1. 'American Idol' Judge Keith Urban Talks Season 14: 'They've Brought Something Fresh'

    December 12, 2014 12:00 AM EST Keith Urban often refers to his American Idol co-stars as a family. And in a conference call with reporters on Wednesday, the country star said that his fellow judges came through for him in his time of need -- the death of his father-in-law, Antony Kidman , dad to Urban's wife, Nicole…

  2. Billy Joel Leads Latest Hot Tours List

    December 11, 2014 3:29 PM EST Billy Joel leads the weekly slate of Hot Tours (see list, below) with ticket sales reported from a show at Bryce Jordan Center in University Park, Pa., his first concert at the Penn State arena in 12 years. The rock legend played the venue on Dec. 5 with a crowd of 12,077 in attendance.…

  3. American Country Countdown Awards: You're Invited to 'Country Music's Christmas Office Party'

    December 11, 2014 3:03 PM EST The inaugural ACCAs will air live Monday at 8 p.m. ET on Fox. The inaugural American Country Countdown Awards will take place Monday night live from Nashville's Music City Center on Fox. In a crowded landscape of country music awards shows, what will set this one apart? "We view…

  4. 'We Know What To Do': Scott Borchetta on Joining 'American Idol' and Signing This Season's Winner

    December 11, 2014 2:59 PM EST The winner of American Idol season 14 will be in good hands. The performer taking the top spot this year will be signed to the same record label as Taylor Swift and will be guided by one of the industry's deftest management hands: Big Machine Label Group founder Scott Borchetta. The…

  5. Russell Simmons Appears on 'The O'Reilly Factor' to Debate the Roots of Racial Divisions

    December 11, 2014 10:43 AM EST Def Jam co-founder Russell Simmons appeared on The O'Reilly Factor again last night to debate the Fox host on the perceived racial divisions in America revealed in a recent CBS News poll , which sought to address the civil unrest in the wake in the deaths, at the hands of police, of…

  6. Kenny Chesney to Perform & Receive Groundbreaker Award at American Country Countdown Awards

    December 10, 2014 12:10 PM EST Kenny Chesney has dominated the country charts and filled arenas across the country for two decades now, so it's no wonder that he was chosen to receive the Groundbreaker Award at the inaugural American Country Countdown Awards on Monday. Luke Bryan Leads Nominees for 2014 American…

  7. Exclusive: Roc Nation Sports Preps 'Throne Boxing,' Set to Feature Live Music at MSG

    December 09, 2014 9:00 AM EST Roc Nation Sports, which announced its first Boxing division in August, will present its debut boxing event, "throne boxing," on Friday, Jan. 9, 2015. The event, designed to be a hybrid of boxing and live music, will be telecast live from Madison Square Garden in the first of a…

  8. 'The Simpsons' Take on 'Frozen' in Holiday Couch Gag

    December 05, 2014 10:57 AM EST The Simpsons is well-known for its opening-credit couch gags, so it's no surprise they've created something special for this Sunday's holiday episode: Obligatory Frozen Reference. These days, if you're setting anything -- even a sitcom theme song -- in any kind of…

  9. Sara Evans, Hunter Hayes, Maddie & Tae Among American Country Countdown Awards Presenters

    December 04, 2014 8:24 PM EST Sara Evans , Hunter Hayes , Maddie & Tae , Scotty McCreery and Kip Moore are all among the presenters announced for the first ever American Country Countdown Awards, joining hosts Florida Georgia Line at the Dec. 15 event.  Hunter Hayes Talks Tattoo Your Name Tour, Collaborations &…

  10. It's Official: Scott Borchetta Joining 'American Idol' Season 14 as Mentor

    December 03, 2014 5:33 PM EST The man who discovered Taylor Swift will be the new Randy Jackson. Can the man who discovered Taylor Swift pick the next American Idol? The Fox show is banking on just that, as Scott Borchetta , the President and CEO of Big Machine Label group, will assume the position of mentor for the…

