1. 'Sons of Anarchy' Band The Forest Rangers Crowdfunding Debut Album

    August 19, 2014 2:50 PM EDT The band that accompanies the biker saga on FX's Sons of Anarchy is asking its gang of fans to help support an album of all original songs. The Forest Rangers, led by musician and music supervisor Bob Thiele Jr. , have launched a PledgeMusic campaign to record and release a new album.…

  2. Beatles Special, 'Cosmos' Take Home Music Emmys

    August 18, 2014 7:31 PM EDT Tony Awards & 'Sherlock: His Last Vow' are also musical winners. Composer Alan Silvestri won two awards for his work on Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey as Emmys in the music categories were handed out as part of the Creative Arts Emmys ceremony on Saturday. Silvestri was honored in…

  3. Brad Paisley Helps Launch My Country Nation Digital Channel

    August 18, 2014 12:38 PM EDT Brad Paisley has partnered with a pair of content producers and a talent agency to launch a digital channel this month designed for country music fans. More on Paisley Brad Paisley Q&A: Country Star Talks 'Moonshine,' 'Accidental Racist' & Air Force One Trophies…

  4. 'Frank' Talk: Inside the Head of the Oddball Indie Comedy

    August 15, 2014 5:45 PM EDT Maggie Gyllenhaal, Michael Fassbender and Domhnall Gleeson not only portray down-on-their-luck oddball musicians in an avant-garde rock band in Frank , they had to become proficient as musicians to give realistic performances. Director Lenny Abrahamson and composer Stephen Rennicks drew on…

  5. Rich Jacobellis Named Partner at First Artists

    August 15, 2014 1:30 PM EDT Composer and music supervisor agent Rich Jacobellis has been named partner at the music agency First Artists Management. Jacobellis' clients include Emmy-winning and nominated composers Bear McCreary ( Da Vinci's Demons ), Wendy and Lisa ( Nurse Jackie ), Nathan Barr ( The Americans…

  6. Rewinding The Charts: In 1965, Sonny & Cher 'Got' To No. 1

    August 14, 2014 2:05 PM EDT The couple's signature ode to devotional love topped the Hot 100 on Aug. 14, 1965 Sonny & Cher's "I Got You Babe" may have been their debut hit on the Billboard Hot 100, but it wasn't the first time they were heard on smash singles. Sonny Bono was working for…

  7. Radio Disney to Sell the Majority of Its Stations

    August 13, 2014 1:48 PM EDT Radio Disney is reducing its radio station outlets to one, KDIS-AM in Los Angeles, in September as it increases its investment in digital distribution platforms.   The radio network will be significantly reducing its workforce at local stations and make personnel cuts in ad sales and…

  8. To Keep Purchases Alive, Sony Music Launches Discounted 'Album of the Day' App

    August 13, 2014 1:40 PM EDT As streaming continues to overtake downloads, a new app appears. Sony Music Entertainment is rolling out its ‘Album of the Day’ app to the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Ireland, following its successful launch in Germany in March this year.   As of today …

  9. Nicki Minaj to Perform at 2014 VMAs

    August 13, 2014 10:15 AM EDT Nicki Minaj will make her first solo VMA performance Aug. 24 on the 2014 edition of the MTV Video Music Awards. Minaj will perform her single "Anaconda," which was released Aug. 4 and is expected to debut on the Billboard Hot 100 this week. The song will appear on her next album,…

  10. Jon Bellion, 'Simple and Sweet': Exclusive Video Premiere

    August 12, 2014 2:00 PM EDT The singer-songwriter/producer's new album 'The Definition' is slated to drop Sept. 23. Close to a year after the release of The Separation , Jon Bellion is dropping his third album, The Definition , on Sept. 23. The singer-songwriter/producer has been teasing the full-length…

  11. Bob Weir Cancels All Concerts For 2014

    August 12, 2014 4:25 AM EDT Guitarist Bob Weir is canceling all of the tour dates he had planned through January. The Grateful Dead founder says his tour with his other band, RatDog , won't kick off this week as planned. He posted a message Sunday on RatDog's website saying "circumstances have…

  12. BET Orders Reality Series Starring Nelly, Keyshia Cole and Mann Family

    August 12, 2014 3:44 AM EDT BET is bulking up its unscripted programming. The Viacom-owned cable network has handed out series orders to docuseries starring rapper Nelly , a new entry with Keyshia Cole and one featuring Meet the Browns stars David and Tamela Mann . The untitled Cole project, picked up for six half-hour…

  13. Glen Hansard Surprises 'Once' Audience at Hollywood’s Pantages Theater

    August 10, 2014 5:35 PM EDT Hansard was in Los Angeles for a concert at the Hollywood Bowl on Aug. 10. Glen Hansard surprised the audience attending the Aug. 8 performance of the stage version of "Once" at the Pantages Theater in Hollywood, joining the cast of the musical for an impromptu performance of a…

  14. The Inside Story of How Lorde Came to Rule 'The Hunger Games'

    August 08, 2014 2:00 PM EDT A nontraditional deal with Lionsgate finds the 17-year-old curating a major soundtrack. The Hunger Games franchise has a new heroine on the horizon: Lorde.  The 17-year-old singer-songwriter has been commissioned by Lionsgate and music publisher Songs to deliver the first single from…

  15. DJ Rashad Died From Drug Overdose: Report

    August 08, 2014 3:30 AM EDT DJ Rashad’s untimely death was due to a drug overdose.  That’s the conclusion from the house DJ’s toxicological test results, which have revealed heroin, cocaine and alprazolam (Xanax) was in his system when he died April 26 in his hometown, Chicago, according to reports.  The footwork…

  16. Beyonce to Receive Michael Jackson Award at VMAs

    August 07, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Beyonce will receive the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award and perform at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards on Aug. 24 at the Forum in Inglewood, Calif. An 11-time winner for her solo work and as a member of Destiny’s Child, Beyonce leads all nominees this year with eight. Among the…

  17. Nils Lofgren Talks Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young While Touting Massive Box Set

    August 06, 2014 7:28 PM EDT "I love being in bands," Nils Lofgren told a sold out crowd at the Grammy Museum Aug. 5, midway through stories about his experiences in Grin and groups that backed Neil Young , Bruce Springsteen and Ringo Starr . Most importantly, it's the live show aspect of being in a band. …

  18. Angry Mob Taps Debra Delshad as Film/TV Executive

    August 06, 2014 5:09 PM EDT Longtime film and TV licensing executive Debra Delshad has joined independent publisher Angry Mob Music to head its synchronization and licensing department. Most recently senior director of synchronization and licensing at ole media, Delshad will be responsible for placing and licensing…

  19. Russell Simmons' All Def Digital Brings In $5M from New Funding Round

    August 06, 2014 2:51 PM EDT Russell Simmons ' digital consumer entertainment brand and cross-platform network has secured $5 million in Series A financing from new media venture capital firm Greycroft Partners, with participation from Advancit Capital, Nu Horizons Investments and e.ventures The financing will…

  20. Rewinding The Charts: 20 Years Ago, Lisa Loeb Made History At No. 1

    August 06, 2014 10:05 AM EDT On Aug. 6, 1994, "Stay (I Missed You)," from the Gen X classic film "Reality Bites," made the bespectacled singer/songwriter the first unsigned artist to top the Billboard Hot 100 Lisa Loeb can thank U2 for playing an indirect, but indispensable, part of "Stay (I…

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