1. Adult Swim's Single Series Features Giorgio Moroder, Future, Diarrhea Planet

    June 02, 2014 12:54 PM EDT Adult Swim Singles today announced its 2014 series, featuring a slate of artists new and old, including new tracks by legendary producer Giorgio Moroder, reformed stoner metal band Sleep and hip-hop artist Future, among others. For the series' fifth season, which begins June 9 with…

  2. Coldplay Aiming for Second Week at No. 1 on Billboard 200

    May 28, 2014 6:27 PM EDT After Coldplay's big debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with "Ghost Stories," it seems the rock band has a good chance of holding atop the list for a second week. "Ghost Stories" bowed with 383,000 copies sold in the week ending May 25. But how much will the album…

  3. Apple Buys Beats for $3 Billion; Dr Dre, Jimmy Iovine Join Executive Team

    May 28, 2014 4:35 PM EDT After nearly three weeks of waiting and speculation, Apple has officially announced the acquisition of Beats Electronics and Beats Music in a $3 billion deal. Beats founders -- Interscope-Geffen-A&M chairman Jimmy Iovine and hip-hop producer Dr Dre -- will be joining Apple in…

  4. Beastie Boys v. Monster: Ad-Rock Takes Stand, IDs Mike D In a Sailor Suit

    May 27, 2014 6:48 PM EDT The Beastie Boys' lawsuit against Monster Beverage Corp. went to trial today in Manhattan's Financial District. Seated in a large, ornate courtroom in the Thurgood Marshall Courthouse -- which Federal Judge Paul A. Engelmayer described as "ancient... like a haunted house"…

  5. Ron Weisner on Michael Jackson's Happiness, Shoving Jann Wenner, Passing on Madonna in New Memoir

    May 27, 2014 3:58 PM EDT In Listen Out Loud: A Life in Music—Managing McCartney, Madonna and Michael Jackson, veteran manager Ron Weisner , 69, shares inside dirt about his handling some of the top music talent of his generation. His goal: “An honest story of my involvement with these remarkable artists and the play…

  6. Pharrell Williams to Perform AmEx 'Unstaged' Concert June 3 at NYC's Apollo

    May 27, 2014 6:00 AM EDT Pharrell Williams has been tapped to kick off the latest installment of “American Express Unstaged” live-streaming concert series, a partnership with Vevo and YouTube. Williams will play a special show at New York’s Apollo Theater on June 3 that will stream live at amexunstaged.com at 9:00 p…

  7. Rap Genius Co-Founder Mahbod Moghadam Resigns in Wake of Elliot Rodger Annotation

    May 26, 2014 9:10 PM EDT Rap Genius co-founder Mahbod Moghadam today resigned from the company and board of directors of the music annotation site, according to a letter posted on the Rap Genius site by its CEO/co-founder Tom Lehman. The resignation follows an annotation by Moghadam on the manifesto written by Elliot…

  8. Chart Highlights: Justin Timberlake Passes Bruno Mars For Most Pop Songs No. 1s Among Solo Males

    May 26, 2014 4:35 PM EDT Timberlake tallies his seventh leader - and debuts with Michael Jackson on 'Love Never Felt So Good.' Plus, new No. 1s for Enrique Iglesias, Pop Evil and more Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs,…

  9. Spoon Signs to Loma Vista; Album Expected Soon

    May 26, 2014 12:25 PM EDT Austin-based indie rock band Spoon has signed to Loma Vista, the label started by former Warner Bros. Records' chairman/CEO Tom Whalley. Loma Vista declined to comment on the signing but two sources verified the deal though exact terms were not disclosed. Since 2000 the band has been…

  10. Herb Jeffries, Pioneering Black Singing Cowboy of the Movies, Dies at 100

    May 26, 2014 4:02 AM EDT Herb Jeffries, the first black singing cowboy of the movies who starred in such 1930s films as Harlem on the Prairie and The Bronze Buckaroo, has died, the Los Angeles Times reported. He was 100. Jeffries, who later became a recording star as a member of Duke Ellington's orchestra, died…

