1. Rap’s Bottle-Service Timeline: How Hip-Hop Has Bigged Up Booze Through the Years

    November 25, 2014 6:24 PM EST Jay Z has once again done what no other rapper has: buying outright an existing liquor brand, Armand de Brignac Champagne, in a deal announced this month. But this isn’t the first time hip-hop has bigged up booze, whether through song, collabs or in an ad. Jay Z Had a Favorite Champagne…

  2. Hear Old Killer Mike Freestyles in 'Sunday Morning Massacres' Compilation

    November 24, 2014 9:34 AM EST Killer Mike had a long career full of ups and downs before starting the critically acclaimed rap duo Run The Jewels . Mike first gained recognition as an affiliate of Outkast and released five studio albums during the 00s. As a reminder of Mike's pre-RTJ days, DJ Greg Street has…

  3. Andre 3000’s Outkast Reunion Tour Jumpsuits Heading to Miami Art Exhibit

    November 21, 2014 1:19 AM EST Andre 3000’s unique jumpsuits from Outkast ’s recent 20th anniversary tour will be displayed during an art exhibit in Miami beginning in December. Outkast Wraps Reunion Tour With Smiles and High Energy at Voodoo Fest The rapper’s 47 jumpsuits will be shown together for the first time during…

  4. John Cameron Mitchell Returning to 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch'

    November 20, 2014 2:32 PM EST Actor will reprise the transgender rocker role he created for a limited eight-week engagement in the hit Broadway revival, starting Jan. 21. Hedwig fans rejoice. Mama's coming home. John Cameron Mitchell , co-creator and original star of Hedwig and the Angry Inch , will return to his…

  5. SiriusXM CEO Outlines Growth Strategy

    November 19, 2014 6:15 PM EST 'I'm pretty bullish on subscriber growth for years to come,' CEO Jim Meyer says. SiriusXM Radio plans to be the dominant product in the connected car of the future, and CEO Jim Meyer expects that by the end of the decade about 70 percent of new automobiles in the U.S. will…

  6. YouTube's Refusal to Remove 20,000 Songs Leads to New Irving Azoff Warning

    November 18, 2014 5:35 PM EST The standoff involves works by Pharrell Williams and other popular songwriters. YouTube has apparently made the decision not to remove songs composed by popular musicians including The Eagles , Pharrell Williams and John Lennon , and as a result, the popular video website is being warned of…

  7. Madonna Movie 'Adé: A Love Story' Finds Its Writer

    November 18, 2014 5:00 PM EST Dianne Houston ('Take the Lead') has signed on to adapt Rebecca Walker’s memoir for a film that is now seeking financial backers. The Madonna movie Adé: A Love Story has found its writer. Dianne Houston ( Take the Lead ) has signed on to adapt Rebecca Walker ’s memoir for the big…

  8. Watch Taylor Swift Car-Dance to Her Own Song

    November 13, 2014 5:00 PM EST Taylor Swift Car Dancing is always incredible, and now you can watch Swift give it her all to her own music, courtesy of BBC1 Radio. Host Greg James and Swift break it down to her latest single, "Blank Space," and the moves are classic Taylor. Stay for her covering the drumbeat…

  9. 'Annie' Director Will Gluck on How Sia Helped Bring the Movie Remake to Life

    November 10, 2014 4:54 PM EST Will Gluck, a director and screenwriter whose credits include Easy A , Friends With Benefits and several TV series, had never written a musical prior to getting the job of updating the classic Broadway hit Annie . He hired two songwriters who also had no experience in musicals: Sia Furler …

  10. Billboard/THR Film & TV Music Conference Day Two Report: Maroon 5, Steven Price's 'Fury' Soundtrack, and the New 'Annie'

    November 07, 2014 6:39 AM EST The Billboard and Hollywood Reporter Film & TV Music Conference wrapped on Thursday with a conversation featuring composer Steven Price , the phenom responsible for scoring Gravity and this year's Fury . Price spoke to ASCAP's director of film and TV music, Jeff Jernigan , to…

