1. Retailers & Indie Labels Pushing for Monday Global Release Day

    November 25, 2014 5:41 PM EST In August, it was reported that the music industry had its eye on a Friday global release day that would take effect July 2015. Now that proposition is getting some pushback from a cohort of retailers and indie record labels, who are endorsing a Monday over a Friday street date.  Record…

  2. Billboard Cover: Mary J. Blige on Getting Sober, Her New Musical Direction and Why She Could've Helped Amy Winehouse

    November 21, 2014 9:00 AM EST Every so often Mary J. Blige finds herself in a place so lofty that even after all she's accomplished, she can't quite believe her fortune. One of those times came earlier this month, when she performed in front of Barack Obama during a White House concert for America's…

  3. G-Dragon & Taeyang Combine Powers for Big, Booming Banger 'Good Boy'

    November 20, 2014 9:46 PM EST The BIGBANG members prove they're at the top of the vocal, rap and dance game in one of the year's most epic club tracks. G-Dragon   and Taeyang are K-pop's only male soloists with Billboard 200 chart entries and now the superstars come together for a new single. Written and…

  4. Executive Turntable: Phil Casey Returns to ICM Partners, Vevo Appoints Stacy Moscatelli, BMG Chrysalis US Acquires Vagrant

    November 20, 2014 8:10 PM EST A list of moves and shakes across the music business, including ICM Partners, Republic Records, Dualtone Music Group and many more. -- Phil Casey returned to ICM Partners as a senior agent in the concerts department, where he began his career in 1984. Casey served at Resolution for a year…

  5. Listen to Sweet Lullaby Kelly Rowland Wrote for Her Son

    November 10, 2014 4:00 PM EST Aww:  Kelly Rowland has written a lullaby for newborn son, Titan Jewell Witherspoon, and fans get to hear the result. "I've waited all my life to see ya/ I've been dreaming about you," she sings on "Mommy's Little Baby." "I wondered what you'd be…

  6. It-Girl Video Director Hannah Lux Davis Dishes on Working With Miley, Drake and Ariana Grande

    November 10, 2014 2:55 PM EST You may not know her name, but Hannah Lux Davis is rapidly becoming one of the most in-demand music video directors. Fresh off her visuals for Ariana Grande and The Weeknd 's "Love Me Harder," the 28-year-old explains what it's like to work with some of pop's…

  7. The Best and Worst Singles of the Week -- From Fifth Harmony to Spandau Ballet

    November 07, 2014 3:10 PM EST " alt="" width="510"> Billy Currington "Don't It" Mercury Records "Baby, don't say no so quick/This ain't about me trying to see how far that I can get," the ever-smooth Billy Currington purrs on "Don't It."…

  8. Why Reddit to Richard Branson Are Betting Big on Crowdfunding

    November 07, 2014 3:00 PM EST This September, when rap super duo Run the Jewels announced preorder sales for their second album, RTJ2 , Atlanta rapper Killer Mike and Brooklyn rapper-producer El-P included a few playfully absurd special options on RTJ’s website. In addition to the $1 million "Retirement Plan"…

  9. From Katy Perry to Arcade Fire, Mary Lambert Reveals the Artists Who Inspired Her Debut Album

    October 27, 2014 5:56 PM EDT After scoring a smash with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis on "Same Love," Mary Lambert made her Capitol Records debut on Oct. 14 with Heart on My Sleeve , led by "Secrets," which reached No. 72 on the Billboard Hot 100 . But Lambert, 25, is far from furtive about the songs…

  10. Gee Roberson: 'I Made a Hell of a Detour' on the Way to Managing Nicki Minaj

    October 17, 2014 2:47 PM EDT NICKI'S BRANDING BOSS This profile is part of Billboard's Oct. 25 cover story package on the launch of Maverick, a new music-management consortium. You can find our full coverage right here . AGE: 40 TITLE: Co-CEO, The Blueprint Group STAFF : 12 CITY: New York and Los Angeles…

