1. Former UMPG Head Zach Horowitz Reflects on His Latin Side, Accepts Latin Songwriter Hall Award

    November 03, 2014 4:19 PM EST Among all the honorees at the recent Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame gala was one who isn’t Latin at all. Zach Horowitz , who recently stepped down as chairman and CEO of Universal Music Publishing Group, was honored with the Ralph S. Peer Premio Editores ("Editors Award"). The…

  2. Drake & Frank Sinatra, Kanye West & Nina Simone and More Dream Duets

    November 03, 2014 3:05 PM EST Barry Manilow 's new album, titled Dream Duets , is built around an interesting and possibly creepy premise: the singer duets with famous dead singers. This type of thing has happened before -- sort of. Justin Timberlake 's duet with Michael Jackson , "Love Never Felt So Good…

  3. 'Lord of the Rings' Composer Howard Shore Talks Hobbits, His Start on 'SNL' and Working With Martin Scorsese

    November 03, 2014 1:53 PM EST Whatever you think of director Peter Jackson’s decision to pump up J.R.R. Tolkien’s table-setting novel The Hobbit into three films to rival the more naturally epic Lord of the Rings trilogy, the indisputably good news is that when the final installment, The Hobbit: The Battle of Five…

  4. 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…

  5. Ariana Grande & The Weeknd Release 'Love Me Harder' Video

    November 03, 2014 8:14 AM EST Ariana Grande 's My Everything unleashed a volley of jams on the world, and "Love Me Harder" is close to the top of the list. It was one of two songs Grande brought to SNL for the Season 40 premiere, and now it's getting a music video with the shine of a big…

  6. Wayne Static's 5 Best Music Videos

    November 02, 2014 9:09 PM EST Hard rock musicians and fans alike were saddened to hear of Static-X frontman Wayne Static 's death Saturday . The platinum-selling singer/guitarist/keyboardist was an icon of industrial metal easily recognized by his signature hairstyle, which was spiked up to stand on end. He was 48.…

  7. Wayne Static Remembered by Ozzy Osbourne, Billy Corgan, Motorhead & More

    November 02, 2014 2:13 PM EST The sudden death of former Static-X frontman Wayne Static caused an outpour of tributes from the hard rock music community. Static-X's Wayne Static Dead at 48 Static’s publicist confirmed to Billboard on Saturday (Nov. 1) that the artist had passed away. He was 48. No information was…

  8. Can Red Bull Break a Band? Sound Select's 30 Days in L.A. Kicks Off

    November 02, 2014 9:42 AM EST Yesterday marked the launch of 30 Days in LA, the biggest initiative yet by Red Bull's two-year old Sound Select program to develop emerging artists. The month-long program features a daily live music event for the month of November most often with a mid-level headliner dripping…

  9. Static-X's Wayne Static Dead at 48

    November 02, 2014 12:22 AM EDT Wayne Static , former frontman of metal band Static-X , has died at age 48, his publicist confirmed to Billboard late Saturday (Nov. 1). No information was provided other than that Static was was due to set out on a co-headlining tour with Powerman 5000 and Drowning Pool over the next…

  10. Kanye West's New Favorite Sweatshirt: Get The Details

    November 01, 2014 6:18 PM EDT That didn't take long. After Kanye West was pictured photographing a paparazzi rocking a sweatshirt he liked on Thursday (Oct. 30), the garment has since gone into retirement. So if any fans are looking to score the D9 Reserve NASA sweatshirt , TMZ reports that they are out of luck.…

  11. Watch Flaming Lips Cover the Beatles in ‘Wizard of Oz’ Costumes on Halloween

    November 01, 2014 3:11 PM EDT As expected, The Flaming Lips had a pretty whacky Halloween. Flaming Lips, 'With a Little Help From My Fwends': Track-By-Track Review The psych-rock band spent Friday night (Oct. 31) performing on Jimmy Kimmel Live to promote its new charity covers album, With a Little Help From…

  12. 13 Things We Learned From Chris Brown's Hot 97 Interview: Drake, Usher Dance-Off, Rihanna & More

    October 31, 2014 5:53 PM EDT Chris Brown appeared on Hot 97's Ebro in the Morning for a lengthy interview, touching on his past struggles with drugs, his relationship with Rihanna , his reconcilation with Drake , and a possible dance-off with Usher . It's the first time Brown's sat down on the show.…

  13. The Juice Podcast: Nicki Minaj & Lil Wayne Delay Albums, Theophilus London Talks Working With Kanye

    October 31, 2014 5:45 PM EDT It was busy on the album news front this week, especially in R&B/hip-hop. Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj pushed back their albums ( Tha Carter V , The Pinkprint ) to December, Mary J. Blige ’s The London Sessions leaked, Theophilus London unleashed a pre-release stream of Vibes! – his…

  14. Ian Fraser, Famed Composer for TV and Film, Dies at 81

    October 31, 2014 5:38 PM EDT He won 11 Emmys from 32 nominations and collaborated often with Julie Andrews. Ian Fraser , whose 11 Emmy Awards and 32 nominations for outstanding music direction made him the most honored composer/conductor in the history of television, has died. He was 81. The British native, who was…

  15. R5 Finished Second Album, Set For Spring 2015 Release

    October 31, 2014 4:27 PM EDT "We have all sorts of different things on the record, but we like that," says frontman Ross Lynch. In the wake of its Heart Made Up On You EP earlier this year, pop-rockers R5 are planning a spring 2015 release for their second full-length album, the follow-up to 2013's…

  16. Katy Perry Got a New Tattoo -- of Hello Kitty

    October 31, 2014 3:03 PM EDT The KatyCat connection just got stronger. Katy Perry  got a new (seemingly permanent) tattoo this week, and posted a picture on Instagram of the new Hello Kitty design on her finger. "Does this make my gang signs look soft now?" she wondered. Silly Katy: The edge behind someone…

  17. Trent Reznor on Turning 50 'With Some Sense of Dread,' the Future of Nine Inch Nails and a Top-Secret Apple Project

    October 31, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Next May, Trent Reznor turns 50. "It's with some sense of dread," he says dryly. "I saw something on TV, 'If you're age 50 to 74, apply now...' -- I'm like, 'F---, I'm in that?' " As he hits the half-century mark, Reznor may have…

  18. Nicki Minaj Drops 'The Pinkprint' Teaser on Instagram

    October 31, 2014 9:58 AM EDT Nicki Minaj might have just pushed The Pinkprint back to Dec. 15, but she's got a new teaser as a consolation prize. It's short, although if you've been listening to the flurry of stellar Nicki tracks and guest verses this year, any reminder of the album is exciting. The…

  19. Ed Sheeran's First U.S. Arena Tour Doing Big Business

    October 30, 2014 7:26 PM EDT Ed Sheeran heads up the weekly slate of Hot Tours (see list, below) with $8.1 million in ticket sales reported from his first arena headlining tour in North America. On the road behind the June release of his most recent album, x , the British singer-songwriter kicked off the tour Aug. 21…

  20. Op-Ed: Does BitTorrent Actually Want to Empower Artists?

    October 30, 2014 1:08 PM EDT Film executive Ruth Vitale on "the pirate’s penance" & BitTorrent's "fuzzy math." This is a response to an op-ed, published last week (Oct. 21), from BitTorrent's Chief Content Officer Matt Mason. Below, former film executive and current executive director…

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