1. Elton John & David Furnish to Marry This Weekend

    December 17, 2014 4:35 PM EST The couple has been in a civil partnership since 2005. Elton John and his partner David Furnish plan to tie the knot for a second time, following the legalization of same-sex marriage in Britain. The singer's spokesman, Gary Farrow, said Wednesday (Dec. 17) that the weekend ceremony…

  2. American Country Countdown Awards: Luke Bryan & Florida Georgia Line Roll Over Competition

    December 15, 2014 10:30 PM EST Jason Aldean takes home top prize at inaugural awards show, while Kenny Chesney & Reba McEntire are honored. The inaugural American Country Countdown Awards were held Monday night (Dec. 15) at Nashville's Music City Center, and as producers hoped, the night was akin to a Christmas…

  3. Luke Bryan Hits ACCA Stage After Brother-in-Law's Death: 'It's Nice to Feel Loved'

    December 15, 2014 8:42 PM EST Bryan wins Male Vocalist of the Year at American Country Countdown Awards. It's been a roller-coaster month for Luke Bryan . At last month's American Music Awards, he was named Favorite Male Country Artist, but only a week later, his brother-in-law, Ben Lee Cheshire, died…

  4. YouTube Music Admin Company AdRev Snaps Up Distro Service DashGo

    December 15, 2014 1:16 PM EST AdRev , a music administration service for YouTube, has acquired digital distributor DashGo . Terms of the deal were not disclosed. All DashGo employees will make the transition to AdRev, and DashGo will retain its name, according to AdRev CEO Ryan Born . Ben Patterson will continue on as…

  5. Corner Office: Republic Records Honchos Monte & Avery Lipman Discuss Jennifer Lawrence's 'Hunger Games' Smash and Defend 'The Voice'

    December 15, 2014 10:41 AM EST The 2014 market-share leaders on maintaining dominance, defending 'The Voice' and finding tomorrow's breakout: "You can't rush hits." Among the many plaques lining the walls of Republic Records chairman/CEO Monte Lipman ’s midtown Manhattan office, the one…

  6. BSBB Round 1: Clean Bandit feat. Jess Glynne, "Rather Be" vs. Hozier, "Take Me To Church"

    December 14, 2014 10:00 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Rather Be Clean Bandit feat. Jess Glynne Take Me To Church Hozier CRAIG JENKINS: Darkness stalks the edges of both Irish singer-songwriter Hozier’s “Take Me to Church” and British group Clean Bandit’s Jess Glynne-assisted …

  7. Reggie Watts Will Be James Corden's 'Late Late' Band Leader

    December 12, 2014 2:30 PM EST CBS is getting ready for the new Late Late Show . Though James Corden doesn't assume the hosting gig until Mar. 23, the multihyphenate's show has filled out much of its staff and found a bandleader in Reggie Watts . Josh Groban Jams With Reggie Watts on 'Comedy Bang! Bang!&…

  8. Lil Wayne vs. Cash Money: Can the Rapper Leave the Label He's Been With Since He Was 13?

    December 12, 2014 12:20 PM EST Album delays are ­nothing new for Lil Wayne . But the MC sent shockwaves through the hip-hop world on Dec. 4 when he publicly blamed his label for the ever-shifting release date of his new album, Tha Carter V . Calling himself a "prisoner," he tweeted, "I want off this label…

  9. Billboard Year in Music 2014: Ed Sheeran and Charli XCX Dish on No. 1 Hits, Sophomore-Slump Fears and Finding Their Voices

    December 12, 2014 9:00 AM EST The Hit Factories Ed Sheeran : x 1 Week on Billboard 200 Charli XCX : "Boom Clap" 3 Weeks on Mainstream Top 40 X marked the spot in 2014 for fellow Brits and Atlantic labelmates Ed Sheeran, 23, and Charli XCX, 22. Sheeran's sophomore set, x , entered the Billboard 200 at No.…

  10. Bop.fm, Music Streaming Aggregator, Launches Its Mobile App

    December 09, 2014 2:29 PM EST When Ben Horowitz of Andreessen Horowitz writes a blog post , he almost always starts by quoting a rap song and embedding the track into the post with Bop.fm. When I click the audio player, it plays me the song from the best available source. Track isn’t on Youtube? I don’t have a Spotify…

