1. Luke James Talks Self-Titled Album & Reminisces on 2013 Grammy Nomination

    September 23, 2014 1:30 PM EDT In 2013, Luke James ' "I Want You" was nominated for a Grammy in the Best R&B performance category. Every one of James' fellow nominees -- Usher , Miguel , Estelle , Robert Glasper and Ledisi -- had already released albums. On top of that, Usher and Estelle had…

  2. 5 Seconds of Summer’s Michael Clifford Has Lost Some Hearing Because of Screaming Fans

    September 23, 2014 12:45 PM EDT If you’ve ever attended a 5 Seconds of Summer show, you know how deafening the crowd can be: thousands of screams are unleashed when a sea of mostly under-21 females catch a glimpse of the Australian heartthrobs. The fandom was on full display last weekend at the iHeartRadio Music Festival,…

  3. Exclusive: 'Fantasia' Video Game Soundtrack Set for Release

    September 23, 2014 9:39 AM EDT Nile Rodgers ' Sumthing Else Music Works will release a score album to accompany the new video game based on the 1940 Disney animated classic Fantasia . Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved Original Soundtrack , featuring new performances of classical masterpieces recorded with the London…

  4. Damon Dash Moves Forward in Lawsuit Against 'Butler' Director Lee Daniels

    September 23, 2014 12:33 AM EDT More details have emerged in Roc-A-Fella Records co-founder Damon Dash's lawsuit against Lee Daniels over the Oscar-nominated filmmaker's work on such films as The Butler, Precious, The Paperboy, The Woodsman, Shadowboxer and Tennessee . As we noted in August, Dash filed a summons…

  5. Music Business 101: Top Schools Where You Can Learn About the Industry

    September 22, 2014 1:39 PM EDT A growing number of colleges, universities and other educational institutions are giving students the opportunity to learn about the music business with hands-on experience and classes taught by teachers from the industry. And those schools are increasingly responding to the changes…

  6. Watch the Replacements Cover a Michael Jackson Song at NYC Reunion Show

    September 22, 2014 12:08 PM EDT Hey! Looks like the Replacements played a new song at their Sept. 19 show at Forest Hills Stadium in Queens, NY. Well, it's “new” if the term implies a song they don’t normally play that wasn’t written by Westerberg and company. Watch The Replacements Play 'Fallon' After…

  7. Jennifer Hudson, 'JHUD': Track-by-Track Review

    September 22, 2014 11:00 AM EDT It's a difficult time for female R&B singers -- right now, Tinashe , Beyoncé and Jhené Aiko are the only three in the top 25 on the R&B/Hip-Hop charts -- and veterans face an especially tough market. Ashanti released an album earlier this year that sold 28,000 copies in its…

  8. INXS Mini-Series ‘Never Tear Us Apart’ Poised for Latin America Debut

    September 22, 2014 3:30 AM EDT The TV mini-series that catapulted INXS back to the summit in their homeland is about to air in Latin America, where the Australian rockers’ flame has burned impressively bright.  “Never Tear Us Apart” begins its four-week primetime broadcast via satellite network DirecTV from Monday (Sept.…

  9. Watch Macklemore & Fences' Chris Mansfield Discuss Collabs, 'Organic' Process Behind 'Arrows'

    September 22, 2014 2:00 AM EDT For Macklemore , a solid collab is greater than the sum of its parts.  The rapper (otherwise known as Ben Haggerty) scored the biggest-selling download of 2013 with the unstoppable hit “Thrift Shop," thanks to a team-up with his regular music-making partner Ryan Lewis and Wanz ( aka…

  10. The Big Parade Music Conference Debuts in Tokyo: Billboard Charts, Streaming Services, and Steve Lillywhite

    September 21, 2014 1:43 PM EDT Japan has hosted a major music conference with significant international players for the first time in recent memory. The Big Parade, held September 12th-15th, was packed with line-up of live showcases (of strictly Japanese bands) buttressing three days of talks, speeches and panels. The…

