1. Skid Row Singer Johnny Solinger Returns to His Country Roots on New EP

    October 08, 2014 6:10 PM EDT Scrappy Smith is the forthcoming country EP from Johnny Solinger. Yes, the Johnny Solinger who has been lead vocalist with Skid Row since 1999. And no, it's not his first country rodeo. "I had a break from Skid Row back in 2008. I was in Texas, and had a chance to do a project for…

  2. Blake Shelton Scores Second No. 1 Album on Billboard 200

    October 08, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Country king Blake Shelton earns his second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart as his new release, Bringing Back the Sunshine , debuts atop the list. It was released on Warner Bros. Nashville Records on Sept. 30, and sold 101,000 copies in the week ending Oct. 5, according to Nielsen…

  3. Hillsong United Wins Big at Dove Awards

    October 07, 2014 11:15 PM EDT Hillsong United  took tops honors Tuesday night (Oct. 7) at the Gospel Music Assn.’s 45th Annual Dove Awards, winning five Doves, including artist of the year and aong of the year for “Oceans (Where Feet May Fail).” “The song ‘Oceans’ has opened so many new doors and so many great…

  4. Raven-Symone to Oprah: 'I'm Tired of Being Labeled'

    October 07, 2014 9:09 PM EDT 'I'm an American; I'm not an African-American,' former Disney Channel star says on 'Oprah: Where Are They Now?' Raven-Symone has been in the public eye since she was just 3 years old, playing Olivia on The Cosby Show . From there, she released her debut album…

  5. Film Review: ‘Time Is Illmatic’ Documentary Pays Homage to Nas’ Seminal 1994 Hip-Hop Classic

    October 07, 2014 5:00 PM EDT Few albums in hip-hop history are as universally celebrated as Nasir " Nas " Jones' 1994 debut, Illmatic . But the story behind the LP's creation -- the concepts, production process and societal influences that put Nas at the forefront of the rap vanguard -- is subject…

  6. Emerging Picks of the Week: Elliphant, Ryan Hemsworth & Ces Cru

    October 07, 2014 4:00 PM EDT To begin October, we've compiled some of our favorite tracks that landed debuts on the latest Billboard + Twitter Emerging Artists chart. Give them a listen below and be sure to look out for their upcoming projects. Elliphant ft. MØ, "One More" Fresh off a track with Skrillex…

  7. Tinashe, 'Aquarius': Track-by-Track Review

    October 07, 2014 2:05 PM EDT Tinashe 's arrival on the mainstream music landscape comes at a time when experimental R&B is rapidly crescendoing. Yet even within the ranks of emerging women singers showing just how quirky and eccentric they can be ( Jhené Aiko , Kelela , BANKS ), Tinashe may be the songbird…

  8. Rome Fortune, 'Small VVorld': Exclusive Album Premiere

    October 07, 2014 1:16 PM EDT The rapper's 11-song free album features ILOVEMAKONNEN and OG Maco Rome Fortune is one of Atlanta's most wanted making waves. The rapper has been garnering buzz, picking up after the success of his Beautiful Pimp mixtapes. The rapper follows up his collaborative EP with Dun Deal,…

  9. Scott Greer Named EVP at Capitol Music Group

    October 06, 2014 4:24 PM EDT Scott Greer , an 18-year constant at Sony Music who most recently worked as svp of marketing for Sony's Columbia Records, has been named executive vice president of Capitol Music Group, the company announced today. Greer began his music industry career at Capitol Records in 1991,…

  10. Oliver Heldens Talks Deep House & Defying Genres at TomorrowWorld

    October 06, 2014 4:19 PM EDT 'Genres mean nothing to me. Listeners create the genres,' the up-and-comer says. "What does deep house mean to you?" Seated on a butterfly bench backstage at TomorrowWorld, Oliver Heldens hesitates. It's understandable; his stance is more often assumed than asked,…

  11. Why 1991 Was the Best Musical Year of the '90s

    October 06, 2014 2:15 PM EDT After focusing on 1994 last week, now, we're wondering what the best year for music was of the '90s. Monday, we make a case for 1990 and 1991 . POP SHOP HOMEPAGE The first musical year of a decade is usually transitional at best -- listening to the most notable releases from a…

  12. Former Bullying Victim Tinashe Gets Her Shot at R&B Stardom

    October 06, 2014 1:51 PM EDT On paper, Tinashe may come off like a former teen rebel: skipping prom and getting kicked out of her high school musical. And her slinky hit "2 On," a paean to the almighty "turn-up," teases out that narrative. But in reality, the R&B upstart -- who's releasing…

  13. Who Will Dominate Country Music’s Packed Year-End?

    October 06, 2014 12:45 PM EDT Jason Aldean, Little Big Town and Garth Brooks bring firepower to an already beefy fall release schedule. The fourth quarter is looking robust, with big releases ranging from Kanye West to Barry Manilow , but its secret weapon is an unusually strong slate from the country sector. “It’s the…

  14. Childish Gambino's Secret Track '3005 Part 2' Uncovered By Fans On Reddit

    October 06, 2014 10:35 AM EDT Days after Childish Gambino released his two-part project, STN MTN / Kauai   (one day apart from each other, Oct. 2 and 3), fans have cracked the secret to a hidden Gambino track hiding on the Internet.  Hear Childish Gambino's 'STN MTN' Mixtape Now Gambino took to Twitter on…

  15. Corner Office: Kickstarter CEO Yancey Strickler on Success, 'Broken Promises' and Being Spoofed by 'South Park'

    October 06, 2014 10:00 AM EDT The crowdfunding pioneer on workplace transparency, "broken promises" and YouTube's prospects for a fan-sourced venture. When Kickstarter moved into Brooklyn’s Greenpoint neighborhood in January, renovating a former pencil factory into 29,000 square feet of high-tech office…

  16. Nickelback Hater Launches Campaign to Deter Band from Playing London

    October 06, 2014 2:26 AM EDT Nickelback haters gonna hate.  The Canadian rock group is the subject of a project on group-funding platform Tilt, the goal of which is to ensure the polarizing outfit misses London when it next hits the road.  The campaign’s creator is seeking $1,000 for his Don't Let Nickel Back…

  17. Holocaust Theater Archive Established at University of Miami

    October 06, 2014 1:22 AM EDT The first comprehensive archive of theater materials related to the Holocaust has been established at the University of Miami, allowing researchers and students worldwide access to such plays as Arthur Millers' Broken Glass , the stage adaptation of The Diary of Anne Frank  and the…

  18. Rainbow Room Reopens Atop NYC's Skyline

    October 06, 2014 1:09 AM EDT The Rainbow Room reopened Sunday in its historic perch atop 30 Rockefeller Plaza after a five-year absence from the New York City skyline. "It's breathtaking," guest Jamie Greenwald , one of more than 200 brunch guests who took in the sweeping views outside and the…

  19. Jenni Rivera's Family Now Suing Late Singer's Manager Over Book

    October 05, 2014 11:32 PM EDT In the second chapter -- or is it the third or fourth? -- in a dispute over Jenni Rivera , the Mexican-American pop superstar who died in a 2012 plane crash, her family has filed a copyright lawsuit against Laura Lucio , Rivera's former manager. The lawsuit aims to stop Lucio from…

  20. Ted Nugent Rails on Liberals, 'Thugs,' 'Welfare Crack' in Rightist Essay

    October 03, 2014 10:07 PM EDT In an essay recently published on the conservative news website WorldNetDaily , Ted Nugent railed against liberalism for being the "root cause" of inner-city "black violence" violence in America.  "A plague of black violence has infested our inner cities, yet our…

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