1. New Twist in Apple iPod Trial: No Plaintiff

    December 09, 2014 9:45 AM EST In an unusual legal twist, a federal judge decided Monday that a billion-dollar, class-action lawsuit over Apple's iPods should continue, even though she also disqualified the last remaining plaintiff named in a case that has been on trial since last week . U.S. District Judge Yvonne…

  2. Exclusive: Roc Nation Sports Preps 'Throne Boxing,' Set to Feature Live Music at MSG

    December 09, 2014 9:00 AM EST Roc Nation Sports, which announced its first Boxing division in August, will present its debut boxing event, "throne boxing," on Friday, Jan. 9, 2015. The event, designed to be a hybrid of boxing and live music, will be telecast live from Madison Square Garden in the first of a…

  3. How U2 and iHeart Hooked Up to Find the Band’s Next Hit Single

    December 08, 2014 6:04 PM EST The radio giant leads effort to find the band's next hit single. U2 's Songs of Innocence got plenty of attention for its landmark iTunes release, but a radio hit from the album has proved tricky. Lead single "The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)" topped the Triple A radio…

  4. Inside U2’s Ambitious Upcoming Tour Strategy

    December 08, 2014 1:30 PM EST Despite album backlash and a battered Bono, the band preps its first road run since 2011. The announcement on Dec. 3 of U2 ’s Innocence + Experience Tour was a blast of confidence for a band that has experienced a bumpy past few months. Setting aside mixed consumer reaction to its Apple…

  5. 10 Tropical Latin Christmas Songs

    December 08, 2014 12:50 PM EST Christmas in the tropics means trading jingle bells and roasted chestnuts for roast pig and rum. And forget about silent nights. Salsa and other tropical rhythms are the sounds of Christmas cheer, where dancing all night long is as sacred a tradition as stuffing yourself at the family table…

  6. Behind the Credit Card Wars to Ink Deals With Artists Including Beyonce and Sam Smith

    December 08, 2014 11:30 AM EST On Nov. 24, Bleachers frontman Jack Antonoff took center stage with an on-camera appearance in a new 30-second commercial for JPMorgan Chase. The spot -- the bank's first TV campaign in support of Apple Pay -- came complete with a performance of the band's current single, "…

  7. Corner Office: Lava Records Founder/CEO Jason Flom on Discovering Katy Perry, Lorde’s Genius and His Label’s Sale

    December 08, 2014 10:08 AM EST The hair-metal whisperer turned pop-star finder on discovering Katy Perry, Lorde's genius and his label's sale. In an industry teeming with tenacious characters, Jason Flom ’s track record speaks for itself. During the past three decades, he has signed Katy Perry , Tori Amos and…

  8. Dream Theater's John Petrucci on the 'Major Talent' of Dimebag Darrell

    December 08, 2014 9:00 AM EST Ten years after the onstage shooting of Pantera legend “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott , Billboard spoke with the guitar god’s friends, family and fellow rock icons about the hole the 38-year-old shredder’s death left in metal and in their lives. Here, Dream Theater 's John Petrucci discusses…

  9. Former Manager Paul Bassman Remembers 'Dimebag' Darrell: 'There Was Nobody on Planet Earth Like Him'

    December 08, 2014 9:00 AM EST Today, Paul Bassman is president of Ascend Insurance Brokerage, one of the premier entertainment insurance firms in the business. Ten years ago, Bassman was the manager of Damageplan , the metal powerhouse led by "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott and his brother Vinnie Paul, both formerly…

  10. 'Santa Claus Is Coming to Town' Tops ASCAP List of Century's Most Performed Holiday Songs

    December 05, 2014 7:56 PM EST "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town," "The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)" and "White Christmas" are the all time top most performed holiday songs in the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) catalogue, according to a top…

  11. Topp Dogg to Hold First U.S. Showcases in February

    December 05, 2014 7:21 PM EST The 13-member hip-hop outfit will hit Houston, Miami and Atlanta. Topp Dogg will hold their first American concerts next February. The latest K-pop boy band to perform in the U.S. will hold three showcases in the south, visiting the Houston, Miami and Atlanta as part of "Topp Dogg…

  12. Joan Rivers & 5 More Posthumous Grammy Award Nominees

    December 05, 2014 4:09 PM EST At the 57th annual Grammy Awards , late comedy legend Joan Rivers will be up for just her second Grammy ever, following her 1984 Best Comedy Album nomination for What Becomes a Semi-Legend Most? This time, she'll compete for Best Spoken Word Album with her Diary of a Mad Diva .…

  13. Two Dixie Chicks Sign with Big Deal for Publishing

    December 05, 2014 2:33 PM EST Big Deal Music has landed two thirds of the Dixie Chicks for a deal, signing Martie Maguire and Emily Robinson to a global publishing agreement for all future songs. The deal marks the first time the two have signed a publishing agreement. Previously, with each owning their own publishing,…

  14. Deerhunter’s Bradford Cox Hit By Car, Hospitalized in ‘Incredible Pain’

    December 05, 2014 9:53 AM EST "Thank The Lord God I am here," writes the art-rock auteur. Bradford Cox, the 32-year-old frontman of acclaimed indie rock group Deerhunter , has been hospitalized after being hit by a car. Cox has posted two Instagram shots since Thursday night (Dec. 4) from a trauma center Grady…

  15. Black Friday Brings Rough Sales Numbers for Music Retailers, High Notes for Vinyl and Online

    December 04, 2014 12:19 PM EST Even though the Black Friday weekend had even more shopping hours this year -- thanks to merchants opening their stores on Thanksgiving Day itself -- sales slumped enough that some industry executives are worried that it's a harbinger for how the overall holiday shopping season will…

  16. Lana Del Rey Shares 'Big Eyes' & 'I Can Fly' From New Tim Burton Film

    December 03, 2014 4:35 PM EST Remember back when the haters doubted Lana Del Rey would be here to stay? Those early post-"Video Games" backlash days seem like the distant past, as Lana continues to add résumé points to her smashing 2014. A pair of Lana songs from Tim Burton's forthcoming film Big Eyes hit…

  17. Reba McEntire and Reunited Brooks & Dunn Announce Las Vegas Residency

    December 03, 2014 2:45 PM EST A major announcement Wednesday (Dec. 3) brought news that two of country music's most iconic acts will be teaming up once again -- and in doing so, reuniting one of the most beloved country duos of all time. Country Music Hall of Fame member Reba McEntire has announced an upcoming…

  18. Scooter Braun, Charlie Walk, Rosie Perez and Nick Cannon Among Those Named to Barclays Center’s New Advisory Board

    December 03, 2014 2:22 PM EST Barclays Center’s Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment Advisory Board, made up of a group of nearly 30 top sports, entertainment, and media executives, will hold its first meeting tomorrow (Dec. 4), Billboard has learned.   Created by Brett Yormark , CEO of Barclays Center, and Charlie Walk …

  19. Taylor Swift's '1989' Returns to No. 1 on Revamped Billboard 200

    December 03, 2014 11:24 AM EST The chart now includes on-demand streaming and digital track sales. The newly refreshed Billboard 200 albums chart welcomes a familiar face back to No. 1, as Taylor Swift's 1989 hops back to the top slot (2-1) after a one-week vacation. This is the album's fourth non…

  20. U2 Announces 'Innocence + Experience' Tour

    December 03, 2014 9:00 AM EST After months of speculation, Billboard has learned that U2 will announce 44 shows in 19 cities from its upcoming arena tour today, the U2 Innocence + Experience Tour 2015, beginning in May. The first shows will be May 14-15 in Vancouver, B.C., with the first leg to include 22 initial shows…

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