1. Tom Skeeter, Sound City Studios Owner, Dies

    September 13, 2014 9:20 PM EDT Tom Skeeter, a longtime music industry insider and owner of the legendary Sound City Studios, has died, Billboard has confirmed. A cause of death was not revealed at press time. "We lost our main man, Tommy Skeeter this week. Grateful our Sound City Movie pals for introducing him to all…

  2. Big Sean Releases 4 New Songs With Kanye West, DJ Mustard & More

    September 12, 2014 5:26 PM EDT Soon after announcing his signing to Roc Nation , Big Sean released four new songs. The surprise project includes collaborations with a handful of today's most-wanted producers, including DJ Mustard , Kanye West , Mike WiLL Made-It and more. The first track, "Paradise," is…

  3. Bob Crewe, Singer/Songwriter Behind Many Four Seasons Hits, Dies at 83

    September 12, 2014 4:05 PM EDT He also discovered Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels and wrote disco classics including 'Lady Marmalade.' Bob Crewe -- the singer, songwriter, producer and label owner who created many of the Four Seasons ' hits, discovered Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels and was…

  4. Republic Hires Rick Krim as EVP Artist Development

    September 12, 2014 11:30 AM EDT Republic Records has hired VH1 veteran  Rick Krim for the newly created position of executive vice president of artist development. Krim's prime objective in his new role will be to uncover "diverse and untrodden avenues" to break the label's emerging artists, the company…

  5. Cosimo Matassa, Hall of Fame Inducted New Orleans R&B Musician, Dies at 88

    September 12, 2014 1:56 AM EDT Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Cosimo Matassa , who recorded New Orleans rock and rhythm and blues from the 1950s to the 1970s, has died. He was 88. Matassa, who had been ailing since suffering a stroke in 2009, died on Thursday, granddaughter Mia Matassa told The Associated Press.…

  6. Mac Wiseman Talks 'Songs From My Mother's Hand,' Merle Haggard Duet Album & More

    September 11, 2014 6:58 PM EDT There is no false advertising with the title of Mac Wiseman 's latest album, Songs From My Mother's Hand . "All of the material on this CD are from old composition books where my mother copied lyrics from listening to a live radio program back in the late '20s and early &…

  7. Michael Jackson Immortal Tour Wraps With Eighth-Best Gross of All Time

    September 11, 2014 5:56 PM EDT Cirque du Soleil's Michael Jackson the Immortal World Tour has wrapped after its three-year run, earning the No. 8 slot on the list of the top-grossing tours of all time with $360 million, based on Billboard Boxscore. The tour played its final performance on Aug. 31 in Guadalajara,…

  8. Gloria Estefan Tribute Planned at Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame Gala

    September 11, 2014 5:23 PM EDT When Gloria Estefan is inducted into the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame on Oct. 18, her peers, including Ednita Nazario and Jon Secada , will pay tribute to the Latin superstar. Gloria Estefan Among 2014 Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame Inductees Nazario and Secada will celebrate Estefan in a…

  9. The 20 Best Songs About Friendships -- Good, Bad and With Benefits

    September 11, 2014 2:00 PM EDT Friendship is a complicated thing. It can save your life -- like when a good buddy gets you through a bad breakup -- or it can drive you absolutely nuts. After all, some friends lie and let you down, and if they’re not secretly plotting your demise, they might be harboring romantic feelings…

  10. Leonard Cohen on Collaborating with Madonna Collaborator Patrick Leonard for Upcoming 'Popular Problems'

    September 11, 2014 1:24 PM EDT The keyboardist-producer who helped shape Madonna 's work in the late 1980s has given Leonard Cohen 's new album Popular Problems a consistently bluesy tone full of keyboards, horn sections and an occasional solo violin. Patrick Leonard , who co-wrote three songs on Cohen's…

