1. Alan Jackson Announces 25th Anniversary Tour for 2015

    October 20, 2014 3:25 PM EDT Country legend Alan Jackson is starting a tour in January 2015, but it's not just another trip on the road for the seasoned veteran: it celebrates his 25th anniversary as a country singer. The tour begins Jan. 8 and continues through May 17. Alan Jackson's 'Bluegrass'…

  2. How Morrissey and Harvest Records Unraveled

    October 20, 2014 12:02 PM EDT When Capitol Music Group chairman/CEO Steve Barnett announced on Jan. 15 that Morrissey had signed with CMG's Harvest Records, he praised the artist for staying "consistently true to his artistic vision and ethical principles since he first exploded onto the scene in the 1980s.…

  3. Avicii, David Guetta & Flying Lotus Leap on Dance/Electronic Charts

    October 17, 2014 2:25 PM EDT Avicii accelerates into the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs top 10 with "The Days" (23-8). It's Avicii's fourth top 10, tying him with David Guetta for the second-most since the chart's Jan. 26, 2013, inception. (Calvin Harris and Zedd lead with five each.) Up by 475…

  4. 14 New Zealand Acts You Need to Know About

    October 17, 2014 5:17 AM EDT New Zealand has been punching well above its weight in recent years. Think Lorde . Think The Naked and the Famous , Broods , Gin Wigmore , Ladyhawke   and  Kimbra (oh, and don't forget   Flight of the Conchords ). If you figured that’s it, think again. With the nominations announced…

  5. 'Friends' Coming to Netflix: The 10 Best Musical Moments On The Show

    October 15, 2014 11:45 AM EDT This is not a drill -- After years of wishing and hoping,  Friends  in its entirety is  coming to Netflix  Jan. 1. RIP productivity!  Friends  originally premiered Sept. 22, 1994 (That's right: It's been 20 years!). Over the ten years the show was on the air -- and, of…

  6. Top Soil: Florida Georgia Line Leads Country Airplay Chart With 'Dirt'

    October 14, 2014 10:45 AM EDT Florida Georgia Line claims its fifth No. 1 on Billboard 's Nielsen BDS-based Country Airplay chart, as "Dirt" steps 2-1. Billboard Cover: Florida Georgia Line on Being ‘Professional Partiers,’ Haters and Hip-Hop The duo had last reached the summit with "Stay,"…

  7. Samsung and Google Play Team Up to Corner the Latin-American Streaming Market

    October 13, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Google Play has joined with Samsung in a bold move for the quickly growing Latin American music streaming market. Via a promotion launched in September, anyone who buys a new Samsung device (Galaxy S4, S5 and Galaxy Tab) in any of 17 countries gets a free six-month subscription to the…

  8. 35 Years Ago, Sugarhill Gang's 'Rapper's Delight' Made Its First Chart Appearance

    October 13, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Several years after hip-hop culture began to take shape at parties in the Bronx and Queens, Sugarhill Gang's "Rapper's Delight" was released via Sugar Hill Records on Sept. 16, 1979. Nearly one month after its release, the watershed single made its first appearance on a…

  9. 'Saturday Night Live' Recap: Hozier Takes Audience to Church in Debut Performance

    October 12, 2014 10:27 AM EDT Irish singer-songwriter Hozier paid a visit to Saturday Night Live on Oct. 11 to perform a pair of tracks from his self-titled debut, which is aiming for the top 10 on this week’s Billboard 200. Our 10 Favorite 'Saturday Night Live' Songs Although the first two episodes of SNL …

  10. New Signings: Kobalt Signs Pitbull, Orchard Adds Donna Summer, Blue Note Nabs Jamie Cullum

    October 10, 2014 12:25 PM EDT Here's a look at the latest artist signings across the music industry, including record labels, artist management firms, publishing companies, booking agencies and more.   RECORD LABELS  -- Olivia Holt , the star of Disney Channel's I Didn't Do It , joins the roster of…

  11. Jan Hooks' Top 5 Musical Moments

    October 09, 2014 8:18 PM EDT Comedy fans were saddened to hear that former Saturday Night Live cast member Jan Hooks had died Thursday at the age of 57.  'Saturday Night Live' Actress Jan Hooks Dies at 57 Over Hooks' tenure on the NBC variety show -- appearing regularly from 1986-1991 and continuing…

  12. 'Saturday Night Live' Actress Jan Hooks Dies at 57

    October 09, 2014 6:16 PM EDT Jan Hooks , best known for her work on Saturday Night Live , died on Thursday (Oct. 9) in New York at the age of 57, her representative, Lisa Lieberman, confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter . No further details were immediately available. Jan Hooks Top 5 'SNL' Musical Moments On…

  13. Watch Fences & Macklemore Perform 'Arrows' on 'Ellen'

    October 08, 2014 10:00 PM EDT The Seattle-repping team up of Fences and Macklemore took their track "Arrows" to Ellen Wednesday for an on-target performance that the audience standing at full attention.  Macklemore & Fences' Chris Mansfield Discuss Collabs, 'Organic' Process Behind '…

  14. Michael C. Hall Is Glitter & Glam in 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch': First Look

    October 06, 2014 10:21 PM EDT Dexter has officially gone glam. The first images of Michael C. Hall for Hedwig and the Angry Inch on Broadway were released on Monday, with the star of Showtime's serial-killer drama donning a full face of makeup and emotion. The Dexter actor will take over the title role on Oct. 16…

  15. 2NE1's 'I Am the Best' Tops World Digital Songs Chart After Big Sales Week

    October 06, 2014 8:13 PM EDT Earning the best sales week for any of their songs, the K-pop girl group is first non-PSY act to top the Billboard chart. 2NE1 has earned the first No. 1 on Billboard's World Digital Songs after a big sales week for their K-pop hit "I Am the Best." The booming dance-rap track…

  16. L.A.'s Calibash Moves to January After iHeartMedia Introduces Fiesta Latina

    October 06, 2014 11:26 AM EDT SBS' fest will avoid competing with iHeartMedia's new L.A. event. SBS Entertainment will move its annual Calibash mega concert to Jan. 24 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The move comes several days after iHeartMedia announced that its first-ever Latin mega concert, the…

  17. Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Jackie Evancho Arrives With 'Awakening'

    October 03, 2014 10:09 PM EDT Also: John Mellencamp celebrates 35 years on the chart and a Beatle helps a video game soundtrack find success On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart, Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga debuted at No. 1 with their collaborative album, Cheek to Cheek , selling 131,000 copies in the week…

  18. Luke Bryan's Tour Has Grossed $55.5 Million (And Counting)

    October 03, 2014 5:11 PM EDT Luke Bryan takes his That's My Kind of Night tour to No. 1 on this week’s tally of Hot Tours with box office stats reported from the bulk of his 2014 trek through North American cities. Since the tour's January kick-off, Bryan's outing has been attended by 1.1 million fans…

  19. Man Charged in $5M Violin Theft Pleads Guilty

    October 03, 2014 3:36 PM EDT A man accused of masterminding the theft of a $5 million Stradivarius violin pleaded guilty to robbery on Friday (Oct. 3), nearly eight months after the 300-year-old instrument was snatched from a musician who was attacked with a stun gun following a performance in Milwaukee. Brit Cops…

  20. From Sex Cults to Prison Time, Inside the True-Life Telenovela of Gloria Trevi

    October 03, 2014 1:08 PM EDT In the early ’90s, Gloria Trevi embodied the radical spirit of a Latin generation. Then came a series of bizarre allegations, followed by a miraculous prison birth and an eventual exoneration. Now she faces her toughest challenge. It's sweltering Southern California afternoon,…

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