1. Ryan Tedder Can't Stop: Working With U2, Elton John (and Everyone Else) While OneRepublic Enjoys Career Highs: Cover Story

    March 17, 2014 11:00 AM EDT The Undercover King of Pop: He made more than $2.5 million writing songs last year but doesn't know it. Now OneRepublic's lead singer, who claims to never check his money, is music's most prolific writer/producer Ryan Tedder is well over an hour into a high-voltage…

  2. SXSW: Brendan Benson Comfy as Label Head, Says Raconteurs Comeback's 'Off the Table'

    March 16, 2014 6:00 PM EDT -year-old singer/songwriter Brendan Benson looks relaxed as he sits on the patio outside his hotel restaurant during SXSW, and who can blame him? After years as a cult-figure road warrior (and, for a brief stint, the co-songwriter foil to Jack White in the much-more-popular-than-cult-figure…

  3. Bottoms Up! The 15 Biggest Drinking Songs

    March 15, 2014 12:30 PM EDT There are four songs charting on the Hot 100 this week (May 15) that allude to either being tipsy from love or just flat out tossing back a brew for the heck of it. Beyonce's Cognac-soaked "Drunk in Love" collab with husband Jay Z rests no. 7, Brantley Gilbert says "…

  4. The 'Blackfish' Effect: With California's Proposed Orca Ban, Will More Artists Cancel Theme Park Concerts?

    March 14, 2014 4:46 PM EDT Proposed legislation that would ban the use of orcas as amusement-park acts in California could turn up the heat on musical groups that can earn a 25 percent to 50 percent premium playing such venues. On March 7, California assemblyman Richard Bloom, a Democrat whose district includes Malibu,…

  5. Rick Ross is Boss on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, Iggy Azalea's 'Fancy' Debuts

    March 13, 2014 8:14 PM EDT Despite an underperforming first single and a back-to-the-drawing-board delay, Rick Ross' "Mastermind" beats out Pharrell's "G I R L" to open atop the Billboard 200 and Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with 179,000 copies sold in the week ending March 9, according to…

  6. Eric Paslay’s ‘Song About A Girl’ Makes Clichés Sound Fresh

    March 13, 2014 7:44 PM EDT Pickup trucks, tailgates, back roads, bonfires and alcohol: commercial country has been obsessed with a handful of topics for several years, and just about every sector of the business -- from the songwriters to the labels to radio -- has voiced some level of frustration about what seems…

  7. Dawn Richard Doesn't Mind Being R&B's Coolest Outcast

    March 13, 2014 4:16 PM EDT The singer discusses why she returned to Danity Kane, her 'medieval' album trilogy and making music that Joan Of Arc would listen to. Dawn Richard understands why people were confused when she announced that she was returning to Danity Kane. After the R&B-leaning girl group -…

  8. Austin Mahone & Pitbull's 'MMM Yeah' Video: Jamiroquai's 'Virtual Insanity' Gets a Facelift

    March 13, 2014 2:30 PM EDT Austin Mahone's clip for new single "MMM Yeah" is a fairly straightforward pop visual that doubles as an inspired homage to a music video from the days of yore (aka 1996): Jamiroquai's "Virtual Insanity"! Watch Mahone's video, which was released on Thursday …

  9. Kendrick Lamar & TDE Take Over iTunes Festival at SXSW

    March 13, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Kendrick Lamar and the rest of Top Dawg Entertainment continue to outdo themselves. Lamar headlined day two of SXSW’s iTunes five-night concert series, alongside TDE artists ScHoolboy Q and newcomer Isaiah Rashad. The show, which took place at ACL Live at the Moody Theatre Wednesday night …

  10. Beyonce Backs Campaign to ‘Ban Bossy’: Watch

    March 13, 2014 3:04 AM EDT Beyonce’s not bossy. She’s “the boss.” That’s the difficult-to-dispute line from Bey herself, as she joins the likes of actors Jennifer Garner and Jane Lynch, fashion designer Diane Von Fürstenberg and former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice for a viral campaign which calls for a ban…

  11. Paramore & Beyond: The 10 Most Awesome Things We Saw at Parahoy!

    March 12, 2014 7:10 PM EDT The best of four days at sea with Paramore, Teegan & Sara, New Found Glory and more The maiden voyage of the Parahoy! cruise finally came back to shore yesterday. The four-day excursion to the Bahamas might have been filled with angsty music, but that didn't stop the good vibes…

  12. Aloe Blacc, American Authors To Perform at Kids' Choice Awards

    March 12, 2014 11:45 AM EDT The 2014 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards has announced its first performers and presenters. Indie rock outfit American Authors and Aloe Blacc will perform at the March 29 fan-voted ceremony hosted by Mark Wahlberg, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. American Authors will take the stage…

  13. 'Glee' Recap: Weighed Down With Emotions, 'City of Angels' Episode Doesn't Fly

    March 12, 2014 6:02 AM EDT “This is not how the story was supposed to end.” Tonight awarded Jake Puckerman the most meta of lines, as the club congregates towards the end of the episode, hopes dashed. Spoiler alert up front -- New Directions does not win Nationals this year, and that might not have been the story …

  14. Keith Richards to Write a Children's Book

    March 11, 2014 5:27 PM EDT Keith Richards is writing a children's book. He really is. The Rolling Stone who came to define the adults-only lifestyle of rock has a deal with Little, Brown Books for Young Readers for a picture story called "Gus & Me: The Story of My Granddad and My First Guitar." The…

  15. Danielle Bradbery Returns to High School for a Good Cause

    March 11, 2014 2:27 PM EDT Last week was a "Back To School" week for Big Machine recording artist Danielle Bradbery. The teenage songstress, whose "Heart Of Dixie" single is currently sitting at No. 14 on the Country Radio Airplay chart, visited five high schools across the nation to help bring the…

  16. Parahoy! Day 4: Tegan & Sara, New Found Glory Wrap Cruise's Maiden Voyage

    March 11, 2014 11:00 AM EDT After four days at sea, Parahoy!'s maiden voyage finally came to a close Monday (March 10). It actually felt more like a Sunday, with party-worn guests finally realizing they'd be waking up early and heading back to their ordinary lives the next day. Still, it was a whole '…

  17. Skrillex's 'Recess' & 10 Other Unexpected Album Releases

    March 11, 2014 10:45 AM EDT From David Bowie to Beyonce, see who else dropped LPs without a ton of warning. Over the past half-decade, artists have dropped full-lengths with zero, or very little, advance notice, shocking their fans and setting forth some unexpected listening delights. Check out 11 instances of…

  18. Skrillex Surprises With 'Recess' Album Release

    March 11, 2014 6:06 AM EDT Skrillex now has more in common with Beyoncé than a pile of Grammys. They both like to release surprise albums. Starting on the evening of March 10, the dubstep prince unlocked access to one song after another until all 11 tracks of his forthcoming debut album, “Recess.” had been…

  19. The Black Keys Selling Shirts to Raise Funds for Local Little League

    March 10, 2014 9:08 PM EDT After sponsoring the band's childhood little league baseball team in 2013, the Black Keys are looking to help out the entire league, rather than just one outfit. According to MTV, the Ohio band will be selling t-shirts on its website to benefit the West Akron Baseball League, with all…

  20. Lorde Scores Limited-Edition MAC Makeup Line

    March 10, 2014 6:11 PM EDT There's no denying that we're totally into Lorde's signature beauty look -- her vampy lips in dark shades of deep berry and purple. Now, fans (us, included!) can get in on the action as MAC Cosmetics has announced its collaboration with the "Royals" songstress for a…

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