1. Warner Music Group Becomes Founding Partner of YouTube Competitor Interlude

    December 22, 2014 4:12 PM EST Warner Music Group's 2014 has been bookended with forward-thinking partnerships. In February, they collaborated with song identification service Shazam , which allowed the major label access to Shazam's data to find and sign promising artists; making a digital push in China by…

  2. Hear Jenny Slate Sing Fleetwood Mac's 'Landslide' as Marcel the Shell

    December 18, 2014 11:51 AM EST Jenny Slate -- the actress/comedian who starred in this year's brilliant  Obvious Child and appeared on Parks and Recreation and Married -- sang one of Fleetwood Mac 's iconic hits last night on Conan : "Landslide" from 1975. The twist? She did it in the voice of Marcel…

  3. Chart Highlights: Taylor Swift, Avery Sunshine, Tim McGraw Notch New No. 1s

    December 15, 2014 5:05 PM EST Swift makes the quickest jump to No. 1 this year, Sunshine scores her first Adult R&B Songs leader and McGraw makes more history. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys…

  4. BSBB Round 2: OneRepublic, "Counting Stars" vs. Aloe Blacc, "The Man"

    December 14, 2014 10:01 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Counting Stars OneRepublic The Man Aloe Blacc MEGAN BUERGER: So, I know Ryan Tedder is supposedly the best songwriter of the past decade, but "Counting Stars" is a real puzzler. "Everything that kills me makes me…

  5. Code Picks of the Week: Madeon, GRiZ & More

    December 12, 2014 9:35 PM EST Each Friday, CODE curates a diverse selection of the most noteworthy new tunes in dance music. Take a listen for a fitting soundtrack to your weekend. Madeon ft. Kyan – You’re On No one does ebullient electro house like Madeon . The French prodigy makes a triumphant return with an instantly…

  6. Watch Mary J. Blige's Violent Video for 'Whole Damn Year'

    December 02, 2014 3:44 PM EST Mary J. Blige 's new album, The London Sessions , is notable for its uptempo tracks, which are produced and written with the help of artists like Disclosure and Sam Smith . But one of the album's strongest songs is a classic Blige ballad, "Whole Damn Year." The singer…

  7. Why Bryan Ferry Decided to Cover Broadway Classic 'Send in the Clowns' on His New Solo Album, 'Avonmore'

    November 24, 2014 5:01 PM EST Whether fronting Roxy Music or manning the stage on his own, Bryan Ferry has epitomized artful elegance for more than four decades. Avonmore (out Nov. 15 on BMG) is the 69-year-old English singer-songwriter's 15th solo effort, and as fans have come to expect, it's lush, soulful…

  8. Exclusive: Bonobo Premieres New Song 'Return to Air'

    November 24, 2014 1:00 PM EST New York City-via-U.K. producer Bonobo , a.k.a. Simon Green, is as much of an instrumentalist as he is a producer. His lush tracks are just as likely to incorporate surging orchestral strings as they are synthesized pops and clicks, and the result is an alluring mix that draws crowds to…

  9. Calle 13, Carlos Vives, Enrique Iglesias & More Find Their Political Voices at 2014 Latin Grammys

    November 22, 2014 11:00 AM EST Calle 13, Carlos Vives, Enrique Iglesias, Lila Downs and more speak out during the ceremony. It was admittedly a bizarre sight. Thousands of elegantly attired people, including some of Latin music’s biggest stars, sitting at an arena in Las Vegas on Nov. 20 for what was supposed to be…

  10. Rolling Stones Face Insurance Investigation Following L'Wren Scott's Death

    November 10, 2014 8:45 AM EST Insurance underwriters involved in a legal battle with the Rolling Stones over a $12.7 million claim have won permission to seek evidence in Utah about the mental health of Mick Jagger's girlfriend before she took her life in March. A federal judge in Utah last month allowed the 12…

