1. Man Jailed for Posting Song Lyrics to Facebook Won't Face Charges

    October 29, 2014 4:31 PM EDT Prosecutors dismissed a felony charge against a western Kentucky man who spent more than a week in jail for posting violent song lyrics to his Facebook page. The lyrics 31-year-old James E. Evans posted in August included the words "student bodies lying dead in the halls" and…

  2. Who's the Composer Behind Matthew McConaughey's Viral Lincoln Commercials?

    October 28, 2014 4:53 PM EDT The moody major-to-minor piano chord that parallels Matthew McConaughey's contemplative monologue in Lincoln Motors' TV campaign for the MKC model SUV? The handiwork of British Columbia-based multi-instrumentalist Andrew Judah, who, when not performing his own indie pop-rock -- he…

  3. The Real Story Behind Madonna’s Iconic ‘Like a Virgin’ Performance at the 1984 VMAs

    October 28, 2014 12:42 PM EDT Ahead of MTV's first Music Video Awards, broadcast Sept. 14, 1984, the network was having difficulty booking top talent. Co-hosts Dan Aykroyd and Bette Midler were in their 30s, old for the MTV crowd, and ZZ Top had refused to play -- until the network pulled the band's videos and…

  4. Beyonce Biography in the Works

    October 27, 2014 10:40 PM EDT What's being billed as the first comprehensive biography of pop diva Beyonce Knowles will be released in the fall of 2015, publisher Grand Central Books announced. The untitled book by J. Randy Taraborrelli will “explore all facets of Knowles’ life” beginning with her childhood…

  5. Country Music Hall of Fame Warmly Welcomes Ronnie Milsap, Mac Wiseman & Hank Cochran

    October 27, 2014 7:39 PM EDT Sunday night's Medallion Ceremony at the Country Music Hall of Fame saw three very diverse musical legends inducted into one of music's most exclusive clubs, as Mac Wiseman , Hank Cochran  and Ronnie Milsap were each celebrated for their wide array of musical accomplishments on…

  6. Taylor Swift Gets Praise from Lady Antebellum After Star-Studded Set Feat. Pharrell, Iggy Azalea and More

    October 27, 2014 3:10 PM EDT Today is release date for Taylor Swift ’s 1989 , the former country superstar’s first big pop album. As part of a huge promotional blitz for the album Swift shared the Hollywood Bowl stage Friday night with Pharrell Williams , Sia , Iggy Azalea , Ariana Grande and many more as part of CBS…

  7. Jazz Singer Jimmy Scott Remembered at Harlem Memorial

    October 26, 2014 9:00 AM EDT A respectful and loving crowd filled the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem on Saturday afternoon (Oct. 25) for a memorial service celebrating the life of Jimmy Scott . Jimmy Scott, Iconic Jazz Stylist, Dead at 88 The beloved jazz singer, who passed away on June 12, 2014, at the age of 89,…

  8. Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande, Pharrell Shine at We Can Survive Concert in L.A.

    October 25, 2014 10:40 AM EDT Befitting a huge spectacle featuring many of 2014’s biggest pop hitmakers -- from Iggy Azalea and Ariana Grande to Taylor Swift and Sia -- CBS Radio breast cancer benefit We Can Survive at Los Angeles’ Hollywood Bowl on Friday (Oct. 24) featured many finely produced and expertly polished…

  9. Ronnie Milsap on New 21-Disc RCA Collection: 'It's My History'

    October 24, 2014 8:02 PM EDT Ronnie Milsap would be lying if he said that the possibility of being inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame hadn't entered his mind -- but, when he got the news, he tells Billboard  it still took him by surprise. "I was here at the house," he recalls, "and some…

  10. Hot 100 Chart Moves: Sam Smith's 'I'm Not the Only One' Soars Into Top 20

    October 24, 2014 4:51 PM EDT Smith flies 25-20 with his new ballad. Plus, moves for Sam Hunt, Katy Perry, Colbie Caillat and Nico & Vinz. As previously reported , Meghan Trainor ties two Michael Jackson classics, "Billie Jean" and "Black or White," for the longest-leading Billboard Hot 100 No.…

