1. iHeartRadio Festival's 5 Best Performances

    September 21, 2014 4:51 PM EDT Each year, the iHeartRadio Music Festival collects nearly two dozen of music's biggest stars and lets them work their magic in the same Las Vegas casino as David Copperfield. This year's enthralling showcase at the MGM Grand Garden Arena had its fair share of mind-blowing…

  2. The Big Parade Music Conference Debuts in Tokyo: Billboard Charts, Streaming Services, and Steve Lillywhite

    September 21, 2014 1:43 PM EDT Japan has hosted a major music conference with significant international players for the first time in recent memory. The Big Parade, held September 12th-15th, was packed with line-up of live showcases (of strictly Japanese bands) buttressing three days of talks, speeches and panels. The…

  3. Ruby Dee to Be Memorialized By Alicia Keys, Harry Belafonte & Others at Memorial

    September 20, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Ruby Dee will be remembered in poetry and song this weekend as the actress and civil rights activist is memorialized by admirers including Alicia Keys , Audra McDonald , Harry Belafonte and Angela Bassett. Legendary Actress Ruby Dee Dies at 91 The celebration of Dee's life will be…

  4. iHeartRadio Fest Friday Highlights: Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj Grab Guests, J-Law Watches Coldplay

    September 20, 2014 6:11 AM EDT The hottest names in popular music once again came together for the iHeartRadio Music Festival , a spectacle that continues to create must-discuss moments in its fourth year. From rising rock artists like Bastille to hip-hop pros like Nicki Minaj , from Coldplay 's stage return to…

  5. Usher Closes Out iHeartRadio Fest Friday With Surprise Guest Chris Brown: Watch

    September 20, 2014 4:56 AM EDT "He's a friend, he's a brother, he's a passionate artist," Usher said while introducing Breezy. The first night of the fourth annual iHeartRadio Festival in Las Vegas had many surprises up its sleeve, from a ferocious Ariana Grande - Nicki Minaj duet on "Bang…

  6. Chris Brown Set for Sixth Straight Top 10 Album

    September 19, 2014 8:39 PM EDT Also heading for the Billboard 200's top 10: Barbra Streisand, Tim McGraw, George Strait, Train & Slash. Chris Brown is on the verge of earning his sixth consecutive top 10 album on the Billboard 200 chart -- his entire output of releases. Chris Brown's Highs & Lows: Top…

  7. Where to Live Stream the iHeart Radio Music Festival This Weekend

    September 19, 2014 6:30 PM EDT Taylor Swift ,  Ed Sheeran   and Nicki Minaj are all headed to Las Vegas this weekend for the iHeartRadio Music Festival. But you don't have to travel to Sin City to catch the show, it's available for live stream online.  iHeartRadio Fest Preview: Producers Discuss Whether EDM…

  8. Axwell /\ Ingrosso Sign Exclusive Contract with Universal Music

    September 19, 2014 5:03 PM EDT The duo Axwell /\ Ingrosso have signed an exclusive contract with Universal Music. Their music will be released by Def Jam Recordings in the U.S. and Virgin/EMI in the UK. Steve Bartels , CEO of Def Jam Recordings, is excited to be working with the group. "We are proud at Def Jam to…

  9. Quotes of the Week: What Did Jay Z Say About Conceiving Blue Ivy?

    September 19, 2014 5:00 PM EDT "It's special to us because we got engaged here and this is where baby Blue was conceived." The rapper Jay Z explaining what Paris, where he and wife Beyonce wrapped their On the Run Tour, means to them. "People ... always want to think we're in a boxing match, that…

  10. Irving Azoff Bets Big on Outspoken Swedish House Mafia Manager Amy Thomson

    September 19, 2014 10:38 AM EDT Former Swedish House Mafia manager brings dance-music savvy to Azoff-Dolan-Burkle team -- but how long can the fever last? Azoff MSG Entertainment is betting big on dance music. The joint venture among Irving Azoff , Madison Square Garden owner James Dolan and billionaire investor Ron…