  11. Former A&M/Octone Execs Launch Hybrid Company Freesolo; Gavin DeGraw, Hunter Hunted Among First Signings

    December 09, 2014 1:37 PM EST Just over a year ago, James Diener found himself at a crossroads common to many record-label executives who've essentially "cashed out" of the music industry. A&M/Octone, the label where he served as president and CEO for 13 years, had just sold its 50% share to…

  12. Taylor Swift Beats Laryngitis, Sam Smith, Ariana Grande Shine at KIIS FM Jingle Ball

    December 06, 2014 5:21 PM EST Iggy Azalea, Pharrell, Nick Jonas, Jessie J and special guests galore joined the Los Angeles radio station's annual extravaganza. With the moment the lights dropped at the KIIS FM Jingle Ball in Los Angeles Friday night (Dec. 5), so launched more than four hours of excited teenage…

  13. Ben & Jerry's and Tuff Gong Release First Video for 'One Love' and a Bob Marley-Inspired Ice Cream

    December 04, 2014 2:26 PM EST Phish Food, Cherry Garcia, Goodbye Yellow Brickle Road, Imagine Whirled Peace. Is your mouth watering yet? Just wait. Bob Marley to Front Global Marijuana Brand Ben & Jerry's has unveiled the latest addition to their smorgasbord of music and pop culture-inspired flavors: Satisfy My…

  14. Saavn and Twitter Team Up to Deliver a Crowdsourced Radio Station

    December 04, 2014 12:10 PM EST A re-imagining of Twitter Music for the Indian streaming service Saavn may find a foothold in the world's second-most populous country. An innovative partnership between a social media giant and a music streaming service is taking place halfway around the world. Indian music streaming…

  15. Luke Bryan Cancels Tonight's CMT Performance After Brother-in-Law's Death

    December 02, 2014 4:09 PM EST Country star Luke Bryan will not be performing at Tuesday night's (Dec. 2) CMT Artists of the Year event due to the death of his brother-in-law, Ben Lee Cheshire, over the weekend. According to People , Bryan will stay with his family in Georgia. Luke Bryan Talks 'Roller Coaster&…

  16. Publishing Briefs: Dan the Automator Signs With Atlas Music Group, RightsFlow Enters 3D Printing Biz, Riptide Expands

    December 02, 2014 11:57 AM EST Billboard's Ed Christman rounds-up all the big news in the music publishing world. -- The Atlas Music Group has signed producer Dan "The Automator" Nakamura to a worldwide publishing deal, which will include his entire catalog (except for collaborations with Dr. Octagon ), as…

  17. Adam Lambert Makes New Year's Plans, Cameo in Latest 'American Idol'

    December 02, 2014 5:42 AM EST Adam Lambert will kick off 2015 in a big way. The American Idol season-eight runner-up will join Queen in London for an exclusive concert airing live on BBC One. The intimate show will take place at Central Hall Westminster (capacity: 2,000) near the iconic Big Ben clock-tower and serve as…

  18. Delta Spirit's Matt Vasquez Talks Shtick, Drug Trips, and Bob Dylan Lyrics on 'Into the Wide'

    November 28, 2014 12:00 PM EST Delta Spirit 's fourth full-length, Into the Wide , was conceived in what the then Brooklyn-based five-piece called "the Rat Cave," a Greenpoint studio they had built that was subsequently ruined by Hurricane Sandy. After patching up and packing up, frontman Matt Vasquez,…

  19. Bruce Springsteen Tribute Concert With Neil Young, Elton John, Jim James to Air on PBS

    November 26, 2014 8:53 PM EST Bruce Springsteen 's MusiCares Person of the Year for 2013 tribute concert with Neil Young , Elton John , Jim James and others is headed to PBS next month.  Bruce Springsteen Fans Can Relive the Boss' Top Gigs on New Website The star-studded show from February 2013 at Los Angeles&…

  20. 'The Sing-Off' Replaces Ben Folds With Fall Out Boy's Patrick Stump

    November 26, 2014 4:53 PM EST The a cappella competition's fifth cycle airs Dec. 17 as a two-hour special. The Sing-Off may be returning to NBC next month , but a cappella master and four-time judge Ben Folds won't. For its fifth cycle -- airing as a two-hour special on Dec. 17 , instead of a two-week holiday…

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