1. Jennifer Lawrence Debuts on Hot 100: 'The Hanging Tree' Bows at No. 12

    December 03, 2014 4:22 PM EST 0 The Oscar-winning actress charts her first hit, from 'Mockingjay, Part 1.' Jennifer Lawrence adds another honor to her already impressive resume: the Academy Award-winning actress scores her first entry on a Billboard chart, as "The Hanging Tree" debuts on…

  2. #Trending in 2014: Yahoo, Vevo, Rhapsody, Spotify and Bing Share the Year's Biggest Names

    December 03, 2014 12:05 PM EST A slew of digital companies have released their year-end data dumps on what the world was watching, listening to and searching for over the past year. Most of it should surprise no one who paid any attention to the world at large in 2014 -- it seems there are few shocks lurking in our…

  3. Jimmy Iovine Named to Live Nation Board of Directors

    December 03, 2014 8:08 AM EST Jimmy Iovine , producer, former chairman of Interscope, talent svengali and current Apple employee, has been named to the board of Live Nation, the country's largest concert promoter (with revenues hitting $2.5 billion last quarter ), the company has announced. How Jimmy Iovine Made It…

  4. HBO Picks Up Mick Jagger-Produced Rock Drama

    December 02, 2014 3:19 PM EST The 1970s-set series, from 'Boardwalk Empire' duo Martin Scorsese & Terence Winter, has been in development since 2011. HBO has picked up to series a rock 'n' roll drama from Boardwalk Empire 's Martin Scorsese and Terence Winter. The show is also exec produced…

  5. Madonna Bests Paul McCartney As World's Richest Recording Artist

    December 02, 2014 1:43 PM EST Madonna tops a new list of the world's wealthiest recording artists, besting fellow 1 percenters Paul McCartney and Dr. Dre . According to Wealth-X's net worth valuation of the pop queen, Madge is worth a staggering $800 million. That's significantly less than the one billion…

  6. Foo Fighters Team With Citi for Select Presale on 'Sonic Highways' Tour

    December 02, 2014 9:20 AM EST The North American leg of the Foo Fighters ' recently announced 2015 Sonic Highways World Tour features a box office-only pre-order program called "Beat The Bots." But for three select dates, Citi will be offering cardholders an exclusive presale through its Private Pass…

  7. No, Skrillex Didn't Buy Wu-Tang's $5M 'Once Upon a Time in Shaolin' Album

    December 01, 2014 4:16 PM EST One of the year's great mysteries -- who will buy the Wu-Tang Clan's one-of-a-kind record? -- remains unsolved. Skrillex can afford a lot of nice things -- he made $15 million two years ago, according to Forbes -- from a nice home studio to a communal , techno-artistic downtown…

  8. Round Hill and BMG, In a Rare Move, Sue Internet Service Provider for Copyright Infringement

    December 01, 2014 12:15 PM EST Rights holders usually go after those pirating content, not those providing the wires. A complaint filed in a Virginia court last week on the eve of Thanksgiving vacation (Nov. 26) finds BMG Rights Management and Round Hill Music accusing internet service provider Cox for copyright…

  9. Watch Sky Ferreira Perform Her Booming New Song 'Guardian'

    November 29, 2014 8:00 AM EST Cue one of 2015's most anticipated new albums... For a while, it seemed like industry rebel Sky Ferreira would never exist a full length album. But Night Time, My Time proved worth the wait when it finally dropped in late 2013, and now she’s showing off new material fit for a highly…

  10. Nickelback Debuts At No. 1 on Top Rock Albums with 'No Fixed Address'

    November 28, 2014 11:02 AM EST Nickelback arrives at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Rock Albums chart with No Fixed Address , selling 80,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the band's fourth consecutive leader on the chart with a studio album. The title also starts at No. 1 on…

  11. Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade: 10 Best Musical Moments

    November 27, 2014 12:16 PM EST When the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade hits Manhattan each year, it means one thing -- it's a miracle if you can find a New York resident anywhere near 34th Street. Locals might be scarce in Midtown Manhattan, but celebrities, Broadway dancers and musicians are available in…

  12. Taylor Swift's 'Blank Space' No. 1 on Hot 100 for Second Week

    November 26, 2014 3:05 PM EST Swift holds at the summit, while Hozier becomes the first solo male in the top five in nearly three months. Taylor Swift spends a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Blank Space," while Hozier surges 6-3 with "Take Me to Church," becoming the first solo…

  13. All About That Baste: Recipe for a Thanksgiving Soundtrack

    November 26, 2014 12:05 PM EST Never mind the meal. What's on the musical menu for Thanksgiving? Billboard has all the ingredients for a satisfying Turkey Day soundtrack. We trust that, at this point, you've planned the details of cooking your Thanksgiving dinner. (Or, perhaps smarter, that you've…

  14. Pomplamoose Breaks Down the Costs of Touring As an Independent

    November 26, 2014 10:29 AM EST Pomplamoose explains the hard work, and money, required of a "middle class" band. Jack Conte , one half of the indie duo Pomplamoose , took to the nascent publishing platform Medium yesterday to lay out the difficult financials involved in mounting a 23-city U.S. tour. The result…

  15. Prince Charles, Paul McCartney and Lily Allen Toast PRS For Music's Centennial

    November 26, 2014 9:00 AM EST Late last week, their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall hosted a reception at their official London residence, Clarence House, to celebrate 100 years of U.K. collection society  PRS for Music .  Sir Paul McCartney , Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber , Ray Davies ,…

  16. A-Trak Talks New Solo Material, DJ Set Transparency, and 'Youth on the Come-Up'

    November 25, 2014 9:00 AM EST By this point in his career, A-Trak should probably be known as Multi-Track. The former Billboard cover star  (real name Alain Macklovitch, a last name you might recognize from his brother Dave, who goes by Dave 1 in the electro-funk duo Chromeo ) is a DJ and producer, scratcher and…

  17. Marianne Faithfull on Her New Album & Book and Her Charmed Circle of Friends (From Metallica to Bowie)

    November 24, 2014 4:50 PM EST For the past 50 years,  Marianne Faithfull  has been one of the music world’s most singular characters: a Swinging London teen icon and mid-’60s girlfriend of Mick Jagger , a notorious heroin addict who revived her career in 1979 with the landmark Broken English and, most of all, a singer…

  18. 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…

  19. What Will Upcoming Contract Negotiations Mean for Taylor Swift, Usher and Justin Timberlake?

    November 21, 2014 1:34 PM EST Megamillion-dollar label deals are a thing of the past. But with Usher, Timberlake and Swift nearing the end of their contracts, this is how majors will have to fight to keep them. Taylor Swift , Usher and Justin Timberlake are about to enter an all-too-familiar crossroads for pop…

  20. Rixton Discuss Their Bizarre Pre-Show Ritual and Treating Every Concert Like It's at Wembley

    November 21, 2014 12:57 PM EST Compared to their compadres Mary Lambert and Betty Who , British band Rixton are the babies of the AmEx AIR bunch. While the female Artists in Residence are riding high on the success of their first major-label albums, the young lads from Manchester are still a few months away from the…

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