1. Britney Spears Is Getting Her Own Holiday

    October 24, 2014 3:05 PM EDT The latest prerogative for  Britney Spears ?  Getting her own holiday. Nov. 5 will be Britney Day in Las Vegas, in recognition of the impact Spears has had on Las Vegas since beginning her residency in Dec. 2013. (Yes, this is basically a promotion event). Clark County Commission Chairman…

  2. Clean Bandit No. 1 on Dance Chart: No Place They'd 'Rather Be'

    October 24, 2014 2:33 PM EDT Clean Bandit crowns Hot Dance/Electronic Songs with 'Rather Be,' featuring Jess Glynne. Plus, moves for Calvin Harris, David Guetta, Olivia Somerlyn and more. Clean Bandit crowns Billboard 's Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart with "Rather Be," featuring Jess Glynne …

  3. Paul McCartney’s Out There Tour Has Grossed $165 Million (And Counting…)

    October 23, 2014 8:44 PM EDT Paul McCartney owns this week's No. 1 Hot Tours ranking (see list, below) with $10.6 million in box office revenue from five of the final U.S. performances on his world tour. Now in its home stretch, his Out There tour will close its final trek through North America on Oct. 30 after…

  4. 'All About That Bass' Songwriter Inks Deal With Sony/ATV Music

    October 23, 2014 11:35 AM EDT Grammy-nominated songwriter  Kevin Kadish , who co-wrote and produced Meghan Trainor 's "All About That Bass," has signed an exclusive worldwide administration deal with Sony/ATV Music Publishing, the company announced on Thursday. The long-term pact includes "Bass,"…

  5. Jimmy Iovine Talks Birth of Beats, 'Cool' Steve Jobs and Music's 'Sterile' Distribution Systems at Revolt Conference

    October 22, 2014 2:07 PM EDT Jimmy Iovine used his acceptance speech for a special award at Sean Combs ' inaugural Revolt Music Conference this week to talk about Beats, Apple and the changing landscape of the music business, or as he prefers, the business of music. Iovine, the former chairman of Interscope and co…

  6. Inside Grammy U Competition Winner Kirkland Lynch's Incredible Day at the Capitol Records Tower

    October 22, 2014 1:59 PM EDT After winning Grammy U's music business plan competition, Kirkland Lynch found himself in Los Angeles, getting picked up by the chairman of Capitol Records. October 9, 2014 marked the best day of my life thus far. That was the day that Grammy U introduced me to Steve Barnett , CEO of…

  7. Raphael Ravenscroft, Man Behind Most Iconic Sax Riff in Pop Music, Dies at 60

    October 21, 2014 12:49 PM EDT Saxophone player Raphael Ravenscroft -- the man behind the most recognizable sax riff in pop music history -- has passed away of a suspected heart attack . He was 60. Ravenscroft provided the sax hook on Gerry Rafferty 's "Baker Street," a fairly typical slice of '70s…

  8. Annie Lennox: 'Twerking Is Not Feminism'

    October 21, 2014 10:50 AM EDT Annie Lennox , former member of the Eurythmics , has been doing plenty of interviews to promote her new album, Nostalgia. Lately, those conversations have often turned to a different topic: Beyonce . Lennox labeled Bey "feminist lite" in an interview at the end of September.…

  9. Jhené Aiko Says Staff Member's Assualt Caused Her to Miss Def Jam's 30th Anniversary Concert

    October 20, 2014 6:57 PM EDT As Def Jam celebrated its 30-year anniversary Thursday with a massive Barclays Center blowout featuring performances by Rick Ross , 2 Chainz , Fabolous , DMX , Foxy Brown and many others, one promised guest failed to grace the stage. Jhené Aiko 's absence was noticed, as the young up…

  10. Bob Seger Addresses Talk of His Retirement: 'I Don't Want to Overstay My Welcome'

    October 20, 2014 2:16 PM EDT A lot can happen between Bob Seger albums: changes in presidential administrations, a few iPhone generations, a third of Derek Jeter's baseball career. “I’m so fast,” the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer says with a hearty laugh. Ride Out -- his 17th studio album, and first in eight years …

