1. Revisionist History, Part 5: Bon Jovi's 'Prayer' Answered, 'Caroline' Is Sweeter Than 'Sugar'

    November 26, 2014 10:11 AM EST As we get closer to Billboard 's year-end charts for 2014, we present yet another look at how the chart champs of past years might differ based on more recent measures of popularity. We call it "Revisionist History," and here's how it works: Using a formula giving near…

  2. From 'Ignition' to 'Macarena,' 13 Remixes That Eclipse the Originals

    November 26, 2014 9:00 AM EST One of the fascinating things about pop music is that there's more to songwriting than just writing the song. Take, for instance, "You're All I Need/I'll Be There For You," the Method Man - Mary J. Blige duet, which went to No. 3 on the Hot 100 in 1995 thanks to its…

  3. 'August Rush' Bound for Broadway

    November 25, 2014 8:21 PM EST The new musical is adapted from the 2007 film about a music prodigy, which starred Freddie Highmore and Robin Williams. Add another title to the long list of movies getting the musical makeover treatment. The 2007 release, August Rush , which starred Freddie Highmore as an orphaned second…

  4. Disney Musical 'Into the Woods' Swoops Into Awards Season -- How Far Can It Go?

    November 23, 2014 12:20 PM EST And then there was just one unseen Oscar contender. Unbroken . On Saturday evening (Nov. 22), Disney unveiled the second-to-last of the major Oscar hopefuls that had not yet been been seen by pundits, Rob Marshall 's Into the Woods , at simultaneous screenings on both coasts,…

  5. William Shatner Records an Ominous Opening for 'Squidbillies'

    November 21, 2014 5:45 PM EST William Shatner recorded a menacing, spoken-word version of the Squidbillies Theme. Check it out below. Hear The Milk Carton Kids' Harmonized Take on the 'Squidbillies' Theme Song (Exclusive) This is the first non-musical rendition of the show's theme song. There's…

  6. Mike Nichols, Director of 'The Graduate,' Dies at 83

    November 20, 2014 7:44 AM EST Director Mike Nichols , who made such films as The Graduate , which earned him a best director Oscar, and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, has died at the age of 83. He was was married to ABC News veteran  Diane Sawyer  and was one of only a dozen people to have won at least one Emmy,…

  7. U2 Copies Beyonce (Again), Releasing Video Album Version of 'Songs of Innocence'

    November 18, 2014 3:59 PM EST After following in the footsteps of Beyonce with the surprise release of their new album Songs of Innocence, U2 are following the blueprint left by Bey again by releasing their new album in music video form . Unlike Beyonce, Bono and Co. will not appear in their own videos (those of you…

  8. Jan Hammer of 'Miami Vice' Fame Records the 'Squidbillies' Theme

    November 14, 2014 11:05 AM EST Jan Hammer , best known for his work on the Miami Vice soundtrack, recorded a version of the Squidbillies theme song. Check it out below. Hear The Milk Carton Kids' Harmonized Take on the 'Squidbillies' Theme Song (Exclusive) Hammer, from the Czech Republic, played keys in…

  9. Hear The Milk Carton Kids' Harmonized Take on the 'Squidbillies' Theme Song (Exclusive)

    November 07, 2014 3:00 PM EST The Milk Carton Kids are the latest band to take a crack at the Squidbillie s theme -- following Dwight Yoakam , Todd Rundgren , and others. Check out their version below. The Kids' version is unabashedly pretty. With gentle guitar and close harmonies, they evoke classic groups like…

  10. Exclusive: +1 Records Becomes Official Label Partner of Lyor Cohen's 300 Entertainment

    November 05, 2014 8:00 AM EST Entertainment has announced +1 Records has become an official label partner of the music company, meaning the independent label will now have access to the 300 marketing, licensing, A&R, radio and further infrastructure. +1 Records is the label arm of the company +1 founded by Jonny…

