Arts

  1. Alan Jackson, Beach Boys, Neil Young Debut High On Billboard 200 Chart; Adele Returns to No. 1

    June 13, 2012 11:00 AM EDT Country king Alan Jackson debuts at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 with his latest effort, Thirty Miles West . The set sold 73,000 in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The album is his first for EMI Nashville after more than 20 years wit ...

  2. Belmont University's Student Road Crew: The Tour Launches...

    June 11, 2012 5:48 PM EDT Ed. Note: For 10 music-business students of Belmont University in Nashville, the summer of 2012 will include an experience they probably never dreamed they'd be getting school credit for: Being the road crew for a touring band, handling every ...

  3. Backbeat: Yes Man, Film Composer Trevor Rabin Celebrates First Solo Release in Two Decades

    June 11, 2012 2:30 PM EDT Helping Trevor Rabin celebrate the release of his new solo album are Maureen Crowe, president of Guild Music Supervisors, left, and Rabin's manager, Richard Kraft. (Photo: Phil Gallo) Trevor Rabin, who ASCAP will honor on June 28 for his film ...

  4. Vevo Launches Certified Award for Videos With 100 Million Views

    June 06, 2012 1:42 PM EDT Vevo's top six certified Video's led by Justin Bieber's "Baby." Bragging rights in online video now have a name: Certified. On Wednesday Vevo unveiled the Certified Award it will give to those music videos that have reache ...

  5. Herb Reed, Founder of The Platters, Dead at 83

    June 05, 2012 12:48 PM EDT Herb Reed, far left, points to lead tenor Tony Williams in an undated Platters photo. (Photo: Redferns) Herb Reed, the last surviving original member of 1950s vocal group the Platters who sang on hits like "Only You" and "The Great ...

  6. SAG-AFTRA Reaches Industrywide Music Video Deal

    June 01, 2012 4:00 PM EDT Capping months of effort, SAG-AFTRA announced Friday that it has reached the first-ever industrywide agreement covering dancers in music videos. The deal, which encompasses Sony Music, UMG, Warner, EMI, Disney and their subsidiary labels, came les ...

  7. Bee Gees Rank Third for Most Hot 100 No. 1s in History

    May 21, 2012 9:05 AM EDT As part of the Bee Gees, the late Robin Gibb's impression on the Billboard Hot 100 will be felt forever. The trio racked up nine Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 singles -- more than any other group in history save for the Beatles (with 20) and the Su ...

  8. Backbeat: Little Dragon Teams With Absolut For 'Encore! Sessions' Taping at New York's Le Baron

    May 07, 2012 10:37 AM EDT Little Dragon performs at Absolut's "Encore! Sessions" at new Chinatown club Le Baron last Thursday night. (Photo: Andrew Hampp) Like many Thursdays in New York, May 3 was a crowded night for concerts - Lady Antebellum (Radio City M ...

  9. Justin Bieber Talks New Mother's Day, Paternity Allegation Singles; Kanye, Drake, Usher Collabs

    May 04, 2012 6:20 AM EDT Justin Bieber's "Boyfriend" video arrived on Thursday (May 3), but the singer's already thinking about his next move. "My next single… I think it's 'As Long As You Love Me,' but I'm not sure," he s ...

  10. Will Placido Domingo Sing At Madrid's Royal Theater? How Spain's Economic Crisis Is Hurting Opera

    April 27, 2012 12:28 PM EDT The Show May Not Go On: The Madrid Royal Theater website's promotion for its production of Cyrano de Bergerac is threatened by a financial dispute stemming from government cutbacks. (Screenshot) The pain spares no one in Spain. A salary dispu ...

  11. Police Rule Out Foul Play in Death of Men At Work's Greg Ham

    April 20, 2012 12:16 PM EDT Australian police have ruled out foul play in the death of Men At Work's Greg Ham, whose body was found Thursday at his Melbourne home. He was 58. Ham's body was discovered by friends who checked in on him. The state of Victoria's H ...

  12. Are Nicki Minaj and Lady Gaga in 'Completely Different Lanes' Stylistically? Charts Say Not Really

    April 13, 2012 3:58 PM EDT Fans have clearly gone gaga over Nicki Minaj's new album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded , which storms the Billboard 200, Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and Rap Albums at No. 1 this week with 253,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Min ...

  13. Backbeat: How Canadian Boxing Legend George Chuvalo Inspired Our Lady Peace's New Album

    April 10, 2012 2:08 PM EDT What Becomes A Legend Most (from left): Our Lady Peace's bassist Duncan Coutts, frontman Raine Maida, boxing legend George Chuvalo, OLP manager Eric Lawrence, guitarist Steve Mazur, drummer Jeremy Taggart (photo: Luther Mallory) Just prior to ...

