1. Why Daft Punk Licensed Songs for $3,700 to Indie Drama 'Eden'

    November 10, 2014 3:54 PM EST The elusive duo believed in the film, which chronicles the rise of French house music. There's a moment early in Eden when a teenage Thomas Bangalter (played by  Vincent Lacoste ) and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo (played by  Arnaud Azoulay ), the music duo better known as Daft Punk ,…

  2. Pharrell, John Mayer & More Salute Bill Clinton's Love of Jazz in L.A.

    November 10, 2014 3:37 PM EST Former president received the Thelonious Monk Institute's Maria Fisher Founder's Award on Sunday. Herbie Hancock , Kevin Spacey , Quincy Jones and a litany of major jazz musicians saluted President Bill Clinton on Sunday at L.A.'s Dolby Theater for his efforts in using jazz…

  3. ‘Try Me’ Rapper Dej Loaf: ‘What I’m Doing Hasn’t Been Done’

    November 10, 2014 2:45 PM EST The Detroit rappers talks 'Try Me' remixes, her upcoming 'Sell Dole' project & women in rap. This past summer, rapper Dej Loaf (real name Deja Trimble) quit her janitorial job at the Chrysler plant in her native Detroit, unsure of the future. But after she uploaded…

  4. Mark Ronson Says New Single With Bruno Mars 'Uptown Funk' Is a Milestone for Both of Them

    November 10, 2014 9:00 AM EST Is Mark Ronson  the hardest-working producer in the music business? In pursuit of the perfect groove, the British/American DJ and guitarist helped launch the careers of Amy Winehouse , Lily Allen , and Wale . A star-studded fourth solo album,  Uptown Special , is due in January through RCA.…

  5. Watch a Clip from the Postal Service's 'Everything Will Change' Concert Film

    November 10, 2014 6:47 AM EST Did you catch the Postal Service 's 2013 reunion tour? If not (or if so), Death Cab for Cutie 's Ben Gibbard, Dntel mastermind Jimmy Tamborello, and Rilo Kiley's Jenny Lewis made you a concert movie called Everything Will Change . It'll hit DVD and Blu-ray via Sub Pop on…

  6. Soul Train Awards 2014: Chris Brown Wins Big, Jodeci Brings '90s R&B Nostalgia, Kool & The Gang Honored

    November 08, 2014 12:53 PM EST Chris Brown took home “Best Hip Hop Song” and “Best Collaboration” at the ceremony. When the silhouettes of K-Ci , JoJo , DeVante Swing and Mr. Dalvin appeared on the stage Friday night (Nov. 7), nobody over the age of 25 would remain in their seats. After years of rumors that the bad boys…

  7. Stevie Wonder Mixes Politics With Music in Tour Kickoff

    November 08, 2014 12:02 PM EST Stevie Wonder has always blended his musical genius with social activism, and as he launched his new tour, he stayed true to form, advocating gun control, pleading for an end to racism and promoting equality for those with disabilities. Stevie Wonder Reveals Two New Projects on the Way …

  8. Young The Giant and Alabama Shakes Mesmerize at Evolution Tour L.A. Stop

    November 07, 2014 5:30 PM EST Billed as a night of “intimate concert experiences … with music + art + technology," the Mercedes-Benz Evolution Tour rolled into L.A. for a private performance at Santa Monica Airport’s Barker Hangar. The penultimate stop on the nine-city trek (the final date is Nov. 23 in New Orleans…

  9. Why Reddit to Richard Branson Are Betting Big on Crowdfunding

    November 07, 2014 3:00 PM EST This September, when rap super duo Run the Jewels announced preorder sales for their second album, RTJ2 , Atlanta rapper Killer Mike and Brooklyn rapper-producer El-P included a few playfully absurd special options on RTJ’s website. In addition to the $1 million "Retirement Plan"…

  10. American Music Awards Announce 2014 Pre-Show Hosts & Performers

    November 07, 2014 12:00 PM EST The American Music Awards have officially announced the lineup for the pre-show, and it's quite star-studded. Hosted by Lance Bass , Chelsea Briggs, Kandi Burruss, Gavin DeGraw , Frankie Grande, Taryn Manning, Jordin Sparks , Morgan Stewart and Ted Stryker , the Coca-Cola Red…

