1. New Signings: Kobalt Signs Pitbull, Orchard Adds Donna Summer, Blue Note Nabs Jamie Cullum

    October 10, 2014 12:25 PM EDT Here's a look at the latest artist signings across the music industry, including record labels, artist management firms, publishing companies, booking agencies and more.   RECORD LABELS  -- Olivia Holt , the star of Disney Channel's I Didn't Do It , joins the roster of…

  2. Why 1998 Was the Best Musical Year of the '90s

    October 10, 2014 10:45 AM EDT After focusing on 1994 last week, now, we're wondering what the best year for music was of the '90s. We've already made a case for  1990 ,  1991 ,  1992 ,  1993 ,  1994 ,  1995 ,  1996  and  1997 . Now here are the final two years of the decade -- 1998 and 1999 . If there&…

  3. Last.fm Posts Further Loss as Revenues Slide

    October 10, 2014 9:40 AM EDT Last.fm recorded a loss of £2.1 million ($3.4 million) in 2013, as revenues slumped by more than 20 percent year-on-year from £6.4 million ($10.3 million) to £4.9 million ($7.9 million). In line with the fall in sales, staff numbers at the CBS-owned, London-based company fell from 61 to 35…

  4. Billboard Cover: Florida Georgia Line on Being ‘Professional Partiers,’ Haters and Hip-Hop

    October 10, 2014 9:00 AM EDT The banjo player has magenta highlights in his hair. The drummer is wearing sunglasses and a Motley Crue T-shirt. In the first song, there's a bass drop: The sound briefly stops, and when it storms back in, a meter at the sound board spikes to 120 decibels. Welcome to the 2014 version…

  5. James Marsden & 5 Other Actors Who Should Have an Album

    October 09, 2014 4:12 PM EDT From 'Enchanted' to the Grammys? We're still swooning over James Marsden joining Lady Antebellum for a Garth Brooks sing-along on On Air With Ryan Seacrest . If you haven't watched it yet , do that right now. Now that we're all on the same page, Marsden secretly…

  6. Why 1996 Was the Best Musical Year of the '90s

    October 09, 2014 10:45 AM EDT After focusing on 1994 last week, now, we're wondering what the best year for music was of the '90s. We've already made a case for  1990 ,  1991 ,  1992 ,  1993 ,  1994  and  1995 . Now it's time for 1996 and 1997 . POP SHOP HOMEPAGE When critics go about naming the best…

  7. ASCAP Honors Ellie Goulding, UMPG at 34th Annual Awards

    October 09, 2014 10:29 AM EDT At ASCAP's (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) 34th annual awards in London last night, pop singer/songwriters Alex Clare and Jim Duguid were named Songwriters of the Year for their hit song “Too Close,” recorded by Clare. Meanwhile, Ellie Goulding 's "…

  8. 'The Endless River' Will Be Pink Floyd's Final Album

    October 09, 2014 7:59 AM EDT We've known about Pink Floyd's The Endless River -- the band's first record since 1994's The Division Bell -- since summertime . The 18-song double-album is assembled from the Division Bell sessions and will land on Nov. 10 . What's new, though, is the concrete…

  9. Live Nation vs. Nederlander/AEG: Who Will Win Tomorrow's Greek Theatre Bid?

    October 08, 2014 6:38 PM EDT Expect no love to be lost Thursday between the world's largest promoters Live Nation and the combined team of Nederlander/AEG Live when the Los Angeles Department of Recreations and Parks is set to endorse one or the other in a fierce bidding war to manage the city's iconic Greek…

  10. Spotify U.K. Sees Big Jump in Revenue

    October 08, 2014 2:44 PM EDT The U.K. arm of Spotify grew its revenues by over 40% in 2013, entering profitability for the first time.   According to the company’s latest set of financial results, published by Companies House, year-on-year revenues grew from £92.6 million ($147 million) in 2012 to £131.4 million ($210…

