1. Pharrell's Lawyer to YouTube: Remove Our Songs or Face $1B Lawsuit

    December 22, 2014 5:04 PM EST YouTube has been told to stop playing about 20,000 songs, but Irving Azoff's clients are finding the takedown process to be frustrating. There are songs, and then there are dances. Here's a song-and-dance routine that, according to one of the lawyers involved, could amount to a…

  2. Ashanti 'Shocked' by Prospect of Stalker Retrial

    December 20, 2014 12:36 PM EST Ashanti is appalled by the prospect of facing her accused stalker again in court, but the Grammy-winning R&B singer said Friday (Dec. 20) she's determined to see the case through after a mistrial. Ashanti's Mom Testifies in Stalking Trial "I'm shocked and horrified…

  3. Tony Bennett Among Kennedy Center Honorees

    December 16, 2014 9:07 PM EST Tony Bennett is among those being honored by the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights at a New York gala. Guests gathered at a Manhattan hotel on Tuesday evening (Dec. 16) for the organization's star-studded Ripple of Hope Award ceremony. Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett…

  4. Bill Cosby's Daughter Defends Her Dad

    December 16, 2014 4:29 PM EST A day after Camille Cosby released a statement in defense of her embattled husband, one of the comedian's four daughters is defending her father. Bill Cosby's Wife Camille Opens Up About Rape Accusations Evin Cosby, 38, says Bill Cosby "is the FATHER you thought you knew"…

  5. 'Dukes' Domination: John Schneider & Tom Wopat Hit Jazz Chart's Top 10

    December 16, 2014 10:05 AM EST The pair's 'Home for Christmas' debuts at No. 10 on the Traditional Jazz Albums tally. Thirty-five years later, the Duke boys aren't slowing down. John Schneider and Tom Wopat, aka cousins Bo and Luke Duke from CBS' 1979-85 classic The Dukes of Hazzard , motor onto…

  6. Nas, Russell Simmons Join Millions March NYC Protest

    December 15, 2014 10:20 AM EST On Saturday (Dec. 13), thousands of New Yorkers took to the streets to protest racial injustice -- most notably, the highly-publicized deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner at the hands of the police in Ferguson, Mo. and Staten Island, NY, respectively. Hip-hop luminaries Nas and Russell…

  7. Op-Ed: John Legend Demands Change After Eric Garner & Ferguson Decisions

    December 12, 2014 11:30 AM EST When Common and I wrote the song "Glory" for the stunning new film Selma , we drew inspiration from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his contemporaries who strived and sacrificed to achieve racial equality in the face of seemingly hopeless odds. As I watched the final version of…

  8. ASCAP CEO John LoFrumento Announces Retirement

    December 12, 2014 9:00 AM EST After a 33-year career at ASCAP -- 17 of them as the CEO -- John LoFrumento is retiring from the performance rights organization as of Jan. 1. During his tenure at the head of organization, membership grew from 70,000 members to 520,000, while distribution of royalties more than doubled,…

  9. Exclusive Premiere: Hear Goldfish's Remix of Wyclef Jean & Avicii's 'Divine Sorrow'

    December 11, 2014 4:40 PM EST Goldfish, an electronic music duo from Cape Town known for performing instrumental live sets, give the single a beachy, piano-heavy treatment. Last winter, Wyclef Jean and Avicii joined forces to make a song called " Divine Sorrow ," which was later put out by (RED), the Bono…

  10. Radio DJ Ray Teret, Friend of Jimmy Savile, Jailed for 25 Years Over Sex Attacks

    December 11, 2014 1:44 PM EST Former radio DJ Ray Teret has been jailed for 25 years following his conviction for a series of rapes and indecent assaults on "star-struck" young girls in the 1960s and 1970s. Teret was found guilty of seven counts of rape and 11 charges of indecent assault carried out on 11…

  11. Nas Joins Eric Garner Decision Protesters

    December 11, 2014 12:20 PM EST Nas is the latest artist to show his support for those protesting the grand jury's decision in the Eric Garner case. The rapper tweeted and Instagrammed a photo of himself standing with a group of protesters wearing "I CAN'T BREATHE" shirts. I CANT BREATHE!!! @ Manhattan…

  12. Golden Globes: John Legend Calls 'Selma' Song 'A Labor of Love'

    December 11, 2014 11:44 AM EST John Legend  and Common have both released statements following their Golden Globe Best Original Song nomination for "Glory," from the film Selma .  "Thank you to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for recognizing ‘Glory’ with a nomination for Best Original Song!,"…

  13. Jay Z & N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo Discuss Criminal Justice Reform

    December 11, 2014 5:38 AM EST Jay Z , the most powerful man in hip hop, has met with New York’s highest-elected official, Governor Andrew Cuomo , to rap on reform to the state’s criminal justice system.  Hov met with Cuomo on Wednesday to discuss potential changes to law, and to float the appointment of a special…

  14. Grooveshark to Launch New, Legit Internet Radio App Broadcasts in January

    December 09, 2014 2:54 PM EST Labels' least-favorite digital music concern launches a new, above-board radio service. Grooveshark has spent years fighting major record labels and music publishers. Now the Florida-based streaming service is taking a different tact: a DMCA-compliant Internet radio service called…

  15. Watch Wu-Tang Clan' Protest Footage Compilation for ‘A Better Tomorrow’ Video

    December 07, 2014 2:48 PM EST The Wu-Tang Clan has successfully captured some of the nation’s frustrations with the justice system in their new music video for “A Better Tomorrow,” the title track from the group’s sixth album. Wu-Tang Clan Bring the Latest 'Ruckus' to 'Letterman' In the wake of grand…

  16. Common Talks 'Glory,' His 'Selma' Duet With John Legend: 'It's for Dr. King'

    December 05, 2014 7:11 PM EST The rapper also addresses the song's Oscar chances: 'The bigger the platform, the more people the message can reach.' The trailer for the civil rights drama Selma was scored with a hip-hop song by Public Enemy , as a sort of promise to audiences that this wouldn't be a…

  17. Ex-Cake Drummer to Appeal Molestation Conviction

    December 04, 2014 9:57 PM EST The former drummer of the alternative rock band Cake maintains his innocence, and his attorney has filed a notice of appeal after he was sentenced to 15 years to life in state prison for molesting a 3-year-old girl during a Thanksgiving party five years ago. Relatives of 48-year-old Peter…

  18. Questlove Challenges Artists to Write Protest Songs After Mike Brown & Eric Garner Rulings

    December 04, 2014 5:35 PM EST Roots mastermind says musicians -- in hip-hop and beyond -- are not singing about the issues nearly enough. Listen up, y’all: Questlove has something to say, and as usual, it's pretty much gospel. Following the non-indictments of police officers in the Mike Brown and Eric Garner…

  19. Alicia Keys Preaches for Unity in 'We Gotta Pray'

    December 04, 2014 11:58 AM EST Alicia Keys has released a new song, “We Gotta Pray”, in the wake of protests in New York City and Ferguson, MO. Just hours after its release, the song bolted to the top of the Billboard + Twitter Trending 140 . In the reflective ballad, the singer-songwriter pleads for the world to…

  20. Watch Jane Krakowski Audition for 'Peter Pan Live!'

    December 02, 2014 12:00 PM EST Moment of silence that 30 Rock isn't on the air in the era of live television musicals.  While we'll never officially have Jenna Maroney demanding to be part of NBC's live broadcasts, fans got the next best thing: Jane Krakowski's disastrous audition for Peter Pan Live! …

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