1. Minecraft Guy Outbids Beyonce and Jay Z for Beverly Hills Mansion, Supposedly the Most-Expensive Ever

    December 19, 2014 10:46 AM EST What would you do if you recently made a couple billion bucks? If you're Swedish video game developer Markus Persson ,  you probably purchase a fully furnished 23,000-square-foot mansion in Beverly Hills -- one that was reportedly eyed by Beyonce and Jay Z -- for $70 million, of course…

  2. Ardent Studios Founder John Fry Dies at 69

    December 18, 2014 10:30 PM EST John Fry , the producer and engineer who founded Memphis' famed Ardent Studios and the Ardent Records label, has died at the age of 69. It was Fry who once said that, "Your moods are affected by your surroundings. I think there is something that operates in Memphis...and at Ardent…

  3. 50 Cent Nets $78 Million In Underwear Deal

    December 18, 2014 3:22 AM EST 50 Cent is now the 78 Million Dollar Man.  Curtis Jackson has locked-up a $78 million deal with Frigo Revolution Wear to promote a brand of upmarket men's underwear. And he's not shy about his good fortune.  The rapper announced the mega-bucks pact on his Instagram…

  4. Nicki Minaj and D'Angelo Set For Top 10 Debuts on Billboard 200

    December 17, 2014 8:21 PM EST D’Angelo’s surprise album may sell 100,000 in first week Nicki Minaj ’s new The Pinkprint album is on course for a top five debut on the Billboard 200 chart. Industry sources suggest the album, which was released on Dec. 15 through Young Money/Cash Money Records, may sell over 150,000…

  5. Elvis Presley's 'Blue Christmas' Backup Singer Millie Kirkham Dies at 91

    December 17, 2014 11:43 AM EST Millie Kirkham -- a backup singer for Elvis Presley who featured on numerous vintage rock and country songs from the '50s to the '80s -- has passed away at age 91 . Kirkham died on Sunday in Nashville after complications from a stroke she suffered last week. Kirkham lent her high…

  6. Ray Price Remembered by Wife Janie, One Year After His Death

    December 16, 2014 6:55 PM EST Today marks the one-year anniversary of the death of Country Music Hall of Fame member Ray Price . For his widow, Janie, it was as if the world had seemingly come to an end. "It was actually four months before I could even leave my home," she says. "I just honestly stayed…

  7. Wiz Khalifa the Latest Star to Deal With Sex-Tape Scandal

    December 16, 2014 4:11 PM EST According to TMZ , Wiz Khalifa was an unwitting participant in a sex tape with Playboy model Carla Howe last week. Neither party has denied hooking up -- last week, Howe Instagrammed photos of her and Khalifa shirtless. However, the subsequent details are murky. 15 Musician Sex-Tape…

  8. Nicki Minaj, Mack Maine 'Praying' Lil Wayne & Birdman Resolve Beef; New Mixtape Coming 'Soon'

    December 15, 2014 9:41 PM EST It's got to be a bit awkward to have your two rap-star bosses at extreme odds, as Lil Wayne and Birdman have been over the last couple weeks. So now Nicki Minaj is speaking up saying she supports both her Young Money captain and the Cash Money CEO.  "We're good. Love conquers…

  9. In the Face of Giants, Indie Concert Promoters Outpaced the Industry at Large This Year

    December 15, 2014 5:37 PM EST The grosses of the top six independent promoters in the U.S. combined increased by more than 15 percent, compared to a 7.7 percent increase for overall. Some 20 years after industry consolidation was supposed to wipe independent promoters off the map, these stubborn, savvy and fiercely…

  10. Moby on 'Hotel: Ambient,' L.A. Shows, Selling His 'Castle in the Hills'

    December 15, 2014 2:44 PM EST "It's music I listen to when I'm anxious, need help sleeping or when I'm sitting in traffic on the 101," Moby says of Hotel: Ambient , his long out-of-print 2005 bonus album being re-released on Tuesday, Dec. 16 via his Little Idiot label. "It's a very…

