1. Merchandise Talks 'After the End,' Punk Culture & Hating Morrissey Comparisons

    August 28, 2014 10:40 AM EDT Merchandise’s Carson Cox knows that life will always be in flux. He used to be straight edge; now he’s not. He used to be vegetarian; he now eats meat. The Tampa-based band he fronts used to be signed to a small, D.I.Y.-minded label; now they’re with 4AD, which one might call a “major indie.”…

  2. 615 Spotlight: Tim Menzies Explains Hiatus, Talks Gospel-Leaning New Album

    August 27, 2014 5:57 PM EDT This week, we go in a different direction with the 615 Spotlight. Rather than showcase a brand new artist, we update you on a singer-songwriter so highly respected in Music City that demo versions of songs he's written for big-name artists -- such as Reba McEntire, Mark Chesnutt and…

  3. Taylor Swift's 'Shake It Off' Debuts At No. 1 On Hot 100

    August 27, 2014 12:03 PM EDT Swift's new single blasts in at No. 1, thanks to hefty sales, streaming and airplay. Plus, Nicki Minaj's 'Anaconda' vaults 39-2 following the premiere of its video. Taylor Swift rockets onto the Billboard Hot 100 chart at No. 1 with "Shake It Off."…

  4. How a 'Parks & Rec' EP Got She & Him, Childish Gambino & Superchunk to Play His Backyard

    August 27, 2014 11:30 AM EDT Donick Cary is enlisting musicians to help prevent teen suicide. Every year for one evening, Donick Cary opens his backyard to bands like Yo La Tengo, She & Him, The Polyphonic Spree and Childish Gambino . Cary, co-executive producer on NBC comedy Parks and Recreation , has used his Los…

  5. Suicidal Tendencies Announce Death of Bassist Tim 'Rawbiz' Williams

    August 27, 2014 10:28 AM EDT The bassist also worked with Toni Braxton, Keyshia Cole & Boyz II Men. Los Angeles thrash metal outfit Suicidal Tendencies have announced the death of bassist Tim "Rawbiz" Williams, a prolific musician who -- in addition to playing with Suicidal Tendencies since 2011 -- worked…

  6. Steve Aoki, Disco Donnie to Speak at Electronic Music Conference

    August 26, 2014 3:06 PM EDT Asia-Pacific's Electronic Music Conference has unveiled a first round of speakers, as well as other details, for this year's event taking place in Sydney on Dec. 2-4.   The announcement features over 40 speakers, most notably Steve Aoki , who'll deliver the conference's…

  7. Parents Television Council Still Not Happy With ‘Toned Down’ MTV VMAs

    August 26, 2014 4:13 AM EDT After the Parents Television Council urged MTV to avoid a repeat of last year's twerk-heavy Miley Cyrus performance at this year's Video Music Awards , the family-values watchdog group seemed mostly pleased with Sunday night's less explicit content. "MTV seemed to have…

  8. Emmys 2014: And the Winners Are ...

    August 25, 2014 11:08 PM EDT The 66th annual Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony were handed out Monday (Aug. 25) night.  The awards were presented during a live NBC telecast at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live.   Seth Meyers served as host of the telecast.  During the show,  Billy Crystal paid tribute to his late friend Robin…

  9. MTV VMAs' 15 Craziest Moments of All Time

    August 21, 2014 1:30 PM EDT When you get the world’s biggest pop stars together in the same room, egos are bound to mix in unexpected ways. Broadcasting that live, a la the VMAs? You're just asking for fireworks. As you prepare for what will undoubtedly be another eye-popping MTV Video Music Awards, look back…

  10. Taylor Swift's '1989' Album: 10 Dream Collaborators From 1989

    August 20, 2014 4:19 PM EDT Here are the producers, songwriters and music video auteurs that could make T-Swift's next project truly feel like a blast from the past. "I was listening to a lot of late 80's pop music," Taylor Swift explained to her audience on Monday's big announcement…

  11. Apple Stock Reaches All-Time High

    August 20, 2014 10:10 AM EDT Apple's stock touched a new high Wednesday, reflecting investors' renewed faith in CEO Tim Cook 's ability to outwit the competition and expand the technological hit factory built by the late Steve Jobs . The milestone represents a dramatic turnaround in sentiment since Apple&…

  12. Taylor Swift Turns Radio On With 'Shake It Off'

    August 19, 2014 5:35 PM EDT Her new pure-pop single is set for lofty launches on the Pop and Adult Pop Songs airplay charts. As expected, Taylor Swift soared onto radio airwaves with her highly anticipated new single "Shake It Off." Swift released the high-energy, anti-haters pop anthem Tuesday during her…

  13. From Jay Z and Beyonce to the Stones: A Look at 6 Top Tours of 2014

    August 19, 2014 5:33 PM EDT These A-list road warriors logged major miles this year: They grossed a staggering $843 million, set career and live-event records, and reached more than 8 million fans. Read on to find out who's ruled the concert circuit so far in 2014: Kevin Kane/WireImage BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN & THE…

  14. Watch Dr. Dre Take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, See Who He Nominated

    August 19, 2014 1:16 PM EDT Dr. Dre was challenged to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge by his new employer , Apple CEO Tim Cook , so he clearly wasn’t going to back down. He’s so rich he’s got a custom-built water-dropping device and doesn’t even bother taking his watch off when the water drops. Check out the video…

  15. Parents Television Council Warns MTV VMAs to Avoid 'Explicit Sexual Content'

    August 19, 2014 1:46 AM EDT Less than a week before the Video Music Awards , the Parents Television Council has called on MTV to avoid another "public relations kerfuffle." In a letter from PTC president Tim Winter to Janet Borelli , senor vp standards and practices at MTV Networks/Viacom Media Networks, and…

  16. VMAs Warned by Parents Television Council to Tone It Down

    August 18, 2014 5:14 PM EDT 'The 2013 VMAs were a public relations kerfuffle for your network that I feel certain you will not wish to repeat.' Less than a week before the Video Music Awards, the Parents Television Council has called on MTV to avoid another "public relations kerfuffle." In a letter…

  17. Taylor Swift's Top 20 Billboard Hot 100 Hits

    August 18, 2014 3:42 PM EDT Ladies and gentlemen, brush up on your Taylor Swift knowledge while you still can. The 21st century's greatest country singer-turned-pop star is getting ready for a monster close to 2014 (and beyond) with a new studio album in the works and a major motion picture appearance out now. Tay…

  18. Adam Levine Goes Back to the ‘70s With New Musical TV Series

    August 15, 2014 6:15 PM EDT Two 10-hour events come courtesy of Adam Levine and disco descendants the Bogarts Robin Hood is headed for TV. And if all goes as planned, radio and the stage, too. Boardwalk Entertainment Group has inked a deal at NBC to develop Robin Hood & Marian , as well as a project about the music…

  19. New Signings: DJ Mustard Joins AM Only, Eardruma/Interscope Signs Two-9

    August 15, 2014 11:40 AM 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  -- Rap collective Two-9 joins producer Mike WiLL Made-It 's Eardruma Records/Interscope Records.…

  20. Casey Kasem to Be Buried in Norway

    August 14, 2014 11:36 PM EDT The body of DJ Casey Kasem , who died June 15 in Gig Harbor, Washington, is headed to Oslo, Norway, according to a report in the Norwegian newspaper VG, which was confirmed by Logan Clarke , a private investigator for Kasem's daughter Kerri Kasem . He told The Hollywood Reporter, "…

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