1. 'All About That Bass' Songwriter Inks Deal With Sony/ATV Music

    October 23, 2014 11:35 AM EDT Grammy-nominated songwriter  Kevin Kadish , who co-wrote and produced Meghan Trainor 's "All About That Bass," has signed an exclusive worldwide administration deal with Sony/ATV Music Publishing, the company announced on Thursday. The long-term pact includes "Bass,"…

  2. Revisionist History, Part 2: Jimi Hendrix Beats the Beatles! Year-End Hits of Yesterday, Re-Analyzed

    October 23, 2014 11:07 AM EDT Since 1958, when Billboard's Hot 100 began tracking the hits every week, any song that's earned year-end No. 1 was surely built to last, right? Not necessarily. To test that theory, we’ve done a "do-over" for year-end charts prior to 2004, when digital downloads became…

  3. Jack White to Speak at Yale University Panel

    October 23, 2014 10:13 AM EDT Next up… Patrick Carney speaks at Dartmouth? Jack White is indulging his audiophile/music historian side with an appearance at an upcoming panel at Yale University about the early 20th century jazz and blues label Paramount Records. The panel, titled “ Exploring the Rise and Fall of…

  4. Demi Lovato Defends Taylor Swift: 'Don't F--- With Me'

    October 23, 2014 10:10 AM EDT Taylor Swift has been taking some heat lately: Several critics didn't care for "Welcome to New York," and the singer had to defend her songwriting process -- which sometimes draws on experiences from relationships -- during an interview in Australia. Demi Lovato came to a…

  5. Jessie Ware, 'Tough Love': Track-by-Track Review

    October 23, 2014 10:10 AM EDT Jessie Ware is likely still riding high from exchanging nuptials over the summer. Considering her 2012 debut album Devotion was a chapter-by-chapter chronicle on matters of her heart -- pitfalls and all -- one might make the assumption that now that she's a Mrs. her new release, Tough…

  6. Microsoft Nixes Free Version of Xbox Music Pass

    October 23, 2014 9:45 AM EDT Microsoft has announced plans to shut down the free version of its music streaming service Xbox Music Pass in December. The ad-supported free version, which is essentially Microsoft's attempt to compete with Spotify, will be retired so that Xbox Music can "deliver the ultimate…

  7. Toronto Fashion Week Includes Paper Dolls of Drake

    October 23, 2014 9:42 AM EDT In honor of Toronto Fashion Week, CBC Radio designed a paper doll version of Drake . This one can go on the shelf next to your Drake lint-roller. Print out your very own doll here . Tyga: I Don't Really Get Along With Drake or Nicki Minaj Doll owners can choose to dress Drake in a…

  8. Kill the Noise & Feed Me Share ‘Far Away’ Collab: Exclusive Listen

    October 23, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Kill the Noise and Feed Me know how to press each other’s buttons. They should do; the electronic music producers have been making tunes together for close to a decade.  Kill the Noise (aka Jake Stanczak) and Feed Me (aka Jon Gooch) have written under various guises and labels, and “we…

  9. Publishing Briefs: Sony/ATV Promotions, Rich Conlon's New Firm, Mike & Keys Join Atlas

    October 23, 2014 8:47 AM EDT Billboard's Ed Christman rounds-up all the big news happening in the music publishing world. -- Sony/ATV Music Publishing has promoted Rich Christina to the role of senior VP, head of East Coast A&R, based in the company’s New York office. He will report to Sony/ATV U.S. co…

  10. Watch a Croatian Cello Duo Nail Iron Maiden's 'The Trooper'

    October 23, 2014 8:32 AM EDT YouTube's latest unexpected, and unexpectedly amazing, amateur tribute to a classic song … isn't exactly amateur. It comes from 2Cellos , a Croatian duo that knows how to absolutely shred (and gallop, and solo) on their beautiful classical instruments.   So they made an Iron…

  11. Wilko Johnson Says He’s ‘Cured’ of Cancer

    October 23, 2014 12:30 AM EDT Wilko Johnson , an alumnus of Dr. Feelgood and Ian Dury's Blockheads , has announced he’s “cured” of terminal pancreatic cancer.  The British guitar hero had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in late 2012 and was given 10 months to live after deciding to reject chemotherapy. But…

  12. Neil Diamond on His Walk Down 'Melody Road': 'I Was...Under the Spell Of Love'

    October 22, 2014 11:33 PM EDT Neil Diamond wrote and recorded his first studio album of new material in six years floating in the heady glow of new love. The 73-year-old entertainer, who married for the third time in 2012, says happiness with his new bride fueled his work on "Melody Road," out Tuesday. Neil…

  13. Director of Met Opera's 'Death of Klinghoffer' on Protests: 'It Invites an Audience to Think'

    October 22, 2014 11:09 PM EDT When director Peter Sellars and composer John Adams’ The Death of Klinghoffer had its initial runs in Brussels and New York in 1991, it caused a sensation and a furor. The subject matter, still fresh in the public consciousness, was the 1985 hijacking of the Italian cruise ship Achille…

  14. George Harrison's Childhood Home Fetches $250,000 at Auction

    October 22, 2014 7:17 PM EDT Winning bid came from Beatles fan who lost out on John Lennon's house last year George Harrison 's childhood home in Liverpool has sold for just over $250,000 at an auction held at the legendary Cavern Club in the English city.  The Liverpool Echo reported that Harrison's…

  15. Tyga: I Don't Really Get Along With Drake or Nicki Minaj

    October 22, 2014 5:40 PM EDT Tyga isn't biting his tongue. The rapper opened up about his relationship with fellow Young Money artists, Drake and Nicki Minaj  in a recent interview with Vibe , saying: "I don't really get along with Drake. I don't really get along with Nicki . " "I…

  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. Burger Records Launches Publishing Company With Mothership Music

    October 22, 2014 3:26 PM EDT Garage-punk/psych-rock/skuzz-funk label Burger Records has launched a publishing company with Mothership Music, which will administer and provide all backroom services for Burger Music Publishing. "When we started in the music business, we knew absolutely nothing about ownership,…

  18. Exclusive Video: 'Voice' Alum Tony Lucca Premieres Acoustic Video for His Song 'Delilah'

    October 22, 2014 2:51 PM EDT Tony Lucca has moved easily between music and acting throughout his life. He got his first break on The Mickey Mouse Club alongside fellow future pop stars Christina Aguilera , Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake  and not long after that show ended, Lucca started a musical career. It'…

  19. Rita Ora, 'Grateful': Exclusive Song Premiere from the 'Beyond The Lights' Soundtrack

    October 22, 2014 2:39 PM EDT The soundtrack to the 2014 romantic drama, Beyond the Lights , is laced with star-studded features, including Rita Ora , Mavado (featuring Nicki Minaj ), Machine Gun Kelly (who portrays "Kid Culprit" in the film), Yuna and more. The mighty new single off the soundtrack, "…

  20. Jimmy Iovine Talks Birth of Beats, 'Cool' Steve Jobs and Music's 'Sterile' Distribution Systems at Revolt Conference

    October 22, 2014 2:07 PM EDT Jimmy Iovine used his acceptance speech for a special award at Sean Combs ' inaugural Revolt Music Conference this week to talk about Beats, Apple and the changing landscape of the music business, or as he prefers, the business of music. Iovine, the former chairman of Interscope and co…

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