1. Grammys Producer Ken Ehrlich on Booking the Big Show, Working with Stars & What Lorde Said No To

    January 29, 2015 4:52 AM EST Judging by the invitations Ken Ehrlich sent out for the Jan. 28 unveiling of his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, he's delighted with his new neighbors in front of the Capitol Records building. "John, Paul, George and Ringo are getting company," boasts the announcement.…

  2. Ex-Silverchair Frontman Daniel Johns Releases First Solo Song: Listen

    January 29, 2015 1:51 AM EST It's taken eight years, but Daniel Johns has finally shared new music.  The Australian singer, who led Silverchair to "superstar" status Down Under, has released "Aerial Love," a soulful, dreamy pop song he created with producer  Joel Little ( Lorde,  Broods ). The…

  3. 'American Idol' Recap: Wide Awake in San Francisco

    January 28, 2015 11:39 PM EST From the moment American Idol showcased Mustafa , the psychic cat of contestant Katharine Skitter , in a preview package, the immediate premonition was that the San Francisco auditions would be magical. And they were. From Skitter's fabulously wacky audition in a fur coat the 15-year…

  4. Who Says Rock Is Dead? Marilyn Manson, Fall Out Boy & More Notch Big Debuts

    January 28, 2015 6:38 PM EST Even if "rock is dead" has become an overplayed claim, we can all agree that 2014 didn't produce many great counter-arguments. Coldplay , who rock about as hard as the Kidz Bop Kids, earned the best-selling rock album of 2014. Eek. And that's only if you count albums…

  5. Sam Smith: 'Taylor Swift Is Amazing'

    January 28, 2015 11:10 AM EST Sam Smith   recently made headlines when he shared that he can't stand how rude some pop stars act. While he wouldn't name names then, he had no problem telling  GQ  about one star who is way  nicer  than everyone else. " Taylor Swift is amazing," Smith shared. "I…

  6. Bluegrass Legend Dr. Ralph Stanley Teams With Cracker Barrel for 'Man of Constant Sorrow'

    January 27, 2015 5:49 PM EST Cracker Barrel Old Country Store has just partnered up with Bluegrass legend Dr. Ralph Stanley for the new collection Man of Constant Sorrow: Ralph Stanley & Friends, and the singer told Billboard that he's very humbled to be working with the Lebanon, Tenn.-based restaurant chain. …

  7. Magic!, Kiesza and Leonard Cohen Lead Juno Awards Nominations

    January 27, 2015 4:23 PM EST Toronto transplants Magic! -- whose "Rude" was a massive international hit -- lead the Juno Award nominations this year with five nods -- for top single, pop album, Juno fan choice, breakthrough group, and songwriter -- it was announced earlier today at a press conference at…

  8. Nielsen: Canada Loved Taylor Swift, Streaming Music and, Yep, Vinyl in 2014

    January 27, 2015 2:17 PM EST Bobby Bazini was the only Canadian artist to sell over 100,000 units domestically in 2014, according to The 2014 Nielsen Music Canada Report. The other six albums were by Taylor Swift , various artists on the Frozen soundtrack, Sam Smith , Ed Sheeran , Coldplay and Lorde . According to the…

  9. Adam Levine Reveals He's Playing the Oscars

    January 26, 2015 1:18 PM EST For those who just can't get enough Adam Levine on their TV sets, Feb. 22 is looking to be a very good day -- the Voice coach just revealed he's performing at the 87th Annual Academy Awards. So...I'll be singing at the #OSCARS !!! Whaaaat??!?!? Thank you @theAcademy ! …

  10. Exclusive: Imagine Dragons, Southwest Prep In-Flight Concert & Intimate Club Tour

    January 26, 2015 9:00 AM EST Imagine Dragons' second album may be titled Smoke + Mirrors (due Feb. 17 via KIDinaKORNER/Interscope), but an intimate new mini-tour sponsored by Southwest Airlines should help minimize the band's mystique. Beginning Feb. 3, fans can enter a Southwest sweepstakes where one winner…