  11. Motley Crue Teams With Dodge in Dallas, Talks 'Great Things' Ahead on Final Tour

    November 03, 2014 9:57 AM EST A big sponsorship deal brought Motley Crue back to a small hall over the weekend in Dallas. The group played a special, semi-public show on Saturday at "Fast N' Loud" host Richard Rawlings ' Gas Monkey Live concert club as part of the Dodge Rocks Gas Monkey event…

  12. Iggy Azalea Dresses as ‘White Chicks’ Character for Halloween After Snoop Dogg Beef

    November 01, 2014 12:41 PM EDT Iggy Azalea has proven that she can take a joke -- even if it’s pretty mean-spirited. Celebs Celebrating Halloween! The “Fancy” rapper doesn’t seem to be holding a grudge against Snoop Dogg after the two beefed over some nasty remarks he tweeted about her in mid-October. In…

  13. Hear Let's Active's Jangly Take on the 'Squidbillies' Theme Song (Exclusive)

    October 31, 2014 6:56 PM EDT Let's Active have pitched in their classic jangly pop stylings for the latest Squidbillies theme song cover. They join Dwight Yoakam , Todd Rundgren and King Khan and the Shrines and others in the tradition for the show's eighth season.  Hear Centro-matic' Soulful Take on the…

  14. Foo Fighters Announce Stadium Shows Down Under

    October 29, 2014 10:40 PM EDT The Foo Fighters’ world tour has added a string of stadium dates across Australia and New Zealand.  Dave Grohl’s rock outfit will play eight concerts in the region early next year, starting Feb. 18 in Christchurch, before visiting Auckland, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Hobart, Adelaide and…

  15. Chart Highlights: Gwen Stefani Returns, Foo Fighters Fly to No. 1

    October 27, 2014 3:55 PM EDT Stefani scores her first solo airplay hit since 2007, while Foo Fighters crown Rock Airplay and Mainstream Rock Songs. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys listed below.…

  16. One Direction Fan Fiction Author Calls Her Story 'Vanilla Fifty Shades of Grey'

    October 23, 2014 10:46 AM EDT Paging Harry Styles! Last year, the One Direction star and his bandmates were the inspiration for a viral online fan fiction story, the After series, and the real-life book version of the tale was released this week. "Tessa is a girl in college. It's not me, but I've realized…

  17. Exclusive: Lyor Cohen's 300 Unveils New Direction, Content, Artists

    October 21, 2014 10:00 AM EDT When a tombstone appeared on the Twitter feed and website of Lyor Cohen 's 300 Entertainment , along with the words "R.I.P." and "He is not busy being born / is busy dying" and the hashtag #ItsANewDay -- all dropping the same day as the launch of MADE Music --…

  18. Hear Centro-matic' Soulful Take on the 'Squidbillies' Theme Song (Exclusive)

    October 17, 2014 7:31 PM EDT Centro-matic joins Adult Swim Sunday to sing the Squidbillies theme song, becoming the next in a long line of artists who have covered the track. Now in its eighth season, recently Dwight Yoakam , Todd Rundgren and King Khan and the Shrines each tackled the intro.  Check out Centro-matic’s…

  19. Iggy Azalea & Snoop Dogg Continue Beef With Online Back-and-Forth

    October 14, 2014 7:32 PM EDT After Snoop Dogg posted a rude meme to his Instagram account insulting Iggy Azalea , the young, female rapper fired back with a Twitter post that should have put the old-school icon in his place until it was later deleted from her account. But that was not the end of it. As media…

  20. 'Gilmore Girls' Band Hep Alien Stages One-Night-Only Reunion

    October 14, 2014 4:32 PM EDT "Eternal damnation is what I'm risking for my rock 'n roll!" -Lane Kim, Gilmore Girls Take a break from binge-watching Gilmore Girls on Netflix and delight in the fact that Hep Alien -- Lane Kim's ( Keiko Agena ) fictional band on the show -- staged a real-life…

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