1. Exclusive: TuneCore Buys 'Location Goodie Bag' Startup DropKloud

    December 17, 2014 5:49 PM EST TuneCore has added to its list of artist services by acquiring DropKloud , the maker of a consumer-facing mobile app aimed at musicians and is set to launch next year. Boston-based co-founders James DeNino and Kedar Frederic will head TunesCore's new office in that city. DropKloud is a…

  2. YouTube Music Admin Company AdRev Snaps Up Distro Service DashGo

    December 15, 2014 1:16 PM EST AdRev , a music administration service for YouTube, has acquired digital distributor DashGo . Terms of the deal were not disclosed. All DashGo employees will make the transition to AdRev, and DashGo will retain its name, according to AdRev CEO Ryan Born . Ben Patterson will continue on as…

  3. Does Michael Stipe Have Plans for R.E.M. to Reunite?

    December 13, 2014 7:40 PM EST In Sept. 2011, R.E.M.  " decided to call it a day as a band ." In the three years since they disbanded, fans have been wondering if frontman Michael Stipe has plans to sing again. In an interview with CBS This Morning , the iconic lead singer opened up about just that. "I…

  4. The 10 Best Rap Songs of 2014

    December 11, 2014 2:10 PM EST Maybe it's just where the industry's headed, maybe it's just a result of how 2013's calendar worked, but this year rap fans digested their music through song, not album. And the songs came from unexpected places, like Vine and Soundcloud, to speak nothing of Detroit and…

  5. Watch Sam Smith's Soulful & Sad Clip for 'Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas'

    December 11, 2014 2:10 AM EST Just in case you were feeling as cheery as Old Saint Nick and his happy little elves, Sam Smith released the music video for his version of "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" to add a dash of somberness to the holidays. Bob Geldof to 'Do They Know It's Christmas&…

  6. Idina Menzel & Michael Buble Top AC With 'Baby It's Cold Outside'

    December 09, 2014 7:05 AM EST Their duet becomes the format's latest holiday leader. Idina Menzel and Michael Buble's duet-slash-accurate weather report (depending on where you're reading this), "Baby It's Cold Outside," rises 2-1 on Billboard 's Adult Contemporary chart. The song…

  7. Pentatonix Tops Holiday Songs & Albums Charts

    December 04, 2014 3:04 PM EST The vocal group is the first act to top both seasonal tallies simultaneously. We're making a list and checking it twice. Wait: we make lots of lists! (Approximately 250 a week.) But for a few weeks each year, we add our stable of holiday charts, led by the Holiday 100 songs ranking and…

  8. Kesha's Lawyer Claims Dr. Luke Raped Lady Gaga, Luke's & Gaga's Reps Strongly Deny Allegations

    December 02, 2014 9:24 PM EST After Lady Gaga revealed Tuesday that she was raped by a record producer early in her career, Kesha 's attorney Mark Geragos made claims online that rapist was none other than Dr. Luke, with whom his client is currently amidst a legal suit. But now both Luke and Gaga's reps…

  9. Big Sean Earns Third No. 1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

    November 28, 2014 9:00 AM EST Big Sean rises to the top of Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs with "I Don't F--- With You" featuring E-40 , securing his third No. 1 on the chart. It follows "Marvin & Chardonnay" (2011, featuring Kanye West & Roscoe Dash ) and "Mercy" (2012, credited to…

  10. A-Trak Talks New Solo Material, DJ Set Transparency, and 'Youth on the Come-Up'

    November 25, 2014 9:00 AM EST By this point in his career, A-Trak should probably be known as Multi-Track. The former Billboard cover star  (real name Alain Macklovitch, a last name you might recognize from his brother Dave, who goes by Dave 1 in the electro-funk duo Chromeo ) is a DJ and producer, scratcher and…

  11. 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…

  12. Taylor Swift Gives 'Blank Space' Dazzling Live Debut at AMAs

    November 23, 2014 8:05 PM EST Days after “Blank Space” became Taylor Swift ’s third No. 1 single on the Hot 100 chart , the pop superstar gave the 1989 single the splashy live debut it deserves when she opened the 2014 American Music Awards on Sunday night (Nov. 23) from the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los…

  13. Taylor Swift No. 1, Pentatonix Jingles Up Artist 100

    November 20, 2014 4:35 PM EST Swift stays atop the tally, while the vocal act surges thanks to its hit holiday album. No surprise here: Taylor Swift tallies a record-extending fifth week at No. 1 on the Billboard Artist 100 chart. The Artist 100 provides the first weekly ranking dedicated to measuring artist activity…

  14. The Best and Worst Singles of the Week -- From Wu-Tang Clan to Shawn Mendes

    November 14, 2014 6:13 PM EST " alt="" width="510"> Shawn Mendes "Something Big" Island The Ed Sheeran -esque folk-pop of Shawn Mendes' "Something Big" is an awkward fit for the Vine phenomenon. Unlike the slow contemplation of debut hit "Life Of The Party,"…

  15. Lee Daniels' Business Partner Claims Damon Dash Is 'Libel-Proof'

    November 12, 2014 4:25 PM EST Roc-A-Fella Records co-founder is suing Daniels over profits from 'The Butler' & other projects. Roc-A-Fella Records co-founder Damon Dash 's defamation claim against Canyon Entertainment president Simone Sheffield might best be considered the undercard in a legal match…

  16. Taylor Swift's 'Blank Space' App: Inside The User Experience

    November 11, 2014 9:12 AM EST Follow the action, explore other rooms and watch behind-the-scenes footage with Swift's new app. Taylor Swift's new music video for "Blank Space" has been given an immersive complementary technological experience with the American Express Unstaged Taylor Swift Blank…

  17. Justin Bieber's 'Baby' Video Co-Star Jasmine V Talks Solo Career, Working With Kendrick Lamar

    November 03, 2014 3:15 PM EST From: San Jose, Calif. Age: 20 Origin: A child actress with appearances on My Wife and Kids and That's So Raven , Jasmine Villegas signed with Damon Dash at age 12 before inking a deal with Sony, and then Interscope in 2013. "I was signed three times and was really discouraged…

  18. R.F.C.'s Smoke DZA & Al-Doe, 'They Got Money,' Featuring Damon Dash: Exclusive Song Premiere

    October 20, 2014 2:25 PM EDT DZA's R.F.C. Music Group will release their debut album, The Outsiders, on Nov. 18. Smoke DZA is inaugurating his new imprint, R.F.C. Music Group, with their debut album, The Outsiders . The LP, out Nov. 18 through iHipHop Distribution, will feature all members of the imprint's…

  19. Stars Talk New Album 'No One Is Lost' + Exclusive Video Premiere

    October 16, 2014 11:15 AM EDT The Montreal alt band returns with its wide array of pop, dance and rock, weaved together by its knack for infectious choruses and hopeful upbeat lyrics. 'Music is my religion,' says co-founder Torquil Campbell. 'I was raised in the church of art.' Stars' new album…

  20. U2 Shares Video for 'The Miracle (of Joey Ramone)': Watch

    October 15, 2014 3:14 AM EDT U2 has taken a beating from Iggy Pop , Tyler, The Creator and countless iTunes account holders, for pushing their latest album onto hundreds of millions of music fans around the world. And they’re sorry for it. But it won't stop them from promoting the record.  In support of the album…

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