1. Op-Ed: Does BitTorrent Actually Want to Empower Artists?

    October 30, 2014 1:08 PM EDT Film executive Ruth Vitale on "the pirate’s penance" & BitTorrent's "fuzzy math." This is a response to an op-ed, published last week (Oct. 21), from BitTorrent's Chief Content Officer Matt Mason. Below, former film executive and current executive director…

  2. Ray Johnston Band Aiming for 'No Bad Days' With New Album

    October 29, 2014 7:40 PM EDT Defying the odds -- that's what the story of the Ray Johnston Band has long been about. The namesake of the Texas-based band has enjoyed a multi-faceted career so far -- playing some of the more prestigious stages in the Lone Star State as well as donning a basketball jersey for the…

  3. A$AP Rocky & Chanel Iman Reportedly Split

    October 29, 2014 4:10 AM EDT A$AP Rocky and Chanel Iman are no longer an item. The rapper and his model girlfriend had been dating for a year and were splashed in the press as one of the hottest young Hollywood couples. But their hectic careers apparently pushed them apart.  ASAP Rocky in Topman and Chanel Iman in…

  4. Ryn Weaver's Semi-Charmed Life: Why The Internet Is Infatuated with the 'OctaHate' Singer

    October 27, 2014 4:05 PM EDT Benny Blanco thinks she’s a sure thing. Charli XCX is working with her on a top-secret project. She cries easily, loves Samuel Beckett and blew up the Web with her debut single. Inside the rise and inevitable takeover of Ryn Weaver. Ryn Weaver is sprawled out on the bed in the cluttered…

  5. How Phil Collins' 'In the Air Tonight' Influenced 'Miami Vice' Director Michael Mann -- and Lorde!

    October 27, 2014 2:28 PM EDT Michael Mann doesn't see what the big deal is. "I guess Miami Vice was a radical departure from everything else that was on TV at the time," says Mann, executive producer of the series. But the tricks Mann and others incorporated, including the prominent use of current music…

  6. Exclusive: Dorothy Premieres Rockin' 'Wicked Ones,' Is Ready For a Wild Night

    October 27, 2014 11:25 AM EDT When a band is named after its frontperson, you’re going to have some high hopes for that special someone. Meet Dorothy , named after its lightning rod frontwoman’s first name -- not last -- so rest assured this isn’t '80s pop-metal. The Los Angeles quartet is the sort of band that’s…

  7. Taylor Swift's '1989' Liner Note Messages & Reference Guide

    October 27, 2014 2:45 AM EDT It's (finally) here!  Taylor Swift 's fifth studio album, 1989 , officially dropped in the dead of night at midnight on Monday (Oct. 27). Anticipation had been rapidly building for quite some time: Besides lead single "Shake It Off," Swift also teased album songs "…

  8. Ex-Sony CEO Howard Stringer on the Company's Failures and Time Inc.'s Big Challenges

    October 26, 2014 10:30 PM EDT In a frequently humorous address to several hundred entertainment lawyers and others, former Sony CEO and chairman Sir Howard Stringer shared observations from a half-century career that ranged from service in Vietnam to leadership of two media giants, offering uncensored thoughts on Sony…

  9. Read Taylor Swift's Best Quotes From '1989' Press Cycle

    October 25, 2014 9:25 AM EDT Taylor Swift  has been everywhere over the past couple of months -- on talk shows, magazine covers, even outside her apartment posing with her cat. Below, we rounded up her best quotes from the  1989  press tour. Here are Taylor's recent thoughts on: Feminism: “I wish when I was 12…

  10. Ronnie Milsap on New 21-Disc RCA Collection: 'It's My History'

    October 24, 2014 8:02 PM EDT Ronnie Milsap would be lying if he said that the possibility of being inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame hadn't entered his mind -- but, when he got the news, he tells Billboard  it still took him by surprise. "I was here at the house," he recalls, "and some…

  11. You + Me: 'Two Friends Making a Record'

    October 24, 2014 5:05 PM EDT rose ave. , the new album from You + Me, debuted at #4 on the Billboard 200 . What makes this surprising is that You + Me was an impromptu collaboration. Friends Alecia Moore and Dallas Green found some time apart from their other projects -- P!nk and City and Colour respectively -- and…

  12. Joan Jett Rocks Out With Billie Joe Armstrong, Alice Cooper & More at Charity Show

    October 24, 2014 4:20 PM EDT When the pioneering all-female hard rock band the Runaways broke up in early 1979, no one took the prospects of a 20-year-old Joan Jett 's solo career seriously. To state the obvious, the industry underestimated her. Thirty-five years and numerous top 40 Hot 100 hits later, Jett is…

  13. Album Review: Taylor Swift’s Pop Curveball Pays Off With ‘1989’

    October 24, 2014 12:01 AM EDT Any Nashville insider will tell you that Taylor Swift started breaking up with country music long before she first stepped out with hitmakers Max Martin and Shellback for three pop-leaning songs on 2012's blockbuster Red . But if her new single, "Shake It Off," was the…

  14. One Direction Fan Fiction Author Calls Her Story 'Vanilla Fifty Shades of Grey'

    October 23, 2014 10:46 AM EDT Paging Harry Styles! Last year, the One Direction star and his bandmates were the inspiration for a viral online fan fiction story, the After series, and the real-life book version of the tale was released this week. "Tessa is a girl in college. It's not me, but I've realized…

  15. Watch Crayon Pop's K-Pop Hit 'Bar Bar Bar' Get the ABC Sitcom 'Selfie' Dancing

    October 22, 2014 8:53 PM EDT The K-Pop Hot 100 No. 1 single made a surprising (and hilarious) cameo in the sitcom. While hearing new K-pop on U.S. radio might be sending fans into a tizzy, there's another area the infectious music genre has invaded: sitcoms. On the Oct. 21 episode of ABC show  Selfie ,  Crayon Pop…

  16. Elvis Photographer Alfred Wertheimer Dies at 85

    October 22, 2014 3:11 AM EDT Alfred Wertheimer , the photographer whose portraits of Elvis Presley documented the birth of a music legend, has died. Wertheimer, who was 85, died of natural causes Sunday at his New York apartment, said Chris Murray , who owns Washington, D.C's Govinda Gallery  which counts…

  17. Gregg Alexander to Perform 'Begin Again' Song at Hollywood Music in Media Awards

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  18. Op-Ed: BitTorrent's Matt Mason Makes a Case for Art In the Digital Age

    October 21, 2014 11:45 AM EDT On September 22, Thom Yorke published an image of a vinyl record. The earth was thrown off its axis , as Consequence of Sound reported. And it was again, four days later, when the record was released as a BitTorrent Bundle . That isn’t hyperbole, but instead, obvious and insignificant.…

  19. Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross to Speak at Billboard & Hollywood Reporter Conference

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  20. Deeper & Better: Reaccessing Sleater-Kinney's Material Girls

    October 21, 2014 10:55 AM EDT For around a decade starting in 1995 or 1996, the best rock band in America was an all-female trio out of the indie-rock hothouse of Olympia, Wash.'s Evergreen College. And now, around a decade after they went on hiatus in the wake of 2005's heavy-roiling The Woods , Sleater…

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