1. Happy Birthday, Skylar Astin: 6 Great Music Moments From The 'Pitch Perfect' Star

    September 23, 2014 9:30 AM EDT Today in aca-amazing news: It's Skylar Astin 's birthday. Astin, who currently stars on the sitcom Ground Floor , has a big music background. He first broke out as part of the original Broadway cast of the Tony-award winning musical Spring Awakening , as well as indie films such…

  2. Lana Del Rey To Play Two Gigs In L.A. Cemetery

    September 23, 2014 6:04 AM EDT Lana Del Rey’s latest album Ultraviolence  has been accused of being gloomy, doomy and outright dark. Now she’s out to prove her critics right by announcing a pair of concerts at a cemetery.  The American artist will play two special shows at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery on Oct. 17 and 18…

  3. Rita Ora to Replace Kylie Minogue as Coach on U.K.'s 'The Voice'

    September 23, 2014 5:16 AM EDT Rita Ora , who has worked with such brands as Adidas, is joining the BBC's U.K. version of singing competition The Voice as the fourth coach on the upcoming fourth season. Kylie Minogue this year had filled that spot, but was widely expected not to continue on the show and quit this…

  4. Duran Duran & Nile Rodgers Talk New Album

    September 22, 2014 9:23 PM EDT 'I couldn't be happier to be working with my band again,' Rodgers says of reuniting with 'Wild Boys' collaborators. Thirty years ago, Duran Duran and Nile Rodgers teamed for the band's iconic hit single "The Wild Boys." Now, that pairing is back in…

  5. Paul McCartney Releases Video, Song for 'Meat Free Mondays' With Woody Harrelson & Twiggy

    September 22, 2014 8:27 PM EDT After Paul McCartney released an "urgent call to action" video  last week for support of his Meat Free Monday environmental-awareness campaign ahead of Tuesday's United Nations Climate Summit, the former Beatle has now released an original song for the cause with a little…

  6. Chart Highlights: Meghan Trainor Tops Pop Songs With 'All About That Bass'

    September 22, 2014 5:15 PM EDT Her debut smash is the chart's record-tying fifth consecutive leader by a rookie act. Plus, new No. 1s for Iggy Azalea, Trey Songz, Tito 'El Bambino' & more. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top…

  7. Lorde Releases Title & Cover Art for 'Hunger Games' Single

    September 22, 2014 5:08 PM EDT Mockingjay fans, the next bit of intel about the highly anticipated Hunger Games movie has arrived. Lorde , who is curating the soundtrack for the film, released the cover of her Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 single and also its title: "Yellow Flicker Beat." Lorde's…

  8. Tove Lo Falls Into Fame: On ‘Habits,’ Opening for Katy Perry & Using Music as Therapy

    September 22, 2014 5:00 PM EDT “Everything that I don’t really dare to say or speak about, I can sing about,” says the Swedish phenom. Tove Lo is still trying to figure out how to mentally ready herself for her quickly approaching arena shows opening for Katy Perry , but in terms of physical preparation, the…

  9. Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga's 'Cheek to Cheek': Track-by-Track Album Review

    September 22, 2014 4:34 PM EDT After years of running from normalcy as fast as her stiletto-clad feet would carry her, Lady Gaga is pulling a Rod Stewart and digging into the Great American Songbook. It just might save her career. This most mainstream of musical moves follows a difficult couple of years for pop’s chief…

  10. Rob Zombie on His Haunted Houses & How They Inspired His New Film

    September 22, 2014 3:01 PM EDT Sitting in an air-conditioned trailer near his sweltering trio of haunted houses -- part of his Great American Nightmare show, which recently set up shop in Scottsdale, Ariz. -- Rob Zombie is frank when he talks about his fears. Zombie shivers when he thinks of one exhibit, The Lords of…

  11. 'The Voice,' 'Idol' & 'X Factor': All 26 Judges, Ranked

    September 22, 2014 2:52 PM EDT As Gwen Stefani & Pharrell Williams join 'The Voice,' we rank the coaches who came before them. Starting Monday night (Sept. 22), there are two new kids on the singing-competition block: Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams , who will make their debut as coaches on The Voice .…

  12. XXL Bought by Townsquare, to End Print Edition Next Month

    September 22, 2014 2:27 PM EDT Townsquare Media, the media and entertainment company that operates 311 radio stations in 66 North American markets, has announced its acquisition of legacy hip-hop publication XXL , as well as men's magazine King and lifestyle website Antenna . Online, the company also owns music…

  13. Joe Perry Dishes on Groupies, Steven Tyler and the Guitar Slash Wouldn’t Give Back in His New Memoir

    September 22, 2014 2:14 PM EDT In his memoir 'Rocks: My Life In and Out of Aerosmith' (out Oct. 7), the guitarist, 64, reveals the behind-the-scenes story of his hard-rock life. 1. Joe Perry considers Steven Tyler family, despite the fights. He's the brother I never had, which is a lot of the basis for our…

  14. Peter Chernin, AT&T to Buy Majority Stake in YouTube Network Fullscreen

    September 22, 2014 2:01 PM EDT Fullscreen CEO George Strompolos will continue to run the firm. Peter Chernin 's The Chernin Group and AT&T have finalized a deal to acquire a majority stake in YouTube network Fullscreen . The companies are handling the deal, which is expected to close in the next month, via their…

  15. Evanescence’s Future Uncertain, Says Amy Lee: ‘I Have a Lot More That I Want To Do With My Life’

    September 22, 2014 1:49 PM EDT The singer also talks about her fulfilling film project and becoming a mother this summer. Evanescence may not be so immortal after all. After the experience of working on her first film score -- for War Story with composer Dave Eggar, and the Aftermath companion album -- Amy Lee tells…

  16. Education By Dre (And Iovine, Too): Music Biz Philanthropists Help Schools Rise Up

    September 22, 2014 1:40 PM EDT A look at the many exec-driven programs at the country's top institutions. The late afternoon sun beams into the top floor of a building at the center of the University of Southern California campus as more than 30 excited college freshmen and their parents gather with school officials…

  17. Music Business 101: Schools Where You Can Learn About the Industry

    September 22, 2014 1:39 PM EDT A growing number of colleges, universities and other educational institutions are giving students the opportunity to learn about the music business with hands-on experience and classes taught by teachers from the industry. And those schools are increasingly responding to the changes…

  18. Drake vs. Mac DeMarco? An Inside Look at How the Winner of the Polaris Prize Is Named

    September 22, 2014 1:01 PM EDT Behind the unique, alcohol-fueled (and potentially violent) debate that determines the annual prize for Canada's top album. The Polaris Prize will be announced this evening, with our sister to the north's top album being named after what is, apparently, a unique system for…

  19. Paramore on Next Album at iHeartRadio Fest: ‘We Haven’t Written Anything That We’ve Loved’

    September 22, 2014 12:17 PM EDT Paramore is winding down its year and a half of touring behind its self-titled comeback album, and delivered one of the best performances of the 2014 iHeartRadio Music Festival on Saturday night (Sept. 20). The obvious question remains: when will 2013’s Paramore receive a follow…

  20. Jennifer Hudson, 'JHUD': Track-by-Track Review

    September 22, 2014 11:00 AM EDT It's a difficult time for female R&B singers -- right now, Tinashe , Beyoncé and Jhené Aiko are the only three in the top 25 on the R&B/Hip-Hop charts -- and veterans face an especially tough market. Ashanti released an album earlier this year that sold 28,000 copies in its…

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