1. Merlin to Open U.S. Office, Taps A2IM's Jim Mahoney to Lead

    October 16, 2014 8:00 AM EDT Merlin, the indie label global rights agency, has hired Jim Mahoney to open and head its U.S. office as gm. “Merlin prides itself on being a truly global operation, so to open a permanent office in the world’s largest music market was a logical step," Merlin CEO Charles Caldas said in…

  2. Justin Bieber and David Hasselhoff’s Bizarre Bromance and More Insider Scoop

    October 03, 2014 3:25 PM EDT Bieber-Hoff Bromance Justin Bieber and David Hasselhoff's bizarre mutual wish -- to work together -- is coming true. Lanette Phillips, the executive producer of Bieber and Cody Simpson 's tentatively titled music video "Home to Muma," tells Overheard that Bieber had his…

  3. Tom Morello Honored for Activism: ‘Feed the Poor, Fight the Power, Rock the F—k Out’

    October 02, 2014 3:21 AM EDT Tom Morello has earned Grammys with Rage Against the Machine , but it's his work "that kicks ass and sticks it to the man" that got him honored Wednesday. Morello received The Spirit of Courage Award, which the Courage Campaign presents to someone for fighting for a more fair…

  4. Ty Bates Talks Self-Titled EP, Classic Country...and 'Saved by the Bell'

    September 17, 2014 5:29 PM EDT Country newcomer Ty Bates says that on the road with his band and crew, some very interesting conversations come up. "We are on the road a lot, so we talk about a lot of different topics. I think Saved by the Bell came up last week, along with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles ," the…

  5. Inside Pentatonix, 'Pitch Perfect' and the Pop-Culture Phenomenon of A Cappella Music

    September 15, 2014 4:19 PM EDT The band Pentatonix, already swimming in brand alignments and video views, is having a moment as instrumentless interest keeps swelling. Alongside needle-moving, genre-defying priority releases on the RCA Records slate -- Sia 's 1000 Forms of Fear and "Weird Al" Yankovic '…

  6. 'Iron Man 3' Composer Tackles NFL Music for ESPN

    September 04, 2014 1:11 PM EDT Brian Tyler is moving from big-screen superheroes to the gridiron watched on TV, composing new theme music for ESPN’s NFL studio shows.   Tyler, composer on Iron Man 3 , Thor: The Dark World and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles -- and a life-long football fan -- has composed original scores for…

  7. Arctic Monkeys, Domino Records Take Home High Honors at AIM Independent Music Awards

    September 02, 2014 6:55 PM EDT At this year's Association of Independent Music's Independent Music Awards held Tuesday in London, Arctic Monkeys walked away with the Independent Album of the Year honor, while Domino Records earned the Independent Label of the Year award.  Arctic Monkeys Conquer America: Alex…

  8. Free Music Round-Up: Raury, Ty Dolla $ign, Rico Love & Melat

    August 29, 2014 5:00 PM EDT This was an exciting week for free music. Raury released a precocious album debut, Ty Dolla $ign and Rico Love delivered R&B-drenched projects and rising singer Melat channeled vintage hip-hop/soul on her EP. Raury's Indigo Child (Album) Raury aims for a powerful, cohesive statement…

  9. Billboard Cover: Diplo on His Katy Perry Connection, Madonna Collaboration and 8-Figure Lifestyle

    August 22, 2014 9:00 AM EDT The most valuable backpack in Los Angeles is a capacious, sturdy-looking black number loaded with a pair of sticker-emblazoned MacBook Pro laptops, a set of headphones and a mobile Internet hotspot. It belongs to the 35-year-old DJ-producer Wesley Pentz, better-known as  Diplo , and it’s with…

  10. Vine Stars Jack & Jack Make Rap Chart Debut

    August 14, 2014 6:07 PM EDT 'Wild Life' enters Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs at No. 25; Plus, chart action for Nicki Minaj, Wiz Khalifa & Juicy J. Vine Stars: A pair of 17-year-old recent high school graduates from Omaha, Neb., make their Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs debut, as Jack & Jack enter at No. 25…

