1. Country Duo Love And Theft Talk Being Dropped By Their Label: 'We're Still Hoping They Might Do the Right Thing'

    February 23, 2015 4:40 PM EST This story was updated on Feb. 24 to include comments from Sony Music Nashville chief executive Gary Overton, at bottom. Love And Theft recently released their third album, Whiskey On My Breath , which debuted at No. 26 on the Top Country Albums chart. But getting this record out wasn't…

  2. Iggy Azalea Quits Social Media: 5 of Her Most Memorable Twitter Flare-Ups

    February 19, 2015 3:48 PM EST Iggy Azalea has officially logged off: On Wednesday night, the rap superstar let her 4.3 million Twitter followers know that she was "taking some time away from social media" after she returned from a vacation to find unflattering paparazzi photos of herself online,…

  3. Bob Marley's 10 Greatest Protest Songs That Still Ring True Today

    February 06, 2015 1:30 PM EST February 6, 2015 marks what would been the 70th birthday of Bob Marley . And nearly 34 years after his cancer-related death in 1981, the reggae pioneer's songs of love, dissatisfaction, peace, and protest are still as powerful and timely as they were when they originally moved the people…

  4. Will Katy Perry's Game App Be a Hit Like Kim Kardashian's?

    February 06, 2015 11:29 AM EST On Wednesday, San Francisco-based Glu Mobile Inc. (NASDAQ: GLUU ) announced its fourth quarter earnings along with a spicy bit of news. The mobile game shop has inked a deal with Katy Perry to produce a game featuring the singer's fully-licensed "voice, likeness and personality,…

  5. Poll: Who Should Perform at the Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show?

    February 02, 2015 11:30 AM EST Vote now! With Katy Perry 's Super Bowl XLIX halftime show in the books, it's officially time to start speculating about next year's big game and which artist will take center field at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Feb. 7, 2016. For the 50th Super Bowl, the NFL…

  6. Taylor Swift Spotted Ignoring Harry Styles

    January 15, 2015 1:00 PM EST Taylor Swift may sing "I know a place we can hide" in the 1989 track "I Know Places," but "the hunters" -- amateur paparazzi -- easily found her when the singer was spotted in a hotel lobby talking to ex-boyfriend Harry Styles .  Well, talking is too strong of…

  7. Roundtable: Five Execs Examine Radio's Uncertain Future in the Streaming Age

    January 12, 2015 2:26 PM EST Relying on research or your own ears; syncing the pulse of a local community with the talk of the Internet -- today's radio insiders have the ­gargantuan task of pleasing a diverse audience of 243 million ­listeners a week (91 percent of all Americans 12 or older, ­according to Nielsen…

  8. Paul McCartney Calls College Courses Teaching Popular Music 'Ridiculous'

    December 29, 2014 12:40 PM EST Bad news for people hoping a college course can turn them into the next Bob Dylan -- it's not going to happen. At least, according to Paul McCartney. In a recent Q&A with fans , a student studying for an MA in popular music in Liverpool asked Macca what he thought about college…

  9. Watch Sky Ferreira's Homemade 'Omanko' Video, Directed by DIIV

    December 20, 2014 3:52 PM EST Just in time for the holidays, Sky Ferreira has shared a new music video for her Japanese Christmas-themed song “Omanko.” Watch Sky Ferreira Perform Her Booming New Song 'Guardian' The lo-fi clip, directed by her boyfriend Zachary Cole Smith of rock band DIIV, features silly…

  10. BSBB Round 2: John Legend, "All of Me" vs. Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX, "Fancy"

    December 14, 2014 10:01 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules All of Me John Legend Fancy Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX JAMIESON COX: I really dislike “All of Me,” a song so generic and plain and dry-mouthed it’s completely devoid of any meaning. John Legend can do better! I don’t quite…

