1. Fans on Taylor Swift's 'Swiftmas': 'No One in the Music Industry Has as Big a Heart as She Does'

    December 24, 2014 3:20 PM EST Move over, Oprah . Taylor Swift is the new ultimate gift-giver.  This holiday season, the 25-year-old pop star has been sending huge packages of early Christmas presents to fans. Since mid-November, 32 lucky Tumblr followers of Swift have received FedEx boxes in the mail from the starlet.…

  2. L.A. Film Critics Awards: Jonny Greenwood & Mica Levi Tie in Best Music Score Category

    December 07, 2014 3:07 PM EST The Los Angeles Film Critics Association is meeting to vote its annual awards Sunday morning (Dec. 7). In this century, most LAFCA best picture winners have gone on to be Oscar contenders, and all best director winners have done so. Jonny Greenwood Says Radiohead 'Fumbling' Around…

  3. Jim Schwartz, Pioneering Indie Music Distributor, Dead at 91

    November 24, 2014 1:16 PM EST Legendary indie music distributor Jim Schwartz died in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 8 of complications from Alzheimer's disease. He was 91. Although Schwartz ran Schwartz Brothers for many years, the company was originally founded right after World War II by his father Harry, who named the…

  4. 'Did You Know' Pentatonix Have a New Christmas Video?

    November 11, 2014 3:39 PM EST Another music video from the  Pentatonix Christmas album is here! Following "White Winter Hymnal" and "Winter Wonderland/Don't Worry Be Happy" featuring Tori Kelly , Pentatonix have released a gorgeous video for "Mary, Did You Know?" from That's…

  5. Oscar Host Neil Patrick Harris: Watch 7 of His Musical Hosting Moments

    October 15, 2014 7:01 PM EDT No disrespect to Barney Stinson, but " Neil Patrick Harris : Awards Show Host" may just be the Emmy- and Tony-winning actor's most delightful role yet. Earlier Wednesday (Oct. 15), it was announed that Harris would finally get his shot on the biggest stage of all: He'…

  6. Exclusive: Ex-New Order Bassist Peter Hook Dissects Frontman Bernard Sumner’s Autobiography

    October 03, 2014 6:00 AM EDT "Book stores won’t know whether to file it under fantasy or tragedy." It’s no secret that there is love lost between estranged Joy Division and New Order founding members Peter Hook and Bernard Sumner . Ever since it was announced in a 2007 radio interview with Hook that New Order…

  7. Napalm Death's Barney Greenway Speaks to Being Loved by Indonesia's New President

    August 08, 2014 11:07 AM EDT The reformer likes his music brutal... not his government. Last week, Indonesia -- a country long embattled and embittered by corruption and violence -- elected Governor Joko Widodo of Jakarta as its new president. His favorite music? Metallica . Slayer . Napalm Death . Randy Blythe , singer…

  8. Watch Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Karen O's Chilling Video for Solo Single 'Rapt'

    July 28, 2014 10:15 AM EDT The clip previews Karen's upcoming solo debut "Crush Songs" When Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman Karen O announced plans for her first solo record June 25, she curiously didn't share any new music. Well, here it is: A two-minute lo-fi acoustic dirge called "Rapt" that…

  9. 615 Spotlight: Johnny Orr on New EP 'Down South' & How Music Cost Him His Marriage

    July 02, 2014 4:50 PM EDT Johnny Orr admits that his formative musical years were quite diverse. In addition to country that was so prevalent around his home in North Carolina, he was exposed to a wide variety of music. “I was a big John Cougar and Bryan Adams fan in my younger days. Then, I became a big fan of Edwin…

  10. Some Kind of Wonderful: Remembering Bobby Womack

    June 29, 2014 5:05 PM EDT To the people who knew Bobby Womack, or bought his records, heard his tunes covered over a seven-decade career, or caught his stellar live performances,  this left-handed guitarist, a southpaw like Los Angeles Dodger pitching legend Sandy Koufax, was a melodic and lyrical force of nature.…

  11. Jesus Christ Superstar Arena Tour is Cancelled

    May 30, 2014 7:05 PM EDT Producers of the star-studded “Jesus Christ Superstar” arena tour have cancelled the 51-city tour that was scheduled to start at New Orleans' Lakefront Arena on June 9. The "Jesus Christ Superstar Arena Spectacular Tour” included in its cast Incubus frontman Brandon Boyd, John…

  12. David Bowie Toasts Columbia Records' Rob Stringer: 'You're a Star'

    April 26, 2014 8:00 AM EDT The label chairman was recognized at London's Music Week Awards on April 24. Columbia Records chairman Rob Stringer was among the music industry players to be recognized at the Music Week Awards on April 24. His tribute came by way of an unexpected post on David Bowie's Facebook…

  13. VFiles: The Soho Boutique That's Dressing the Music Industry

    March 25, 2014 12:45 PM EDT Julie Anne Quay, founder of Soho store and social media site VFiles, hasn't just created a successful business platform: She's created a lifestyle. "People are tribal," says Australia native Quay, in her store on Mercer and Grand Streets in Manhattan. She picks up a pair…

  14. Elton John's Film Company Acquires Rights to Animated 'Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat' Film

    February 05, 2014 7:37 PM EST Elton John's Rocket Pictures has acquired the film rights to Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's global hit play "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" and will adapt it as an animated family feature in association with Webber's the Really Useful Group. Based…

  15. Kidz Bop Nation: Inside The Best-Selling Children's CD Series

    February 04, 2014 12:52 PM EST With "Kidz Bop 25" recently becoming the series' latest Top 10 album, COO Victor Zaraya discusses the franchise's decade-long dominance and touring future. In between episodes of "Spongebob Squarepants," "Rocket Power" and "Invader Zim,"…

  16. Jay Z's Barneys Deal Yields $1 Million Profit: Report

    January 07, 2014 9:38 PM EST The rapper's clothing deal with the New York company excels despite criticism Despite the criticism surrounding Jay Z's decision to launch a holiday collection with Barneys New York, the luxury retailer recently accused of racial discrimination, the rap mogul's product…

  17. Alicia Keys Ends One-Year BlackBerry Deal: Inside The Troubled Partnership

    January 02, 2014 5:56 PM EST When Alicia Keys was first named global creative director at BlackBerry on January 30, much derision was made at her expense for tweeting from an iPhone just days before the announcement - and maybe even once again a few days after, in an apparent hack scandal .   But Thursday (Jan. 2)’s…

  18. Jay Z Releases Second Barneys Letter

    November 15, 2013 9:30 PM EST In the continuing saga of Barneys' alleged racial profiling scandal, Jay Z has released a second statement concerning his continued partnership with the company. On Life + Times , the rapper continued to defend his partnership with the high end retailer. "While I await the…

  19. Jay Z to Debut First Men's Fragrance, Gold Jay Z

    November 02, 2013 9:36 AM EDT Jay Z is entering the fragrance business. The rap mogul will launch his first men's fragrance "Gold Jay Z" on Black Friday, Nov. 29. To create the scent, Jay Z collaborated with Firmenich perfumer extraordinaire Ilias Ermenidis. "I was impressed with Jay Z’s style and…

  20. Jay-Z Defends Barneys Deal: I'm Being 'Demonized'

    October 26, 2013 7:40 PM EDT Jay-Z — under increasing pressure to back out of a collaboration with the luxury store Barneys New York after it was accused of racially profiling two black customers — said Saturday he's being unfairly "demonized" for just waiting to hear all of the facts. The rap mogul…

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