1. Album Review: Nickelback’s ‘No Fixed Address’ Partially Shelves the Group’s Platinum Formula to Spread Their Stylistic Wings

    November 18, 2014 1:51 PM EST Few modern-era rock bands have endured more of a public flogging than Nickelback . (The latest? A crowdfunding campaign to keep the band from performing in London.) Yet, despite a cool factor that makes Limp Bizkit look like Led Zeppelin in comparison, the Canadian four-piece is one of the…

  2. New Study from Pandora Touts the 'Pandora Effect' on Music Sales

    November 18, 2014 10:17 AM EST A study performed earlier this year by Pandora found that its spins have a positive effect on music sales. For new music, the average positive effect was a 2.31-percent increase in sales of track-equivalent albums, a metric that counts 10 tracks as one album. For catalog songs, the average…

  3. Nicki Minaj Teases 'Only' Video With Sexy Instagram Photos

    November 17, 2014 9:44 PM EST Following the onslaught of negative criticism Nicki Minaj has received for employing what many have complained to be Nazi-like imagery in her "Only" lyric video, the hip-hop superstar is hard at work on a proper video for Drake , Lil Wayne and Chris Brown -featuring track. And…

  4. The Biz of Fizz: Why Soda Brands Are Spending Millions To Promote Taylor Swift, Tiesto in 2014

    November 17, 2014 1:02 PM EST The second half of 2014 sees Big Gulp-sized soda partnerships with artists. Michael Tran/FilmMagic In 2014, 7UP doubled down on its lucky number by linking with Tiesto , Ultra, Insomniac and others for its 7x7Up initiative: seven top festivals, seven rising DJs ( Danny Avila , Disco…

  5. Mac DeMarco Detained By Campus Police at Show, Wonders If They Have Small Penises

    November 17, 2014 12:56 PM EST To paraphrase the Strokes , UCSB cops, UCSB cops they ain’t too smart. At least, according to Mac DeMarco. Last Friday (Nov. 14), Mac DeMarco’s campus show at UC Santa Barbara was cut short when police mistook the garage rock rabblerouser for an unruly audience member, promptly ending the…

  6. Album Review: One Direction Aren't Ready to Let Go of Their Bubble-Gum Days on 'Four'

    November 17, 2014 12:45 PM EST Since they bounded onto the pop scene with their double-platinum debut, Up All Night , in 2012 (2011 in the United Kingdom), the members of One Direction have barely stopped to catch their breath, as if they have been watching the clock ticking on their boy-band shelf life the entire time.…

  7. Watch: Timbaland Blasts Lifetime’s Aaliyah Biopic on Social Media

    November 16, 2014 2:34 PM EST Timbaland obviously isn’t a fan of the new Aaliyah biopic. The famed music producer took to social media on Saturday night (Nov. 15) to express his disapproval of Lifetime's Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B , which premiered on the network the same evening. 'Aaliyah: The Princess…

  8. Taylor Swift Surprises Fan: See What She Bought Him!

    November 15, 2014 7:58 PM EST When  Taylor Swift  surprises a fan, she surprises a fan. The chart-topping singer headed up to Connecticut on Friday (Nov. 14) to gift one of her biggest fans an early holiday present. Stephanie Barnett and her family got a visit from the "Blank Space" singer, who made…

  9. One Direction, Ellie Goulding On 'Epic' Band Aid Recording Session

    November 15, 2014 6:55 PM EST A who's who of U.K. stars joined forces on Saturday (Nov. 15) to record a new version of "Do They Know It’s Christmas?"  And now you can see what some of your favorite A-listers wore to the event. Led by Bob Geldof ; One Direction , Rita Ora , Ed Sheeran , Ellie…

  10. Can YouTube’s New Music Play Mend Its Fences With the Industry?

    November 14, 2014 2:57 PM EST Music Key, the company’s years-in-the-works premium streaming service, arrives Nov. 17. But will consumers want to pay for something they’ve always had for free? After a year of rumors, false starts and belabored label negotiations, YouTube’s streaming subscription service, Music Key, will…