  11. BSBB Round 2: Florida Georgia Line feat. Luke Bryan, "This Is How We Roll" vs. Ariana Grande feat. Iggy Azalea, "Problem"

    December 14, 2014 10:01 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules This Is How We Roll Florida Georgia Line feat. Luke Bryan Problem Ariana Grande feat. Iggy Azalea JAMIESON COX: I live and work in a university town, and if “number of times heard while walking by a raging kegger” was an…

  12. BSBB Round 1: One Direction, "Steal My Girl" vs. Tove Lo, "Habits (Stay High)"

    December 14, 2014 10:00 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Steal My Girl One Direction Habits (Stay High) Tove Lo CRAIG JENKINS: One Direction’s “Steal My Girl” is a throwback to the mannered piano-driven pop of the power ballad-heavy late ‘80s, and like a lot of that stuff, it’s…

  13. Ben & Jerry's and Tuff Gong Release First Video for 'One Love' and a Bob Marley-Inspired Ice Cream

    December 04, 2014 2:26 PM EST Phish Food, Cherry Garcia, Goodbye Yellow Brickle Road, Imagine Whirled Peace. Is your mouth watering yet? Just wait. Bob Marley to Front Global Marijuana Brand Ben & Jerry's has unveiled the latest addition to their smorgasbord of music and pop culture-inspired flavors: Satisfy My…

  14. Dancing Jesus Music Pirates Receive Jail Sentences

    November 13, 2014 8:48 AM EST Two of the individuals behind now-defunct copyright infringing music forum Dancing Jesus have been sentenced to a combined total of 53 months in prison, following a private prosecution brought about by the BPI.  The owner and administrator of the site, 26-year-old Kane Robinson , of North…

  15. Get Ready For Ariana Grande on 'Saturday Night Live' With Our 6 Predictions

    September 27, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Ariana Grande  will make her debut as the musical guest on  Saturday Night Live  this weekend. Here's what we're hoping to see from the singer (along with hilarious skits by Chris Pratt , duh).  The New Classics: 10 Genius 'Saturday Night Live' Sketches With…

  16. Agent Nick Storch Joins Artist Group International

    September 24, 2014 1:51 PM EDT Respected rock/pop agent Nick Storch has followed  Marsha Vlasic to Artist Group International. Storch began his career at Face The Music Touring, then moved to the Agency Group, prior to his five-year tenure at ICM Partners. Marsha Vlasic, Agent to Neil Young, Muse & More, Leaving ICM…

  17. Music Business 101: Schools Where You Can Learn About the Industry

    September 22, 2014 1:39 PM EDT A growing number of colleges, universities and other educational institutions are giving students the opportunity to learn about the music business with hands-on experience and classes taught by teachers from the industry. And those schools are increasingly responding to the changes…

  18. Must-Hear Music Podcast: Tove Lo, The Preatures, Blake Mills, Mapei & More

    September 17, 2014 3:34 PM EDT It's (unofficial) Swedish pop appreciation week on the Must-Hear Music podcast, with new songs from Tove Lo (yes, there's much more to her than "Habits"), Erik Hassle and Mapei all getting love from the Billboard staff. We also talk about new tracks from Blake Mills …

  19. The Notorious B.I.G.'s 'Ready to Die' at 20: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    September 12, 2014 12:50 PM EDT Excuse Christopher Wallace -- aka the Notorious B.I.G. and aka Biggie Smalls -- for not sounding more enthused. While recording his debut album, Ready to Die -- released 20 years ago this week, on September 13, 1994 -- the 22-year old former drug dealer had a sick mom to care for and a baby…

  20. Latin Noise: We Want Our Ballads

    September 10, 2014 7:43 PM EDT How Latin radio lost its pop love sound and how to get it back. This week, Chayanne 's new studio set, En Todo Estaré , debuts at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Latin Albums chart, and at No. 1 pretty much everywhere else in Latin America. Chayanne Crowns Top Latin Albums But wait a…

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