1. Don't Look Now, But One Direction Is Making Great Rock Music

    September 30, 2014 1:30 PM EDT After embracing 80’s tunes on their last album, 1D is back with another killer single. Will casual fans care that One Direction is no longer a pop band? When all is said and done, what will One Direction 's legacy be? Surely the U.K. quintet will be remembered as one of the biggest boy…

  2. Exclusive: The Harvard Business School Report on Beyonce

    September 30, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Last week, Billboard reported that the Harvard Business School had taken a close look at the release of Beyonc e 's surprise, self-titled album, dropped upon an unprepared world last December. At the time of Beyonce's midnight release, Billboard covered the event in depth,…

  3. Boyz II Men Talk Incredible 1994 Run: 'A Lot Of It Was a Blur'

    September 30, 2014 10:30 AM EDT "I don’t think there was a day in that year that something wasn’t going on," says the group's Nathan Morris. No single musical act owned the year 1994, but if one came the closest, it might have been Boyz II Men . The R&B quartet was absolutely inescapable 20 years ago…

  4. g.o.d to Bring Reunion Tour to East & West Coast Arenas

    September 29, 2014 7:53 PM EDT The classic K-pop band will play the Los Angeles and New Jersey areas. g.o.d  is making their reunion an international affair. One of K-pop's most famous boy bands of all time has announced two huge U.S. concerts as part of their 15th Anniversary Reunion Concert tour. The quintet will…

  5. Hear Aretha Franklin Cover Adele's 'Rolling in the Deep'

    September 29, 2014 5:31 PM EDT The Queen is back, and she has her sights set on reworking one of the biggest hits of the decade. On Monday (Sept. 29), Aretha Franklin debuted her cover of Adele 's "Rolling in the Deep" on YouTube, her first single since 2011. The Queen of Soul's version is the lead…

  6. 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…

  7. Outkast's #ATLast Hometown Blowout Brings Erykah Badu, Bun B and More to Atlanta

    September 29, 2014 1:30 PM EDT Janelle Monae, 2 Chainz and a host of Southern rap pioneers were also guests at Outkast's 3-day homecoming concert "One for the money, yes sir, two for the show/A couple of years ago on Headland and Delowe/Was the start of something good" — Outkast, “Elevators (Me & You)”…

  8. UMG Partners with Science Fictional Ad Placement Company Mirriad and Havas Agency

    September 29, 2014 10:30 AM EDT Universal Music Group artists have a new way to make money from their music videos following a three-way pact between the label, in-video advertising company Mirriad and global ad agency Havas. With the deal, Mirriad will use its digital product placement technology to offer Havas clients,…

  9. 5 Questions with Steve Nieve, Elvis Costello's World-Class Sideman

    September 29, 2014 2:02 AM EDT There’s a case to be made for Steve Nieve as rock 'n' roll’s greatest keyboardist, at least as an accompanist. Ebony and ivory have lived together not just in perfect harmony but frenzied excitement as Nieve has been the dominant instrumental force in Elvis Costello’ s Attractions…

  10. DJ Khaled Sues Former Record Label Over Unpaid Royalties

    September 26, 2014 11:08 PM EDT   DJ Khaled , via his DJ Khaled Productions, Inc., has filed a lawsuit against his former record label Entertainment One, also known as eOne, alleging breach of contract, accounting and unjust enrichment. Khaled is accusing eOne of failure to properly account and pay record and mechanical…

  11. The New Classics: 10 Genius 'Saturday Night Live' Sketches With Musicians

    September 26, 2014 10:28 AM EDT From Justin Timberlake to Adam Levine, these are the funniest musicians on 'SNL' in recent years. Saturday Night Live  kicks off its 40th season on Saturday, with host Chris Pratt and musical guest  Ariana Grande . In addition to Grande belting out "Break Free," it'…

  12. Billboard Cover: Andre 3000 Talks Playing Jimi Hendrix, His Seven-Year Disappearing Act and Outkast’s Future

    September 26, 2014 9:00 AM EDT André Benjamin is stressed. "I am, I really am," he says. Benjamin -- André 3000 to the fans who idolize him as the visionary half of Outkast , Atlanta’s hugely influential, recently reunited hip-hop duo -- is sitting at a glass conference table at Milk Studios in Hollywood,…

  13. Gridiron Grooves: Fans of Every NFL Team Reveal Their Favorite Artists

    September 26, 2014 8:00 AM EDT Football season is in full swing, and as always, music is playing a big part, blaring in stadiums to pump up home crowds (and keep the "Gangnam Style" horsey dance alive and well). To find out what each fan base was bumping, Billboard hit up Facebook's data crunchers, who…

  14. Hasbro Freezes Out Mattel With New Disney Toy Deal

    September 25, 2014 11:11 PM EDT The toy wars just got a bit colder thanks to Disney's Frozen, with Hasbro wrestling the rights for dolls from the hit movie away from its rival Mattel. Hasbro Inc. announced Wednesday that its new deal with Disney Consumer Products will give it global rights -- with the exception of…

  15. Tim McGraw's 'Sundown' Shines at No. 1 on Top Country Albums

    September 25, 2014 4:21 PM EDT Tim McGraw fortifies his No. 2 standing on the list of artists with the most Nielsen SoundScan-era No. 1s on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart, as he collects his 15th leader with Sundown Heaven Town . The new set arrives with 71,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. McGraw is…

  16. ARIA Awards Announce Date, Venue

    September 25, 2014 3:00 AM EDT The Australian recorded music industry’s flagship ARIA Awards will be held Nov. 26 in Sydney, organizers announced Thursday. Free-to-air broadcaster TEN will telecast the ceremony from the Event Centre at The Star, the setting for last year’s show.  This year’s 28th annual ceremony will cap…

  17. Tennis' Love-All Couple Talk 'Timeless' Pop Sound

    September 23, 2014 11:35 PM EDT Besides terminal unhipness, the band Tennis has a practical reason to regret taking its name from an inside joke between founding couple Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley . "It's hard to have a name that no one can Google," said Riley, who has his own search engine problems…

  18. Dr. Dre Destroys Forbes' Hip-Hop Cash Kings List -- Who Joins Him?

    September 23, 2014 5:26 PM EDT Who makes the most money in hip-hop? It's a fraught question, and one that comes up frequently in rap lyrics -- Drake , for example, raps in his song "5 AM in Toronto," "I made the Forbes list, n---a/F--- your list, everything's lookin' gorgeous." Today,…

  19. Exclusive: Bette Midler Announces 'It's The Girls,' Her First Album Since 2006

    September 23, 2014 10:17 AM EDT For her first studio album in eight years, Bette Midler is revisiting some of the vocalists who shaped her the most -- girl groups -- on It’s The Girls , due Nov. 4 via Warner Bros. Records (Nov. 17 in the UK via East West Records/Warner Music UK.) The album spans seven decades of famous…

  20. Jimmy Fallon’s Impromptu Restaurant A Cappella Session, Leonard Cohen’s New Album Plans and More Insider Scoop

    September 22, 2014 2:31 PM EDT Jimmy Fallon’s Napkin Trick Jimmy Fallon treated patrons at Rao's restaurant in East Harlem to a high-spirited performance on Sept. 14 that included pulling a dinner napkin from his pants. The Tonight Show  host engaged in an impromptu a cappella session with his dining companion,…

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