  11. HBO Picks Up Mick Jagger-Produced Rock Drama

    December 02, 2014 3:19 PM EST The 1970s-set series, from 'Boardwalk Empire' duo Martin Scorsese & Terence Winter, has been in development since 2011. HBO has picked up to series a rock 'n' roll drama from Boardwalk Empire 's Martin Scorsese and Terence Winter. The show is also exec produced…

  12. Reba McEntire to Receive First Ever NASH Icon Award

    December 01, 2014 4:27 PM EST The American Country Countdown Awards air Dec. 15. On Dec. 15, Fox will air the first ever American Country Countdown Awards, and fitting for a first-time show, the ACCAs will hand out a special new trophy: the NASH Icon Award. Reba McEntire will be the first recipient. Reba McEntire…

  13. Tony Winner Jessie Mueller to Take 'Waitress' Job

    December 01, 2014 1:41 AM EST Jessie Mueller , the fast-rising Broadway star who won a lead actress Tony Award this year for the title role in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical , may be turning her talents from songwriting to baked goods. According to an unconfirmed report in The New York Times , Mueller has identified…

  14. Hot 100 Chart Moves: Band Aid 30 Debuts, Nicki Minaj Ties Madonna's Hit Total

    November 28, 2014 11:05 AM EST 'Do They Know It's Christmas?' returns, while Minaj ties for the third-most visits among women. Plus, chart action for Mark Ronson, Bruno Mars, Pentatonix and Fergie. As previously reported , Taylor Swift spends a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Blank…

  15. Sia, Chet Faker Win Big at ARIA Awards

    November 26, 2014 10:04 PM EST Sia cleaned-up at Wednesday’s (Nov. 26) ARIA Awards at Sydney’s Star Event Centre, where she took out four categories on what is the Australian record industry’s big night. The singer and songwriter cemented her career-year by snaffling the annual event’s traditional top award, best album,…

  16. Latin Grammys Deliver Big Ratings, But Few Music Sales

    November 26, 2014 12:50 PM EST Ricky Martin, Camila, Wisin and Yandel are biggest gainers The 15th annual Latin Grammy Awards were a television ratings success, but delivered disappointing music sales in the U.S. The Nov. 20 live award ceremony, which featured performances by Pitbull , Calle 13 , Marc Anthony and Ricky…

  17. The Niche Releases to Watch for on Black Friday -- From a ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Mixtape to a Limited-Edition ‘Big Lebowski’ Soundtrack

    November 25, 2014 11:54 AM EST Record Store Day is typically celebrated in April, but since 2010, mom-and-pop shops -- along with labels and even movie studios -- have also welcomed exclusive releases for Black Friday. On tap for 2014: a Guardians of the Galaxy mixtape on cassette, Island/Mercury's limited edition …

  18. Ted Nugent Posts Offensive, Illogical Ferguson Rant

    November 25, 2014 11:32 AM EST For better or worse (hint: worse), classic rocker turned conservative pundit Ted Nugent has weighed in on the Ferguson decision that let police officer Darren Wilson walk scot-free after shooting and killing unarmed civilian Michael Brown. While the decision drew outrage from pop stars…

  19. Killer Mike on Ferguson Grand Jury Decision: 'I Got Kicked on My Ass'

    November 25, 2014 10:40 AM EST Since the unarmed teenager Michael Brown was gunned down on Aug. 9 in Ferguson Miss., Killer Mike has been one of the few artists willing to talk about the situation from the beginning. Monday night, after a grand jury announced that they were not going indict police officer Darren Wilson…

  20. Idris Elba Working on 'Luther'-Inspired Album

    November 24, 2014 9:41 PM EST There's just no stopping the multi-talented Idris Elba at the moment. Radio Times reports that Elba is planning an album inspired by John Luther , the conflicted police detective he plays in the darkly absorbing BBC crime drama. Luther has just been confirmed to return in a two-part…

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