1. The Seminal Sparks on Brother Feuds, Being Bowie Contemporaries and Morrissey's Favorite Band

    February 13, 2015 2:47 PM EST In the early 1970s , it was hard to know how to pigeonhole Sparks . Was Kimono My House glam-rock, or Gilbert & Sullivan -pop? Four-plus decades later, brothers Ron and Russell Mael are still as impossible to peg as ever, aside from possibly holding a place as the most consistently witty…

  2. New Signings: Q Prime Signs Volbeat, Incubus Joins Island Records, Downtown Nabs Atticus Ross

    February 13, 2015 2:19 PM EST 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 -- Incubus signs an exclusive worldwide contract with Island Records . The band will release a four-song…

  3. Bobby Shmurda Speaks Out About His Gang-Related Charges: 'That Shit Is Bullshit'

    February 13, 2015 11:39 AM EST When Bobby Shmurda , the charismatic star of the surprise 2014 hit "Hot N---a," emerged from the back of a New York County Supreme Court room in January, the 20-year-old looked sad and serious. Shmurda sat very still at the defense table, showing none of the viral persona that…

  4. Watch U2 Revisit Its Irish Punk Past in 'Every Breaking Wave' Short Film

    February 13, 2015 11:00 AM EST The 13-minute clip features 'Songs of Innocence' tracks "Every Breaking Wave" and "The Troubles." U2 teamed with Irish director Aoife McArdle and the Creators Project to bring two Songs of Innocence tracks to life via a longform music video.  The 13-minute piece…

  5. Behind The Deals That Brought Back Brooklyn's Beloved Kings Theatre

    February 13, 2015 10:48 AM EST From it's grand debut in 1929 through its last picture show in 1977, and through decades of neglect since, the Kings Theatre rose in all its ornate glory above Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn. When word came of plans to restore the Kings, it brought cheers from many who grew up in the…

  6. Salva Talks Pop Production, the San Francisco Scene & Being 'Butt-Hurt' About Beyonce Haters

    February 13, 2015 9:00 AM EST It wouldn't be a stretch to say that Salva has done a complete 180 from when he first started putting out music in 2009. You might know him from his remix of Kanye West 's "Mercy" in 2012, but the DJ and producer born Paul Salva's first releases were the ultimate…

  7. Exclusive: Sony Music Renews Deal with DEL Records for Gerardo Ortiz

    February 11, 2015 2:27 PM EST New Ortiz album due out in May. Indie Mexican music label DEL Records has renewed its agreement with Sony Music US Latin to release and market the recordings of maverick chart-topper Gerardo Ortiz , Billboard has learned. The renewal is the continuation of an agreement first signed five years…

  8. Australia to Compete in 2015 Eurovision Song Contest

    February 11, 2015 6:27 AM EST Australia will compete in this year's Eurovision Song Contest. Yup, that's not a typo. Just days after the country won the Asian Cup soccer tournament, organizers of Eurovision have announced Australia is an entrant for this year's pan-European musical kitsch-fest. The…

  9. Album Review: The 'Fifty Shades of Grey' Soundtrack Hits Hard Enough to Leave a Lasting Mark

    February 10, 2015 3:18 PM EST If a billionaire control freak with a fetish for whips and chains were to make a mixtape for a prospective love slave, he'd do well to begin with Annie Lennox 's version of "I Put a Spell On You." Outwardly elegant, Lennox's sophisticated retro-soul burner barely…

  10. Go Inside Roc Nation's Annual Pre-Grammy Brunch

    February 07, 2015 9:51 PM EST Off the chain. Those three words are all you need to describe the chill yet fun atmosphere surrounding Roc Nation's annual Pre- Grammy Brunch 2015. Major names on both sides of the industry fence- artists and executives- didn't let a little rain dampen the party spirit. Held at the…

