1. Sony Hack Reveals Snapchat Wanted a Record Label, Too Much Money From Vevo

    December 17, 2014 8:59 AM EST The leak of Sony Entertainment's internal documents, most recently the email account of Sony Entertainment chairman and CEO Michael Lynton , has revealed high-level talks between that company and Snapchat, the messaging service that turned down billions from Facebook earlier this year…

  2. The Industry in 2014: Digital Is the New Mainstream, Despite Taylor's Protestations

    December 15, 2014 2:53 PM EST Throughout the week, Billboard will be publishing pieces from our staff writers, each an outstanding authority on their specific area of coverage. From Nashville to Miami, the industry at large, publishing and retail, and the year in touring, we'll be taking comprehensive looks at the…

  3. BSBB Round 3: Sam Smith, "Stay With Me" vs. Disclosure feat. Sam Smith, "Latch"

    December 14, 2014 10:02 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Stay With Me Sam Smith Latch Disclosure feat. Sam Smith CAITLIN WHITE: It's pretty safe to say the rest of Sam Smith's career hinges on his feature on Disclosure's "Latch." For most of us, the song was…

  4. Haters Gonna Hate: Music Stars' Biggest Beefs of 2014

    December 12, 2014 2:00 PM EST With Twitter, Instagram and elevator cameras documenting music stars’ every move, there was nothing secret about the industry’s nastiest beefs. Iggy Azalea v. Snoop Dogg When Snoop posted a meme dissing Iggy’s looks, she tweeted retaliations until mentor T.I. intervened. Snoop later…

  5. Jay Z Has Lawsuit Over One-Syllable Sample Run Out of Town

    December 09, 2014 4:35 PM EST When it comes to unlicensed samples, New York federal judge Lewis Kaplan has limits. On Monday, he dismissed TufAmerica's lawsuit claiming that Jay Z and his record companies violated copyright by sampling an "oh" on the song "Run This Town," released on the album…

  6. Chart Highlights: Maddie & Tae, Girls in a No. 1 Country Song

    December 08, 2014 5:15 PM EST The duo is just the second female twosome to reign with a debut single. Plus, new No. 1s for Idina Menzel & Michael Buble, Zhu, Big Sean and more. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts…

  7. Watch: Lil Wayne Speaks Publicly About Cash Money & Birdman Battle

    December 06, 2014 2:33 PM EST Two days after tweeting that Cash Money Records and Birdman refuse to release his new album, Tha Carter V , Lil Wayne spoke out in public about the battle on Friday night (Dec. 5). Lil Wayne: Birdman & Cash Money Records 'Refuse to Release' 'Tha Carter V' “I was…

  8. Dave Koz Partners With Spaghettini for New Restaurant & Music Venue

    December 04, 2014 3:48 PM EST Saxophonist Richard Elliot, Santana's Andy Vargas & Las Vegas headliner Matt Goss kick off performance slate. Starting Friday, live music will begin a new residency in Beverly Hills. Adopting the tagline "harmonizing fine dining with world-class musical entertainment,"…

  9. Killer Mike Pens Op-Ed on Rap Lyrics Used as Legal Evidence in Court

    December 01, 2014 8:04 PM EST If hip-hop was always taken at face value, rapper Killer Mike  of Run the Jewels might be convicted for his name alone. But that's not how our justice system works, right? Wrong, according to a new op-ed co-written by Killer Mike called "Rap's poetic (In)justice,"…

  10. Eminem Quoted by Supreme Court Justice

    December 01, 2014 4:59 PM EST The high court tackles how to interpret statements made on social media and what constitutes a 'true threat.' On Monday (Dec. 1), the U.S. Supreme Court delved into modern times by looking at social media, rap music and how to balance an individual's freedom to shoot…

  11. Supreme Court to Consider Free Speech on Social Media Today, Thanks In Part to Eminem

    December 01, 2014 9:54 AM EST The Supreme Court is weighing the free-speech rights of people who use violent or threatening language on Facebook and other social media. The justices will hear arguments Monday in the case of a man who was sentenced to nearly four years in prison for posting graphically violent rap…

  12. 'August Rush' Bound for Broadway

    November 25, 2014 8:21 PM EST The new musical is adapted from the 2007 film about a music prodigy, which starred Freddie Highmore and Robin Williams. Add another title to the long list of movies getting the musical makeover treatment. The 2007 release, August Rush , which starred Freddie Highmore as an orphaned second…

  13. Big K.R.I.T. Claims No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

    November 20, 2014 5:53 PM EST Meanwhile, Eminem lands on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs & O.T. Genasis debuts with 'CoCo.' Big K.R.I.T. scores his second No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with the entrance of Cadillactica , moving 44,000 in first-week sales (his best week ever), according to Nielsen SoundScan…

  14. Woody Allen Returns to Barcelona for New Year's Concert

    November 20, 2014 5:34 PM EST Shows by Van Morrison, Bob Geldof & more to follow Allen's opening of new tourist-friendly Suite Festival BCN Music Experience. Woody Allen will revisit the scene of his movie Vicky Cristina Barcelona on New Year's Eve, when he'll give a gala performance with the Eddy…

  15. Why Irving Azoff's New Company Has (Some) Leverage Over YouTube

    November 20, 2014 1:32 PM EST Irving Azoff took to Twitter Wednesday to repeat previously stated contentions that YouTube lacks licenses from Global Music Rights, the performing rights organization created by Azoff's joint venture with Madison Square Garden Entertainment. The legendary artist manager and former…

  16. 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…

  17. Timbaland’s Mosley Music Group Is Joining Forces With L.A. Reid (Thanks to Michael Jackson)

    November 07, 2014 5:00 PM EST After nearly a decade at universal's Interscope, hitmaker Timbaland has jumped ship to Sony, entering into a joint venture with Epic Records for his Mosley Music Group. The MMG label, which officially came under the Universal umbrella in 2006, counts among its top sellers the group…

  18. No Election Surprises for Music Industry (Including Clay Aiken)

    November 06, 2014 12:16 PM EST As far as the music industry is concerned, Tuesday's elections provided no surprises. Republicans won a majority of seats in the Senate and strengthened their hold in the House of Representatives, and lawmakers expected to hold the reins on music industry issues all won their election…

  19. What's At Stake for the Music Business in the 2014 Mid-Term Elections?

    November 03, 2014 12:36 PM EST American Idol runner-up Clay Aiken is unlikely to win a seat in the House of Representatives, but there are plenty of reasons for the music business to pay attention to the midterm elections. Over the next two years, Congress could decide if pre-1972 recordings get a digital performance…

  20. Son to Usher: Dad, You're Not a Great Singer

    November 01, 2014 1:02 PM EDT One of Usher 's sons studies his dance moves meticulously, while the other has said to the Grammy-winning star: "You're not a great singer." Billboard Cover: Usher on Getting Tough With Justin Bieber, Why He’s Not Ready for a New Album and Life as a Single Dad Usher says…

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