1. Round Hill Buys Howie Day Catalog in Auction

    August 18, 2014 2:05 PM EDT Round Hill Music has won an auction to buy the publishing catalog of Howie Day , as well as the royalty income stream from master recordings of his work, including the hit song "Collide." According to sources, the Day publishing catalog generates a net publisher's share of…

  2. BET Orders Reality Series Starring Nelly, Keyshia Cole and Mann Family

    August 12, 2014 3:44 AM EDT BET is bulking up its unscripted programming. The Viacom-owned cable network has handed out series orders to docuseries starring rapper Nelly , a new entry with Keyshia Cole and one featuring Meet the Browns stars David and Tamela Mann . The untitled Cole project, picked up for six half-hour…

  3. Tom Petty on the 'Good Thing About Getting Old': 'You Know What's Worth Spending Time on and What's Not'

    July 21, 2014 10:00 AM EDT At home in Malibu with Tom Petty, as the eternal SoCal rocker, now on his 13th album with the Heartbreakers, sounds off on the one percent, the Catholic church and the corruption of power. The seaside community of Malibu is a retreat for wealthy hedonists for good reason — there’s rolling…

  4. Simon Cowell's Lucky Streak Rolls On

    July 13, 2014 11:37 PM EDT Life is good these days for Simon Cowell. "America's Got Talent," which he created and produces, reigns as summer's top-rated program and was renewed Sunday for a 10th season by NBC. It's part of a "Got Talent" franchise seen in 62 countries which, according…

  5. 'Rising Star': 'It's 'Hunger Games' Meets the Coliseum in Rome' (Cover Story)

    June 20, 2014 8:00 AM EDT With ratings for reality-based performance shows on the decline, how can ABC's Rising Star hope to succeed? The answer may be in its eclectic and unpredictable band of on-air talent — Ludacris, Kesha, Josh Groban and Brad Paisley — and a new format. In 2012, Avi Nir had a problem. A…

  6. Ray Davies, Donovan, Gamble & Huff Honored at Songwriters Hall of Fame

    June 13, 2014 1:57 PM EDT The Songwriters Hall of Fame is the Grammys of the publishing industry, the place where legendary songwriters and executives are honored and the titans of the industry mingle. Hey, there's Marty Bandier! Paul Williams! Willard Adritz! Ed Christman! And wow that guy looks just like ……

  7. How to Do the Montauk Music Scene, Where Willie Nelson, Courtney Love and More Rock

    May 20, 2014 3:05 PM EDT From Sky Ferriera to 'SNL'-style karaoke, what's new and noteworthy on the laid-back tip of Long Island. From local concerts at Gosman's Dock to big-name headliners at the Surf Lodge, the scene in Montauk has made the formerly sleepy fishing village practically synonymous…

  8. Inside the Topanga Canyon Studio of Jacknife Lee, Producer for U2, Taylor Swift & 'Divergent'

    March 28, 2014 3:15 PM EDT The words "Abandon Taste" glow on a neon sign in the main room of Jacknife Lee's Topanga Canyon recording studio, part of a three-structure compound that also includes his home -- and a yurt. It's an ironic statement, considering Lee, real name Garret Lee, is the acclaimed…

  9. It's Megaclub Mania in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

    March 27, 2014 1:30 PM EDT Expansive dancing and DJs are erupting all over Brooklyn's hot nabe -- albeit with an egalitarian ethos The burgeoning Williamsburg nightclub scene just got more crowded. The trendy Brooklyn neighborhood's Wythe Avenue, previously known for stereotypical hipster bars, is looking a…

  10. 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…

  11. Kanye West's 'The College Dropout': An Oral History

    February 05, 2014 8:55 AM EST In celebration of its upcoming 10-year anniversary, 26 collaborators share their stories behind the making of Kanye West's debut album. "The College Dropout" is the story of and for the underdog, the underachiever. It still is, 10 years after its release (February…

  12. On 'Hava Nagila'

    December 01, 2013 10:05 AM EST The power of music can last a lifetime I don't think music was a major part of most of her life, but in her later years, it revealed its power to connect her to those she loved, and, in turn, us to her. And, throughout, music still weaved its way into meaningful moments. Not that life…

  13. Does One Direction's 'Midnight Memories' Follow The Boy Band Third-Album Trend?

    November 27, 2013 2:38 PM EST Revisiting the changes in sound and creative input on the third efforts by NKOTB, BSB, N' Sync & more. This week, British heartthrobs One Direction -- the most successful boy band in a decade by just about any standard -- release their third studio album, "Midnight Memories.…

  14. South By Southwest Reveals First List of Bands for 2014: Los Lonely Boys, Urge Overkill and a Wilco Side Project in the Mix

    October 16, 2013 3:00 PM EDT Acts playing the 2014 edition of South By Southwest have begun to trickle out, with a first band list announced today (Oct. 16). The extensive list, the first of many prior to the March festival, includes a number of musicians and bands, with an established slant toward breaking and under…

  15. Bruno Mars To Play Super Bowl XLVIII Halftime Show: It's Official

    September 08, 2013 1:13 PM EDT It's official: Bruno Mars will play the Pepsi Super Bowl XLVIII Halftime Show on Feb. 2, 2014. Reports of the "Locked Out Of Heaven" singer's booking started circulating when the Los Angeles Times broke the news Friday, and were confirmed throughout the weekend.…

  16. Backstreet Boys, 'Breathe': Exclusive Song Premiere

    July 24, 2013 11:59 AM EDT BSB's Howie Dorough details the new track's creation and discusses the veteran boy band's future. On July 30, Backstreet Boys will return with their eighth studio album, "In a World Like This," which doubles as their first album as a quintet since 2005'…

  17. Simon Cowell Confident in ‘Good Chemistry’ Ahead of New 'America's Got Talent’ Season

    June 03, 2013 2:52 AM EDT So what's new on TV? The new season of "America's Got Talent" starts Tuesday at 9 p.m. EDT. New judges include former Spice Girl Mel B. and supermodel/personality Heidi Klum, who are joining forces with Howie Mandel and Howard Stern. New York's Radio City Music Hall…

  18. Elvis Costello and The Roots to Release 'Wise Up Ghost' in September

    May 29, 2013 11:10 AM EDT Elvis Costello and The Roots will release their album, "Wise Up Ghost," on Sept. 7 via Blue Note Records, it was revealed today. The album was recorded at Feliz Habitat Studios and at Costello's Hookery Crookery Studios, and produced by Steven Mandel with Costello and The…

  19. The Roots & Elvis Costello Team Up for Album in 2013

    January 22, 2013 3:00 PM EST "It was really love at first sight," Questlove says of the project, to be followed by another Roots record "& Then You Shoot Your Cousin" Since becoming the house band on NBC's "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" in 2009, the Roots have backed everyone from…

  20. The Roots & Elvis Costello Team Up for Album in 2013

    January 22, 2013 3:00 AM EST "It was really love at first sight," Questlove says of the project, to be followed by another Roots record "& Then You Shoot Your Cousin" Since becoming the house band on NBC's "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" in 2009, the Roots have backed everyone…

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