1. Vevo Faces an Uncertain Future With the Departure of CEO Rio Caraeff and a Failed Sale

    November 21, 2014 3:00 PM EST Rio Caraeff 's departure as CEO of Vevo at the end of 2014 -- officially announced Nov. 17 after an internal memo had leaked -- leaves the music-video service at a crossroads. After Caraeff failed to sell the company at a reported $1 billion this summer (Yahoo, Guggenheim and…

  2. MTV's Music Chief Amy Doyle on What Expanding Her Empire Means for the Network

    November 21, 2014 11:30 AM EST 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. She tells Billboard what her new title…

  3. Dave Appell, Songwriter for Chubby Checker, Dies at 92

    November 20, 2014 5:20 PM EST He co-wrote 'Let’s Twist Again' and 'Limbo Rock' and produced for Tony Orlando & Dawn. Dave Appell , the Philadelphia songwriter-producer behind such 1960s rock 'n' roll hits as "Let's Twist Again" and "Limbo Rock" from Chubby…

  4. Here's That Sweet Photo of Blue Ivy Carter at Solange's Wedding You Were Waiting For

    November 19, 2014 11:05 AM EST Yes, yes, Solange 's wedding photos were stunning, and the group shot of all the women looked like PR for a new rising empire. But there was one family photo missing that fans were hoping to get a glimpse of: Blue Ivy Carter at the wedding. Beyonce Instagrams Gorgeous Pictures of…

  5. Frankie Ballard's 'Sunshine' Dawns Atop Country Airplay Chart

    November 18, 2014 10:45 AM EST Ballard becomes the first act to score his first two No. 1s this year. Plus, Brad Paisley returns to the top 10. Frankie Ballard claims his second No. 1 on Billboard 's Country Airplay chart, as "Sunshine & Whiskey" rises 2-1. He first rang the top bell with "Helluva…

  6. 'The Little Mermaid' 25th Anniversary: Watch Miley Cyrus, Darren Criss, And More Of Our Favorite 'Part Of Your World' Covers

    November 17, 2014 1:47 PM EST Today in You're Old: The Little Mermaid was released in theaters 25 (!) years ago today (Nov. 17), ushering in an era of children desperate to go under the sea.  The Disney film that told story of Princess Ariel was responsible for introducing children to now-classic Disney songs…

  7. Beyonce Instagrams Gorgeous Pictures of Solange's Wedding

    November 17, 2014 10:06 AM EST Solange 's new husband Alan Ferguson  officially put a ring on it over the weekend, and the pictures from the ceremony -- would we expect anything less from the Knowles family? -- are gorgeous.  Thankfully, Solange's big sister Beyonce (Maybe you've heard of her?) was there…

  8. Solange Knowles Marries Alan Ferguson With Beyonce and Jay Z in Attendance

    November 16, 2014 5:05 PM EST Solange Knowles and Alan Ferguson are officially married! The wedding took place in a New Orleans church on Sunday (Nov. 16) in front of close friends and family, E! reports. Get To Know Solange's (Rumored) Fiance, Video Director Alan Ferguson: A Playlist About 200 people were in…

  9. Get To Know Solange's (Rumored) Fiance, Video Director Alan Ferguson: A Playlist

    November 15, 2014 9:06 PM EST Wedding bells may soon be ringing. Yes, Solange Knowles will reportedly be a married woman come Monday morning. According to a report , the "Losing You" singer is set to marry video director (and longtime love) Alan Ferguson on Sunday (Nov. 16) in New Orleans. With the couple…

  10. Report: Vevo CEO Rio Caraeff to Leave Company at End of Year

    November 15, 2014 11:23 AM EST Vevo president/CEO Rio Caraeff is leaving the company at the end of this year, according to the New York Post . He joined the music video service in 2009. 40 Under 40 2014 Spotlight: Rio Caraeff, President/CEO of Vevo Vevo, whose biggest backers are Universal Music and Sony Music, are…