  11. Watch Lady Gaga Take a Pole Dancing Class During Bachelorette Party Weekend

    January 25, 2015 4:01 PM EST Lady Gaga has a new interest: pole dancing. Will Lady Gaga & Adele's 'Bro-Down' Lead to a New Song? The 28-year-old pop star spent part of her weekend taking a pole dancing class as part of her high school friend's bachelorette party. Gaga shared snapshots of…

  12. Diplo Talks Taylor Swift in 'GQ,' Quote Disappears Almost Immediately

    January 22, 2015 12:30 PM EST "So take a look what you've done / 'cause baby now we've got bad blood." GQ put together a list of people who were involved with something music-related from 2014 that the magazine feels will be around for a long time. Diplo is part of the list, but the quote GQ…

  13. Common & John Legend's 'Glory' Wins on MLK's Birthday at Critics' Choice Movie Awards

    January 15, 2015 10:29 PM EST A Hollywood movie couldn't have scripted it any better. On Thursday (Jan. 15) -- on what would have been Martin Luther King Jr.'s 86th birthday -- Common accepted best song at the Critics' Choice Movie Awards for "Glory," his and John Legend 's sweeping track…

  14. 2015 Oscar Nominations Boost Common, John Legend & More on Trending 140 Chart

    January 15, 2015 7:49 PM EST The Billboard + Twitter Trending 140 chart saw a flurry of activity Thursday (Jan. 15) as the Academy Award nominations were announced. Five songs scored nods for Best Original Song, and the selections lumped together newcomers and industry veterans spanning country, pop and hip-hop. Many…

  15. Google Streamlines Concert and Ticket Searches

    January 15, 2015 6:39 PM EST Finding concert information and tickets at Google is getting easier. The search giant announced Thursday code-based improvements to the ways official ticket links, event listings, comedian events and venue events are displayed in search results. Now a web developer can write the markup --…

  16. Kim Fowley, Legendary Record Producer, Dead at 75

    January 15, 2015 6:31 PM EST After a long battle with bladder cancer, Kim Fowley, an impresario, record producer and scenester best known for his work with the Runaways, has died, Ralph Peer of Peer Music confirmed via author Harvey Kubernik. He was 75.  Throughout his career, Fowley stepped in and out of…

  17. Lorde's 'Hunger Games' Anthem 'Yellow Flicker Beat' Snubbed by Oscars -- Why?

    January 15, 2015 12:12 PM EST The nominations for the 87th Academy Awards were released this morning (Jan. 15), and we're wondering how Lorde's Hunger Games hit "Yellow Flicker Beat" was left out in the cold for best original song. We're not surprised that The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1  in…

  18. Tegan & Sara's 'LEGO Movie' Song 'Everything Is Awesome' Scores Oscar Nod

    January 15, 2015 12:10 PM EST "Whether you think it's funny or annoying, there's no denying that it's a ridiculously hooky thing," said Sara Quin of her band's Lonely Island collaboration. Although diehard fans of The Lego Movie are disappointed that the animated comedy didn't make…

  19. 2015 Oscar Nominations: Nods for Common & John Legend, But Nothing for Lorde

    January 15, 2015 9:36 AM EST Two songs that provide the musical backbone of their respective films will be competing for the 87th annual Academy Awards' best original song Oscar, along with Golden Globe winner "Glory," the final recording from Glen Campbell , and a Diane Warren song. The two songs --…

  20. Wisconsin Radio Station Bans All Seattle Bands Before Packers-Seahawks Game

    January 14, 2015 9:53 PM EST Sorry Pearl Jam , Nirvana , Soundgarden , Jimi Hendrix and Heart , you're not getting any airtime in Milwaukee, Wisc., this week. But, don't worry, it's not personal -- it's sports.  Katy Perry's Super Bowl Inspiration Is Super Weird The Green Bay Packers…

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