1. BMI's Revenue Collections Grow to $977 Million, Royalty Distributions to $840 Million

    September 18, 2014 8:29 PM EDT Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI) saw revenue collections grow to $977 million in the past fiscal year, up 3.5 percent from the $944 million it gathered the year previously. Meanwhile, royalty distributions to publishers and songwriters grew 3.2 percent to $840 million from $814 million in the…

  2. Exclusive: Clive Davis Says Aretha Franklin Is 'On Fire' on New Album of Diva Classics

    September 18, 2014 7:10 PM EDT Following news Aretha Franklin is preparing a new album for release before the end of the month with Clive Davis overseeing production, there's great anticipation over what the legendary soul singer has put together with the help of Clive Davis' oversight.  Aretha Franklin Album…

  3. Jimmy Jam Remembers the Making of Janet Jackson's 'Rhythm Nation 1814': Exclusive Q&A

    September 18, 2014 2:25 PM EDT In 1989, as the world was going to hell, Janet Jackson was coming into her own. The pop star's ascent and the planet's downward slide intersected neatly on Rhythm Nation 1814 , a socially conscious, sonically adventurous, commercially massive album released 25 years ago tomorrow,…

  4. Janet Jackson's 'Rhythm Nation 1814' Revisited By Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis: Track-by-Track Review

    September 18, 2014 1:50 PM EDT If Janet Jackson 's third album, 1986's Control , was a declaration of independence, the follow-up, Rhythm Nation 1814 , was a constitution -- a blueprint for the kind of country that this confident, sexy and newly independent 23-year old woman wanted to live in. At least it was…

  5. Metallica's Kirk Hammett Is 'Tickled' About Contributing to New Exodus Album

    September 18, 2014 11:09 AM EDT Guitarist tells Billboard that reconnecting with his old bandmates is like "coming back to a fraternity you lost contact with." For Kirk Hammett , the guitar solo he performs on "Salt the Wound," a track on Exodus ' upcoming album Blood In, Blood Out (Nuclear Blast…

  6. Darrell Hammond Named 'SNL' Announcer After Don Pardo's Death

    September 18, 2014 10:56 AM EDT "It can't be what it was, but it could sort of be in the same tradition," Lorne Michaels tells USA Today. Darrell Hammond is rejoining Saturday Night Live as the show's new announcer, after longtime voice Don Pardo passed away in August at 96. Hammond will introduce the…

  7. James Brown's Daughter Details Domestic Abuse, Son Alleges Murder in Dueling New Memoirs

    September 17, 2014 4:45 PM EDT Yamma Brown offers chilling details of how her father beat her mother and Daryl Brown writes he has a "gut feeling" the singer was murdered. A pair of new books about James Brown by two of his children offer a disturbing look into the world of the Godfather of Soul, with graphic…

  8. Don't Fear the Reaper: The 20 Best Songs About Death

    September 17, 2014 4:15 PM EDT For a group of people obsessed with immortality, pop stars sure do sing a lot about death. Maybe it's not that surprising. It's a deliciously rich topic ripe for all kinds of songs: From murder ballads and tender tributes to nihilistic hip-hop jams, there’s a killer canon of…

  9. Watch The Rembrandts Play the 'Friends' Theme Song At Central Perk

    September 17, 2014 11:50 AM EDT They're still there for you. Ready to feel old? The 20th anniversary of the premiere of Friends is next week.  As part of the celebration, a pop-up Central Perk coffee shop, full of memorabilia from the show, is in New York City for the next month. On Tuesday night, the shop had a few…

  10. Exclusive: Pioneering YouTube Collagist Kutiman, Millions of Views Later, Is Not In It for the Money

    September 17, 2014 10:53 AM EDT In 2009, Israeli musician Ophir Kutiel was looking for YouTube tutorials he could watch to improve his own playing, when he stumbled across a clip of drummer Bernard Purdie (whose credits include session drumming for James Brown and musical direction for Aretha Franklin ) performing the …

  11. What Would Unity in the Radio Community Look Like?

    September 17, 2014 9:56 AM EDT In 2012, the broadcast group then known as Clear Channel -- now iHeartMedia, though for chronological purposes we'll refer to the company under its previous name -- came to the fall NAB/RAB Radio Show in Dallas on the heels of a deal it had made a few months earlier with Big Machine…

  12. Listen to Alex & Sierra's New Song 'Here We Go'

    September 17, 2014 3:16 AM EDT Just before the plug was pulled on Fox's X Factor in February, boyfriend-girlfriend duo Alex & Sierra made history as the only group to win the U.S. version of the singing competition. Now, seven months later, the couple is about to release its Columbia/Syco debut, It’s About Us on…

  13. Republic Records Restructures Media Department With New Executive Hires

    September 16, 2014 9:00 PM EDT Republic Records announced a restructuring of its media department Tuesday that includes new executive hires.  Beau Benton joins the record label as vice president, media, following nearly a decade at the independent public relations firm 42 West, working press for notables Rihanna , Lady…

  14. Mexican Composer Armando Manzanero Returns to TV

    September 16, 2014 8:03 PM EDT Iconic composer Armando Manzanero has returned to television with the new show La Música Con Manzanero . The 78-year-old entertainer, whose career spans more than five decades, has written more than 400 songs. At a recent event to promote the show, the legendary singer/songwriter said he…

  15. SpinMedia's New CEO Focused '100 Percent' on Editorial: Q&A with Stephen Blackwell

    September 16, 2014 4:37 PM EDT Spin Media Group Inc.'s troubles have been public and ongoing. Formerly known as SpinMedia (and before that, BuzzMedia, which acquired it  in 2013), the media conglomerate -- which includes music publications SPIN ,  Vibe , Idolator , and Stereogum , and celebrity websites Celebuzz and…

  16. August Alsina Spills Off Stage in NYC: Watch

    September 16, 2014 1:27 AM EDT August Alsina took a nasty fall during his show Monday night at New York’s Irving Plaza. According to sources at the venue, Alsina wandered off stage mid-song and dropped onto the crowd barrier. He didn't return. The house DJ played on for a few moments before the announcement was made…

  17. Kiss Raises $1M for Oregon Military Museum

    September 15, 2014 6:43 PM EDT The band Kiss shed the makeup and pulled out acoustic guitars to raise money for the renovation of the Oregon Military Museum. Kiss' Gene Simmons Gets Behind New 'Coliseum' Reality TV Format The Oregonian reports the $2,500-a-ticket gala Sunday night in Lake Oswego raised more…

  18. IFPI Holds Conference on Global Friday Street Date While U.S. Opposition Mounts

    September 15, 2014 6:04 PM EDT While the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) is moving ahead with plans to establish a global new release street date that would see all new releases coming out on Friday, U.S. opposition to moving it from the long-established Tuesday release is mounting. In addition…

  19. Cash Cash Single Premiere: Listen To 'Surrender' from the 'Take Me Home' Hitmakers

    September 15, 2014 12:03 PM EDT After years of releasing massive electronic anthems, Cash Cash finally broke through last year with the crossover hit “Take Me Home,” featuring Bebe Rexha. The EDM group is returning next year with an as-yet-untitled new album, and Billboard.com has its electric first single — listen to…

  20. U2 Posts Making-Of Video for 'Songs of Innocence'

    September 14, 2014 11:33 PM EDT Just two days after millions around the world woke up to find they were suddenly the owner of U2’s latest album -- whether they liked it or not -- the globe-straddling humanitarian rockers have now released a making-of video. In a Twitter message posted Friday, the band shared a video…

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