1. Listen to the 'Serial' Theme Song Mixed With Notorious B.I.G.

    December 19, 2014 12:50 PM EST Serial , the wildly popular true crime podcast about the 1999 Baltimore murder of Hae Min Lee,  ended on Thursday . So what's life after  Serial  like? Turns out it has a lot more  Notorious B.I.G. than expected. Soundcloud user  Fafu  released a remix of the Serial theme song mashed…

  2. Hot 100 Chart Moves: Sam Smith Brings 'Merry Little Christmas' to Chart for First Time

    December 19, 2014 12:15 PM EST Smith's version of the 70-year-old ballad makes its first Hot 100 appearance, joining carols by Mariah Carey and Ariana Grande. Plus, moves for Usher and Charli XCX. As previously reported , Taylor Swift 's "Blank Space" leads the Billboard Hot 100 for a fifth week,…

  3. Missing 'Serial'? We've Got Some Music for You

    December 18, 2014 5:29 PM EST On Thursday morning (Dec. 18), the final episode of  Serial  -- that's NPR's zeigeist-capturing true-crime podcast -- released the final episode of its first season. Already in withdrawal? While a second season of the show, focusing on a whole new story, is forthcoming, in the…

  4. Ray Price Remembered by Wife Janie, One Year After His Death

    December 16, 2014 6:55 PM EST Today marks the one-year anniversary of the death of Country Music Hall of Fame member Ray Price . For his widow, Janie, it was as if the world had seemingly come to an end. "It was actually four months before I could even leave my home," she says. "I just honestly stayed…

  5. Z100's Jingle Ball 2014 Highlights: Taylor Swift, 5 Seconds of Summer, Sam Smith & More

    December 13, 2014 1:12 PM EST iHeartRadio giant Z100 (WHTZ) New York held its annual Jingle Ball concert Friday night (Dec. 12) at Madison Square Garden, headlined by Taylor Swift , Iggy Azalea , Ariana Grande and other stars, mostly women. Taylor Swift Beats Laryngitis, Sam Smith, Ariana Grande Shine at KIIS FM…

  6. Iggy Azalea Pays Tribute to 'Woman I Owe My Career To' at Women in Music 2014

    December 12, 2014 1:45 PM EST Although Iggy Azalea was on hand to accept the honor for Women in Music 's 2014 Chart-Topper on Friday afternoon in New York, the Australian rapper turned the spotlight on another woman during her acceptance speech. According to Iggy, Sarah Sennett -- the CEO of her management…

  7. CMA CEO Sarah Trahern on Being 'Blown Away' During Her First Year on the Job

    December 12, 2014 1:06 PM EST It's been nearly a year since veteran television executive Sarah Trahern took over the role of chief executive officer at the Country Music Assn., joining the trade group from Great American Country (GAC), where she had served as senior vp/GM. While she was well qualified for the job -…

  8. Billboard Cover: Iggy Azalea, Sam Smith and Other No. 1 Artists Reveal the Behind-the-Scenes Details Behind Their Hit Songs and Albums

    December 12, 2014 9:00 AM EST The Rule Breaker “Fancy” 7 weeks on Billboard Hot 100 John , Paul , George , Ringo , and ... Iggy ? The rump-shaking, hair-flipping, shade-throwing Australian rapper became The Beatles ' unlikeliest successor as the second act ever to claim both the No. 1 and No. 2 positions at the…

  9. 'Modern Family' Star Hilariously Covers 'Shake It Off' -- And Taylor Swift Approves!

