1. 'American Idol' Recap: Top 8 Guys Compete for Motown Supremacy

    March 05, 2015 1:06 AM EST The first performer to take the stage on American Idol tonight gets a standing ovation from judges Jennifer Lopez , Keith Urban , and Harry Connick Jr . But it isn't one of the season 14 contestants who lights up the Fillmore in Detroit. It's the living legend Aretha Franklin ,…

  2. 'Empire's' Trai Byers on Andre's Breakdown, Relationship With Jennifer Hudson

    March 04, 2015 11:15 PM EST [Warning: This story contains spoilers from the ninth episode of Empire's first season, Unto the Breach. ] Since Empire's pilot, the Fox hip-hop drama teased that the eldest Lyon son, Andre ( Trai Byers ), had an illness that kept Lucious ( Terrence Howard ) from handing over the…

  3. 'Blurred Lines' Trial: Pharrell Says Marvin Gaye Never Came Into His Head in the Studio

    March 04, 2015 9:55 PM EST Pharrell Williams testified in a single phrase to what he thinks "Blurred Lines" shares with the Marvin Gaye song it's said to copy: "Feel; not infringement." That's the dispute in the trial currently in its second week in Los Angeles federal court, with the soul…

  4. G.R.L. 'Make Something Positive' Out Of Bandmate's Death at D.C. Mental-Health Event

    March 04, 2015 8:55 PM EST In September, G.R.L. lost their friend and bandmate Simone Battle to suicide. On Wednesday, they joined first lady Michelle Obama in Washington, D.C., to help launch the national mental-health campaign Change Direction. As ambassadors for addressing mental0health issues, it's the most…

  5. Disney's Live-Action 'Beauty and the Beast': Dan Stevens to Star Opposite Emma Watson

    March 04, 2015 8:52 PM EST Dan Stevens, the breakout actor of Downton Abbey and last year's cult action movie The Guest, is in negotiations to play the Beast/Prince in Disney's live-action retelling of Beauty and the Beast,  The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Stevens will join Emma Watson, who is playing…

  6. Listen to Violent Femmes' First Song in 15 Years, 'Love Love Love Love Love'

    March 04, 2015 7:53 PM EST We haven't heard new material from the Violent Femmes in since 2000's Freak Magnet , but on Wednesday the Milwaukee punk trio released a new track and announced an upcoming EP that'll be out in April.  The song's called "Love Love Love Love Love" and leads the…

  7. Striking Matches: From 'Nashville' Favorites to Debut Album

    March 04, 2015 6:58 PM EST 'Nothing but the Silence' arrives March 24. Consider yourself forewarned: Early on the morning of March 24, you might be woken up in Nashville by the sound of screaming down Music Row. Striking Matches will be releasing Nothing but the Silence, their debut album, that day, and the…

  8. Annie Lennox on Her Killer Grammy Performance & Why She Isn't Writing New Music

    March 04, 2015 6:28 PM EST Annie Lennox delivered one of the finest performances of the 2015 Grammys , teaming up with Hozier for "Take Me to Church" and bringing the house down with her rendition of "I Put a Spell on You." Turns out, the social-media consensus that was quick to champion her that…

  9. Songwriter Equity Act Re-Introduced to Congress

    March 04, 2015 5:31 PM EST As expected, the Songwriter Equity Act has been reintroduced in both houses of Congress today. The legislation -- introduced by Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Congressman Doug Collins (R-Ga.), is aimed at amending two sections, 114 and 115, of the Copyright Act to, hopefully, achieve better…

  10. Pitbull & Ne-Yo Enter Hot 100 Top 10; Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars No. 1 Again

    March 04, 2015 4:59 PM EST 'Uptown Funk!' rules for a ninth week, helping parent label RCA to a record-tying multi-format domination, while Pitbull & Ne-Yo's 'Time of Our Lives' (also on RCA) lifts 11-10. Mark Ronson 's "Uptown Funk!," featuring Bruno Mars , tops the…

