1. Rapper Big Paybacc Killed At McDonald's

    November 07, 2014 4:37 PM EST Rapper Big Paybacc was reportedly shot and killed on Thursday, Nov. 7 in Palmdale, Calif. while eating at local McDonald’s. According to TMZ , the late 38-year old rapper, born Habeeb Ameer Zekajj, was eating lunch at McDonald’s at 12:30 pm when the  suspect walked in and shot him once.…

  2. Malina Moye on Her Explosive Bootsy Collins Collaboration 'K-yotic' & Hard Road to Success

    November 07, 2014 3:14 PM EST She’s been hailed as “the female Jimi Hendrix”, and if Malina Moye has her way, she’ll usher in a revival of funk, rock, and R&B into mainstream music. Moye’s vibrant performances and unorthodox playing style (she plays left-handed and strums upside down ) have attracted significant…

  3. Aretha Franklin Talks Beyonce, Alicia Keys and Jennifer Hudson: ‘I Hear My Influence’

    November 07, 2014 2:00 PM EST Even when she isn't recording, Aretha Franklin , 72, looms large in our culture. The recipient of the United States' highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and an 18-time Grammy Award winner as well as a Grammy Lifetime Achievement and Grammy Living Legend…

  4. Exclusive: Watch Waters' Challenging Video for 'I Feel Everything'

    November 07, 2014 10:40 AM EST Check out an exclusive premiere of alt rock band Waters ' new video. "I Feel Everything" is a track off the band's recent EP It All Might Be OK , which was released on Oct. 14 on Vagrant Records.   "The video was shot at the Pink Motel, which is on the outskirts of…

  5. Billboard Cover: Nicki Minaj on Her Sex Life, Love for Larry David and Girl Crush on Beyonce

    November 07, 2014 9:00 AM EST Nicki Minaj appears to be in full relaxation mode: The Los Angeles-based rapper, 31, sits cross-legged on a leather sofa inside the closet-sized green room at Hollywood's Siren Studios, having just wrapped a photo shoot that stretched past 3:30 a.m. She's wearing lavender…

  6. Dean James, U.K. Live Music Mogul, Launches Sixth, a Data-Driven Hive of Ambition

    November 06, 2014 4:39 PM EST In his former guise of co-founder and CEO of MAMA Group, Dean James ran the London-based live music, artist management and consumer services company from its inception in 2005 until his eventual exit in January this year to "focus on outside interests." During his nine years at…

  7. Grammy Awards Pre-Televised Ceremony Gets a New Name

    November 06, 2014 4:28 PM EST It's a war on hyphens as the Recording Academy announces a name change for its pre-televised event on music's biggest night. The Grammy Awards Pre-Telecast Ceremony , where the bulk of the day's statues are actually presented, is now officially the Grammy Awards Premiere…

  8. CMA Awards 2014: Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley Joke About Post-Partum Taylor Swift Disorder, Ebola, & More in Monologue

    November 05, 2014 8:53 PM EST Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley promised early on in the show that nothing was off limits, and they certainly held up their end of that statement, joking about Taylor Swift leaving country behind, Ebola, President Obama, Renée Zellweger, and even Underwood's pregnancy during the…

  9. Country-Pop Crossovers: Who Has Moved From Country to Pop and Vice Versa?

    November 05, 2014 2:34 PM EST The CMA Awards are tonight, featuring performances from country elite like Miranda Lambert and Kenny Chesney . But pop stars are also getting in on the fun: Meghan Trainor is joining Lambert, and Ariana Grande will sing with Little Big Town . These duets emphasize the decreasing distance…

  10. Exclusive: +1 Records Becomes Official Label Partner of Lyor Cohen's 300 Entertainment

    November 05, 2014 8:00 AM EST Entertainment has announced +1 Records has become an official label partner of the music company, meaning the independent label will now have access to the 300 marketing, licensing, A&R, radio and further infrastructure. +1 Records is the label arm of the company +1 founded by Jonny…

