1. Denis Handlin Celebrates 30 Years Leading Sony Aus with Star-Studded Fundraiser

    October 14, 2014 12:01 AM EDT Denis Handlin’s 30 years in charge of Sony Music’s Australia operations was celebrated in style with an action-packed charity fundraising party last Friday (Oct. 10) at Sydney’s The Star venue.  Celebrities from the worlds of sport, music and TV were in the house while a mind-boggling line…

  2. Is the Party Over for the Sunset Strip's Rock 'n' Roll Scene?

    October 13, 2014 5:00 PM EDT As luxury hotels threaten to displace fans and bands, delivering the boulevard's biggest facelift since 70s rock made way for hair metal, is the party over for LA's sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll epicenter? Rock 'n' roll's most famous street is receiving a…

  3. Chris Brown & Beyonce Lead Soul Train Award Nominations

    October 13, 2014 3:56 PM EDT Team Breezy will be very happy about this. Chris Brown leads with seven nominations for the 2014 Soul Train Awards. Brown is followed by six nods for Beyonce and five for Pharrell . Hosted by Wendy Williams , this year’s show will take place at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas on Nov. 7 and…

  4. All in the Family: Eagle Rock to Handle TV Distribution for Entire UMG Catalog

    October 13, 2014 3:06 PM EDT The Universal Music Group-owned Eagle Rock Entertainment announced on Monday that it will exclusively handle global distribution of UMG audio-visual content for television, including upcoming small-screen specials starring Lady Gaga , Tony Bennett and Bryan Adams . The move follows UMG'…

  5. Watch Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett's 'But Beautiful' Studio Video

    October 13, 2014 1:49 PM EDT Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett have released another video for  Cheek to Cheek . Their latest is a studio recording of "But Beautiful," which allows both Gaga and Bennett to show off in solo sections. The song has been covered by everyone from Billie Holiday to Bing Crosby to Aretha…

  6. Hear David Bowie’s New Jazz-Influenced Song 'Sue (Or in a Season of Crime)'

    October 12, 2014 2:39 PM EDT David Bowie has unveiled his first new song since the release of his 2013 comeback album The Next Day . David Bowie Announces New Song 'Sue' for Career-Spanning Album Release "Sue (Or in a Season of Crime)," from Bowie’s forthcoming career-spanning greatest hits…

  7. Hozier's Debut Album Aiming for Top 10 on Billboard 200 Chart

    October 10, 2014 7:32 PM EDT Weezer, Alex & Sierra and Stevie Nicks set for top 10 as well. Country star Jason Aldean is nearly guaranteed his second No. 1 album next week on the Billboard 200 chart. Industry forecasters suggest his latest effort, Old Boots, New Dirt , could sell 270,000 to 290,000 copies in the…

  8. Jihadi Rap: Understanding the Subculture

    October 10, 2014 7:10 PM EDT If you hadn't heard of Jihadi rap -- also known as Jihad rap -- before, the naming of   L Jinny , aka Abdel-Majed Abdel-Bary , as a possible suspect behind the brutal execution of American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff and English aid worker David Haines in Syria has shone…

  9. New Signings: Kobalt Signs Pitbull, Orchard Adds Donna Summer, Blue Note Nabs Jamie Cullum

    October 10, 2014 12:25 PM EDT Here's a look at the latest artist signings across the music industry, including record labels, artist management firms, publishing companies, booking agencies and more.   RECORD LABELS  -- Olivia Holt , the star of Disney Channel's I Didn't Do It , joins the roster of…

  10. Katy Perry Performing at Super Bowl XLIX Halftime Show

    October 09, 2014 9:34 PM EDT Katy Perry will perform at this year's Super Bowl halftime show, sources have confirmed with  Billboard .  Perry's performance has been speculated since August after the National Football League had reportedly shortlisted her along with Coldplay and Rihanna , who saw the use of…

  11. Why 1996 Was the Best Musical Year of the '90s

    October 09, 2014 10:45 AM EDT After focusing on 1994 last week, now, we're wondering what the best year for music was of the '90s. We've already made a case for  1990 ,  1991 ,  1992 ,  1993 ,  1994  and  1995 . Now it's time for 1996 and 1997 . POP SHOP HOMEPAGE When critics go about naming the best…

  12. Blake Shelton Scores Second No. 1 Album on Billboard 200

    October 08, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Country king Blake Shelton earns his second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart as his new release, Bringing Back the Sunshine , debuts atop the list. It was released on Warner Bros. Nashville Records on Sept. 30, and sold 101,000 copies in the week ending Oct. 5, according to Nielsen…

  13. 'Once' Concluding Broadway Run in January 2015

    October 08, 2014 8:56 AM EDT In 2007, a little indie musical called Once hit a small selection of movie theaters. By March 2012, Once -- after one Academy Award for Best Original Song -- had grown enough to inspire a Broadway musical. While the show held to the film's instrument-heavy, folky, DIY vibe, it was a…

  14. Patti Smith Planning World Tour for 'Horses' 40th Anniversary

    October 07, 2014 9:48 PM EDT Patti Smith is making some special plans to celebrate the 40-year anniversary of her beloved 1975 debut, Horses .  New Order, Iggy Pop and Patti Smith Jam for Tibet The punk icon told Rolling Stone she will be playing the album in full, saying, "I'm going to be happy to celebrate…

  15. Michael C. Hall Is Glitter & Glam in 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch': First Look

    October 06, 2014 10:21 PM EDT Dexter has officially gone glam. The first images of Michael C. Hall for Hedwig and the Angry Inch on Broadway were released on Monday, with the star of Showtime's serial-killer drama donning a full face of makeup and emotion. The Dexter actor will take over the title role on Oct. 16…

  16. Madonna's 'Bedtime Stories' Turns 20: Babyface & Donna De Lory Look Back

    October 06, 2014 3:35 PM EDT Twenty years ago this month, Madonna released her sixth studio album, Bedtime Stories, a classic that came out at a strange crossroads in her career. While Madonna certainly didn't lack for fame in 1994, the button-pushing Erotica album had soured many critics and fans. For the first…

  17. Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett to Perform New Year's Eve Show in Las Vegas

    October 06, 2014 10:15 AM EDT Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett are set to take the stage at The Cosmopolitan casino on New Year's Eve for their first show together in the U.S. since they released a joint album late last month. The Las Vegas Strip resort announced Monday that the 28-year-old pop superstar and the 88-year…

  18. Rainbow Room Reopens Atop NYC's Skyline

    October 06, 2014 1:09 AM EDT The Rainbow Room reopened Sunday in its historic perch atop 30 Rockefeller Plaza after a five-year absence from the New York City skyline. "It's breathtaking," guest Jamie Greenwald , one of more than 200 brunch guests who took in the sweeping views outside and the…

  19. Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Jackie Evancho Arrives With 'Awakening'

    October 03, 2014 10:09 PM EDT Also: John Mellencamp celebrates 35 years on the chart and a Beatle helps a video game soundtrack find success On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart, Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga debuted at No. 1 with their collaborative album, Cheek to Cheek , selling 131,000 copies in the week…

  20. Blake Battling Babs for No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart

    October 03, 2014 9:34 PM EDT Blake Shelton is in the hunt for his second No. 1 album, but Barbra Streisand might stand in his way Blake Shelton might nab his second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart next week with Bringing Back the Sunshine … that is, unless Barbra Streisand ’s Partners puts up a fight. Blake…

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