1. Sinead O’Connor on Band Aid 30 Criticism: ‘Everyone Should Shut the F--- Up’

    November 25, 2014 11:42 PM EST Lily Allen has called it “smug.” Emeli Sande has apologized if its lyrics “caused offence.” Adele is rumored to have snubbed the sessions. But Sinead O’Connor isn’t having any of it. The sharp-tongued Irish singer has hit back at critics of the latest version of the Band Aid all-star…

  2. Exclusive Song Premiere: Ardalan's 'The No Yeah' Off Dirtybird Debut

    November 25, 2014 9:48 PM EST Dirtybird Records' latest release was a product of romantic indecision. Iranian producer Ardalan channeled his own hesitant tendencies on "The No Yeah," a quirky track featuring a cooing female vocal over modular techno bloops and stomping sub-bass. "The idea behind the…

  3. Ask Billboard: Max Martin Notches Another No. 1

    November 25, 2014 4:05 PM EST As always, submit questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. Or, Tweet @gthot20 MAX MARTIN SCORES ANOTHER No. 1 @gthot20 Why no mention of…

  4. Ferguson: Beyonce Shares Statement From Michael Brown's Family

    November 25, 2014 1:40 PM EST Beyonce has weighed in on the grand jury's decision, announced Monday night, to not indict Darren Wilson for the fatal shooting of Michael Brown. Using her preferred method of communication with the masses, Instagram, the singer shared a photo of the statement from the Brown family,…

  5. Album Review: David Guetta's All-Star 'Listen' Makes a Beeline for the Pop Charts

    November 24, 2014 3:09 PM EST When David Guetta hit the studio to record Listen , his first album in three years, the trailblazing French EDM producer worked backwards. Instead of starting with the beats -- his standard approach over his three-decade DJ career -- he began with vocals and live instruments, such as piano…

  6. Kobalt Publishing Hires Jamie McLaughlin as Creative Director

    November 24, 2014 11:47 AM EST Kobalt Music Publishing has appointed Jamie McLaughlin to the position of creative director, charged with signing new talent, arranging writer collaborations and pitching songs. She has hit the ground running in the new job, having already played a part in the signing of Lady Gaga…

  7. Band Aid 30’s 'Do They Know It’s Christmas' Opens at No. 1 in U.K. With Huge Sales

    November 24, 2014 4:56 AM EST Band Aid 30’s updated “Do They Know It’s Christmas” (EMI/Universal) has become the U.K.’s fastest-selling single of the year to date, selling 312,000 downloads to go straight to No. 1. Sunday's (Nov. 23) new Official Charts Company data also saw One Direction debut atop the album…

  8. Bill Cosby Gets Standing Ovation In Florida Amid Sexual Assault Allegations

    November 22, 2014 12:54 PM EST The protesters didn't show, the would-be hecklers didn't take the bait, the weeks of headlines about sexual assaults disappeared and Bill Cosby , for 90 minutes at least, regained the revered status he long enjoyed. Bill Cosby Refuses to Address Sexual Assault Allegations in…

  9. Watch Katy Perry, Will.i.am, Adam Lambert, Others Sing 'Imagine' for UNICEF

    November 21, 2014 8:23 PM EST To celebrate the 25th anniversary of United Nations' Convention on the Rights of the Child, UNICEF has teamed up with Yoko Ono and David Guetta to assemble a star cast to cover John Lennon 's beloved "Imagine" for what they're calling the #IMAGINE Project. …

  10. Ty Herndon on Coming Out: 'In the Country World, Hell Yes It's a Big Deal'

    November 21, 2014 7:30 AM EST Country fans with long memories and/or a keen sense of gay-dar have long wondered if the deeply conflicted and closeted country singer named Will Lexington on Nashville was modeled on Ty Herndon , who had a series of No. 1 country hits in the mid- and late ‘90s. While it’s unclear whether…

