1. Backstreet Boys, Avril Lavigne Announce Summer Tour

    March 14, 2014 3:58 PM EDT Backstreet Boys and Avril Lavigne are linking up for a summer tour of North American amphitheaters. BSB announced the dates during an appearance of "Good Morning America" on Friday (Mar. 14). Lavigne's slot as the opener on the tour is more than a little dubious: both BSB and…

  2. Oscar Music Nominees Honored, and Drenched, at Society of Composers and Lyricists Event

    March 02, 2014 12:29 PM EST The heavy rains that pummeled Southern California on Saturday (march 1) created a divide between the film music industry at the annual Society of Composers and Lyricists champagne reception for Oscar nominees. Oscar's Best Song Battle: Pharrell, U2, Karen O, 'Frozen' Fight…

  3. Jill Scott, 'Frozen' Writers Perform at First-Ever Oscar Concert

    February 28, 2014 1:43 PM EST This year's five Oscar-nominated composers delivered the first-ever Oscar concert Feb. 27 at UCLA's Royce Hall, creating suites for orchestra from their film work. And between the light bounce of Alexandre Desplat's "Philomena" and the heaviness of John Williams'…

  4. IHeartRadio Music Awards To Air May 1 on Clear Channel, NBC

    February 26, 2014 9:39 AM EST Clear Channel will air its first IHeartRadio Music Awards on NBC May 1, a three-hour, fan-voted award show set to air from 8-11 p.m. ET/PT from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, the company announced on Wednesday (Feb. 26). Clear Channel Media and Entertainment's John Sykes and Tom…

  5. 'Notice to Black Artists': Behind R&B's Struggle at Radio & The Letter That Has the Industry Buzzing

    February 21, 2014 2:30 PM EST No song spent more time atop the Billboard Hot 100 last year than Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines," which logged 12 weeks at No. 1 and set the all-time record for radio audience when it reached 229 million listeners in a week. It did so by tapping the sound of classic R…

  6. Jill Scott Talks 'The Voice,' James Brown Biopic and New Album

    February 18, 2014 9:30 AM EST Tapped as guest mentor for Team Usher on the sixth season of NBC's "The Voice" -- which kicks off Feb. 24 -- Jill Scott has also been busy juggling two other major projects: a co-starring role in the James Brown biopic "Get On Up" and a new album for Atlantic. Given…

  7. CODE Picks of the Week: The Presets, Major Lazer with Pharrell and More

    February 07, 2014 5:17 PM EST The Presets, “Goodbye Future” [Modular] AUSTRALIA - The Aussie duo pushes up the tempo on this frenetic new banger that lets vocalist Jules Hamilton’s voice act as both a narration and distorted instrument Major Lazer featuring Pharrell, “Aerosol Can” [Secretly Canadian] JAMAICA/UNITED…

  8. Elton John's Film Company Acquires Rights to Animated 'Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat' Film

    February 05, 2014 7:37 PM EST Elton John's Rocket Pictures has acquired the film rights to Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's global hit play "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" and will adapt it as an animated family feature in association with Webber's the Really Useful Group. Based…

  9. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Sweep Rap Categories at GRAMMYs

    January 27, 2014 1:55 AM EST Another year, another GRAMMY award show where influential R&B and rap categories are not televised, such as Rap Album and R&B Album. Surprising, considering the debate which arose from the moment the GRAMMY nominations were announced on December 6. Many argued on who, between…

  10. Bachman-Turner Overdrive Gets Canadian Music Hall of Fame Nod

    January 15, 2014 8:33 PM EST Veteran Canadian rockers Bachman-Turner Overdrive are headed to the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences announced on Wednesday that the Winnipeg-based band, fronted by Randy Bachman, will be inducted at the 2014 Juno Awards in March. Randy Bachman,…

  11. Plug In Stereo, 'A Little Peace': Exclusive EP Premiere

    January 03, 2014 1:28 PM EST Check out the budding pop singer's new six-track collection, launching at Billboard.com. Trevor Dahl, the Atlantic Records singer-songwriter known as Plug In Stereo, is kicking off the new year with the six-song "A Little Peace" EP, featuring the charming single "To Be…

  12. Jazz Guitarist Jim Hall Dead at 83

    December 10, 2013 7:51 PM EST Jim Hall, one of the leading jazz guitarists of the modern era, whose subtle technique, lyrical sound and introspective approach strongly influenced younger proteges such as Pat Metheny and Bill Frisell, died early Tuesday at age 83, his wife said. Hall died in his sleep after a short illness…

  13. Grammys 2014: R&B and Rap Nominations Feature Genre Mainstays and Left-Field Surprises

    December 07, 2013 11:22 AM EST An overview of the Grammy nominees in R&B and rap reveals several left-field surprises and snubs alongside such genre mainstays as Alicia Keys, Rihanna, Fantasia, Anthony Hamilton and John Legend, plus Jay Z (who leads all nominees with nine nods), Drake, Kanye West and Eminem. One of…

  14. Grammy Awards 2014: Full Nominations List

    December 06, 2013 11:00 PM EST Nominations for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards were announced Friday (Dec. 6), with select categories getting a primetime rollout during the "Grammy Nominations Concert Live!!" special on CBS. In terms of sheer numbers, Jay Z leads all with nine total nominations…

  15. Toni Braxton, Babyface Top Adult R&B Chart

    December 03, 2013 1:05 PM EST The pair's duet 'Hurt You' marks the stars' first No. 1 on the tally since 2000 and 1997, respectively Format stars Toni Braxton and Babyface each end lengthy absences from the top of Billboard's Nielsen BDS-based Adult R&B radio airplay chart, as their duet "…

  16. The Walkmen Announce Indefinite Hiatus

    November 29, 2013 8:15 PM EST After nearly 14 years as a band, The Walkmen are taking a step back from recording as a group. The indie rockers revealed in an interview with the Washington Post that, after shows in Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia, the band has "no future plans whatsoever." According to bassist…

  17. Elton John, Tom Hardy Arrive in Santa Monica to Tout Biopic 'Rocketman'

    November 06, 2013 11:08 PM EST Who cares about jet lag when you can have breakfast with Elton John and Tom Hardy? The pop icon and star turned up at a Tuesday morning breakfast in Santa Monica to personally tout Rocketman, the Elton John biopic that will star Hardy. Leading foreign sales outfit Good Universe hosted the…

  18. Old Crow Medicine Singer Talks Opry, Sharing a CMA Nomination With Bob Dylan

    October 24, 2013 3:00 PM EDT The string band Old Crow Medicine Show was invited to become a member of a rather exclusive club in August: The Grand Ole Opry. "There always seems to be these dream moments in a country music life – like when Merle Haggard whispers something in your ear," lead singer Ketch Secor…

  19. Tom Hardy Cast as Elton John in 'Rocketman' Biopic

    October 23, 2013 10:00 PM EDT "Rocketman," the upcoming Elton John biopic, has grabbed British actor Tom Hardy for the role of the eccentric performer, Deadline reports . Hardy, 36, famously portrayed supervillain Bane in "The Dark Knight Rises," along with roles in "Inception" "Tinker…

  20. Green Day, 'Broadway Idiot': Film Review

    October 11, 2013 3:20 PM EDT "Broadway Idiot" Director: Doug Hamilton Producer: Ira Pittelman Featuring: Billie Joe Armstrong, Michael Mayer, Mike Dirnt, Tre Cool Distributor: Film Buff Release date: Oct. 10 (CBGB Film Festival), Oct. 11 (New York, on-demand), Oct. 15 (eight one-nighters), Oct. 18 …

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