  11. Cortez Bryant Shifts From Managing Lil Wayne to Learning Lessons From Country Music

    October 17, 2014 2:46 PM EDT THE GO-GETTER This profile is part of Billboard's Oct. 25 cover story package on the launch of Maverick, a new music-management consortium. You can find our full coverage right here . AGE: 35 TITLE:   Co-CEO, The Blueprint Group STAFF : 12 CITIES: New York, Los Angeles COMPANY FOUNDED…

  12. Billboard Cover: Managers of U2, Pharrell, Madonna & More Unite to Revolutionize the Music Industry

    October 17, 2014 8:00 AM EDT Guy Oseary is unveiling the new Maverick: music’s biggest, most fiercely protected secret of the year, in which he’s rallying eight other top artist managers to partner with Live Nation and potentially reinvent a broken industry Guy Oseary has proven, if nothing else, that he can keep a…

  13. Colbie Caillat on Revealing Her Insecurities on Hit Song 'Try': 'I Feel Like This Barrier Is Broken Down'

    October 14, 2014 6:24 PM EDT For Colbie Caillat 's fifth studio album, Gypsy Heart (Sept. 30, Republic), the singer-songwriter enhances her California cool by moving in a decidedly modern direction. Though Caillat initially started out with a '70s-leaning set, the "Bubbly" singer's music…

  14. Australia’s Music Retailers Assn Backs Friday Release Date: ‘It Makes Sense’

    October 14, 2014 1:31 AM EDT Australia’s entertainment retail trade association has weighed in on the debate surrounding the IFPI-sanctioned global release date. Friday, according to the Australian Music Retailers Association (AMRA), is good for business. And the Aussies have history on the subject. In the U.K., the…

  15. Former ‘Gossip Girl’ Star Leighton Meester on Her Debut Album: ‘I Learned How to Do It My Way’

    October 13, 2014 4:46 PM EDT After a run as a TV teen queen and a brush with pop fame, Leighton Meester is giving fans something new to gossip about: her debut album. Fresh off her role in Of Mice and Men on Broadway , which wrapped in July, the 28-year-old is releasing Heartstrings on Oct. 28, on her own Hotly…

  16. Chris Brown & Beyonce Lead Soul Train Award Nominations

    October 13, 2014 3:56 PM EDT Team Breezy will be very happy about this. Chris Brown leads with seven nominations for the 2014 Soul Train Awards. Brown is followed by six nods for Beyonce and five for Pharrell . Hosted by Wendy Williams , this year’s show will take place at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas on Nov. 7 and…

  17. The Best and Worst Singles of the Week -- From Dierks Bentley to David Guetta

    October 10, 2014 4:35 PM EDT AlunaGeorge "Supernatural" Vagrant/Island London duo Aluna Francis and George Reid tesase their upcoming sophomore release with "Supernatural," a dancefloor-ready jam that reels their future-soul sound back to the 1980s. Francis coos over synths that seem mined from…

  18. The Best and Worst Singles of the Week -- From Lorde to One Direction

    October 03, 2014 4:01 PM EDT Lorde "Yellow Flicker Beat" Republic/Lave Pop's moodiest teen gives a first taste of her curated The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 soundtrack with "Yellow Flicker Beat." Lorde's buzzy, veiny vocals complement a synth-blotched beat, which throbs beneath…

  19. Album Review: Lady Antebellum Moves Away From Its Comfort Zone on ‘747’

    September 30, 2014 2:09 PM EDT Lady A secured its crossover star status with country- and AC-approved hits "Need You Now" and "Just a Kiss," but little in the group's repertoire has elevated it beyond midtempo maestros -- until now. Lady Antebellum Talk Soaring to a New Sound on '747'…

  20. Mary Lambert: ‘I Want to Be a Catalyst for Someone’s Healing’

    September 30, 2014 2:07 PM EDT Mary Lambert , 25, is best known for providing vocals on Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ' "Same Love." The Seattle native is now ready to step out on her own, following up two EPs with her debut album Heart on My Sleeve , due Oct. 14 on Capitol Records. Her single "Secrets…

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