring Conference panel called "Beyond The Ticket:…

  5. Chet Faker, Sia, 5SOS, Iggy Azalea Nominated for ARIA Awards

    October 07, 2014 4:23 AM EDT With a total of nine nominations, electronic-beat singer-songwriter  Chet Faker  is the frontrunner heading into the 2014 ARIA Awards. Though the likes of Sheppard , Sia , Dan Sultan , 5 Seconds Of Summer , Iggy Azalea   and Violent Soho aren’t far behind. Over the past two years, it would…

  6. Executive Turntable: Moves at Universal, Kobalt, Viacom and iHeartMedia

    October 06, 2014 5:39 PM EDT John Nicholas left his position of vice president/sales at Universal Music Distribution following a 25-year stint to join SMH Records as general manager. During his career, he has developed and implemented successful sales and marketing plans for iconic catalogs such as The Beatles, Pink…

  7. Why 1991 Was the Best Musical Year of the '90s

    October 06, 2014 2:15 PM EDT After focusing on 1994 last week, now, we're wondering what the best year for music was of the '90s. Monday, we make a case for 1990 and 1991 . POP SHOP HOMEPAGE The first musical year of a decade is usually transitional at best -- listening to the most notable releases from a…

  8. The Best and Worst Singles of the Week -- From Lorde to One Direction

    October 03, 2014 4:01 PM EDT Lorde "Yellow Flicker Beat" Republic/Lave Pop's moodiest teen gives a first taste of her curated The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 soundtrack with "Yellow Flicker Beat." Lorde's buzzy, veiny vocals complement a synth-blotched beat, which throbs beneath…

  9. SXSW Probably Isn't Going Anywhere – But Big Changes Loom

    October 02, 2014 2:17 PM EDT A new report suggests implementing "clean zones," a way to control the massive crowds by restricting areas of the fest's downtown footprint. Updated, 3:10pm ET : SXSW's official statement on the report can be found in full at the bottom of this article. A new report,…

  10. Aretha Franklin Dishes on Covering 'Rolling in the Deep': 'It's What Contemporary Music Needs More Of'

    October 02, 2014 1:50 PM EDT On Wednesday night, Aretha Franklin and longtime collaborator and mogul Clive Davis sat down with veteran music journalist Anthony DeCurtis at New York City's 92Y for a lengthy discussion and preview of her upcoming covers album, Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics (due out…

  11. Neil Diamond Goes Back to High School for First-Ever Brooklyn Show: Review

    September 30, 2014 3:02 AM EDT After more than 50 years in the business, with over 100 million albums sold and a slew of hits that are heard everywhere from bars to weddings to ballparks, Neil Diamond decided it was finally time to play a concert in his native Brooklyn. And rather than perform at one of the borough'…

  12. Private Jet? No Problem. VIP Packages for Superfans Are Big Business for Tours & Festivals

    September 29, 2014 2:54 PM EDT Since the live event business rebounded in 2010, VIP programs, which offer seats closer to the stage, meet-and-greets with the artist and, in one extreme case, a private jet to the festival grounds (see story, below), increasingly have become big business. “We’re at a point where most tours…

  13. What the Ello Is Happening? Behind the New Social Network's Big Week and Musical Roots

    September 29, 2014 2:16 PM EDT "Not a tool to deceive, coerce, and manipulate — but a place to connect, create, and celebrate life. You are not a product." Somehow, the Vermont-based serial entrepreneur and artist behind KidRobot, a team of nine developers in Denver and a handful of designers in Boulder have…

  14. Quotes of the Week: Madonna and Nicki Werk It, Lorde’s Makeup Mishap and More

    September 26, 2014 5:35 PM EDT "We go hard or we go home we gon' do this all night long! #werk" Madonna hit the town with rap's reigning queen Nicki Minaj , posting an Instagram of their adventures and captioning the pic with a hashtag that suggests a possible collabo. "I can’t stop farting today…

  15. Motionless in White Roars Onto Top Rock Albums at No. 1

    September 26, 2014 11:05 AM EDT Motionless In White scores its first No. 1 on Billboard's Top Rock Albums chart , and its best-ever sales week, as Reincarnate debuts with 31,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The goth-metal band also enters the top 10 of the Billboard 200 (No. 9) and leads Hard Rock Albums for…

  16. Faith Hill Signs With Sandbox Entertainment For New Management

    September 26, 2014 8:09 AM EDT Faith Hill is now playing in the same Sandbox as Kacey Musgraves , Little Big Town , Dan + Shay and Shania Twain , having signed a freshly inked management deal with Nashville's Sandbox Entertainment. The country superstar had most recently been repped by Red Light Management alongside…

  17. Six Key Takeaways From This Week's Massive Copyright Decision

    September 25, 2014 10:29 AM EDT The decision by a federal judge in California that came down on Monday -- that owners of master recordings released before Feb. 15, 1972 have an exclusive copyright that applies to performances -- is not only seen as a major victory for Flo & Eddie (the pair who initiated a class…

  18. ARIA Awards Announce Date, Venue

    September 25, 2014 3:00 AM EDT The Australian recorded music industry’s flagship ARIA Awards will be held Nov. 26 in Sydney, organizers announced Thursday. Free-to-air broadcaster TEN will telecast the ceremony from the Event Centre at The Star, the setting for last year’s show.  This year’s 28th annual ceremony will cap…

  19. Lenny Kravitz on His ‘Grit’n’Glamour’-Filled New Album ‘Strut’ and Starting His Own Indie Label

    September 22, 2014 3:39 PM EDT Lenny Kravitz has reason to walk tall these days. In recent years, the singer-songwriter has become more known for acting, thanks to his role as Cinna in the first two films of the blockbuster Hunger Games franchise. But on Sept. 23, Kravitz returns to music and hits the 10-album mark with…

  20. Meghan Trainor Hints at Album, Talks Taylor Swift Cover Backstage at iHeartRadio Music Fest: Watch

    September 21, 2014 10:55 PM EDT “It’s still not real. It’s not real, but it’s amazing.” That’s how Meghan Trainor sees the view from the top. Pop music’s newest star is No. 1 at both ends of the planet right now, and she’s nearly ready to take the next big step -- dropping an album.   Trainor’s “All About The Bass”…

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