1. Island Records Promotes Steve Yegelwel to SVP

    August 21, 2014 4:29 PM EDT Island Records has promoted veteran A&R man Steve Yegelwel to senior vp at the Universal Music Group imprint. According to a news release, Yegelwel will be involved in running the label's A&R department and will work closely with executive vp Eric Wong on marketing up-and-coming…

  2. Sam Hunt Scores Highest Debut on Top Country Albums With 'X2C'

    August 21, 2014 4:22 PM EDT The former college QB huddles in the chart's upper ranks with his debut EP. Plus, moves for Luke Bryan, FGL & Darius Rucker. Former college football quarterback Sam Hunt snares Hot Shot Debut honors at No. 5 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart with X2C , his four-song,…

  3. Howard Shore to Receive Maestro Award at Billboard/THR Film and TV Music Conference

    August 21, 2014 1:04 PM EDT Composer Howard Shore will receive this year's Maestro Award at the Billboard/Hollywood Reporter Film and TV Music Conference being held Nov. 5 and 6. Shore, who will participate in a Q&A at the conference, has an impressive slate of films this year, among them the final installment…

  4. Estranged Richie Sambora Accepts Jon Bon Jovi's Ice Bucket Challenge

    August 21, 2014 12:30 PM EDT Can ice water thaw famously strained relationships? The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge seems like it might be first step in some kind of reunion between Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora . Let's back up: Bon Jovi completed the challenge Aug. 16 and challenged Bon Jovi keyboardist David Bryan,…

  5. Sarah Jaffe Video Premiere: Watch The Haunting 'Lover Girl' Clip

    August 21, 2014 11:56 AM EDT Sarah Jaffe has returned with an arresting new album, Don't Disconnect , that further removes the singer-songwriter from her acoustic folk beginnings. The single "Lover Girl," which was released last month, has received an imaginative music video that recalls the oddball…

  6. SoundCloud Debuts Monetization Play With 'On SoundCloud', Announces $100 Million In Funding

    August 21, 2014 11:01 AM EDT The successful audio platform has launched it's first advertising initiative, and plans a subscription service in the near future. It’s a new era for SoundCloud.   The audio platform has long been a home to unsigned, independent and even established artists to debut new material --…

  7. Ariana Grande Crowns Billboard Artist 100

    August 21, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Spurred by the success of four current hits, the diva logs her first week at No. 1. Ariana Grande is the top artist in the U.S. this week, as she vaults 4-1 on the  Billboard Artist 100  chart, marking her first week atop the ranking. She also becomes the first female artist to lead the…

  8. Emma Stone Confirms Starring Role in Broadway's 'Cabaret'

    August 21, 2014 3:47 AM EDT It was an open secret among theater insiders that Emma Stone was in negotiations to star in Cabaret when preparations were underway to bring the Roundabout Theatre Company's smash revival back to Broadway last season. But those talks fell apart due to scheduling conflicts related to The…

  9. Lenny Kravitz to Play iTunes Festival in London

    August 20, 2014 11:43 PM EDT Apple's iTunes Festival in London has added Lenny Kravitz , Rudimental , Elbow and Paolo Nutini to its lineup of headliners. The eighth annual event will once again take place throughout September at The Roundhouse in the Camden neighborhood of the British capital. Listen to Lenny…

  10. Dave Grohl Welcomes New Baby Girl Ophelia

    August 20, 2014 6:38 PM EDT Dave Grohl and wife Jordyn Blum welcomed their third child into the world earlier this month, a baby girl they named Ophelia. Foo Fighters Parody 'Carrie' in Brilliant Ice Bucket Challenge Video The couple kept quiet about the news, without any public announcements but a Facebook…

  11. Sarah Dunn on Her Old-Fashioned Upbringing: 'We Didn't Have a CD Player or Tape Deck'

    August 20, 2014 5:58 PM EDT Sarah Dunn, the voice behind the Sarah Dunn Band 's "You or the Whiskey," definitely qualifies as an old soul. And not just in her attitude toward building her career.  "I was delivered by a midwife in Monett, Missouri, in this antebellum home. I like to think I had a…

  12. Must-Hear Music Podcast: Taylor Swift, Ryn Weaver, Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett

    August 20, 2014 5:39 PM EDT On this week's Must-Hear Music podcast, the Billboard staff tackles the week's biggest (and most divisive) single: Taylor Swift 's full-on-pop transformation "Shake It Off." The only thing we agree on is that it's definitely still stuck in our heads. Aside…

  13. Sara Bareilles to Perform During Emmys 'In Memoriam' Tribute

    August 20, 2014 5:03 PM EDT Billy Crystal will honor Robin Williams at the show. Sara Bareilles will perform during the In Memoriam segment and Billy Crystal will pay tribute to the late Robin Williams at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards on Monday. Exclusive: 'Aladdin' Composer Alan Menken Pens Tribute to Robin…

  14. Taylor Swift's '1989' Album: 10 Dream Collaborators From 1989

    August 20, 2014 4:19 PM EDT Here are the producers, songwriters and music video auteurs that could make T-Swift's next project truly feel like a blast from the past. "I was listening to a lot of late 80's pop music," Taylor Swift explained to her audience on Monday's big announcement…

  15. No Surprise Here: Spotify Streams Soar While Track Sales Fall

    August 20, 2014 2:54 PM EDT Streaming activity at the most popular music subscription service has soared as digital track sales have fallen over the past year. The streaming numbers comes from Music Ally 's analysis of Spotify's Top 50 chart over the course of a year. It found the Top 50 tracks in the U.S., in…

  16. Billboard 200: Did 'Guardians Of The Galaxy' Soundtrack Stay at No. 1?

    August 20, 2014 11:13 AM EDT The Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack defends its position at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 for a second week. The compilation album sold another 93,000 copies in the week ending Aug. 17, according to Nielsen SoundScan (down 15 percent from the week previous). Soundtracks have crowned the…

  17. U.K. to Introduce Age-Based Rating System for Online Music Videos

    August 20, 2014 8:10 AM EDT Prime Minister David Cameron continues his push for explicit online content to be monitored. Overtly sexual and explicit music videos distributed online are to carry advisory age ratings in the United Kingdom from October as part of a pilot scheme 'to help parents protect their children…

  18. Trisha Yearwood Signs With Sony, Announces New Album

    August 19, 2014 7:35 PM EDT Country singer also going strong with her newfound culinary career. Trisha Yearwood is back and gearing up for a very busy fall. On Tuesday evening (Aug. 19) at a press event in Nashville, the Grammy-winning vocalist announced she's signing with Sony Music Nashville, launching her own…

  19. Native Run Talk Hearing Their Song on Radio for the First Time

    August 19, 2014 6:50 PM EDT As busy as they've been, Rachel Beauregard and Bryan Dawley -- who make up the pop-country duo Native Run -- are making an effort to enjoy their budding success. "This is so unprecedented for us, as we've never had a song go to radio. We're just trying to relish the moment…

  20. Who Are This Year's Highest-Paid DJs?

    August 19, 2014 5:58 PM EDT Surprise! There’s a DJ out there who's making more money than Jay Z, according to Forbes . It's Calvin Harris , who topped Forbes ' annual DJ moneymaking power list, Electronic Cash Kings , with $66 million in annual earnings. Harris played 125 gigs over Forbes' scoring…

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