  14. 'The Lion King' Is Now Broadway's All-Time Highest-Grossing Show

    April 09, 2012 1:09 PM EDT Very quietly, almost stealthily, a new king has been inaugurated on Broadway. Box office figures to be released later Monday show that "The Lion King" last week swiped the title of Broadway's all-time highest grossing show from &quo ...

  15. Read: Burger King's Apology to Mary J. Blige for 'Premature' Advertisement

    April 04, 2012 9:05 PM EDT Burger King is apologizing to Mary J. Blige and her fans for releasing an ad that garnered the singer serious fan backlash. Mary J. Blige Burger King Ad Pulled, Criticized The clip featured Blige soulfully singing about the fast-food chain's ...

  16. Guy Oseary on Madonna's 'MDNA': The Art of the Album Roll-Out

    April 04, 2012 8:26 AM EDT When Madonna's twelfth album, MDNA, debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 today with Nielsen SoundScan-certified sales of 359,000, she'll not only have the biggest first week of the year, but will instantly reinstate her place at the top ...

  17. Justin Bieber's 'Boyfriend' Breaks First-Week Airplay Record on Billboard Mainstream Top 40 Chart

    April 02, 2012 2:28 PM EDT Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift and Jennifer Lopez storm Billboard's Nielsen BDS-based Mainstream Top 40 radio airplay chart with new singles, led by Bieber's record-breaking bow. Bieber's "Boyfriend" launches at No. 20 with 3 ...

  18. Web Trends: Bluegrass Icon Earl Scruggs Dies at 88

    March 29, 2012 5:16 PM EDT Google Trends: 1. earl scruggs - Earl Scruggs passed away at 88 4. faith hill - There are a few reasons Faith Hill is trending. She just wrapped up a tour with husband Tim McGraw, there are images of her without makeup floating around the internet ...

  19. Wayne Hector, Hit-Making UK Songwriter, Talks One Direction, Nicki Minaj, Streaming Services, More (Q&A)

    March 28, 2012 7:00 AM EDT has so far proved to be quite a year for British songwriter Wayne Hector, who has two songs in this week's Hot 100 - The Wanted's "Glad You Came," which he co-wrote with Steve McCutcheon and Ed Drewett; and Nicki Minaj ...

  20. Justin Bieber's 'Boyfriend' Bound For Big Hot 100 Debut Next Week

    March 27, 2012 5:20 PM EDT Justin Bieber's new single "Boyfriend" is off to a blazing sales and radio start, likely setting up a big debut on next week's Billboard Hot 100 chart. Released to digital retailers on Monday (March 26), the track, industry sou ...

  21. Madonna Interviewed by Jimmy Fallon Live on Facebook (Watch)

    March 26, 2012 7:25 AM EDT Madonna chatted with Jimmy Fallon Saturday evening, but it wasn't on the set of NBC's "Late Night." The pop star was interviewed during a live stream on her Facebook page to take questions from fans and to promote her 12th stud ...

  22. Backbeat: Hill Country Hosts Chip Taylor Who Says 'F**k All The Perfect People'

    March 23, 2012 1:04 PM EDT Chip Taylor, right, poses with Hill Country Live director Lincoln Schofield at Taylor's performance Thursday night. (Photo: Thom Duffy) At Hill Country Barbeque Market , the down-home eatery, and the showcase club Hill Country Live, in Manhat ...

  23. SXSWi's Growth in Attendance, Social Activity in One Big Infographic

    March 22, 2012 2:00 PM EDT For the past few years, Dallas-based digital marketers Agency Entourage have compiled information on some of the social and digital aspects of the SXSW Interactive festival, including its rapid and massive growth. They've tracked attendance, ...

  24. Madonna to be Interviewed by Jimmy Fallon Live on Facebook

    March 21, 2012 8:05 AM EDT Late night host Jimmy Fallon has been tapped to interview Madonna in anticipation of the release of the singer's album, MDNA. Madonna's 'Luvin' ' Makes Super Start at Radio The interview, which will take place in front of ...

  25. SXSW Film: 'Sunset Strip' Screens; a Flaming Lip Scores; Goh Nakamura Performs

    March 11, 2012 9:57 AM EDT The rains washed away the glamor of the red carpet at the SXSW Film conference screening of "Nature Calls," Todd Rohal's film starring Patton Oswalt. (Photo: Phil Gallo) Heavy rains continued Saturday as the SXSW Film Festival slogg ...