  11. Producer MeLo-X Gives Inside Look at Beyonce & Jay Z's On the Run Tour

    September 20, 2014 4:20 PM EDT Not many have what it takes to impress Beyonce and Jay Z, except if you're MeLo-X . The Brooklyn-based multimedia artist was called to produce the music featured in the interlude visual sections played throughout Beyoncé and Jay Z’s On the Run tour. Beyonce was drawn to MeLo’s…

  12. Green Day's 'American Idiot' Turns 10: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    September 20, 2014 10:00 AM EDT For Green Day , George W. Bush's administration wasn't much fun, but it did inspire a career revival most acts would (metaphorically) kill for. 2000's Warning was the punk band's most disappointing effort (both critically and commercially) since breaking…

  13. Watch Lil Wayne's Drake-Featuring Tour Video for 'Grindin''

    September 19, 2014 9:26 PM EDT Lil Wayne dropped a new video for his new Drake -assisted single "Grindin'" Friday, documenting the YMCMB duo's Drake vs. Lil Wayne tour from the audience, onstage and behind the scenes.  Drake & Lil Wayne Team Up for Big Chart Move The Tha Carter V track was…

  14. Billboard 200 Chart Moves: 'Frozen' Exits Top 10 After 39 Weeks

    September 19, 2014 9:19 PM EDT Also: Katy Perry's PRISM rebounds, U2 & the Beatles score a combined 11 charting albums. On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart, Lecrae scored his first No. 1 with Anomaly -- the only album to top both the Billboard 200 and Gospel Albums chart. It debuted with 88,000 copies…

  15. 'Love & Mercy' Stars John Cusack & Paul Dano on How They Became Brian Wilson

    September 19, 2014 4:50 PM EDT The film about the Beach Boys mastermind premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. It wasn't just the script that got actors John Cusack and Paul Dano excited about playing Beach Boys singer-songwriter Brian Wilson in director Bill Pohlad 's new film, Love & Mercy …

  16. Code Picks of the Week: Gorgon City, Michael Calfan & More

    September 19, 2014 4:30 PM EDT Each week, CODE curates a diverse selection of the most noteworthy new tunes in dance music. Take a listen for a fitting soundtrack to your weekend. Gorgon City ft. Katy Menditta, “Imagination” [Virgin EMI] Between its sexy bass line and chills inducing refrain, the latest cut off the UK…

  17. Flashback Friday: 'The O.C.' Had All the Best Music

    September 19, 2014 4:05 PM EDT Show of hands: Who, at one point or another, had a  Music From The O.C. CD? I sure did. In fact, I had four (there were a total of six released over the run of the show from 2003-07, including a Chrismukkah one).  The O.C. introduced so many indie bands -- like  Death Cab for Cutie , …

  18. Chris Brown's Highs & Lows: Top 10 Career Moments

    September 19, 2014 3:25 PM EDT Since his self-titled debut album almost 10 years ago, Chris Brown has crested mountains, but he's also dipped into the deepest valleys. The last year has been tough for the 25-year old, culminating in a jail stint earlier this summer. However, the talented singer-songwriter never…

  19. Record Store Day's Don VanCleave Joins Nashville-Based Tech Think Tank

    September 19, 2014 12:04 PM EDT Record Store Day co-founder Don VanCleave has joined FLO {thinkery} , a Nashville-based group that helps artists and entertainers dream up new companies at the intersection of music and technology. VanCleave's role will be to work with other senior executive advisors on new ideas, said…

  20. Jennifer Hudson on Why She’s Not Her Son’s Favorite Singer and Her ‘Dream Role’ Playing Aretha Franklin

    September 19, 2014 10:59 AM EDT Since her star-making turn as Effie in 2006's Dreamgirls , which took her from American Idol also-ran to Academy Award winner, Jennifer Hudson has left no doubt that she could crush a big ballad. Now on her third album, JHUD (Sept. 23, RCA), the singer-actress flips the script, hitting…

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