  11. Boyz II Men’s Nathan Morris Talks Not Writing Songs for Their New Album: ‘We Didn’t Want to Think Too Hard on It’

    November 04, 2014 6:04 PM EST Boyz II Men have been making music for more than two decades, but that hasn't made them complacent -- they're continually looking for new ways to reinvent their sound. Their residency in Las Vegas recently earned them the title of Musical Artist of the Year at the Casino…

  12. mun2 Becomes NBC Universo in Move to Rebrand

    November 04, 2014 3:51 PM EST The bilingual cable network will relaunch on Feb. 1 with mix of entertainment and sports offerings NBCUniversal's bilingual cable network mun2 is re-launching with new programming, a new logo and a name change: NBC Universo.  The rebrand, which officially launches on Feb. 1, includes a…

  13. CMA Awards 2014 Predictions: Who Will Win?

    November 04, 2014 3:40 PM EST On Wednesday night, ABC will broadcast the 48th annual Country Music Association Awards from Nashville's Bridgestone Arena. For the seventh consecutive year, the broadcast will be hosted by Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley , and will feature performances from many of the biggest stars…

  14. Pepsi Debuts New Music Videos From Sebastian Mikael, Mayaeni For Artist Spotlight Program

    November 04, 2014 1:46 PM EST Pepsi has debuted the two latest installments of their Pepsi Pulse Artist Spotlight program -- two original music videos for rising artists Sebastian Mikael and Mayaeni . The installments, produced by Complex Media and debuted on Pepsi’s YouTube channel and at PepsiPulseArtistSpotlight.com …

  15. Michelle Williams Joins Gospel & YouTube Stars to Cover Clean Bandit's 'Rather Be'

    November 04, 2014 10:50 AM EST In the Internet age, unusual collaborations are increasingly common. But this one still raises eyebrows, as Gospel singers -- Michelle Williams and Deitrick Haddon -- and Youtube artists -- Tyler Ward and Fresh Big Mouf -- unite to cover "Rather Be," the hit by Clean Bandit and…

  16. Happy Birthday, 'Spiceworld': It's Time to Re-Watch Some Cheesy Spice Girls Music Videos

    November 04, 2014 9:00 AM EST Hai Si Ja, hold tight! It's time to spice up your life once again! Spiceworld  the album -- not the must-see movie -- dropped 17 years ago today, on Nov. 4, 1997. The sophomore effort by the Spice Girls debuted at No. 1 in the U.K., and premiered at No. 8 on the Billboard 200 albums…

  17. HARD Day of the Dead: 10 Standout Performances

    November 03, 2014 6:26 PM EST Over the weekend, some of the most talented emissaries from all corners of the dance-music world descended on Pomona, Calif., for HARD's annual Day of the Dead festival. Live Nation's HARD has made its name on curation, consistently showcasing credible talents while excavating and…

  18. Humberto 'El Gato' Rodriguez Returns to Miami Radio

    November 03, 2014 5:55 PM EST 'El Show del Gato' premiered Monday on pop station La Nueva I-95 FM. Radio DJ Humberto "El Gato" Rodriguez , long a mainstay in Miami's morning drive via his show on Mega 94.9 FM, has found a new home on SBS-owned WRMA (95.7 FM). Beginning Monday (Nov. 3), Rodriguez…

  19. Chart Highlights: Tove Lo's 'Habits' Hits No. 1 'High' on Pop Songs

    November 03, 2014 5:35 PM EST 'Habits (Stay High)' is the seventh Pop Songs leader by a rookie this year. Plus, Taylor Swift's 'Blank Space' debuts and Imagine Dragons fire back with 'I Bet My Life.' Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every…

  20. Former UMPG Head Zach Horowitz Reflects on His Latin Side, Accepts Latin Songwriter Hall Award

    November 03, 2014 4:19 PM EST Among all the honorees at the recent Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame gala was one who isn’t Latin at all. Zach Horowitz , who recently stepped down as chairman and CEO of Universal Music Publishing Group, was honored with the Ralph S. Peer Premio Editores ("Editors Award"). The…

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