1. Six Iranian Youth Sentenced to Jail, Lashes for Dancing to Pharrell's 'Happy'

    September 19, 2014 9:36 AM EDT A defense lawyer in Iran says six young Iranian men and women videotaped dancing to Pharrell Williams' "Happy" and the video's director have been sentenced to suspended jail terms and lashes. Lawyer Farshid Rofugaran said Friday the seven have been sentenced to six…

  2. Lady Gaga Fondles Hunks in Ad for Her Unisex Perfume

    September 19, 2014 9:32 AM EDT Lady Gaga is getting sexy in her new perfume ad. Set against her own music -- a duet with Tony Bennett of "I Can't Give You Anything But Love" -- the Steven Klein-directed commercial for Gaga's latest perfume finds her rolling around (in a gorgeous gown!) with some hunky…

  3. Billboard Cover: Jason Aldean on the Curse of Nashville, 'Baby-Making Music' and Dealing With Tabloid Scandals

    September 19, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Let's get one thing clear: Jason Aldean is not your bro. "This whole bro-country thing, whoever coined that ridiculous phrase, it's about beer or trucks or whatever," says the 37-year-old singer, agitation creeping into his otherwise laconic Georgia accent as he gets…

  4. Morning Roundup: 11 Things to Start Your Day

    September 19, 2014 8:24 AM EDT Leonard Cohen’s Birthday Present:  The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Leonard Cohen was full of good cheer  as he spoke about  his upcoming album  Popular Problems . The release of the new album isn’t the only big thing happening next week for Cohen: he also turns 80, and he’s planning to take…

  5. Chris Brown Returns to Top 10 on Social 50 Chart After Two Years

    September 19, 2014 7:00 AM EDT On the Social 50 chart, Chris Brown continues his rise on the tally, climbing 22-10 to reach the chart’s top 10 for the first time since July 2012. The Social 50 ranks the most popular artists on YouTube, Vevo, Facebook, Twitter, SoundCloud, Wikipedia, Myspace and Instagram. The chart'…

  6. Ole-Bluestone Announces Co-Publishing Deals with Ok Mayday, David Bratton, Others

    September 19, 2014 6:30 AM EDT The joint venture music publishing company formed by Timbaland and ole is on the move with a bunch of co-publishing signings: alternative rock band  Ok Mayday ; gospel songwriter David Bratton ; hip-hop/R&B producer/songwriter Maurice "Velly" Conway ; and rapper Justin "…

  7. Exclusive: The Grateful Dead Ink Publishing Deal With Universal

    September 19, 2014 6:00 AM EDT How does a band mark a 50th anniversary as an event rather than a footnote? Universal Music Publishing Group thinks it has a plan to breathe new life into The Grateful Dead . Formed in 1965, the iconic psychedelic act toured up until a month before founder Jerry Garcia’s death in 1995, and…

  8. The Veronicas Return With Twisted Ballet Video for 'You Ruin Me': Watch

    September 19, 2014 5:47 AM EDT The Veronicas are back, and they're all grown up.   The sibling duo has released the full-length music video for "You Ruin Me," the first track lifted from their upcoming third studio album.  It's an intense breakup ballad which comes from an altogether different place…

  9. Michael Jackson Hologram Lawsuit: Judge Dismisses False Advertising Claim Against Alki David

    September 19, 2014 12:44 AM EDT The fighting over who owns rights to resurrect deceased artists like Michael Jackson and Marilyn Monroe through holographic-like projection technology is far from over, but billionaire Alki David scored a legal success on Wednesday when he convinced a California federal judge to reject a…

  10. Johnny Rotella, Songwriter for Frank Sinatra, Dies at 93

    September 18, 2014 11:20 PM EDT Johnny Rotella , an accomplished instrumentalist and songwriter who wrote the Frank Sinatra standard “Nothing but the Best” and recorded with Neil Diamond , Frank Zappa , Steely Dan and others, has died. He was 93. Rotella, a highly sought-after session man who played with marquee artists…

