1. Aretha Franklin Blasts Unauthorized Bio, Calls It a 'Very Trashy Book'

    November 24, 2014 7:13 PM EST The Queen of Soul says don't waste your money -- or soul -- on the recently released unauthorized biography about her. In a statement, Aretha Franklin called David Ritz 's Respect: The Life of Aretha Franklin , a "trashy book." Aretha Franklin Dishes on Covering '…

  2. LeAnn Rimes Spreads the Holiday Cheer With 'One Christmas' EP Series

    November 24, 2014 6:06 PM EST The holidays are a special time for LeAnn Rimes . That enthusiasm is showcased vividly on the brand-new Yuletide collection One Christmas: Chapter 1. " I really love the Christmas holiday season," she told Billboard . "For this project, instead of doing one record like I did…

  3. Music Legend Marianne Faithfull Dishes on Her Famous Friends -- From David Bowie to Metallica

    November 24, 2014 4:50 PM EST For the past 50 years,  Marianne Faithfull  has been one of the music world’s most singular characters: a Swinging London teen icon and mid-’60s girlfriend of Mick Jagger , a notorious heroin addict who revived her career in 1979 with the landmark Broken English and, most of all, a singer…

  4. Jim Schwartz, Pioneering Indie Music Distributor, Dead at 91

    November 24, 2014 1:16 PM EST Legendary indie music distributor Jim Schwartz died in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 8 of complications from Alzheimer's disease. He was 91. Although Schwartz ran Schwartz Brothers for many years, the company was originally founded right after World War II by his father Harry, who named the…

  5. Awkward: Vice Editor Not a Big Fan of 'Scumbag' Vice Partner Live Nation

    November 24, 2014 11:52 AM EST Earlier this month Live Nation and Vice Media announced a co-branded site to fill a "big white space" in live music content on the web. The news of the currently untitled partnership, due to launch in 2015, is now getting a little added attention after Gawker stumbled upon a…

  6. Kobalt Publishing Hires Jamie McLaughlin as Creative Director

    November 24, 2014 11:47 AM EST Kobalt Music Publishing has appointed Jamie McLaughlin to the position of creative director, charged with signing new talent, arranging writer collaborations and pitching songs. She has hit the ground running in the new job, having already played a part in the signing of Lady Gaga…

  7. AMAs Best & Worst Moments: One Direction, Taylor Swift, Lorde & More

    November 24, 2014 12:43 AM EST So who won the 2014 AMAs? One Direction won the coveted Artist of the Year and two other awards, while Taylor Swift captured the Dick Clark Award of Excellence, and Lorde was generally awesome. But plenty of other artists brought their A-game, as this was a star-studded night for the…

  8. American Music Awards 2014: What You Didn't See on TV

    November 24, 2014 12:17 AM EST One Direction's Harry Styles & Niall Horan make sure to stay in the audience for J.Lo & Iggy's 'Booty' fest, and more behind-the-scenes action. At Sunday night's American Music Awards , you saw Selena Gomez bare her heart -- and Iggy Azalea and…

  9. Five Reasons Why Lorde Won The AMAs Without Winning Any Awards

    November 24, 2014 12:10 AM EST Hanging with Taylor, dancing to Jessie, tweeting about Pitbull -- all in a day's work for young Ella. Lorde went home empty-handed at the 2014 American Music Awards, losing out in all four of her nominated categories. And while one could quibble about those results — losing out to…

  10. Sting Sets Out to Save 'The Last Ship'

    November 23, 2014 11:47 PM EST Sting is not letting The Last Ship sink without a fight. The former Police frontman, who composed the score for the Broadway musical set in his Northern English hometown, will join the cast as speculated, in a bid to lift the $15 million production's struggling box office. A story…

  11. Lil Wayne Debuts New Song; Nicki Minaj Performs 'Bed of Lies' at 2014 AMAs

    November 23, 2014 10:20 PM EST Lil Wayne debuted a new song, "Let's Start a Fire," alongside singer, Christina Milian , at the 2014 American Music Awards on Sunday, Nov. 23. Full 2014 AMAs Coverage "Mama I'm in love with a hot girl/ And they just don’t get it," Weezy kicks off the…

  12. Lorde Crushes 'Yellow Flicker Beat' at the 2014 AMAs: Watch

    November 23, 2014 9:20 PM EST The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 dominated at the box office this weekend, and Lorde 's theme for the film, "Yellow Flicker Beat," continued crushing it this weekend when the singer performed her newest hit at the American Music Awards.  American Music Awards  Full…

  13. Pitbull Jokes About President Obama's Immigration Executive Order at the 2014 AMAs

    November 23, 2014 8:24 PM EST American Music Awards host Pitbull didn't waste any time diving into topical political humor when he took to the stage Sunday night (Nov. 23) to kick off the show.  "Now look at the crowd," he exclaimed to an enthusiastic audience. "We’ve got everybody here tonight:…

  14. Disney Musical 'Into the Woods' Swoops Into Awards Season -- How Far Can It Go?

    November 23, 2014 12:20 PM EST And then there was just one unseen Oscar contender. Unbroken . On Saturday evening (Nov. 22), Disney unveiled the second-to-last of the major Oscar hopefuls that had not yet been been seen by pundits, Rob Marshall 's Into the Woods , at simultaneous screenings on both coasts,…

  15. Ariana Grande and Big Sean's 5 Cutest Moments

    November 22, 2014 8:55 PM EST Since October, when Ariana Grande confirmed her relationship with Big Sean , the lovebirds haven't been shy about expressing their affection for one another. On Saturday (Nov. 22), Grande dropped two adorable pictures featuring her rapper beau on Instagram. In honor of their social…

  16. Watch Selena Gomez Tease AMA Performance

    November 22, 2014 6:32 PM EST Selena Gomez is one day away from taking the stage at the 2014 American Music Awards on Sunday (Nov. 23). And the singer is giving fans a taste of what's to come when she performs her single, "Heart Wants What It Wants." Shot in the same intimate style as her "…

  17. See Ariana Grande Snuggle, Kiss Big Sean

    November 22, 2014 5:04 PM EST Aww! Ariana Grande and Big Sean might be vying for world's most adorable couple. The "Love Me Harder" singer posted snapshots of the pair, looking glamorous in some holiday-ready formal wear, on her Instagram account on Saturday (Nov. 22). And the photos show a candid side of…

  18. Watch Katy Perry, Will.i.am, Adam Lambert, Others Sing 'Imagine' for UNICEF

    November 21, 2014 8:23 PM EST To celebrate the 25th anniversary of United Nations' Convention on the Rights of the Child, UNICEF has teamed up with Yoko Ono and David Guetta to assemble a star cast to cover John Lennon 's beloved "Imagine" for what they're calling the #IMAGINE Project. …

  19. ODESZA Disrupts Dance Music with Lush, Post-Dubstep Beats

    November 21, 2014 5:41 PM EST Before Odesza 's Harrison Mills and Clayton Knight were topping Billboard's Dance/Electronic Albums chart and headlining nearly sold-out, back-to-back world tours, the two Seattle beatmakers were just another unsigned band dealing with the hardships of the road -- and extreme…

  20. Top 10 American Music Awards Moments: Past AMAs' Video Highlights

    November 21, 2014 1:35 PM EST From Miley Cyrus' giant cat to PSY's crazy mash-up with MC Hammer, check out the 10 most memorable AMAs performances ever. Over the past 42 years, the American Music Awards have produced dozens of memorable performances, from the quiet grace of Madonna's duet with…

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