At Billboard's 11th annual touring awards, the "Spirit of the Boogie" panel -- a conversation with Kool & the Gang -- showed the importance of flexibility. Often bands tend to solidify as they get older: they settle in and clamp down. In an increasingly uncertain music world, Kool & the Gang manage to maintain their youthful malleability.
Data released this week have revealed the positive benefits free or listening has on music purchases. A study by Pandora and consumer surveys by the Country Music Association and BitTorrent show, in different ways, that free music can come with benefits.
Harsh criticism from pal and collaborator Timbaland, a lack of rights to original songs and an early casting snafu when Zendaya Coleman bowed out of the title role did not hinder Lifetime’s biopic about the brief life and career of Aaliyah.
The “Everything Is Embarrassing” singer says that she has learned from the missteps of her first full-length and its promotional tour, and is already working on a follow-up, which she describes to Billboard as “more aggressive” than the mix of buzzing indie rock and sparkling pop on her debut.
MTV's long-standing music chief and doyenne of the Video Music Awards, Amy Doyle, 44, just got a major bump up from executive vp music and talent strategy, a role she had held since 2005, to executive vp music content and platforms strategy.
Hinder is back with a new album for 2015 and Billboard has the first peek at the new music. For its fifth studio album, the hard rocking Oklahoma band introduces the driving guitar ballad “Hit the Ground,” premiering exclusively via Billboard.