1. New Zealand Musician's Political Satire Banned From Radio & iTunes

    September 25, 2014 6:16 PM EDT It's been suggested that pop songs aren't as political  as they used to be, and it seems like the New Zealand Electoral Commission would like to keep it that way -- at least when it comes to blues musician Darren Watson 's "Planet Key."  Released in August, the song…

  2. Tim McGraw's 'Sundown' Shines at No. 1 on Top Country Albums

    September 25, 2014 4:21 PM EDT Tim McGraw fortifies his No. 2 standing on the list of artists with the most Nielsen SoundScan-era No. 1s on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart, as he collects his 15th leader with Sundown Heaven Town . The new set arrives with 71,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. McGraw is…

  3. Chris Brown Bounds to Top of Billboard Artist 100

    September 25, 2014 2:09 PM EDT As their albums arrive, Brown narrowly rules the Artist 100 over runner-up Barbra Streisand. Chris Brown blasts 25-1 for his first week atop the Billboard Artist 100 , winning a close race over the iconic Barbra Streisand , who roars in at No. 2. Meanwhile, Tim McGraw rockets 70-10, with…

  4. Adult Swim's 'Squidbillies' Is Back: Hear Dwight Yoakam Sing the Theme Song

    September 25, 2014 1:25 PM EDT The show Squidbillies has returned for its eighth season, and several famous singers -- known for their work in different genres -- will cover the theme song. Check out a clip below where country-singer Dwight Yoakam tackles the track. Yoakam, whose first three albums all hit the No. 1 spot…

  5. Google a 'Platform for Piracy'? News Corp Gets an Earful in 'Dear Rupert' Letter

    September 25, 2014 1:01 PM EDT Rupert Murdoch 's News Corp and Google have repeatedly engaged in a war of words in recent years, and the Internet search giant opened the latest chapter in the showdown on Thursday. In a blog post entitled "Dear Rupert," one of its representatives responded to News Corp…

  6. Ed Sheeran Announces Australasia Arena Tour

    September 25, 2014 12:07 AM EDT Ed Sheeran will set a new touring standard when he returns to Australia and New Zealand next year. The British singer-songwriter has announced an eight-date trek that will see him become the first musician in 20 years to undertake a national headline arena tour completely solo; he'll…

  7. 'Peter Pan': See Christopher Walken as Captain Hook

    September 24, 2014 6:33 PM EDT What has NBC done to Christopher Walken 's Captain Hook ? 'Girls' Goes Neverland: What Allison Williams' 'Peter Pan' Will Look Like Peter Pan Live! executive producer Neil Meron posted a first-look photo of Walken on set as Captain Hook, and the Oscar winner…

  8. 8 Classic 'Boy Meets World' Music Moments

    September 24, 2014 11:30 AM EDT Feeling a nostalgia-y urge to learn an important life lesson today? Today is the 21st (!) anniversary of the premiere of  Boy Meets World,  the beloved sitcom that ran from 1993-2000 on ABC. While there's plenty of great moments on the show (like, um, everything Mr. Feeny ever said),…

  9. Barbra Streisand Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200, Chris Brown at No. 2

    September 24, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Tim McGraw, George Strait and Train all notch Top 5 debuts as well. As reported yesterday , Barbra Streisand earns her 10th No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart with the debut of Partners . The all-star collaborations set sold 196,000 copies in the week ending Sept. 21, according to…

  10. Paul Simon Performs 'Here Comes The Sun' for George Harrison Week on 'Conan'

    September 24, 2014 10:20 AM EDT As part of  George Harrison  Week on  Conan , Paul Simon  stopped by Tuesday night to perform one of Harrison's most enduring songs,  The Beatles  classic "Here Comes The Sun." Simon is no stranger to performing the hit. He's sung the Abbey Road classic at various…

  11. Idris Elba Taps Mumford & Sons, James Blake for Nelson Mandela-Inspired Album

    September 24, 2014 9:21 AM EDT Idris Elba has announced plans for a November release of mi Mandela, an album inspired by his experience playing late South African anti-Apartheid leader Nelson Mandela in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. ‎ Elba, also known as the star of Luther , said the release will include South African…

  12. Male Country Singers Search For Openings In a Crowded Field

    September 23, 2014 2:16 PM EDT Much has been written in the last year about the paucity of female voices on contemporary country radio. What's gone unspoken in that debate is the density it creates for the other gender. There are so many men in the field that establishing a unique brand is a major challenge. Nine of…

  13. Luke James Talks Self-Titled Album & Reminisces on 2013 Grammy Nomination

    September 23, 2014 1:30 PM EDT In 2013, Luke James ' "I Want You" was nominated for a Grammy in the Best R&B performance category. Every one of James' fellow nominees -- Usher , Miguel , Estelle , Robert Glasper and Ledisi -- had already released albums. On top of that, Usher and Estelle had…

  14. Bob Dylan Named MusiCares Person of the Year

    September 23, 2014 12:29 PM EDT Bob Dylan has been chosen as the 2015 MusiCares Person of the Year by the Recording Academy. The Grammy winner will be honored at the 25th annual benefit gala dinner and concert, set to be held Friday, Feb. 6, two days before the Grammy Awards. More MusiCares Sober Ozzy Osbourne Honored By…

  15. Watch Beck Cover George Harrison's 'Wah-Wah' on 'Conan'

    September 23, 2014 10:00 AM EDT It’s George Harrison Week on Conan and Beck kicked things off with a cover of the All Things Must Pass song “Wah-Wah.” Beck’s backing band is about as tight as the main man’s leather jacket, so we’re getting a skillfully faithful cover here. It doesn’t pack as much Wall of Sound punch as…

  16. Rita Ora to Replace Kylie Minogue as Coach on U.K.'s 'The Voice'

    September 23, 2014 5:16 AM EDT Rita Ora , who has worked with such brands as Adidas, is joining the BBC's U.K. version of singing competition The Voice as the fourth coach on the upcoming fourth season. Kylie Minogue this year had filled that spot, but was widely expected not to continue on the show and quit this…

  17. Chart Highlights: Meghan Trainor Tops Pop Songs With 'All About That Bass'

    September 22, 2014 5:15 PM EDT Her debut smash is the chart's record-tying fifth consecutive leader by a rookie act. Plus, new No. 1s for Iggy Azalea, Trey Songz, Tito 'El Bambino' & more. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top…

  18. Wu-Tang Clan & Lil’ Kim Reign in Brooklyn: Live Review

    September 22, 2014 4:00 PM EDT Nostalgia was the selling point at Brooklyn's Barclays Center on Sept. 19, when hip-hop magazine The Source held its inaugural SOURCE360 variety concert to commemorate its 25th anniversary. While relative newcomers Curren$y and Dom Kennedy opened the evening, it was the electric sets…

  19. Peter Chernin, AT&T to Buy Majority Stake in YouTube Network Fullscreen

    September 22, 2014 2:01 PM EDT Fullscreen CEO George Strompolos will continue to run the firm. Peter Chernin 's The Chernin Group and AT&T have finalized a deal to acquire a majority stake in YouTube network Fullscreen . The companies are handling the deal, which is expected to close in the next month, via their…

  20. The Script Beats Barbra Streisand To U.K. No. 1

    September 22, 2014 4:48 AM EDT Dublin pop-rock trio the Script have made it three U.K. No. 1s from four albums, after their new set No Sound Without Silence debuted at the top yesterday (Sept. 21). On the singles chart, British drum ‘n’ bass duo Sigma achieved their second No. 1 single with “Changing” (3 Beat/All Around…

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