1. Trace Adkins' Wife Files for Divorce

    March 26, 2014 6:35 PM EDT The wife of country star Trace Adkins has filed for divorce. WSMV-TV reports that Rhonda Adkins filed paperwork Tuesday in Williamson County, citing "irreconcilable differences" between the couple. The Adkins' have been married 16 years and have three children. Rhonda Adkins…

  2. Record Label Sues Moby Over Decades-Old Samples

    March 25, 2014 9:10 PM EDT VMG Salsoul, a New York-based disco and funk record label, is attempting to once again rewind the clock to a time when sampling might have been a more legally-loose endeavor. Just four months after losing a lawsuit over Madonna's "Vogue," Salsoul has picked a new target -- Moby…

  3. 'Rio 2' Soundtrack With Janelle Monae, Bruno Mars + More: Exclusive Album Premiere

    March 24, 2014 12:15 PM EDT Can "Rio 2" follow in "Frozen"s Footsteps? As the soundtrack market heats up, another animated movie arrives with a companion album -- Listen to it here first When "Rio" was released in 2011, the soundtrack market was less than promising -- the animated feature…

  4. Chuck D Q&A: The Record Store Day Ambassador Looks to the Past for Music's Future

    March 23, 2014 5:44 PM EDT A student of history, Public Enemy founder Chuck D reached back to the early 1950s in his remarks at Amoeba in Hollywood this week to suggest an idea that would bring brick and mortar record stores in closer contact with the Internet: Radio stations. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer…

  5. Musicians Embrace Magnises, a Black Card for the Younger Set

    March 18, 2014 10:20 AM EDT Tech entrepreneur Billy McFarland launches a high-end, low-cost version of the AmEx status symbol. Wale & French Montana are among the card-holders. Getting better access doesn’t always mean having bigger bucks. Just ask Billy McFarland, the 21-year-old college dropout who launched…

  6. 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,…

  7. SXSW: Lady Gaga Plays Offbeat Set, Tells Fans 'You Don't Need A F--king Record Label'

    March 14, 2014 4:33 AM EDT “I paid [her] $2.5 million, I better hear ‘Alejandro,’” said one dissapointed Doritos executive, whose request went unfulfilled The humor of playing Austin’s most prominent barbeque joint was not lost on Lady Gaga. For her headlining performance at Doritos’ Bold Stage, temporarily held at…

  8. 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…

  9. Music's Top 40 Money Makers 2014: The Rich List

    March 10, 2014 11:10 AM EDT Billboard ranks the highest-paid musicians of the past year. Who makes the biggest bucks in music? Billboard’s annual Money Makers ranking of the top earners is more than a little bit country (Taylor storms in at No. 1), with plenty of hip-hop and a whole lot of rock’n’roll …

  10. Beyonce's Dad Granted Cut in Child Support

    March 05, 2014 9:22 AM EST A judge approved a substantial cut in the amount of child support that Beyonce Knowles' father must pay because his income dropped after his superstar daughter fired him as her manager. A ruling obtained by The Associated Press shows that a Los Angeles Superior Court judge cut the amount…

  11. LED Goes Big in California with New Business Model for Raves

    March 04, 2014 4:52 PM EST Running three sold-out events in three markets on the same day with many of the same artists jetting from city to city to play more than one party is a rare achievement. San Diego-based LED Events hopes to make it an annual tradition. Last month during the typically low-key President’s Day…

  12. Doobie Brothers With Michael McDonald Record Country Album With Brad Paisley, Sara Evans

    February 28, 2014 8:00 AM EST The classic rock veterans are collaborating with Zac Brown, Toby Keith, Chris Young, Love and Theft and more for a country tribute album Brad Paisley, Chris Young, Zac Brown Band, Toby Keith and Sara Evans are among the country acts teaming with the legendary Doobie Brothers to record a new…

  13. Courtney Love Sued by Psychiatrist for 'Breach of Contract'

    February 25, 2014 9:46 PM EST Courtney Love can't seem to stay out of the courtroom. According to SPIN, the Hole frontwoman is being sued by a psychiatrist for nearly $50,000, plus interest and attorney's fees -- all dating back to 2010. Dr. Edwin Ratush, who's based in New York City, has not given a…

  14. Moby to Guest DJ at Pete Tong’s Residency

    February 24, 2014 11:30 AM EST Moby has always been a vocal supporter of animals (even naming his fourth album “Animal Rights”). Lately, he’s also become an adhoc spokesperson for Los Angeles, extolling what many have known for years about the city’s virtues as a destination for artists in a recent editorial . On March 7,…

  15. Lady Gaga Filming New Video at California Castle: Report

    February 12, 2014 7:12 PM EST Pop star filming unnamed music video at castle built by William Randolph Hearst Tourists are giving way to dancers as a production crew takes over Hearst Castle on the California coast, where Lady Gaga is shooting a big-budget music video. The San Luis Obispo Tribune says filming is taking…

  16. Super Bowl Ads: Why You'll Hear New Music by Passenger, U2, One Republic and Zedd

    February 02, 2014 6:00 AM EST Ever since fun. skyrocketed to stardom from the use of “We Are Young” in a 2012 Super Bowl commercial for Chevrolet , brands, bands, publishers and music supervisors at top ad agencies alike have all been scrambling to re-create the lightning in-a-bottle effect that can only come from pairing…

  17. Afrojack, Above & Beyond, more Announced as New Residents at Hakkasan Las Vegas: Exclusive

    January 06, 2014 10:59 AM EST The megaclub goes all in on big talent for the coming year, adding new names to its lineup while Tiësto and Calvin are continuing their residencies. A new year means new alliances on the Vegas Strip as Hakkasan Las Vegas unveils its lineup of DJ residencies for 2014. Afrojack, Above &…

  18. Bruce Springsteen Inks CBS Deal to Stream Album; Songs to Appear on 'The Good Wife'

    January 02, 2014 11:00 AM EST Bruce Springsteen is going the old-media route to debut his new album, "High Hopes." Starting Sunday night (Jan. 5), fans can stream the rock icon's 18th studio release on CBS.com/springsteen, and viewers of the network's hit drama "The Good Wife" will hear…

  19. Iron Maiden Using Music Piracy to Drive Concert Ticket Sales

    December 26, 2013 4:55 PM EST Update: The CiteWorld story referenced below has been updated noting that, despite previous reports, "Musicmetric did not work directly with Iron Maiden," and that there is no evidence the band actually used the data in question to help plot its tours. Andrew Teacher, the company&…

  20. Bob Dylan's Newport Stratocaster Sells for Nearly $1 Million

    December 06, 2013 7:24 PM EST The Fender Stratocaster that Bob Dylan plugged in when he famously went electric at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival sold Friday for nearly $1 million -- the highest price ever paid for a guitar at auction. A buyer identified only as a private individual agreed to pay $965,000, including the…

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