1. Calvin Harris Bites Back After Rita Ora's Teen Choice Claim

    August 13, 2014 4:49 PM EDT Feud! The Teen Choice Awards are bringing out everyone's drama-loving inner-teen. Earlier this week,  Rita Ora told Ryan Seacrest that she had to cancel her scheduled performance at the Teen Choice Awards on Sunday because her ex-boyfriend, Calvin Harris , wouldn't sign off on…

  2. Music Biz Agent Claims Colleague Impersonated Him on Twitter

    August 13, 2014 3:04 PM EDT Joseph Cassiere's lawsuit over @QuotesOfJJ also provides one of the first tests of a fairly new California cyber-bullying law. Joseph Cassiere , a booking agent in the music industry, has brought a lawsuit against a former colleague who allegedly set up a Twitter account to impersonate…

  3. London Grammar Leads Nominations for AIM Independent Awards

    August 13, 2014 9:28 AM EDT Electro-pop band London Grammar leads the pack with four nominations at the 4th annual AIM Independent Awards. The list of indie music's brightest artists and advocates was revealed at Red Bull Studios London on Wednesday with winners to be announced at an event on Sept. 2. London…

  4. Rita Ora: Calvin Harris Blocked My Teen Choice Performance

    August 12, 2014 5:17 PM EDT Ora says her ex had the final say because he wrote/produced "I Will Never Let You Down." Well, this is a bummer.  Rita Ora confirmed rumors Tuesday (Aug. 12) that ex-boyfriend Calvin Harris shut down her scheduled performance of "I Will Never Let You Down" at Sunday'…

  5. Watch Ryan Adams & Elvira Team For Spook-Tacular 'Gimme Something Good' Video

    August 12, 2014 10:37 AM EDT Halloween is still a couple months away, but Ryan Adams is already in the October spirit. As the press cycle for his promising self-titled album (due Sept. 9 via Pax-Am) moves forward, the singer-songwriter shared the music video for lead single “Gimme Something Good.” It’s a grainy, mostly…

  6. The Agency Group Acquires Respected Country Music Agency the Bobby Roberts Company

    August 12, 2014 10:18 AM EDT The Agency Group is expanding its footprint in Nashville by acquiring the Bobby Roberts Company, whose clients include Merle Haggard and Bobby Bare. The Agency Group has acquired highly respected boutique Nashville-based booking agency the Bobby Roberts Company, and will adopt BRC’s…

  7. 'American Horror Story' Adds Patti LaBelle to 'Freak Show' Ranks

    August 11, 2014 5:37 PM EDT She'll appear in four episodes of the FX anthology. Patti LaBelle is bringing her "New Attitude" to FX's American Horror Story.  The Grammy Hall of Famer has booked a four-episode stint on the anthology series from  Glee  co-creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk,  The…

  8. Outside Lands 2014: 10 Best Performances

    August 11, 2014 4:50 PM EDT For three days, we strapped on our trainers to traipse seven stages laid out across the vast grounds of Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, where more than 100 acts played their hearts out at the seventh annual Outside Lands. With weekend crowd estimates hovering around 200,000, the sold-out…

  9. 'Rising Star' Recap: Brad Get Serious, Contestants Culled On Quarter-Finals Night

    August 11, 2014 4:57 AM EDT In the quarter-finals of Rising Star , Josh Groban -- in addition to wearing a very dangerous pair of barracuda socks -- kept telling us that eight singers would be competing for our votes tonight, but what he probably should have been saying is, “Three singers are competing for your votes,…

  10. Outside Lands 2014 Saturday Highlights: Tom Petty, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Haim and More

    August 10, 2014 10:10 AM EDT The second day of San Francisco’s annual music and arts festival Outside Lands brought classic rock hits, booty bouncing beats, furry freaks and even a surprise same-sex wedding proposal to scenic Golden Gate Park. Across genres, new songs were unveiled and fresh obsessions cemented. But…