  11. Rihanna Announces Diamond Ball to Support Charity

    November 07, 2014 3:56 PM EST Rihanna will host her first Diamond Ball on Dec. 11 to benefit her foundation that promotes education and arts globally. Rihanna Shares Steamy 'Esquire U.K.' Pics on Instagram Rihanna announced Thursday that she would hold the black tie event at The Vineyard in Beverly Hills,…

  12. Carrie Underwood Unveils 'Something in the Water' After CMA Awards Performance

    November 05, 2014 10:29 PM EST After performing "Something in the Water" at the CMA Awards, Carrie Underwood has unveiled the video for her song. CMA Awards 2014:  Winners  |  Photos  |  Live Blog Underwood -- who elegantly showed off her baby bump at the show -- tweeted the the clip for her fans to see. Watch…

  13. Check Out Nicki Minaj's Bold Album Art for 'The Pinkprint'

    November 03, 2014 10:30 AM EST Nicki Minaj 's first two albums, 2010's Pink Friday and 2012's Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, featured some impressive, Nicki-centric cover art. First was Nicki as a pink-haired Barbie with crazy-long legs, and then came Nicki with bleach-blonde hair, the biggest eyelashes in…

  14. Details on the (Literally) Explosive Set of Calvin Harris' 'Open Wide' Video & More Insider Scoop

    October 31, 2014 3:22 PM EDT GBV Broke Up: Have A Beer   Guided By Voices fans bereft over its abrupt September breakup can soon drown their sorrows in a beer inspired by the Robert Pollard-led indie band and the 20th anniversary of its classic 1994 album Bee Thousand . On Nov. 17,  Delaware microbrewer Dogfish Head…

  15. Album Review: Country Singer Sam Hunt Already Sounds Post-Country on His Debut Album

    October 30, 2014 2:13 PM EDT In the past, singers used to climb the ranks in their own genre before breaking into the mainstream. In country, rap, or R&B, there was a path: first, you showed that you could play by the rules. After proving your ability to color within the lines, you could peel off. But in a fast…

  16. Watch FKA Twigs Dance Beside Death in New 'Video Girl' Music Video

    October 29, 2014 2:38 PM EDT The spellbinding FKA Twigs videos keep coming. Just after introducing her self-produced music video/elegantly-branded ad for Google Glass, she’s dropped a brand new music video for “Video Girl.” In “Video Girl,” Twigs sings about wanting to be known for more than her past as a dancer in…

  17. Taylor Swift's 10 Most Underrated Songs

    October 28, 2014 10:45 AM EDT "Enchanted," "Better Than Revenge," "Ronan" and more: it's time to talk T-Swift deep cuts. All Taylor Swift obsessives have their favorite deep cuts — the songs that those who only know her radio smashes might not be aware of, but the hardcore fans…

  18. Anna Kendrick Says the Music Industry ‘Seems Like the Wild, Wild West’

    October 27, 2014 12:09 AM EDT Anna Kendrick is in the holiday spirit. "I want it to be Christmas already! I just want to throw a soiree," the bubbly actress said during a recent interview. Kendrick certainly looked the part, wearing a red, sleeveless party dress with a big, silk bow on the back. The outfit…

  19. Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande, Pharrell Shine at We Can Survive Concert in L.A.

    October 25, 2014 10:40 AM EDT Befitting a huge spectacle featuring many of 2014’s biggest pop hitmakers -- from Iggy Azalea and Ariana Grande to Taylor Swift and Sia -- CBS Radio breast cancer benefit We Can Survive at Los Angeles’ Hollywood Bowl on Friday (Oct. 24) featured many finely produced and expertly polished…

  20. Jimmy Iovine Talks Birth of Beats, 'Cool' Steve Jobs and Music's 'Sterile' Distribution Systems at Revolt Conference

    October 22, 2014 2:07 PM EDT Jimmy Iovine used his acceptance speech for a special award at Sean Combs ' inaugural Revolt Music Conference this week to talk about Beats, Apple and the changing landscape of the music business, or as he prefers, the business of music. Iovine, the former chairman of Interscope and co…

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