1. ASCAP Expo Celebrates 10th Anniversary, Announces Initial 2015 Lineup

    February 27, 2015 10:37 PM EST The ASCAP Expo celebrates its tenth anniversary this year with the 2015 edition scheduled to be held April 30 through May 2 at Los Angeles' Loews Hollywood Hotel. Among the hitmakers to gather for the annual confab dedicated to "the craft and business of songwriting, composing and…

  2. Azealia Banks Announces Select North American Tour Dates

    February 27, 2015 9:17 PM EST Azealia Banks has announced a short list of tour dates to support her recent album Broke With Expensive Taste , kicking off with the Coachella Festival in Indio, Calif., on April 10.  Azealia Banks Poses Nude for 'Playboy'   The six shows include back-to-back weekends at Coachella,…

  3. Why Are Albums Released on Tuesday (For Now) in the U.S.?

    February 27, 2015 7:56 PM EST The recent news about the music industry adopting Friday as the global release day for new albums has prompted many questions. One of those is: Why are albums released on Tuesday in the U.S.? Industry Sets Friday as Global Record Release Day For the past few decades, new album releases (and…

  4. Leonard Nimoy's Brief, Unique Billboard Chart History

    February 27, 2015 1:26 PM EST Nimoy charted two albums in the '60s, and his voice was heard on a No. 1 dance hit On Friday, Feb. 27, beloved Star Trek actor Leonard Nimoy passed away in his Los Angeles home. He was 83. While not primarily known as a singer, Nimoy charted two eclectic albums (featuring a mix of spoken…

  5. Leonard Nimoy: 8 Great Musical Moments

    February 27, 2015 1:00 PM EST Beloved Star Trek star Leonard Nimoy died Friday at age 83  in his Los Angeles home.   Leonard Nimoy, Spock From 'Star Trek,' Dead at 83 While best known as Mr. Spock in Star Trek , Nimoy was also a musician, releasing a few albums in the late '60s/early '70s, as well as a…

  6. Leonard Nimoy, Spock From 'Star Trek,' Dead at 83

    February 27, 2015 12:18 PM EST The beloved 'Star Trek' actor and occasional singer passed away Friday morning. Leonard Nimoy, the Hollywood renaissance man who fashioned a long and prosperous career as the supremely logical and cerebral science officer Mr. Spock from Star Trek , has died. He was 83. Nimoy, who…

  7. Exclusive: Watch Randy Jackson-Managed Band North Of Nine Play Live In The Studio

    February 27, 2015 11:58 AM EST Former American Idol judge Randy Jackson has worked with most of the best performers of the last 30 years -- Mariah Carey ,  Whitney Houston , Aretha Franklin , Bruce Springsteen  and Madonna . He sees something missing in the modern musical climate, what he calls "old-school, old…

  8. Korn's Original Drummer Sues Band for Breach of Partnership Agreement

    February 27, 2015 11:37 AM EST Korn 's original drummer David Silveria -- who helped found the pioneering nu-metal band back in 1993 -- is suing the current iteration of Korn for an alleged breach of their partnership agreement. Silveria announced he was taking a "temporary hiatus" from Korn in 2006.…

  9. Ledisi's Message After Grammys Controversy: 'R&B Still Lives'

    February 27, 2015 10:00 AM EST The singer is on the road for her 23-date Intimate Truth tour with Raheem DeVaughn & Leela James. Ledisi has definitely moved past the Grammy Awards telecast controversy of Beyoncé performing "Take My Hand, Precious Lord" -- the Mahalia Jackson classic that Ledisi sang in Selma …

  10. 'Motown 25' Revisited: 10 Things to Know About the 1983 TV Special

    February 27, 2015 9:00 AM EST The special will re-air Saturday on PBS stations as part of a national pledge drive. The special that introduced TV viewers to Michael Jackson 's moonwalk and the Temptations and Four Tops ' vocal battle will air on 300 PBS stations on Saturday as part of a national pledge drive.…

