1. Michael Buble's Milestone O2 Shows Lead Hot Tours

    January 29, 2015 7:44 PM EST Michael Buble grabs the top ranking on the weekly tally of Hot Tours (see list, below) with box office sales reported from the final stop on his To Be Loved tour's third and final trek through Europe. London's O2 arena hosted the tour on Dec. 15 and 16, marking a return engagement…

  2. Veteran Label/Management Exec Gary Gersh Joins AEG Live

    January 27, 2015 7:57 PM EST Newly created post makes Gersh an 'excitable boy again.' Former manager and label exec Gary Gersh has joined global concert promoter AEG Live in the newly created position of president of global talent, Billboard has learned. Gersh most recently served as CEO of The Artist…

  3. John Carpenter Talks Debut Album 'Lost Themes' & Why Music Is Easier Than Directing

    January 26, 2015 5:00 PM EST Forty-five years after his first music credit (he co-wrote, edited and scored the Oscar-winning short The Resurrection of Broncho Billy ) and 37 years after composing the inimitably eerie Halloween soundtrack, legendary director John Carpenter is releasing his debut album. Entitled Lost…

  4. Exclusive: Imagine Dragons, Southwest Prep In-Flight Concert & Intimate Club Tour

    January 26, 2015 9:00 AM EST Imagine Dragons' second album may be titled Smoke + Mirrors (due Feb. 17 via KIDinaKORNER/Interscope), but an intimate new mini-tour sponsored by Southwest Airlines should help minimize the band's mystique. Beginning Feb. 3, fans can enter a Southwest sweepstakes where one winner…

  5. Association of Independent Music Publishers Names New Board of Directors

    January 23, 2015 12:47 PM EST The Association of Independent Music Publishers has announced a new slate of board members for the 2015-2016 term. Members of the AIMP, a trade group focused on educating publishers about industry trends, voted to fill officer positions on the national board as well as regional ones in…

  6. Fall Out Boy's 'Uma Thurman' Dances Onto Hot Rock Songs Chart

    January 22, 2015 5:43 PM EST Fall Out Boy 's "Uma Thurman" debuts at No. 6 on Billboard's Hot Rock Songs chart with 46,000 downloads sold, according to Nielsen Music. The new track samples the theme song from the '60s TV show The Munsters and references Thurman's famous dance scene with…

  7. Elton John Tops Hot Tours Recap

    January 22, 2015 5:25 PM EST Elton John rang in the new year in New York City for the first time ever in his legendary five-decade career, selling out Brooklyn's Barclays Center with 16,470 fans joining the party on Dec. 31. With ticket sales topping the $3 million mark, the concert earns the Rock & Roll Hall…

  8. Jazmine Sullivan's 'Reality Show' Debuts at No. 1 on R&B Albums

    January 22, 2015 1:00 PM EST Also: Usher earns a new No. 1 while Common and John Legend's 'Glory' debuts. Jazmine Sullivan 's first studio album in over four years, Reality Show , debuts at No. 1 on R&B Albums , and No. 2 on T op R&B/Hip-Hop Albums . The singer's third studio release…

  9. Ariana Grande to Perform at NBA All-Star Game Halftime Show

    January 22, 2015 8:00 AM EST Ariana Grande will continue a stellar year when she headlines the NBA All-Star Game halftime show during the Entertainment Series presented by JBL on Sunday, Feb. 15. Grande will take the stage live from New York City's Madison Square Garden at halftime of the game, which will air live…

  10. John Legend Talks 'Selma' Oscar Snubs, Creating Another Grammy Moment & More

    January 21, 2015 4:47 PM EST John Legend may have just scored his first Academy Award nomination for his Selma song "Glory," featuring Common , which is up for best original song. But he, like many critics of this year's all-white acting nominee list, would have liked to see the accompanying film get…

  11. James Taylor & Paul Simon Play Benefit for Late Jazz Great Michael Brecker

    January 21, 2015 5:24 AM EST James Taylor and Paul Simon paid tribute to late jazz great Michael Brecker with performances and kind words at a cancer benefit for their friend who died in 2007. Taylor, who Brecker's widow said had the flu, performed "Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight" -- the first song…

  12. Vijay Iyer on Ferguson, Teaching at Harvard & Jazz's Relationship With Hip-Hop

    January 20, 2015 6:00 PM EST Pianist Vijay Iyer, known for moving between jazz, classical, Indian and electronic music, will perform 12 different sets of music in a residency at The Stone in New York City between Jan. 20 and 25. His shows on Jan. 23 and 24 will feature expanded versions of his longtime trio, which…

  13. The Biggest Hot 100 Hits to Peak at Nos. 50-26

    January 20, 2015 11:05 AM EST Clearly, the most popular songs at any given time scale the upper ranks of the Billboard Hot 100. Still, America's singles chart of record for 56 years sports a history filled with well-loved classics that peaked at every position, from No. 1 … all the way down to No. 100. For renowned…

  14. Looking at Top 40 Radio's Decade of Change, Through the Lens of Kelly Clarkson's Career

    January 20, 2015 10:51 AM EST It was Thursday, Nov. 4, 2004. Mainstream top 40 radio was a mix of hip-hop, "extreme" alternative crossovers and, for pop balance, teen punk. WHTZ (Z100) New York, which had just launched an urban sister station, WWPR (Power 105), was trying to make its way back to the mainstream…

  15. Primary Wave Merges Talent Management Division With Intellectual Artists Management

    January 19, 2015 7:49 PM EST Independent music marketing, talent management and music publishing company Primary Wave has merged its talent management division with full-service talent and literary management, media and content production company Intellectual Artists Management, it was announced Monday. Primary Wave…

  16. Denis Leary on 'Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll' Guest Dave Grohl: 'It's Not Fair' He Can Act

    January 18, 2015 11:21 PM EST After several years away from the small screen, Denis Leary is ready to unleash Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll . The FX show, which he created and stars in, centers on a middle-aged rock 'n' roller (Leary) who missed out on fame and fortune, but still desperately wants it. Leary…

  17. Watch Bruce Springsteen Perform at Light of Day 2015 Benefit in New Jersey

    January 18, 2015 3:03 PM EST There was magic in the night for the 15th anniversary of the Light of Day 2015 Winterfest, as "surprise" guest Bruce Springsteen took the stage at the Paramount Theater in Asbury Park, N.J. "15 years," the 65-year old rocker said wistfully as he -- and 17 other musical…

  18. Julianne Hough, Vanessa Hudgens Tapped for 'Grease: Live'

    January 17, 2015 1:35 PM EST The Marc Platt production will air live at 7 p.m. on Jan. 31, 2016. Fox has found its Sandy and Rizzo. The network has tapped Footloose star Julianne Hough and High School Musical 's Vanessa Hudgens to co-star in its musical installment of Grease . In a bid to defeat the increasingly…

  19. Bob Dylan's 'Blood on the Tracks' at 40: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    January 16, 2015 11:15 AM EST If Bob Dylan 's 15th studio album must fit in a box, it's his confessional '70s-singer-songwriter record. Released on January 17, 1975 -- 40 years ago today -- Blood on the Tracks landed amid the dissolution of Dylan's marriage to his first wife, Sara, and with its…

  20. Billboard Cover: Mark Ronson on His Surprise No. 1 Hit, Amy Winehouse and His Neurotic Ways

    January 16, 2015 10:00 AM EST Four hours from now, Mark Ronson will learn, via text, that his song "Uptown Funk" has dislodged Taylor Swift from her perch atop the U.S. singles chart, giving him his first No. 1 hit as an artist. For now, he's in his recording studio in an industrial area of North London…

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