1. Billboard and CLIO Music's Top Commercials Powered by Shazam

    October 02, 2014 11:00 AM EDT For the 55 th annual CLIO Awards honoring creativity in advertising, Billboard and Shazam teamed up to create three charts that honor the best uses of music in advertising over the past year.  Using tagging data from Shazam, as well as sales, airplay and streaming tracked by Nielsen…

  2. 'Doctor Zhivago' Musical Heading to Broadway

    October 02, 2014 3:06 AM EDT The latest version of Cinderella will soon disappear from the Broadway Theatre, but another sweepingly romantic musical is ready to take its place -- Doctor Zhivago . Producers said Wednesday that the tale of five intertwined lovers set during final days of Czarist Russia will be led by two…

  3. Chrissy Amphlett’s 'I Touch Myself' Breast Cancer Campaign Wins U.S. Prize

    October 02, 2014 12:55 AM EDT A breast cancer awareness campaign featuring the late Chrissy Amphlett’s  “I Touch Myself” performed by an all-star Aussie cast has won a major U.S award. The #itouchmyselfproject , commissioned by Cancer Council NSW and created by Soap Creative, has taken out the Gold Award for Public…

  4. John Mellencamp Talks Inspiration, Smoking & Acting Your Age

    October 01, 2014 11:46 PM EDT John Mellencamp feels he has some impressive co-writers for his latest songs, like playwright Tennessee Williams and folk legend Pete Seeger . That they're both dead doesn't really matter. Mellencamp believes in channeling, that other voices speak through him when he's…

  5. George M. Roberts, 'Mr. Bass Trombone,' Dies at 86

    October 01, 2014 9:15 PM EDT He recorded for Nelson Riddle, Frank Sinatra, Stan Kenton and John Williams and can be heard on the soundtrack for 'Jaws.' George M. Roberts , the master musician known as "Mr. Bass Trombone" whose melodic sound can be heard on Nelson Riddle -arranged albums for Frank…

  6. Meghan Trainor Tops Hot 100; Tove Lo, Clean Bandit Climb Into Top 10

    October 01, 2014 2:18 PM EDT Trainor's 'All About That Bass' leads an all-female top five for a record-tying fourth week. Plus, Tove Lo's 'Habits (Stay High)' and Clean Bandit's 'Rather Be,' featuring Jess Glynne, reach the top 10. It's all about a record-tying…

  7. Must-Hear Music Podcast: Lorde, Thom Yorke, One Direction, Gerard Way & More

    October 01, 2014 1:30 PM EDT A week after we all got worked up over Kendrick Lamar's "i," new music from some serious A-list talent gave this week's Must-Hear Music podcast crew plenty to chew on. Thom Yorke released an entire solo album via BitTorrent (and moved more than 400,000 copies in the…

  8. Neil Diamond Signs with WME

    October 01, 2014 1:05 PM EDT Neil Diamond has signed with the William Morris Endeavor agency for his representation worldwide, it was announced today. It is the first time the singer has been with an agency in 30 years. Diamond's management remains with Katie McNeil Diamond, his wife. “We are incredibly honored to…

  9. 'The Voice' Recap: Can Pharrell Break Blake Shelton's Country Music Reign?

    October 01, 2014 12:33 AM EDT Over the past six seasons, it's been very hard for any coach on The Voice to drag a potential country star away of Blake Shelton's inherent pull, but can the enigmatic Pharrell Williams finally do it? At one point in Tuesday night's episode, the new mentor gave it a shot. …

  10. 'Midnight Rider' Trial Date Set for Early 2015

    September 30, 2014 10:16 PM EDT The involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespass case against the Midnight Rider filmmakers in the February death of Sarah Jones is set to go to trial almost a year after the camera assistant was stuck and killed by a train on the set of the Gregg Allman biopic. A trial date of March 9,…

  11. Maroon 5's 'Animals' & 5 More Gross Music Videos

    September 30, 2014 5:52 PM EDT Adam Levine's bloodbath follows a long line of cringe-worthy clips. By now, you've probably watched the new music video for Maroon 5 's "Animals" -- or maybe you didn't, because you came across a few of the stills online and saw all that blood. Watch Adam…

  12. 2015 Grammys Predictions: Who Are The Early Favorites?

    September 30, 2014 5:05 PM EDT 0 Beyonce, Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran and more are among our (very early) guesses for next year's ceremony. Who’s ready for the Grammy Awards… in four months?! Okay, so the 2015 Grammys are still a little while away, but Tuesday (Sept. 30) is the final day of eligibility for the…

  13. Krewella Mired in Legal Mess Involving DJ's Newfound Sobriety

    September 30, 2014 3:42 PM EDT Yousaf sisters conspired to remove Kris Trindl from the group, says a new lawsuit. The story of Krewella starts out like an American fable: Two sisters and one former boyfriend from a Chicago suburb form a music group and, using some social-media savvy, rocket to fame as headliners of…

  14. Don't Look Now, But One Direction Is Making Great Rock Music

    September 30, 2014 1:30 PM EDT 0 After embracing 80’s tunes on their last album, 1D is back with another killer single. Will casual fans care that One Direction is no longer a pop band? When all is said and done, what will One Direction 's legacy be? Surely the U.K. quintet will be remembered as one of…

  15. Pharrell Releases Anime & Video Game Inspired 'It Girl' Video

    September 30, 2014 10:45 AM EDT The clip premiered exclusively in Times Square before hitting the Internet. Before it hit the Internet,  Pharrell  exclusively premiered the new video for his single "It Girl" in a very public space -- Sony's billboard in Times Square. "It Girl" is the final track…

  16. Does One Direction's 'Steal My Girl' Rip Off New Found Glory, Journey, or Both?

    September 30, 2014 10:32 AM EDT Is "Steal My Girl" basically "Steal Your Song"? With a new One Direction album on the horizon , allegations that the boy band are ripping off someone else's songs couldn't be far behind. And here we are again. Less than 24 hours after 1D's new song "…

  17. 'The Voice' Recap: Blind & Burned Artists Turn Coaches' Chairs

    September 30, 2014 1:13 AM EDT The blind auditions continued on The Voice on Monday night with the series' first-ever blind singer, a survivor of third-degree burns, a Family Guy impression master, a very good looking shipping employee and a repeat auditionee from season 3. 'The Voice' Recap: Blake Shelton…

  18. Judge Modifies $48 Million Verdict Against MP3Tunes Founder Michael Robertson

    September 29, 2014 11:22 PM EDT U.S. District Judge William Pauley , who since 2007 has presided over what might be the most complex copyright lawsuit of all time, took the opportunity on Monday to slam both sides of litigation that produced a $48 million jury verdict against MP3Tunes and its founder, Michael Robertson .…

  19. Alabama Talk 'Angels Among Us,' Devastating Tornadoes & Church Classics

    September 29, 2014 9:52 PM EDT One of the most powerful tracks on Alabama 's new Angels Among Us: Hymns & Gospel Favorites: Deluxe Edition is the moving "Raising Alabama," a song that lead singer Randy Owen is one of their most personal. Alabama Gets More Love With 'High Cotton' Tribute "…

  20. Gwen Stefani Finishing New Solo Album With Pharrell

    September 29, 2014 6:35 PM EDT She will perform her lead single on 'The Voice,' manager Irving Azoff says. It's been eight years since Gwen Stefani 's last solo album, 2006's The Sweet Escape , but the wait may soon be over for new music from the newly minted Voice coach. In a panel at…

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