  11. 5 Songs You Didn't Know Madonna Sang Backup On

    March 04, 2015 2:55 PM EST For someone as internationally beloved as Madonna , it's strange to think there are musical nuggets from her golden years that most people might not be aware of. We're not talking about unreleased demos, either -- these are commercially released recordings, several of which hit…

  12. The 10 Best Songs from 'Empire,' In Order

    March 04, 2015 2:49 PM EST When it was announced that Timbaland would be executive music producer for FOX's hip-hop-inspired soap opera, Empire, expectations were high. Longtime fans of the producer could assume if the show wasn't going to be great, at least the music would be. But as Empire heads into its…

  13. Girl Group Solo Songs: The 10 Best (Non-Beyonce) Singles of the Modern Era

    March 04, 2015 2:45 PM EST From Danity Kane’s standout to Left Eye’s solo turn, check out the best singles from girl group survivors of the past 20 years. Girl Group Week! • Top 40 Girl Group Songs of All Time • Are You a Harmonizer or a Mixer? • Girl Group Week Readers' Poll! • Girl Group Tragedy: Inside G.R.L.&…

  14. Exclusive: Watch Eels Premiere 'Flyswatter' and 'The Sound of Fear' From New Live Concert Film

    March 04, 2015 12:15 PM EST Eels ' Mark Oliver "E" Everett has plenty of good memories from the group's tour to support last year's The Cautionary Tales of Mark Oliver Everett . But few rank higher than playing the massive pipe organ at London's Royal Albert Hall, which is captured on the…

  15. Smash Mouth Inks Publishing Deal With Spirit Music

    March 04, 2015 11:30 AM EST Spirit Music Group has signed rock group  Smash Mouth  to an exclusive global publishing administration deal for their entire catalog, which includes such songs as "All Star," "Walkin' On The Sun" and "Then The Morning Comes." Publishing Briefs: Atlas Music…

  16. Top 10 Most Iconic Girl Group Music Videos: 'Waterfalls,' 'Wannabe' & More

    March 04, 2015 11:15 AM EST These girl group songs will forever be tied to their unforgettable visuals. Girl Group Week continues with these 10 iconic clips.. Since the advent of MTV, the music video has been an absolutely integral part of the Girl Group experience. Groups have made their careers off one eye-catching…

  17. Exclusive: Raphael Saadiq, Lee Fields & More Offer Music History Lesson With E&J's Generations of Soul

    March 04, 2015 9:00 AM EST BJ the Chicago Kid also stars in campaign tied to the brandy's 40th anniversary. Paralleling its long-running heritage with R&B's own storied legacy, E&J Brandy has cast musicians Raphael Saadiq , BJ the Chicago Kid and Lee Fields as the stars of its Generations of Soul…

  18. Listen to Kid Cudi's Ratatat-Sampling 'Love'

    March 04, 2015 8:23 AM EST For Kid Cudi fans anxiously awaiting some new music from him, then this was a good week for you. Cudi dropped a new track, "Love," recorded during his Satellite Flight: The Journey to Mother Moon  sessions, on March 3 on Soundcloud . "Something I made during the SF sessions.…

  19. Madonna's Brit Awards Cape, As Explained by the Designer

    March 04, 2015 6:52 AM EST Madonna has been vocal about her cape issues following her Brit Awards performance last week. She blamed the cape's design for her fall during the splashy performance . Now the cape's designer, Giorgio Armani, has offered up his explanation of the design. He shared with the…

  20. 'The Voice' Recap: Two Judges Form an Unlikely Alliance

    March 03, 2015 11:29 PM EST The Blind Auditions are almost over, and The Voice coaches Christina Aguilera , Blake Shelton , Adam Levine , and Pharrell Williams are feeling the pressure to round out their teams of artists for the season. Ashley Morgan takes the stage first with Whitney Houston's "I Wanna Dance…

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