1. The Beatles' 'All You Need Is Love' Back in Top 10, Thanks to Dave Koz (& Friends)

    October 24, 2014 3:25 PM EDT The iconic track ranks in the top 10 of a Billboard chart for the first time since the original in 1967, as Dave Koz's all-star cover rises on Smooth Jazz Songs. The Beatles' iconic composition "All You Need Is Love" is back in the top 10 of a Billboard chart for the…

  2. Billboard Cover: Usher on Getting Tough With Justin Bieber, Why He’s Not Ready for a New Album and Life as a Single Dad

    October 24, 2014 9:00 AM EDT There Are Segways, and then there's Usher Raymond IV 's Segway. Usher's scooter is a custom-built, gold-plated number with rims that look like they were lifted from Rick Ross ' Maybach. It shines like Louis the XIV's jewels as he zips through the hallways of the…

  3. Bette Midler Sings TLC's 'Waterfalls': Listen

    October 23, 2014 6:05 PM EDT Midler's take on TLC is no scrub. Bette Midler released her cover of TLC 's hit “Waterfalls,” which slows the track’s tempo and strips down its famous production in favor of a piano and a soft drum beat echoing in the background. (A spoiler, though: Midler’s track omits Left Eye’s…

  4. Justin Timberlake's Final Tour Dates to be Filmed by Jonathan Demme

    October 22, 2014 7:46 PM EDT Sin City will host the singer at the top of 2015 Justin Timberlake is winding down his 20/20 Experience world tour, announcing that the final two shows will take place on Jan. 1 and Jan. 2 at Las Vegas' MGM Grand Garden Arena and be filmed by Jonathan Demme . Justin Timberlake…

  5. Giants vs. Royals: Who Has the Better Intro Music?

    October 21, 2014 6:00 PM EDT Tonight, the San Francisco Giants visit Kansas City’s Kauffman Stadium to take on the Royals in Game One of the 2014 World Series. The Giants are gunning for their third ring in five years, while the Royals -- who have yet to lose this postseason -- are looking to continue an 11-game…

  6. CMJ, Despite the Internet, Logistics, and Few Brands, Keeps Kicking Out the Jams

    October 20, 2014 8:27 AM EDT Everything you need to know about CMJ Music Marathon naysayers can be found in Brooklyn Vegan 's endlessly infuriating, occasionally informative comments section. Last August, when the initial lineup for New York City's 33rd annual festival and conference was announced , the…

  7. The Kentucky Headhunters' 'Pickin' On Nashville' Turns 25, Exclusive Interview

    October 17, 2014 8:40 PM EDT Friday (Oct. 17) marks the quarter-century anniversary of one of country music's most historic and unlikely success stories.  The Kentucky Headhunters had been making music in one incarnation or another for close to two decades before their iconic Pickin' On Nashville was released…

  8. MLB Playoffs: All the Intro Songs Revealed

    October 15, 2014 4:15 PM EDT What are players rocking when they step to the plate? There’s a lot more than organ music at baseball games these days. Unless we’re talking Chicago’s Wrigley Field (the only stadium that sticks to the classic organ sounds), every MLB player has the opportunity to step to the plate with his…

  9. Warner Music Group Hires New CFO

    October 15, 2014 8:28 AM EDT Warner Music Group has shuffled its corporate structure with the appointment of Eric Levin as its new EVP and CFO, replacing Brian Roberts who is moving to a newly created position at the label.  Related Warner Music Group Announces Leadership Consolidation Warner Music Group Sees Revenue…

  10. Exclusive Song Premiere: 'Nashville' Star Jonathan Jackson's Band Enation's 'Cinematic' Track

    October 13, 2014 1:31 PM EDT Avery Barkley, Jonathan Jackson's character on ABC's Nashville , is still looking for his big breakthrough, but Jonathan Jackson + Enation, Jackson's band with brother and fellow actor Richard Lee Jackson, is making its own big move this month. After a dozen years as an…

  11. Revisionist History 101: The Hot 100's Year-End No. 1 Songs, Then… And Now (Part One)

    October 10, 2014 1:30 PM EDT When is a No. 1 not a No. 1? How about when modern-day sales and radio airplay data replace that of any year in Billboard Hot 100 history prior to the rise of iTunes? To see how America's tastes have changed over the years, each year's top song has been "re-computed,"…

  12. R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe Teaching NYU Art Class About the Internet's 'Reckless Cynicism'

    October 09, 2014 12:20 PM EDT Michael Stipe continues to find inspiring projects after three decades spent fronting R.E.M. -- for example, he's doubling as an artist and a teacher in a fall residency with NYU’s Steinhardt Department of Art and Art Professions. Actually, Stipe's love of visual art predates his…

  13. Hillsong United Wins Big at Dove Awards

    October 07, 2014 11:15 PM EDT Hillsong United  took tops honors Tuesday night (Oct. 7) at the Gospel Music Assn.’s 45th Annual Dove Awards, winning five Doves, including artist of the year and aong of the year for “Oceans (Where Feet May Fail).” “The song ‘Oceans’ has opened so many new doors and so many great…

  14. Rainbow Room Reopens Atop NYC's Skyline

    October 06, 2014 1:09 AM EDT The Rainbow Room reopened Sunday in its historic perch atop 30 Rockefeller Plaza after a five-year absence from the New York City skyline. "It's breathtaking," guest Jamie Greenwald , one of more than 200 brunch guests who took in the sweeping views outside and the…

  15. Are Brands Music’s New Bank? Lars Ulrich and Top Execs on the $1.3 Billion Up for Grabs

    September 26, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Six visionaries talk about what's working, what's not, why a Coke Zero concert in Antarctica makes sense and how the industry can catch up to sports' $12 billion gold mine. The day after he joins Billboard in New York for a discussion on music and branding, Lars Ulrich will…

  16. Exclusive Premiere: Joe Bonamassa's 'Never Give All Your Heart'

    September 19, 2014 6:01 PM EDT During the past 25 years, Joe Bonamassa has established a solid reputation as a guitarist, singer, bandleader, producer and song interpreter. And on the new Different Shades of Blue , his 11th solo studio album, he stakes an even stronger claim as a songwriter. The diverse 11-song set, due…

  17. Inside Pentatonix, 'Pitch Perfect' and the Pop-Culture Phenomenon of A Cappella Music

    September 15, 2014 4:19 PM EDT The band Pentatonix, already swimming in brand alignments and video views, is having a moment as instrumentless interest keeps swelling. Alongside needle-moving, genre-defying priority releases on the RCA Records slate -- Sia 's 1000 Forms of Fear and "Weird Al" Yankovic '…

  18. 40 Under 40: Music's Young Power Players

    September 12, 2014 8:00 AM EDT They’re young, they’re innovative, they’re disruptive. From monetizing bite-sized streams to selling out massive stadiums, these are the progressive leaders reshaping the music industry. The honorees on Billboard’s annual 40 Under 40 Power Players list were chosen by Billboard editors from…

  19. Music Festival Travel Site Festicket Raises $2.7M

    September 11, 2014 4:30 PM EDT Festicket , a U.K.-based travel booking site for the music festival set, has raised a $2.7 million Series A round of funding. Capital firms Wellington Partners and PROfounders Capital led the round, which also included returning seed investors Windcrest Partners, Playfair Capital, KIMA…

  20. Warner Music Group Announces Leadership Consolidation

    September 10, 2014 7:00 AM EDT With an eye on innovation in a rapidly changing industry, Warner Music Group has announced a consolidation of all its global business development functions under a single leadership team. Under the new structure, WMG COO Rob Wiesenthal will oversee the company's digital biz-dev efforts…

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