1. Katy Perry 'Witchcraft,' Kendrick Lamar Sampling Spark New Copyright Lawsuits

    July 02, 2014 5:50 PM EDT Katy Perry and Kendrick Lamar are both facing new lawsuits claiming they've misappropriated songs in hit releases. The copyright action targeting Perry in Michigan federal court is the one that's most entertaining. It comes from Christian rapper Flame(bornMarcus Grey) and his…

  2. Jim Lauderdale Talks New Album 'I'm a Song' and Country Music: 'It's Constantly Evolving'

    July 01, 2014 3:13 PM EDT Once Jim Lauderdale started to record his latest album, "I’m A Song," he says it was hard to stop. The disc, released today (July 1), features twenty songs – more than he originally planned on. “I started it off two years ago. I went into the studio while a young man was doing a…

  3. The Beatles Get Back to Where They Once Belonged with Mono Vinyl Releases

    June 17, 2014 12:35 AM EDT Many purists will tell you mono is the only way to hear The Beatles' music the way it was meant to be by the band.  It’s how most listeners first heard the group back in the ‘60s, when mono was the predominant audio format. Up until 1968, each Beatles album was given a unique mono and…

  4. Tom Petty's New Album 'Hypnotic Eye,' Now Available for Pre-Order

    June 10, 2014 8:55 PM EDT Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' upcoming new Reprise Records album, "Hypnotic Eye", is now available for pre-order at itTunes and www.TomPetty.com . All those who pre-order the album in any format from either of these outlets or are a member of the band's Highway…

  5. Nicki Minaj's 'Pills N Potions' Pushes Big Social 50 Chart Gain

    May 29, 2014 4:51 PM EDT Nicki Minaj continues her rise up the Social 50 chart, moving 5-2 after releasing a new single, “Pills N Potions,” on May 21. It matches her peak on the tally, registered on the Feb. 25, 2012 list, after she performed with Madonna on that year's Super Bowl. The Social 50 incorporates the…

  6. Doors Survivors Still Working on Ray Manzarek Tribute: 'We Don't Want It to Be Half-Assed'

    May 29, 2014 9:33 AM EDT Robby Krieger talks long-in-the-works tribute to the late keyboardist, plus his upcoming visit to Bonnaroo to play in Skrillex's Superjam set Robby Krieger says he and John Densmore still plan to pay musical tribute to their late Doors bandmate Ray Manzarek, but logistics have proven to…

  7. One Direction Smoking Joint Before Show in Leaked Video: Watch

    May 27, 2014 8:29 PM EDT Video emerged Tuesday showing One Direction members Zayn Malik and Louis Tomlinson smoking a rolled up “joint”, as they joke about drug use.  In the video, obtained by the UK’s Daily Mail , Tomlinson shoots the video and narrates along in the back of a SUV as the pop stars drive…

  8. Wiz Khalifa Released From Jail, Takes 'Complete Control Over The Internet', Drops New Mixtape

    May 26, 2014 12:14 AM EDT After winding up in an El Paso jail Sunday morning, Wiz Khalifa made the best of the situation. In a matter of hours he turned the incident into a fan frenzy, promising to take “complete control over the Internet” on Twitter and dropping his hyped mixtape “28 Grams”. Khalifa made solid work…

  9. Wiz Khalifa Arrested for Marijuana Possession In Texas, Tweets Jail Selfie

    May 25, 2014 12:09 PM EDT Wiz Khalifa is eager to release his new mixtape, “28 Grams,” but there’s one thing holding the rapper back: he’s been arrested for marijuana possession in Texas. Wiz Khalifa Says 'Blacc Hollywood' Will 'Come Right After the Tour' (Video) On Sunday morning (May 25), Khalifa…

  10. Ex-Billboard Writer Undertakes Labor of Love for New Orleans' Gay Gospel Legend Raymond Myles

    May 21, 2014 9:53 PM EDT Back in 1982 on his first visit to New Orleans when Leo Sacks was a 25-year-old Billboard correspondent covering the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, he wrote about a vibrant performer and powerful gospel singer named Raymond Myles, who led a spirited choir called The RAMS (the…

