1. Corner Office: Def Jam CEO Steve Bartels on Label's Future, Kanye West's 'Incredible' New Album and Why Justin Bieber Isn't Overexposed

    October 13, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Rick Rubin , Russell Simmons , Lyor Cohen , Jay Z , L.A. Reid ...Def Jam has seen a succession of iconic leaders during its 30 years, and on April 1, Steve Bartels found himself next in line. And while his sleek corner office in the Midtown Manhattan building of Universal Music Group (UMG)…

  2. Iggy Azalea Leads American Music Awards With Six Nominations

    October 13, 2014 9:00 AM EDT With six nominations, Iggy Azalea is at the front of the pack leading into next month’s 2014 American Music Awards .  The Hot 100 chart-topping, Australian-born performer is up for artist of the year, new artist of the year, single of the year, favorite female artist - pop/rock,…

  3. From Panic Attacks to Family Estrangement, Reggaeton Star J Balvin’s Struggle to Make It to the Top

    October 10, 2014 1:00 PM EDT Two years ago, J Balvin should have been on top of the world. A steady stream of tracks that mixed tropical lightness with the heavy beat of reggaeton had made him a star at home in Colombia. Girls climbed the walls of his house in Medellin to get a picture with him. The stars of the…

  4. Why 1999 Was the Best Musical Year of the '90s

    October 10, 2014 10:45 AM EDT After focusing on 1994 last week, now, we're wondering what the best year for music was of the '90s. We've already made a case for  1990 ,  1991 ,  1992 ,  1993 ,  1994 ,  1995 ,  1996  and  1997 . Now here are the final two years of the decade --  1998  and  1999 . POP SHOP…

  5. Exclusive: Buzzing Australian Trio Little May Premiere 'Bones'

    October 08, 2014 1:15 PM EDT The Sydney folk-rock trio has been compared to Haim and Fleetwood Mac, and is set to make its U.S. debut this month. In a year's time, Sydney folk-rock trio Little May have become one of Australia's most buzzed about bands, drawing comparisons to First Aid Kit , Fleetwood Mac and…

  6. Lupe Fiasco-Produced Sports Doc 'Little Ballers' to Air in November

    October 06, 2014 11:50 PM EDT Nickelodeon has set an airdate for Little Ballers . The sports documentary -- centering on a group of 11-year-old basketball players in New York City's Amateur Athletic Union, an inner-city springboard for potential NBA talent -- will air on Nicktoons on Nov. 26 at 9 p.m., during the…

  7. Exclusive: 'Pop Nation' Musical Celebrates '90s Boy Bands & Bubblegum Divas

    October 06, 2014 6:18 PM EDT If you've ever had a long argument about which band was better,  Backstreet Boys  or *NSYNC ,  Pop Nation  is your theatrical experience. The new show, merging music, theater and the nightclub experience, will begin performances at Hudson in New York City on Nov. 14.  Pop Nation …

  8. Jenni Rivera's Family Now Suing Late Singer's Manager Over Book

    October 05, 2014 11:32 PM EDT In the second chapter -- or is it the third or fourth? -- in a dispute over Jenni Rivera , the Mexican-American pop superstar who died in a 2012 plane crash, her family has filed a copyright lawsuit against Laura Lucio , Rivera's former manager. The lawsuit aims to stop Lucio from…

  9. Luke Bryan's Tour Has Grossed $55.5 Million (And Counting)

    October 03, 2014 5:11 PM EDT Luke Bryan takes his That's My Kind of Night tour to No. 1 on this week’s tally of Hot Tours with box office stats reported from the bulk of his 2014 trek through North American cities. Since the tour's January kick-off, Bryan's outing has been attended by 1.1 million fans…

  10. Too Short Brought a Loaded Gun to California Airport

    October 03, 2014 10:38 AM EDT Rapper Too Short has been cited at a Southern California airport a day after fleeing a security checkpoint when a screener found a loaded handgun in his carry-on luggage. Burbank police Sgt. John Pfrommer says the rapper, born Todd Anthony Shaw, was passing through the checkpoint Wednesday…

