1. New Study from Pandora Touts the 'Pandora Effect' on Music Sales

    November 18, 2014 10:17 AM EST A study performed earlier this year by Pandora found that its spins have a positive effect on music sales. For new music, the average positive effect was a 2.31-percent increase in sales of track-equivalent albums, a metric that counts 10 tracks as one album. For catalog songs, the average…

  2. Gary Gersh Remembers His Disciple Craig Aaronson, A&R Legend Behind Mastodon and More

    November 07, 2014 5:30 PM EST A&R veteran Craig Aaronson died Oct. 29 after a long battle with cancer. He was 49. During an extensive career at Warner Bros., Capitol and Grand Royal, Aaronson worked with  My Chemical Romance ,  Avenged Sevenfold ,  Taking Back Sunday ,  Mastodon ,  At the Drive-In  and  Wiz Khalifa …

  3. U2's Surprise 'Songs of Innocence': Album Review

    September 09, 2014 5:52 PM EDT Had Apple not been readying the launch of its new iPhone 6, U2 might have had to invent the thing itself. In a bold move only this band could pull off, Bono and the gang hijacked the tech giant's Sept. 9 unveiling and announced the release -- free to all 500 million iTunes users --…

  4. Bassnectar Makes 'Noise' At No. 1 on Dance/Electronic Albums

    July 03, 2014 3:20 PM EDT Bassnectar bangs out his first No. 1 on Billboard's Dance/Electronic Albums chart, as "Noise vs. Beauty," his eighth charted album, debuts with 13,000 units sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The bow marks Bassnectar's best sales week in more than two years; "Vava…

  5. Chris Brown Surprises at 2014 BET Awards with 'Loyal'

    June 29, 2014 9:11 PM EDT The BET Awards were doing well, as far as performers go. But one man instantly got the audience on their feet on arrival: Chris Brown, who performed his hit single “Loyal” for the first time on a huge stage since being released from jail. Lil Wayne and Tyga joined him. 2014 BET Awards: Red…

  6. Lily Allen Stays Sarcastic, Shouts Out Miley Cyrus at NYC Return: Live Review

    May 16, 2014 12:31 PM EDT Lily Allen is very aware that her new album, "Sheezus," debuted at No. 1 in the U.K. this week, but did not debut at No. 1 in the States. "Thank you to all those 17 people that downloaded my album," Allen cracked to the crowd at New York's Highline Ballroom on…

  7. Usher Talks Michael Jackson, Says the King's 'Fueling' His Next Album

    May 13, 2014 2:40 PM EDT Today Epic Records released the "Xscape,” the second posthumous album from Michael Jackson. While the King of Pop is gone, his spirit lives on in current stars. Michael Jackson's 'Xscape': Track-By-Track Review Usher, currently wrapping up production on his forthcoming…

  8. Bringing Michael Jackson Back: The Inside Story of 'Xscape' (Cover Story)

    May 05, 2014 11:00 AM EDT L.A. Reid and an all-star cast of producers re-imagine archival tracks by the King of Pop A little less than a year ago, L.A. Reid met John Branca for dinner at Cecconi's in West Hollywood. Reid had been the chairman and CEO of Epic Records ("the house that Thriller built,"…

  9. Blur’s 'Parklife' at 20: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    April 25, 2014 4:17 PM EDT Because Oasis wrote songs reminiscent of “Hey Jude” and “Let It Be,” they went over huge in America. Blur, their chief rivals in the Britpop wars of the mid-‘90s, were more like the Beatles in terms of inventiveness and musical ability, but they didn’t write universal anthems everyone could…

  10. Top 15 Coachella Performances Ever

    April 09, 2014 12:30 PM EDT From The Cure breaking curfew to Madonna dazzling the dance tent to Tupac's on-stage resurrection, these are the 15 moments that helped make Coachella the king of all U.S. festivals. On April 11 -- and then again on April 18 -- thousands of sun-worshipping music fans will head out to…

  11. Black Flag Singer Ron Reyes Fired Mid-Show

    November 27, 2013 2:30 PM EST Black Flag's controversial reunion has taken a rather unbelievable turn: Ron Reyes, the group's Canada-based singer, has revealed through a Facebook post that he was kicked offstage and out of the reformed group by his band mates during a performance in Australia earlier this week.…

  12. Kanye West Astonishes at First Brooklyn 'Yeezus' Show

    November 20, 2013 1:55 PM EST Kanye West's message of creative freedom comes from deep within his core and often inspires. That is, if you're willing to listen -- but even if you aren't, 'Ye's impact is relentless. The first of four "Yeezus" New York shows, which took place on Tuesday…

  13. Stevie Wonder Speaks Out, Bono Surprises at Global Citizen Festival

    September 29, 2013 12:00 PM EDT An impassioned speech on guns by Wonder and slick sets by Alicia Keys, John Mayer and Kings of Leon highlight a day of doing right in Central Park Stevie Wonder made believers out of a youthful crowd of 60,000-plus at the Global Citizen Festival , held Saturday in New York City's…

  14. Bonnie McKee Studio Session: Watch 'American Girl' Performance & Hits Medley

    August 01, 2013 11:42 AM EDT The co-writer of smashes like "Teenage Dream" and "Hold It Against Me" talks about finally stepping into the spotlight. Bonnie McKee may not be a household name yet, but she's created some of the biggest pop songs of the past half-decade. As a close friend to…

  15. Disclosure: The New Faces of House Music Talk About Creating Their 'Settle' Album

    June 05, 2013 1:12 PM EDT The Disclosure brothers discuss the origins of the beyond-their-years sounds of debut album. A few days before the release of their debut “Settle” – an album which is already being hailed as the EDM generation’s conversion experience to “real” house music, brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence…

  16. CODER Picks of the Week: Disclosure, Sinead Harnett, Axwell & More

    May 31, 2013 1:34 PM EDT Each Friday, the CODE crew reviews their favorite dance tracks of the week. Listen to the cuts below, and see what Kerri, Zel, Jacob, Lauren and Elissa have to say. Disclosure: "When A Fire Starts To Burn" (PMR/Cherrytree/Interscope) From the opening crack of “When A Fire Starts…

  17. Austin City Limits Lineup: Depeche Mode, The Cure and Kings of Leon Are Texas Bound

    May 07, 2013 1:01 AM EDT Muse, Lionel Richie, Atoms for Peace, Phoenix and Wilco will also headline the two-weekend event Austin City Limits' two-weekend debut will have plenty of music to go around. The Texas festival, which will run Oct. 4-6 and 11-13, will see headlining performances from Depeche Mode, the…

  18. Chart Highlights: Blake Shelton's 'Cool' Crowns Country Airplay

    March 18, 2013 6:35 PM EDT Plus, Little Mix's "Wings" flies onto Pop Songs, Miguel enters R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay and Tamela Mann leads Gospel Songs for a 20th week. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and…

  19. Rick Ross Crashes Car Amid Hail of Bullets

    January 28, 2013 1:14 PM EST Rick Ross' car was the target of a barrage of bullets Monday morning in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., causing the rapper to crash his Rolls-Royce into an apartment building while trying to flee, police told the Miami Herald . Neither Ross or his passenger, Shateria L. Moragne-el, 28, were…

  20. Rick Ross' Maybach Music Group Tour Cancelled

    December 08, 2012 8:30 PM EST A rep for Rick Ross confirmed to Billboard today that the remaining dates of the rapper's tour with his Maybach Music Group have been cancelled. The dates include Sunday in Nashville, the 12th in Memphis, 13th in Houston, 15th in Detroit and the 16th in New York. The 23-day U.S. tour,…

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