1. Cooking Vinyl Launches Divisions in Germany, France

    September 17, 2014 6:59 PM EDT The United Kingdom-based indie label group Cooking Vinyl is expanding its international operations to France and Germany with new divisions opening in each country. The news follows the success of Cooking Vinyl Australia, which launched last September.  The expansion will grow Cooking Vinyl…

  2. 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 …

  3. The Secrets Behind 'Dick in a Box' & More: Andy Samberg, Justin Timberlake on the Viral Hits of 'SNL'

    September 05, 2014 11:00 AM EDT In an exclusive excerpt from the newly updated  Saturday Night Live  book  Live From New York , Justin Timberlake, Andy Samberg and other key players break down two of the most iconic musical moments in the show’s history. 'LAZY SUNDAY' The first breakthrough Digital Short featured…

  4. New Signings: Stevie Ray Vaughn's Estate, Shelby Lynne and Rounder, Spooky Black

    September 04, 2014 12:09 PM EDT Here’s a look at the latest artist signings across the music industry, including record labels, artist management firms, publishing companies, booking agencies and more.  RECORD LABELS -- Dutch singer Dotan signs to Republic Records , where he has released his new single “Home.” Additionally,…

  5. MTV VMAs to Feature Ferguson Public Service Announcements

    August 24, 2014 3:59 PM EDT One clip is a 15-second quiet reflection on the civil rights protests. A 15-second clip directly addressing the civil rights protests in Ferguson, Mo., is set to air during the commercial time of the main show at the raucous MTV Video Music Awards , a network rep confirmed to The Hollywood…

  6. Taylor Swift Turns Radio On With 'Shake It Off'

    August 19, 2014 5:35 PM EDT Her new pure-pop single is set for lofty launches on the Pop and Adult Pop Songs airplay charts. As expected, Taylor Swift soared onto radio airwaves with her highly anticipated new single "Shake It Off." Swift released the high-energy, anti-haters pop anthem Tuesday during her…

  7. New Signings: DJ Mustard Joins AM Only, Eardruma/Interscope Signs Two-9

    August 15, 2014 11:40 AM EDT Here's a look at the latest artist signings across the music industry, including record labels, artist management firms, publishing companies, booking agencies and more.   RECORD LABELS  -- Rap collective Two-9 joins producer Mike WiLL Made-It 's Eardruma Records/Interscope Records.…

  8. Robin Williams Had 'Early Stages of Parkinson's Disease,' Wife Says

    August 14, 2014 3:19 PM EDT Susan Schneider discloses that her husband had not yet made a public statement about the diagnosis. Susan Schneider , the wife of Robin Williams , has disclosed that her late husband was in the early stages of Parkinson's disease at the time of his death earlier this week. Schneider…

  9. Nas Announces 'Time Is Illmatic' Fall Tour With Documentary Screenings

    August 12, 2014 2:03 PM EDT Nas is hitting the road with the album that started it all. The rapper will take stages across North America this fall for a tour that coincides with screenings of his Tribeca Film documentary, Nas: Time Is Illmatic , it was announced Tuesday. The tour will kick off on Oct. 2 in Rochester and…

  10. Not Made In The U.S.A.: Where Today's Hits Are Coming From

    August 08, 2014 3:05 PM EDT Fans and execs are looking globally for new hitmakers. There's a new British invasion on the Hot 100 . And, an Australian Invasion. A Canadian, Norwegian and Scottish one, too. The upper ranks of the Hot 100 of late have belonged to acts from outside the U.S., from Canada ( MAGIC! &…

  11. Andy Samberg's The Lonely Island Headed to the Big Screen

    August 08, 2014 9:25 AM EDT Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone will star in the comedy set in the music world while Schaffer and Taccone will co-direct. The trio behind "Dick in a Box", "Like a Boss" and "I'm on a Boat" will be bringing their comedic and musical talents to the…

  12. Sia Reportedly Got Married Over the Weekend

    August 04, 2014 9:46 AM EDT Congrats! Sia got married over the weekend, according to Us Weekly . The magazine reports that the pop star/producer/writer married filmmaker  Erik Anders Lang at her home in Florida. Even the famously private singer couldn't contain her joy, tweeting on Saturday, " Omg omg I'm…

  13. SiriusXM Fires ‘Opie & Anthony’ Host Over ‘Racially-Charged’ Tweets

    July 04, 2014 11:30 AM EDT SiriusXM has fired "Opie and Anthony" host Anthony Cumia after he posted a series of racist remarks on Twitter earlier this week. Patrick Reilly, senior VP of communications at the satellite radio company, wrote in a statement that the 53-year-old DJ's posts were "…

  14. Katy Perry 'Witchcraft,' Kendrick Lamar Sampling Spark New Copyright Lawsuits

    July 02, 2014 5:50 PM EDT Katy Perry and Kendrick Lamar are both facing new lawsuits claiming they've misappropriated songs in hit releases. The copyright action targeting Perry in Michigan federal court is the one that's most entertaining. It comes from Christian rapper Flame(bornMarcus Grey) and his…

  15. Ask Billboard: With Nico & Vinz, Norway Continues U.S. Chart Invasion

    June 24, 2014 11:05 AM EDT The duo's 'Am I Wrong' continues an unprecedented run of U.S. success for Norwegian musical exports. Plus, an Imagine Dragons feat, Linkin Park sales and remembering Casey Kasem As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to…

  16. Legendary Actress Ruby Dee Dies at 91

    June 12, 2014 1:12 PM EDT Ruby Dee, an Oscar nominated actress whose career in film spanned four decades, died on Wednesday, her agent Michael Livingston confirms to The Hollywood Reporter . She was 91. In the course of her accomplished career, Dee collected acclaim and awards including an Emmy and a Grammy. Dee…

  17. Top 100 'American Idol' Hits of All Time

    May 14, 2014 5:11 PM EDT As "American Idol" celebrates its 500th episode & Season 13 comes to a close, here's our countdown of "American Idol" alums' biggest Hot 100 hits ever - and the untold stories behind the songs. When “American Idol” premiered on Fox-TV on June 11, 2002, it…

  18. Tribeca Film Picks Up Nas Documentary, Eyes October Release

    May 13, 2014 11:59 AM EDT Tribeca Film has acquired North American rights to Time Is Illmatic, the documentary by the artistOne9 which recounts the creation of Nas’ classic 1994 hip-hop album Illmatic. The film had its world premiere as the opening night selection at the recent Tribeca Film Festival. Tribeca Film is…

  19. O-Town Returns: See Exclusive New Band Photo

    May 05, 2014 11:55 AM EDT Last March, early-00's boy band O-Town announced plans to reunite a decade after breaking up, and on Monday (May 5), the guys are giving fans a glimpse of their future plans with their first official new band photo in years. Check out the photo of Erik Michael Estrada, Jacob Underwood…

  20. Coachella Festival Attendee Dies After Collapsing

    April 18, 2014 4:31 PM EDT Drugs or alcohol may be the cause of the 24-year-old's death. An Oakland woman, 24, died Thursday afternoon at an area hospital after collapsing at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on April 12. Coachella 2014: Full Coverage "We're testing to find out whether drugs…

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