1. Female Artists Ruling the Charts: A Movement or Just a Moment?

    October 17, 2014 11:43 AM EDT It’s an unprecedented week six of women ruling the top 5, as one exec says when this happens en masse... “there’s something going on culturally.” Taylor , Iggy , Katy , Nicki , Charli , Jessie , Ariana -- there’s no question that women are dominating the singles chart and leading the…

  2. Gimme Five: B1A4's Biggest Musical Inspirations

    October 16, 2014 11:30 PM EDT Earlier this month, U.S. fans got to see  B1A4  up close with their first set of headlining concerts in America. From the tour's kickoff in New York , the K-pop quintet saw their super-supportive stateside fanbase hollering for them whether they were belting, rapping or showcasing a…

  3. Katy Perry's Super Bowl Setlist Poll: Vote For The Essential Songs!

    October 10, 2014 10:50 AM EDT Choose the five songs you think Katy should perform at the Super Bowl halftime show in February. Katy Perry is set to bring her many pop smashes to the biggest stage in the world, as the 29-year-old has been confirmed as the performer at this year’s Super Bowl halftime show .…

  4. Lorde Leaps Onto Radio With 'Yellow Flicker Beat'

    October 08, 2014 9:05 AM EDT The song from the 'Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1' soundtrack makes the highest Alternative Songs bow by a female artist since 1995 Lorde logs the highest launch by a female artist on Billboard's Alternative Songs chart since 1995, as "Yellow Flicker Beat"…

  5. Happy Birthday, Bruno Mars: 5 Great Performances

    October 08, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Happy Birthday, Bruno Mars ! The singer turns 29 today, and to celebrate, Billboard is looking back at just a few of our favorite live performances -- from Saturday Night Live to the Super Bowl.  Check them out below: 5. "Just the Way You Are" 4. "Grenade" 3. "…

  6. Luke Bryan's Tour Has Grossed $55.5 Million (And Counting)

    October 03, 2014 5:11 PM EDT Luke Bryan takes his That's My Kind of Night tour to No. 1 on this week’s tally of Hot Tours with box office stats reported from the bulk of his 2014 trek through North American cities. Since the tour's January kick-off, Bryan's outing has been attended by 1.1 million fans…

  7. George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin Marry! Five Songs for the Happy Couple

    September 27, 2014 3:30 PM EDT Sorry ladies, George Clooney is officially off the market! Oscar-winning Clooney, 53, and human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin, 36, officially tied the knot on Saturday (Sept. 27) during a private symbolic ceremony in Venice, Italy, E! has confirmed . The couple will file the paperwork to…

  8. Indiegogo's Danae Ringelmann Announced as Midem 2015's First Keynote Speaker

    September 25, 2014 4:00 AM EDT Danae Ringelmann , co-founder and chief development officer of crowdfunding platform Indiegogo , will be the first keynote speaker for the annual music industry tradeshow Midem 2015 , organizer Reed MIDEM announced Thursday.  Berklee, Midem & IE Host Music Start-Up Competition As part…

  9. After Hitting Bottom, Scott Storch Is Taking Another Shot at the Top

    September 19, 2014 6:20 PM EDT Ten years ago, the hip-hop producer had one of the hottest streaks in music history. Then he acquired an epic cocaine habit and bankrupted himself. Now he’s mounting a modest comeback using the one resource he never completely squandered: Chutzpah. On a scorching Wednesday in August in…

  10. Katy Perry Lands Seven Nominations for MTV Europe Music Awards

    September 16, 2014 6:00 AM EDT With seven nominations, Katy Perry leads the way for this year's MTV Europe Music Awards. Though the pop superstar can expect some stiff competition on the night from the likes of Ariana Grande (with six nominations), 5 Seconds of Summer and Pharrell Williams (five apiece). Katy is in…

  11. Ask Billboard: It's All About Women In The Hot 100's Top Five

    September 12, 2014 6:30 PM EDT Women control the chart's top five this week, led by Meghan Trainor's 'All About That Bass.' How uncommon is a top-five male lockout? As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please…

  12. 40 Under 40: Music's Young Power Players

    September 12, 2014 8:00 AM EDT They’re young, they’re innovative, they’re disruptive. From monetizing bite-sized streams to selling out massive stadiums, these are the progressive leaders reshaping the music industry. The honorees on Billboard’s annual 40 Under 40 Power Players list were chosen by Billboard editors from…

  13. Interscope Geffen A&M Records Appoints Aaron Bay-Schuck President, A&R

    September 11, 2014 8:26 PM EDT Interscope Geffen A&M Records has announced the appointment of Aaron Bay-Schuck as president, A&R. In this post, he will oversee all aspects of A&R and creative development for the Universal-owned record label group. He is based in Los Angeles and will report to Interscope Geffen…

  14. Michael Jackson Immortal Tour Wraps With Eighth-Best Gross of All Time

    September 11, 2014 5:56 PM EDT Cirque du Soleil's Michael Jackson the Immortal World Tour has wrapped after its three-year run, earning the No. 8 slot on the list of the top-grossing tours of all time with $360 million, based on Billboard Boxscore. The tour played its final performance on Aug. 31 in Guadalajara,…

  15. The 20 Best Songs About Friendships -- Good, Bad and With Benefits

    September 11, 2014 2:00 PM EDT Friendship is a complicated thing. It can save your life -- like when a good buddy gets you through a bad breakup -- or it can drive you absolutely nuts. After all, some friends lie and let you down, and if they’re not secretly plotting your demise, they might be harboring romantic feelings…

  16. Inside Lorde's 'Hunger Games' Recording Session

    September 05, 2014 5:50 PM EDT Lorde spent her Labor Day weekend in Asbury Park, N.J., but it was a working vacation. The 17-year-old New Zealand singer recorded the first single from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 at Lakehouse Recording Studios . Could it be the artist got a referral from Asbury Park'…

  17. SOJA and the American Reggae Movement: D.C. Band Makes 'Noise' With Highest Debut

    September 04, 2014 1:22 PM EDT "I wanted to be Bob Marley since the first time I saw a picture of him and I still do; what I mean by that is conscious music needs to have a spotlight on it and he did that bigger than anyone who ever lived," explained Jacob Hemphill , lead singer/songwriter of the Washington D.C.…

  18. One Direction Where We Are Tour Breaks $200 Million in Sales

    August 29, 2014 12:53 PM EDT One Direction is the first touring artist in 2014 to break the $200 million ticket sales barrier based on revenue reported this week from the European and North American legs of its Where We Are world tour. The London-based band heads up the weekly slate of Hot Tours with $130 million in…

  19. Song of the Summer 2014: Billboard Staff Picks

    August 27, 2014 2:00 PM EDT It’s time to face facts: summer 2014 is almost at an end. But before we pack away our beach towels and sunscreen, we’re taking a moment to salute all the great tunes that have soundtracked our lives for the last 3 months. In advance of naming Billboard’s official Song of the Summer…

  20. Vote: Which 2014 VMA Performance Are You Most Excited For?

    August 22, 2014 12:40 PM EDT Every year the MTV VMAs roll out an A-list parade of performers to move the crowd while the network doles out Moonman Awards. But let's be honest: All VMA performances are not created equal. While 2013 boasted an 'N Sync reunion and the Twerk Heard Around the World , no one's…

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