1. Jason Aldean & Sam Hunt Chart New Path With R&B-Influenced Country

    October 07, 2014 3:00 PM EDT Billboard speaks with the genre-smashing songwriters behind bold new country hits. Mainstream country music is not always known for being sonically daring, but Jason Aldean' s "Burnin' It Down" and Sam Hunt' s “Break Up In A Small Town” represent something genuinely…

  2. Why Big Artists Are Banking on Year-End Covers Albums

    October 07, 2014 2:53 PM EDT Aretha, Streisand, Manilow and more are banking on old favorites this holiday season. On deck for the fourth quarter: a virtual avalanche of all-covers albums. From the divas (see chart, below) to the showmen ( Barry Manilow ’s My Dream Duets , out Sept. 16), rock radio vets ( Bryan Adams ’…

  3. Rome Fortune, 'Small VVorld': Exclusive Album Premiere

    October 07, 2014 1:16 PM EDT The rapper's 11-song free album features ILOVEMAKONNEN and OG Maco Rome Fortune is one of Atlanta's most wanted making waves. The rapper has been garnering buzz, picking up after the success of his Beautiful Pimp mixtapes. The rapper follows up his collaborative EP with Dun Deal,…

  4. Betty Who Walks You Through Her Debut Album 'Take Me When You Go' Track-by-Track

    October 07, 2014 12:45 PM EDT Betty nails it on her first album, and we've got a firsthand account of all its songs. Look at Betty Who -- all grown up! Here at Billboard, we’ve followed her from baby pop star to fresh major label signee to today, the day she drops her first full-length album. Back in April 2013,…

  5. Why 1993 Was the Best Musical Year of the '90s

    October 07, 2014 11:30 AM EDT After focusing on 1994 last week, now, we're wondering what the best year for music was of the '90s. Monday, we made a case for  1990  and  1991 . Today, it's time for  1992  and  1993 . POP SHOP HOMEPAGE Grunge had neither broken nor halted by the time 1993 rolled around,…

  6. Vine Stars Us the Duo Earn Oprah’s Seal of Approval (Plus, a Label Deal and Movie Too)

    October 07, 2014 10:06 AM EDT A song by husband-and-wife team Us the Duo is featured twice in the Fox animated feature The Book of Life : Placido Domingo sings “No Matter Where You Are” with Zoe Saldana , and it’s reprised over the end credits. The placement is the latest in a string of recent successes by Michael and…

  7. Montgomery Gentry Tease Early 2015 Release for New Album

    October 06, 2014 6:15 PM EDT With "Headlights" giving Montgomery Gentry their first chart appearance since 2012, the duo's Troy Gentry tells Billboard it's good to be back. "It's been a while, and it's great to hear some Montgomery Gentry back on the radio. We’ve got a new deal with…

  8. Live Nation to Acquire Majority Stake in C3 Presents

    October 06, 2014 6:11 PM EDT Related Biz Video: The 3 Charlies of C3 on Lollapalooza's Record-Breaking Success, 'Over-Sponsorship,' Global Expansion ACL 2014's 10 Best Moments: Iggy Azalea, Sam Smith, Matthew McConaughey & More Live Nation's Ticketmaster Buys Eventjoy, Says More…

  9. Executive Turntable: Moves at Universal, Kobalt, Viacom and iHeartMedia

    October 06, 2014 5:39 PM EDT John Nicholas left his position of vice president/sales at Universal Music Distribution following a 25-year stint to join SMH Records as general manager. During his career, he has developed and implemented successful sales and marketing plans for iconic catalogs such as The Beatles, Pink…

  10. 1980s White Rap Pioneers 3rd Bass Reveal the Stories Behind Their Music -- From Gang Hits to Beef With the Beastie Boys

    October 06, 2014 4:27 PM EDT When New York duo 3rd Bass -- MC Serch (real name Michael Berrin) and Prime Minister Pete Nice (born Peter Nash), now both 47 -- burst onto the scene in 1989 with the single "Steppin' to the A.M.," they were a revelation to the public. Serch's first single, "Melissa…