  11. Flashback Friday: Beyonce & Solange Dance It Out

    November 14, 2014 5:05 PM EST If you believe the tabloids,  Solange  is getting married this weekend to longtime boyfriend  Alan Ferguson . Naturally, big sister  Beyonce ,  who actually is also quite famous ,  is expected to attend. As soon as we heard that, we couldn't help but think of all the stellar dancing…

  12. Hozier and Taylor Swift’s Mutual Admiration Society and More Insider Scoop

    November 14, 2014 4:28 PM EST What’s Cooking With Hozier And Taylor Swift? Andrew Hozier-Byrne, better known as Hozier , has formed quite a mutual admiration society with Taylor Swift . In early October, 24-year-old Swift shared an Instagram of herself enthusiastically air-drumming along to Hozier’s performance of …

  13. Watch Alanis Morissette's New Video: Coffee Grain Percussion and Costa Rican Women

    November 11, 2014 12:15 PM EST The singer-songwriter's latest release "The Morning" coincides with Lesley Chilcott's new documentary following female Costa Rican coffee producers. Her voice has been featured in collaborations with  Ringo Starr ,  Harry Gregson-Williams   and the Dave Matthews Band ,…

  14. Aretha Franklin Talks Beyonce, Alicia Keys and Jennifer Hudson: ‘I Hear My Influence’

    November 07, 2014 2:00 PM EST Even when she isn't recording, Aretha Franklin , 72, looms large in our culture. The recipient of the United States' highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and an 18-time Grammy Award winner as well as a Grammy Lifetime Achievement and Grammy Living Legend…

  15. Top Studio Execs Talk the 'Frozen' Effect, New Films, Breaking Into the Biz at Billboard/THR Film & TV Music Conference

    November 07, 2014 8:04 AM EST "To our left is Danielle Diego , EVP of Music at 20th Century Fox, and this is Mitchell Leib ; he is known as Frozen ." Laughter kicked off the Billboard Film & TV Music Conference's high-powered discussion as Billboard's Phil Gallo introduced the Keynote Roundtable…

  16. Country-Pop Crossovers: Who Has Moved From Country to Pop and Vice Versa?

    November 05, 2014 2:34 PM EST The CMA Awards are tonight, featuring performances from country elite like Miranda Lambert and Kenny Chesney . But pop stars are also getting in on the fun: Meghan Trainor is joining Lambert, and Ariana Grande will sing with Little Big Town . These duets emphasize the decreasing distance…

  17. Maya Angelou’s Posthumous Album, ‘Caged Bird Songs,’ Debuts

    November 04, 2014 2:17 PM EST New album blends poet’s prose with hip-hop; Oprah Winfrey is co-producing a music video for the project Before her death at age 86 on May 28, Dr. Maya Angelou had signed off on a unique music project she had been actively involved with over the last seven years. Today (Nov. 4) marks the…

  18. Sam Hunt First Rookie Since Florida Georgia Line to Top Country Airplay Chart

    November 04, 2014 11:05 AM EST The newcomer's 'Leave the Night On' rises 2-1. Plus, moves for Big & Rich and Tim McGraw. Sam Hunt becomes the first act in almost two years to reach No. 1 on Billboard 's Country Airplay chart with a debut single, as "Leave the Night On" rises 2-1. No…

  19. Joel Whitburn, Chart Historian: On Books, Music & the 'Weekly Thrill' of Billboard (Exclusive Q&A)

    November 01, 2014 10:05 AM EDT For nearly a half-century, Whitburn and his company, Record Research, have joined Billboard as the most prominent trackers of the hits. Certain names are synonymous with Billboard charts. Elvis. The Beatles. Elton. Madonna. Mariah. More recently, Rihanna, Gaga, Adele, Katy and Taylor. …

  20. Trent Reznor on Turning 50 'With Some Sense of Dread,' the Future of Nine Inch Nails and a Top-Secret Apple Project

    October 31, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Next May, Trent Reznor turns 50. "It's with some sense of dread," he says dryly. "I saw something on TV, 'If you're age 50 to 74, apply now...' -- I'm like, 'F---, I'm in that?' " As he hits the half-century mark, Reznor may have…

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