1. Inside Azealia Banks' Rocky Road to Releasing 'Broke With Expensive Taste'

    November 14, 2014 2:08 PM EST Did combative New York rapper Azealia Banks "pull a Beyoncé " when she released her long-delayed debut album, Broke With Expensive Taste , on Nov. 6 with no prior setup? Not exactly. Where Beyoncé's midnight surprise in the iTunes Store was the result of a meticulously…

  2. 'Did You Know' Pentatonix Have a New Christmas Video?

    November 11, 2014 3:39 PM EST Another music video from the  Pentatonix Christmas album is here! Following "White Winter Hymnal" and "Winter Wonderland/Don't Worry Be Happy" featuring Tori Kelly , Pentatonix have released a gorgeous video for "Mary, Did You Know?" from That's…

  3. Who’s the Next Nicki Minaj? From Lizzo to Tink, 5 Female MCs Striving to Strike Hitmaking Gold

    November 11, 2014 2:39 PM EST There may not be many female rappers topping the charts, but plenty of talented newcomers are threatening to become hitmakers.   LIZZO Letterman just booked this 26-year-old, who rhymes "nookie" with "sunset the color of snooki." Check Out: "Batches & Cookies…

  4. Executive Turntable: Def Jam Promotes Rob Caiaffa, Sony Music Nashville Appoints Fount Lynch, 'El Gato' to WRMA in Miami

    November 11, 2014 12:51 PM EST A list of moves and shakes across the music business, including Def Jam, Sony Music Nashville, MSG and many more. -- Def Jam Recordings promoted Rob Caiaffa to vice president, marketing. Caiaffa previously served as senior director, marketing & development. -- Sony Music Nashville…

  5. Watch Alanis Morissette's New Video: Coffee Grain Percussion and Costa Rican Women

    November 11, 2014 12:15 PM EST The singer-songwriter's latest release "The Morning" coincides with Lesley Chilcott's new documentary following female Costa Rican coffee producers. Her voice has been featured in collaborations with  Ringo Starr ,  Harry Gregson-Williams   and the Dave Matthews Band ,…

  6. 'The Voice' Alum Delvin Choice Arrested for DUI

    November 10, 2014 7:42 PM EST Delvin Choice , who made it to the top 12 on the last season of The Voice , was arrested Sunday for DUI, according to South Carolina's Greenville News . The 25-year-old aspiring singer, who now lives in Simpsonville, S.C., was released on a $1,229 personal recognizance bond. 'The…

  7. Pharrell, John Mayer & More Salute Bill Clinton's Love of Jazz in L.A.

    November 10, 2014 3:37 PM EST Former president received the Thelonious Monk Institute's Maria Fisher Founder's Award on Sunday. Herbie Hancock , Kevin Spacey , Quincy Jones and a litany of major jazz musicians saluted President Bill Clinton on Sunday at L.A.'s Dolby Theater for his efforts in using jazz…

  8. Big K.R.I.T. Delivers Best Work With 'Cadillactica': Track-by-Track Review

    November 10, 2014 1:44 PM EST Before Big K.R.I.T. releases an album, he puts his music through the car test. That is, once his project is complete, the 28-year old rapper/producer cues up his recorded compilation of songs and takes a four-hour drive from his Atlanta home and recording base back to his hometown of…

  9. Mark Ronson Says New Single With Bruno Mars 'Uptown Funk' Is a Milestone for Both of Them

    November 10, 2014 9:00 AM EST Is Mark Ronson  the hardest-working producer in the music business? In pursuit of the perfect groove, the British/American DJ and guitarist helped launch the careers of Amy Winehouse , Lily Allen , and Wale . A star-studded fourth solo album,  Uptown Special , is due in January through RCA.…

  10. The Best and Worst Singles of the Week -- From Fifth Harmony to Spandau Ballet

    November 07, 2014 3:10 PM EST " alt="" width="510"> Billy Currington "Don't It" Mercury Records "Baby, don't say no so quick/This ain't about me trying to see how far that I can get," the ever-smooth Billy Currington purrs on "Don't It."…

