1. Digital Execs Discuss How Much a Play Is Worth at Inaugural Revolt Music Conference

    October 18, 2014 11:45 AM EDT The value of music was the prevalent theme at the “Disruptors” panel during day one of the 2014 Revolt Music Conference at Fontainebleau Miami Beach in Miami Beach, Fla. But reps from Spotify, Vevo, Soundcloud and Pandora were not always on the same page as to where revenue should be coming…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. Corner Office: Def Jam CEO Steve Bartels on Label's Future, Kanye West's 'Incredible' New Album and Why Justin Bieber Isn't Overexposed

    October 13, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Rick Rubin , Russell Simmons , Lyor Cohen , Jay Z , L.A. Reid ...Def Jam has seen a succession of iconic leaders during its 30 years, and on April 1, Steve Bartels found himself next in line. And while his sleek corner office in the Midtown Manhattan building of Universal Music Group (UMG)…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. Why 1998 Was the Best Musical Year of the '90s

    October 10, 2014 10:45 AM EDT After focusing on 1994 last week, now, we're wondering what the best year for music was of the '90s. We've already made a case for  1990 ,  1991 ,  1992 ,  1993 ,  1994 ,  1995 ,  1996  and  1997 . Now here are the final two years of the decade -- 1998 and 1999 . If there&…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. Lupe Fiasco-Produced Sports Doc 'Little Ballers' to Air in November

    October 06, 2014 11:50 PM EDT Nickelodeon has set an airdate for Little Ballers . The sports documentary -- centering on a group of 11-year-old basketball players in New York City's Amateur Athletic Union, an inner-city springboard for potential NBA talent -- will air on Nicktoons on Nov. 26 at 9 p.m., during the…

  16. 1980s White Rap Pioneers 3rd Bass Reveal the Stories Behind Their Music -- From Gang Hits to Beef With the Beastie Boys

    October 06, 2014 4:27 PM EDT When New York duo 3rd Bass -- MC Serch (real name Michael Berrin) and Prime Minister Pete Nice (born Peter Nash), now both 47 -- burst onto the scene in 1989 with the single "Steppin' to the A.M.," they were a revelation to the public. Serch's first single, "Melissa…

  17. Paul Revere Dick, 'The Madman of Rock & Roll': An Appreciation

    October 05, 2014 7:09 PM EDT In 1775, one Paul Revere, a Massachusetts silversmith by trade, road around the countryside announcing that the British were coming.  Nearly 200 years later, the British had come again and another Paul Revere -- this one an Idaho keyboardist and bandleader -- held the ground for American…

  18. Music Companies Not Spared as Stocks Tumble

    October 01, 2014 5:14 PM EDT It was a tough day on Wall Street. Publicly traded music companies fared no better than any other as stocks across the market plunged on Wednesday. Sparked by weak economic data in the United States and Europe, equity markets suffered from widespread selling by investors seeking safer…

  19. Niykee Heaton Heats Up, With Assistance From Russell Simmons

    September 29, 2014 5:52 PM EDT Niykee Heaton 's debut EP, Bad Intentions , was released last Tuesday to noteworthy buzz, topping the Billboard + Twitter Trending 140 chart (and quickly nestling into the top 10 in the iTunes Store). But if you haven't heard one of the EP's six tracks on the radio, don&…

  20. Kele On His ‘Intimate, Immersive’ New Album & The Future of Bloc Party

    September 25, 2014 3:07 PM EDT “I don’t think I ever want to make a record completely in isolation,” says the U.K. artist. Trick is the second solo album from Bloc Party frontman Kele Okereke, and the second full-length in which the 32-year-old singer-songwriter-DJ-producer deviates from Bloc Party’s guitar-packed…

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