  11. YouTube's Refusal to Remove 20,000 Songs Leads to New Irving Azoff Warning

    November 18, 2014 5:35 PM EST The standoff involves works by Pharrell Williams and other popular songwriters. YouTube has apparently made the decision not to remove songs composed by popular musicians including The Eagles , Pharrell Williams and John Lennon , and as a result, the popular video website is being warned of…

  12. Olly Murs on His 'Disco-y' New Single & Band Aid 30's 'Do They Know It’s Christmas?'

    November 17, 2014 6:37 PM EST 'I just really hope people around the world get behind the song,' he says of the latest Band Aid effort. "It's fun, it's happy, it's cheeky, it's feel-good," Olly Murs says about his new single, "Wrapped Up," which was released Monday (Nov…

  13. Corner Office: Martin Kierszenbaum, Chairman of Cherrytree, on Working with Lady Gaga, A&R'ing Sting and the Streaming Debate

    November 17, 2014 12:39 PM EST On his label's 10th anniversary, the man behind breakouts by Lady Gaga, Ellie Goulding and Dislosure on juggling two titles, A&R'ing Sting and the streaming debate: "The equation has to be fair." For Martin Kierszenbaum -- Cherrytree Records founder, Interscope…

  14. Did Adele Snub Band Aid's 2014 'Do They Know It's Christmas'?

    November 17, 2014 12:35 PM EST The 30th anniversary of the 1984 holiday charity classic “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” is here, and the charitable folks at Band Aid decided to celebrate with an anti-Ebola edition. It’s a virtual who’s-who of big names in British and Irish music -- One Direction , Sam Smith , Ellie…

  15. Meet Descemer Bueno, the Talent Behind Enrique Iglesias' Smash Hit 'Bailando'

    November 17, 2014 12:15 PM EST If you’ve been on the planet this year, there’s a good chance you’ve heard “Bailando,” the Enrique Iglesias smash featuring Descemer Bueno, who wrote the song with Iglesias. But if you don’t live in Miami, where Bueno resides, or Havana, where the Cuban singer/songwriter frequently…

  16. Watch: One Direction, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, Chris Martin & More Sing New Band Aid 30 Charity Single

    November 16, 2014 6:07 PM EST The new Band Aid 30 charity single "Do They Know It’s Christmas?" debuted during The X Factor in the United Kingdom on Sunday (Nov. 16). One Direction, Chris Martin and Ed Sheeran Among Stars Recording Ebola-Fighting Charity Single As previously reported , a host of U.K.…

  17. One Direction, Ellie Goulding On 'Epic' Band Aid Recording Session

    November 15, 2014 6:55 PM EST A who's who of U.K. stars joined forces on Saturday (Nov. 15) to record a new version of "Do They Know It’s Christmas?"  And now you can see what some of your favorite A-listers wore to the event. Led by Bob Geldof ; One Direction , Rita Ora , Ed Sheeran , Ellie…

  18. One Direction, Chris Martin and Ed Sheeran Among Stars Recording Ebola-Fighting Charity Single

    November 15, 2014 3:30 PM EST 'Do They Know It's Christmas?' will be available for download on Monday. A host of U.K. music stars assembled at a studio in London on Saturday to record a new version of "Do They Know It’s Christmas?" One Direction, Bono & Ed Sheeran Among Lineup for Ebola…

  19. Can YouTube’s New Music Play Mend Its Fences With the Industry?

    November 14, 2014 2:57 PM EST Music Key, the company’s years-in-the-works premium streaming service, arrives Nov. 17. But will consumers want to pay for something they’ve always had for free? After a year of rumors, false starts and belabored label negotiations, YouTube’s streaming subscription service, Music Key, will…

  20. YouTube's Music Key: How Much Could Its New Paid Service Pay Out?

    November 14, 2014 12:08 PM EST Will YouTube Music Key transform streaming revenues and take subscriptions into the mainstream? Or will it fail to capitalize on YouTube massive global footprint? It all depends on YouTube's ability to entice people to pay. With YouTube's announcement on Wednesday (Nov. 12) of…

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