  11. BMI's Revenue Collections Grow to $977 Million, Royalty Distributions to $840 Million

    September 18, 2014 8:29 PM EDT Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI) saw revenue collections grow to $977 million in the past fiscal year, up 3.5 percent from the $944 million it gathered the year previously. Meanwhile, royalty distributions to publishers and songwriters grew 3.2 percent to $840 million from $814 million in the…

  12. Perry Farrell Takes a Walk Down L.A. Memory Lane Before Sunset Strip Music Fest

    September 18, 2014 3:24 PM EDT Jane's Addiction will perform 'Nothing's Shocking' in its entirety on Friday. This weekend, Jane's Addiction will be the focal point of the Sunset Strip Music Festival, a two-day long event celebrating the legendary strip's long musical heritage. On Friday…

  13. Scooter Braun and Tiesto Invest in Splice, a Cloud-Based Music Creation Platform

    September 18, 2014 1:10 PM EDT Splice announces it has raised $4.5 million in series A funding from a range of investors including Braun and ex-Swedish House Mafia member Steve Angello Splice, a cloud-based music creation and collaboration platform, announced yesterday that it has raised $4.5 million in a Series A round…

  14. Report: Apple and U2 to Debut New Music File Format

    September 18, 2014 10:28 AM EDT Updated: 10:26 A.M., Sept. 18. Those hints that U2 dropped last week -- "We’re collaborating with Apple on some cool stuff over the next couple of years, innovations that will transform the way music is listened to and viewed" -- seem to be more than just a promotional posture.…

  15. NOFX's Fat Mike Talks Punk, Drugs & 'Backstage Passport 2'

    September 17, 2014 4:21 PM EDT 'I'm not gonna stop doing coke. Are you crazy?' Fat Mike tells Billboard. There are varying degrees of truthfulness in interviews. There's honest, then there's revealing, then "wow," and finally, "Holy sh--, did they just say that?" NOFX frontman…

  16. Q&A: Andre Harrell Talks About the Inaugural Revolt Music Conference, State of the Business

    September 17, 2014 3:57 PM EDT Why Miami? Because Sean Combs wanted to have dinner at his house... natch. From Thursday, October 16th through the 19th in Miami, the first Revolt Music Conference will kick off. The conversation -- and the bar scene -- around the beach that weekend should be lively, with the event set to…

  17. Exclusive: Danny Goldberg and Gary Belz Open Gold Village Entertainment Nashville

    September 16, 2014 5:25 PM EDT Danny Goldberg , the well-known artist manager who represented Nirvana and led the Mercury Music Group in the mid-'90s, has announced his plans to expand his New York-based Gold Village Entertainment to Nashville, in partnership with Gary Belz , owner of House of Blues Studios. The new…

  18. Paul Weller, the 'Modfather,' Targets R&B on New Album

    September 16, 2014 2:32 PM EDT Record due next spring, U.S. dates to follow. One of the best things about this past weekend’s Riot Fest in Chicago was the generational cross-section printed on the bill, and the warm reception that the veteran artists were treated to, many of whom were the founders of their respective…

  19. Bob Geldof, Eddie Izzard Plead for Scotland to Remain Part of U.K.

    September 16, 2014 12:23 PM EDT "The United Kingdom is one of the greatest ideas for the modern age," the singer tells a rally in London. Music star Bob Geldof and comedian Eddie Izzard were among those who attended a London rally organized Monday by the "Let's Stay Together" campaign, which is…

  20. Riot Fest Chicago 2014: 10 Best Performances

    September 15, 2014 5:21 PM EDT To celebrate its 10th anniversary, Chicago’s Riot Fest threw a blowout bash at Humboldt Park, bringing in over 100 bands from all generations of punk and rock, from Patti Smith and Cheap Trick to Social Distortion to La Dispute . As is to be expected with such a stellar lineup, there were…

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