Emily Blake

SoundCloud, Universal Music Group strike licensing deal

Univeral Music Group and SoundCloud have come to an agreement. 

The companies announced on Wednesday that they’ve reached a deal to license music from Universal’s massive stable of artists — one that includes Kanye West, Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, and Adele, to name a few — on the audio-sharing site.

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Run-D.M.C., Jefferson Airplane to receive Lifetime Achievement Awards at Grammys

Considering they’re widely accepted as one of the most influential hip-hop groups in history and the forerunners for such artists as N.W.A., the Beastie Boys, LL Cool J and more, it’s a bit surprising that Run-D.M.C. has yet to win a Grammy. (Raising Hell earned the group a nomination for Best R&B Vocal Performance, before there was a hip-hop category.)

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Sylvester Stallone thanks Creed team after missing them during Golden Globes speech

Sylvester Stallone thanked his “imaginary friend” Rocky Balboa when accepting the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture, but there were two people who were noticeably left out of his acceptance speech: Creed director Ryan Coogler and costar Michael B. Jordan. 

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ABC orders Serial-like drama pilot

ABC’s caught the Serial fever. 

The network announced on Thursday that it’s picked up The Jury, a pilot described as “12 Angry Men meets the podcast Serial.” It’s the story of one murder trial told from the perspectives of each of the individual jurors, exploring their biases and following how their preconceptions change throughout the course of the trial.

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Clay Aiken slams American Idol judges: 'I've watched root canals more entertaining'

American Idol is ending, and Clay Aiken thinks he knows why. 

The season 2 runner-up tuned in Wednesday night for the show’s last season premiere — his first time watching the reality competition “in a decade,” he says — and about 20 minutes in, he already had a theory on why Fox pulled the plug.

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Janet Jackson responds to rumors: 'I do not have cancer'

Janet Jackson on Wednesday gave a health update amid rumors that she’s battling throat cancer — and she did it almost entirely with a song.

The singer posted a video on Twitter that opens with her Unbreakable track “The Great Forever” — with lyrics like “Sources say but where ya gettin’ it/ Don’t create the truth you like” scrolling on the screen — before sharing good news: “I do not have cancer.”

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