  26. Jay-Z Battles Egyptians Over 'Big Pimpin' Outrage

    March 06, 2012 9:00 PM EST Since releasing his mega-hit song, "Big Pimpin," which Rolling Stone named as one of the top 500 songs of all-time, Jay-Z and that many companies he's done business with (Warner Bros., EMI, Paramount, MTV, UMG, etc.) have been swamp ...

  27. Robert Sherman, 'It's a Small World,' 'Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,' Songwriter, Dead at 86

    March 06, 2012 5:45 AM EST Songwriter Robert Sherman, best known for penning the infectious Disney tunes "It's a Small World After All" and "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious," died Monday, March 5 in London. While few details are currently known a ...

  28. Cee Lo Green Announces 'Loberace' Las Vegas Residency

    March 02, 2012 1:01 PM EST LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Singer-songwriter Cee Lo Green says his semi-permanent show launching in Las Vegas will feature showgirls, pyrotechnics and other over-the-top touches. The 37-year-old performer most recently known for his Grammy-winning 2010 sin ...

  29. The Band's Levon Helm Loses BBDO Lawsuit Over 'The Weight' Cellphone Ad

    March 02, 2012 8:45 AM EST NEW YORK (AP) -- A Manhattan court says Levon Helm long ago signed away rights that let an advertising agency use the song "The Weight" in a cell phone commercia l. The Band's former drummer and singer sued ad agency BBDO Worldwide ...

  30. Velvet Underground Adds New Complaint Against Warhol Foundation In Banana Album Cover Suit

    February 27, 2012 10:17 AM EST Last month, the Velvet Underground sued the Andy Warhol Foundation with an artful double-step: On one hand, the band claimed that the famous image that adorns its classic 1967 album, The Velvet Underground & Nico , was in the public domain. On ...

  31. Backbeat: Howard Shore, Siedah Garrett, Ludovic Bource, Other Oscar Nominated Composers, Songwriters Gather Before Big Day

    February 26, 2012 8:41 AM EST Oscar nominees, from left, Brett McKenzie, Ludovic Bource, Sergio Mednes, Siedah Garrett and Alberto Iglesias chat before offical photograohs are taken as the annual Society of Composers and Lyricists pre-Oscar party. (Photo: Phil Gallo) Most of t ...

  32. Rio's' Siedah Garrett on Oscar's Original Song Snub: 'People Are Not Happy'

    February 23, 2012 7:27 AM EST Real In Rio from Waldo de la Cruz on Vimeo . Songwriter Siedah Garrett has a 50 percent chance of winning an Oscar on Sunday night. Her nomination, for best original song for "Real in Rio" from the animated movie Rio, is one of only two ...

  33. Barbra Streisand Re-Signs With Columbia Records, Will Celebrate 50 Years

    February 22, 2012 3:45 PM EST Barbra Streisand will remain on Columbia Records, the Sony Music-owned label has announced today. The Grammy- and Oscar-winning singer and actress has been with the label for 50 years, having originally signed in the early 1960s. She released her ...

  34. Sergio Mendes Frustrated By No Oscar Best Original Song Performances

    February 22, 2012 7:52 AM EST NEW YORK (AP) - Sergio Mendes will attend the Academy Awards on Sunday, but will do so with mixed feelings. He's honored that his song "Real in Rio," from the animated movie "Rio," is one of the only two nominated this yea ...

  35. Michael Jackson Estate Sues Former Manager

    February 17, 2012 6:00 PM EST Michael Jackson's estate sued the singer's former manager on Friday, claiming he lined his own pockets by persuading the pop superstar to sign unconscionable contracts in the final year of his life. The lawsuit against Tohme R. Tohme cam ...

  36. Sheila E. Honored, Goapele Sings Etta James @ Moja Moja Awards

    February 12, 2012 1:06 AM EST Sheila E. shows off her plaque after receiving the Vanguard Award from Bob Ferguson, Manager of Creative Alliances & Music Outreach for Oxfam America, left, and KCRW's Garth Trinidad, right. She was honored for her work with the Elevate H ...

  37. Paul McCartney To Debut New Songs On iTunes Streaming

    February 09, 2012 7:46 AM EST NEW YORK (AP) - Paul McCartney will debut the songs from his new album "Kisses on the Bottom" in a free live streaming performance on iTunes. The performance takes place at 10 p.m. EST Thursday from Capitol Studios in Los Angeles where m ...

