1. 'Reduces Music to Spam': U.K. Retailers Slam U2 iTunes Giveaway

    September 16, 2014 11:07 AM EDT If bricks-and-mortar retailers were already feeling put out by U2 ’s ground-breaking decision to give away their new studio album Songs of Innocence to 500 million iTunes customers last week, their mood is not likely to improve in the light of figures from U.K. trade body Entertainment…

  2. 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…

  3. Robert Christgau: Iggy Azalea's 'New Classic' Is Plenty Authentic -- and Damn Good to Boot

    September 16, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Iggy Azalea 'New Classic' Review, Robert Christgau I come not to remind you, in case it's somehow slipped your mind, that Australian-born rapper Iggy Azalea is the first artist to place his, her or their first Hot 100 singles at Nos. 1 and 2 simultaneously since the damn…

  4. Katy Perry Lands Seven Nominations for MTV Europe Music Awards

    September 16, 2014 6:00 AM EDT With seven nominations, Katy Perry leads the way for this year's MTV Europe Music Awards. Though the pop superstar can expect some stiff competition on the night from the likes of Ariana Grande (with six nominations), 5 Seconds of Summer and Pharrell Williams (five apiece). Katy is in…

  5. Kris Allen Talks Fall Tour, New Video & Covers Sia's 'Chandelier': Watch

    September 16, 2014 5:22 AM EDT Fans planning to see Kris Allen on tour this year may want to remember to wear a pair of comfortable dancing shoes. “We have done some Soul Train lines,” says the American Idol season eight winner. “How can I not do a Soul Train line?” Allen is talking specifically about boogying down to the…

  6. Willie Nelson's Farm Aid Heads South as Jack White, Gary Clark Jr. & Delta Rae Rock in Raleigh

    September 15, 2014 6:33 PM EDT Farm Aid, the annual benefit concert to support America's family farmers, headed south this year, drawing 20,000 fans to the Walnut Creek Amphitheatre in Raleigh, N.C., on Saturday, and the move shaped both the music and the message of the event. Now in it's 29th year, Farm Aid is…

  7. Phil Collins to Headline Miami Benefit Concert, His First Show in 4 Years

    September 15, 2014 6:05 PM EDT Dec. 6 concert will benefit his Little Dreams Foundation. In December, Phil Collins will perform as part of his first bona fide concert in four years at the Fillmore Miami Beach to benefit his Little Dreams Foundation. Adele, Phil Collins Working on New Music Together Collins will headline…

  8. PARTYNEXTDOOR Announces Fall North American Tour

    September 15, 2014 5:34 PM EDT Close to two months after the release of his anticipated sophomore project, PARTYNEXTDOOR 2 (July 29), PARTYNEXTDOOR embarks on a headlining North American tour. The 14-city fall tour will begin on Oct. 19 in Montreal and close with a midnight set on Nov. 22 in Los Angeles. Tickets for select…

  9. Yoko Ono Brings the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus to Harlem

    September 15, 2014 4:50 PM EDT "I love you and I'm so glad that I'm here today," Yoko Ono told an auditorium full of elementary schoolers, teachers, and special guests at New York City's Patrick Henry Prep this morning. The 81-year-old visited the East Harlem school along with the John Lennon…

  10. Bogota Music Market Highlights New Platforms, Burgeoning Colombian Music Scene

    September 15, 2014 3:00 PM EDT Salsa laced with rap, rock-edged blues, Andean countryside music played with drums and electric guitars, a symphony orchestra, and a singer of folk/rock fusion whose moves overshadow Shakira 's. It was an eclectic group of performers who took the stage before an audience of more than 1…

  11. Nas, Kendrick Lamar, Redman & Method Man Perform At One Music Fest 2014: Live Review

    September 15, 2014 2:45 PM EDT On Saturday, Sept. 13, music fans flocked to Atlanta's Aaron's Amphitheatre for One Music Fest. The day-long festival featured three stages: Zeus (main stage), Hercules (small stage) and the DJ stage, Soulection. After Atlanta's own Cody ChesnuTT kicked off the afternoon,…

  12. Lorde Dazzles at New York City's Pier 97, Covers Kanye West & Bon Iver

    September 15, 2014 1:53 PM EDT Lorde is at a crossroads. A lot of kids her age are drifting between high school and college; Ella Yelich-O'Connor likely fancies herself sort of like Kanye West between College Dropout and Late Registration . On tour with Majical Cloudz, she’s in a space where she can still bask in the…

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

    September 15, 2014 12:56 PM EDT It's less than 10 days until the fourth iHeartRadio Festival hits the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, and Clear Channel programming chiefs John Sykes and Tom Poleman are already anticipating the "magic hour" -- when special guests pop in unexpectedly to top the previous…

  14. Code Picks of the Week: Oliver, Seven Lions & More

    September 15, 2014 12:21 PM EDT Each week, CODE curates a diverse selection of the most noteworthy new tunes in dance music Oliver, “Fast Forward” [Fool’s Gold] The counterpart to “Light Years Away” is a space funk fusion whose noodling solos and vocoded snippets take stylistic cues from Daft Punk. Seven Lions, “Worlds…

  15. 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…

  16. Yusuf/Cat Stevens Announces First New Music in 5 Years, Tour

    September 15, 2014 11:58 AM EDT Yusuf , the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer formerly known as Cat Stevens , will release his first music in five years and perform six shows in North America in early winter. Sony's Legacy Recordings will release "Tell ‘Em I’m Gone" on Oct. 27 as part of a deal that will see future…

  17. Microsoft Buys Mojang, Company Behind Massive 'Minecraft'

    September 15, 2014 11:32 AM EDT Microsoft will acquire the maker of the long-running hit game Minecraft for $2.5 billion as the company continues to invest in its Xbox gaming platform and looks to grab attention on mobile phones. The technology company said it will buy Stockholm-based game maker Mojang in a deal expected to…

  18. 'Funeral' Turns 10: The Untold Story of Arcade Fire's Album Art & Brooklyn Mural

    September 15, 2014 10:15 AM EDT That Arcade Fire mural that popped up in Brooklyn? Tracy Maurice was behind that, too. Sept. 14 marked the 10-year anniversary of Arcade Fire’s Funeral , an album that changed alternative music as we know it. Billboard already gushed about its greatness in this classic track-by-track review ,…

  19. Kendrick Lamar Says Taylor Swift’s Remarks Help Himself, Hip-Hop

    September 14, 2014 11:18 AM EDT Kendrick Lamar appreciated Taylor Swift for paying homage to his music in a recent interview. Chris Brown's 'Autumn Leaves' Collabo With Kendrick Lamar Leaks Lamar was grateful to hear about Swift knowing the words to his lyrics and putting her in a great mood. The rapper…

  20. Tom Skeeter, Sound City Studios Owner, Dies

    September 13, 2014 9:20 PM EDT Tom Skeeter, a longtime music industry insider and owner of the legendary Sound City Studios, has died, Billboard has confirmed. A cause of death was not revealed at press time. "We lost our main man, Tommy Skeeter this week. Grateful our Sound City Movie pals for introducing him…

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