  11. Tupac's Last Words: 'F**k You,' Says First Responder Cop (Report)

    May 25, 2014 10:30 AM EDT Ex-Metro cop Chris Carroll alleges Shakur purposely kept mum about his killers A new interview with the Las Vegas police officer who was first on the scene when Tupac Shakur was fatally shot outside the MGM Grand in 1996 alleges that the 25-year-old rapper's last words were a kiss-off to…

  12. Brantley Gilbert Heading for No. 2 Debut on Billboard 200 Chart

    May 23, 2014 6:54 PM EDT Country singer Brantley Gilbert is on his way to a smashing debut on the Billboard 200 chart. His new "Just As I Am" album, which was released on May 19, could sell around 200,000 copies in the week ending May 25, according to industry forecasters. The Billboard 200's new top…

  13. Lyor Cohen's 300 Signs Jacquie Lee In Partnership with Atlantic (Exclusive)

    May 21, 2014 9:28 AM EDT Jacquie Lee, may have been runner-up in Season Five of NBC's "The Voice," but she just hit the jackpot in terms of catching the ear of one of the all-time great music executives. “I had no idea I'd be signing an artist who performed on 'The Voice' or any of…

  14. 2NE1 Embraces Pop Art in 'Gotta Be You' Video: Watch

    May 20, 2014 9:20 PM EDT The record-breaking K-pop quartet sing and rap amid references to Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein Following a pair of fierce videos initially revealed when 2NE1 dropped their record-breaking "Crush" album , the K-pop phenoms have followed up with a visual for new single "Gotta…

  15. Pink Floyd 'Division Bell' Box Set Coming In June

    May 20, 2014 11:02 AM EDT When Pink Floyd posted a mysterious countdown on its website marked #TDB20, many fans surmised a monumental reunion announcement was coming. Instead, they'll have to settle for a fancy box set. The prog rock act is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its chart-topping 1994 album "…

  16. Lorde's Sleek Hair at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards: How to Get the Look

    May 19, 2014 1:59 AM EDT Ever since Lorde took the charts by storm last year, we’ve been smitten with the New Zealander’s haunting vocals, not to mention her signature berry-stained pout and unruly tresses. Just when we thought we couldn’t crush on her anymore, the songstress unveiled a smoldering new ‘do on stage at…

  17. Shakira's 'Empire' Sizzles at Billboard Music Awards

    May 18, 2014 9:56 PM EDT Shakira lit up the Billboard Music Awards stage Sunday night with a sizzling rendition of her new hit single "Empire" from her self-titled album. Dressed in a sheer, sparkling dress and thigh high black boots, Shakira stalked the stage complete with a cathedral-like stage set…

  18. ‘SNL’ Season Finale Recap: Jay Z & Solange Fight Mocked, St. Vincent Rocks New Songs

    May 18, 2014 11:11 AM EDT ‘SNL’ Season Finale: Jay Z/Solange Fight Mocked, St. Vincent Rocks “Saturday Night Live” didn’t waste any time in addressing the Met Gala elevator fight between Jay Z and Solange during the show’s season finale on May 14. “SNL” kicked off the last episode of season 39 with Jay Z (Jay Pharoah…

  19. Comedy Issue: A Timeline Of Musical Humor Milestones

    May 16, 2014 12:30 PM EDT Comedians and satirists have made their mark with music on the Billboard charts and at the Grammys since at least the 1950s.  Here’s a timeline of laugh-inducing musical landmarks. 1959 — Folk music duo Bud & Travis, Bud Dashiell and Travis Edmonson, record its first album, interspersing…

  20. St. Vincent, Andy Samberg 'SNL' Season Finale Promos: Watch

    May 15, 2014 6:57 PM EDT As reported last month, St. Vincent will be the musical guest on the 'Saturday Night Live' season finale that airs this weekend on May 17. The episode will be hosted by SNL-alum Andy Samberg. Thursday the late night comedy show released four promo videos with St. Vincent (real name…

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