It's an interesting time in country music. The format's biggest-selling star of the last decade, Taylor Swift, has departed for pop music. Meanwhile, Garth Brooks, who has sold more albums than any artist since 1991, is back. Brooks' return, however, has been greeted with a fairly lukewarm reception.
Taylor Swift, Usher and Justin Timberlake are about to enter an all-too-familiar crossroads for pop superstars: Their next albums will also be the last ones due to their respective major labels (Big Machine/Universal for Swift, RCA for Timberlake and Usher).
Have you ever watched a One Direction performance or video and felt like the guys are singing just for you, and not for anyone else in the whole world? Well, 1D’s clever “Night Changes” music video, which was released on Friday morning (Nov. 21), is designed make you feel all kinds of unique, with the five guys essentially romancing the camera and treating their fair viewers to a point-of-view potpourri of charming adventures.
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.