1. Scooter Braun Teams with The CW on Music TV Drama

    December 23, 2014 12:07 AM EST The CW is getting into the music industry. The network is teaming with uber-producer Scooter Braun and Tony nominee Todd Graff to develop a music drama, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The untitled entry, which has received a script commitment, is set in the ever-evolving world of music…

  2. The 14 Best Pop Albums of 2014

    December 18, 2014 4:49 PM EST From Tove to Taylor to Bleachers, these 14 in '14 were worth many, many listens. I’m not publishing a list of the Best Pop Songs of 2014 list, because, well, we have a week-long bracket tournament discussing the best pop songs of the year already. Instead, I want to highlight…

  3. Joe Nichols Signs With WME

    December 10, 2014 8:22 PM EST William Morris Endeavor Entertainment has signed four-time Grammy nominee, country artist Joe Nichols , the agency announced Wednesday. Joe Nichols No. 1 On Country Airplay Nichols collected his sixth career Country Airplay No. 1 over the summer with his single, "Yeah," off his…

  4. Song Suffragettes Provides Boost for Young Female Country Artists in Nashville

    December 04, 2014 12:06 PM EST Frustrated by the lack of opportunities for young women in country music, Nashville-based production company Todd Cassetty Welding Service set out to do something about it. Early this year, the company began auditioning female singer-songwriters and in March launched a weekly live show,…

  5. Ex-Cake Drummer Pete McNeal Gets 15 Years to Life for Molesting Toddler

    December 03, 2014 1:46 AM EST Peter Ivan McNeal , a former drummer with the alternative rock band Cake , has been sentenced to 15-years-to-life in state prison for molesting a three-year-old girl at a Thanksgiving 2009 party. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Fred Wapner sentenced McNeal, the L.A Times reports ,…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. '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…

  9. 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,…

  10. 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…

  11. Audra McDonald 'Learned So Much' From Mike Nichols

    November 20, 2014 7:04 PM EST The Broadway superstar worked with the late director on 'Wit.' By the time Audra McDonald got to work with Mike Nichols , she was 31 and had already won three Tony awards but had done limited work in television  or movies. Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Margaret Edson…

  12. Carly Simon Remembers 'Truly Brilliant' Mike Nichols

    November 20, 2014 6:35 PM EST When Mike Nichols died at age 83 on Wednesday night, the entertainment community lost one of its brightest, funniest and most thoughtful voices. Carly Simon -- who provided unforgettable music for several of his signature films, including the Oscar-winning "Let the River Run" from…

  13. Mike Nichols' Marriage of Music & Movies: Nine Significant Moments

    November 20, 2014 6:15 PM EST Mike Nichols , the celebrated director, writer and comedian who died Wednesday at the age of 83, left a considerable mark in the marriage of music, musicians and visual images. He cast musicians as actors, giving several prominent ones their first major roles; opened two of his films to…

  14. Art Garfunkel Remembers Mike Nichols: 'He Was the Most Sparkling Man Among Us'

    November 20, 2014 4:23 PM EST Famed director  Mike Nichols died at the age of 83 this week, and friends and colleagues are remembering the famed director.  Mike Nichols, Director of 'The Graduate,' Dies at 83 Art Garfunkel , who appeared in Nichols' films  Catch-22  and  Carnal Knowledge and contributed…

  15. R.I.P. Mike Nichols: Why 'The Graduate' Soundtrack Will Always Matter

    November 20, 2014 3:15 PM EST Earlier this week, the soundtrack to The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 was released, featuring an album’s worth of original music curated by Lorde and featuring artists like Ariana Grande, Miguel, Simon Le Bon and Diplo, among others. It’s an ambitious musical project, especially in an…

  16. Broadway to Dim Lights for Mike Nichols

    November 20, 2014 2:53 PM EST The nine-time Tony Award winner died Wednesday night. Acclaimed director Mike Nichols , who won nine Tony Awards and was nominated an additional eight times, will be honored by the Broadway community on Friday night. The marquees of Broadway theaters will be dimmed in his memory for one…

  17. 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,…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. Blake Shelton's 'Neon Light' Shines Atop Country Airplay Chart

    November 11, 2014 2:35 PM EST He extends his active streak of No. 1s to 13. Blake Shelton boasts the longest active No. 1 streak on Billboard 's Nielsen BDS-based Country Airplay chart, and he adds yet another leader on this week's chart (dated Nov. 22), as "Neon Light" rises 2-1 to become his 13th…

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