    December 08, 2014 10:32 AM EST Jesse Tyler Ferguson was ready to shake it off at this weekend's Trevor Project benefit concert in Los Angeles. "I know what you're thinking: Why is a 39-year-old gay man singing Taylor Swift ? It's making me uncomfortable," Ferguson joked at the beginning of his…

  10. Rolling Stones & Lady Gaga Wrap Up Their Tours on Top

    December 05, 2014 6:44 PM EST The Rolling Stones lead the weekly slate of Hot Tours with $21.7 million in sales reported from the final four concerts on its 14 On Fire tour that played in 19 countries on 3 continents this year. The tour's final leg through seven cities in Australia and New Zealand wrapped with a…

  11. 'Terminator Genisys' Trailer Features Indie Cover of Classic Rock Gem

    December 04, 2014 3:24 PM EST Whether you're ecstatic or skeptical at the prospect of a fifth Terminator film, you gotta admit the just-dropped trailer for Terminator Genisys looks pretty damn awesome (it almost makes up for the atrocious name). Arnold Schwarzenegger returns to the role that made him famous, Lee…

  12. 'Midnight Rider' Case: Sarah Jones' Family Fights to Keep Train Video Public

    December 02, 2014 2:46 AM EST In a strongly worded brief filed Monday in Georgia state court, lawyers for the parents of Sarah Jones sought to maintain public access to videos and photographs of the train accident that killed their daughter during production of the film Gregg Allman biopic  Midnight Rider in February,…

  13. Cirque du Soleil Scene Returns After Acrobat's Death

    November 26, 2014 4:56 AM EST A key battle scene near the end of Cirque du Soleil's "Ka" show is returning more than a year and a half after a performer fell 94 feet to her death when a wire rope snapped during the stunt. Cirque du Soleil officials have invited reporters to a Dec. 3 preview of the scene&…

  14. How Did 'Serial' Find Its Music? Thank Nick Thorburn

    November 24, 2014 3:42 PM EST As fans of the runaway hit podcast  Serial  know ,  the notes of the now all-too-familiar jingle that opens each episode can provoke a Pavlovian response from listeners eager to get their latest hit of the addictive story. For the uninitiated:  Serial , a  This American Life  spin-off…

  15. Lily Allen's ITNO Record Label Has Shut Down

    November 21, 2014 8:57 AM EST Lily Allen 's record label ITNO, an acronym for In The Name Of, has folded, just three years after it was formed.  The British singer set up ITNO in 2011 in partnership with Sony Music U.K. and scored an early success with Tom Odell , who became the first male to win the Brits Critics&…

  16. Evan Peters Covers Nirvana's 'Come As You Are' on 'American Horror Story'

    November 20, 2014 3:57 PM EST Jimmy Darling, is that you? Continuing the musical tradition this season on American Horror Story: Freak Show , on Wednesday night (Nov. 19), Evan Peters covered Nirvana 's classic "Come As You Are." Peters' performance follows  Jessica Lange 's cover of David Bowie…

  17. Country Singer Ty Herndon Comes Out As Gay

    November 20, 2014 1:42 PM EST GLAAD applauded Herndon, saying, "Gay people can also be Christians, cowboys, and even country music stars." Country singer Ty Herndon has come out as gay in a new interview with People : "I'm an out, proud and happy gay man." The 52-year-old country singer earned…

  18. 'Midnight Rider' Case: Settlement Reached in Sarah Jones' Parents' Civil Lawsuit

    November 19, 2014 4:02 PM EST Richard & Elizabeth Jones have reached confidential agreements with some of the defendants. The parents of Sarah Jones , the camera assistant who was struck and killed by a train on the Midnight Rider film set , have reached a confidential settlement agreement with several of the…

  19. Marcus Mumford, Jim James, Elvis Costello & More Bring Bob Dylan's Lost Lyrics to Life in Concert

    November 14, 2014 12:40 PM EST Sorry, Bob Dylan fans. It appears performances in support of Lost on the River: The New Basement Tapes  (the T Bone Burnett-produced collection of new music for abandoned Dylan lyrics) will be limited to a lone exhilarating concert. On Thursday night at the Montalban Theater in Hollywood,…

  20. Amanda Palmer on Her New Memoir, Self-Doubt, Self-Editing and Feminist Trolling

    November 10, 2014 12:16 PM EST On a recent fall afternoon at Bard College, the musician Amanda Palmer was wrapping up Sunday’s rehearsal for a student production she composed music for called The Bed Show . The 38-year old has an easygoing demeanor for someone whose eyebrows are painted like lines of barbed wire. She…

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