  11. London Grammar Leads Nominations for AIM Independent Awards

    August 13, 2014 9:28 AM EDT Electro-pop band London Grammar leads the pack with four nominations at the 4th annual AIM Independent Awards. The list of indie music's brightest artists and advocates was revealed at Red Bull Studios London on Wednesday with winners to be announced at an event on Sept. 2. London…

  12. Pentatonix Sets 'Vol. 3' Release Date, Second Holiday Album

    August 07, 2014 8:34 PM EDT Not one, but two Pentatonix releases are coming this fall: PTX Vol. 3 hits shelves Sept. 23, followed by a second holiday album, That's Christmas to Me , on Oct. 21. The upcoming EP from the viral a cappella quintet marks their first with RCA Records , and will again feature covers of…

  13. Watch Pentatonix Give 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' Fans the Perfect Theme Song

    August 05, 2014 10:30 AM EDT Anyone else suddenly craving a slice of pizza? Blame Pentatonix. The a cappella group released a new song, "We Are Ninjas," in anticipation of the  Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles  movie release. “The ideas is we’re kind of riffing off the turtles,” said director Melissa Bolton-Klinger…

  14. Code Picks of the Week: deadmau5, Sander Kleinenberg, Ali Love & More

    July 25, 2014 3:37 PM EDT Each Friday, CODE curates a diverse selection of the most noteworthy new tunes in dance music. Take a listen for a fitting soundtrack to your weekend. Sander Kleinenberg,"We-R-Superstars" [Spinnin'] The Dutch dance star completes his comeback this week with the release of his…

  15. Wiz Khalifa, Juicy J, Ty Dolla $ign Debut 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' Track: Listen

    July 21, 2014 9:33 PM EDT Wiz Khalifa, Juicy J and Ty Dolla $ign are wrapping up a music video for "Shell Shocked," the end credit song they wrote and recorded for Paramount’s "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles." The video is expected to be released next week. The song, released to iTunes July 22 via…

  16. BET Experience 2014: Outkast, A$AP Rocky & Rick Ross Pack the House on Day 2

    June 29, 2014 1:53 PM EDT Duo headlines second night of BET Experience concerts, joined by A$AP Rocky, Rick Ross, August Alsina and more It was all about Outkast Saturday night (June 28) as the pair brought their 20th anniversary celebration to Los Angeles. BET Experience 2014: Maxwell Captivates, Jill Scott Sizzles…

  17. 5 Seconds of Summer Morph Into Superheroes in 'Don't Stop' Video: Watch

    May 19, 2014 11:59 AM EDT Summer is the time for superhero movies to hit the multiplex, and on Sunday (May 18) -- two weeks after "The Amazing Spider-Man 2's" opening, and a few days before "X-Men: Days of Future Past" -- the guys of 5 Seconds of Summer donned the tights and capes for the…

  18. Insane Clown Posse's Gathering of the Juggalos Drops Lineup in Zany Video: Watch

    May 12, 2014 5:19 PM EDT Catch ICP, Cypress Hill and Cannibal Corpse or even "sue your homie at Juggalo Night Court" The Gathering of the Juggalos is back. Even if you won't be able to make it out to the bustling metropolis of Thornville, Ohio this July, there's a brand new 23-minute video that…

  19. Mr. Scruff Talks New 'Friendly Bacteria' Album and Staying Out of the Box

    April 24, 2014 5:35 PM EDT Seated against a cozy backdrop of more vinyl records than he can count, Mr. Scruff looks right at home surrounded by his sounds. The veteran Manchester disc jockey – born Andy Carthy – has earned the smile that sits well framed by his namesake beard. His freewheeling “Keep It Unreal” DJ…

  20. Kelis, 'FOOD': Track-By-Track Review

    April 21, 2014 1:08 PM EDT For her latest career reinvention, Kelis is trying on a rock-and-soul hybrid helmed by producer Dave Sitek (TV On The Radio) with an album called "FOOD" (out Tuesday on Ninja Tune), conveniently released at the same time as she's hosting a new show for the Cooking Channel, …

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