1. Alesso Advances, Cash Cash Debuts on Dance/Electronic Charts

    September 26, 2014 5:05 PM EDT Alesso accelerates on Billboard's Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart with "Heroes (We Could Be)" (27-13), taking Digital Gainer honors. The track also enters Dance/Electronic Digital Songs (No. 9) with 16,000 units sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan, as well as Dance/Mix Show…

  2. Hasbro Freezes Out Mattel With New Disney Toy Deal

    September 25, 2014 11:11 PM EDT The toy wars just got a bit colder thanks to Disney's Frozen, with Hasbro wrestling the rights for dolls from the hit movie away from its rival Mattel. Hasbro Inc. announced Wednesday that its new deal with Disney Consumer Products will give it global rights -- with the exception of…

  3. Kele On His ‘Intimate, Immersive’ New Album & The Future of Bloc Party

    September 25, 2014 3:07 PM EDT “I don’t think I ever want to make a record completely in isolation,” says the U.K. artist. Trick is the second solo album from Bloc Party frontman Kele Okereke, and the second full-length in which the 32-year-old singer-songwriter-DJ-producer deviates from Bloc Party’s guitar-packed…

  4. British Hitmaker Alex Da Kid Tackles the ‘20s With His Soundtrack Debut

    September 23, 2014 2:29 PM EDT The 2013 hit movie The Great Gatsby has spawned another 1920s-themed musical with a modern twist: the film Ziggy starring Dane DeHaan and Rooney Mara as star-crossed lovers in the time of Prohibition -- he playing a hunchback escape artist who arrives in New York and falls in love with the…

  5. 'The Voice,' 'Idol' & 'X Factor': All 26 Judges, Ranked

    September 22, 2014 2:52 PM EDT As Gwen Stefani & Pharrell Williams join 'The Voice,' we rank the coaches who came before them. Starting Monday night (Sept. 22), there are two new kids on the singing-competition block: Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams , who will make their debut as coaches on The Voice .…

  6. Education By Dre (And Iovine, Too): Music Biz Philanthropists Help Schools Rise Up

    September 22, 2014 1:40 PM EDT A look at the many exec-driven programs at the country's top institutions. The late afternoon sun beams into the top floor of a building at the center of the University of Southern California campus as more than 30 excited college freshmen and their parents gather with school officials…

  7. Watch the Replacements Cover a Michael Jackson Song at NYC Reunion Show

    September 22, 2014 12:08 PM EDT Hey! Looks like the Replacements played a new song at their Sept. 19 show at Forest Hills Stadium in Queens, NY. Well, it's “new” if the term implies a song they don’t normally play that wasn’t written by Westerberg and company. Watch The Replacements Play 'Fallon' After…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. The Replacements Rock Homecoming Concert at Minnesota Stadium

    September 14, 2014 2:50 PM EDT The Replacements played 31 songs at its first hometown appearance in 23. The Replacements took the stage Saturday (Sept. 13) night at Midway Stadium in St. Paul, Minn., clad in identical matching plaid suits, as the final notes of “Surfin’ Bird” by the Trashmen faded out. Watch The…

  15. Keith Richards on His New Gig...as a Children's Book Author

    September 12, 2014 4:00 PM EDT Rock legend Keith Richards already counts grandfathers as fans -- now 70, he's hoping to win over grandkids with his first children's book, Gus & Me (Little, Brown), an unexpected follow-up to his acclaimed 2010 tell-all autobiography, Life . Illustrated with whimsical drawings…

  16. 40 Under 40: Music's Young Power Players

    September 12, 2014 8:00 AM EDT They’re young, they’re innovative, they’re disruptive. From monetizing bite-sized streams to selling out massive stadiums, these are the progressive leaders reshaping the music industry. The honorees on Billboard’s annual 40 Under 40 Power Players list were chosen by Billboard editors from…

  17. Shadow Lanes, 'Sea and Back': Exclusive Video Premiere

    September 10, 2014 12:31 PM EDT Pairing diverse strengths to achieve a distinct sound, Shadow Lanes is a collaborative fusion that almost makes too much sense. Versatile house producer Chris Manik (known to the deep house world as MANIK ) teamed up with accomplished engineer Alex Hamadey (aka N’Conduit ) to form a band that…

  18. Watch The Replacements Play 'Fallon' After Three-Decade NBC Ban

    September 10, 2014 10:13 AM EDT Twenty eight years ago, the Replacements drunkenly stumbled through one of the worst musical performances in SNL history (at least from NBC’s perspective) and were famously banned from ever playing 30 Rock again. Well, Lorne Michaels be damned -- the ‘Mats returned to NBC on Sept. 9 for a…

  19. Memphis Soul Doc ‘Take Me to the River’ Is Giving Back to Musicians in Need

    September 09, 2014 5:09 PM EDT In Take Me to the River , Martin Shore 's documentary about music scenes in and around Memphis since the late 1950s, veteran artists are united in recording studios with singers and rappers two or three generations younger. Snoop Dogg Helps Premiere 'Take Me to the River' at…

  20. Exclusive: Listen to Oliver's 'Light Years Away'

    September 09, 2014 1:54 PM EDT Oliver is an electronic production duo from Los Angeles that, perhaps more than any rising DJ outfit, is poised to have an utterly explosive fall. Made up of Vaughn Oliver (U-Tern) and Oliver Goldstein (Oligee), their sound is funky, menacing, and fiercely energetic, and a cool alternative…

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