1. Rdio Partners With Toronto Film Festival, Announces Free Ellie Goulding Show

    August 27, 2014 1:42 PM EDT Next month's  Toronto International Film Festival has an official music partner. Streaming service Rdio has announced it is setting up a music hub at the 11-day event with giveaways, a listening station and live music, starting with a free Ellie Goulding show at the iconic Massey Hall.…

  2. How Jesse Kinch Won ‘Rising Star’

    August 26, 2014 12:41 AM EDT Four contestants braved the intimidating "Wall" of viewer votes on the season finale of Rising Star on Sunday night, but only one emerged victorious — 20-year-old rocker Jesse Kinch was named the series inaugural champion over worship leader Austin French , soulful crooner Dana…

  3. Listen to Rob Garza's Burning Man Playlist

    August 25, 2014 4:33 PM EDT The Thievery Corporation DJ shares his musical picks for the Nevada gathering. Rob Garza is one-half of the Washington, D.C., DJ collective Theivery Corporation. Below, he shares his playlist for Burning Man, the Nevada gathering that started Monday (Aug. 25). While there is so much music to…

  4. Chart Highlights: Sam Smith's 'Stay With Me' Crowns Pop Songs, Adult Pop Songs, AC

    August 25, 2014 3:35 PM EDT The ballad becomes one of only three songs ever to lead the three lists simultaneously. Plus, new No. 1s for Jeremih, ScHoolboy Q, Demi Lovato & more Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers…

  5. Ariana Grande Expands on 'My Everything': Track-By-Track Review

    August 25, 2014 2:57 PM EDT Ariana Grande's debut album Yours Truly was released almost exactly a year ago, and over the past 12 months, the former Nickelodeon star has transformed from pop artist you ought to know to an undeniable superstar, with three singles in the Top 10 of the current Hot 100 chart , a slot…

  6. Aloe Blacc & JC Chasez Talk Making of Smokey Robinson's 'My Girl' Remake

    August 22, 2014 7:24 PM EDT Smokey Robinson 's new album Smokey & Friends is an R&B/soul masterpiece that features new duet versions of some of the singer/songwriter's most memorable songs, including remakes of tracks written by Robinson for himself and his group the Miracles , as well as other acts…

  7. Horn in the USA: How Macklemore Is Influencing Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande & More

    August 22, 2014 6:11 PM EDT Looking at the numbers behind the sax resurgence. With Taylor Swift 's "Shake It Off" set to  make a No. 1 debut the Billboard Hot 100 , it seems like 2014 is the summer of the horn riff. From "Talk Dirty" to "Problem" to "Bang Bang" to "Rude,…

  8. Aaliyah’s Afterlife: How the Singer Still Lives on in Music and Fashion

    August 22, 2014 4:36 PM EDT years after her death, the R&B star lives on with an astonishing influence over music and fashion On her aunt’s porch in Haines City, Fla., in 2001, you could find a 15-year-old Sevyn Streeter doing her best Aaliyah impression. She and her cousin would glide from side to side,…

  9. Robert Christgau on 'Get On Up': Putting James Browns' Music First

    August 22, 2014 2:00 PM EDT In his 2006 Rolling Stone profile "Being James Brown," the great lost rock critic Jonathan Lethem made sense of the Hardest Working Man in Show Business, the Minister of Super Heavy Funk, the Augusta Akhenaten, and all the other honorifics Mr. Brown has and will earn by declaring…

  10. Christina Aguilera’s Self-Titled Debut at 15: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    August 22, 2014 1:00 PM EDT Once upon a time, when ex-Mouseketeers with burning ambition and blinding smiles ruled the universe, there lived two princesses. One was an iffy singer with undeniable sex appeal; the other was a secret soul diva working within record-label constraints, biding her time until she could unleash…

  11. Vote: Which 2014 VMA Performance Are You Most Excited For?

    August 22, 2014 12:40 PM EDT Every year the MTV VMAs roll out an A-list parade of performers to move the crowd while the network doles out Moonman Awards. But let's be honest: All VMA performances are not created equal. While 2013 boasted an 'N Sync reunion and the Twerk Heard Around the World , no one's…

  12. Plan B Joins Foxes, Olly Murs on U.K.-Wide Industry Program 'The Big Music Project'

    August 22, 2014 10:47 AM EDT The Big Music Project, an initiative to promote young artists and entrepreneurs in the U.K. music industry, has partnered with singer and rapper Plan B, joining Foxes, Olly Murs, trade body the British Phonographic Industry and many more in the government Brit Award-winning British soul…

  13. Listen: Our Top 5 Favorite 5 Diplo Remixes

    August 22, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Over the past decade, Diplo has mastered the art of taking a catchy pop or indie song and priming it for the club. His SoundCloud page has more than 4 million followers who hang on his every upload, with another 2.7 million followers on the page for his dancehall side project Major Lazer .…

  14. Thomas Rhett Talks 'Make Me Wanna,' His Father & Avoiding Tattoos

    August 21, 2014 7:09 PM EDT There's typically not as much buzz about the fifth single from an album. That being said, "Make Me Wanna," the latest release from Thomas Rhett 's debut  It Goes Like This , is a little bit different. "I've had it since I was 20 years old, so it's been a…

  15. SPICA Play 'How Well Do You Know Your Bandmates?': Video

    August 21, 2014 6:00 PM EDT Watching SPICA   onstage at KCON 2014 , the girl group seem like they're cut from the same cloth of K-pop star: gorgeous gals all carrying big, soulful voices. But how well have the soul sisters gotten to know one another in their two years together? Backstage at the L.A. festival, the K…

  16. Lauryn Hill Dedicates Song 'Black Rage' to Ferguson

    August 21, 2014 9:49 AM EDT In the midst of the tragic events still unfolding in Ferguson, Mo.,  Lauryn Hill  uploaded a version of her song, "Black Rage (Sketch)," dedicated to the beleaguered city.  Set to the tune of "My Favorite Things" the lyrics, of course, are much more serious than the Sound…

  17. Sofia Reyes Teams With Wisin on 'Muevelo': Watch

    August 21, 2014 4:00 AM EDT Pop singer Sofia Reyes , who is the first artist signed to Prince Royce's new label, is getting a major seal-of-approval from Reggaeton star Wisin who joins the songstress on her new bilingual single "Muevelo" or "Move It." The Mexican-born Reyes, whose first pop…

  18. Sarah Dunn on Her Old-Fashioned Upbringing: 'We Didn't Have a CD Player or Tape Deck'

    August 20, 2014 5:58 PM EDT Sarah Dunn, the voice behind the Sarah Dunn Band 's "You or the Whiskey," definitely qualifies as an old soul. And not just in her attitude toward building her career.  "I was delivered by a midwife in Monett, Missouri, in this antebellum home. I like to think I had a…

  19. Taylor Swift's '1989' Album: 10 Dream Collaborators From 1989

    August 20, 2014 4:19 PM EDT Here are the producers, songwriters and music video auteurs that could make T-Swift's next project truly feel like a blast from the past. "I was listening to a lot of late 80's pop music," Taylor Swift explained to her audience on Monday's big announcement…

  20. Mikky Ekko Talks Debut Album 'Time,' Previews New Tracks in Intimate Concert

    August 20, 2014 2:25 PM EDT "I feel like we took the time to put together a really, really strong album," says the "Stay" singer-songwriter. In many ways, Mikky Ekko couldn't have chosen a better title for his debut album than Time .   Set for release on RCA this fall, Time will arrive nearly…

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