1. Girl Talk Q&A: On Sampling, Disney & His First Ever Music Video

    April 07, 2014 9:38 AM EDT Gregg Michael Gillis, known as Girl Talk, has come out with his first ever music video, a collaboration with rappers Freeway and Waka Flocka Flame. Produced by Maker Studios, "Tolerated" is a major departure from Gillis' previous work. For one thing, it has just two samples,…

  2. Kaiser Chiefs Crowned Leaders of U.K. Albums Chart

    April 07, 2014 3:26 AM EDT U.K. modern rock band the Kaiser Chiefs debuted at No. 1 on the new British album chart Sunday (Apr. 6) with their fifth full-length, “Education, Education, Education & War” (Kaiser Chiefs/Fiction/Universal). Aloe Blacc’s “The Man” (Interscope/Universal), currently No. 8 on Billboard’s…

  3. 'Frozen' vs. 5 Seconds of Summer for No. 1 on Billboard 200

    April 02, 2014 5:35 PM EDT Australian pop/rock band 5 Seconds of Summer is eyeing the top of the Billboard 200 chart, as its new EP is on course for a handsome debut. The four-song set, "She Looks So Perfect," was released on April 1 and may sell upwards of 140,000 to 160,000 copies by the end of the…

  4. Disney Investigating Deadmau5's Attempt to Trademark Mouse Logo

    April 01, 2014 8:16 AM EDT On Friday, Disney let it be known at the U.S. Trademark Office that it is investigating a trademark registration filed by Deadmau5 (pronounced "dead mouse"). This one is intriguing. Deadmau5 is the stage name of EDM star Joel Zimmerman. Last year, Zimmerman's Ronica Holdings…

  5. Ladies First: 31 Female Rappers Who Changed Hip-Hop

    March 31, 2014 1:15 PM EDT In celebration of women's history month, we're spotlighting 31 great female MCs over 31 days. Hip-hop is a tough game in which only the best survive. From the early days of the male-dominated genre, female rappers have proved that women, though few in numbers, are fearless…

  6. Juno Awards 2014: Serena Ryder, Arcade Fire, Drake, Tegan and Sara Win Early Awards

    March 30, 2014 8:44 AM EDT Serena Ryder won Artist of the Year at the first night of the 43rd annual Juno Awards honoring Canadian music, Saturday night in Winnipeg, beating out category-mates Drake, Michael Bublé, Robin Thicke and Céline Dion. The majority of the 41 awards — 35 in all — were given out at the private…

  7. John Legend Gives 'All' At Walt Disney Hall

    March 27, 2014 7:33 PM EDT John Legend brought his own brand of immersion therapy to Los Angeles' Walt Disney Concert Hall last night (March 26). And the audience got lifted during the fourth stop on the singer/songwriter’s first acoustic junket: "An Evening With John Legend: The All of Me Tour."   And…

  8. Record Store Day Unveils 2014 Releases: David Bowie, Jay Z, Coldplay, Haim + More

    March 20, 2014 3:56 PM EDT Record Store Day has just announced a complete list of its 2014 exclusive releases (below) for its seventh annual celebration on April 19. The list of exclusive vinyl, which includes everything from a 7" David Bowie picture disc, a 12" of Sam Cooke's "Ain't That Good…

  9. Avicii, Kaskade, More to Appear on Disney EDM Remix Album

    March 12, 2014 7:55 PM EDT "Dconstructed" is out April 22 Perfect Disney pairings: Aladdin and Jasmine, Simba and Nala. How about Armin van Buuren and "Frozen"'s Elsa? Or maybe Kaskade and Dumbo? Walt Disney Records announced Tuesday that an upcoming album will give a new spin to 14 of their…

  10. Pharrell Williams’ ‘G I R L’ Grabs Top Spot in U.K.

    March 10, 2014 6:18 AM EDT Pharrell Williams has followed the million-selling U.K. success of his “Happy” single with a No. 1 debut for his “G I R L” album (Columbia/Sony). Sunday's (March 9) new Official Charts Company sales data also saw London DJ-producer Route 94 go straight to the top of the singles chart…