  11. Why Reddit to Richard Branson Are Betting Big on Crowdfunding

    November 07, 2014 3:00 PM EST This September, when rap super duo Run the Jewels announced preorder sales for their second album, RTJ2 , Atlanta rapper Killer Mike and Brooklyn rapper-producer El-P included a few playfully absurd special options on RTJ’s website. In addition to the $1 million "Retirement Plan"…

  12. Nick Jonas: 'I Love My Gay Fans!'

    November 07, 2014 1:08 PM EST In September, partiers on New York's gay club circuit were treated to an unexpected sight: Nick Jonas , performing "Jealous," the sexy hit single from his self-titled solo debut (due Nov. 10 on Island) and flashing his abs in a mini-strip tease. Nick Jonas: The Billboard…

  13. Top Studio Execs Talk the 'Frozen' Effect, New Films, Breaking Into the Biz at Billboard/THR Film & TV Music Conference

    November 07, 2014 8:04 AM EST "To our left is Danielle Diego , EVP of Music at 20th Century Fox, and this is Mitchell Leib ; he is known as Frozen ." Laughter kicked off the Billboard Film & TV Music Conference's high-powered discussion as Billboard's Phil Gallo introduced the Keynote Roundtable…

  14. Beyonce Celebrates Her New 'Nephew': Kelly Rowland's Baby Titan

    November 06, 2014 8:09 PM EST Beyonce and Kelly Rowland have shared a lot of milestones over the years, from their days in Destiny's Child through their solo careers. And now they can share the experience of motherhood: Rowland gave birth to her first child, Titan Jewell , on Tuesday, almost three years after Bey…

  15. Exclusive: +1 Records Becomes Official Label Partner of Lyor Cohen's 300 Entertainment

    November 05, 2014 8:00 AM EST Entertainment has announced +1 Records has become an official label partner of the music company, meaning the independent label will now have access to the 300 marketing, licensing, A&R, radio and further infrastructure. +1 Records is the label arm of the company +1 founded by Jonny…

  16. Christmas Comes Early for Pentatonix Fans With Mash-Up Video

    November 04, 2014 5:51 PM EST A cappella group & Tori Kelly mix 'Winter Wonderland' with 'Don't Worry Be Happy.' It's November, which means holiday music is starting to be acceptable to play (maybe?), and Pentatonix has new tunes to keep you covered. The a cappella group debuted a new…

  17. Secret Prince Show Rumored for Toronto Tonight

    November 04, 2014 1:49 PM EST Update : Live Nation says it " can confirm that Prince will not be performing at Massey Hall tonight." Fans and music business types started lining up early Tuesday morning outside Toronto's Massey Hall for a rumored concert tonight by Prince and the metal barricades put out…

  18. Director Russell Mulcahy and Duran Duran's John Taylor Look Back on Their Classic Music Videos

    November 03, 2014 6:24 PM EST Chances are, if you turned on MTV in the early 1980s, you watched dozens of videos directed by Russell Mulcahy . He's the Australian visionary that brought the world more than 80 videos in all, including most of Duran Duran 's classic early clips, plus memorable shorts for the…

  19. Cowboys Receiver Dez Bryant Signs With Jay Z's Roc Nation Sports

    November 03, 2014 2:05 PM EST Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant is the latest high-profile athlete to retain the services of Jay Z 's Roc Nation Sports. The agency confirmed the signing over the weekend, and Bryant told ESPN on Sunday that he's looking to Roc Nation to build-up his personal brand to …

  20. Exclusive Premiere: Kevin Devine's 'Groundhog Day' Channeling Video 'She Can See Me'

    November 03, 2014 12:03 PM EST After releasing five albums, Kevin Devine decided to fund his next one on Kickstarter. He asked for $50,000, but made that amount in just 8 hours, unexpectedly ending up with $114,805. Some artists might blow all the dough on one extra-expensive album, but not Devine. To reward fans who had…

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