  11. Gimme Five: Girls' Generation's Seohyun's Favorite Broadway Musicals

    September 18, 2014 10:35 PM EDT When she's not promoting in Korea or writing love songs in the Alps ,  Girls' Generation   member  Seohyun  says she's becoming a bit of a Broadway junkie. A listen to the 23-year-old on Girls' Generation-TTS ' new single "Holler" proves that she's…

  12. Eminem & Sia Spell It Out in 'Guts Over Fear' Lyric Video

    September 18, 2014 9:50 PM EDT Eminem and Sia's new track "Guts Over Fear" has been making waves both on the charts and off, exciting Slim Shady fans as the lead single off the two-disc Shady XV compilation celebrating the 15-year anniversary of Shady Records. But between all the excitement and features in…

  13. 2PM 'Go Crazy' & Have Fun on Funky New Album

    September 18, 2014 9:44 PM EDT The established boy band return with a multifaceted, super-strong set of throwback-inspired R&B-pop jams. Last year,  2PM  broke a two-year hiatus from the Korean scene with the  mature  Grown  album . The record mixed the act's classic R&B style with different genres like pop,…

  14. Watch Jennifer Lopez & Iggy Azalea Celebrate the 'Booty' in New Video

    September 18, 2014 9:15 PM EDT Jennifer Lopez 's celebration of the backside has arrived. Her "Booty" video -- featuring a verse (and bonus booty) from Iggy Azalea -- delivers exactly what the song promises. The video mostly features glamour shots of Lopez and her famous assets, though she gets some…

  15. Ticketmaster Expands German Operations, Partners With Mehr! Entertainment Group & Eintrittskarten.de

    September 18, 2014 9:04 PM EDT Ticketmaster Germany has announced a new partnership withthe Düsseldorf-based Mehr! Entertainment Group and Eintrittskarten.de that will expand its retail ticketing and marketing solutions to the companies' more than 2,500 events and six venues each year.  Mehr! Entertainment Group and…

  16. Exclusive: Clive Davis Says Aretha Franklin Is 'On Fire' on New Album of Diva Classics

    September 18, 2014 7:10 PM EDT Following news Aretha Franklin is preparing a new album for release before the end of the month with Clive Davis overseeing production, there's great anticipation over what the legendary soul singer has put together with the help of Clive Davis' oversight.  Aretha Franklin Album…

  17. Billboard Cover Sneak Peek: 5 Things That Piss Off Jason Aldean

    September 18, 2014 7:03 PM EDT With "Burnin' It Down" sitting pretty at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and his sixth album, Old Boots, New Dirt, coming out Oct. 7, life is pretty good for Jason Aldean . But that doesn't mean the country star isn't as fired up as ever. In his new…

  18. Watch Eric Prydz Talk 'Epic 3.0' & Playing Madison Square Garden at All Costs

    September 18, 2014 6:25 PM EDT Eric Prydz is losing money on his upcoming show at New York's Madison Square Garden on Sept. 27. But the Swedish producer swears it's worth it.  Eric Prydz Brings Epic Show to NYC in 2013: Review "Madison Square Garden is career-defining," he said. "And it's a…

  19. Jhene Aiko Shines at No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

    September 18, 2014 5:53 PM EDT Jhene Aiko crowns Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with her first full-length set  Souled Out , selling 70,000 units in its opening week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The R&B songstress emerged in 2013 on the chart with  Sail Out , a seven-song EP that debuted at No. 2 (with 34,000 copies)…

  20. Guided by Voices Break Up (Again, But for Real), Cancel Tour Dates

    September 18, 2014 5:32 PM EDT Longstanding indie rockers Guided by Voices have broken up. The Dayton, Ohio, five-piece band posted the news to their website  on Thursday (Sept. 18) and canceled a run of tour dates scheduled to start Sept. 26 at Portland, Ore.'s Crystal Ballroom and to finish Nov. 29 at Detroit'…

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