1. Corner Office: ABC's Music Chief Dawn Soler on 'Nashville,' the Songs Behind 'Scandal,' and Making the Move From Movies to TV

    November 03, 2014 2:15 PM EST Burbank is a long way from Music City, but lots of things in Dawn Soler 's office show a love for Nashville, both the city and the TV show that has been in her care since its debut three seasons ago. She was the music supervisor for the first two episodes of Nashville before handing…

  2. Ex-New Radicals Frontman Gregg Alexander on Return to the Limelight With 'Begin Again': 'I'm In'

    November 03, 2014 2:06 PM EST Singer-songwriter shares ultimate Spotify playlist, plus songs that changed his life. In the 15 years following Gregg Alexander 's run in the Billboard Hot 100 with New Radicals ' ebullient pop gem "You Get What You Give" -- which peaked at No. 36 but hung in for 20…

  3. Watch Arcade Fire's Short Halloween Horror Flick, 'Festi,' With The National, Fleet Foxes

    October 31, 2014 9:39 PM EDT Arcade Fire are celebrating Halloween with a bit of a trick and a treat.   The band released a short horror film Friday called Festi , which features the band celebrating multi-instrumentalist Will Butler's 27th birthday while on tour at a festival. There's party with friends the…

  4. Billboard/THR Conference Panel to Address 'Blurred Line' Between Film & TV Music

    October 31, 2014 4:26 PM EDT For decades, composers needed to pick their medium: film or television. Today, in many ways, the independent film and high-end TV composer communities are more or less the same. A group of composers will discuss this phenomenon at BMI's panel "The Blurred Line Between Film and…

  5. Mariah Carey's 'Merry Christmas' 20th Anniversary: Find Out What Went Into Making a Modern Christmas Classic

    October 30, 2014 3:00 PM EDT Since 1994, nothing says that Christmas has arrived quite like the iconic opening bells of Mariah Carey ’s worldwide hit "All I Want For Christmas is You." 20 years later, the tune still takes over pop culture each December: Climbing the charts, showing up like a Mariah Carey…

  6. Billboard & Hollywood Conference to Probe Success Stories, Career Opportunities

    October 30, 2014 11:22 AM EDT Success stories and career opportunities are the focal point of the 2014 Billboard and Hollywood Reporter Film and TV Music Conference being held Nov. 5 and 6 on the Universal Studios lot in Universal City, Calif. Issues such as the value of copyrights, making cover versions of songs to…

  7. Musicians React to Giants' World Series Win

    October 30, 2014 12:30 AM EDT The World Series is done and dusted. Elite club baseball is finished for another season (spoiler alert: the Giants beat the Royals in Game 7). San Francisco fans can rejoice, and the ban on Lorde's "Royals" is now lifted .   Musicians pitched in with their own special moments…

  8. Exclusive: Mad Decent's Toy Selectah & Camilo Lara Reveal Star-Studded 'Compass' Album

    October 29, 2014 10:30 AM EDT Due in early 2015, the album features Boy George, Toots & the Maytals, Kool A.D., Sly & Robbie, and more. Billboard is excited to announce a hyper-collaborative new project featuring more than 80 collaborations from over four continents. Mad Decent's Toy Selectah has…

  9. Darlene Love Will Retire 'Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)' From TV After 'Letterman' Ends

    October 28, 2014 4:16 PM EDT When David Letterman ends his 30-plus-year late night career in 2015, his smirking wit won't be the only thing missing from television -- it will also mark the end of an annual holiday TV tradition. Every year since 1986, Darlene Love  has performed her 1963 girl group classic "…

  10. Country Music Hall of Fame Warmly Welcomes Ronnie Milsap, Mac Wiseman & Hank Cochran

    October 27, 2014 7:39 PM EDT Sunday night's Medallion Ceremony at the Country Music Hall of Fame saw three very diverse musical legends inducted into one of music's most exclusive clubs, as Mac Wiseman , Hank Cochran  and Ronnie Milsap were each celebrated for their wide array of musical accomplishments on…

