1. John Legend Says a Just Society Is 'Built on Love' at Controversial Bahrain Concert

    March 02, 2015 5:58 PM EST Award-winning American singer and songwriter John Legend took to the stage in Bahrain on Monday night (March 2), performing to a sold-out crowd of more than 2,000 people despite calls by some activists to cancel the concert due to concerns over human rights abuses in the Gulf Arab nation. …

  2. Sleater-Kinney Returns to New York, Rocks Through Past and Present: Live Review

    February 27, 2015 12:51 PM EST The Sleater-Kinney 2015 reunion extravaganza rolled on last night (Feb. 26), with the first of two sold-out shows at New York's Terminal 5, a venue far larger than what the trio would have played prior to its 2006 split. S-K's power goes beyond the goodwill of having them back --…

  3. FCC Votes to Preserve Open, Neutral Internet

    February 26, 2015 1:00 PM EST Following a protracted debate that drew millions of public comments, a White House endorsement and some GOP opposition, the Federal Communications Commission voted on Thursday (Feb. 26) to enforce proposed rules that protect the agnostic treatment of data over the high-speed Internet. The…

  4. Martin Mills and Brian Message Take On Major Labels, Billboard 200 in Launch of Plan to Save Music Retail

    February 26, 2015 7:57 AM EST Less than a week after umbrella trade body UK Music launched a five-point policy plan to develop the music business, Britain's Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA) has followed suit with its own manifesto for growth. Supported by Beggars Group founder and chairman Martin Mills and…

  5. Steven Tyler Lawyer Loses First Amendment Battle Over 'American Idol' Negotiations

    February 26, 2015 12:34 AM EST On Wednesday, a California appeals court revived claims against Steven Tyler's attorney, Dina LaPolt , connected to the way she handled her client's contract negotiation to return as a judge on American Idol . The lawsuit was brought by Kovac Media Group, Tyler's former…

  6. Brit Awards 2015: Ed Sheeran & Sam Smith Win Big, But Madonna & Kanye West Steal the Show

    February 25, 2015 7:25 PM EST The Brit Awards may be the biggest night in the U.K. music industry calendar, but it was U.S. stars Madonna , Taylor Swift and Kanye West who provided the show's standout moments. All three artists performed at the 35th Brit Awards, held at London's O2 arena, with Madonna's…

  7. Brit Awards Open With Kanye West Joke

    February 25, 2015 3:24 PM EST Well, that was quick. Less than 15 minutes after the 2015 Brit Awards started, the show's hosts -- comedy duo Ant & Dec -- cracked a joke about Kanye West rushing the stage to steal someone's thunder.  2015 Brit Awards: See All the Photos Their advice for any Brit Award winner…

  8. Apple Ordered to Pay $533 Million in Patent Case

    February 25, 2015 10:22 AM EST Apple has been ordered to pay $532.9 million in damages after a federal jury decided its iTunes software infringed three patents owned by Texas-based licensing firm Smartflash LLC. After deliberating for eight hours, a jury in the U.S. District Court in Tyler, Texas rejected Apple's…

  9. Pandora Dealt Setback in Turtles Lawsuit

    February 24, 2015 12:30 PM EST Pandora's effort to move the Flo & Eddie lawsuit, on whether the streaming radio service has to pay master recording performance royalties for pre-1972 material, out of the courtroom of Judge Philip S. Gutierrez played out as expected when the judge denied the company's motion…

  10. Kanye West Accepts 2015 BET Honors Visionary Award

    February 24, 2015 11:30 AM EST Kanye West was one of the few creatives honored at the eight annual 2015 BET Honors -- taped in January, and aired on February 23, 2015. Aside from West, the honoree list included Usher , actress Phylicia Rashad, director of the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of African Art Dr…

  11. Oscars 2015: Adam Levine Tops Rita Ora, John Legend for Most Shazamed Performance

    February 23, 2015 11:18 AM EST The 87th Academy Awards had a little bit of everything: stunning fashion , rousing speeches , the host's package , not- Joan Rivers and of course, awkward John Travolta . It also benefited greatly, as all award shows tend to these days, to big-and-bold musical performances throughout the…

  12. Oscars 2015: Best & Worst Moments

    February 23, 2015 12:53 AM EST It was fun, it was emotional, it was long . The 2015 Oscars are a wrap, and they seemed specially made for Billboard this year, with Broadway vet Neil Patrick Harris as host and performances from Lady Gaga , Jennifer Hudson and Anna Kendrick -- and that's not even counting the night'…

  13. Oscars 2015: All Performances Ranked From Worst to Best

    February 23, 2015 12:20 AM EST Although the focus of the Oscars is typically on the winners and losers (and, just as important, what the winners and losers wore), the 87th Academy Awards boasted an abundance of music both classic and popular, with some of the genre's biggest stars gracing the stage reserved for…

  14. Oscars 2015: Common & John Legend March Off With Best Song

    February 22, 2015 11:51 PM EST Plus: Alexandre Desplat takes home best original score for 'Grand Budapest Hotel.' Politically and historically aware speeches from Common and John Legend received the biggest ovation of the first two and half hours of the Academy Awards on Sunday night. Oscars 2015 The rapper and…

  15. John Legend & Common's Acceptance Speech Most Relevant Moment at 2015 Oscars

    February 22, 2015 11:24 PM EST After taking the best original song Oscar for their Selma song "Glory" at the 2015 Oscars , John Legend and Common took the opportunity to protest numerous problems in society that remain far from resolved 50 years after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s march from Selma to…

  16. Oscars 2015: Predicting the Song Category

    February 20, 2015 2:45 PM EST A year ago, the biggest contemporary stars on the Oscar telecast were two of the original song nominees, "Let it Go" and "Happy." This year, you'd be hard-pressed to find one person who could hum two of the nominated melodies. Oscars 2015: See All of Our Coverage…

  17. Corner Office: Capitol Music Group Chairman/CEO Steve Barnett on Sam Smith and Beck's Grammy Sweep and Why Kanye West 'Needs a Therapist'

    February 20, 2015 1:00 PM EST You won't find any corner offices in Capitol Music Group's Los angeles headquarters, but at the top of the iconic circular tower sits a sharp chief executive. Chairman/CEO Steve Barnett , 62, has only logged two years on the job, following a 15-year stint at Sony Music, but his…

  18. Iggy Azalea Quits Social Media: 5 of Her Most Memorable Twitter Flare-Ups

    February 19, 2015 3:48 PM EST Iggy Azalea has officially logged off: On Wednesday night, the rap superstar let her 4.3 million Twitter followers know that she was "taking some time away from social media" after she returned from a vacation to find unflattering paparazzi photos of herself online,…

  19. 'Empire' Recap, Episode 7: 'Our Dancing Days'

    February 19, 2015 11:49 AM EST After this week's episode of Empire , things are about to get very real for Lucious, his fiance Anika, and his ex-wife Cookie. It was naive to think he would be able to handle two different relationships with both, but last night we discovered that it's now a dream deferred. Below…

  20. Eddie Murphy Nearly Played Bill Cosby in 'Celebrity Jeopardy,' Says Norm Macdonald

    February 19, 2015 9:35 AM EST Macdonald tweets about the role on 'SNL 40' that ended up going to Kenan Thompson. A number of Eddie Murphy fans were disappointed that the star, who gave a brief speech at the recent Saturday Night Live 40th anniversary special, did not take part in a comedic segment. As it turns…

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