1. Lee Ann Womack Signs With Sugar Hill Records/Welk Music

    April 10, 2014 5:13 AM EDT In one of the livelier bidding wars in Nashville history, Sugar Hill Records/Welk Music has signed Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Lee Ann Womack. The critically acclaimed vocalist’s eagerly anticipated new record is slated for a September release, with a first single coming this summer.…

  2. Yep, Yep: Dustin Lynch's 'Where It's At' Starts Its Chart Trip, Trip

    April 08, 2014 2:30 PM EDT "Yep, yep." It's a two-word throw-away phrase, dropped seven times into Dustin Lynch's new single, "Where It's At," and yet it's the crucial identifier for the song. Before he ever recorded it, Lynch played it for some of his trusted advisers to get…

  3. 'Shameless' Racks Up 750 Synchs (35 in One Episode) on Its Way to New Soundtrack

    April 07, 2014 8:04 PM EDT As "Shameless" characters change, so, too, does the music Airborne Toxic Event, Exitmusic and Wavves were among the nearly two dozen artists used in the April 6 season four finale of “Shameless,” the Showtime series that has become a substantial home for independent recording…

  4. Mickey Rooney, Legendary Actor, Dead at 93

    April 07, 2014 2:46 AM EDT Mickey Rooney, the pint-sized ball of energy who starred as Andy Hardy, America’s boy next door, in 16 films for MGM — merely one highlight in an irrepressible and unimaginable nine-decade career in show business — has died. He was 93. Rooney's wife, Jan, told The Hollywood Reporter…

  5. Dancehall Artist Vybz Kartel Receives Life Sentence

    April 03, 2014 1:18 PM EDT A undeniable, yet divisive, talent, Vybz Kartel has entered into a career phase his seemingly invincible ego, as the self-designated as the World Boss, might have never envisioned: a life sentence, handed down today by Justice Lennox Campbell in Jamaica's Supreme Court. Several roads…

  6. Record Store Day Unveils 2014 Releases: David Bowie, Jay Z, Coldplay, Haim + More

    March 20, 2014 3:56 PM EDT Record Store Day has just announced a complete list of its 2014 exclusive releases (below) for its seventh annual celebration on April 19. The list of exclusive vinyl, which includes everything from a 7" David Bowie picture disc, a 12" of Sam Cooke's "Ain't That Good…

  7. D'Angelo Premieres Unreleased 'I'm Glad You're Mine' Live Song: Exclusive

    March 20, 2014 11:42 AM EDT The Al Green cover comes from the singer's upcoming live album "Live At The Jazz Café." Fans have been waiting 14 years for the follow-up to D'Angelo's virtuoso R&B classic, "Voodoo." When that new LP comes is anyone's guess, but rest assured…

  8. Florida Georgia Line, Luke Bryan Log New Country No. 1s

    March 20, 2014 11:40 AM EDT Florida Georgia Line becomes the first duo in nearly 22 years to notch at least three Hot Country Songs No. 1s from a debut full-length album, as "This Is How We Roll," featuring Luke Bryan, rises 2-1 with dual Digital and Streaming Gainer honors. "Roll," which praises the…

  9. Why Kat Dahlia's Vocal-Cord Problems Won't Kill Her Career: the R&B Newcomer Battles Back

    March 17, 2014 12:27 PM EDT Fresh off a photo shoot, Kat Dahlia is being rushed through the streets of Manhattan in a black car. It's early March, two weeks after she released her contagiously funky new single "Crazy" and three months away from the arrival of her debut album, “My Garden,” a pivotal time…

  10. SXSW 2014: A Look Back at the Fest's Top Films

    March 15, 2014 3:44 PM EDT Credit the last two editions of the South By Southwest Film Festival with raising the bar on music documentaries, screening the Oscar winners "Searching for Sugar Man" and "20 Feet From Stardom" early in their film festival travels. But it also offered homes for "…

  11. Movie History First: This Week's No. 1 Song and Album Both From Animated Films

    February 27, 2014 7:39 PM EST For the first time in history, both the No. 1 song and album in the U.S. are from animated films. Pharrell's single "Happy," from "Despicable Me 2," reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart this week, while Disney's "Frozen" soundtrack album…

  12. G. Love & Special Sauce, 'One Night Romance' Feat. Merry Clayton: Exclusive Video Premiere

    February 27, 2014 10:08 AM EST Garrett "G. Love" Dutton celebrates 20 years of sauce by getting the original lineup back together and recording a new, guest-filled album. Check out the video for "One Night Romance," with Merry Clayton G. Love & Special Sauce are looking both forward and in the…

  13. 'The Voice' Season 6 Opens With a Sassy Shakira

    February 25, 2014 9:24 AM EST Usher may have been the breakout judge of the fourth season of "The Voice," with his unconventional coaching techniques involving push-ups and ballroom dancing, but so far, Shakira is the star of the season six premiere. With witty zingers ("Adam's too busy thinking about…

  14. Def Leppard Revisits Overlooked Album: 'It Went Against the Grain'

    February 10, 2014 11:02 AM EST "Slang" (1996) gets an expanded edition... "We could've put out 'Sgt. Pepper's' and I think it would have been the same because it was Def Leppard and we had gotten lumped in with all the crap metal bands of the 80s" Nearly 18 years later, the members…

  15. John Legend, Fall Out Boy Highlight Wednesday's NYC Super Bowl Shows

    January 30, 2014 12:27 PM EST The R&B star played hits new and old in Manhattan, while FOB brought out Hayley Williams in Brooklyn. John Legend has already enjoyed an active touring and promotional cycle for his new album "Love In The Future," including the first leg of a U.S. tour last fall and…

  16. Bonnie Raitt, Skylar Grey, Joy Williams Shine at GRAMMY Foundation's 'A Song Is Born' Event

    January 24, 2014 12:26 PM EST Songs, specifically the ones that become smash hits, were the focal point of the Grammy Foundation's "A Song is Born" program on Jan. 23. Seventeen artists, most of them writers rather than interpreters, performed an astounding number of top 40 tunes, Grammy winners and…

  17. GRAMMY Party Live Blog: Thursday

    January 23, 2014 10:15 PM EST Billboard is on the scene as chart-topping musicians and big-time industry execs celebrate GRAMMY week at L.A.'s most exclusive events The GRAMMY Awards may not be handed out until Sunday night (Jan. 26), but the GRAMMY-week parties are already in full swing. Stay tuned to this page as…

  18. Sundance: 10 Must-See, Music-Related Movies Screening in Park City

    January 16, 2014 1:01 PM EST Nick Cave, Fela Kuti, Beck and Anne Hathaway highlight films with music elements at Sundance this year It’s nothing new to have musicians head by the planeload into Park City, Utah, to perform at various showcases, but this year’s line-up has a decidedly musical bent. Included are…

  19. New 'American Idol' Judge Gets Real Ahead of Season 13 Launch: 'I Think We Can Do Better Than What's Out There'

    January 15, 2014 9:53 AM EST Jennifer Lopez told an audience of "American Idol" fans at Royce Hall on the UCLA Campus that if she were a contestant and could choose her own judges, she would pick the "nice ones" -- Ellen DeGeneres, Paula Abdul, and herself. "We all love Ellen," said new…

  20. Usher, Diddy to Present at Golden Globes

    January 10, 2014 3:22 PM EST Usher Raymond and Sean "Diddy" Combs have been tapped to present at the 71st annual Golden Globes on Sunday (Jan. 12). Both artists join a list of star-studded presenters including recently announced Leonardo DiCaprio and Drew Barrymore. Related Articles Taylor Swift, Justin…

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