1. EU Says Ireland Gave Apple Sweetheart Tax Deals

    September 30, 2014 8:29 AM EDT European Union regulators said Tuesday that a probe has led to the "preliminary" conclusion that Ireland has given Apple "illegal state support" via special tax arrangements. The European Commission, the EU's antitrust authority, has been looking at sweetheart tax…

  2. Neil Diamond Goes Back to High School for First-Ever Brooklyn Show: Review

    September 30, 2014 3:02 AM EDT After more than 50 years in the business, with over 100 million albums sold and a slew of hits that are heard everywhere from bars to weddings to ballparks, Neil Diamond decided it was finally time to play a concert in his native Brooklyn. And rather than perform at one of the borough'…

  3. Nicole Scherzinger Lands Role in 'Cats' Musical

    September 29, 2014 10:48 PM EDT Former Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger is evolving into another type of feline.  The pop singer has landed the role of the "Glamour Cat" Grizabella in Cats , Andrew Lloyd Webber's record-breaking musical. She’ll perform in the famous production when it returns to London’s…

  4. Alabama Talk 'Angels Among Us,' Devastating Tornadoes & Church Classics

    September 29, 2014 9:52 PM EDT One of the most powerful tracks on Alabama 's new Angels Among Us: Hymns & Gospel Favorites: Deluxe Edition is the moving "Raising Alabama," a song that lead singer Randy Owen is one of their most personal. Alabama Gets More Love With 'High Cotton' Tribute "…

  5. What the Ello Is Happening? Behind the New Social Network's Big Week and Musical Roots

    September 29, 2014 2:16 PM EDT "Not a tool to deceive, coerce, and manipulate — but a place to connect, create, and celebrate life. You are not a product." Somehow, the Vermont-based serial entrepreneur and artist behind KidRobot, a team of nine developers in Denver and a handful of designers in Boulder have…

  6. One Direction’s ‘Steal My Girl’ Single Hits the Web: Listen

    September 29, 2014 10:03 AM EDT "Everybody wanna steal my girl, everybody wanna take her heart away," the group declares on their latest radio offering. One Direction ’s “Steal My Girl,” the first single from the group’s upcoming studio album Four , has leaked online a few hours ahead of its worldwide release on…

  7. Katherine Jenkins Marries American Artist Andrew Levitas

    September 29, 2014 4:04 AM EDT Singer Katherine Jenkins has married Andrew Levitas , the American film director and artist, during a hush-hush ceremony at London's Hampton Court Palace. The Welsh mezzo-soprano had kept the big occasion a secret, until she tweeted her 294,000 fans on Saturday with a message about her…

  8. Jay Z & Beyonce Shopping for Mega-Mansions in L.A.

    September 29, 2014 2:11 AM EDT Beyonce and Jay Z's next home is likely to come with a staggering price tag. The married couple have been spending the summer in a Holmby Hills mansion that costs $200,000 per month, and they are considering purchasing the $39.9-million estate , according to the Los Angeles Times .…

  9. Global Citizen Festival 2014: Beyonce Duets With Jay Z, Sting Joins No Doubt & 8 More Highlights

    September 28, 2014 1:27 AM EDT Now in its third year, the Global Citizen Festival took its ambitious name to heart during its Sept. 27 gathering on the Great Lawn of New York’s Central Park. In addition to show-stopping performances from Jay Z (with a two-song finale cameo from Beyonce ), No Doubt (who were at one point…

  10. Jordin Sparks Steps Out After Jason Derulo Split

    September 27, 2014 8:02 PM EDT Jordin Sparks just wants to have fun. After it was revealed on Thursday (Sept. 25)  she and Jason Derulo broke up , the singer stepped out Friday (Sept. 26) to attend the Catalina Film Festival premiere of "Left Behind." Sparks even brought a very special date along for the…

  11. Ariana Grande Reveals Special Guest For 'SNL' Performance

    September 27, 2014 7:13 PM EDT Live from New York, it's Saturday Night! And  this week's "Saturday Night Live" musical guest, ponytail-enthusiast Ariana Grande , will be joined by a very special guest. Hours before the show aired, the "Problem" singer tweeted that The Weeknd will take the…

  12. Exclusive: Brandy Breaks Down the Songs of Her Self-Titled Debut 20 Years Later

    September 27, 2014 2:16 PM EDT Brandy gives Billboard a song-by-song breakdown of her first album, released Sept. 27, 1994. Like many of her fans 20 years later, Brandy can still remember the first time she heard her debut single “I Wanna Be Down” on the radio in the late summer of 1994. Brandy, 'Brandy' at 20:…

  13. Dave Matthews Band’s ‘Under the Table and Dreaming’ at 20: Classic Track-by-Track Review

    September 27, 2014 2:10 PM EDT For many, the idea of a “classic” Dave Matthews Band album is laughable, if not perverse. That goes for fans and non-fans alike. On one side, you’ve got hardcore Daveheads, who generally prefer stretched-out, heavily improvised live versions of songs to their more compact studio…

  14. Nu-Blu Talk Collaborative Effort of 'All the Way'

    September 26, 2014 7:58 PM EDT Nu-Blu 's Carolyn Routh is a very humble and modest person. You find that out just seconds into a conversation with her. But she's very confident when it comes to the band's just-released disc, All the Way . "The new album is good, if I'm allowed an opinion,"…

  15. Ariana Grande Is 'Very Special' to Big Sean

    September 26, 2014 4:16 PM EDT Rapper opens up to Ryan Seacrest about his rumored girlfriend & frequent collaborator. The Ariana Grande and Big Sean relationship rumors have been flying around for a couple of months now -- reaching fever pitch last month when the frequent collaborators were caught on video holding…

  16. Beyonce Subject of New Harvard Study

    September 26, 2014 3:12 PM EDT Who runs the world? Beyonce. Beyonce & Jay Z's 'On the Run' Special: What Was the Best Moment? The singer -- and the marketing behind last year's surprise drop of Beyonce -- are the subject of a new Harvard Business School study, out next week. A press release…

  17. The Beatles' Abbey Road Turns 45: Classic Track-By-Track Review

    September 26, 2014 2:45 PM EDT On Sept. 26, 1969, 45 years ago today, the Beatles ' Abbey Road entered the world and closed the recording career of rock's most celebrated band. The existence of Abbey Road is practically a miracle -- when the Beatles emerged from the Let It Be sessions, the group was fraught…

  18. Global Citizen Festival's Co-Founder Explains Its Birth & Mission

    September 26, 2014 2:30 PM EDT Prior to the launch of the Global Citizen Festival in 2012, co-founder Ryan Gall spent his time filming documentaries and hosting small charity events. Now he’s now helping organize one of the world’s largest single-day charity concerts, thanks to an inspirational moment during a Texas…

  19. 'Motown 25' Comes To DVD: See Exclusive Clips From The Box Set

    September 26, 2014 1:48 PM EDT The mantra for bringing 1983's iconic Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever NBC special to DVD is: better (a little bit) late than never. Yes, 30 years would have been the optimal target for the StarVista Entertainment/Time Life set, which comes out Sept. 30 in a single-disc package, a…

  20. Melissa Etheridge Op-Ed: Why Auto-Tune Has No Soul

    September 26, 2014 12:34 PM EDT Cutting-edge technology makes the human touch -- and sound -- even more vital, writes the singer, who releases new album 'M.E.' on Sept. 30. Ever since technology gave us the ability to put an endless number of tracks on a recording and to manipulate a voice into perfect pitch,…

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