1. Ed Sheeran Talks New Album, Jamming With Usher & Skrillex and His ''90s Hip-Hop Jam' 'Don't'

    October 14, 2014 12:24 PM EDT Sheeran recruits Rick Rubin and Benny Blanco for another hit Ed Sheeran has had plenty to do in 2014: In addition to finishing and promoting his second album, X , which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in June, he also spent a lot of time learning to dance for the video accompanying…

  2. Nile Rodgers, Ellie Goulding Honored at BMI London Awards

    October 14, 2014 12:02 PM EDT Legendary lyricist Tim Rice was honored, Nile Rodgers took top prize and Ellie Goulding was a three-time winner at the BMI London Awards , held Monday night at London's Dorchester Hotel. The annual gala is held to honor the U.K./Euro/Caribbean songwriters, producers and publishers of…

  3. 4 Reasons Taylor Swift's 'Out of the Woods' Is About Harry Styles

    October 14, 2014 11:56 AM EDT We're among friends here: How many times have you already listed to "Out of The Woods,"  Taylor Swift ’s latest song off  1989?  Better question: Is it higher than 20? Welcome to the club! Now that we’ve pored over every lyric (which Swift ever-so-helpfully posted to  her…

  4. Primus' Les Claypool Explains Band's Trip to the 'Chocolate Factory'

    October 14, 2014 9:00 AM EDT As a kid, Primus ' Les Claypool became enamored with Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory starring Gene Wilder . Four decades later, that childhood fandom has turned into Primus and the Chocolate Factory, the first album in 19 years from the band's seminal lineup: Claypool,…

  5. Taylor Swift's 'Out Of The Woods': Jack Antonoff Reveals Inspiration, New '1989' Song Title

    October 14, 2014 8:20 AM EDT "She's very natural -- when she gets an idea, it just happens very quickly," the Bleachers leader tells Billboard. " Out Of The Woods ," the second song released from Taylor Swift 's upcoming 1989 album, is an epic synth-pop anthem straight from the decade in…

  6. 'The Voice' Recap: Gwen Stefani, Pharrell Tackle Their First Battles

    October 14, 2014 2:52 AM EDT The battles began on The Voice on Monday, with guest mentors Stevie Nicks in tow to help Adam Levine , Little Big Town joining with Blake Shelton , Alicia Keys stepping in alongside Pharrell Williams , and husband Gavin Rossdale accompanying Gwen Stefani . NBC Reality Chief Touts '…

  7. Australia’s Music Retailers Assn Backs Friday Release Date: ‘It Makes Sense’

    October 14, 2014 1:31 AM EDT Australia’s entertainment retail trade association has weighed in on the debate surrounding the IFPI-sanctioned global release date. Friday, according to the Australian Music Retailers Association (AMRA), is good for business. And the Aussies have history on the subject. In the U.K., the…

  8. Taylor Swift's 'Out Of the Woods' Has Arrived…with Lyrics: Listen

    October 14, 2014 12:50 AM EDT Taylor Swift has shared “Out Of the Woods,” the latest song lifted from her forthcoming album 1989 .    The new track, written and produced by fun. guitarist/ Bleachers mastermind Jack Antonoff along with Swift, was released on iTunes overnight. Taylor's followers are in a…

  9. Denis Handlin Celebrates 30 Years Leading Sony Aus with Star-Studded Fundraiser

    October 14, 2014 12:01 AM EDT Denis Handlin’s 30 years in charge of Sony Music’s Australia operations was celebrated in style with an action-packed charity fundraising party last Friday (Oct. 10) at Sydney’s The Star venue.  Celebrities from the worlds of sport, music and TV were in the house while a mind-boggling line…

  10. Designer (and Music Fanatic) Tory Burch Dishes on Her Bowie Backup-Singer Dreams and Dressing Prince

    October 13, 2014 6:09 PM EDT You might not peg preppy lifestyle designer Tory Burch as a Tupac Shakur fan -- but her first book, Tory Burch: In Color ($50, Abrams), reveals that the Upper East Sider’s taste in music is as bold as her print-splashed womenswear line. Hitting shelves Oct. 14, the tome gives readers the…

