1. Kacey Musgraves, Keith Urban, Eric Church Debut New Music at UMG Nashville's Country Radio Seminar Showcase

    February 26, 2015 6:18 PM EST What's country music going to sound like for the rest of 2015? Universal Music Nashville's sixth annual showcase at the Country Radio Seminar, held Feb. 26 at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium, gave a pretty convincing indication that the genre could be moving away from "bro…

  2. Lauryn Hill Performs Two Shows at NYC Blue Note: Live Review

    February 26, 2015 5:59 PM EST Lauryn Hill entranced at Wednesday's back-to-back shows at New York City's Blue Note and unknowingly silenced doubts about her vocal prowess. With a six-person band alongside her, Ms. Hill took the stage, sitting comfortably on a vintage two-person couch with her acoustic guitar,…

  3. The Llamas-on-the-Loose Playlist You've Been Waiting For

    February 26, 2015 5:34 PM EST All movies need a soundtrack. And according to our Twitter feed, it seemed the most-watched movie today was a livestream of two llamas rampaging through the streets of Phoenix. They galloped across streets and sidewalks, darted through traffic, dodged dozens of Phoenix sheriffs for what…

  4. Live Nation Releases 2014 Earnings: Losses Deepen as Revenue Ticks Up

    February 26, 2015 5:23 PM EST Acquisitions and steady demand for live music pushed up Live Nation's revenue, but the promotion and ticketing giant saw its bottom line fall in 2014. Live Nation's net loss to shareholders more than doubled to $186.5 million from $82 million in 2013, as revenue grew 6 percent to $6…

  5. Kanye West Talks 'Hottest Rapper' Drake, Paul McCartney & Grammys in Tearful BBC Interview

    February 26, 2015 4:46 PM EST Kanye West continued his recent publicity blitz by sitting down for an interview Thursday (Feb. 26) with BBC's Zane Lowe. Kanye's interview game is on point right now: honest, passionate, eminently quotable and simultaneously self-confident and self-critical. Who else could refer to…

  6. IFPI CEO Frances Moore Talks Global Release Day: 'People Have to Accept Change'

    February 26, 2015 4:04 PM EST "You're not going to please all the people all the time," says IFPI CEO Frances Moore on the subject of instilling a global release day for new music. "But we hope that eventually everybody will look back and realise that this was a good move and that the consumer is…

  7. Must-Hear Music Podcast: Kim Gordon Talks About Her Memoir, NYC in 2015 & More

    February 26, 2015 2:45 PM EST After decades as one of rock's preeminent experimenters and badasses, Kim Gordon released her memoir, Girl In a Band , this week. We ( myself and Tye Comer ) were beyond honored that the rock icon sat down with us for an interview about her book on this week's Must-Hear Music (or in…

  8. 'Empire' Recap, Episode 8: 'The Lyon's Roar'

    February 26, 2015 2:38 PM EST There couldn't have been a more fitting title for the eighth episode of Empire than "The Lyon's Roar." The latest episode of the Fox show revealed a lot about each character and gave most a fresh start. If viewers were wondering whether to stick through the first season,…

  9. Exclusive: Life In Film Premieres 'It's What Happens Next That Matters Most'

    February 26, 2015 2:00 PM EST After a few EPs, U.K. indie rockers Life In Film are gearing up to release their debut album, Here It Comes, produced by Stephen Street ( Blur , The Smiths). Ahead of its May 5 release, Billboard has the exclusive premiere of "It's What Happens Next That Matters Most," one of…

  10. Drake Tops Billboard Artist 100, Imagine Dragons Fire Up to No. 2

    February 26, 2015 1:58 PM EST Drizzy's No. 1 for a second week, while Imagine Dragons roar 22-2 thanks to the start of their album 'Smoke + Mirrors.' Drake is the top artist in the U.S. for a second week, as he holds atop the Billboard Artist 100 chart. The rap titan fends off alt-rockers Imagine Dragons,…

  11. 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…

  12. Guest Post: Here's a Plan to Achieve Equal and Transparent Streaming for All

    February 26, 2015 12:38 PM EST Legal streaming is something I had been awaiting for years as a music fan. It took our industry over a decade to finally release platforms that are seamless for consumer use as opposed to suing fans in the Napster era. As I'm all about things that make sense, as a fan, I couldn't…

  13. 'Empire' Ratings Hit New High As Season Finale Approaches

    February 26, 2015 12:08 PM EST With only three more weeks left to its freshman season, Empire is still growing. For the seventh week in a row, the Fox drama clocked another series high -- rising to a 5.3 rating among adults 18-49. That's technically even with last week's final score, but two-tenths of an…

  14. 'Empire' Star Jussie Smollett Breaks Down Jamal's Coming Out

    February 26, 2015 12:00 PM EST [Warning: This story contains spoilers from the eighth episode of  Empire's  first season, "The Lyon's Roar."] Jamal Lyon ( Jussie Smollett ), the middle son of hip-hop mogul Lucious ( Terrence Howard ) on  Lee Daniels  and  Danny Strong 's  Empire,  is now an out and…

  15. Taryn Manning Says She's Up for 'Crossroads 2'

    February 26, 2015 11:58 AM EST Are fans going to finally get another road trip? Taryn Manning told E! News that she'd be totally down for Crossroads 2 . Crossroads , of course, is the wonderful 2002 road trip comedy starring one Ms. Britney Spears . Spears, Manning and Zoe Saldana starred in the film, which -- fun…

  16. Happy Birthday, CL: 5 Memorable Performances From the K-Pop Superstar

    February 26, 2015 11:50 AM EST Happy Birthday, CL ! The K-pop superstar is 24 today, moving into what might be her most exciting year of life yet. After nearly six years as the leader to Korean phenoms  2NE1 , CL has established herself as an important front-runner in K-pop's international expansion; breaking records…

  17. Billy Corgan Declares War on Pop Music, Compares It to Pornography

    February 26, 2015 11:00 AM EST Billy Corgan -- definitely not on the #poptimism bandwagon. Smashing Pumpkins are playing Australia this weekend, so Billy Corgan stopped by a local morning show, where he was in the mood to drop some good sound bites. The Morning Show hosts Larry Emdur and Kylie Gillies prodded him about…

  18. Seven Things to Know About the Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams & Marvin Gaye 'Blurred Lines' Trial

    February 26, 2015 9:00 AM EST Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams & Marvin Gaye's 'Blurred Lines' Trial: Seven Things to Know With the "Blurred Lines" trial underway in Los Angeles this week, songwriters Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams are defending their 2013 smash song against claims it was…

  19. 'American Idol' Recap: Top 12 Guys Sing for America's Vote

    February 26, 2015 1:54 AM EST It's the guys' turn to sing for America's vote tonight on American Idol. So much more has to go into the contestants' choices now that they're performing live and not just for the deliberations of judges Jennifer Lopez , Keith Urban , and Harry Connick Jr . Everything…

  20. 'Blurred Lines' Trial: Robin Thicke Performs Piano Medley in Court

    February 25, 2015 8:48 PM EST The artist testified -- including musically -- on the second day of the trial, with Pharrell & several members of Marvin Gaye's family present in court. The "Blurred Lines" trial on Wednesday (Feb. 25) included a bit of unusual testimony: a short piano medley performed by…

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