1. Cyndi Lauper Calls on Tony Awards to Reinstate Axed Sound Design Category

    November 14, 2014 10:01 AM EST A Tony Award committee will look into the decision earlier this year to scrap the handing out of awards for best sound design. The decision to drop the honors for Best Sound Design of a Play and Best Sound Design of a Musical was made in June by the Tony Awards Administration Committee, and…

  2. Beatles' 'Blackbird' Becomes Dad's Lullaby to Dying Newborn

    November 13, 2014 7:24 PM EST A new father -- who lost both his wife and son just days apart -- has found some solace thanks to a classic Beatles track. Chris Picco sang a tender version of "Blackbird" to his newborn son, Lennon, who was born via emergency C-section at Loma Linda University Hospital in…

  3. 'Cleaning Dancing Roommate' Takes Sheena Easton's 'Morning Train' Viral

    November 13, 2014 3:26 PM EST Easton calls the clip 'adorable.' Cleaning an entire apartment isn't the most exciting way to start your morning after a Halloween party. Luckily, the Internet has offered a solution: Sheena Easton . In a clip that has gone viral, Justin Chen secretly recorded his roommate…

  4. 15 Musician Sex-Tape Scandals, From Tommy Lee to Usher

    November 13, 2014 2:54 PM EST News got out Wednesday that a sex tape featuring Usher and ex-wife Tameka Raymond was stolen and being shopped around, and the  singer's legal team is hot on the case .  Usher Hunting Down Stolen Sex Tape Like the rumors of an Iggy Azalea sex tape that surfaced in September , this…

  5. Culture Club Cancels North American and U.K. Reunion Tour Dates

    November 13, 2014 12:40 PM EST Back in August, Culture Club announced they’d be reforming their classic lineup for a few 2014 tour dates and a new album. Now, only half of that is true. “It is with great regret that the members of Culture Club have announced the cancellation of their tours in North America and the UK…

  6. Here's Jon Stewart Singing a Vintage Taylor Swift Song

    November 13, 2014 10:46 AM EST Turns out nearly everyone is a Taylor Swift fan, even people you would never suspect, like Jon Stewart . The Daily Show host spoke with MTV about his new movie,  Rosewater.  In between the serious chat, host Josh Horowitz noted that walking into the interview room, Stewart was singing Swift…

  7. Vine Brings Timmy Trumpet's 'Freaks' to Real-Time Charts

    November 12, 2014 6:17 PM EST "Freaks," a collaboration between Australian musician/producer Timmy Trumpet and New Zealand rapper Savage , debuted on the Nov. 15 Billboard + Twitter Emerging Artists (No. 9) and Hot Dance/Electronic Songs (No. 36) charts. The track, which was released in April, traces its…

  8. Beyonce Gets Her Own Jeopardy Category

    November 12, 2014 3:11 PM EST After hit records, sold-out tours, and numerous awards, Beyoncé conquered the last remaining obstacle to securing pop culture immortality: Jeopardy . Tuesday night (Nov. 11), the quiz show’s “Tournament of Champions” featured an “& Beyonce” category, with questions spanning the length…

  9. Jon Hopkins Talks Career Renaissance & Collaborating With Coldplay

    November 11, 2014 3:25 PM EST It's midafternoon in Berlin, and Jon Hopkins is already sound-checking. Surfacing for air from his self-described "weird maze of stuff" onstage, the lanky British producer greets me with a sheepish grin and a cordial handshake. "I hope people know where the show is,"…

  10. Show Me the Shmoney: Bobby Shmurda's New App Puts You In the Video

    November 11, 2014 2:14 PM EST Ever wanted to do the Bobby Shmurda 's signature Shmoney Dance with Drake , Chris Brown , or Shmurda himself? Well, now you can. Following the dance craze that Shmurda kicked off with his "Hot Boy" single, the Shmoney Gram app allows users to take or upload an image, select a…