  11. Kem Says He's 'Keeping the Light On for R&B'

    September 11, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Motown artist will tour with Charlie Wilson in 2015; scores third week at No. 1 with 'It's You.' Fresh off scoring a third week at No. 1 on Billboard's Adult R&B chart with "It's You" -- not to mention debuting a week before at No. 3 on the Billboard 200…

  12. Portishead's Geoff Barrow Accuses Phantogram of Drumbeat Theft

    September 10, 2014 8:51 PM EDT Portishead drummer Geoff Barrows has accused Phantogram of stealing one of his beats on the electro-pop duo's 2010 song "When I'm Small."  Barrows confronted the band Friday, writing "Just wondering why I'm playing the drums on one of your tracks? Any thoughts?…

  13. Paolo Nutini Shares New Album 'Caustic Love' Early & Talks Breaking Though in America

    September 10, 2014 4:23 PM EDT Paolo Nutini is a bona fide superstar in his native United Kingdom. The Scottish soul singer's third studio album, Caustic Love , has already topped the U.K. Albums Chart , and now Nutini is setting his sights on America. But the 2014 Glastonbury headliner knows taking on a new market…

  14. UPDATE: Exclusive: Man Jailed for Posting Lyrics to Facebook Says 'It's Pretty Worrisome'

    September 10, 2014 4:10 PM EDT James Evans didn't think twice about posting song lyrics to his Facebook wall on Aug. 24, as he often does while listening to music. This time, however, the verse he chose -- "Student bodies lying dead in the halls, a blood splattered treatise of hate / Class dismissed is my…

  15. ACM Honors: Carrie Underwood Cries, Kelly Clarkson Belts It Out and More

    September 10, 2014 2:12 PM EDT The Academy of Country Music paid a visit to Music City Tuesday night for the 8 th Annual ACM Honors, an evening of special tributes to the honorees and winners of awards that are not a part of the yearly CBS awards-show telecast. Held at the Ryman Auditorium, the program’s host, Jake Owen ,…

  16. Neil Finn On Songwriters' Struggle, Learning to Dance & Miley Cyrus' Brand of Feminism

    September 10, 2014 5:47 AM EDT Submit to the struggle, to existential crisis. And make sure to put in the hours. Those are some of Neil Finn’s tips for tackling the songwriting process. Finn shared sound advice and took his standing-room audience on a trip through his earliest musical years during a keynote conversation…

  17. Crystal Gayle Says Country Hall of Fame Exhibit Gives Her a Chance to 'Look Back'

    September 09, 2014 6:36 PM EDT 'When I Dream' runs through Nov. 3 in Nashville. It's not too often that an artist nails a song on the first take. However, that's exactly what happened in 1977 when Crystal Gayle hit the studio to record the song that would become her signature tune, "Don't It…

  18. Memphis Soul Doc ‘Take Me to the River’ Is Giving Back to Musicians in Need

    September 09, 2014 5:09 PM EDT In Take Me to the River , Martin Shore 's documentary about music scenes in and around Memphis since the late 1950s, veteran artists are united in recording studios with singers and rappers two or three generations younger. Snoop Dogg Helps Premiere 'Take Me to the River' at…

  19. Jazz Musician Gerald Wilson Dies at 96

    September 09, 2014 6:27 AM EDT Gerald Wilson , the dynamic jazz musician whose career spanned more than 75 years, has died. He was 96. Wilson's son, Anthony Wilson , said his father died Monday at his Los Angeles home from pneumonia. The big band leader began his career in the 1930s as a trumpeter for Jimmy Lunceford…

  20. SiriusXM To Launch Barbra Streisand Channel

    September 09, 2014 4:38 AM EDT SiriusXM is launching an exclusive, limited-run station featuring the works of Barbra Streisand , the satellite radio giant announced Monday. Starting this Friday (Sept. 12) at 5 p.m. ET, through Oct. 10, fans can tune into The Barbra Streisand Channel on Sirius channel 69, XM channel 73 and…

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