  38. Nicki Minaj's Media Takeover Prompts Social Chart Climb

    February 03, 2012 9:05 PM EST Nicki Minaj is getting super social on the Billboard Social 50 chart, as the hip-hop diva flies from No. 16 to No. 10 -- her visit to the top 10 since the Dec. 24 tally when she ranked at No. 8. She saw a 17% gain in Twitter followers in the track ...

  39. Flo Rida's 'Good Feeling' Tapped by Budweiser for Super Bowl Spot

    February 03, 2012 8:30 PM EST Flo Rida feels a lot like Tom Brady or Eli Manning right about now. The rapper's No. 3-peaking single "Good Feeling" is about to become even more ubiquitous after it's featured in a commercial for Budweiser, titled "Eterna ...

  40. Madonna Rolling Out New Single on 'American Idol,' Super Bowl

    January 30, 2012 7:47 AM EST Watch out for hyperventilating Madonna fans on Feb. 2, 3 and 5. First up the pop icon will premiere a video preview of her new single "Give Me All Your Luvin,'" featuring Nicki Minaj & M.I.A., on "American Idol." A day ...

  41. Oscar Musical Nominees: 'Muppets,' John Williams, 'Rio,' 'The Artist'

    January 24, 2012 8:56 AM EST Nominations for the 84th annual Academy Awards were announced today and while "The Artist" and "The Descendants," and "The Help" all got their expected due, this year's music nominations were less known. This yea ...

  42. Madonna, 'The Artist' Win Music Awards at Golden Globes

    January 15, 2012 9:47 PM EST Madonna topped Elton John, Mary J. Blige and Chris Cornell for the Best Song award at the Golden Globes Sunday night with a win for "Masterpiece," from "W.E.," a film she also wrote and directed. She shared the award with co-wr ...

  43. Ice-T to Perform With Chuck D., Grandmaster Caz at Sundance

    January 13, 2012 5:26 PM EST Ice-T, Chuck D and Grandmaster Caz are scheduled to perform at the Sundance Institute's annual Celebration of Music in Film on Jan. 21 in Park City, Utah. Their performances are to celebrate Ice-T's documentary "Something From Nothi ...

  44. Velvet Underground Sue Andy Warhol Foundation Over Banana LP Cover

    January 11, 2012 7:33 PM EST The Velvet Underground has filed a lawsuit in New York federal court against The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts over new uses of an iconic cover from the band's 1967 album, The Velvet Underground & Nico. The Andy Warhol-create ...

  45. Urban Power List Hall of Fame: Clarence Avant

    January 07, 2012 8:06 PM EST Clarence Avant President, Avant Garde and Interior Music The Godfather He's the perennial godfather of our business. "Everyone in this business has been by Clarence's desk--if they're smart." That insightful comment from l ...

  46. Van Halen Is Back: Announce Nation-Wide Tour, New Album, Play NYC's Cafe Wha?

    January 06, 2012 8:52 AM EST They'll be playing arenas when they tour next month, but on Thursday night, a regrouped Van Halen provided thrills in a tiny club where a VIP crowd stood elbow to elbow as the storied band played some of their greatest hits including "Ju ...

  47. Coldplay Tops U.K. Charts Again

    January 02, 2012 7:01 PM EST New Year's Day 2012 brought a new U.K. No. 1 for Coldplay with "Paradise" and a return to the album chart summit for Ed Sheeran's debut album "+." The Coldplay single first charted in early November, debuting and appa ...

  48. Man Who Leaked Madonna Song Arrested in Spain: Report

    December 21, 2011 5:45 PM EST Madonna may yet get to the bottom of who leaked a demo of her single "Give Me All Your Love" in November, as Spanish authorities arrested a 31-year-old man in Zaragoza, Spain today and charged him with the crime, according to a report fr ...

  49. 'Santa Claus is Comin' To Town' Is Latest Song Embroiled in Termination Rights Litigation

    December 21, 2011 4:00 PM EST One of the big issues in entertainment law this past year was songwriters terminating copyright grants to wrest back control over songs. The year is ending with a bang as the estate of J. Fred Coots is terminating publishing rights on one of the b ...

  50. Backbeat: Lady Antebellum's Dave Haywood Engaged to Warner Music's Kelli Cashiola

    December 20, 2011 6:32 PM EST Lady Antebellum's Dave Haywood with his fiancee, Warner Music Nashville's Kelli Cashiola (photo: Getty Images) L ady Antebellum guitarist Dave Haywood pulled out all the holiday stops to propose to girlfriend Kelli Cashiola on Monday nig ...

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