  11. Rihanna's Instagram Return Sparks No. 2 Re-Entry on Social 50

    November 13, 2014 6:43 PM EST Badgalriri -- Rihanna 's handle on Instagram -- has been absent from the Facebook-owned photo-sharing platform all summer since her account was deactivated in May. While no official explanation was offered, some say it was because of posts containing risqué images from her Lui magazine…

  12. Ariana Grande Hits No. 1 on Social 50 for First Time

    November 13, 2014 6:18 PM EST After 103 weeks on the Social 50 chart, Ariana Grande finally hits No. 1 for the first time, rising 2-1 on the latest tally (dated Nov. 22). The Social 50 ranks the most popular artists on YouTube, Vevo, Facebook, Twitter, SoundCloud, Wikipedia, Myspace and Instagram. The chart&…

  13. Martin Bandier to Be Honored at Clive Davis' Pre-Grammy Gala: 'It Feels Very Lofty'

    November 13, 2014 1:29 PM EST At the Recording Academy's annual Pre-Grammy Gala, hosted by Clive Davis , Sony/ATV Music Publishing chairman and CEO Martin Bandier will be honored with the President's Merit Award in recognition of his contributions to the music industry and for his philanthropic endeavors.…

  14. Justin Bieber Unfollows Selena Gomez on Instagram

    November 12, 2014 8:52 PM EST Over on Twitter , Justin Bieber is very laid-back about who he follows, with 160,000-plus fans and pals on his following list. But on Instagram , he keeps it pretty intimate, only tracking famous friends like Drake , Kendall Jenner and Cody Simpson for a total of 45 on his list. Oh…

  15. The Good and the Bad of Spotify Founder Daniel Ek's Streaming Defense

    November 11, 2014 8:13 PM EST Spotify CEO Daniel Ek doesn't walk away from a challenge. After Thom Yorke and Nigel Godrich blasted his company's business model , Ek responded with comments on Twitter. Now, after Taylor Swift drew huge attention by pulling her catalog from Spotify, Ek posted an 1,800-word…

  16. Go 'Home to Mama' With Justin Bieber & Cody Simpson: Listen

    November 11, 2014 6:38 PM EST Duo's summer jam session turns into John Mayer-esque ballad. Justin Bieber and Cody Simpson got their fans riled up over the summer when they revealed that they were in the studio together . Now, the fruits of their labor have arrived: "Home to Mama," a John Mayer …

  17. Jennifer Lopez, Nicki Minaj & More Give Booty Business a Bump

    November 11, 2014 5:09 PM EST Gym classes that promise a plump posterior are in high demand. A surgery that pumps fat into the buttocks is gaining popularity. And padded panties that give the appearance of a rounder rump are selling out. The U.S. booty business is getting a big bump. Companies are cashing in on growing…

  18. Show Me the Shmoney: Bobby Shmurda's New App Puts You In the Video

    November 11, 2014 2:14 PM EST Ever wanted to do the Bobby Shmurda 's signature Shmoney Dance with Drake , Chris Brown , or Shmurda himself? Well, now you can. Following the dance craze that Shmurda kicked off with his "Hot Boy" single, the Shmoney Gram app allows users to take or upload an image, select a…

  19. Tomorrowland, Pearl Jam on Shortlist for European Festival Awards

    November 11, 2014 10:09 AM EST A shortlist of nominees has been announced for this year's European Festival Awards , set to honor the continent's best music gatherings large and small, and the artists that perform. Organizers say a record 1.2 million votes were cast for festivals in more than 35 different…

  20. Exclusive Premiere: Vicetone Remixes Dillon Francis, Sultan & Ned Shepard's 'When We Were Young'

    November 10, 2014 5:13 PM EST Dutch duo  Vicetone  have attained commercial success while taking creative liberties with their music, a rare feat in an increasingly formulaic big room format. Following releases on such top-shelf labels as Ultra, Spinnin’ Records and Hardwell’s Revealed Recordings, Vicetone have…

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