1. Kobalt Publishing Hires Jamie McLaughlin as Creative Director

    November 24, 2014 11:47 AM EST Kobalt Music Publishing has appointed Jamie McLaughlin to the position of creative director, charged with signing new talent, arranging writer collaborations and pitching songs. She has hit the ground running in the new job, having already played a part in the signing of Lady Gaga…

  2. Top Booking Agents On Double-Weekend Festivals: 'It's Bad' For Young Bands

    November 19, 2014 11:05 PM EST At Billboard's Touring Conference & Awards, six top execs spoke up about mega-festivals adding second weekends to their programming. Adding a second weekend has led to record grosses and attendance for mega-festivals Coachella and Austin City Limits, where acts are often paid…

  3. Move Over, Drake, The NBA Has a New Superfan: Taylor Swift

    November 13, 2014 10:36 AM EST Taylor Swift showed up courtside at another Knicks game last night -- this time in the company of Kate Upton and Amanda Seyfried.   Knicks. Una foto pubblicata da Taylor Swift (@taylorswift) on Nov 11, 2014 at 7:42 PST Rock Stars Courtside: Taylor Swift, Beyonce & More Celeb NBA Fan…

  4. Exclusive: PTTOW! Appoints Bob Pittman, Jay Brown to Cultural Advisory Board Ahead of First Music Summit

    November 13, 2014 10:18 AM EST PTTOW!, an invite-only community for marketers and executives seeking to shape the next generation of consumers (aged 14 to 34), has helped broker music-marketing partnerships and recognize artists like Kaskade and Will.i.am alongside top executives from many of the world's biggest…

  5. Exclusive: Watch Dawin's 'Just Girly Things' Video With Vine Stars Brandon Calvillo, Ry Doon & More

    November 11, 2014 10:38 AM EST Brooklyn-based producer Dawin took an original song (set to about five seconds of Alfonso Ribeiro doing the Fresh Prince Carlton dance on Vine) and eventually turned it into a contract with Casablanca/Republic in early 2014. Now he’s back with a full-length music video for his first hit,…

  6. 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…

  7. Why Reddit to Richard Branson Are Betting Big on Crowdfunding

    November 07, 2014 3:00 PM EST This September, when rap super duo Run the Jewels announced preorder sales for their second album, RTJ2 , Atlanta rapper Killer Mike and Brooklyn rapper-producer El-P included a few playfully absurd special options on RTJ’s website. In addition to the $1 million "Retirement Plan"…

  8. Doobie Brothers Feel Right at Home With Country Crowd

    November 06, 2014 5:36 PM EST Band talks new album 'Southbound,' featuring Blake Shelton, Sara Evans & more country stars. This week, the legendary Doobie Brothers released a brand-new album called Southbound, which pairs the iconic band with some of the hottest stars of the country format, such as…

  9. Jian Ghomeshi Dropped By The Agency Group

    October 31, 2014 5:21 PM EDT Toronto-based The Agency Group released a statement Friday (Oct. 31) that it is no longer the agent of representation for Jian Ghomeshi . Nine women have come forward to major Canadian media outlets with firsthand accounts of being victimized by the former CBC radio host, including getting…

  10. Sia's Breath Up for Auction at Australian Charity Event

    October 29, 2014 9:54 PM EDT Anyone wondering what it tastes, smells and feels like inside that brown paper bag Sia wears on her head may now have a chance to find out.  The Australian-born anti-pop star and songwriter is offering up a jar of her own breath for auction at the Adelaide Film Festival 's film quiz…

  11. James Blunt Confesses: ‘You’re Beautiful’ Became ‘Annoying’

    October 23, 2014 3:19 AM EDT James Blunt offered a mea culpa for his biggest hit "You're Beautiful," admitting after all these years that the treacly love song "was force-fed down people's throats" and that "it became annoying." In the latest issue of Hello! magazine, Blunt says…

  12. Hear Sia Sing 'You're Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile' From New 'Annie' Soundtrack

    October 22, 2014 12:20 PM EDT So here's a sentence that once seemed impossible: Sia has released her version of the Annie hit "You're Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile," featuring some new lyrics and a modern pop vibe.  Sia will be featured in two other songs on the soundtrack: "Opportunity…

  13. 10 Things We Learned From Neil Diamond's Reddit AMA

    October 16, 2014 7:20 PM EDT Neil Diamond is a certifiable legend. And with a half century of in the music business behind him, he still has no intension of slowing down. His new album, Melody Road , is out out later this month, led by the single "Something Blue," and next year he will embark on…

  14. Exclusive Video: Inside the Making of the Doobie Brothers 'Southbound' Album Featuring Blake Shelton, Zac Brown Band and More

    October 15, 2014 3:49 PM EDT If the Doobie Brothers had gotten their start today instead of four decades ago, they -- like the Eagles -- they might very well be considered more country than pop. Their music influenced many of today's biggest stars in the format, who join the iconic band for the Nov. 4 release of …

  15. Steven Tyler Signs With Larry Rudolph for Management

    October 10, 2014 8:35 AM EDT Rudolph's ReignDeer Entertainment counts Britney Spears and Miley Cyrus among its clients. Singer Steven Tyler has made some key changes to his team. The Aerosmith frontman is now being managed by Larry Rudolph and Rebecca Lambrecht of Rudolph's ReignDeer Entertainment, which…

  16. Corner Office: Kickstarter CEO Yancey Strickler on Success, 'Broken Promises' and Being Spoofed by 'South Park'

    October 06, 2014 10:00 AM EDT The crowdfunding pioneer on workplace transparency, "broken promises" and YouTube's prospects for a fan-sourced venture. When Kickstarter moved into Brooklyn’s Greenpoint neighborhood in January, renovating a former pencil factory into 29,000 square feet of high-tech office…

  17. Exclusive Premiere: 'The Best of Me' Soundtrack Goes Country With Lady Antebellum, Hunter Hayes and Other Stars

    October 03, 2014 3:04 PM EDT The music in the new film The Best Of Me (in theaters Oct. 17), based on the best-selling Nicholas Sparks novel, has a country edge to it. The soundtrack, which will be released on Tuesday, features many of the format’s top artists -- including Hunter Hayes , Thomas Rhett , Thompson…

  18. Jason Isbell Sweeps, Sturgill Simpson Wins Big at Americana Awards

    September 18, 2014 11:52 AM EDT Singer-songwriter Jason Isbell swept the major awards Wednesday night at the Americana Honors & Awards, creating another special moment with his wife, Amanda Shires . Isbell won artist, album and song of the year during the 13th annual awards show Wednesday night at Ryman Auditorium in…

  19. Ryan Adams on His New Album: It Has 'Sexuality, Trouble and a Little Bit of Danger’

    September 08, 2014 3:51 PM EDT Cynically speaking, the best Tom Petty album to come out this year may be the one by prolific singer-songwriter-guitarist-producer Ryan Adams . Full of crunchy chords, undeniable melodies and high-flying harmonies, the self-titled effort (out Sept. 9 on his own Pax Am label through Capitol’s…

  20. A Critical Evaluation of Ariana Grande's Acting

    August 22, 2014 1:10 PM EDT Is the former Nickelodeon star a true double-threat? We take a closer look at the pop singer's onscreen abilities. Though the core of Ariana Grande 's audience was built from the tweens who became fans watching her acting work on Nickelodeon, as a pop star, the 21-year-old caters to…

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