  11. Corner Office: Republic Records Honchos Monte & Avery Lipman Discuss Jennifer Lawrence's 'Hunger Games' Smash and Defend 'The Voice'

    December 15, 2014 10:41 AM EST The 2014 market-share leaders on maintaining dominance, defending 'The Voice' and finding tomorrow's breakout: "You can't rush hits." Among the many plaques lining the walls of Republic Records chairman/CEO Monte Lipman ’s midtown Manhattan office, the one…

  12. BSBB Round 3: Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX, "Fancy" vs. Michael Jackson feat. Justin Timberlake, "Love Never Felt So Good"

    December 14, 2014 10:02 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Fancy Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX Love Never Felt So Good Michael Jackson feat. Justin Timberlake CAITLIN WHITE: It speaks to how cheesy the posthumous Michael Jackson song was that I'm going to argue for "Fancy"…

  13. BSBB Round 2: Paramore, "Ain't It Fun" vs. Michael Jackson feat. Justin Timberlake, "Love Never Felt So Good"

    December 14, 2014 10:01 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Ain't It Fun Paramore Love Never Felt So Good Michael Jackson feat. Justin Timberlake JAMIESON COX: Argh, this is a tough one. “Ain’t It Fun” is exactly that, fun — so vital, sung to within an inch of its life by the…

  14. 'SNL' Sends Nicki Minaj Into Social 50 Top Five

    December 12, 2014 12:28 PM EST Nicki Minaj made her second appearance on NBC's Saturday Night Live on Dec. 6, performing three new songs from her upcoming album The Pink Print and starring in two sketches in the episode hosted by James Franco. The resulting online buzz catapults her 27-4 on the Social 50 chart, her…

  15. Lil Wayne vs. Cash Money: Can the Rapper Leave the Label He's Been With Since He Was 13?

    December 12, 2014 12:20 PM EST Album delays are ­nothing new for Lil Wayne . But the MC sent shockwaves through the hip-hop world on Dec. 4 when he publicly blamed his label for the ever-shifting release date of his new album, Tha Carter V . Calling himself a "prisoner," he tweeted, "I want off this label…

  16. American Music Prize to Launch in 2015

    December 12, 2014 1:49 AM EST The U.S. has a new prize to recognize the year's best debut American album. The American Music Prize is the brainchild of Scott B. Murphy, who established the annual Australian Music Prize back in 2005. Its ambition is to “encourage, discover, reward and promote new music of excellence…

  17. The 10 Best Country Albums of 2014

    December 11, 2014 2:00 PM EST We're shining the spotlight on the best albums to come from Nashville during the past year representing the many branches of the country tree. (And see our list of the 10 best country songs here .)  Billboard 2014 Year in Music: See All of Our Coverage Here! 10. Sara Evans - Slow Me…

  18. Dr. Dre Tops Forbes' World's Highest Paid Musicians, Beats Beyoncé by $500M

    December 10, 2014 7:08 PM EST After dominating Forbes ' Hip-Hop Cash Kings list a few months ago, it should come as little surprise Dr. Dre tops the magazine's 2014 World's Highest-Paid Musicians list as well -- beating out Beyonce by half a billion dollars.   Dr. Dre Destroys Forbes' Hip-Hop…

  19. Former A&M/Octone Execs Launch Hybrid Company Freesolo; Gavin DeGraw, Hunter Hunted Among First Signings

    December 09, 2014 1:37 PM EST Just over a year ago, James Diener found himself at a crossroads common to many record-label executives who've essentially "cashed out" of the music industry. A&M/Octone, the label where he served as president and CEO for 13 years, had just sold its 50% share to…

  20. Behind the Credit Card Wars to Ink Deals With Artists Including Beyonce and Sam Smith

    December 08, 2014 11:30 AM EST On Nov. 24, Bleachers frontman Jack Antonoff took center stage with an on-camera appearance in a new 30-second commercial for JPMorgan Chase. The spot -- the bank's first TV campaign in support of Apple Pay -- came complete with a performance of the band's current single, "…

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