1. Robin Williams Biography in the Works

    August 27, 2014 6:56 PM EDT New York Times writer Dave Itzkoff will pen the 'definitive' account of the late comedian's life. In the wake of his Aug. 11 suicide, Robin Williams is getting a high-profile posthumous biography by The New York Times Writer Dave Itzkoff . Billy Crystal Pays Tribute to Robin…

  2. Young Jeezy Pleads Not Guilty to Gun Charge

    August 27, 2014 6:30 PM EDT Plus: Wiz Khalifa concert canceled following shooting death at Under the Influence of Music tour stop. The end of the 22-date Under the Influence of Music Tour has had a sobering impact on headliners Young Jeezy and Wiz Khalifa , as the former faces a gun charge and the latter has had at…

  3. 615 Spotlight: Tim Menzies Explains Hiatus, Talks Gospel-Leaning New Album

    August 27, 2014 5:57 PM EDT This week, we go in a different direction with the 615 Spotlight. Rather than showcase a brand new artist, we update you on a singer-songwriter so highly respected in Music City that demo versions of songs he's written for big-name artists -- such as Reba McEntire, Mark Chesnutt and…

  4. Ariana Grande Aiming for Second No. 1 Album

    August 27, 2014 4:49 PM EDT The young diva's second album, 'My Everything,' is on course to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. Ariana Grande is set to notch her second No. 1 album in less than a year. Industry sources forecast the 21-year-old's new release, My Everything , to sell over 160…

  5. It's Time to Stop Comparing Ariana Grande to Mariah Carey

    August 27, 2014 3:37 PM EDT With her sophomore album, the "Problem" singer no longer resembles the elusive chanteuse -- and that's okay. From the moment her breakthrough single "The Way" set her career framework, Ariana Grande has operated in the shadow of a giant: Mariah Carey. Yours Truly ,…

  6. BET Suspends Producer After Blue Ivy Joke

    August 27, 2014 3:00 PM EDT BET has suspended a producer after a joke about Beyonce and Jay Z 's daughter that aired Monday on the network's music video countdown show, 106 & Park . How Beyonce & Jay Z's Triumphant VMA-Ending Moment Came to Be A source at the network, who spoke on the condition of…

  7. Logic, 'Driving Ms. Daisy,' Featuring Childish Gambino: Exclusive Song Premiere

    August 27, 2014 2:00 PM EDT After a handful of mixtapes, including his Young Sinatra trilogy, Logic is prepping his Def Jam Recordings major label debut. The Maryland-born rapper delivers the first taste of the full-length effort with his new song, "Driving Ms. Daisy," featuring Childish Gambino . Check out a…

  8. Rdio Partners With Toronto Film Festival, Announces Free Ellie Goulding Show

    August 27, 2014 1:42 PM EDT Next month's  Toronto International Film Festival has an official music partner. Streaming service Rdio has announced it is setting up a music hub at the 11-day event with giveaways, a listening station and live music, starting with a free Ellie Goulding show at the iconic Massey Hall.…

  9. How a 'Parks & Rec' EP Got She & Him, Childish Gambino & Superchunk to Play His Backyard

    August 27, 2014 11:30 AM EDT Donick Cary is enlisting musicians to help prevent teen suicide. Every year for one evening, Donick Cary opens his backyard to bands like Yo La Tengo, She & Him, The Polyphonic Spree and Childish Gambino . Cary, co-executive producer on NBC comedy Parks and Recreation , has used his Los…

  10. Chuck Berry, Peter Sellars Honored with Sweden's Polar Music Prize

    August 27, 2014 3:19 AM EDT Rock ‘n’ roll pioneer Chuck Berry and opera director Peter Sellars have been awarded the 2014 Polar Music Prize during a ceremony Tuesday in Stockholm.  The organizing committee praised the 88-year-old Berry for his contribution to rock, noting “every riff and solo played by rock guitarists…

  11. K-Pop Legend Lee Seung Chul to Perform With North Korean Refugee Choir in Boston

    August 26, 2014 9:33 PM EDT The South Korean singer will join With-U, a 55-member choir of young North Korean defectors, at Harvard University. Legendary South Korean singer  Lee Seung Chul will perform with a choir of North Korean defectors at Harvard University this week.  Dream On - Lee Seung Chul's Benefit will…

  12. Neil & Pegi Young Getting Divorced After 36 Years

    August 26, 2014 6:26 PM EDT Sad news from the Neil Young camp: The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer has filed for divorce from Pegi Young, his wife of 36 years. The Youngs were frequent musical collaborators throughout their marriage. They have often toured together over the years and even performed together during the 1994…

  13. Exclusive Premiere: Listen to Hal Ketchum's Comeback Single 'I'm The Troubadour'

    August 26, 2014 6:15 PM EDT For a few years, Hal Ketchum lost his musical way. "I just kind of lost my powder for a while," the country singer tells Billboard. "I just didn't feel like playing or writing. One day I just said, 'This is a gift that God has given me, so I better get back to it.…

  14. Ice Bucket Challenge Round-Up: Aerosmith, Rick Rubin, John Mayer & More Musicians

    August 26, 2014 5:20 PM EDT Even Posh Spice! The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is still going strong, which means even more musicians are willing to tape themselves dumping ice water on their heads and putting that video on the Internet for enternity. The latest participants? Rick Rubin (answering Eminem 's challenge ),…

  15. BET Apologizes for Blue Ivy Joke Read By Karrueche Tran

    August 26, 2014 5:03 PM EDT On Monday night, Aug. 25, Beyoncé 's loyal fanbase, the Beyhive, came after Chris Brown 's girlfriend and on-air personality Karrueche Tran after she recited a tasteless joke about Bey and Jay Z 's daughter, Blue Ivy. BET's 106 & Park aired a segment in which they…

  16. Brooklyn Rapper Bobby Shmurda Goes From Vine Star to Major-Label Player

    August 26, 2014 4:44 PM EDT Brooklyn rapper Bobby Shmurda’s rise has been almost as fast as the Web connections that fueled it. In March, he released his raw, homemade debut video for his aggressive breakout single “Hot N---a.” At one point in the clip, the Jamaican-American rapper tosses his hat in the air and hits his…

  17. Ariana Grande's Fashion Focus: Breaking Down Her Many Confident Looks

    August 26, 2014 3:55 PM EDT Ariana Grande is frequently compared to young Mariah Carey for her vocal and emotional range, but that's not where the similarities end. Both Carey's debut, Emotions , and Grande's latest, My Everything , depict the vocalists in whimsical generational repose, Carey mid-flip and…

  18. Transformation Tuesday: Miley Cyrus, Humanitarian?

    August 26, 2014 3:20 PM EDT After using her VMA win to put a spotlight on youth homelessness, we may have an Angelina Jolie-in-the-making on our hands. Miley Cyrus  knows how to keep people guessing -- she's done it for more than half of her life, ever since she became a teen queen on Disney cultural…

  19. Steve Aoki, Disco Donnie to Speak at Electronic Music Conference

    August 26, 2014 3:06 PM EDT Asia-Pacific's Electronic Music Conference has unveiled a first round of speakers, as well as other details, for this year's event taking place in Sydney on Dec. 2-4.   The announcement features over 40 speakers, most notably Steve Aoki , who'll deliver the conference's…

  20. Indies Fighting Google, Amazon for Control of .Music Domain Name

    August 26, 2014 2:26 PM EDT The American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) has announced its support of music industry control of the domain name .music. In doing so, the coalition will go up against Google and Amazon, which are also pursuing .music for their own purposes. With the support of .music LLC's…

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