1. Bobby Shmurda Pleads Not Guilty to All Charges

    January 29, 2015 8:03 PM EST Bobby Shmurda and fellow Epic Records-signed rapper Rowdy Rebel , along with 13 members of their GS9 crew, Thursday all pleaded not guilty on 69 charges ranging from narcotics sales to murder.  Bobby Shmurda Pleads Not Guilty to Gun, Drug Charges Police arrested Shmurda (real name:…

  2. Marvel's Editor-in-Chief Talks Pete Rock and Run The Jewels, 'Preacher' and 'Ant-Man'

    January 29, 2015 2:14 PM EST Earlier this month, around the same time that Run The Jewels were preparing for an appearance on Conan , Axel Alonso , the Editor-in-Chief of Marvel Comics, was making public a variant cover of two books -- the soon-to-be-relaunched Howard The Duck and an issue of Deadpool -- both featuring…

  3. Keith Urban on the 'Strategic Journey' of 'American Idol,' Remembering David Vs. David

    January 28, 2015 11:08 PM EST Keith Urban made his Billboard chart debut in August 1999. Since then, he has placed 37 titles on the Hot Country Songs chart, with 32 of them reaching the top 10 and 15 going all the way to No. 1. He has also taken four of his albums to the top, including his most recent release, Fuse .…

  4. Top 5 K-Pop Artists to Watch in 2015

    January 28, 2015 8:00 PM EST In the ultra-competitive K-pop world, it's extremely tough for a new act to place themselves among the top stars. While these five artists have not yet broken into the market's mainstream consciousness, based on fan anticipations, past chart performance, YouTube views and industry…

  5. NYC Dancehall Star Kranium Signs Multiple Album Deal With Atlantic Records

    January 28, 2015 12:22 PM EST "I am really excited to be back in the reggae business," Atlantic president Craig Kallman tells Billboard. With the release of his sly, sultry single "Nobody Has to Know" upcoming Queens New York based sing-jay Kranium moved from anonymity onto international dancehall…

  6. Gimme Five: Chromeo Name Their Favorite Music Venues

    January 26, 2015 1:00 PM EST Watch the electronic duo perform at their U.S. concert spots in the latest edition of our Gimme Five series. On Saturday afternoon (Jan. 26), Chromeo took the stage at the Winter X Games in Aspen and proceeded to crank out a predictably tight set of slick jams while some of the world's…

  7. Alan Menken Joins Creative Team for Broadway-Bound Roy Rogers Musical

    January 25, 2015 11:38 PM EST A top-tier creative team is saddling up for the new bio-musical Happy Trails: The Extraordinary Life and Times of Roy Rogers and Dale Evans in Song & Story , based on one of vintage Hollywood's most iconic couples and a unique part of American pop-culture history. Eight-time Oscar…

  8. Tangerine Dream Founder Edgar Froese Dead at 70

    January 23, 2015 4:45 PM EST Pioneering electronic musician Edgar Froese died Tuesday, according to the remaining members of Tangerine Dream , the immensely influential German band he founded in 1967. "This is a message to you we are very sorry for," the band wrote on its Facebook page . "On January 20th…

  9. How Much Did Apple Execs Make in 2014? A Lot

    January 23, 2015 11:32 AM EST From Burberry to Al Gore, the view from the top of the Apple is quite nice. In a development that should surprise no one ever, upper-tier Apple executives are extremely well-compensated individuals, this according to a  recent SEC filing  that lays out just how much cheddar the top six…

  10. Nick Jonas Signs Global Publishing Deal With UMPG

    January 23, 2015 9:30 AM EST Nick Jonas signed a global publishing deal with Universal Music Publishing Group this week, the company's chairman and CEO Jody Gerson has announced.  "I'm so thrilled to be a part of the Universal family, I'm looking forward to being a part of this amazing year to come,…

  11. Busta Rhymes Thanks 'Every Single Fan' in an Open Letter

    January 22, 2015 1:35 PM EST Some people are depressed about the state of modern hip-hop, but Busta Rhymes isn't one of them. In an enthusiastic handwritten open letter, the rapper thanked "every single DJ from the clubs to the radio, every radio station, program director, every radio personality, every…

  12. Diplo Talks Taylor Swift in 'GQ,' Quote Disappears Almost Immediately

    January 22, 2015 12:30 PM EST "So take a look what you've done / 'cause baby now we've got bad blood." GQ put together a list of people who were involved with something music-related from 2014 that the magazine feels will be around for a long time. Diplo is part of the list, but the quote GQ…

  13. The NAMM Show: 7 Must-See Events From Moby to Skynyrd to Peavey's 50th Bash

    January 22, 2015 9:12 AM EST The 113th edition of The NAMM SHOW, the annual music products confab staged by the National Assn. of Music Merchants in Anaheim, Calif. Jan. 22-25, will bring together techno star Moby , Lynyrd Skynyrd , George Clinton , Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and gearheads galore. The trade show…

  14. New Kids on the Block's Jonathan Knight Competing on 'Amazing Race'

    January 20, 2015 5:04 PM EST On Tuesday (Jan. 20), CBS announced the 11 teams that will compete on the next season of The Amazing Race -- including a New Kid on the Block . As previously revealed, the 26th season of the reality competition will feature 11 new teams of "dating duos," but with a twist: Six…

  15. Looking at Top 40 Radio's Decade of Change, Through the Lens of Kelly Clarkson's Career

    January 20, 2015 10:51 AM EST It was Thursday, Nov. 4, 2004. Mainstream top 40 radio was a mix of hip-hop, "extreme" alternative crossovers and, for pop balance, teen punk. WHTZ (Z100) New York, which had just launched an urban sister station, WWPR (Power 105), was trying to make its way back to the mainstream…

  16. Mick Jagger Founds Scholarship to Honor Late Girlfriend L'Wren Scott

    January 18, 2015 8:15 PM EST Mick Jagger has found a fitting way to honor his late girlfriend, the designer L'Wren Scott: he has established a scholarship for fashion students in her name. The Rolling Stones frontman's grant will be given to one masters student annually (through the 2017 school term) at the…

  17. Lifetime's 'Whitney': TV Review

    January 18, 2015 11:33 AM EST A luminous Yaya DaCosta embodies Whitney Houston's talent and tragedy The biggest decision facing any biographical film is how much of the subject's life to include. Will childhood be broached, or will there be flashbacks? Will it sweep across time, lingering only on late tragedy?…

  18. Lifetime's 'Whitney': What the Critics Are Saying

    January 18, 2015 11:05 AM EST Lifetime's Whitney Houston biopic aired Saturday night (Jan. 17), with Yaya DeCosta portraying the iconic songstress and Arlen Escapeta playing her husband, R&B star Bobby Brown . Whitney Houston's Estate Releases Statement Ahead of Lifetime Biopic The controversial telepic --…

  19. 10 Things to Know About Trey Anastasio

    January 16, 2015 9:45 AM EST The Phish frontman will play with the Grateful Dead at Chicago's Soldier Field in July. What kind of credentials does one need to handle Jerry Garcia 's guitar parts and vocals with the original "Core Fore" members of the Grateful Dead ? As today's news of the three…

  20. Lupe Fiasco Talks New Album, Defending Iggy Azalea & Quitting Twitter: 'I Don't Want To Be Relevant'

    January 15, 2015 6:45 PM EST "I don't want to be relevant today. I don't want to be the go-to guy for the club song or to speak on all the dumb shit that's going around." Lupe Fiasco thinks his fifth studio album, Tetsuo & Youth (Jan. 20), represents the end of an era. In addition to…

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