  11. 'Annie' Director Will Gluck Worried He'd 'Ruin a Lot of Kids' Childhoods'

    November 06, 2014 7:24 PM EST 'It's a much different movie, but it's all rooted in the same story,' he says at Billboard/THR Film & TV Music Conference. "I was very scared going in to this, if I was going to ruin a lot of kids' childhoods," Will Gluck , director, producer and…

  12. 'Lord of the Rings' Composer Howard Shore Talks Hobbits, His Start on 'SNL' and Working With Martin Scorsese

    November 03, 2014 1:53 PM EST Whatever you think of director Peter Jackson’s decision to pump up J.R.R. Tolkien’s table-setting novel The Hobbit into three films to rival the more naturally epic Lord of the Rings trilogy, the indisputably good news is that when the final installment, The Hobbit: The Battle of Five…

  13. Can Red Bull Break a Band? Sound Select's 30 Days in L.A. Kicks Off

    November 02, 2014 9:42 AM EST Yesterday marked the launch of 30 Days in LA, the biggest initiative yet by Red Bull's two-year old Sound Select program to develop emerging artists. The month-long program features a daily live music event for the month of November most often with a mid-level headliner dripping…

  14. Video Released of Moments Before Sarah Jones' Death on 'Midnight Rider' Set

    November 01, 2014 11:21 AM EDT Director Randall Miller is also shown repeatedly saying "that's not my job" when asked why he didn't know there could be a train barreling down on his crew. In a 30-minute report at the top of Friday night's (Oct. 31) 20/20 , ABC News aired video of the final…

  15. Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Billy Idol Returns With His Highest-Debuting Album

    October 31, 2014 6:28 PM EDT On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart, Slipknot collected its second No. 1 album as .5: The Gray Chapter debuted at No. 1. The Roadrunner Records release sold 132,000 copies in the week ending Oct. 26, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It was one of six new titles to debut in the top 10…

  16. Deerhoof Celebrates 20 Years With Release of Madonna-Inspired 'La Isla Bonita' Album

    October 31, 2014 1:55 PM EDT Deerhoof celebrates 20 years as a band this year, a feat that astounds founding member Greg Saunier. Not because time has flown by for the uber-influential cult band, but mostly because Deerhoof was never intended to last more than two weeks when it was formed, much less two decades. With…

  17. Publishing Briefs: Sony/ATV Signs Tegan and Sara & Calvin Harris Extension, ole Nabs $50m Credit & Joey + Rory

    October 30, 2014 7:25 PM EDT Billboard's Ed Christman rounds-up all the big news in the music publishing world. -- Sony/ATV Music Publishing have signed superstar producer Calvin Harris to an extension of its long-term worldwide publishing deal. Moreover, the deal includes a partnership in Harris' record…

  18. Bob Mould Looks Back at Husker Du's Breakthrough Indie Album 'Zen Arcade'

    October 28, 2014 5:18 PM EDT In 1983, Hüsker Dü 's singer-guitarist Bob Mould told Matter fanzine writer Steve Albini, "We're going to try to do something bigger than anything like rock & roll... I don't know what it's going to be, we have to work that out, but it's going to go…

  19. Who's the Composer Behind Matthew McConaughey's Viral Lincoln Commercials?

    October 28, 2014 4:53 PM EDT The moody major-to-minor piano chord that parallels Matthew McConaughey's contemplative monologue in Lincoln Motors' TV campaign for the MKC model SUV? The handiwork of British Columbia-based multi-instrumentalist Andrew Judah, who, when not performing his own indie pop-rock -- he…

  20. Country Music Hall of Fame Warmly Welcomes Ronnie Milsap, Mac Wiseman & Hank Cochran

    October 27, 2014 7:39 PM EDT Sunday night's Medallion Ceremony at the Country Music Hall of Fame saw three very diverse musical legends inducted into one of music's most exclusive clubs, as Mac Wiseman , Hank Cochran  and Ronnie Milsap were each celebrated for their wide array of musical accomplishments on…

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