1. UK Artists Swarm Spotify, Account for 19% of Tracks Streamed Worldwide

    October 09, 2014 9:40 AM EDT The British Invasion continues, only this time it's on streaming services. New data released by Spotify (via BPI ) shows that 19 percent -- or one in five -- of all songs streamed around the world were recorded by UK artists, including Clean Bandit , Sam Smith , Coldplay and One…

  2. Celebrate John Lennon's Birthday With Our 7 Favorite Covers

    October 09, 2014 9:20 AM EDT Seventy-four years ago today, with her husband away at sea and her country in the midst of World War II, Julia Lennon gave birth to a baby who would grow up to be one of rock music's most successful, iconic and inspirational figures -- John Lennon . From the Beatles to Yoko Ono to his…

  3. Debbie Harry to Headline John Lennon Tribute Concert

    October 08, 2014 10:50 PM EDT Debbie Harry will perform at the 34th annual John Lennon charity tribute concert in New York City in December. The announcement Wednesday by the nonprofit Theatre Within came a day before what would have been Lennon's 74th birthday. Instant Karma: John Lennon's Full Catalog Now…

  4. Skid Row Singer Johnny Solinger Returns to His Country Roots on New EP

    October 08, 2014 6:10 PM EDT Scrappy Smith is the forthcoming country EP from Johnny Solinger. Yes, the Johnny Solinger who has been lead vocalist with Skid Row since 1999. And no, it's not his first country rodeo. "I had a break from Skid Row back in 2008. I was in Texas, and had a chance to do a project for…

  5. Pandora Shares New York's Favorite Genres By Neighborhood, from Beach Bar Lounge to i-Pop

    October 08, 2014 3:22 PM EDT If there's one thing music streaming services love doing, it's studies on people's listening habits . (To be fair, who doesn't love trolling through and judging or coveting the songs in John's Jumpin' Jack iTunes Library or Giuliana's Grooves on the wi-fi…

  6. Nikki Sixx Focusing on Sixx:A.M.'s First Headlining Tour as Motley Crue Comes to a Close

    October 08, 2014 11:15 AM EDT After seven years and three albums, Sixx:A.M. will do its first tour as a headliner -- though fans will have to wait another six months for the experience. Wrestling Nikki Sixx's commitments to Mötley Crüe 's farewell tour and Guns N' Roses' demands for DJ Ashba, Sixx:A…

  7. Hillsong United Wins Big at Dove Awards

    October 07, 2014 11:15 PM EDT Hillsong United  took tops honors Tuesday night (Oct. 7) at the Gospel Music Assn.’s 45th Annual Dove Awards, winning five Doves, including artist of the year and aong of the year for “Oceans (Where Feet May Fail).” “The song ‘Oceans’ has opened so many new doors and so many great…

  8. Watch Lorde, One Direction, Pharrell & More in Epic Beach Boys Cover

    October 07, 2014 6:35 PM EDT Some die-hard music fans have doubtless been waiting for the day when Pharrell , Chris Martin of Coldplay , Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders and One Direction would all collaborate. Luckily, the moment has arrived. Those artists, along with a large number of others, are featured in a new…

  9. Sinead O'Connor to Dish 'Sexual Dirt' in 2016 Memoir

    October 07, 2014 5:57 PM EDT Sinead O'Connor has a book deal, and she's not writing for kids. Billboard Cover Story: Sinead O'Connor on Having No Regrets Penguin Random House imprint Blue Rider Press announced Tuesday (Oct. 7) that the Irish singer and musician is working on a memoir that will come out…

  10. Tinashe, 'Aquarius': Track-by-Track Review

    October 07, 2014 2:05 PM EDT Tinashe 's arrival on the mainstream music landscape comes at a time when experimental R&B is rapidly crescendoing. Yet even within the ranks of emerging women singers showing just how quirky and eccentric they can be ( Jhené Aiko , Kelela , BANKS ), Tinashe may be the songbird…

  11. Amber Rose Tweets She 'Never Knew What A True Heartache Felt Like Until Now'

    October 07, 2014 11:15 AM EDT Divorce is tough, and Amber Rose is letting out some feelings about her split from Wiz Khalifa on Twitter. The mornings are especially hard. — Amber Rose (@DaRealAmberRose)  October 6, 2014 The pain...I wake up every morning feeling like my best friend died..... I never knew what a true…

  12. Instant Karma: John Lennon's Full Catalog Now on Spotify

    October 07, 2014 10:43 AM EDT Imagine all the streaming... Spotify has snagged its elusive fourth Beatle , with today's (Oct. 7) announcement of John Lennon 's solo catalog on the popular streaming music service. From 1970's John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band to 1984's posthumous Milk and Honey , Spotify…

  13. Juan Luis Guerra Signs With Universal Music Publishing Group

    October 07, 2014 6:00 AM EDT The Dominican singer/songwriter aims to expand his reach across the world through representation. Juan Luis Guerra , the award-winning Dominican singer/songwriter, has signed an exclusive contract with Universal Music Publishing Group, according to a spokesperson.  This is the first time…

  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. Live Nation to Acquire Majority Stake in C3 Presents

    October 06, 2014 6:11 PM EDT Related Biz Video: The 3 Charlies of C3 on Lollapalooza's Record-Breaking Success, 'Over-Sponsorship,' Global Expansion ACL 2014's 10 Best Moments: Iggy Azalea, Sam Smith, Matthew McConaughey & More Live Nation's Ticketmaster Buys Eventjoy, Says More…

  16. Executive Turntable: Moves at Universal, Kobalt, Viacom and iHeartMedia

    October 06, 2014 5:39 PM EDT John Nicholas left his position of vice president/sales at Universal Music Distribution following a 25-year stint to join SMH Records as general manager. During his career, he has developed and implemented successful sales and marketing plans for iconic catalogs such as The Beatles, Pink…

  17. Kanye West Tweets Excitement Over John Galliano's Fashion Return

    October 06, 2014 4:24 PM EDT Kanye West is excited about something that isn't Kim! On Monday (Oct. 6), the rapper spoke out on Twitter to share his excitement about John Galliano 's return to fashion. Galliano was just named the creative director of Maison Martin Margiela, three years after he was fired from…

  18. How Iggy Pop Inspired Music Supervisor Gary Calamar to Record His Solo EP

    October 06, 2014 4:00 PM EDT Iggy Pop provided words of encouragement to music supervisor Gary Calamar after the two collaborated on "Let's Boot and Rally" for season five of True Blood in 2012. "It might have been an off-the-cuff comment," says Calamar, "but him talking to me inspired me…

  19. Foo Fighters Book Weeklong 'Letterman' Residency

    October 06, 2014 3:10 PM EDT Dave Grohl & his bandmates will perform on 'The Late Show' every night next week. The Foo Fighters are taking up residency at The Late Show. The rock band fronted by Dave Grohl has booked a weeklong stay at CBS' The Late Show With David Letterman the week of Monday, Oct.…

  20. Calvin Harris Announces New Album ‘Motion’ With Flashy Guest List

    October 06, 2014 2:38 PM EDT Talk about the rich getting richer -- already the world’s No. 1 earning DJ , Calvin Harris recently announced plans for a star-studded album that will drop Nov. 4. Motion will feature the likes of Ellie Goulding , Haim , Gwen Stefani , Big Sean , Tinashe , and R3HAB along with Harris’ beats…

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