1. Watch Benedict Cumberbatch (Almost) Nail Beyonce’s ‘Crazy In Love’ Strut

    October 26, 2014 3:16 PM EDT British actor Benedict Cumberbatch unleashed a pretty convincing impression of Beyonce ’s “Crazy In Love” strut during a recent appearance on The Graham Norton Show . The Sherlock and Star Trek: Into Darkness star was encouraged to show off his moves by comedienne Miranda Hart, who was in…

  2. Jack Bruce, Cream Bassist, Bandleader and Solo Musician: An Appreciation

    October 25, 2014 1:10 PM EDT Jack Bruce , the virtuoso bassist, bandleader, songwriter and singer best known for his tenure with Cream during the 1960s, passed away Saturday (Oct. 24) at the age of 71. Jack Bruce, Bassist for Cream, Dies at 71 A message on Bruce's official website Saturday confirmed, "It is…

  3. Read Taylor Swift's Best Quotes From '1989' Press Cycle

    October 25, 2014 9:25 AM EDT Taylor Swift  has been everywhere over the past couple of months -- on talk shows, magazine covers, even outside her apartment posing with her cat. Below, we rounded up her best quotes from the  1989  press tour. Here are Taylor's recent thoughts on: Feminism: “I wish when I was 12…

  4. Publishing Briefs: Sony/ATV Promotions, Rich Conlon's New Firm, Mike & Keys Join Atlas

    October 23, 2014 8:47 AM EDT Billboard's Ed Christman rounds-up all the big news happening in the music publishing world. -- Sony/ATV Music Publishing has promoted Rich Christina to the role of senior VP, head of East Coast A&R, based in the company’s New York office. He will report to Sony/ATV U.S. co…

  5. This Just In: Bono Wears Sunglasses Due to Glaucoma

    October 17, 2014 1:50 PM EDT U2 singer Bono says his ever-present sunglasses are not a rock-star affectation -- he has suffered from glaucoma for 20 years. The condition -- a buildup of pressure that can damage the optic nerve -- can make the eyes sensitive to light. Bono told the BBC's  Graham Norton Show that he…

  6. Female Artists Ruling the Charts: A Movement or Just a Moment?

    October 17, 2014 11:43 AM EDT It’s an unprecedented week six of women ruling the top 5, as one exec says when this happens en masse... “there’s something going on culturally.” Taylor , Iggy , Katy , Nicki , Charli , Jessie , Ariana -- there’s no question that women are dominating the singles chart and leading the…

  7. ‘Hideaway’ Singer Kiesza: Dyslexia 'Makes You More Creative’

    October 16, 2014 6:16 PM EDT Put Kiesza on a rooftop with a rifle and she could probably shoot you down from a block away -- not that she's planning to. Prior to her amazing one-take video for her debut single, "Hideaway," going viral (to the tune of 132 million-plus views since February), the dance-pop…

  8. Move Over, Taylor Swift and Katy Perry: Your Pets Are the New Instagram Stars

    October 15, 2014 5:42 PM EDT Olivia Benson ( Taylor Swift ) Claim to Fame: Modeling for Keds; venturing onto New York streets. Swift on Benson: "She's a stage-five clinger."    Loading Meet Olivia Benson. View on Instagram   Taylor Swift Sprints Forward on ‘Out Of The Woods’: Song Review Jelli ( Iggy…

  9. B.o.B, Bun B & 2 Chainz Take Over 2014 A3C Festival

    October 15, 2014 5:19 PM EDT Hip-hop fans flocked to Atlanta this past week for the 10th annual A3C Festival, which proved to be bigger than ever. Over the course of five days (Oct. 8 through 12), the festival held keynote interviews, panels, showcases and tribute shows across the city. The festival started off strong…

  10. Nile Rodgers, Ellie Goulding Honored at BMI London Awards

    October 14, 2014 12:02 PM EDT Legendary lyricist Tim Rice was honored, Nile Rodgers took top prize and Ellie Goulding was a three-time winner at the BMI London Awards , held Monday night at London's Dorchester Hotel. The annual gala is held to honor the U.K./Euro/Caribbean songwriters, producers and publishers of…

