1. Lorde's 'Royals' Gets Banned in San Francisco for World Series

    October 19, 2014 7:05 PM EDT Lorde 's not getting any love from San Francisco right now. As the city's Giants head into the World Series against the Kansas City Royals, the singer's hit "Royals" has been blacklisted from local radio.  MLB Playoffs: All the Intro Songs Revealed Stations KFOG and…

  2. Tomorrow's Hits: Lily & Madeleine, Sheppard, Catfish & the Bottlemen

    October 17, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Each Friday, Billboard presents Tomorrow's Hits, a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success Lily & Madeleine Sisters Lily, 17, and Madeleine, 19, Jurkiewicz, aka, Lily & Madeleine, return on Oct. 28 with their second album, Fumes ,…

  3. 10 Things We Learned From Neil Diamond's Reddit AMA

    October 16, 2014 7:20 PM EDT Neil Diamond is a certifiable legend. And with a half century of in the music business behind him, he still has no intension of slowing down. His new album, Melody Road , is out out later this month, led by the single "Something Blue," and next year he will embark on…

  4. Publishing Briefs: Imagem Music Signs Admin Deal With PRMD Publishing (Exclusive), Warner Chappell Music Teams With Mike Dean

    October 16, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Imagem Music has just signed a global administration deal with PRMD Publishing , the company formed by EDM impressario Ash Pournouri . As part of the deal, Imagem will now represent the publishing catalog of Cazzette , and any future signings made by PRMD (pronounced "pyramid").…

  5. Merlin to Open U.S. Office, Taps A2IM's Jim Mahoney to Lead

    October 16, 2014 8:00 AM EDT Merlin, the indie label global rights agency, has hired Jim Mahoney to open and head its U.S. office as gm. “Merlin prides itself on being a truly global operation, so to open a permanent office in the world’s largest music market was a logical step," Merlin CEO Charles Caldas said in…

  6. Sol3 Mio, Jim Cornelison to Sing Anthems at U.S.-NZ Rugby Match

    October 15, 2014 11:32 PM EDT Popular classical New Zealand trio Sol3 Mio  and Chicago opera singer Jim Cornelison will perform their countries' national anthems when the world champion New Zealand All Blacks meet the USA Eagles at Soldier Field on Nov. 1 . Comprised of tenor brothers Pene and Amitai Pati and…

  7. MLB Playoffs: All the Intro Songs Revealed

    October 15, 2014 4:15 PM EDT What are players rocking when they step to the plate? There’s a lot more than organ music at baseball games these days. Unless we’re talking Chicago’s Wrigley Field (the only stadium that sticks to the classic organ sounds), every MLB player has the opportunity to step to the plate with his…

  8. Neil Young Readies Pono Store, Says Partnerships With Lincoln, Tesla in Works

    October 15, 2014 12:02 PM EDT Neil Young is making the media rounds this week to hype his Toblerone-sized Pono music player and its updated website, which now has a preview of how the service's music store will function when launched. The PonoMusic.com store is comprised of a simple search bar and a selection of…

  9. Nile Rodgers, Ellie Goulding Honored at BMI London Awards

    October 14, 2014 12:02 PM EDT Legendary lyricist Tim Rice was honored, Nile Rodgers took top prize and Ellie Goulding was a three-time winner at the BMI London Awards , held Monday night at London's Dorchester Hotel. The annual gala is held to honor the U.K./Euro/Caribbean songwriters, producers and publishers of…

  10. Southmen Quartet Pianist Roy Bray Killed in Crash

    October 13, 2014 3:30 PM EDT Police say a singer and pianist with a Christian musical group was killed when an RV he was driving crashed over the weekend on a highway in central Indiana. The Boone County Sheriff's Department says 61-year-old Roy Bray of Trenton, Kentucky, was driving the RV carrying the Southman…

  11. 'Downton Abbey' Christmas Album Is Coming

    October 13, 2014 2:51 PM EDT This is the best news since the last time the Dowager Countess spoke :  Downton Abbey  will be releasing a Christmas album this year.  Christmas at Downton Abbey  will feature a festive version of the show's theme song as well as traditional hymns and carols, according to ITV , which…

  12. Iggy Azalea Will Debut New Single 'Beg For It' on 'SNL'

    October 13, 2014 7:06 AM EDT As we predicted just before Saturday Night Live 's 40th season kicked off three weekends ago, Iggy Azalea is set to make her first appearance at Studio 8H on Oct. 25, the night Jim Carrey returns as host. It'll be more than a regular musical guest spot, though, as Iggy will debut…

  13. '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 …

  14. Iggy Pop Has a Lust for Playing ‘Sandman’ in Dario Argento Project: Watch

    October 10, 2014 2:30 AM EDT Iggy Pop wants to play the bad guy. The punk rock legend is teaming with Italian horror director Dario Argento on a project called The Sandman . Iggy would play the title character in the movie, which is the subject of an Indiegogo crowd funding campaign .  How Iggy Pop Inspired Music…

  15. '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…

  16. ASCAP Honors Ellie Goulding, UMPG at 34th Annual Awards

    October 09, 2014 10:29 AM EDT At ASCAP's (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) 34th annual awards in London last night, pop singer/songwriters Alex Clare and Jim Duguid were named Songwriters of the Year for their hit song “Too Close,” recorded by Clare. Meanwhile, Ellie Goulding 's "…

  17. Simple Minds Share 'Big Music' Tracklist, Post Video for 'Honest Town': Watch

    October 08, 2014 5:41 AM EDT Veteran Scottish alternative rock outfit Simple Minds will release Big Music next month, their first album of new material in five years.  The album is the result of collaborations old and new, including co-writer Iain Cook of Glasgow band Chvrches and producers Steve Osborne, Andy Wright…

  18. Linda Perry on Supreme Court Same-Sex Marriage Decision: It Only Took 4,364 Years (Guest Column)

    October 07, 2014 12:10 PM EDT Either the gays have raised enough money to finally buy off the Supreme Court or a Justice of the Peace has been appointed head of the Supremes. This morning I woke up, fed the dogs, got dressed, kissed my awesome wife, Sara, goodbye, got in my car and headed to my studio for the day. As I…

  19. Jim Urie Announces He Is Stepping Down from Universal Music Group Distribution

    October 03, 2014 2:32 PM EDT Jim Urie , the last of the music industry distribution giants, has announced that he is retiring from Universal Music Group Distribution at the end of the year. Urie joined the company as executive vp/gm in 1998, as the No. 2 to industry legend Henry Droz , and assumed leadership of in 2000…

  20. James Dolan Donates $100K to ALS Association

    October 02, 2014 11:35 PM EDT Jim Dolan, founder and frontman of JD & The Straight Shot, CEO of Cablevision and executive chairman of the Madison Square Garden Company, presents a donation of $100,000 to Dorine Gordon, president and CEO of the ALS Association, Greater New York chapter, at Madison Square Garden. The…

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