1. LL Cool J to Host ACM Special Saluting Military

    March 27, 2014 7:14 PM EDT The rapper and actor Chris O'Donnell will helm the ACM's annual special, airing May 20 LL Cool J is adding more hosting duties to his resume. The rapper, actor and Grammy Awards host will co-host the Academy of Country Music's annual television special with "NCIS: Los…

  2. Funkadelic's 'Sexy Ways' Dropped From 'Blurred Lines' Lawsuit

    March 27, 2014 4:55 PM EDT A quick update on the litigation involving Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines," one of last year's biggest songs. Thanks to an agreement between the parties, Bridgeport Music is no longer a defendant as of Wednesday. That means that the lawsuit won't be considering whether…

  3. Country Stars to Invade Talk Shows in Lead-Up to ACM Awards

    March 27, 2014 3:42 PM EDT The lead-up to April 6's 49th annual Academy of Country Music Awards on CBS will feature a country music invasion of network television. Co-hosts Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton, along with Miranda Lambert and Tim McGraw have shot customized ACM promos for CBS, Brad Paisley will guest star…

  4. Top 50 Single Word Songs: One-Word Wonders

    March 26, 2014 12:34 PM EDT "Roar." "Royals." "Radioactive." Notice a common thread among these recent hits? The number of charting songs with one-word titles continues to grow, with single-monikered tracks now making up nearly a third of the Billboard Hot 100 each week. To explore this…

  5. Leon Russell, 'Fever': Exclusive Song Premiere

    March 25, 2014 12:32 PM EDT The celebrated "blueshound" talks about his new album, "Life Journey" (out April 1), and his friendship with collaborator Elton John: "He's changed my life" Though it's not a strictly collaborative effort like 2010's Grammy Award-nominated "…

  6. Voting for ACM Entertainer, New Artist Awards Now Live

    March 24, 2014 8:57 PM EDT Voting for the Academy of Country Music's entertainer of the year award is now open online. The distinction, which is awarded to the highest vote-getter at the ACM Awards in April, can now be contested at the ceremony's website . Related Articles ACM Awards: Luke Bryan, Miranda…

  7. Dance Music's Next Generation: 10 Young EDM Stars to Watch

    March 24, 2014 3:10 PM EDT They make beats, rule the main stage and are climbing the charts, even if they aren't yet old enough to order a drink at the bar. As festival season kicks off with Ultra in Miami, meet the ­(mostly) under-21s who make up dance music's next generation. Washington has election…

  8. George Michael’s 'Symphonica' Opens At No. 1 on U.K. Albums Chart

    March 24, 2014 6:55 AM EDT George Michael’s live “Symphonica” album (Virgin EMI/Universal) won the battle of the heavyweight releases with Kylie Minogue’s “Kiss Me Once” (Parlophone/Warner Music) on the new U.K. sales charts yesterday (March 23).  London DJ-producer Duke Dumont scored his second chart-topping single in…

  9. Big Boi Signs New Management Deal: 'We Have a Lot of New Material Coming' (Exclusive)

    March 21, 2014 5:35 PM EDT Big Boi, the rap artist best known as half of hip-hop duo Outkast, has signed a management deal with Jordan Feldstein's Career Artist Management, whose clients include Maroon 5 and Robin Thicke. The news comes as Big Boi (born Antwan André Patton) is reuniting for the first time since…

  10. Eminem Marks Sales, Hot 100 Milestones

    March 21, 2014 5:14 PM EDT The rap superstar tallies two key sales achievements and notches his landmark 50th Hot 100 hit It's a monster week for rap god Eminem, who scores two significant sales feats and marks a milestone on the Billboard Hot 100.   SALES SURGE   Eminem's latest album reaches a notable…

  11. Pop Stars' First Tweets: 50 Thoughts from Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Eminem and More

    March 20, 2014 1:05 PM EDT In celebration of Twitter's eighth year of chatting us up 140 characters at a time, it's time to find out what stars like Katy Perry, Rihanna, Lil Wayne and more said during their first time at bat. They range from Katy Perry gushing about joining in on the fun to Drake admitting…

  12. Judge: Kanye West's Lawsuit Over Leaked Proposal Footage Can Go Forward

    March 18, 2014 4:05 PM EDT A lawsuit by Kim Kardashian and Kanye West over leaked footage of their marriage proposal can proceed because it does not violate the free speech rights of the co-founder of YouTube, a judge ruled Tuesday. The ruling came as Superior Court judge Ruth Ann Kwan rejected a motion by tech…

  13. Chart Highlights: Pharrell's 'Happy' Takes Over A Host Of Airplay Charts

    March 17, 2014 6:25 PM EDT The Hot 100's leader crowns multiple lists, and scales several more, while Lorde, Frankie Ballard and Wisin also net new No. 1s Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys…

  14. 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 "…

  15. Big Albums, But No Big Hot 100 Hits

    March 14, 2014 8:11 PM EDT New Billboard 200 leader Rick Ross is among artists who repeatedly dominate the chart despite having not landed a top 10 Hot 100 hit With the arrival of "Mastermind" atop the Billboard 200 chart , Rick Ross continues his streak of earning No. 1 albums without ever having tallied a…

  16. ACM Awards Lineup: Eric Church, Toby Keith, Lady Antebellum and Stevie Nicks Added

    March 14, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Country stars Eric Church, Toby Keith and Lady Antebellum with special guest Stevie Nicks have been added to the performers lineup at the 49th annual Academy of Country Music, The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively. The Academy of Country Music and Dick Clark Productions made…

  17. Spandau Ballet Makes U.S. Return With SXSW Film Premiere and Concert

    March 13, 2014 2:00 PM EDT Wednesday's gig marked the British New Romantic band's first Statesdie performance in nearly 30 years Having finished their first performance in the U.S. in more than 28 years, Spandau Ballet will wait until George Hencken's documentary, "Soul Boys of the Western World,…

  18. 615 Spotlight: Mark Box Talks 'Fields of Home' EP

    March 12, 2014 8:00 PM EDT Country newcomer Mark Box knows there is at least one person who is not a huge fan of at least one of the songs on his new release: his mother. "My mom doesn't like the song 'The Man My Mama Tried To Raise' too much," he says with a laugh. "She said 'For one…

  19. Paul Stanley Q&A: Kiss Frontman On 'Destructive' Childhood, New Book and Why the Rock Hall Is Like a 'Distorted Bar Mitzvah'

    March 11, 2014 10:50 AM EDT In April, Stanley embarks on a book tour for his memoir "Face the Music: A Life Exposed"… The rocker talks why he finally put his life on paper, the inaccuracies of Gene Simmons' own book, and what actually went down with the Rock Hall of Fame Few bands know how to celebrate…

  20. Mel Tillis Recovering from Heart Surgery

    March 10, 2014 11:51 PM EDT Country Music Hall of Fame singer Mel Tillis is recovering in Nashville after heart surgery over the weekend. According to a statement from his daughter, Pam Tillis, the 81-year-old singer required a "routine heart procedure," but is expected to make a full recovery. "In…

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