  11. Eminem vs. Women: 13 Ladies He's Bashed in Raps

    November 11, 2014 8:00 AM EST Lana Del Rey is the latest in a string of female targets. Eminem has been known for his controversial rhymes since his major-label debut in 1999, but in a just-released cypher promoting the upcoming Shady Records compilation album, he crossed a new line: He invoked the name of Ray Rice,…

  12. Eminem Raps ‘I’ll Punch Lana Del Rey Right In The Face Twice Like Ray Rice’

    November 10, 2014 6:49 PM EST In a new cypher in support of the upcoming Shady Records compilation Shady XV, Eminem freestyles that he would “punch Lana Del Rey ,” and then makes a simile comparing the brutality to the recent Ray Rice controversy. Click here to watch the full video , and watch the isolated line below:…

  13. M.I.A., Tom Morello, Moby & More Rally Behind Edward Snowden

    November 10, 2014 6:04 PM EST While TV news pundits talk themselves red in the face about Edward Snowden and the ethics of his whistleblowing, a collection of genre-spanning musicians are teaming up to rally behind the exiled American. M.I.A. , Tom Morello , Moby , PJ Harvey , Thurston Moore and more signed a petition…

  14. Pharrell, John Mayer & More Salute Bill Clinton's Love of Jazz in L.A.

    November 10, 2014 3:37 PM EST Former president received the Thelonious Monk Institute's Maria Fisher Founder's Award on Sunday. Herbie Hancock , Kevin Spacey , Quincy Jones and a litany of major jazz musicians saluted President Bill Clinton on Sunday at L.A.'s Dolby Theater for his efforts in using jazz…

  15. Taylor Swift's '1989' May Sell 400,000 in Second Week

    November 07, 2014 10:07 PM EST She'll likely beat the No. 2 album by more than 300,000. Taylor Swift 's monster 1989 album is so big, it seems that the music business decided to mostly avoid releasing any albums that would have to compete with its second week on sale. Why? Industry sources suggest 1989 may…

  16. NYU's Stream-Tech Music Conference Teaches, Explains & Tries Not to Ruffle Feathers

    November 07, 2014 9:40 PM EST The participants in the Stream-Tech Music Conference at New York University's downtown Brooklyn campus, which addressed various issues in the music streaming space, remained fairly noncontentious -- at least, until the Q&A session following a mid-afternoon panel entitled, fittingly…

  17. Emerging Picks of the Week: Nathaniel, Kehlani & Angel Olson

    November 07, 2014 5:16 PM EST Heading into the weekend, Billboard offers another triple-play of tracks to check out that all debuted on the Billboard + Twitter Emerging Artists chart for the week ending Nov. 2. Be sure to give them a listen, and check back next week for a new set of selections. "Live Louder,"…

  18. Quotes of the Week: J.Lo Quizzes Potential Boyfriends, Rita Ora Likes What She Sees When She’s Naked & More

    November 07, 2014 5:12 PM EST "Stand naked in front of the mirror and say, 'I'm f--ing sexy.' That's where it starts." -- RITA ORA The British singer, to Cosmopolitan , on how to "come to terms with loving your body." Rita Ora, 'Grateful': Exclusive Song Premiere from…

  19. Malina Moye on Her Explosive Bootsy Collins Collaboration 'K-yotic' & Hard Road to Success

    November 07, 2014 3:14 PM EST She’s been hailed as “the female Jimi Hendrix”, and if Malina Moye has her way, she’ll usher in a revival of funk, rock, and R&B into mainstream music. Moye’s vibrant performances and unorthodox playing style (she plays left-handed and strums upside down ) have attracted significant…

  20. Eminem Preps 'Shady XV' Album With Video Series: Watch

    November 06, 2014 5:57 PM EST It's Shady Records' 15th birthday, and Eminem has a pretty gruesome present planned. The rapper launched the "Shady XV Quinceañera" promotional series on his Facebook page Thursday (Oct. 6). The first installment is called "Birthday Clown," which features a…

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