  11. Watch Taylor Swift Perform 'Shake It Off' on 'X-Factor UK'

    October 12, 2014 5:09 PM EDT Taylor Swift 's promotional trip to London in support of her forthcoming 1989 has included a revealing stop at the BBC's The Graham Norton Show , "outrageous and hilarious" secret album listening sessions , and now a live performance of her massive single "Shake It…

  12. Taylor Swift Calls London's #1989SecretSessions 'Outrageous and Hilarious'

    October 11, 2014 8:46 PM EDT Taylor Swift 's 1989 is almost no longer a secret. However ahead of its Oct. 27 release date, Swift treated a few more lucky fans to one of her #1989SecretSessions. On Saturday (Oct. 11), the "Shake It Off" singer shared a collage of snapshots from the fan-attended listening…

  13. Watch Taylor Swift React to John Cleese’s Insults About Her Beloved Cat

    October 11, 2014 2:48 PM EDT It’s well documented on Instagram that Taylor Swift absolutely adores her two cats Meredith and Olivia Benson. 10 Taylor Swift Lyrics That Purr-fectly Encapsulate Her Cute Cat-Walking Photo So naturally, the “Shake It Off” singer -- who was recently named the 2014 Billboard Woman of the…

  14. Kanye West's Private Shopping Trip (With His Own Music as the Soundtrack) & More Insider Scoop

    October 10, 2014 7:17 PM EDT Kanye West Shops Alone Kanye West  took the idea of private showroom shopping to an extreme during Paris Fashion Week. An informed source says the rapper checked out designer lines while in the City of Light, but insisted that he spend time with the fashions completely alone -- and…

  15. Taylor Swift Admits to Stalking Fans Online for '1989' Secret Listening Sessions

    October 10, 2014 6:53 PM EDT When Taylor Swift invited some of her biggest fans into her own homes for private listening parties of her new album 1989  the Swifties just about died. Like, dead. Or so their social media postings and blowguns after the fact would have you think. "It's border-line…

  16. Film Review: ‘Time Is Illmatic’ Documentary Pays Homage to Nas’ Seminal 1994 Hip-Hop Classic

    October 07, 2014 5:00 PM EDT Few albums in hip-hop history are as universally celebrated as Nasir " Nas " Jones' 1994 debut, Illmatic . But the story behind the LP's creation -- the concepts, production process and societal influences that put Nas at the forefront of the rap vanguard -- is subject…

  17. Audiam Signs Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers for Thorny Area of Digital Rights

    October 07, 2014 1:22 PM EDT Digital rights administrator Audiam has signed Metallica and Red Hot Chili Peppers for an exclusive North American representation of the bands' publishing catalogs across digital music services including YouTube, Spotify, Beats, Google Play, Rhapsody, Deezer, Amazon Prime and iTunes…

  18. Avicii on His Health Struggles: 'I Needed to Take a Break' (Exclusive)

    October 03, 2014 12:01 AM EDT Listen to new single 'The Days' below. If everything had gone as planned, on Sept. 29, Tim Bergling, otherwise known as 25-year-old EDM superstar Avicii , would have been making his way from a headlining gig at TomorrowWorld in Atlanta to another at Storm Festival in Shanghai.…

  19. Iconic Club CBGB Hires Rep for Global Brand Expansion

    September 24, 2014 12:52 PM EDT The New York club that made the Ramones famous tries to go global with the team behind Kiss' Rock & Brews. Tim Hayes , president of CBGB , the New York club that made The Ramones and Blondie famous, has named Epic Rights as its global branding, licensing and rights management…

  20. David Frizzell on His Star-Studded Buddy Holly Covers Album 'Remember Me'

    September 22, 2014 6:17 PM EDT David Frizzell has a lot of memories about the music of Buddy Holly. "When I was first starting out in the business working for Lefty opening his shows, I was singing Buddy Holly songs," he recalls of his older brother. Now, David Frizzell has taken many of those songs and…

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