1. Pop Shop Picks: Sam Smith, Haerts, Bebe Rexha & More

    March 28, 2014 6:16 PM EDT Each Friday, we'll showcase a handful of tracks that have been burning up our speakers. These can include a brand-new song or something that's been simmering; the only rule is that it's worth space in the Pop Shop! Sam Smith, "Stay With Me" It's interesting to…

  2. Lorde's Boyfriend on Singer's Accomplishments: 'I Couldn't Be Prouder'

    March 27, 2014 8:07 PM EDT Lorde's boyfriend is coping just fine with watching the New Zealand pop star succeed around the world. Auckland photographer James K. Lowe mused on his Ono Field blog, “Everybody Returns Someday,” about how his life has changed since his 17-year-old girlfriend, real name Ella Yelich O…

  3. Lady Gaga's 'G.U.Y.' Video Prompts Social 50 Chart Re-Entry

    March 27, 2014 7:40 PM EDT Two former collaborators make big moves on the Social 50 chart, as both Lady Gaga and Beyonce shake up the tally. Lady Gaga re-enters the tally at No. 26 in the wake of the debut of her music video "G.U.Y." on March 22. With the debut comes an 86% increase in weekly views for Gaga…

  4. 5 Seconds of Summer Makes Chart Debut As EP's Sales Forecast Sizzles

    March 27, 2014 7:29 PM EDT Australian pop band 5 Seconds of Summer is red-hot. The group, which opened for One Direction on the bulk of its 2013 arena tour, is tracking to make a very splashy debut on the Billboard 200 albums chart in two weeks. Its four-song EP, "She Looks So Perfect," is due out April 1 in…

  5. 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…

  6. Pharrell Williams Signs with Adidas, Line Expected this Summer

    March 27, 2014 6:29 PM EDT With one lift of his quirky Vivienne Westwood hat from a lavish marble coffee table, Pharrell Williams confirmed that he’s officially the newest member of the Adidas team. After a few months of a rumored affiliation with the brand known for their three stripes logo and appearances wearing the…

  7. Disclosure Talks About Classing Up Dance, Mary J. Blige Collab and Next Album

    March 27, 2014 5:30 PM EDT Two brothers from the U.K. bring back a '90s sound and spin off hitmaking vocalists in the process. "We like to have an element of class in our music," says Howard Lawrence of Disclosure. "That's what's lacking in today's chart music, I think." The…

  8. YG Debuts at No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

    March 27, 2014 2:48 PM EDT YG's "My Krazy Life" debuts at No. 1 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, selling 61,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It leads a new peak of highly anticipated rap releases on the chart. The Los Angeles rapper’s No. 1 debut -- a concept album…

  9. Run-D.M.C.'s 'Run D.M.C.' at 30: Classic Track-by-Track Review

    March 27, 2014 11:08 AM EDT It's been thirty years since the release of Run-D.M.C.'s self-titled debut LP, which made its way to record stores on March 27, 1984. The album is a cultural landmark, introducing legendary rappers Joseph "Run" Simmons and Darryl "D.M.C." McDaniels, plus their…

  10. The Roots, Tamar Braxton, K. Michelle Join Essence Festival Lineup

    March 27, 2014 10:49 AM EDT The Roots, Tamar Braxton and K. Michelle are among the latest additions to the 2014 Essence Festival (July 3-6) lineup. As previously announced, Prince and special guest performers will kick off the festival's 20th anniversary musical celebration with a July 4 show at the Superdome in…

  11. 'Frozen' May Chill for 8th Week at No. 1, Shakira Aiming for No. 2

    March 26, 2014 9:03 PM EDT Soundtrack is coming off best sales week yet in wake of film's home video release The "Frozen" soundtrack should continue to loom large at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart next week -- securing its eighth week atop the list. Industry sources suggest the album will easily…

  12. More Unreleased Johnny Cash Material Could See Light of Day

    March 26, 2014 8:51 PM EDT Most Johnny Cash fans may not have expected much more in the way of new releases following the country star's final posthumous American Recordings album, "American IV: Ain't No Grave," in 2010. That turned out to not be the xase with the release of "Out Among the…

  13. Gwar's Annual Gwar-B-Q to Go On As Scheduled

    March 26, 2014 7:48 PM EDT Despite the death of frontman Dave Brockie , Gwar's annual Gwar-B-Q event will still take place this year, the band confirmed. A statement from the band's manager, Jim Flanagan, notes that despite the tragedy, the event will persevere -- because it's what Brockie "would…

  14. Kurt Cobain Subject of Comic Book Biography

    March 26, 2014 7:20 PM EDT Kurt Cobain might just appreciate this latest addition to his legend. The iconic Nirvana frontman, who died from an alleged suicide in April 1994, is the subject of the latest comic book from Bluewater Productions, who has previously featured the life stories of rock stars John Lennon, Paul…

  15. Wall Street Titans & Their Warbling Daughters

    March 26, 2014 2:48 PM EDT These four daughters of Wall Street honchos have singing careers in sight The daughters of some of the most prominent financial executives are making music instead of money, from a hedge fund billionaire's daughter with four albums under her belt to Morgan Stanley CEO James Gorman'…

  16. Moby, David Lynch To Be Featured at IMS Engage

    March 26, 2014 1:04 PM EDT Film and electronic music collide at the International Music Summit's April 16 confab, to be held at the W Hollywood hotel. The International Music Summit is returning to Hollywood for a second year. The IMS Engage conference, scheduled for April 16 at the W Hotel, will focus on the…

  17. 'Roar,' 'Royals,' 'Radioactive': Why Hit Songs Now Have One-Word Titles

    March 26, 2014 12:35 PM EDT Simply named tunes are dominating the Billboard Hot 100. "Roar." "Royals." "Timber." "Demons." "Happy." Notice a common thread among these recent hits? The number of charting songs with one-word titles continues to grow, with single-monikered…

  18. Mick Jagger, Children Honor L'Wren Scott at Funeral

    March 25, 2014 10:02 PM EDT After delivering a poignant statement on his Facebook last week, Mick Jagger and his family said goodbye today to girlfriend L'Wren Scott, who was laid to rest in Hollywood. According to CNN , Jagger, joined by his daughters and grandchildren, spoke briefly at the funeral, as did the…

  19. Record Label Sues Moby Over Decades-Old Samples

    March 25, 2014 9:10 PM EDT VMG Salsoul, a New York-based disco and funk record label, is attempting to once again rewind the clock to a time when sampling might have been a more legally-loose endeavor. Just four months after losing a lawsuit over Madonna's "Vogue," Salsoul has picked a new target -- Moby…

  20. Kurt Cobain, Elvis Presley, More Chill on Remote Island in Beer Ad: Watch

    March 25, 2014 8:23 PM EDT Did Elvis, Cobain, Lennon or Tupac really die? Apparently not; they just holed up on a deserted island with two goals in mind: drink a lot of beer and don't get caught doing so. At least, that's the narrative in a new commercial for Bavaria Brewery's Bavaria Radler beer. In the…

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