1. Idris Elba Talks Producing His Star-Studded New Album, His Most Embarrassing DJ Moment and Going 'Toe-to-Toe' With Biz Markie

    November 21, 2014 3:35 PM EST Big Driis has left the building. That was the name British actor Idris Elba, 42, known for his roles in Thor and Pacific Rim , went by in the early 2000s, when he moonlighted as a DJ around the world during his breakout run on HBO's The Wire . "He has retired," says Elba,…

  2. Billboard Cover: Mary J. Blige on Getting Sober, Her New Musical Direction and Why She Could've Helped Amy Winehouse

    November 21, 2014 9:00 AM EST Every so often Mary J. Blige finds herself in a place so lofty that even after all she's accomplished, she can't quite believe her fortune. One of those times came earlier this month, when she performed in front of Barack Obama during a White House concert for America's…

  3. 10 Things We Learned From One Direction's 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!' Visit

    November 21, 2014 8:26 AM EST One Direction visited Jimmy Kimmel Live! to celebrate the release of their aptly titled fourth album, Four , on Thursday. Let's dive straight into the lengthy interview (videos down below) and everything we learned about the world's favorite boy band: -- Liam is most likely to…

  4. Spanish Star Isabel Pantoja Enters Prison

    November 21, 2014 8:18 AM EST Singer and pop-culture icon starts two-year term for money laundering. Spanish singer Isabel Pantoja stepped out of a gray Mercedes and entered the gates of a women’s prison near Seville early on Friday morning. The artist known throughout Spain and Latin America as one of the all-time…

  5. 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…

  6. WME's Marc Geiger Sides With Taylor Swift, Calls Free Streaming Services 'F---ed Up'

    November 20, 2014 3:49 PM EST 'It's insane that the industry is so scared of the digital consumers that they have to give away all the content for free,' he says at Billboard Touring Conference. Add one more name to the list of industry figureheads who've sided with Taylor Swift in her battle with…

  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. Jonny Greenwood Says Radiohead 'Fumbling' Around to Create New Album

    November 20, 2014 1:05 PM EST Are you ready to see Thom Yorke dance again ? Well, we can’t promise any videos as wacky as “Lotus Flower” from 2011's King of Limbs , but Radiohead is indeed in the studio, working on its follow-up album. Guitarist/experimentalist Jonny Greenwood confirmed the news in a Nov. 19 radio…

  9. One Direction to Perform on 'Saturday Night Live'

    November 20, 2014 12:57 PM EST One Direction will close out Saturday Night Live 's 2014.  The band will be the musical guest for SNL 's holiday episode Dec. 20, joined by host Amy Adams . The band has performed on SNL before -- most recently with host Paul Rudd last December, when the whole band memorably…

  10. Billy Joel Receives Gershwin Prize From Library of Congress

    November 20, 2014 9:29 AM EST Billy Joel has more than a few powerful friends in Washington with a musical legacy powerful enough to draw cheers from both sides of the political aisle Wednesday. The Library of Congress honored the singer and songwriter behind "New York State of Mind," "Allentown," …

  11. Exclusive: Queen Latifah to Host 2014 Nobel Peace Prize Concert

    November 20, 2014 8:00 AM EST The annual Nobel Peace Prize concert has announced its host for the Dec. 11 ceremony in Oslo, Norway. "I'm thrilled to be a part of this year's concert and to help celebrate such amazing individuals who have each worked so hard on behalf of children's rights to education…

  12. Top Booking Agents On Double-Weekend Festivals: 'It's Bad' For Young Bands

    November 19, 2014 11:05 PM EST At Billboard's Touring Conference & Awards, six top execs spoke up about mega-festivals adding second weekends to their programming. Adding a second weekend has led to record grosses and attendance for mega-festivals Coachella and Austin City Limits, where acts are often paid…

  13. What Beyonce Can Learn From Podcasts & More From Rob Light's Billboard Touring Conference Q&A

    November 19, 2014 6:41 PM EST Creative Artists Agency managing partner & head of music also talks co-headlining tours and rising genre trends. Creative Artists Agency managing partner/head of music Rob Light is one of the most powerful people in music -- No. 9 on Billboard's 2014 Power 100 ranking , to be…

  14. SiriusXM CEO Outlines Growth Strategy

    November 19, 2014 6:15 PM EST 'I'm pretty bullish on subscriber growth for years to come,' CEO Jim Meyer says. SiriusXM Radio plans to be the dominant product in the connected car of the future, and CEO Jim Meyer expects that by the end of the decade about 70 percent of new automobiles in the U.S. will…

  15. Foo Fighters Announce 2015 North America Tour, Box Office-Only Pre-Sales

    November 18, 2014 7:18 PM EST Following news Foo Fighters will be touring Australia next spring  in support of the band's new album Sonic Highways , fans stateside have wondered when the rock icons would hit their homeland. Now the Foos have responded with 29 dates spanning four months through the U.S. and…

  16. 'Rock of Ages' to Take Final Broadway Bow

    November 18, 2014 4:09 PM EST Musical will close Jan. 18 after six-year run. Rock of Ages is set to close after a six-year run on Broadway, it was announced Tuesday morning (Nov. 18). The five-time Tony-nominated musical -- which currently features original star Constantine Maroulis , YouTube personality  Chester See  …

  17. Meet Fickle Friends, A Great New Pop Band Blowing Up The U.K. Blogs

    November 18, 2014 2:30 PM EST Three ace singles, including the new "For You," points to a promising future for the Brighton group. Never heard of Fickle Friends? If you’re in the U.S., that’s understandable: the pop quintet has yet to play a stateside show, and debut single “Swim” hasn’t popped up on any…

  18. Bonnaroo Thanksgiving Special Coming to VH1: Metallica, McCartney, Macklemore & More

    November 18, 2014 12:39 PM EST This Thanksgiving, curl up with live performances from Bonnaroo's past. You oughta know about a cool new music special hitting television this Thanksgiving. As if we needed any further proof that music festivals have gone mainstream (which is totally fine!), VH1 is hosting a Bonnaroo…

  19. Rippy Austin, 'Genevieve': Exclusive Video Premiere

    November 18, 2014 12:30 PM EST Months after releasing The Journey, Rippy Austin   delivers the visual for album cut, "Genevieve." It's a sweet love song that channels the warmth of classic neo-soul. Watch the video below, premiered here on The Juice. "Genevieve" coheres around gentle keys, waves…

  20. Tunde Adebimpe Considered Ending TV On the Radio Prior to New Album 'Seeds'

    November 17, 2014 6:50 PM EST In April of 2011, New York alternative heroes TV On The Radio released their fourth studio album, Nine Types Of Light . Just nine days later, bassist Gerard Smith passed away from lung cancer. Despite the tragedy, the band went out and completed a worldwide tour for the critically acclaimed…

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