1. Report: Apple and U2 to Debut New Music File Format

    September 18, 2014 10:28 AM EDT Updated: 10:26 A.M., Sept. 18. Those hints that U2 dropped last week -- "We’re collaborating with Apple on some cool stuff over the next couple of years, innovations that will transform the way music is listened to and viewed" -- seem to be more than just a promotional posture.…

  2. Q&A: Andre Harrell Talks About the Inaugural Revolt Music Conference, State of the Business

    September 17, 2014 3:57 PM EDT Why Miami? Because Sean Combs wanted to have dinner at his house... natch. From Thursday, October 16th through the 19th in Miami, the first Revolt Music Conference will kick off. The conversation -- and the bar scene -- around the beach that weekend should be lively, with the event set to…

  3. Exclusive: The Moth & the Flame Signs to Elektra Records, Shares 'Sorry' Live Video

    September 17, 2014 1:00 PM EDT Alternative rockers the Moth & the Flame are the newest act to hit the Elektra Records roster. The Los Angeles-based band announced its new deal with the label exclusively via Billboard, and plans to release its major label debut in 2015. Most recently, the California-by-way-of-Utah act…

  4. Lesley Ann Warren, Star of TV's 'Cinderella', To Attend Broadway Version

    September 17, 2014 12:12 AM EDT The Cinderella onstage on Broadway next Tuesday will have another Cinderella in the audience -- Lesley Ann Warren . Warren, who starred in the 1965 television version of "Cinderella," is slated to attend the Sept. 23 production of "Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella…

  5. Guest Post: 'Just Trust Us' Is Not Good Enough for Songwriters

    September 16, 2014 1:10 PM EDT "Occasionally, our artist focus puts us in the crosshairs of influential trade industry groups and their corporate members." The Future of Music Coalition responds to an op-ed published last week by the Nat'l Music Publishers Assoc.'s David Israelite. The following is in…

  6. Clear Channel Changes Name to iHeartMedia

    September 16, 2014 9:34 AM EDT Clear Channel is now iHeartMedia. The multi-platform media company announced on Tuesday (Sept. 16) that it has changed names to reflect the growth and influence of the iHeart brands. The San Antonio-based company's holdings of ad-supported and consumer-focused media business include 859…

  7. Exclusive: Listen to PROM's ‘Flickers,’ First Single From Ghost Beach's Crazy Heart Records

    September 15, 2014 5:09 PM EDT Electronic pop duo Ghost Beach memorably took to Times Square last year to ignite a debate on music piracy . Now, they’re teaming with indie-music distributor The Orchard for their own label, Crazy Heart Records, which will release its first single Sept. 16, PROM’s “Flickers.” Billboard has…

  8. iHeartRadio Fest Preview: Producers Discuss Whether EDM Will Get Its Own Weekend

    September 15, 2014 12:56 PM EDT Note: This article was conducted prior to Clear Channel's corporate renaming to iHeartMedia , which was announced earlier today (Sept. 16). It's less than 10 days until the fourth iHeartRadio Festival hits the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, and Clear Channel -- now…

  9. Frank Ocean Signs to New Management With Three Six Zero

    September 15, 2014 10:55 AM EDT As Frank Ocean gears up for the follow-up to Channel Orange , his 2012 major-label debut -- which has sold 621,000 units, according to Nielsen SoundScan, and took home a 2013 Grammy for best urban contemporary album -- he has made a key change behind the scenes. Since July, Ocean has been…

  10. Rita Ora Discusses New Album & Calvin Harris: 'I Don't Control Other People's Minds'

    September 12, 2014 2:00 PM EDT It's nearly 3 p.m. on the second day of the inaugural Los Angeles edition of Made in America Festival, and a big crowd has gathered to catch Rita Ora 's main-stage performance. It's a major upgrade -- two years ago, Ora played to a side-stage crowd three rows deep at the fest&…

  11. Christian Rapper Lecrae on Hip-Hop's 'Inconsistency' and Ferguson

    September 12, 2014 12:00 PM EDT And on the eighth day, God created air conditioning. Biblically speaking this may not be true, but on this sweltering late-August morning in Atlanta, any cool breeze feels heaven-sent. Out in the heat, 34-year-old rapper Lecrae and a six-person video crew are filming a music video for "…

  12. Hozier Rises on Rock Charts Ahead of Debut Album

    September 12, 2014 11:00 AM EDT The singer/songwriter soars onto Hot Rock Songs with 'Jackie and Wilson.' Plus, chart action for Counting Crows and Linkin Park. It's been an eventful past 12 months for Hozier . Nearly a year ago (on Sept. 25, 2013), the Irish singer/songwriter posted his video for "Take…

  13. Exclusive: Guy Oseary on U2's $100 Million Deal With Apple, And What's Next for the Group

    September 12, 2014 10:30 AM EDT It has been a whirlwind nine months for Guy Oseary since he took the reins of U2 ’s management after longtime manager Paul McGuinness announced his retirement last fall. That includes a Golden Globe , an Oscar nomination , a big Super Bowl campaign and the premiere of The Tonight Show in…

  14. 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…

  15. Primal Scream's Robert 'Throb' Young Dies at 49

    September 11, 2014 5:08 PM EDT The guitarist was with the band from 1984 until 2006. Former Primal Scream guitarist Robert "Throb" Young was found dead at age 49 in his home in England on Tuesday, The Guardian reports. His cause of death has yet to be determined. Primal Scream Turns Up 'Heat' on North…

  16. The 20 Best Songs About Friendships -- Good, Bad and With Benefits

    September 11, 2014 2:00 PM EDT Friendship is a complicated thing. It can save your life -- like when a good buddy gets you through a bad breakup -- or it can drive you absolutely nuts. After all, some friends lie and let you down, and if they’re not secretly plotting your demise, they might be harboring romantic feelings…

  17. Exclusive: U2 Manager Guy Oseary Talks 'Songs of Innocence' Rollout & Strategy Shift

    September 10, 2014 6:48 PM EDT Tuesday's release of U2 's Songs of Innocence was a surprise for numerous reasons, starting with the fact that it was given away as a free download to all of Apple's 500 million iTunes customers for the next five weeks. But its track list raised the eyebrows of a few U2 die…

  18. 'Fashion Rocks' a Ratings Flop: What Didn't Work & What's Next

    September 10, 2014 6:05 PM EDT ‪It was not a triumphant comeback for Fashion Rocks . The TV event, which spotlights the intersection of the fashion and music industries, returned to CBS on Tuesday night and only drew 2.4 million viewers, a 0.6 share rating among 18- to 49-year-olds, according to Nielsen Media Research.…

  19. Where Are Beats Music, iTunes, and the iPod? Hiding Under Bono's Swag

    September 10, 2014 2:15 PM EDT Whither the music? The bombast of bringing out the world's richest rock band (and its new album, which is currently in your iTunes library whether you want it there or not, a subtle reminder of the power Apple has to minutely affect your everyday life) to cap the biggest product…

  20. Spotify, The Echo Nest Launch 'Insights' Data Blog to Explore Music Scientifically

    September 10, 2014 8:00 AM EDT When Spotify acquired the industry’s leading music intelligence company , The Echo Nest, in March, it sent a major signal to the rest of business stating the importance of data and curating the context of your content. But the first publicly announced project between the companies is not any…

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