  11. Wiz Khalifa Says 'Blacc Hollywood' Will 'Come Right After the Tour' (Video)

    May 19, 2014 12:46 PM EDT Wiz Khalifa and his wife, Amber Rose, walked the red carpet, hand-in-hand, at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards on Sunday (May 19). The couple stopped for a few minutes to talk to Billboard about Wiz's upcoming album, "Blacc Hollywood," and revealed that the album will come on or…

  12. Wiz Khalifa to Release New '28 Grams' Mixtape Before ‘Blacc Hollywood’ Album

    May 17, 2014 3:49 PM EDT Shortly after his Friday performance at the Hangout Music Festival in Gulf Shores, Ala., Wiz Khalifa revealed that he’ll soon be releasing a new mixtape. The rapper told MTV News on May 16 that the mixtape, titled “28 Grams,” is “gonna drop fast. You should go home.” No specific release date…

  13. Jack White’s 'Lazaretto' Vinyl: Dual Grooves, Hidden Tracks & More: Watch

    May 06, 2014 4:51 PM EDT Check out the long list of unique features for White's new solo LP release Jack White’s Nashvile-based Third Man Records has been consistently innovative over the past five years in its analog releases, bringing to life many ideas that were new to the century-old vinyl format. Still, it…

  14. Tony Awards: 5 Fun Facts and Fascinating Stats About the Nominations

    April 29, 2014 5:15 PM EDT The nominations for the 68th annual Tony Awards were announced on Tuesday morning, and  The Hollywood Reporter 's awards analyst dug through the Tony record books to see how this year's nominees stack up against the nominees of yesteryear. The results are fascinating. Idina Menzel,…

  15. Chief Keef’s Cousin, Rapper Big Glo, Fatally Shot

    April 10, 2014 3:28 PM EDT A Chicago rapper who recently signed to a major record label and was a cousin of Chief Keef was shot to death Wednesday night in the Englewood section of Chicago. Mario Hess — who went by Big Glo at the time of his death and Blood Money before being signed — was the oldest member of the Glory…

  16. The 10 Most Controversial Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Moments

    April 09, 2014 7:00 PM EDT With its lack of transparent voting and occasionally odd subjective induction criteria, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has seen its fair share of controversy in its 31 years of existence. This year's class features a good amount of drama, with Kiss and Nirvana bristling over the…

  17. Flaming Lips Craft Companion Album to Pink Floyd's 'Dark Side of the Moon': Listen

    March 31, 2014 6:56 PM EDT The Flaming Lips have provided the world with another trippy activity to perform while listening to Pink Floyd's "The Dark Side of the Moon." Oklahoma's greatest rock band have just shared a 43-minute opus titled "The Flaming Side of the Moon," which is meant to…

  18. Alan Parsons Project Finally Release 'Kiss-Off' Album 'The Sicilian Defence': Premiere

    March 27, 2014 12:23 PM EDT "It was an album made under pressure," Parsons says of "Defence" -- which was recorded and shelved over 30 years ago. Listen to two of the sparse instrumentals here first Back in 1981, the Alan Parsons Project and Arista Records were locked in tense contract negotiations…

  19. Record Store Day Unveils 2014 Releases: David Bowie, Jay Z, Coldplay, Haim + More

    March 20, 2014 3:56 PM EDT Record Store Day has just announced a complete list of its 2014 exclusive releases (below) for its seventh annual celebration on April 19. The list of exclusive vinyl, which includes everything from a 7" David Bowie picture disc, a 12" of Sam Cooke's "Ain't That Good…

  20. Led Zeppelin Reissuing First Three Albums, Adding Unreleased, Live Tracks

    March 14, 2014 8:03 PM EDT Led Zeppelin is ready to revisit its old catalog… and then some. The group will reissue its first three albums as deluxe editions, including previously unreleased tracks, according to Rolling Stone . As part of its self-described “extensive reissue program” of all nine of its studio albums,…

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