  11. 'Blurred Lines' Trial: Motown Exec Wanted to Make Robin Thicke-Marvin Gaye Mashup

    February 27, 2015 2:17 AM EST There were no celebrity piano performances on the third day of the "Blurred Lines" trial. But there was discussion of a mashup that never came together. The focus turned from the musicians behind the hit single, Robin Thicke , Pharrell Williams and T.I. , in Los Angeles federal…

  12. George Harrison Memorial Tree Replaced

    February 26, 2015 10:36 PM EST A tree has been planted in a Los Angeles park in memory of George Harrison to replace one that was killed by a beetle infestation. City News Service says a yew pine honoring the late Beatles guitarist was planted Wednesday in Griffith Park on what would have been Harrison's 72nd birthday…

  13. Eric Paslay Says Radio Success Helped Him 'Upgrade to Soup & Get Off the Ramen!'

    February 26, 2015 8:27 PM EST In recalling his first radio tour from 2011, Eric Paslay admitted that he was just a little bit nervous. "I would go in and play at what I would call the cubicles. I always thought that if the song sounded great in here, it would sound even better on the radio. Everyone told me that you…

  14. Scarlett Johansson Defends John Travolta: Nothing 'Creepy or Inappropriate' About Oscars Kiss

    February 26, 2015 8:06 PM EST Scarlett Johansson defended John Travolta on Thursday (Feb. 26), calling the actor "a class act" and denouncing the image of the two on the Academy Awards red carpet as "an unfortunate still-frame" that doesn't reflect a "totally sweet and totally…

  15. HARD Events Announces goHARD Spring Festival Tour: Dillon Francis, A$AP Ferg, Rae Sremmurd & More

    February 26, 2015 6:14 PM EST After conquering Los Angeles and the cruise circuit, HARD is taking its show on the road. The Live Nation-owned event promoter today announced its five-date goHARD spring festival tour. Each date will offer a different lineup drawn from a diverse blend of artists, including A$AP Ferg , Big…

  16. Exclusive Premiere: Italian DJ/Producer Crookers' 'Strokin',' Featuring TJR & Antwon

    February 26, 2015 5:29 PM EST Crookers is back, and he's brought a full house of friends. Italian artist Francesco "Phra" Barbaglia's forthcoming third album Sixteen Chapel contains no shortage of collaborations, from slick first single "I Just Can't" with Jeremih to dirty grinder "…

  17. Conan O'Brien Takes His Show to Cuba Next Week

    February 26, 2015 4:24 PM EST On Wednesday's show, Conan O'Brien will be found in a familiar place: behind a desk. Or, rather, what he describes as a borrowed cafe table. In Havana, Cuba. But for most of the hour (11 p.m. EST on TBS), Conan will find its host footloose and fancy-free, airing a talk show from…

  18. Zedd: I Met Selena Gomez Because 'I Had to Pee'

    February 26, 2015 4:08 PM EST How did  Zedd  and  Selena Gomez  meet? Oh, Zedd just really had to go to the bathroom. Zedd recounted how the new relationship came to be to radio personality Chris Booker of Los Angeles' 97.1 AMP Radio on Thursday (Feb. 25). "It was about as random as it gets," Zedd…

  19. Iggy Azalea Explains Leaving Twitter, Reveals She's Working on New Album

    February 26, 2015 9:43 AM EST Azalea is on a break from social media, but she's still getting her share of the internet. From Azealia Banks to Papa John's , Iggy Azalea has been involved in a lot of internet beef lately. So she stopped by The Cruz Show on Power 106 Los Angeles to explain why she's…

  20. Seven Things to Know About the Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams & Marvin Gaye 'Blurred Lines' Trial

    February 26, 2015 9:00 AM EST Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams & Marvin Gaye's 'Blurred Lines' Trial: Seven Things to Know With the "Blurred Lines" trial underway in Los Angeles this week, songwriters Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams are defending their 2013 smash song against claims it was…

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