  11. Joan Jett Rocks Out With Billie Joe Armstrong, Alice Cooper & More at Charity Show

    October 24, 2014 4:20 PM EDT When the pioneering all-female hard rock band the Runaways broke up in early 1979, no one took the prospects of a 20-year-old Joan Jett 's solo career seriously. To state the obvious, the industry underestimated her. Thirty-five years and numerous top 40 Hot 100 hits later, Jett is…

  12. Norwegian DJ Kygo Is On the Verge of Becoming Dance Music's Next Superstar

    October 24, 2014 4:02 PM EDT With a huge label deal, sellout tours, a signature sound and co-signs from Diplo and Coldplay, Kygo is primed to become the next EDM superstar. The world is full of bedroom producers who dream of being the next Avicii . So how did a 23-year-old DJ from Norway find himself in the middle of a…

  13. CMJ Issues Statement on New York Ebola Scare, Fest to Continue As Scheduled

    October 24, 2014 1:10 PM EDT When news broke last night that a man confirmed to be infected with Ebola had visited Brooklyn bowling alley The Gutter before being admitted to the hospital, there was an anxious response from attendees of the annual CMJ Music Marathon, currently underway in the city. The Gutter was an…

  14. Grateful Dead Documentary in the Works With Martin Scorsese

    October 23, 2014 8:08 PM EDT In celebration of the band's 50th anniversary next year, the Grateful Dead have announced plans for a career-spanning retrospective documentary executive produced by Martin Scorsese and directed by Amir Bar-Lev .  Bar-Lev has been highly regarded for his work covering the Penn State…

  15. Becky G Talks iHeartRadio Fiesta, Pitbull in Video Interview

    October 23, 2014 9:50 AM EDT The 17-year-old gets to show off her raps and moves where she grew up. Becky G 's tias , or -- en Inglés  --  aunties, are pretty excited right about now.  Not only will their niece be performing in her hometown of Inglewood, Calif., but the 17-year-old rapper will be on the same bill…

  16. Exclusive: Logic Breaks Down 6 Things to Know About Him

    October 22, 2014 4:45 PM EDT Logic , born Sir Robert bryson Hall II, is one of 2014's biggest surprises. Under Pressure (Def Jam, Oct. 21), the debut LP from the 24-year-old Maryland native, is a gem, with a mix of earnest raps and lush beats reminiscent of Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole . Logic, 'Driving Ms.…

  17. Chief Keef Confirms Being Dropped From Interscope Records on Twitter

    October 22, 2014 1:10 PM EDT Chief Keef took to Twitter on Tuesday, Oct. 21, to confirm that he's been dropped from Interscope Records. "I been dropped for a week now," he said in a text conversation, which he posted on Twitter. Bro ass is LuckilySlow pic.twitter.com/7g8C1NwLrn — AlmightySo (@ChiefKeef)…

  18. Tenacious D Discuss First Asian Tour on 'Kimmel'

    October 22, 2014 7:21 AM EDT On Jimmy Kimmel Live on Tuesday night, Jack Black and Kyle Gass -- known together as the one and only Tenacious D -- swung by for a little visit. First the duo shared their new jingle for a cereal that helps the digestive process: Then the D talked about their upcoming first Asian tour.…

  19. Exclusive: Chance the Rapper Reveals New Album 'Surf,' Working With Frank Ocean & J. Cole

    October 21, 2014 3:30 PM EDT 0 Chance and the Social Experiment are aiming to drop 'Surf' for free by the end of the year. In the year and a half since he released his breakout mixtape, Acid Rap , Chance the Rapper has charted a remarkable course. Forgoing signing with a major label, the Chicago…

  20. Met Opera Premiere Greeted With Protests, Accusations of Anti-Semitism

    October 21, 2014 12:26 PM EDT John Adams' 'The Death of Klinghoffer' has been accused of being anti-Israel and anti-Semitic. The New York Metropolitan Opera's first performance of The Death of Klinghoffer was met with vociferous protests Monday as demonstrators, including former New York City mayor…

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