  11. The Roadmap to Taylor Swift's Record-Breaking Week in 6 (Not So Easy) Steps

    November 07, 2014 10:19 AM EST The singer and her hard-charging label defied the odds by brilliantly influencing everything from fans' emotions to lowered expectations to hit almost 1.3 million in sales. Here's a head-scratcher for the digital era: even though U.S. album sales have plummeted 20 percent…

  12. Gavin DeGraw & Lady Antebellum Set to Play 'New Year's Rockin' Eve 2015'

    November 07, 2014 9:35 AM EST is looking better already -- Gavin DeGraw and Lady Antebellum are set to perform live in Nashville on Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2015. The New York singer-songwriter and Nashville hitmakers will rock downtown Nashville while Ryan Seacrest…

  13. Billboard Cover: Nicki Minaj on Her Sex Life, Love for Larry David and Girl Crush on Beyonce

    November 07, 2014 9:00 AM EST Nicki Minaj appears to be in full relaxation mode: The Los Angeles-based rapper, 31, sits cross-legged on a leather sofa inside the closet-sized green room at Hollywood's Siren Studios, having just wrapped a photo shoot that stretched past 3:30 a.m. She's wearing lavender…

  14. Farruko Finishes First on Top Latin Albums

    November 06, 2014 7:01 PM EST Farruko lands first chart-topping album, while Luis Enrique & Julion Alvarez y Su Norteno Banda earn new airplay No. 1s. Reggaeton singer Farruko earns his first No. 1 on Top Latin Albums with his latest set,  Farruko Presents Los Menores , arriving with 4,000 sold, according to…

  15. Exclusive: Steve Aoki & will.i.am Fight Verne Troyer in 'Born to Get Wild' Video

    November 06, 2014 3:19 PM EST A few months after dropping his new album Neon Future I -- a record that topped the Electronic/Dance Album chart -- Steve Aoki is pressing forward in his quest to release a futuristic music video for every track on the project (part two is still forthcoming). Now, Billboard is excited to…

  16. Eminem Honors Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine, Madonna Lauds Lil' Buck at Innovator Awards

    November 06, 2014 12:50 PM EST It took two forces of nature to get Eminem to New York City on Wednesday night. The rapper made a surprise appearance at WSJ. Magazine 's fourth annual Innovator Awards at MoMA in order to honor two very important people in his life: Dr. Dre (born Andre Young) and Jimmy Iovine. "…

  17. Jay Z Had a Favorite Champagne Brand, So He Bought It

    November 06, 2014 12:45 PM EST Jay Z 's champagne of choice is now part of his portfolio. The rapper and entrepreneur extraordinaire has purchased the gilded Armand de Brignac (nicknamed "Ace of Spades") brand of bubbly, which retails for $300 a pop but can go as high as $200,000 -- if you like 30…

  18. Exclusive: Airbnb's Chip Conley Bringing Crowd-Sourced Component to Fest300

    November 06, 2014 12:00 PM EST After entrepreneur Chip Conley sold Joie de Vivre Hospitality, which he founded in 1987 and represents such businesses as San Francisco's Kabuki Hotel and Chicago's Hotel Lincoln, he started spending more time at festivals around the world -- and thinking about them from a…

  19. One Direction Sounds ‘Ready To Run’ on New ‘Four’ Track: Listen

    November 06, 2014 11:58 AM EST Fans of One Direction ’s life-affirming folk-pop side will surely lap up “Ready To Run,” the second release from the boy band’s forthcoming Four album and a song that recalls one of their biggest hits to date, “Story of my Life.” From the finger-picking opening to lines like “There…

  20. Bette Midler & Jimmy Fallon Swap Lips for a Duet on 'Tonight Show'

    November 06, 2014 11:20 AM EST Bette Midler traded mouths with Jimmy Fallon last night to perform a version of "Baby It's You," the Shirelles hit that Midler covers on her new album, It's The Girls . Watch the video below. During the Lip Flip, Midler and Fallon do impressions of each other and make a…

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