1. Elvis Photographer Alfred Wertheimer Dies at 85

    October 22, 2014 3:11 AM EDT Alfred Wertheimer , the photographer whose portraits of Elvis Presley documented the birth of a music legend, has died. Wertheimer, who was 85, died of natural causes Sunday at his New York apartment, said Chris Murray , who owns Washington, D.C's Govinda Gallery  which counts…

  2. 'Motown the Musical' Feels the Love Back in the Motor City

    October 22, 2014 1:58 AM EDT "The Motown family cannot NOT love each other," Berry Gordy, Jr. recently told Billboard. And there was certainly plenty of love in the room on Tuesday night when Gordy and dozens of Motown alumni -- artists, musicians executives, recording engineers, secretaries and more --…

  3. Gregg Alexander to Perform 'Begin Again' Song at Hollywood Music in Media Awards

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  4. Beast Celebrate 5 Years in K-Pop With New Ballad '12:30'

    October 21, 2014 9:58 PM EDT The boy band give the public a heartbreaking ballad... but with a refreshing twist. Ahead of their two most recent releases, Beast  released ballads as buzz tracks to preview their upcoming material. The boy band previewed 2013 LP Hard to Love, How to Love with the ballad "Will You Be…

  5. Reba McEntire Becomes Nash Icon Music Label's Inaugural Signing

    October 21, 2014 9:48 PM EDT Reba McEntire is about to hit the comeback trail. The Country Music Hall of Fame member signed a new recording pact earlier this morning with Nash Icon Music, a joint venture between Big Machine Label Group and Cumulus Media -- for which the prolific McEntire will be the flagship artist.…

  6. Latin Grammy Watch: Rubén Blades, Miguel Bosé, Calle 13 to Honor Joan Manuel Serrat

    October 21, 2014 8:07 PM EDT The Nov. 19 gala and musical tribute includes Tania Libertad and Joaquin Sabina. Panamanian salsa singer  Rubén Blades , Spanish crooner Miguel  Bosé and Puerto Rico's Calle 13 are among several entertainers paying tribute to Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year Joan Manuel…

  7. Exclusive: Art Department Talk New Album, Premiere 'Cruel Intentions' ft. Seth Troxler

    October 21, 2014 7:18 PM EDT The underground Canadian duo dish on late night emails from Seth Troxler and how bands and DJs differ Since joining forces as Art Department in 2009, veteran Toronto producers and DJs Kenny Glasgow and Jonny White have emerged as a true double threat. From enthralling fans with their…

  8. The Case for Inducting The Oak Ridge Boys Into the Country Music Hall of Fame

    October 21, 2014 6:24 PM EDT Three months ago, we gave you our thoughts on why Don Rich should be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2015 in the musicians' category. This month, we take a look at what is known as the Modern Era category. Open to acts that have been involved in the business for between…

  9. Giants vs. Royals: Who Has the Better Intro Music?

    October 21, 2014 6:00 PM EDT Tonight, the San Francisco Giants visit Kansas City’s Kauffman Stadium to take on the Royals in Game One of the 2014 World Series. The Giants are gunning for their third ring in five years, while the Royals -- who have yet to lose this postseason -- are looking to continue an 11-game…

  10. Why SoulCycle Is the Hot New Way to Break a Hit

    October 21, 2014 5:26 PM EDT Nicole Scherzinger (right) previewed her new album at a SoulCycle ride in New York on Oct. 2 On a recent Thursday night in New York, the scene inside SoulCycle's Leroy Street studio was a departure from the usual 45-minute spinning class: Singer Nicole Scherzinger was hosting a private…

  11. Mac Miller Releases New Song, Signs Massive Deal with Warner

    October 21, 2014 4:11 PM EDT After hustling independently since 2007, Mac Miller has signed a record deal with Warner Bros. A source tells FADER that the deal is worth $10 million. Miller brings over his independent label, Remember Music, to Warner Bros as well. He’ll be signing and developing artists under his imprint…

  12. Exclusive: Chance the Rapper Reveals New Album 'Surf,' Working With Frank Ocean & J. Cole

    October 21, 2014 3:30 PM EDT Chance and the Social Experiment are aiming to drop 'Surf' for free by the end of the year. In the year and a half since he released his breakout mixtape, Acid Rap , Chance the Rapper has charted a remarkable course. Forgoing signing with a major label, the Chicago rapper has…

  13. Album Review: Neil Diamond Resists Resting on His Laurels With 'Melody Road'

    October 21, 2014 3:13 PM EDT At 73, the only reason for a national treasure like Neil Diamond to still be making albums -- let alone entirely self-written ones -- is because he wants to. He already has pulled the nest-egg moves: His last four releases were a covers LP, his third Christmas album, his seventh live…

  14. Exclusive: Nick Hakim Announces Vinyl Release & Premieres Two Songs

    October 21, 2014 2:25 PM EDT After touring the U.K., Nick Hakim is prepping the release of Where Will We Go Pt.1 & 2, a vinyl compilation of his two previous EPs. Hakim will release Where Will We Go Pt. 1 & 2 on Nov. 18 through his own imprint, Earseed Records. In honor of the new 12", Billboard is…

  15. Gwen Stefani Stays Trippy in ‘Baby Don’t Lie’ Music Video

    October 21, 2014 2:08 PM EDT Gwen Stefani is back with a new single, “Baby Don’t Lie,” that updates the elastic pop sound of her first two solo albums. After being previewed on last night’s episode of The Voice , the official music video for “Baby Don’t Lie” has arrived, with a whole lot of funky shapes and loud colors…

  16. Album Review: Little Big Town Finally Ready for the Big Time With Tour De Force 'Pain Killer'

    October 21, 2014 2:04 PM EDT There's a reason Little Big Town gets compared to Fleetwood Mac , and it's not just because two of the bandmates are married to each other or that the quartet performs a spirited take on "The Chain" in concert. It's also because the coed Alabama foursome often sings…

  17. Why Taylor Swift Would Never ‘Pull a Beyonce’ with an Album

    October 21, 2014 1:21 PM EDT Waiting for Taylor to release an out-of-nowhere album someday? Keep waiting. When Beyonce surprise-released her self-titled fifth album exclusively on iTunes last December, the sneak-attack tactic left the industry with a lot of questions once the dust settled. The strategy was undeniably…

  18. Executive Turntable: New Faces, Promotions at Beggars, Republic Records, Capitol & More

    October 21, 2014 1:11 PM EDT -- The Beggars Group announced the following expansion and promotions within the radio department: Risa Matsuki was promoted to VP, Promotions; Brien Terranova joined as Sr. Director, Promotions; and Hector Montes rose to National Director, Promotions.  -- Republic Records announced the…

  19. Roc Nation Sports Signs Red Sox Star Yoenis Cespedes

    October 21, 2014 1:00 PM EDT Red Sox slugger Yoenis Cespedes has joined Jay Z 's burgeoning sports agency Roc Nation Sports, the company announced  this week. Roc Nation Sports' roster also includes fellow MLB stars C.C. Sabathia , Robinson Cano and Rusney Castillo , as well as NFL players Victor Cruz and…

  20. Anatomy of a Hit: How Bobby Shmurda's 'Hot Boy' Came to Life

    October 21, 2014 12:57 PM EDT In March, Bobby Shmurda ’s “Hot Boy” (explicit version: “Hot N—a”) video hit YouTube. But it wasn’t until June, when Vine user Vladimir Francois looped the rapper’s Shmoney Dance move in the clip, that the song blew up. Now, Shmurda, 20, is signed to Epic Records, and “Hot Boy” rises 12-10…

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