1. Quotes of the Week: Taylor Swift Defends Her Art, Taylor Hawkins Trashes U2 and More

    November 14, 2014 9:23 PM EST "I'd never condone Nazism in my art." -- NICKI MINAJ The rapper, apologizing on Twitter after the Anti-Defamation League said that the new lyric video for "Only" "disturbingly evokes Third Reich propaganda." Nicki Minaj's 'Only' Video…

  2. Stevie Wonder Mixes Politics With Music in Tour Kickoff

    November 08, 2014 12:02 PM EST Stevie Wonder has always blended his musical genius with social activism, and as he launched his new tour, he stayed true to form, advocating gun control, pleading for an end to racism and promoting equality for those with disabilities. Stevie Wonder Reveals Two New Projects on the Way …

  3. BMG Purchases Union Square Music

    November 06, 2014 12:37 PM EST BMG has acquired U.K. record label Union Square Music as well as that company's music publishing arms, Union Square Music Publishing and USM Songs. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Union Square (founded in 1999) is a leading label in the U.K., releasing about 150 artist and…

  4. Bruce Springsteen Auctions Off Guitar Lessons & Lasagna for Veterans

    November 06, 2014 10:08 AM EST How much for a guitar played by Bruce Springsteen , an hour lesson on how to play it, a lasagna dinner at his house and a ride in the side car of his motorcycle? $300,000. Springsteen auctioned off two such packages Wednesday night at Stand Up For Heroes, a mashup of comedy and music…

  5. The Challenges of Finding Syncs for Kanye West at Billboard/THR Film & TV Conference

    November 05, 2014 7:12 PM EST ''Yeezus' was a very daring and amazing album that was completely anti-commercial,' says Amy Hartman, Island/Def Jam VP of film and TV sync. A number of interesting topics were raised at a panel on "Defending the Value of a Song" at Wednesday's (Nov. 5)…

  6. Robin Thicke & Pharrell Lose First Fight Against Marvin Gaye's Family

    October 30, 2014 2:53 PM EDT A California judge rules that Marvin Gaye's family has made a sufficient showing that elements of "Blurred Lines" may be substantially similar to "Got to Give It Up." In a ruling that could set up one of the biggest trials ever over alleged song theft, U.S.…

  7. Man Jailed for Posting Song Lyrics to Facebook Won't Face Charges

    October 29, 2014 4:31 PM EDT Prosecutors dismissed a felony charge against a western Kentucky man who spent more than a week in jail for posting violent song lyrics to his Facebook page. The lyrics 31-year-old James E. Evans posted in August included the words "student bodies lying dead in the halls" and…

  8. Canadian Radio Host Jian Ghomeshi Fired After Sexual Abuse Allegations by Jilted Ex

    October 26, 2014 8:22 PM EDT “Let me be the first to say that my tastes in the bedroom may not be palatable to some folks.” Canada's CBC on Sunday fired popular radio show host Jian Ghomeshi after allegations of sexual abuse by a former lover. Details of Ghomeshi's sexual relations with his ex-girlfriend were…

  9. Tom Petty, Cyndi Lauper, Elvis Costello Among Nominees for Songwriters Hall of Fame

    October 16, 2014 2:57 AM EDT Tom Petty, Vince Gill , Cyndi Lauper , Elvis Costello and Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds are among the performing songwriters being considered for the Songwriters Hall of Fame . The organization announced its 2015 nominees Wednesday. Other performers up for the honor are Gloria…

  10. Bon Jovi Tour Photographer David Bergman Talks Behind-the-Scenes Details of Traveling the World With the Band

    October 09, 2014 2:40 PM EDT Over the span of two world tours, photographer David Bergman had the best seat in the house as the tour photographer for one of the world's hardest working rock'n'roll bands --  Bon Jovi . The collected images -- culled from over 800,000 frames snapped of the band -- are now…

  11. Skid Row Singer Johnny Solinger Returns to His Country Roots on New EP

    October 08, 2014 6:10 PM EDT Scrappy Smith is the forthcoming country EP from Johnny Solinger. Yes, the Johnny Solinger who has been lead vocalist with Skid Row since 1999. And no, it's not his first country rodeo. "I had a break from Skid Row back in 2008. I was in Texas, and had a chance to do a project for…

  12. VH1 Promotes Sandy Alouete to Head of Talent, Music Programming

    October 01, 2014 1:37 PM EDT Longtime VH1 exec Sandy Alouete has been promoted to senior vice president of talent and music programming at the network, effective immediately. She's taking over for Rick Krim , who left the company over the summer. Related Rick Krim, VH1's EVP of Talent & Music Programming,…

  13. Exclusive: Snoop Dogg, Common, DJ Mustard, YG Among Performers Set For BET Hip Hop Awards

    September 16, 2014 7:00 AM EDT Doug E. Fresh named 2014 I Am Hip Hop Icon Award honoree With his return engagement as host of BET Hip Hop Awards 2014 announced earlier, Snoop Dogg is now also set to perform. He will be joined by a high-wattage confirmed performer lineup that includes Common , Birdman , DJ Premier , DJ…

  14. Ask Billboard: It's All About Women In The Hot 100's Top Five

    September 12, 2014 6:30 PM EDT Women control the chart's top five this week, led by Meghan Trainor's 'All About That Bass.' How uncommon is a top-five male lockout? As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please…

  15. 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…

  16. UPDATE: Exclusive: Man Jailed for Posting Lyrics to Facebook Says 'It's Pretty Worrisome'

    September 10, 2014 4:10 PM EDT James Evans didn't think twice about posting song lyrics to his Facebook wall on Aug. 24, as he often does while listening to music. This time, however, the verse he chose -- "Student bodies lying dead in the halls, a blood splattered treatise of hate / Class dismissed is my…

  17. Exclusive: Capitol Forms In-House Ad Agency seventeenfifty, Preps New York Upfront

    September 05, 2014 2:30 PM EDT When Capitol Music Group chief Steve Barnett relocated 31 of EMI’s former East Coast staff to the Capitol’s iconic Hollywood headquarters on Vine Street, he set out to create a new corporate culture in which “confidence is contagious.” That strategy has already produced blockbuster albums…

  18. Man Spends 8 Days in Jail for Posting Metal Lyrics on Facebook

    September 05, 2014 12:50 PM EDT Last month, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled that violent rap lyrics cannot be used as evidence in trials, except for special situations when those lyrics are closely connected to the case in question. "One would not presume that Bob Marley, who wrote the well-known song 'I Shot…

  19. Check Out Ed Sheeran Dressed As Little Orphan Annie on 'Kimmel'

    August 29, 2014 10:10 AM EDT When you were dream casting Annie (as you do!), did you ever consider Ed Sheeran for the title role? Jimmy Kimmel did. Thursday night on J immy Kimmel Live! , the host (jokingly) explained that ABC was producing a live version of Annie , much like the upcoming production of Peter Pan Live! on…

  20. Ask Billboard: Iggy Azalea, Ariana Grande, Sam Smith & Charli XCX Are Seeing Double

    August 19, 2014 11:05 AM EDT The four acts each boast multiple top 20 hits this week. Do they set a record? Plus, Selena & Celine's top hits and more As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as…

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