  11. Documentary Director Alex Gibney Tackles Frank Sinatra Film & Mick Jagger-Produced James Brown Project

    October 27, 2014 6:00 PM EDT When The Eagles were looking for a documentary filmmaker for their History of the Eagles , guitarist Glenn Frey says they went with director Alex Gibney because his work "jumped off the [screen] ... It was so riveting." Rewinding The Charts: Eagles' 'Hotel California&…

  12. How Phil Collins' 'In the Air Tonight' Influenced 'Miami Vice' Director Michael Mann -- and Lorde!

    October 27, 2014 2:28 PM EDT Michael Mann doesn't see what the big deal is. "I guess Miami Vice was a radical departure from everything else that was on TV at the time," says Mann, executive producer of the series. But the tricks Mann and others incorporated, including the prominent use of current music…

  13. New Demi Lovato Album Due in 2015

    October 27, 2014 2:05 PM EDT "She’s already done some songs, but certainly the majority of it will kick off next year," says Demi's manager of the writing process. Demi Lovato has spent most of 2014 on the road supporting her fourth studio album, Demi , which was released last year and has…

  14. Who Were 1984’s One-Hit Wonders?

    October 24, 2014 6:27 PM EDT So, what was the "Macarena" of 1984? The better question is -- what wasn't? Sexy talk and German anti-war protest songs ruled in the fight to be forgotten. Below, you can hear tracks from lesser-known Jackson siblings and listen to Clint Eastwood in a country song. A Look…

  15. A Look Back at 1984: All of Our Coverage

    October 24, 2014 5:49 PM EDT The political and social disquiet of 1984 was reflected in a widespread sense that everything was up for grabs: gender identity ( Boy George , Annie Lennox ), sexual roles ( Madonna , Prince ), even the definition of rock and roll itself ( Van Halen adding synthesizers on the 1984 album,…

  16. Bret Easton Ellis Regrets Linking Huey Lewis and the News to 'American Psycho'

    October 24, 2014 5:05 PM EDT Since Bret Easton Ellis made the protagonist of his 1991 novel American Psycho , Patrick Bateman, an investment banker serial killer with a fondness for Huey Lewis and the News , the association has taken on a life of its own. The 2000 film adaptation of the book, which was directed and…

  17. Joan Jett Rocks Out With Billie Joe Armstrong, Alice Cooper & More at Charity Show

    October 24, 2014 4:20 PM EDT When the pioneering all-female hard rock band the Runaways broke up in early 1979, no one took the prospects of a 20-year-old Joan Jett 's solo career seriously. To state the obvious, the industry underestimated her. Thirty-five years and numerous top 40 Hot 100 hits later, Jett is…

  18. After Selena Gomez's Exit and a Thawing 'Frozen,' Is Disney Headed for a Cold Spell?

    October 24, 2014 1:00 PM EDT The 'Frozen' soundtrack may have helped the company’s music division achieve its highest market share in years, but will a recent exodus of pop stars bring on a new ice age? Thanks to the blockbuster sales of Frozen and its beyond-ubiquitous hit “Let It Go,” Disney’s music…

  19. Grateful Dead Documentary in the Works With Martin Scorsese

    October 23, 2014 8:08 PM EDT In celebration of the band's 50th anniversary next year, the Grateful Dead have announced plans for a career-spanning retrospective documentary executive produced by Martin Scorsese and directed by Amir Bar-Lev .  Bar-Lev has been highly regarded for his work covering the Penn State…

  20. Listen to the Top 10 Singles of 1984

    October 23, 2014 3:48 PM EDT The top ten singles of 1984 present an interesting picture. Of course Prince clocks in at No. 1 with "When Doves Cry," which remains one of the most epic songs from his epic career. More surprisingly, three of the top ten songs came from movies -- Kenny Loggins ' "…

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