1. Verizon, Cookman Management Launch Scouting Contest

    February 25, 2015 4:01 PM EST Winner of Música Unsigned Competition to record with Grammy-winning producer Andres Levin. Verizon has joined with Los Angeles's Cookman management and Nacional Records in a search for "unsigned músicos" from the Western states. On the table is a recording session with Grammy…

  2. Zendaya Accepts Giuliana Rancic's Apology

    February 25, 2015 3:46 PM EST Zendaya had posted another statement on Instagram following Giuliana Rancic 's public apology regarding remarks about Zendaya's hair. Zendaya wrote, in part, "It is our job to spot these issues within others and ourselves and destroy them before they become hurtful. I have so…

  3. Billboard Exclusive Premiere: Towkio's 'Free Your Mind' Featuring Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment

    February 25, 2015 3:37 PM EST Back in 1970, the band Funkadelic released Free Your Mind… And Your Ass Will Follow , an album with a title that served to define the group's mission for the rest of their existence. If you weren't interested in the freeing process, that didn't matter -- the music did the job…

  4. Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars Top Hot 100 Again; The Weeknd Enters Top 10

    February 25, 2015 3:33 PM EST 'Uptown Funk!' leads for an eighth week, while The Weeknd's 'Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey)' enters the top 10. Mark Ronson 's "Uptown Funk!," featuring Bruno Mars , rules the Billboard Hot 100 for an eighth week, while The Weeknd 's "Earned…

  5. Billboard Exclusive Premiere: Mack & Jet Set Vega Remix Prince Royce ft. Snoop Dogg's 'Stuck on a Feeling'

    February 25, 2015 3:24 PM EST Looking for a pop to club translator? Mack may be your man. Fresh off official remixes for the likes of Enrique Iglesias and Bea Miller , the Miami radio host teamed up with fellow Floridian duo Jet Set Vega to give Bronx singer/songwriter Prince Royce 's single "Stuck on a Feeling…

  6. Brit Awards Open With Kanye West Joke

    February 25, 2015 3:24 PM EST Well, that was quick. Less than 15 minutes after the 2015 Brit Awards started, the show's hosts -- comedy duo Ant & Dec -- cracked a joke about Kanye West rushing the stage to steal someone's thunder.  2015 Brit Awards: See All the Photos Their advice for any Brit Award winner…

  7. Brit Awards 2015: And the Winners Are ...

    February 25, 2015 3:00 PM EST Who won big at Wednesday's (Feb. 25) Brit Awards ? Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith both picked up a pair of Brits, while Taylor Swift won her first trophy. See below for all night's winners: 2015 Brit Awards: See All the Photos! BRITISH MALE SOLO ARTIST Damon Albarn Ed Sheeran -- WINNER…

  8. Google Play Wants to Store Your 50,000 Songs

    February 25, 2015 2:58 PM EST Here's some good news for those of you with ginormous amounts of music in your digital library. Google Play announced today that users will now be able to store up to 50,000 songs on the free service, up from 20,000. Once in the system, you can stream or download your audio files to any…

  9. Debate Begins Over New Radio Royalty Bill Introduced in Congress

    February 25, 2015 2:50 PM EST The emails are flying fast today following the Congressional introduction of the Local Radio Freedom Act (LRFA) on Tuesday (Feb. 24). On one side, the National Association of Broadcasters, which vehemently (and unsurprisingly) opposes making terrestrial radio broadcasts responsible for paying…

  10. Kelly Clarkson Shows Off Baby River Rose on 'People' Cover

    February 25, 2015 2:34 PM EST Well, this is just the cutest. Kelly Clarkson  is on the cover of People this week with her 8-month-old daughter River Rose. In the accompanying interview, Clarkson talks about being a mom. "My whole life took a big 180," the singer  told   People . "I never thought I was going…

  11. Chamillionaire Is Now Working As A Venture Capitalist

    February 25, 2015 2:29 PM EST In the mid '00s, Chamillionaire exploded into the national consciousness with his No. 1 single "Ridin,'" a muscular celebration of eluding the police that was simultaneously gleeful and menacing. The Houston MC had been rapping for years -- he sold mixtapes out of his…

  12. Solange, Kerry Washington and More Tweet Support for Zendaya

    February 25, 2015 2:21 PM EST In the wake of Fashion Police host Giuliana Rancic apologizing for her comments on Zendaya 's hair, stars have weighed in on Twitter, applauding Zendaya for standing up for herself. Giuliana Rancic Apologizes to Zendaya, Says Her Comments 'Did Cross the Line' The controversy…

  13. Republic Records Taps Patch Culbertson for A&R Director

    February 25, 2015 1:59 PM EST Patch Culbertson has been promoted to director of A&R at Republic Records, where he's worked since 2009. Culbertson previously served as the company's A&R manager, signing and developing a slew of acts including The Naked & Famous , SoMo and Viv and the Revival . He also…

  14. Watch the 2015 Brit Awards Right Here

    February 25, 2015 1:47 PM EST The 2015 Brit Awards -- which are more-or-less the British equivalent of the Grammys -- are here! Even if you're not one of the Queen's subjects, there are plenty of reasons to watch this worldwide livestream of the awards show. Reasons like:  Taylor Swift ,  Kanye West ,  Madonna ,…

  15. Ryan Cabrera EP Premiere: Listen To 'Wake Up Beautiful' Now

    February 25, 2015 1:20 PM EST Veteran pop singer-songwriter Ryan Cabrera will release his latest collection of songs, the Wake Up Beautiful EP, on Mar. 3, but fans of the "On The Way Down" singer can stream the new release exclusively on Billboard.com one week early. Check out Wake Up Beautiful below: Now a…

  16. Hear 'On My Own,' New Track From Cool Kids, Blended Babies, And Lorine Chia

    February 25, 2015 1:13 PM EST Rap duo the Cool Kids teamed up with Blended Babies and Lorine Chia for an energetic new track, "On My Own." Listen below. The song centers around a warped, vicious guitar line. The beat is distressed -- full of distorted drums that sound like they're being played too loud in…

  17. Taylor Swift Smacks Down Kanye West 'Bad Blood' Remix Rumor

    February 25, 2015 12:45 PM EST Now that Taylor Swift and Kanye West have reconciled, the two are reportedly hitting the studio together. And according to Noise 11 , their first collaboration is a remix of Taylor Swift's 1989 song "Bad Blood," produced by former The Hippos lead singer and guitarist Ariel…

  18. SFX Chairman Robert Sillerman Offers Plan to Take Company Private

    February 25, 2015 12:32 PM EST SFX Entertainment chairman and CEO Robert F.X. Sillerman has proposed taking the EDM-focused music promotion company private by buying out all of the outstanding shares not already owned by him for $4.75 per share in cash. According to Bloomberg, the company has 90.57 million shares…

  19. Paul McCartney to Headline Firefly Music Festival -- The Rumors Are True!

    February 25, 2015 12:30 PM EST Previously announced Firefly 2015 headliners Kings of Leon and The Killers have some company. Today (Feb. 25), the music festival announced that Paul McCartney will be headlining this June. When the lineup was first announced Feb. 17, the first headliner's name was blurred out on the…

  20. Ariana Grande Remembers Late Grandfather In Sweet Video

    February 25, 2015 12:06 PM EST Ariana Grande 's tour kicks off tonight (Feb. 25) in Kansas City, Mo., and she took a few moments to share with fans some advice from her late grandfather, who passed away this past summer.  "Don't let them challenge you, don't let them intimidate you… you do your thing…

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