  11. ‘80s New Wave Icon Gary Numan Returns to Film Scoring for the First Time in 23 Years

    October 13, 2014 6:07 PM EDT Gary Numan will begin work on his 21st album in January following the final leg of his tour behind his 2013 release Splinter and, quite possibly, the completion of his first novel. Exclusive: Gary Numan's 'From Inside' Score Set for Release "I've been putting all of…

  12. Chris Brown & Beyonce Lead Soul Train Award Nominations

    October 13, 2014 3:56 PM EDT Team Breezy will be very happy about this. Chris Brown leads with seven nominations for the 2014 Soul Train Awards. Brown is followed by six nods for Beyonce and five for Pharrell . Hosted by Wendy Williams , this year’s show will take place at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas on Nov. 7 and…

  13. 'Downton Abbey' Christmas Album Is Coming

    October 13, 2014 2:51 PM EDT This is the best news since the last time the Dowager Countess spoke :  Downton Abbey  will be releasing a Christmas album this year.  Christmas at Downton Abbey  will feature a festive version of the show's theme song as well as traditional hymns and carols, according to ITV , which…

  14. Ryan Adams, Conor Oberst to Headline KCSN Benefit Concerts

    October 13, 2014 12:43 PM EDT Los Angeles public radio station KCSN will hold its annual benefit concert on two consecutive weekends in December. On the bill: Sarah McLachlan , with special guest  Laura Marling , on Dec. 5; Ryan Adams , Conor Oberst and David Gray on Dec. 12. More Radio News All-Beyonce Radio Station…

  15. John Cena & Wiz Khalifa Team Up on 'WWE 2K15' Video Game Soundtrack

    October 13, 2014 11:45 AM EDT The wrestler and the rapper have two songs together: "All Day" and "Breaks." Superstar wrestler John Cena  has collaborated with Wiz Khalifa on two tracks for the soundtrack to the latest WWE video game -- and he also selected the music for game's companion album.…

  16. Spotify's Artist Outreach Mission Leaves Some Wanting More

    October 13, 2014 11:30 AM EDT Spotify had a rough couple of days last week. Besides Jimmy Buffett's petition for  more money, less problems  and the ill fate of their  #thatsongwhen campaign , the streaming service's artist-only streaming sessions with the Music Managers' Forum the Future Artists…

  17. Happy Birthday, 'Single Ladies'! Beyonce's 6 Best Performances of the Hit

    October 13, 2014 10:19 AM EDT Don't be mad when you see that we all want it. Everybody put your hands up: Arguably  Beyonce ’s biggest hit, "Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)," turns six years old today (also turning six? "If I Were a Boy"). The song was released to radio this week in 2008, and…

  18. Corner Office: Def Jam CEO Steve Bartels on Label's Future, Kanye West's 'Incredible' New Album and Why Justin Bieber Isn't Overexposed

    October 13, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Rick Rubin , Russell Simmons , Lyor Cohen , Jay Z , L.A. Reid ...Def Jam has seen a succession of iconic leaders during its 30 years, and on April 1, Steve Bartels found himself next in line. And while his sleek corner office in the Midtown Manhattan building of Universal Music Group (UMG)…

  19. Latest 'Simpsons' Couch Gag Ditches Theme Song for Cat Stevens

    October 13, 2014 8:56 AM EDT The 26th season of The Simpsons is under way, and its credits-closing couch gag has been making headlines. After a prolonged, abstract, almost sci-fi version of the mainstay scene on the Sept. 28 premiere, Sunday night's "Super Franchise Me" kept things fresh with a little…

  20. Jennifer Lopez Is Still a Fan of Ben Affleck's Movies

    October 13, 2014 8:12 AM EDT It's been a decade since Bennifer broke up, and if you're having trouble remembering exactly what that celebrity portmanteau stood for, that's the whole point.  Jennifer Lopez  and Ben Affleck have lived entire lives -- Academy Awards! American Idol ! -- since canceling their…

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