1. Avicii, ‘True’: Fall Music Preview 2013

    August 30, 2013 2:24 PM EDT Release Date: Sept. 17 Label: PRMD/Island Def Jam That comely Swedish mug doesn’t imply it, but Avicii’s got the soul of a disruptor. When he trotted out a bluegrass band on Ultra Music Festival’s main stage in March, the crowd cleared and the entire Internet seemed to point and laugh. “I…

  2. The Lacs' Score Career-Best Rank On Top Country Albums

    August 29, 2013 4:40 PM EDT With a career-best rank and biggest sales week on Top Country Albums (14,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan), country rap/southern rock duo the Lacs (Clay Sharpe and Brian King) draw Hot Shot Debut applause at No. 3 with their third album, "Keep it Redneck." Their previous…

  3. George Strait Saluted as Country's Hit Machine at Nashville Event

    August 29, 2013 12:45 PM EDT Just like Merle Haggard with Capitol Records, or Elvis Presley’s legendary run with RCA, the label-to-artist marriage between MCA Nashville and George Strait has been one of the most successful in not just country -- but music history. Last night, Universal Music Group threw what amounted…

  4. Sting's Wife Trudie Styler To Star in Off-Broadway Production

    August 29, 2013 2:50 AM EDT Actress and producer Trudie Styler, the better half of pop singer Sting, will star this fall in a new off-Broadway adaptation of Anton Chekhov's "The Seagull." Producers said Wednesday that Styler will portray the fading actress Irina Arkadina in the Culture Project's…

  5. Colette Switches Sound on 'When The Music’s Loud' Album

    August 26, 2013 2:19 PM EDT The Queen of House returns with an album full of firsts. Like many diehard fans, house music lovers can be resistant to changes in their scene. Accordingly, not everyone in the house music community has taken kindly to America’s exploding interest in it. DJ and producer Colette Marino…

  6. Delta Country Jam Bringing Tim McGraw, Kellie Pickler to Mississippi

    August 22, 2013 6:45 PM EDT One doesn't need much of a history lesson about the Mississippi Delta region to know that music is a huge part of the area. Harbor Entertainment's Drew Dedo is well aware of this fact, and is excited to be helping celebrate that heritage with the Delta Country Jam , slated for…

  7. Luke Bryan Doubles Up Atop Hot Country Songs, Top Country Albums

    August 22, 2013 12:45 PM EDT The singer is the fourth artist to crown both lists simultaneously this year. Plus, big news on Keith Urban and Brett Eldredge As previously reported, Luke Bryan's "Crash My Party" debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and Top Country Albums with the third-largest sales week…

  8. Avicii Protégé Audrio, 'Dreaming Wide Awake': Exclusive Song Premiere

    August 21, 2013 2:51 PM EDT The newcomer seeks to follow in his mentor’s footsteps with his LE7ELS debut When he’s not creating chart toppers for himself, Avicii is finding new talent to release through his own LE7ELS imprint. One lucky artist taken under the man’s wing is Audrio (born Alexander Adstedt), a fellow…

  9. MTV VMAs: Top 10 Crazy Moments of All Time

    August 21, 2013 1:03 PM EDT Think Madonna kissing Britney Spears at the '03 VMAs was surprising? Check out that plus nine other wacky moments from MTV Video Music Awards' history. MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS • VMAs' 55 Most Outrageous Fashions • The 10 Best VMAs Performances Ever • MTV VMAs Quiz: 13…

  10. Katy Perry and Luke Bryan Both Have a Half-Million Reasons to Smile

    August 21, 2013 11:45 AM EDT We have half-million sellers atop both the Billboard 200 and Digital Songs charts for only the second time This week, for only the second time in history, an album and a digital song both simultaneously sell more than a half-million copies in a single week. On the Billboard 200 albums chart…

  11. Luke Bryan Nets No. 1 Album, Katy Perry's 'Roar' Tops Digital Songs

    August 21, 2013 11:00 AM EDT K. Michelle debuts at No. 2, while "Roar" and Lady Gaga's "Applause" make their Digital Songs bows. As reported yesterday , country star Luke Bryan nabs his second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 with "Crash My Party." The album bows atop the list…

  12. Luke Bryan's 'Crash My Party' Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200

    August 20, 2013 9:07 PM EDT It's the biggest bow by a male country singer in nearly nine years and 2013's third highest overall It's official: Luke Bryan's "Crash My Party" has debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart with the third-largest sales week of the year. The…

  13. Keane to Release 'Best Of' in November

    August 16, 2013 9:53 PM EDT The U.K. act's greatest hits collection will include a pair of new songs. Keane will release their first greatest hits collection, "The Best of Keane," on Nov. 12. The British act's 20-track set will include two new tracks, "Higher Than the Sun" and "Won&…

  14. Pop Shop Picks: Lady Gaga, Romeo Santos, Banks & More

    August 16, 2013 6:26 PM EDT Each Friday, Pop Shop will showcase a handful of tracks that have been burning up its speakers over the past week. These can include a brand-new song or a track that's been simmering for a minute; the only rule is that it's worth space in the Pop Shop! LADY GAGA "Applause…

  15. Luke Bryan's 'Crash My Party' Sales Forecast Grows to Half-Million

    August 16, 2013 5:32 PM EDT The sales forecast for Luke Bryan's new album just keeps getting brighter. Two days ago , industry prognosticators suggested Bryan's "Crash My Party" album might sell 450,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, Aug. 18. Now, that forecast has been upgraded…

  16. Paul McCartney Added to iHeartRadio Fest

    August 14, 2013 2:45 PM EDT Paul McCartney will perform at the iHeartRadio music festival in Las Vegas next month. Clear Channel said Wednesday that the former Beatle will perform on the second night of the two-day festival, which kicks off Sept. 20. He joins a list of top performers, including Justin Timberlake,…

  17. Nick Jonas To Appear in 'Hawaii Five-0'

    August 14, 2013 12:30 AM EDT Having put in quite a bit of time on Broadway, Nick Jonas' next acting stop is on "Hawaii Five-0." CBS announced Tuesday that the Jonas Brother will appear in an episode of its exotic procedural this fall, playing a computer hacker whose motives complicate the case du jour.…

  18. Charlatans Drummer Jon Brookes Dies at 44

    August 13, 2013 9:26 AM EDT Jon Brookes, drummer for British rock band The Charlatans, has died after a lengthy battle with brain cancer. He was 44. The band said on its website that Brookes died in a hospital on Tuesday morning with his family beside him. "Jon was a brilliant drummer, an inspiration, a founding…

  19. Vince Gill's 'Bakersfield' Tribute Hits Top Five on Country Albums

    August 08, 2013 5:00 PM EDT Country Music Hall of Fame honoree Vince Gill and steel guitar master Paul Franklin bow at No. 4 on Top Country Albums with "Bakersfield," a collaborative tribute set honoring the city's two biggest musical figures, Merle Haggard and Buck Owens. With Hot Shot debut honors and…

  20. Tim Wright, Bassist in Avante Garde Bands Pere Ubu and DNA, Dead

    August 06, 2013 7:30 PM EDT Tim Wright, founding bassist of influential Cleveland band Pere Ubu and a transformative force in pioneering no wave band DNA, died this past Sunday from unreleased causes. The Cleveland Plain Dealer broke the news earlier today. Wright joined Pere Ubu in 1975, following the dissolution of…

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