1. SESAC Gets New Leadership, Plans to Greatly Expand

    July 31, 2014 1:07 PM EDT "SESAC has big plans," says the organization's new chairman and CEO. SESAC, which has been under majority ownership by private equity firm Rizvi Traverse since December 2012, is ready to grow. That's the word coming out of the organization, which just picked John Josephson…

  2. Pop Shop Podcast: Hilary Duff Discusses New Album, Ed Sheeran & Her Seven-Year Break

    July 31, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Listen to the latest episode of Billboard.com's weekly audio breakdown. Welcome to the latest episode of the Billboard.com Pop Shop Podcast , Billboard's weekly half-hour audio breakdown of the Billboard charts, hottest music news and year's biggest musical events. Casual pop…

  3. How 5 Seconds of Summer Perfected One Direction's Rock-First Formula

    July 30, 2014 12:35 PM EDT What happens when a male pop group doesn't have to be called a "boy band"? Big sales, as 5SOS is proving. On this week's Billboard 200 chart, 5 Seconds of Summer easily debuts at No. 1 with its first album, as the self-titled full-length moves 259,000 copies in its first…

  4. 5 Seconds Of Summer Debuts At No. 1 On Billboard 200

    July 30, 2014 11:01 AM EDT Pop band 5 Seconds of Summer crashes in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 as the Australian group's self-titled full-length debut album arrives atop the list. The set sold 259,000 copies in the week ending July 27, according to Nielsen SoundScan, following the album's release on July…

  5. Iggy Azalea to Make Cameo In 'Fast & Furious 7,’ Vin Diesel Says

    July 29, 2014 8:55 PM EDT Vin Diesel revealed a juicy piece of information during a recent interview to promote his new Marvel film Guardians of the Galaxy : rapper Iggy Azalea will be making a cameo in the upcoming Fast & Furious 7 . Iggy Azalea Named MTV's 'House of Style' Host The news slipped…

  6. Bob Hine, Founder of U.K.'s Music Producers Guild, Dies

    July 29, 2014 7:19 PM EDT 'He is simply one of the most important figures in professional music recording of the last 50 years,' producer Robin Millar says. Bob Hine, a founder of the Music Producers Guild, died Saturday in New Milton, U.K., after a two-year struggle with cancer, according to the…

  7. Calle 13 & Silvio Rodriguez Release 'Ojos Color Sol' Video

    July 29, 2014 11:34 AM EDT The Puerto Rican urban duo Calle 13 shows a softer side on "Ojos Color Sol," featuring famed Cuban balladeer Silvio Rodriguez. The color-saturated new clip for the song features Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal, whose chiseled features recall classic Hollywood heartthrobs, locked in…

  8. Why Songwriters (and Indie Publishers) Need the PROs

    July 29, 2014 10:54 AM EDT Council of Music Creators' Phil Galdston, Maria Schneider & David Wolfert explain the dangers of withdrawing from the PROs. Are music publishers using the issue of low royalty payments from digital users [Spotify, Pandora, et al.] as a pretext for an unprecedented land grab of rights…

  9. Chart Highlights: MAGIC!, Bleachers, Lil Wayne & Drake Score New No. 1s

    July 28, 2014 6:05 PM EDT MAGIC!'s 'Rude' rules Pop Songs, Bleachers rise to No. 1 on Alternative Songs and Lil Wayne and Drake's collab crowns R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers…

  10. Watch Lady Gaga in 'Sin City: A Dame to Kill For' Trailer

    July 28, 2014 4:07 PM EDT Lady Gaga is ready to take your order. Lady Gaga in a stylized outfit saying kooky things? It's just another day in the life for the singer, but this time, it's for a film. Lady Gaga appears in the new trailer for  Sin City: A Dame to Kill For  as a waitress giving money to Joseph…

  11. Ed Sheeran Is Not Feeling Facebook's New App for VIPs

    July 28, 2014 2:17 PM EDT Facebook has a new app called Mentions that aims to make it a breeze for celebrities and other public figures to interact with fans on the 800 million-strong social network. Announced earlier this month, Facebook Mentions allows anyone to download the app, but only participating public…

  12. Global Indie Rights Body Merlin Lowers Fee for Members

    July 28, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Merlin, the global rights agency for the indie label sector, has announced it is lowering the administration fees it charges for its services.  More on Merlin Merlin Doubles Earnings, Digital Accounts for Half of Members' Revenue Merlin's CEO Charles Caldas on Indies, Streaming and…

  13. Ed Sheeran, Cheryl Cole Top U.K. Charts

    July 28, 2014 6:57 AM EDT Ed Sheeran’s “X” (Asylum/Warner Music) started a fifth week atop the U.K. album chart yesterday (July 27) to secure the longest consecutive run at No. 1 on the survey since’s Adele’s “21” in 2011. Cheryl Cole’s “Crazy Stupid Love” (Polydor/Universal), featuring Tinie Tempah, debuted at No. 1…

  14. Tomorrowland 2014 Day 1 Highlights: Avicii, Dillon Francis, Kygo & More

    July 26, 2014 1:56 PM EDT Tomorrowland kicked off its second weekend honor of the festival’s 10th anniversary on Friday (July 25). Boasting one of the deepest talent pools and arguably the most impressive production value that dance music has to offer, Tomorrowland is an immersive and at times overwhelming experience…

  15. 5 Seconds of Summer Sales Sizzle: No. 1-Bound on Billboard 200 Chart

    July 25, 2014 6:55 PM EDT The Australian band set to rock the top of the Billboard 200 chart with debut full-length self-titled album. Pop/rock band 5 Seconds of Summer are set to charge in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart next week with their self-titled full-length debut album. Industry sources suggest the set…

  16. Pharrell to Leave ASCAP for Irving and Grimmet's Global Music Rights

    July 25, 2014 5:18 PM EDT Global Music Rights , the boutique performance rights organization being built by Irving Azoff and Randy Grimmett under the Azoff MSG Entertainment banner, has just signed another big name songwriter/producer/ artist in Pharrell Williams , sources have confirmed. He joins stable mate Ryan…

  17. Jessie Ware Shares It All In New Song With The xx's Romy Madley-Croft (Listen)

    July 24, 2014 12:12 PM EDT You won't find this new Jessie Ware song on her upcoming album "Tough Love" (the standard edition, at least) but it's certainly worth a listen as her new music starts to trickle out. "Share It All" -- released today -- is a soothing helping of modern bedroom…

  18. Is There a Backlash Against Summer Songs?

    July 24, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Ross on Radio: The summer song is in danger of becoming more like New Year's Eve, a time of mandated enjoyment that feels forced to some people Remember when everybody loved "Blurred Lines"? It was barely more than a year ago. "Blurred Lines" was still exciting – not…

  19. Pop Shop Podcast: Jack Antonoff Interview, 5 Seconds of Summer, 'Weird Al' & More

    July 24, 2014 10:55 AM EDT Listen to the latest episode of Billboard.com's weekly audio breakdown. Welcome to the latest episode of the Billboard.com Pop Shop Podcast , Billboard's weekly half-hour audio breakdown of the Billboard charts, hottest music news and year's biggest musical events. Casual pop…

  20. Kirko Bangz & August Alsina Team Up For 'Rich' Video: Watch

    July 23, 2014 1:16 PM EDT Kirko Bangz chooses the wrong path to achieve success in his new video for "Rich." The Houston rapper is joined by the song's featured guest, August Alsina, in its accompanying Rock Davis and Jay Rodriguez-directed video, which portrays the consequences of living the fast life.…

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