  11. How Morrissey and Harvest Records Unraveled

    October 20, 2014 12:02 PM EDT When Capitol Music Group chairman/CEO Steve Barnett announced on Jan. 15 that Morrissey had signed with CMG's Harvest Records, he praised the artist for staying "consistently true to his artistic vision and ethical principles since he first exploded onto the scene in the 1980s.…

  12. Foo Fighters Release ‘Something From Nothing’ Lyric Video

    October 20, 2014 11:50 AM EDT On Oct. 17, Foo Fighters fans got their first taste of the band’s HBO documentary series Sonic Highways , which follows the creation of their new album of the same name. And like clockwork, Dave Grohl and company have just shared the studio version of Sonic Highways ’ lead single, …

  13. Foo Fighters Explore Chicago’s Storied Musical History in ‘Sonic Highways’ Premiere

    October 18, 2014 12:13 PM EDT The premiere features interviews from Buddy Guy, Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen, producer Steve Albini, and more. Finally, near the end of a two-and-a-half hour set at the wildly intimate Cubby Bear in Chicago on Friday (Oct. 17) night, the Foo Fighters played a new song. Foo Fighters Release &…

  14. How Caron Veazey Architected Pharrell's Epic Year

    October 17, 2014 2:46 PM EDT PHARRELL'S RIGHT-HAND WOMAN This profile is part of Billboard's Oct. 25 cover story package on the launch of Maverick, a new music-management consortium. You can find our full coverage right here . TITLE: GM, I Am Other Entertainment STAFF : 15 CITY: New York COMPANY FOUNDED IN:…

  15. Female Artists Ruling the Charts: A Movement or Just a Moment?

    October 17, 2014 11:43 AM EDT It’s an unprecedented week six of women ruling the top 5, as one exec says when this happens en masse... “there’s something going on culturally.” Taylor , Iggy , Katy , Nicki , Charli , Jessie , Ariana -- there’s no question that women are dominating the singles chart and leading the…

  16. RCA Records Hires Dan Chertoff as VP, A&R

    October 17, 2014 10:20 AM EDT Dan Chertoff has been appointed vice president A&R of RCA Records, where he'll be responsible for signing and developing new artists, the label has announced. Chartoff will work out of RCA's New York City headquarters and report to CEO Peter Edge and David Wolter , SVP of A…

  17. Tomorrow's Hits: Lily & Madeleine, Sheppard, Catfish & the Bottlemen

    October 17, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Each Friday, Billboard presents Tomorrow's Hits, a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success Lily & Madeleine Sisters Lily, 17, and Madeleine, 19, Jurkiewicz, aka, Lily & Madeleine, return on Oct. 28 with their second album, Fumes ,…

  18. Exclusive: Guy Oseary, Ashton Kutcher's Tech Fund A-Grade Valued at $150 Million

    October 17, 2014 8:00 AM EDT A-Grade Investments, a venture capital fund founded in 2010 by Guy Oseary , Ashton Kutcher and Ron Burkle , has a new valuation: $150 million, as Billboard announces in a new cover story detailing Oseary's new management consortium Maverick . The fund had most recently been valued at…

  19. Free’s Paul Rodgers Tries His Hand at Memphis Soul, Admits 'I Was Intimidated'

    October 16, 2014 10:47 PM EDT Free and Bad Company frontman Paul Rodgers has performed among greats for most of his professional life, singing such classics as “All Right Now,” “Bad Company,” “Shooting Star,” “Feel Like Makin’ Love” and “Rock And Roll Fantasy,” joining Jimmy Page in The Firm in 1980 and members of Queen…

  20. 10 Things We Learned From Neil Diamond's Reddit AMA

    October 16, 2014 7:20 PM EDT Neil Diamond is a certifiable legend. And with a half century of in the music business behind him, he still has no intension of slowing down. His new album, Melody Road , is out out later this month, led by the single "Something Blue," and next year he will embark on…

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