1. The Civil Wars Break Up: Hear Farewell Song & Read Their Goodbye Messages

    August 05, 2014 12:19 PM EDT Although they had been on hiatus since 2012, the inevitable is now confirmed: the Civil Wars are no more. The folk duo broke the news Tuesday via press release, along with quotes from band members Joy Williams and John Paul White. Additionally, the duo shared one final song, a cover of “You…

  2. Exclusive: SFX, MasterCard Announce Global Multi-Year Partnership

    August 05, 2014 10:00 AM EDT MasterCard and SFX Entertainment will announce a global multi-year partnership that will make MasterCard the exclusive financial services sponsor of SFX's many platforms, as well as an integrated technology partner in improving fan experiences across SFX's portfolio. The partnership…

  3. Jay Z and Beyonce's On The Run Tour Tops $100 Million, 'Everybody’s Winning'

    August 05, 2014 8:30 AM EDT Plagued by rumors of poor ticket sales and still a target for the tabloids, the Jay Z/Beyonce On The Run stadium tour will nevertheless wrap as a huge success. Jay Z and Beyonce 's On The Run tour wraps in North America with two nights at AT&T Park in San Francisco, both tonight …

  4. Kanye West Hangs Out With Baby North in the Studio

    August 04, 2014 2:28 PM EDT Who can resist a photo of a happy Kanye West and his little girl North? On Monday, West's wife Kim Kardashian posted a photo on Instagram of the hip-hop star and their almost-14-month-old sitting on 'Ye's lap while in the studio recording. Try not to melt when seeing North'…

  5. Vince Power Slams 'Vindictive' Rights Society Following Live Ban in U.K.

    August 04, 2014 12:21 PM EDT British concert promoter Vince Power has responded to a High Court ruling last week that effectively banned him from staging any music events in public until a dispute with the Performing Rights Society for Music (PRS for Music) is resolved. PRS, which collects U.K. copyright fees for live…

  6. Drake Faces 'Ultimate Test' as a Business Mogul

    August 04, 2014 12:08 PM EDT The rapper-actor is one of today’s hottest stars, but it’s early days for his business ventures. Sure, Drake dropped the No. 2 rap album of 2013 ( Nothing Was the Same ) and earned high marks this year for hosting Saturday Night Live and the ESPY Awards. But the Toronto-born superstar, 26, is…

  7. Exclusive: Elijah Blake Premieres '6' / 'Fallen' Video; Talks Upcoming 'Drift' EP

    August 04, 2014 11:54 AM EDT The singer-songwriter will release his 'Drift' EP in September. It takes bravery to be as transparent as Elijah Blake is in his new single, "6." The first single off the singer-songwriter's upcoming EP, Drift , sheds light on the gloom that hovers over Blake's…

  8. 5 Seconds of Summer: 'If Anyone Puts Us Down, We Don’t Care'

    August 04, 2014 9:00 AM EDT They’d rather be known as a baby Blink-182 than a boy band. Music’s sudden sensation hits the road with a No. 1 album, screaming girls and a social media firestorm. It’s not hard to figure out where 5 Seconds of Summer is staying while on tour in Milan: Just follow the screams. Ten floors…

  9. China to Open $323 Million Musical Production Center

    August 04, 2014 8:49 AM EDT Musicals, a still relatively unknown form of entertainment in China, are about to get a big push with a planned $323 million (2 billion RMB) musical production center in the country, according to a report by the China News Service .  The center, to be located in Langfang, just 30 miles…

  10. 'Rising Star' Recap: The Wall Looms Large As New Solo Round Begins

    August 04, 2014 6:42 AM EDT No matter the show, no matter the judges, no matter their chairs’ ability to spin or rise…it always comes down to song choice, doesn’t it?  Alas, in the first round of solo performances following the Duels, the contestants of Rising Star couldn’t choose a song that suited their voice and the…

  11. Bon Jovi Explains Why He's Bidding on Buffalo Bills In New Letter

    August 03, 2014 12:47 PM EDT Jon Bon Jovi is hoping he's written a hit with Buffalo Bills fans in a bid to stem concerns of whether his prospective ownership group plans to buy and potentially relocate the franchise to Toronto. In a letter published by the Buffalo News on Sunday, Bon Jovi wrote that it's his…

  12. 'American Idol' Alum Michael Johns Remembered by Nigel Lythgoe, David Cook, Paula Abdul & More

    August 03, 2014 12:00 PM EDT American Idol season seven finalist Michael Johns died unexpectedly on Aug. 1. He was 35-years-old. A fan favorite since he first auditioned in 2007 with the Otis Redding song, "I've Been Loving You Too Long," the Australian rocker was known for his soulful singing style and…

  13. Usher & Stevie Wonder Play Multimillion-Dollar Fan Wedding

    August 02, 2014 7:44 PM EDT Best rehearsal dinner ever? That award might go to Kaily Smith and Adam Westbrook, the couple whose carnival-themed, pre-wedding bash in Dana Point, California, last night included live performances from not one but two multi-platinum artists: Usher and Stevie Wonder. Usher’s New Look…

  14. UPDATED: 'American Idol' Alum Michael Johns Dies at 35

    August 02, 2014 4:21 PM EDT Michael Johns, a finalist on American Idol season seven, died on Aug. 1, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed via multiple sources. The cause of death is believed to be a blood clot in his ankle. The singer competed on the Fox music show in 2008 and came in eighth place. He followed with a…

  15. Justin Bieber Parties with Kanye West and Kim Kardashian In Ibiza

    August 02, 2014 3:21 PM EDT Aside from his alleged fight with actor Orlando Bloom last week, Justin Bieber seems to be having a pretty great time in Ibiza. Justin Bieber Swings Back at Orlando Bloom With Weepy Instagram The pop star has shared an Instagram photo with Kanye West and Kim Kardashian at 40th birthday party…

  16. Trinidad James Dropped From Def Jam

    August 02, 2014 12:20 PM EDT Trinidad James has been dropped from Def Jam Recordings, the Atlanta rapper tweeted on Aug. 1. Exclusive: Trinidad James Signs With Def Jam “I should tell yall. I got dropped by the Label. My Album is now free. If u hear ur beat or verse on it. I hope u want dap cuz i got no money,” he wrote…

  17. Concerts on Yahoo Make Best of Industry Struggles

    August 02, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Sometimes the struggles of an industry can bring music to your ears. And your screens. Live Nation's partnership with Yahoo to stream one live concert every day is a rare win for music fans. The series, which began with the Dave Matthews Band in mid-July, offers free, high-quality…

  18. New York Club Owner Manny Roth Dies at 94

    August 02, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Stars such as Bob Dylan and Jimi Hendrix played Roth's Greenwich Village establishment Cafe Wha? Manny Roth, a colorful club owner in Greenwich Village whose Cafe Wha? and its basement level stage was a rite of passage in the 1960s for Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Bruce Springsteen and many…

  19. Brigitte DeMeyer Explains How Gregg Allman Inspired 'Savannah Road'

    August 01, 2014 5:22 PM EDT Brigitte DeMeyer thought she had something special when she released her current album, Savannah Road , but the Americana-inspired artist tells Billboard she was not prepared for the attention the album has received from critics and fans alike -- not to mention one legendary fellow artist. …

  20. Iggy Azalea Means Big Business for Brands

    August 01, 2014 2:49 PM EDT Two of summer’s biggest hits could lead to a $5 million year as branding deals and a revived House of Style rev up the female rapper. Iggy Azalea has been dominating the summer, holding down the top two slots of Billboard ’s Summer Songs chart for an uninterrupted nine weeks with “Fancy” and…

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