  11. Best & Worst Singles of the Week -- From The-Dream & T.I. to Death Cab for Cutie

    February 06, 2015 7:47 PM EST " alt="" width="510"> Death Cab For Cutie "Black Sun" Atlantic Many Death Cab for Cutie songs unfold like dreamy short stories, but "Black Sun," off the recently shuffled alt-rock act's eighth album, Kintsugi (due March 31), plays more like…

  12. A Long Q&A with Eddie Murphy: 'SNL,' Making Reggae Music, Hanging Out with Bowie and Michael Jackson's Spirit

    February 06, 2015 1:58 PM EST Until recently, the combination of Eddie Murphy and reggae most readily brought to mind his classic SNL sketch, " Kill the White People ." Then, without advance fanfare, the 53-year old comic legend quietly dropped "Red Light" online in late 2013. Breaking a two-decade…

  13. Lillywood & Robin Schulz's 'Prayer in C' Hits No. 1 on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs

    February 06, 2015 10:45 AM EST Lillywood & Robin Schulz reach No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart , as "Prayer in C" powers 3-1. The song is the chart's top Airplay and Digital Gainer, netting 52 million all-format radio audience impressions (up 17 percent), according to Nielsen…

  14. INXS' Tim Farriss Endures 'Nightmare' Accident, Loses Finger

    February 05, 2015 5:40 AM EST INXS founding guitarist Tim Farriss is recovering from two operations to reattach a finger he severed in a grim boating accident last month.  The legendary new-wave band's label Petrol Records has confirmed Farriss suffered permanent damage to his left hand when he lost his ring finger…

  15. Watch Cowgirl Charli XCX Saddle Up & Perform 'Boom Clap' on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live'

    February 04, 2015 10:55 AM EST When it comes to late night TV performances, this ain't Charli XCX's first rodeo. But she still showed up to Jimmy Kimmel Live! last night (Feb. 4) like a new sheriff in town. Or something like that. Dressed in leopard print gaucho cowboy pants, Charli delivered "Doing It"…

  16. Iggy Azalea & Sam Smith Lead 2015 iHeartRadio Music Awards Nominations

    February 04, 2015 8:40 AM EST With five nominations each, Iggy Azalea and Sam Smith are the early leaders heading into the 2015 iHeartRadio Music Awards, nominations for which were announced Wednesday. Taylor Swift and Ariana Grande are close behind with four nods each. On the night, Iggy, Sam, Taylor, Ariana and  Luke…

  17. Super Bowl Music Placements Generate Record Revenues

    February 03, 2015 5:33 PM EST Reps from Sony/ATV and Warner/Chappell say they had a record year. The Halftime viewing audience wasn't the only record broken by Super Bowl XLIV this past Sunday (Feb. 1). Synchs -- songs licensed for commercials that aired during the big game -- reached new highs at the top three…

  18. Album Review: Kid Ink Calls on His Famous Friends for Club-Geared ‘Full Speed’

    February 03, 2015 2:00 PM EST On his third album, Full Speed , Los Angeles rapper Kid Ink continues an unlikely transformation from also-ran to chart star. Ink is a workmanlike and often indistinct rhymer: His wordplay is always dependably mannered, the melodies are conventional, and the songs feel more like treading…

  19. Kali Uchis Talks 'Por Vida,' Working With Snoop & Tyler, The Creator & Twitter Stalking Bootsy Collins

    February 03, 2015 1:10 PM EST Kali Uchis operates like a one-woman chorus. She loves the immaculately plotted backing vocals that were popular in the '60s and '70s, and she reproduces them all by herself -- sometimes putting together a whole song in less than ten minutes. Tyler, The Creator , Kaytranada , and…

  20. K-Pop Star Is Top Dream Career for Kids in South Korea

    February 02, 2015 9:23 PM EST Pre-teens strive to blow up like PSY -- and have more potential than ever to do so -- even with notoriously demanding industry training. As the Korean wave continues to push into new territory, the life of a K-pop star is more appealing than ever to South Korea's youth. Reuters reports a…

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