1. Ciara Grounded By Cyclone, Deflects Blame For Shortened NZ Concert

    February 20, 2015 12:57 AM EST Ciara's Australasian tour has turned out to be more eventful than anticipated. A cyclone has nixed the artist's sole Australian date, while a New Zealand booking agency is taking all the blame for a truncated mid-week performance which has been branded a disaster. The American R&…

  2. Exclusive Song Premiere: Fashawn's 'Something to Believe In' ft. Nas & Aloe Blacc

    February 19, 2015 1:24 PM EST A lot of today's rap hits are not grounded in soul and funk, but several artists still believe in preserving this part of the genre's history, including Fashawn. You can hear those elements on the rapper's new single "Something to Believe in," premiered here on The…

  3. Exclusive Premiere: Alien Ant Farm Returns With 'Always And Forever'

    February 17, 2015 1:09 PM EST The last several months have been big on musical comebacks: Garth Brooks and D'Angelo both released albums for the first time in more than a decade, and Sleater-Kinney put out a new record after a hiatus of nine years and change. Joining the list of prominent returning musical acts is…

  4. FTISLAND Talk Upcoming Album & How Their Fans Stayed For the Ride

    February 11, 2015 12:55 AM EST Nevermind the fact that FTISLAND landed in New York late the night beforehand, the K-pop/rock band were in high spirits in the hours ahead of their debut concert in The Big Apple. Meeting up with Billboard hours before the Jan. 28 show at Best Buy Theater, the members spoke animatedly about…

  5. Sony Music Promotes Execs In Australia, Asia

    February 10, 2015 11:59 PM EST Sony Music is strengthening its activities across Australia and Asia with a string of executive promotions.  Wayne Ringrow becomes head of the Australian artists marketing division in the position of senior director, Australian artists marketing. He reports to Denis Handlin , Sony Music'…

  6. Exclusive: All That Remains Premieres 'Tru-Kvlt-Metal,' Talks P-ssing People Off

    February 09, 2015 10:30 AM EST In case you haven't figured it out during the past 15 years, All That Remains frontman Phil LaBonte has no trouble tweaking noses in the music world and beyond. "I like to push people's buttons," LaBonte acknowledges to Billboard. "It's fun for me." He…

  7. A Long Q&A with Eddie Murphy: 'SNL,' Making Reggae Music, Hanging Out with Bowie and Michael Jackson's Spirit

    February 06, 2015 1:58 PM EST Until recently, the combination of Eddie Murphy and reggae most readily brought to mind his classic SNL sketch, " Kill the White People ." Then, without advance fanfare, the 53-year old comic legend quietly dropped "Red Light" online in late 2013. Breaking a two-decade…

  8. Tunecore Artists See Big Streaming Gains, Bring In Over $130 Million in 2014

    January 27, 2015 11:10 AM EST Last year's numbers from digital distributor TuneCore, released Tuesday , is a snapshot of the music industry's search for a sustainable future. What must artists and labels do to survive in a marketplace that's increasingly dependent on streaming services? Get your music…

  9. Concert Cancellations Abound as New York City Preps for Storm

    January 26, 2015 3:57 PM EST Many artists have postponed planned concerts tonight in New York City following the beginnings of a powerful winter storm Monday afternoon (Jan. 26) that is expected to go through Wednesday morning all along the Northeast coast. The cancellations currently include: - Ne-Yo postponed a…

  10. Publishing Briefs: Anjali Malhotra Southward to Lead YouTube's Relationships With U.S. Publishers

    January 22, 2015 4:34 AM EST Billboard's Ed Christman rounds-up all the big news happening in the music publishing world.  The Nettwerk Music Group continues to assert itself in the music publishing space: it has acquired the catalog of Robot  Of the Century Music , the publishing catalog formed by Roadrunner…

  11. Justin Timberlake's 20/20 Tour Earned $232 Million in Ticket Sales

    January 15, 2015 8:38 PM EST The final box office counts are in for Justin Timberlake 's 20/20 Experience world tour that wrapped with a two-show engagement at the MGM Grand Garden arena in Las Vegas to kick off the new year. Overall ticket sales from the tour totaled $231.7 million at the end of the 14-month trek…

  12. Publishing Briefs: Elizabeth Matthews Rises to CEO for ASCAP, Sony/ATV Not for Sale

    January 13, 2015 5:05 AM EST Billboard's Ed Christman rounds-up all the big news happening in the music publishing world.  -- Elizabeth Matthews has been tapped as the new CEO for ASCAP , the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, replacing John LoFrumento , who retired on Dec. 31. Matthews, who…

  13. Exclusive Book Excerpt: Marky Ramone Sets the Record Straight in 'Punk Rock Blitzkrieg: My Life as a Ramone' Memoir

    January 06, 2015 12:36 PM EST Marky Ramone had one intention for his new memoir, Punk Rock Blitzkrieg: My Life as a Ramone -- to set the record straight. "It was time to quell all the exaggerations from all the other books and tell what really happened," Ramone (nee Marc Bell), the sole surviving Rock…

  14. PRhyme Announces North American Tour; Royce Da 5'9" Talks 'Shady XV' Album

    December 09, 2014 1:18 PM EST Slaughterhouse is 'about 60 to 70 percent done' with the follow-up to 2012's 'Welcome to Our House.' Royce da 5'9" says he and DJ Premier do not consider their new collaboration PRhyme -- which released its self-titled debut album this week -- to be a side…

  15. 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…

  16. Legendary Lebanese Singer Sabah Dead at 87

    November 26, 2014 10:07 AM EST Beloved for her powerful voice and brazen in the conservative Arab world for her multiple marriages, Lebanese singer, actress and entertainer Sabah never seemed far from the limelight during her six-decade career. And even while playfully mocked in her later years for clinging to youth…

  17. Australian Industry Icon Denis Handlin Elected Chairman of IFPI Regional Board

    November 21, 2014 9:51 AM EST Sony Music Australia's longtime chief Denis Handlin has been elected chairman of the Asia/Pacific Regional Board of international trade group IFPI. Handlin was elected at a regional board meeting in Hong Kong earlier this week, replacing Warner Music Asia Pacific president Lachie…

  18. 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…

  19. Top Booking Agents On Double-Weekend Festivals: 'It's Bad' For Young Bands

    November 19, 2014 11:05 PM EST At Billboard's Touring Conference & Awards, six top execs spoke up about mega-festivals adding second weekends to their programming. Adding a second weekend has led to record grosses and attendance for mega-festivals Coachella and Austin City Limits, where acts are often paid…

  20. Billboard Legend of Live Honoree Lionel Richie Remembers His Time With The Rolling Stones, Frank Sinatra and Michael Jackson (and His Snake)

    November 14, 2014 3:54 PM EST Lionel Richie splays his body over an armchair in his palatial Beverly Hills mansion, with a scarf wrapped around his neck and The Police playing on the sound system. "I don't need five or six homes," he says. "I just need one good one." In fact, Richie, 65, owns…

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