1. ADA to Distro Mascot Label Group in North America

    November 21, 2014 5:45 PM EST The Alternative Distribution Alliance has signed a North America distribution deal with the Mascot Label Group and its 600-album catalog. The deal deepends the relationship between the two companies, as ADA has already been distributing the Mascot Label Group in Great Britian, Australia,…

  2. One Direction, Justin Bieber & Cody Simpson: Real-Time Twitter Chart Rewind Ep. 25

    November 21, 2014 1:30 PM EST Welcome back to Billboard's weekly video show "Real-Time Rewind," which recaps the past week's hottest action on the new Billboard Real-Time Twitter Charts -- Trending 140 and Emerging Artists -- and the news that's driving the action. Joe Levy is back in the…

  3. Billboard Cover Sneak Peek: Mary J. Blige Reveals 5 Important Life Lessons

    November 20, 2014 6:52 PM EST " alt="" width="510"> Mary J. Blige has plenty of reasons to celebrate. She's marking two years of sobriety and set to release her crazily anticipated new album The London Sessions, a thrilling new LP featuring contributions from soul newcomer Sam Smith and…

  4. Carly Simon Remembers 'Truly Brilliant' Mike Nichols

    November 20, 2014 6:35 PM EST When Mike Nichols died at age 83 on Wednesday night, the entertainment community lost one of its brightest, funniest and most thoughtful voices. Carly Simon -- who provided unforgettable music for several of his signature films, including the Oscar-winning "Let the River Run" from…

  5. Foo Fighters Take 'Highways' To No. 1 on Top Rock Albums Chart

    November 20, 2014 6:24 PM EST Foo Fighters notch their third No. 1 on Billboard's Top Rock Albums chart with Sonic Highways , selling 190,000 first-week copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The lofty sales also help Foo Fighters debut at No. 2 on this week's Billboard Artist 100 chart. The band's…

  6. 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…

  7. Super-Humanizing: Virtual Reality, Music and the Coming Revolution

    November 20, 2014 2:55 PM EST On Monday morning I drove by Candlestick Park as the first demolition crews set to work on the grand old thing. I was on my way to the Palo Alto office of a company called Jaunt, to strap an Oculus headset to my face and watch a fabulously newfangled live concert video from Paul McCartney &…

  8. Country Singer Ty Herndon Comes Out As Gay

    November 20, 2014 1:42 PM EST GLAAD applauded Herndon, saying, "Gay people can also be Christians, cowboys, and even country music stars." Country singer Ty Herndon has come out as gay in a new interview with People : "I'm an out, proud and happy gay man." The 52-year-old country singer earned…

  9. Must-Hear Music Podcast: One Direction, Azealia Banks, TV on the Radio & More

    November 20, 2014 11:50 AM EST This week on the Must-Hear Music podcast, Billboard staffers tackle highly anticipated new albums from One Direction , Azealia Banks and TV on the Radio . In addition to tracks from Kevin Gates and Ty Dolla $ign , we also discuss the strange crossover track -- "Nude Beach a Go-Go"…

  10. Lana Del Rey Gets Abused in NSFW Leaked Footage

    November 20, 2014 11:01 AM EST UPDATE: Marilyn Manson 's camp reached out to Billboard to deny he had anything to do with the Lana Del Rey footage that briefly popped up online. "Manson did not direct this, shoot it, nor was it for a Marilyn Manson video or outtake footage made by him or to be used by him with…

  11. Sia Offers New Recording, Exclusive Performances to Husband's Documentary Kickstarter

    November 20, 2014 2:30 AM EST Mega pop singer and songwriter Sia is offering up a handful of incentives to supporters of her husband Erik Anders Lang's Kickstarter campaign for his golf documentary, Be the Ball .  The Grammy-nominated artist is offering up a previously unreleased cover of The Dixie Cups ' …

  12. Bono Recruits Matt Damon, Will Ferrell, Morgan Freeman & More for Ebola PSA

    November 19, 2014 4:55 PM EST Fellow musicians Ellie Goulding, Akon & Angelique Kidjo also appear. Given his extensive history of international activism, you might be surprised to see that Bono is keeping silent about the growing Ebola crisis in Africa. Well, that's only technically true. While Bono and a slew…

  13. Lady Gaga Talent Scout Feels 'Validated' After Winning $7.3 Million in Lawsuit

    November 19, 2014 2:40 PM EST A jury sided with Wendy Starland in her lawsuit against former Gaga producer Rob Fusari. Nearly 10 years after joining forces with Rob Fusari to find "the female equivalent to the lead singer of The Strokes ," Wendy Starland has been awarded more than $7.3 million by a…

  14. Jeff Bates Embraces Conway Twitty Comparisons on 'Me and Conway' Album

    November 18, 2014 6:12 PM EST The vocal similarities between Jeff Bates and the late Conway Twitty have always been something of a double-edged sword. "It was a struggle at times," the singer tells Billboard . "On one hand, what a compliment. But, then someone would say, 'You know, you sound too much…

  15. What’s It Like to Wear a Woofer? Billboard Tries Out the Kickstarter-Funded Woojer

    November 18, 2014 6:01 PM EST Wearing your woofer. Subwoofers have gone out of vogue in the era of ear­buds. If you want to literally feel your music booming, you’re out of luck -- or rather, you were. Woojer, a Kickstarter project that raised more than $143,000 in December 2013, looks to change that with a beeper-size …

  16. U2 Copies Beyonce (Again), Releasing Video Album Version of 'Songs of Innocence'

    November 18, 2014 3:59 PM EST After following in the footsteps of Beyonce with the surprise release of their new album Songs of Innocence, U2 are following the blueprint left by Bey again by releasing their new album in music video form . Unlike Beyonce, Bono and Co. will not appear in their own videos (those of you…

  17. Lucinda Williams Covers Lou Reed, Announces New Album at NYC Concert

    November 18, 2014 3:41 PM EST Her cover of the Velvet Underground's 'Pale Blues Eyes' will be on the album. When Lucinda Williams hit the stage at Manhattan's Beacon Theatre on Monday night, it felt like the perfect NYC venue choice for her. Much like the movie palace-turned-concert venue, the alt…

  18. Mad Decent Boat Party Highlights: Skrillex's Surprise, Dillion Francis' Alter Ego & More

    November 17, 2014 6:00 PM EST Ever since HARD's Holy Ship! set a lofty standard for dance music cruises, few have succeeded in meeting it. However, Diplo 's label Mad Decent has the star power and curatorial credibility necessary to field a serious contender. Fans from across the globe clamored aboard the…

  19. Watch Jerry Seinfeld & Wale Argue Over Strip-Club Food

    November 17, 2014 5:32 PM EST Nearly one year after calling up Complex to scream at them for not including his album The Gifted on their year-end 50 Best list, Wale is on the magazine's cover with Jerry Seinfeld . After delivering a spoken-word outro on Wale's last album, Seinfeld is back on wax with Wale for…

  20. Exclusive: Donny Osmond Sings 'My Cherie Amour' With Stevie Wonder on Harmonica

    November 17, 2014 3:58 PM EST Showbiz legend Donny Osmond is celebrating an astounding 50 years of entertaining with the release of his 60th album,  The Soundtrack of My Life , which finds Osmond paying homage to the artists who influenced him. Today, Billboard has the exclusive premiere of one of those songs: Osmond&…

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