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Madonna says music that leaked online is not a finished new album

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Madonna hasn’t teased a release date or a title for her upcoming album, and aside from murmurings about collaborations (Diplo, Avicii, Ryan Tedder), not much is known.

However, reports spread through social media on Wednesday that the pop star’s long-gestating record had been leaked online. The album, rumored to be titled “Unapologetic Bitch” (one of her favorite hashtags to use on Instagram) or “Iconic” (the leak included a supposed cover of the latter), contains 13 tracks according to the leak. Read the rest of this page »

50 Cent Nets $78 Million In Underwear Deal

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50 Cent at iHeartRadio 2014

50 Cent is now the 78 Million Dollar Man.

Curtis Jackson has locked-up a $78 million deal with Frigo Revolution Wear to promote a brand of upmarket men’s underwear. And he’s not shy about his good fortune. Read the rest of this page »

What the U.S.-Cuba Breakthrough Could Mean for Music

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How could restoring diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba impact musicians in both countries?

According to information released by the White House on Wednesday (Dec. 17), after President Obama announced the historic détente, his “new approach” to Cuban policy will make it easier for American artists to travel to Cuba to perform. Cuba could even plausibly become a profitable touring destination for the first time in five decades if as yet unspecified amendments to regulations of Treasury dept regulations under the U.S. trade embargo are made, allowing U.S. artists and promoters to profit from concerts in Havana. Read the rest of this page »

Oscars: ‘Gone Girl’ Composer Trent Reznor Reveals How He Gets Into David Fincher’s Head

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“Is it good? I’m not sure, but I know I worked my ass off,” Trent Reznor, the Nine Inch Nails frontman/Oscar-winning film composer told me of his latest score — the one that he and Atticus Ross put together for David Fincher‘s smash-hit Gone Girl — when we sat down for an hour-long conversation a few weeks ago in Beverly Hills.

It took a while for me to accept that the person sitting across from me — a clean-cut, soft-spoken and polite family man just months shy of his 50th birthday — is the same one behind NIN, the post-punk “industrial rock” band that he founded in 1988. Ever since, the band has churned out a constant flow of hit songs like “Closer” and “Something I Can Never Have” — the sort of music that my generation grew up listening to when we were brooding or wanted to piss off our parents — en route to more than 20 million album sales worldwide, two Grammys and coming very close, this year, to earning an induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

But I should have known better than to make assumptions about Reznor, especially in light of the fact that he is the same fiercely independent artist who five years ago, in the midst of a flourishing career with NIN, took everyone by surprise by signing on, along with his longtime friend and collaborator Ross, to score Fincher’s The Social Network — not the sort of thing that most rock stars choose to do in the prime of their careers. In the end, it turned out to be a brilliant move, resulting in a haunting score that sounded unlike anything else out there at the time, and landed Reznor and Ross both Golden Globes and Oscars. Read the rest of this page »

Meet The Woman Behind The Viral #FreeTheNipple Campaign

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You might remember the #freethenipple protests from this past summer; endorsed by Scout Willis, Chelsea Handler, and Miley Cyrus, Free The Nipple fights for the rights of women to go topless in public, a narrow ask with larger implications about gender equality. #freethenipple is more than just a trend—it’s a feature film, too, and from Free the Nipple‘s initial conception, director/co-writer and star Lina Esco faced the same moral and logistical obstacles as the real-life activists and the characters that populate her film. Perplexed distributors, difficulties with obtaining permits, and a skeptical public opinion proved trying throughout production—conflicts and dramas that Esco worked into her script, as she alllowed the film to grow and take shape in accordance with her own journey. Esco appeared in the Miley Cyrus-starring LOL back in 2012, and the director of that film, Lisa Azuelos, eventually funded Free The Nipple. “That was the only thing that came easily,” Esco says now, “was finding the money. Everything else has been so tough. We’ve worked against all odds—from people not taking it seriously because of the title, to record labels turning us down for music licensing.” Read the rest of this page »

New Music: Gunplay f/ Rick Ross – ‘Scuffed Timbs’

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Scuffed Timbs

Bang bang. Gunplay will kick off 2015 with the release of his debut album Living Legend. The Florida rapper teams with the Bawse himself, Rick Ross, on his brand new single “Scuffed Timbs.” The MMG labelmates keep it G as they trade bossy verses over the Timbaland production. Read the rest of this page »

Earl Sweatshirt Interviews Mike Tyson, Discusses Odd Future, The Notebook, Fighting, More

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Earl Sweatshirt Interviews Mike Tyson, Discusses Odd Future, The Notebook, Fighting, More

Jeans company Citizens of Humanity puts out a biannual publication called Humanity, and for the new issue, they had Earl Sweatshirt interview Mike Tyson. What resulted was a free-ranging talk that covered business, war, growing up, and The Notebook. Earl also attempted to explain the Odd Future phenomenon to Tyson. Read the rest of this page »

Women In Music 2014: The 50 Most Powerful Executives in the Industry

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Women In Music 2014: The 50 Most Powerful Executives in the Industry

This year the industry’s top players weren’t just changing the business in the label, publishing and touring worlds, they also were changing jobs, and the shake-ups are reflected in Billboard’s 10th annual rankings. As the industry itself evolves, so do the people making the biggest waves within it. Every facet of the wide world of music is represented in our list of profiles, from television networks to law firms, agencies to labels, streaming strategists and public radio producers. Read the rest of this page »

CALVIN HARRIS IS THE NEW FACE OF EMPORIO ARMANI

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CALVIN HARRIS IS THE NEW FACE OF EMPORIO ARMANI

Dance music superstar Calvin Harris is the new face of the Emporio Armani Spring/Summer 2015 collection. Read the rest of this page »

Muse update fans on new album as they record with orchestra in Milan

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Muse have shared a clip from the studio as they continue to make their forthcoming new album. Read the rest of this page »

Review: Nicki Minaj’s ‘The Pinkprint’

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Part of the magic of the modern record business is that the worth of the album has been diminished. Almost anything can be a great album now — a mixtape, a cluster of songs on Soundcloud, a dump of digital files. That to some the album still has a sort of aesthetic integrity, that it should mean something different from the rest of their creative output, is an increasingly old-fashioned idea.

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Elton John to Wed David Furnish This Weekend in England

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Elton John and David Furnish

Elton John will marry his partner of more than two decades, David Furnish, this weekend at a ceremony in England. The couple underwent a civil partnership in 2005, according Us Weekly, and has been waiting for a same-sex marriage to be legal in the country before planning their wedding; a law went into effect this past March allowing same-sex marriage in England and Wales. Read the rest of this page »

The True Story of How Vinyl Spun Its Way Back From Near-Extinction

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Vinyl, 2014.

Ever see a movie where the protagonist wasn’t born, or the USSR won the Cold War, and the alternate future is different from the present day? Think back to Doc Brown using a chalkboard to draw tangential, alternate futures for Marty McFly in Back to the Future. Well, imagine if vinyl records were a hard-to-find niche product, and pressing plants were operating with capacity to spare.

It could have happened.

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