1. Nile Rodgers, Ellie Goulding Honored at BMI London Awards

    October 14, 2014 12:02 PM EDT Legendary lyricist Tim Rice was honored, Nile Rodgers took top prize and Ellie Goulding was a three-time winner at the BMI London Awards , held Monday night at London's Dorchester Hotel. The annual gala is held to honor the U.K./Euro/Caribbean songwriters, producers and publishers of…

  2. Designer (and Music Fanatic) Tory Burch Dishes on Her Bowie Backup-Singer Dreams and Dressing Prince

    October 13, 2014 6:09 PM EDT You might not peg preppy lifestyle designer Tory Burch as a Tupac Shakur fan -- but her first book, Tory Burch: In Color ($50, Abrams), reveals that the Upper East Sider’s taste in music is as bold as her print-splashed womenswear line. Hitting shelves Oct. 14, the tome gives readers the…

  3. Former ‘Gossip Girl’ Star Leighton Meester on Her Debut Album: ‘I Learned How to Do It My Way’

    October 13, 2014 4:46 PM EDT After a run as a TV teen queen and a brush with pop fame, Leighton Meester is giving fans something new to gossip about: her debut album. Fresh off her role in Of Mice and Men on Broadway , which wrapped in July, the 28-year-old is releasing Heartstrings on Oct. 28, on her own Hotly…

  4. Chris Brown & Beyonce Lead Soul Train Award Nominations

    October 13, 2014 3:56 PM EDT Team Breezy will be very happy about this. Chris Brown leads with seven nominations for the 2014 Soul Train Awards. Brown is followed by six nods for Beyonce and five for Pharrell . Hosted by Wendy Williams , this year’s show will take place at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas on Nov. 7 and…

  5. 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 "…

  6. Celebrate John Lennon's Birthday With Our 7 Favorite Covers

    October 09, 2014 9:20 AM EDT Seventy-four years ago today, with her husband away at sea and her country in the midst of World War II, Julia Lennon gave birth to a baby who would grow up to be one of rock music's most successful, iconic and inspirational figures -- John Lennon . From the Beatles to Yoko Ono to his…

  7. Report: Lawsuit Over iTunes Double-Billing Dismissed

    October 08, 2014 10:58 AM EDT A lawsuit against Apple claiming the company double-billed its iTunes customers has been dismissed. Courthouse News is reporting that the plaintiffs, Robert Herskowitz and Phoebe Juel , settled with the tech giant on Tuesday (Oct. 7). Related iTunes Launches 'Donate' Feature for…

  8. 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…

  9. Apple Reportedly In Talks with Majors for Cheaper Music, Looks to Lower Beats Music Pricing

    October 03, 2014 8:28 AM EDT Apple is looking to pull the same trick it did ten years ago around the launch of iTunes -- convincing the major labels to agree to something they may be wary of. The tech company is, according to Re/code , negotiating with majors to lower their licensing rates (as well as "new rights…

  10. Tim Rice Keen to Relaunch 'From Here to Eternity' on Broadway

    October 02, 2014 2:31 AM EDT Tim Rice is hoping his musical From Here to Eternity doesn't take an eternity to get to Broadway. The celebrated lyricist is hoping a filmed version of the West End production broadcast this month will generate some interest in America. The ambitious adaptation of James Jones'…

  11. George M. Roberts, 'Mr. Bass Trombone,' Dies at 86

    October 01, 2014 9:15 PM EDT He recorded for Nelson Riddle, Frank Sinatra, Stan Kenton and John Williams and can be heard on the soundtrack for 'Jaws.' George M. Roberts , the master musician known as "Mr. Bass Trombone" whose melodic sound can be heard on Nelson Riddle -arranged albums for Frank…

  12. Bush Figures Out How to Pay for Just Half a Video With 'The Only Way Out'

    October 01, 2014 7:48 PM EDT Bush is back with a new album, Man on the Run , due Oct. 21. And as Gavin Rossdale  and Co. gear up for their rockin' return following 2011 comeback album  The Sea of Memories  after a decade of dormancy, the band delivers a new video for "The Only Way Out" that'll have…

  13. Was 1994 the Best Year for Movie Soundtracks?

    October 01, 2014 5:16 PM EDT Part of grunge's golden era and a crucial turning point for hip-hop, 1994 is often lauded as one of the best years for music, ever. And from cult favorites like Pulp Fiction and The Shawshank Redemption to blockbusters like Forrest Gump and The Lion King , 1994 is also recognized as a…

  14. RZA Talks New Wu-Tang Album, Exclusive Content Delivery System

    September 30, 2014 3:14 PM EDT When it comes to hip-hop producers, Wu-Tang Clan 's RZA has always been among the most visionary and entrepreneurial of the bunch. Feeling the need to restore value to the artistry of music-makers in today's era of disposable content and detached listeners, he released an album…

  15. Exclusive: The Harvard Business School Report on Beyonce

    September 30, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Last week, Billboard reported that the Harvard Business School had taken a close look at the release of Beyonc e 's surprise, self-titled album, dropped upon an unprepared world last December. At the time of Beyonce's midnight release, Billboard covered the event in depth,…

  16. Corner Office: Andre Harrell, Vice Chairman of Revolt, on Working for Diddy and Discovering Robin Thicke

    September 29, 2014 10:01 AM EDT The former head of Motown on working for Diddy, discovering Robin Thicke and trading records for the tough terrain of cable TV. When Andre Harrell first met Sean Combs , the future Puff Daddy was but a wide-eyed intern at Uptown Records, the urban label Bronx native Harrell, 54, founded in…

  17. FKA Twigs Responds to 'Unacceptable' Racist Tweets From Robert Pattinson Fans

    September 29, 2014 9:56 AM EDT FKA Twigs  is labeling racist trolls "unacceptable" after being made a target of abuse by some Robert Pattinson fans on Twitter (she's been romantically linked with him in the past few weeks).  Much of the messaging appears to be from fans hoping that Kristen Stewart and…

  18. Morning Roundup: 10 Things To Start Your Day

    September 29, 2014 9:09 AM EDT Happy Prince Day : Prince fans rejoice: the famous artist is releasing not one, but two albums today . Beyonce Will Not Give Away Free Album : In an interview with the Financial Times , Beyonce's manager Jim Sabey said Beyonce will not release a free album in the manner of U2 . "I…

  19. Tina Turner Exhibit Opens at Old Tennessee School

    September 26, 2014 5:35 PM EDT A restored one-room schoolhouse where Tina Turner attended classes opened Friday (Sept. 26) as a museum honoring the singer's career and recalling her childhood in this small West Tennessee town. 'Happily Retired' Tina Turner Readies 'Love Songs' Album  More than…

  20. Google a 'Platform for Piracy'? News Corp Gets an Earful in 'Dear Rupert' Letter

    September 25, 2014 1:01 PM EDT Rupert Murdoch 's News Corp and Google have repeatedly engaged in a war of words in recent years, and the Internet search giant opened the latest chapter in the showdown on Thursday. In a blog post entitled "Dear Rupert," one of its representatives responded to News Corp…

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