1. Tom Sneddon, Former Michael Jackson Prosecutor, Dead at 73

    November 02, 2014 5:46 PM EST Tom Sneddon , the former district attorney who sought twice to try Michael Jackson on child molestation charges and was disparaged in one of the pop star's songs, has died. Sneddon died Saturday at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital after a battle with cancer, said Patrick McKinley , a…

  2. Billboard Cover: Lorde on Her ‘Hero’ Kanye West, the ‘Hunger Games’ Soundtrack and Hype-Proofing Her Career

    October 31, 2014 9:00 AM EDT On this mid-October Friday, San Diego State University's campus looks like a certain kind of college-goer's paradise: guys in flip-flops and their tanned female counterparts lounge in the sunbaked quad, chatting about weekend plans, while dudes practice mixed martial arts…

  3. 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…

  4. Pandora Tests Its 'Sponsored Listening' Ad Format With Fox, Sony Playstation

    October 20, 2014 11:51 AM EDT Pandora's new ad product, dubbed Sponsored Listening, lets you skip audio promos for an hour if you click on a video ad. The music service is beta testing with Fox, which is pushing its fall shows Gotham and Mulaney . The idea behind Sponsored Listening is that a marketer gets to own a…

  5. Bridges for Music: How Nonprofit is Harnessing EDM’s Power for Positive Change

    October 17, 2014 6:31 AM EDT When twenty-five cyclists arrived in Amsterdam this week, their focus was not on the long trek from London, but what it would mean for the township of Langa. At time of press, the riders had raised more than £95,000 ($152,000) to build a music school in the impoverished South African…

  6. Grateful Dead’s Phil Lesh & Bob Weir Sing National Anthem at Ball Game: Watch

    October 14, 2014 10:56 PM EDT Phil Lesh and Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead  joined San Francisco Giants third base coach and musician Tim Flannery to sing "The Star-Spangled Banner" before Game 3 of the NL Championship Series on Tuesday at AT&T Park. After the Giants held on to beat St. Louis 5-4 in…

  7. Found Star: New Radicals' Gregg Alexander Grants First Interview in 15 Years

    October 14, 2014 10:21 PM EDT The frontman of the 1990s band behind the hit single 'You Get What You Give' was lured back into the business, after a long self-imposed exile, to write the songs for 'Begin Again,' including best original song Oscar contender 'Lost Stars' t couldn't…

  8. Album Review: Florida Georgia Line Stay a Step Ahead of the Bros on ‘Anything Goes'

    October 14, 2014 6:17 PM EDT It's appropriate that Florida Georgia Line took its name from both sides of a boundary, because the duo (Georgia-born Tyler Hubbard, 27, and Florida native Brian Kelley, 29) used its multiformat smash "Cruise," and the party-themed album Here's to the Good Times , to…

  9. ‘Somebody Loves You’ Singer Betty Who on Britney, Not Being Able to Be a 'Bitch’ and Writing Off Bad Relationships

    October 13, 2014 5:41 PM EDT Everything about Betty Who is outsized. Standing 6-foot-1 with a tuft of platinum blonde hair, the 22-year old Australian freshman’s bold look is matched by her glittery synth-pop anthems. The singer, born Jessica Newham and now based in New York, broke out when her single “Somebody Loves…

  10. Jessie J Says Ariana Grande Isn't A Diva, Just 'Passionate'

    October 13, 2014 10:55 AM EDT "Bang Bang" girlfriends forever. Jessie J  stood up for  Ariana Grande  when asked about the persistent diva rumors and the buzz that Grande is difficult to work with. Jessie J says it simply isn't true.  "I always say, judge a person when you meet them," Jessie…

  11. Jessie J on Digging Deep for Her New Album: ‘I’m Not Afraid of the Pain’

    October 10, 2014 10:58 AM EDT Jessie J is trying something new: not oversharing. On the phone from Hong Kong, where she recently wrapped a series of shows, the singer is expressing regrets about comments she made earlier this year to The Mirror about her bisexuality. ("It was a phase," she said then.) …

  12. Why 1993 Was the Best Musical Year of the '90s

    October 07, 2014 11:30 AM EDT After focusing on 1994 last week, now, we're wondering what the best year for music was of the '90s. Monday, we made a case for  1990  and  1991 . Today, it's time for  1992  and  1993 . POP SHOP HOMEPAGE Grunge had neither broken nor halted by the time 1993 rolled around,…

  13. Apple Reportedly In Talks with Majors for Cheaper Music, Looks to Lower Beats Music Pricing

    October 03, 2014 8:28 AM EDT Apple is looking to pull the same trick it did ten years ago around the launch of iTunes -- convincing the major labels to agree to something they may be wary of. The tech company is, according to Re/code , negotiating with majors to lower their licensing rates (as well as "new rights…

  14. Private Jet? No Problem. VIP Packages for Superfans Are Big Business for Tours & Festivals

    September 29, 2014 2:54 PM EDT Since the live event business rebounded in 2010, VIP programs, which offer seats closer to the stage, meet-and-greets with the artist and, in one extreme case, a private jet to the festival grounds (see story, below), increasingly have become big business. “We’re at a point where most tours…

  15. Happy Birthday, Hilary Duff: Here Are 7 of Our Favorite Videos

    September 28, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Happy Birthday,  Hilary Duff !   The  Lizzie McGuire  star-turned-recording artist is 27 today, and to celebrate, we rounded up some of our favorite of her music videos from both a decade ago and now. Duff is having a bit of a resurgence lately  (kind of  a metamorphosis , if you will) with…

  16. Brandy, 'Brandy' at 20: Classic Track-by-Track Review

    September 26, 2014 1:05 PM EDT In 1994, the biggest worry in Brandy 's small world was an unrequited crush. For those of us coming of age in the mid-'90s, life was similarly low-strung. Silly boys and stupid cliques ran our conscience. But these were things that were achingly tragic to a teenager. Four months…

  17. Aaron Carter Admits He Needs to 'Shut Up' About Hilary Duff

    September 24, 2014 12:58 PM EDT Hooray! Aaron Carter finally got the message to back off Hilary Duff .   To answer the 'Why Are We Still Talking About This?' question: Carter was asked about the constant tweeting about the one-time Lizzie McGuire star -- his paramour of a decade ago this week. Carter actually…

  18. News Roundup: Everything Happening This Morning

    September 22, 2014 11:30 AM EDT Nude Leaks Continue:  Two alleged nude pictures of Rihanna appeared on 4chan and Reddit  early Sunday (Sept. 21) morning . The photos appear to have been taken during a fitting, according to TMZ.  Bummer for Bowie Fans:  It's mostly been a good few weeks for fans of the Thin White Duke…

  19. Hilary Duff Says She's Up For A 'Lizzie McGuire' Reunion

    September 22, 2014 10:27 AM EDT Why not? This is better than an Ethan Craft sighting in the lunchroom:  Hilary Duff  says she's up for a  Lizzie McGuire  reunion. The singer -- who starred as the titular Lizzie on the Disney Channel sitcom from 2001 to 2004 -- told  Huffington Post  that she's open to a reunion.…

  20. Australia's Music Streaming Market Is Jam-Packed – But Likely Not for Long

    September 19, 2014 1:53 PM EDT There's a rumble going on Down Under. Over the last few years, Australia has become one of the world's most competitive markets for music streaming services. A few companies could strike it rich, but the sparsely populated country could be trouble for many more. Australia is the…

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