1. Executive Turntable: Phil Casey Returns to ICM Partners, Vevo Appoints Stacy Moscatelli, BMG Chrysalis US Acquires Vagrant

    November 20, 2014 8:10 PM EST A list of moves and shakes across the music business, including ICM Partners, Republic Records, Dualtone Music Group and many more. -- Phil Casey returned to ICM Partners as a senior agent in the concerts department, where he began his career in 1984. Casey served at Resolution for a year…

  2. Audra McDonald 'Learned So Much' From Mike Nichols

    November 20, 2014 7:04 PM EST The Broadway superstar worked with the late director on 'Wit.' By the time Audra McDonald got to work with Mike Nichols , she was 31 and had already won three Tony awards but had done limited work in television  or movies. Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Margaret Edson…

  3. Mike Nichols' Marriage of Music & Movies: Nine Significant Moments

    November 20, 2014 6:15 PM EST Mike Nichols , the celebrated director, writer and comedian who died Wednesday at the age of 83, left a considerable mark in the marriage of music, musicians and visual images. He cast musicians as actors, giving several prominent ones their first major roles; opened two of his films to…

  4. Chart Highlights: Maroon 5 Moves To No. 1 on Pop Songs With 'Animals'

    November 17, 2014 4:57 PM EST The group extends its record for the most leaders among groups. Plus, Idina Menzel's AC debut signals the start of the holidays. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys…

  5. Check Out the Custom Sneakers Drake Got the Toronto Raptors

    November 13, 2014 10:30 AM EST The NBA’s Toronto Raptors are prowling atop the Atlantic Division with a 7-1 record, and it was their team ambassador Drake who helped them to their lucky seventh win Wednesday night (Nov. 12). In their game against the Orlando Magic, a pair of Raptors players -- Lou Williams and Amir…

  6. Robert Plant Quashes Led Zeppelin Reunion Claim

    November 12, 2014 3:22 PM EST Richard Branson also denies offering $800 million for the reunion, saying he's 'dazed and confused' by reports. Robert Plant says there is no truth to reports he turned down a lucrative offer from Virgin boss Richard Branson to play Led Zeppelin reunion shows. A statement…

  7. After Atlantic: An Independent Sean Paul Moves Forward

    November 11, 2014 12:25 PM EST Throughout his scorching 90-minute set aboard the inaugural Welcome to Jamrock Reggae cruise (October 20-25), a sweat soaked Sean Paul  put down some impressive dance moves as he tore through his repertoire of EDM-influenced tracks, pop-reggae hits and core dancehall singles. In the latter…

  8. The Railers 'Kinda Dig the Feeling' of Making It in Nashville

    November 10, 2014 8:20 PM EST The story of the Railers began in a grocery store. So says the band's Cassandra, who was studying opera at North Arizona University. "I walked in through the 'out' doors and ran into Jonathan," she recalled to Billboard . "We realized that we were both studying…

  9. MTV EMA 2014: What You Didn't See on TV

    November 10, 2014 6:52 PM EST Nicki Minaj , Ariana Grande , U2 , Alicia Keys , Ed Sheeran and Enrique Iglesias all lit up the stage at Sunday's 2014 MTV European Music Awards , but behind the scenes it was a riotous cacophony of shocking diva tantrums, rock-star hissy fits and preening pop-star indulgence. Well,…

  10. Matthew Morrison Returns to Broadway in 'Finding Neverland'

    November 10, 2014 4:18 PM EST The 'Glee' star will play the lead role of 'Peter Pan' author J.M. Barrie in the long-gestating musical. The rumors are confirmed:  Glee star  Matthew Morrison will make his return to Broadway after a five-year absence, starring as J.M. Barrie in the new musical Finding…

  11. Billboard/THR Film & TV Music Conference Day Two Report: Maroon 5, Steven Price's 'Fury' Soundtrack, and the New 'Annie'

    November 07, 2014 6:39 AM EST The Billboard and Hollywood Reporter Film & TV Music Conference wrapped on Thursday with a conversation featuring composer Steven Price , the phenom responsible for scoring Gravity and this year's Fury . Price spoke to ASCAP's director of film and TV music, Jeff Jernigan , to…

  12. Maroon 5's 'Sugar' to Be Featured in Nissan Commercial

    November 06, 2014 5:45 PM EST Maroon 5 's manager Jordan Feldstein revealed Thursday (Nov. 6) at the Billboard and Hollywood Reporter Film & TV Music Conference that the band's song "Sugar" is set to be featured in a new Nissan campaign Nov. 18.  In the past 18 months, Maroon 5 has worked with…

  13. Cowboys Receiver Dez Bryant Signs With Jay Z's Roc Nation Sports

    November 03, 2014 2:05 PM EST Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant is the latest high-profile athlete to retain the services of Jay Z 's Roc Nation Sports. The agency confirmed the signing over the weekend, and Bryant told ESPN on Sunday that he's looking to Roc Nation to build-up his personal brand to …

  14. Exclusive Premiere: Kevin Devine's 'Groundhog Day' Channeling Video 'She Can See Me'

    November 03, 2014 12:03 PM EST After releasing five albums, Kevin Devine decided to fund his next one on Kickstarter. He asked for $50,000, but made that amount in just 8 hours, unexpectedly ending up with $114,805. Some artists might blow all the dough on one extra-expensive album, but not Devine. To reward fans who had…

  15. 13 Things We Learned From Chris Brown's Hot 97 Interview: Drake, Usher Dance-Off, Rihanna & More

    October 31, 2014 5:53 PM EDT Chris Brown appeared on Hot 97's Ebro in the Morning for a lengthy interview, touching on his past struggles with drugs, his relationship with Rihanna , his reconcilation with Drake , and a possible dance-off with Usher . It's the first time Brown's sat down on the show.…

  16. New Signings: Jackie Boyz Team with Razor & Tie, Son Lux to Glassnote, OWSLA Grabs Carmada and More

    October 31, 2014 3:39 PM EDT 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 -- America's Got Talent finalist Emily West signs to Sony Music Masterworks imprint, Portrait . She will…

  17. Executive Turntable: Apollo Theater Appoints Pharrell, NAB Ups Curtis LeGeyt, Rich Christina at Sony/ATV and More

    October 31, 2014 3:07 PM EDT -- APA promoted Joshua Rittenhouse to agent in their concerts division in Beverly Hills, while also developing the agency’s Urban roster. Rittenhouse began his career as a contemporary talent buyer at the Sherman Theater before seguing to marketing director for Stan Levinstone at SLP…

  18. Iggy Azalea's 'SNL' Appearance Generates Big Social Chart Gains

    October 30, 2014 9:21 PM EDT Iggy Azalea makes notable social gains on Billboard's charts after her appearance on NBC's Saturday Night Live (Oct. 25), on which she debuted two new songs: "Beg for It" (featuring MØ ) and "Iggy SZN." Both are set to be on her album Reclassified (due Nov.…

  19. How Music Video Pioneer Russell Mulcahy Killed the Radio Star

    October 29, 2014 4:42 PM EDT Russell Mulcahy is the man behind an endless string of iconic music videos, dating back to the first that aired on MTV in 1981: The Buggles ' "Video Killed the Radio Star." From Duran Duran sailing on a yacht in "Rio," to Bonnie Tyler’s bizarro "Total Eclipse…

  20. New York Gets Its First Country Music Festival

    October 29, 2014 9:34 AM EDT The inaugural FarmBorough fest will be held June 26-28 on Randall's Island. Already booked acts include Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley, Brad Paisley, Brandy Clark and Randy Houser. Live Nation Entertainment and Founders Entertainment will partner for the first time in presenting…

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