1. Billboard and CLIO Music's Top Commercials Powered by Shazam

    October 02, 2014 11:00 AM EDT For the 55 th annual CLIO Awards honoring creativity in advertising, Billboard and Shazam teamed up to create three charts that honor the best uses of music in advertising over the past year.  Using tagging data from Shazam, as well as sales, airplay and streaming tracked by Nielsen…

  2. Darius Rucker's 'Hometown Honey' Video Shows a Country Girl Conquering New York City

    October 02, 2014 10:31 AM EDT Darius Rucker -- a Grammy winner as a member of Hootie and the Blowfish and as a smooth country singer -- released a new video for his single "Hometown Honey." Watch it below. "Hometown Honey" features an easy to remember refrain: "Honey, honey, honey, you're…

  3. iHeartMedia Announces First Latin Festival

    October 02, 2014 10:04 AM EDT iHeartMedia's Fiesta Latina will go head-to-head with SBS’ Calibash Nov. 22 in Los Angeles. IHeartMedia will produce its first-ever Latin mega concert. The iHeartRadio Fiesta Latina will take place at the Forum in Los Angeles on Saturday, Nov. 22, featuring performances by Ricky Martin…

  4. 8 Things We Learned About Aretha Franklin's New Covers Album From Her 92Y Talk

    October 02, 2014 4:31 AM EDT Queen of Soul and Clive Davis talk about their careers and 'The Great Diva Classics' in New York On Wednesday night, Aretha Franklin and longtime collaborator and mogul Clive Davis sat down with veteran music journalist Anthony DeCurtis at New York City's 92Y for a lengthy…

  5. Nas Talks 'Lost Tapes' Follow-Up at 'Time Is Illmatic' Premiere

    October 01, 2014 10:58 PM EDT Excitement was mounting at New York City's Museum of Modern Art on Tuesday night, as celebrities took a trip down the red carpet and memory lane with the premiere of Time Is Illmatic , the Nas documentary from One9 and Erik Parker . "I actually have a tingling sensation, it's…

  6. Lauren Shera Talks 'Gold and Rust' Album & Relocating to Nashville

    October 01, 2014 7:57 PM EDT Americana-flavored performer Lauren Shera is a recent transplant to Tennessee, having moved to The 615 a couple of years ago from her native California. She stands amazed at how the city has grown in those 24 months. "It's been the perfect change of pace," she tells Billboard…

  7. Music Companies Not Spared as Stocks Tumble

    October 01, 2014 5:14 PM EDT It was a tough day on Wall Street. Publicly traded music companies fared no better than any other as stocks across the market plunged on Wednesday. Sparked by weak economic data in the United States and Europe, equity markets suffered from widespread selling by investors seeking safer…

  8. Anna Lunoe Premieres 'Classy' Soft Power Remix of 'All Out'

    October 01, 2014 12:55 PM EDT Anna Lunoe , who recently cracked Billboard's Twitter Emerging Artist chart for the first time, is premiering the remix of her song "All Out" on Billboard today. "All Out" is the title track of Lunoe's EP, which debuted in the top 5 on the iTunes Dance Chart…

  9. Jared Leto, Snoop Dogg Pump Dollars Into Reddit

    October 01, 2014 10:17 AM EDT Investors have put $50 million into the site, which plans to give back a percentage to community members. Reddit, the community-driven link site popular for its "ask me anything" series and abundance of NSFW material, announced this week that it has raised $50 million from…

  10. iTunes Launches 'Donate' Feature for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

    October 01, 2014 12:00 AM EDT iTunes is throwing its digital muscle behind Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The online music store has launched the "Donate to City of Hope" feature where customers can make donations to help find a cure for breast cancer.  Chrissy Amphlett’s ‘I Touch Myself’ Reworked for Breast…

  11. 'American Idol' Alum Didi Benami on Mining Heartbreak for Songwriting Gold

    September 30, 2014 6:51 PM EDT Listen to the season-nine finalist's new song 'Lost at Sea.' American Idol season-nine alum Didi Benami is about to release her proper debut album, Reverie -- the result of a successful PledgeMusic crowdfunding campaign (with proceeds earmarked for Brandon McMillan’s Argus…

  12. Dean Wareham & Eleanor Friedberger Talk Live-Scoring 'Unseen Warhol Films'

    September 30, 2014 4:00 PM EDT Live music meets Warhol's 'home movies' at an upcoming series of shows. Jeff Koons can make statues of pop stars like Michael Jackson and Lady Gaga until the end of time, but it's safe to say no art world figure will ever mean as much to rock music as Andy Warhol . And…

  13. Krewella Mired in Legal Mess Involving DJ's Newfound Sobriety

    September 30, 2014 3:42 PM EDT Yousaf sisters conspired to remove Kris Trindl from the group, says a new lawsuit. The story of Krewella starts out like an American fable: Two sisters and one former boyfriend from a Chicago suburb form a music group and, using some social-media savvy, rocket to fame as headliners of…

  14. Pharrell Releases Anime & Video Game Inspired 'It Girl' Video

    September 30, 2014 10:45 AM EDT The clip premiered exclusively in Times Square before hitting the Internet. Before it hit the Internet,  Pharrell  exclusively premiered the new video for his single "It Girl" in a very public space -- Sony's billboard in Times Square. "It Girl" is the final track…

  15. AC Slater on Creating a Scene 'Between Crazy EDM Festivals & Purist House Music'

    September 30, 2014 10:40 AM EDT The L.A. producer's Night Bass Tour is for those bored of EDM shows that put lasers and mic-happy DJs ahead of the music. In January, Los Angeles DJ AC Slater (real name: Aaron Clevenger) launched a monthly electronic music party called Night Bass inspired by UK garage. It became so…

  16. 'Ten Bands, One Cause' Fights Breast Cancer With Pink Vinyl Reissues (Update)

    September 30, 2014 10:00 AM EDT The month of October's holidays include World Vegetarian Day, National Nut Day, Yom Kippur, Columbus Day, and, of course, Halloween. But it's also National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and in honor of those ubiquitous pink ribbons and what they stand for, RED Distribution has…

  17. Neil Diamond Goes Back to High School for First-Ever Brooklyn Show: Review

    September 30, 2014 3:02 AM EDT After more than 50 years in the business, with over 100 million albums sold and a slew of hits that are heard everywhere from bars to weddings to ballparks, Neil Diamond decided it was finally time to play a concert in his native Brooklyn. And rather than perform at one of the borough'…

  18. Apple Suing Headphones Entrepreneur for Claiming to Be a Beats Co-Founder

    September 29, 2014 6:47 PM EDT The story of how Beats Electronics was founded just got more interesting. Dr. Dre & Jimmy Iovine Dragged Into Beats Headphones Dispute On Friday, the new Apple subsidiary filed a false advertising and unfair competition lawsuit against Steve Lamar for holding himself out to be a co…

  19. Urban Outfitters Doesn't Sell the Most Vinyl

    September 29, 2014 3:42 PM EDT While Urban Outfitters may be telling the world that it is the world's premier seller of vinyl, record label executives tell Billboard that Amazon is the largest retailer selling the format. Reportedly, Urban Outfitters chief administrative officer Calvin Hollinger made that claim to…

  20. Private Jet? No Problem. VIP Packages for Superfans Are Big Business for Tours & Festivals

    September 29, 2014 2:54 PM EDT Since the live event business rebounded in 2010, VIP programs, which offer seats closer to the stage, meet-and-greets with the artist and, in one extreme case, a private jet to the festival grounds (see story, below), increasingly have become big business. “We’re at a point where most tours…

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