  11. Shakira Returns With New Album, Steamy Rihanna Video, Country Duet: Cover Story

    March 07, 2014 12:40 PM EST It's late on a Wednesday afternoon, and a table in the foyer of Westlake Recording Studios in West Hollywood is laden with goodies: chocolate chip cookies, hummus and chips and a bottle of Patron Silver tequila with a card that reads, "Welcome back, Shakira!" But…

  12. U2 Talks Oscars, New Manager and Where They're Headed: 'We Don't Want to Be a Heritage Act'

    February 14, 2014 1:54 PM EST And the new album "won't be ready till it's ready," Bono says. "We know we have to spend a couple of years taking these songs around the world, so they'd better be good" Just after Finnegan's pub opens at noon on a blustery, rainy, intermittently…

  13. 'Frozen' Cast Perform Music From the Movie in L.A.

    February 11, 2014 4:36 AM EST The cast of “Frozen” gave the film’s music its first-ever live performance Feb. 9 at Vibrato Grill in Los Angeles . Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, Santino Fontana and the evening’s host Josh Gad sang their numbers to an audience that included the songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert…

  14. Bombay Bicycle Club Rides To U.K. Chart Summit

    February 10, 2014 6:01 AM EST London four-piece Bombay Bicycle Club landed their first U.K. No. 1 album with their fourth set “So Long, See You Tomorrow” (Universal Island) as the weekly sales figures were published by the Official Charts Company Sunday (Feb. 9). Clean Bandit, featuring Jess Glynne, started a third week…

  15. K-Pop Singer Ailee Nails Live Cover of Demi Lovato's 'Frozen' Hit 'Let It Go'

    January 23, 2014 9:15 PM EST The New Jersey-bred diva roared through the pop song, performed by both Lovato and Idina Menzel While the "Frozen" soundtrack slips from No. 1 to No. 2 on the Billboard 200 this week , its lead single is getting some love from the K-pop scene. American-bred soloist Ailee…

  16. Drake Shows Off Comedy Chops, Broods a Bit as 'SNL' Host

    January 19, 2014 1:25 AM EST Drake's not just a rapper -- but we already knew that, especially for those who grew up watching Aubrey Graham on "Degrassi: The Next Generation." Now, he can add a new notch to his belt of appearances: "Saturday Night Live" host. Though he's appeared on the…

  17. GRAMMYs Hall of Fame: The Stories Behind 2014's Inductees

    January 17, 2014 6:04 PM EST The backstories to this year's GRAMMY Hall of Fame inductees -- including music by Sam Cooke, Dolly Parton, The Drifters, and B.J. Thomas -- are as memorable as the music itself.  The legends behind some of those 27 recordings revisit their sessions chapter and verse. 56th GRAMMYs:…

  18. 'Frozen' Musical Is Headed to Broadway

    January 14, 2014 9:32 AM EST After winning a Golden Globe for best animated film on Sunday, "Frozen" may one day be competing for a Tony Award with the announcement that it will be turned into a Broadway musical. Walt Disney CEO and chairman Bob Iger revealed the gestating plans in an interview with Fortune …

  19. 'Frozen,' 'Inside Llewyn Davis' Soundtracks Heat Up Winter Charts

    January 10, 2014 1:56 PM EST Boosted by big Christmas box-office numbers and the onset of awards season, soundtracks are surging up the charts. Leading the way is Disney's "Frozen," which hits No. 1 on the Billboard 200, rising from No. 4. The animated film's soundtrack, released on Walt Disney…

  20. '12 Years a Slave' Leads a Soundtrack Revival

    December 11, 2013 9:38 AM EST Film studios are providing a rare fourth quarter in which honest-to-god musical history is explored in fact-based scripted films. "Saving Mr. Banks," the story of how Walt Disney turned the Mary Poppins stories into a musical with Richard and Robert Sherman, and "Inside…

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