1. Private Jet? No Problem. VIP Packages for Superfans Are Big Business for Tours & Festivals

    September 29, 2014 2:54 PM EDT Since the live event business rebounded in 2010, VIP programs, which offer seats closer to the stage, meet-and-greets with the artist and, in one extreme case, a private jet to the festival grounds (see story, below), increasingly have become big business. “We’re at a point where most tours…

  2. What the Ello Is Happening? Behind the New Social Network's Big Week and Musical Roots

    September 29, 2014 2:16 PM EDT "Not a tool to deceive, coerce, and manipulate — but a place to connect, create, and celebrate life. You are not a product." Somehow, the Vermont-based serial entrepreneur and artist behind KidRobot, a team of nine developers in Denver and a handful of designers in Boulder have…

  3. Outkast's #ATLast Hometown Blowout Brings Erykah Badu, Bun B and More to Atlanta

    September 29, 2014 1:30 PM EDT Janelle Monae, 2 Chainz and a host of Southern rap pioneers were also guests at Outkast's 3-day homecoming concert "One for the money, yes sir, two for the show/A couple of years ago on Headland and Delowe/Was the start of something good" — Outkast, “Elevators (Me & You)”…

  4. Why Did R&B Singer Jhene Aiko Roll Out Her New Album at a Pot Dispensary?

    September 29, 2014 1:22 PM EDT In the week her first full-length album, Souled Out , debuted, singer Jhene Aiko cooked up a novel idea for its rollout: She performed for a crowd of 80 at the popular -- and legal -- West Hollywood pot shop The Farmacy. Jhene Aiko, 'Souled Out': Track-by-Track Review Aiko…

  5. ‘Habits (Stay High)’ Singer Tove Lo Dishes About Her 5 Real-Life Habits

    September 29, 2014 12:30 PM EDT On her hit record, the upstart Swedish singer says she uses drugs to ease the pain. But in reality, she’s hooked on coffee, sleep and love. Tove Lo is breaking out with her hazy pop jam "Habits (Stay High)" -- which moves 16-13 on the Oct. 4 Billboard Hot 100 -- from debut album…

  6. Marvel, Jack Kirby Estate Settlement Brings End to High-Stakes Copyright Battle

    September 29, 2014 11:56 AM EDT On Friday, Marvel ended a long and bitter feud with the estate of comic book legend Jack Kirby , announcing a settlement just days before the U.S. Supreme Court had scheduled a conference to discuss whether to take up a case with potentially billions on the line. "Marvel and the family…

  7. Lady Gaga: 'The World View of Israel Is Just Not Reality'

    September 29, 2014 11:32 AM EDT After her buzzy shows in Tel Aviv, Lady Gaga has spoken out about the world's perception of Israel. "Tel Aviv was magnificent," the singer told The Independent . "The world view of Israel is just not reality. It’s in a beautiful place, the people are in good spirits. I…

  8. Fergie Returns with Globe-Trotting ‘L.A. Love (La La)’ Single: Listen

    September 29, 2014 10:52 AM EDT Fergie has not released a solo album in eight years, but the Fergalicious One is finally back — with a well-traveled suitcase and tales from across the globe, no less! Listen to “L.A. Love (La La)” below: Produced by the ubiquitous DJ Mustard, “L.A. Love (La La)” sounds like it could have…

  9. 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…

  10. Katherine Jenkins Marries American Artist Andrew Levitas

    September 29, 2014 4:04 AM EDT Singer Katherine Jenkins has married Andrew Levitas , the American film director and artist, during a hush-hush ceremony at London's Hampton Court Palace. The Welsh mezzo-soprano had kept the big occasion a secret, until she tweeted her 294,000 fans on Saturday with a message about her…

  11. 'Saturday Night Live' recap: Chris Pratt Raps & Ariana Grande Acts

    September 28, 2014 11:04 AM EDT Anyone who watches Parks and Recreation  already knew Chris Pratt was musical, but while there wasn't a Mouse Rat reunion during the Saturday Night Live season premiere Saturday night (huge sigh of disappointment), there were plenty of music moments including a shout out to the latest…

  12. Wynton Marsalis To Christen St. Louis Jazz Center

    September 27, 2014 6:13 PM EDT ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Trumpeter Wynton Marsalis will help christen a new St. Louis jazz center that organizers hope will serve as a venue worthy of the genre's top acts while inspiring the next generation of jazz greats from an area that has produced Miles Davis, Clark Terry and David…

  13. Dave Matthews Band’s ‘Under the Table and Dreaming’ at 20: Classic Track-by-Track Review

    September 27, 2014 2:10 PM EDT For many, the idea of a “classic” Dave Matthews Band album is laughable, if not perverse. That goes for fans and non-fans alike. On one side, you’ve got hardcore Daveheads, who generally prefer stretched-out, heavily improvised live versions of songs to their more compact studio…

  14. 'Whiplash': J.K. Simmons, Damien Chazelle on Whether Torment Leads to Talent

    September 27, 2014 12:36 PM EDT "I was there to push people beyond what's expected of them," J.K. Simmons tells Miles Teller at one point in Whiplash , the film festival favorite that follows aspiring jazz drummer Andrew Neyman who is berated by his performing arts professor, Terence Fletcher. But even if…

  15. Get Ready For Ariana Grande on 'Saturday Night Live' With Our 6 Predictions

    September 27, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Ariana Grande  will make her debut as the musical guest on  Saturday Night Live  this weekend. Here's what we're hoping to see from the singer (along with hilarious skits by Chris Pratt , duh).  The New Classics: 10 Genius 'Saturday Night Live' Sketches With…

  16. It's a Three-Way Race for No. 1 on Billboard 200

    September 26, 2014 7:45 PM EDT Kenny Chesney, Barbra Streisand and Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga are battling for No. 1 Two days ago, on Sept. 24, it seemed like Kenny Chesney 's new The Big Revival album was likely heading for No. 1 on next week's Billboard 200 chart. But now, he's in a dead heat with…

  17. Marty Stuart Talks Mixing Country & Gospel on New Double Album

    September 26, 2014 6:32 PM EDT 'Saturday Night and Sunday Morning' comes out Tuesday. 2014 has been a creative watershed year for Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives . The band continues to play for packed houses across America, and they're working on an upcoming all-instrumental album. Earlier…

  18. Andy Grammer, Martina McBride & More to Perform at Vital IEBA Conference

    September 26, 2014 6:14 PM EDT With countless developing artists competing for concert dates around the country, getting on the radar of the talent buyers who book those shows is crucial to launching a successful touring career. Indeed, as most musical acts continue to rely on touring as their primary source of income,…

  19. From Kendrick Lamar to Garth Brooks, the Best and Worst Singles of the Week

    September 26, 2014 5:23 PM EDT Kendrick Lamar "I" Interscope/TDE Kendrick Lamar conquered rap with his eye-to-mouth rhymes during the past two years, documenting his Compton, Calif., streets on the impervious Good Kid, M.a.a.d City . The grim extrospection persists on "I," the first peek at his…

  20. Ariana Grande Is 'Very Special' to Big Sean

    September 26, 2014 4:16 PM EDT Rapper opens up to Ryan Seacrest about his rumored girlfriend & frequent collaborator. The Ariana Grande and Big Sean relationship rumors have been flying around for a couple of months now -- reaching fever pitch last month when the frequent collaborators were caught on video holding…

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