  11. Ex-Fugee Pras Files $30 Million Defamation Lawsuit Against New York Post

    October 08, 2014 1:39 PM EDT Less than a week after the New York Post published an article that was headlined, "Ex- Fugee rapper bailed on his own 9/11 benefit concert," Pras Michel has filed a $30 million defamation lawsuit that contends much of the story was untrue and damaging to him. The article in…

  12. Former Executive at 'American Idol' Parent Facing Jail for Fraud

    October 08, 2014 8:30 AM EDT A former senior executive at the TV production company behind American Idol and The X-Factor is facing a jail sentence for fraud. Ian Ousey pleaded guilty at Highbury Corner Magistrates Court to stealing almost £225,000 ($360,000) from London-based production company FremantleMedia, which…

  13. Patti Smith Planning World Tour for 'Horses' 40th Anniversary

    October 07, 2014 9:48 PM EDT Patti Smith is making some special plans to celebrate the 40-year anniversary of her beloved 1975 debut, Horses .  New Order, Iggy Pop and Patti Smith Jam for Tibet The punk icon told Rolling Stone she will be playing the album in full, saying, "I'm going to be happy to celebrate…

  14. Why 1992 Was the Best Musical Year of the '90s

    October 07, 2014 11:30 AM EDT After focusing on 1994 last week, now, we're wondering what the best year for music was of the '90s. Monday, we made a case for  1990  and  1991 . Today, it's time for 1992 and 1993 . POP SHOP HOMEPAGE In 1992, BMG and Columbia's music subscriptions were still in full…

  15. 1980s White Rap Pioneers 3rd Bass Reveal the Stories Behind Their Music -- From Gang Hits to Beef With the Beastie Boys

    October 06, 2014 4:27 PM EDT When New York duo 3rd Bass -- MC Serch (real name Michael Berrin) and Prime Minister Pete Nice (born Peter Nash), now both 47 -- burst onto the scene in 1989 with the single "Steppin' to the A.M.," they were a revelation to the public. Serch's first single, "Melissa…

  16. ACL 2014's 10 Best Moments: Iggy Azalea, Sam Smith, Matthew McConaughey & More

    October 06, 2014 3:42 PM EDT marked the second year that Austin City Limits stands as a two-weekend festival, and round one (which wrapped on Sunday, Oct. 5) featured larger crowds in Zilker Park and more bass drops than ever, thanks to the noticeably larger influx of dance/electronic acts on the bill this year.…

  17. Madonna's 'Bedtime Stories' Turns 20: Babyface & Donna De Lory Look Back

    October 06, 2014 3:35 PM EDT Twenty years ago this month, Madonna released her sixth studio album, Bedtime Stories, a classic that came out at a strange crossroads in her career. While Madonna certainly didn't lack for fame in 1994, the button-pushing Erotica album had soured many critics and fans. For the first…

  18. Calvin Harris Announces New Album ‘Motion’ With Flashy Guest List

    October 06, 2014 2:38 PM EDT Talk about the rich getting richer -- already the world’s No. 1 earning DJ , Calvin Harris recently announced plans for a star-studded album that will drop Nov. 4. Motion will feature the likes of Ellie Goulding , Haim , Gwen Stefani , Big Sean , Tinashe , and R3HAB along with Harris’ beats…

  19. Paul Revere & the Raiders' Biggest Billboard Hot 100 Hits

    October 05, 2014 2:57 PM EDT Paul Revere, the leader and organist of Paul Revere & the Raiders , died at his home in Idaho on Saturday (Oct. 4). He was 76. Paul Revere Dies at 76 During the Raiders’ career, which started in 1963 with a cover of Richard Berry’s “Louie, Louie,” the band tallied 11 top 20 hits --…

  20. Paul Revere, Leader and Organist of Paul Revere & the Raiders, Dies at 76

    October 05, 2014 1:21 PM EDT Paul Revere, the longtime leader and organist of Paul Revere & the Raiders , died at his home in Idaho on Saturday (Oct. 4). He was 76. Paul Revere & the Raiders' Biggest Billboard Hot 100 Hits The popular classic rock band revealed the sad news in a lengthy letter on its…

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