  11. Veteran Publicist Mack Newberry Dies at 89

    August 10, 2014 8:00 AM EDT The veteran publicist represented such music stars as Dolly Parton and John Denver. Mack Newberry, a veteran publicist who represented numerous music and TV stars and helped manage PR efforts for the Grammys, has died in St. Augustine, Florida. He was 89. Newberry spent over a decade at PR…

  12. Outside Lands 2014 Friday Highlights: Kanye West, Disclosure, Kacey Musgraves and More

    August 09, 2014 10:40 AM EDT There was a mellow beginning and a repeatedly "Bloody" end to the first day of the lucky seventh edition of Outside Lands, the festival so beloved by San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park that organizers Another Planet have a contract to host it there until at least 2021. Don’t worry,…

  13. In Defense of the 'Step Up' Movies

    August 08, 2014 3:10 PM EDT The dance film series is secretly the most fun movie franchise out there. Here's why I'm all in on "Step Up." You can keep your X-Men, your Spider-Men, your Transformer-Men. Every other summer, a Step Up movie will be released, and that movie will be my summer jam.…

  14. Publishers Quarterly: Sony/ATV Rides Country Wave to Top of the Publishing Heap

    August 08, 2014 1:52 PM EDT Round Hill and King of Crunk both break into the top 10 and Pharrell Williams hits No. 1 as Billboard's second-quarter rankings reveal a twang-fueled momentum. Sony/ATV encores as king of the hill among U.S. publishers in the second quarter, with a 32.2 percent slice of the top 100 radio…

  15. Exclusive Video Premiere: Twin Peaks' 'I Found a New Way'

    August 08, 2014 10:00 AM EDT You may assume from Twin Peaks' name that the scrappy Chicago foursome is nostalgic for the pop culture of our youth (ironically, since the 20-year-olds didn't even know David Lynch's arguable masterpiece existed when they thought of the band name). But the video for "I…

  16. Iggy Azalea Closes In On Rap Chart Record With 'Fancy'

    August 07, 2014 5:47 PM EDT Iggy Azalea inches closer to Missy Elliott’s Rap Songs chart record, while PARTYNEXTDOOR debuts at No. 1 with latest album. Female rappers now hold the title for the two longest-running No. 1s on Hot Rap Songs in the chart’s 25-year history. Iggy Azalea 's "Fancy," featuring…

  17. Alt-J Finds Summer Fun in 'Left Hand Free' Video

    August 07, 2014 1:44 PM EDT Alt-J's new single "Left Hand Free" is the British group's most brazen rocker to date, and the official music video accordingly captures the raucous spirit of summer, with an Americana twist. Directed by Ryan Staake, the "Left Hand Free" was filmed on the…

  18. British 'X Factor' Coming to U.S. TV Screens

    August 06, 2014 6:26 PM EDT Simon Cowell is coming back to U.S. TV — and reuniting with Ryan Seacrest . AXS TV, the music-focused network created by Mark Cuban and Seacrest — has inked an agreement with FremantleMedia International and Cowell's Syco Entertainment and Thames TV to broadcast season 11 of The X Factor…

  19. Justin Vernon and Astronautilus Tease New Project

    August 06, 2014 3:21 PM EDT It looks like Bon Iver founder Justin Vernon is embarking on yet another side project, this time with cerebral rapper Astronautilus . The project, "announced" via a post on label Totally Gross National Product's website , is titled De Oro (or the forthcoming record is titled De…

  20. Panic! at the Disco Preaches the ‘Gospel’ at New York Madison Square Garden Theater Show

    August 06, 2014 1:05 PM EDT Panic! continue to do what many of their mid-2000s competitors couldn’t -- grow up without becoming a nostalgia act. In New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium on Tuesday, One Direction openers 5 Seconds of Summer were supposedly bringing back pop-punk. But the kids who came out to see Panic! at the…

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