  11. Aretha Franklin Dishes on Covering 'Rolling in the Deep': 'It's What Contemporary Music Needs More Of'

    October 02, 2014 1:50 PM EDT On Wednesday night, Aretha Franklin and longtime collaborator and mogul Clive Davis sat down with veteran music journalist Anthony DeCurtis at New York City's 92Y for a lengthy discussion and preview of her upcoming covers album, Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics (due out…

  12. Nas Talks 'Lost Tapes' Follow-Up at 'Time Is Illmatic' Premiere

    October 01, 2014 10:58 PM EDT Excitement was mounting at New York City's Museum of Modern Art on Tuesday night, as celebrities took a trip down the red carpet and memory lane with the premiere of Time Is Illmatic , the Nas documentary from One9 and Erik Parker . "I actually have a tingling sensation, it's…

  13. Ricky Skaggs & Sharon White Talk New Album 'Hearts Like Ours'

    October 01, 2014 6:46 PM EDT Fans of Ricky Skaggs and Sharon White have been asking about a possible duets record about as soon as the couple were married in 1981. Both of their stars were on the rise at the time -- he as a solo act, and Sharon as a member of The Whites with sister Cheryl and father Buck. 1987's…

  14. 'Midnight Rider' Trial Date Set for Early 2015

    September 30, 2014 10:16 PM EDT The involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespass case against the Midnight Rider filmmakers in the February death of Sarah Jones is set to go to trial almost a year after the camera assistant was stuck and killed by a train on the set of the Gregg Allman biopic. A trial date of March 9,…

  15. Nicole Scherzinger Lands Role in 'Cats' Musical

    September 29, 2014 10:48 PM EDT Former Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger is evolving into another type of feline.  The pop singer has landed the role of the "Glamour Cat" Grizabella in Cats , Andrew Lloyd Webber's record-breaking musical. She’ll perform in the famous production when it returns to London’s…

  16. Chart Highlights: Taylor Swift Tops Adult Pop Songs, Sam Smith Rules Adult R&B

    September 29, 2014 7:45 PM EDT 'Shake It Off' ties a record, while 'Stay With Me' conquers yet another format. Plus, new No. 1s for Milky Chance, Cole Swindell and more. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest…

  17. T.I. ft. Iggy Azalea, 'No Mediocre (Grandtheft Remix)': Exclusive Premiere

    September 24, 2014 7:06 PM EDT Grandtheft lives up to his newest remix’s name. After all, mediocre talents rarely catch the ear of Diplo , who signed the Toronto DJ/producer to his eclectic Mad Decent imprint last year and joined forces with him on a bumping remix of Calvin Harris ’ “Summer.” Grandtheft’s studio…

  18. Calle 13 Lead Latin Grammy Nominations

    September 24, 2014 7:49 AM EDT Perennial Latin Grammy favorites Calle 13 once again topped the list of nominees for the 15th annual Latin Grammy Awards, notching nine nods. Eduardo Cabra , one half of the Puerto Rican rap duo, was the overall leader with 10 nods, thanks to his work with Calle 13 and as a producer on…

  19. Houses of the Holy: Where the Music Biz Celebrates the Jewish High Holidays

    September 23, 2014 1:59 PM EDT Tonight we're gonna party like it's 5775. Here's where some of the music machers and/or mensches celebrate the High Holidays of Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) Sept. 24-26 and Yom Kippur (day of atonement) Oct. 3-4. Nashuva (Founder’s Church of Religious Science, 3281 W.…

  20. Corner Office: Island Records President David Massey on His Hot Streak of Hits, Betting on Shawn Mendes

    September 22, 2014 10:24 AM EDT The label exec on his hot streak of hits (Iggy Azalea, Kiesza), learning from his mom and betting on Shawn Mendes. The history of the music industry may yet be written by David Massey , 56, who has filled 35 volumes of his diaries with experiences that go back to swinging London. In 1962…

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