  11. Why 1991 Was the Best Musical Year of the '90s

    October 06, 2014 2:15 PM EDT After focusing on 1994 last week, now, we're wondering what the best year for music was of the '90s. Monday, we make a case for 1990 and 1991 . POP SHOP HOMEPAGE The first musical year of a decade is usually transitional at best -- listening to the most notable releases from a…

  12. Is Pandora Finally Playing Nice with the Industry -- or Just Paying Lip Service?

    October 06, 2014 2:00 PM EDT The Internet radio giant moves from Capitol Hill to the coasts as it tries a different approach: listening. For the longest time, digital media executive Lars Murray didn’t know what to do with Pandora. As vp marketing at Columbia Records, he recognized that it was the top streaming radio…

  13. 'X Factor' Parent Snaps Up Magazine Publisher

    October 06, 2014 8:45 AM EDT German media giant Bertelsmann, in contrast to U.S. industry giants, is betting on the future of print, or at least print-style content . In a deal announced Monday, Bertelsmann has bought full control of the largest European magazine publisher, Gruner + Jahr, acquiring the final 25.1…

  14. Jenni Rivera's Family Now Suing Late Singer's Manager Over Book

    October 05, 2014 11:32 PM EDT In the second chapter -- or is it the third or fourth? -- in a dispute over Jenni Rivera , the Mexican-American pop superstar who died in a 2012 plane crash, her family has filed a copyright lawsuit against Laura Lucio , Rivera's former manager. The lawsuit aims to stop Lucio from…

  15. NFL Agreement With Bose Will Keep Beats Off-Camera

    October 04, 2014 7:31 PM EDT Beats by Dre headphones are no longer invited to any NFL games and that includes in the locker rooms or on the sidelines as long as cameras are rolling. According to Recode  and later reported by Rolling Stone ,  the NFL has reached an agreement with Bose locking in a league sponsorship…

  16. Rising Australian Singer Josef Salvat: From Studying Law to Studying Sia

    October 03, 2014 7:16 PM EDT The 25-year-old is signed to Columbia and prepping an album for next year, but his new EP, 'In Your Prime,' is already gaining steam. Josef Salvat is an Australian singer-songwriter based in London who deals in soulful, and sometimes sorrowful, electro-pop. His debut EP Hustler…

  17. Justin Bieber and David Hasselhoff’s Bizarre Bromance and More Insider Scoop

    October 03, 2014 3:25 PM EDT Bieber-Hoff Bromance Justin Bieber and David Hasselhoff's bizarre mutual wish -- to work together -- is coming true. Lanette Phillips, the executive producer of Bieber and Cody Simpson 's tentatively titled music video "Home to Muma," tells Overheard that Bieber had his…

  18. EMI Sued In Foreign Royalties Dispute With Monkees Songwriter

    October 03, 2014 2:53 PM EDT The music publisher won a similar case against Duke Ellington's family last year. EMI Music Publishing is facing a new lawsuit alleging a musician has been cheated over royalties on foreign sales. This time, the plaintiff is the widow of John Stewart , the songwriter who was with the…

  19. Jim Urie Announces He Is Stepping Down from Universal Music Group Distribution

    October 03, 2014 2:32 PM EDT Jim Urie , the last of the music industry distribution giants, has announced that he is retiring from Universal Music Group Distribution at the end of the year. Urie joined the company as executive vp/gm in 1998, as the No. 2 to industry legend Henry Droz , and assumed leadership of in 2000…

  20. Lady Antebellum on Staying True to Their Roots: ‘Country Is Who We Are’

    October 03, 2014 2:12 PM EDT Lady Antebellum is trying something new. The trio (Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood) has risen to the top of Nashville's ranks thanks to its country-pop blend, winning the record and song of the year Grammys in 2011 for the title track to its second LP, Need You Now . For…

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