1. Composers Danny Bensi and Saunder Jurriaans, Setting the Tone for Kristen Wiig, Richard Gere and Jesus

    January 28, 2015 1:00 PM EST Film composers Danny Bensi and Saunder Jurriaans are starting to put their colleagues to shame when it comes to their prolific output. Four films they scored have premiered at Sundance, and they just wrapped the Richard Gere film Franny , with two more to score when they return home to New…

  2. Shy Girls Song Premiere: Listen to 'Right, Alright' From New Mixtape

    January 28, 2015 12:32 PM EST Shy Girls , the brilliantly emotional R&B project of Portland singer-songwriter Dan Vidmar, will follow the woozy six-song Timeshare EP with the soon-to-be-released 4WZ mixtape. "Right, Alright" takes the viscous beauty of songs like "Second Heartbeat" and "…

  3. The Biggest Hot 100 Hits to Peak at Nos. 25-1

    January 27, 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…

  4. Demis Roussos Dead at 68

    January 26, 2015 10:39 PM EST Greek singer Demis Roussos , whose often high-pitched pop serenades won him household recognition in the 1970s and 1980s across Europe and beyond and who sold more than 60 million records, has died in Athens at the age of 68, a hospital confirmed Monday. The hospital said the singer died…

  5. 10 Insights Learned From 'Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck' Documentary Premiere at Sundance

    January 25, 2015 12:12 PM EST Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic had a single-word opinion on Brett Morgen's film Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck : "Terrific." The musician attended the Jan. 24 world premiere at Sundance Film Festival and the after party at the Social House, which featured a post-midnight…

  6. Austrian Tenor Waldemar Kmentt Dies At 85

    January 22, 2015 3:36 AM EST The Vienna State Opera says that famed Austrian tenor Waldemar Kmentt has died at age 85. A statement said Kmentt died Wednesday in Vienna, where he began and ended an opera career that took him across the globe. Kmentt sang 1,480 performances at Vienna' State Opera alone. Among his…

  7. Musicians Honor Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Social Media

    January 19, 2015 3:11 PM EST Music celebrities across all genres celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Jan. 19) by sharing their tributes on social media. MTV Will Air in Black and White on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day "True peace is not merely the absence of tension; it is the presence of justice," Beyonce…

  8. Italian Artist Pino Daniele Dies At 59

    January 06, 2015 12:25 AM EST Italian singer, songwriter and guitarist Pino Daniele , whose fusion of blues, jazz, rock and traditional Neapolitan music was heavily inspired by both the beauty and ugliness of his native Naples, has died. He was 59. Carlo Saitto , an official at Sant'Eugenio hospital in Rome, told…

  9. The Year in Emerging Artists: Hozier, Bobby Shmurda and K Camp Lead the Class of 2014

    December 22, 2014 4:00 PM EST The first year of the Billboard + Twitter Emerging Artists chart has come to a wrap, and it proved to be an eventful 2014. Across genres as diverse as pop, hip-hop and country, many emerging artists crossed into mainstream notability and racked up honors including top 10 singles on the…

  10. Live Nation Completes Deal for C3 Presents

    December 22, 2014 12:19 AM EST Live Nation Entertainment has completed the acquisition of a controlling stake in C3 Presents in a blockbuster deal that combines the might of the world’s biggest live-events promoter with a festivals juggernaut that was, until now, the largest independent concerts company in its space.…

  11. 'Maybe the Adrenaline Keeps Me Going': Landau Management's Barbara Carr on Working with Springsteen for 34 Years

    December 18, 2014 11:46 AM EST "Couldn't get along without you, Barb," Bruce Springsteen said of Barbara Carr when inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 15 years ago. Any Springsteen fan worth their salt knows his longtime manager and former producer, Jon Landau . Less visible (by choice) is Carr,…

  12. Z100's Jingle Ball 2014 Highlights: Taylor Swift, 5 Seconds of Summer, Sam Smith & More

    December 13, 2014 1:12 PM EST iHeartRadio giant Z100 (WHTZ) New York held its annual Jingle Ball concert Friday night (Dec. 12) at Madison Square Garden, headlined by Taylor Swift , Iggy Azalea , Ariana Grande and other stars, mostly women. Taylor Swift Beats Laryngitis, Sam Smith, Ariana Grande Shine at KIIS FM…

  13. Vance Joy's ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ Obsession and More Insider Scoop

    December 09, 2014 4:49 PM EST Vance Joy’s Buffy Love Australian singer-songwriter Vance Joy , whose catchy “Riptide” peaked at No. 29 on the Nov. 29 Hot 100 chart, and who will be touring with Taylor Swift  in 2015, let Overheard in on one of his secret pleasures: He’s a huge Buffy the Vampire Slayer fan. “It’s a pretty…

  14. Former A&M/Octone Execs Launch Hybrid Company Freesolo; Gavin DeGraw, Hunter Hunted Among First Signings

    December 09, 2014 1:37 PM EST Just over a year ago, James Diener found himself at a crossroads common to many record-label executives who've essentially "cashed out" of the music industry. A&M/Octone, the label where he served as president and CEO for 13 years, had just sold its 50% share to…

  15. Woody Allen Returns to Barcelona for New Year's Concert

    November 20, 2014 5:34 PM EST Shows by Van Morrison, Bob Geldof & more to follow Allen's opening of new tourist-friendly Suite Festival BCN Music Experience. Woody Allen will revisit the scene of his movie Vicky Cristina Barcelona on New Year's Eve, when he'll give a gala performance with the Eddy…

  16. Patti Smith Reportedly Invited to Perform at Vatican Christmas Concert

    November 15, 2014 11:53 AM EST The "godmother of punk" often weaves Catholic imagery into her work. The "godmother of punk," Patti Smith , was invited to perform at the Vatican's annual Christmas concert, the Independent reported on Friday. Patti Smith Planning World Tour for 'Horses'…

  17. 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…

  18. Must-Hear Music Podcast: Weezer, Charli XCX, Flying Lotus, Jessie Ware & More

    October 08, 2014 1:10 PM EDT It's an eclectic collection of songs on this week's Must-Hear Music podcast. We tackle a Ramones-inspired new track from Billboard cover star Charli XCX , a new Jessie Ware song, a deep cut from Flying Lotus ' You're Dead! album and the three-song "Futurescope…

  19. Rome Fortune, 'Small VVorld': Exclusive Album Premiere

    October 07, 2014 1:16 PM EDT The rapper's 11-song free album features ILOVEMAKONNEN and OG Maco Rome Fortune is one of Atlanta's most wanted making waves. The rapper has been garnering buzz, picking up after the success of his Beautiful Pimp mixtapes. The rapper follows up his collaborative EP with Dun Deal,…

  20. Live Nation to Acquire Majority Stake in C3 Presents

    October 06, 2014 6:11 PM EDT Related Biz Video: The 3 Charlies of C3 on Lollapalooza's Record-Breaking Success, 'Over-Sponsorship,' Global Expansion ACL 2014's 10 Best Moments: Iggy Azalea, Sam Smith, Matthew McConaughey & More Live Nation's Ticketmaster Buys Eventjoy, Says More…

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