1. Exclusive: PTTOW! Appoints Bob Pittman, Jay Brown to Cultural Advisory Board Ahead of First Music Summit

    November 13, 2014 10:18 AM EST PTTOW!, an invite-only community for marketers and executives seeking to shape the next generation of consumers (aged 14 to 34), has helped broker music-marketing partnerships and recognize artists like Kaskade and Will.i.am alongside top executives from many of the world's biggest…

  2. #Bedstock Exclusive: Musicians Go Under Covers for Online Festival Benefiting Kids With Cancer

    November 13, 2014 10:00 AM EST Regina Ellis witnessed firsthand the healing power of music when her daughter, Alexandra, was diagnosed with neuroblastoma at age three and a half. "Music transformed many moments in the hospital," she tells Billboard. "We found ourselves battling for her life in a hospital,…

  3. Remember That Time Britney Spears Gushed About Justin Timberlake & 'Crossroads' to Oprah?

    November 13, 2014 10:00 AM EST Britney Spears was born to make us happy, and for this week's Throwback Thursday, we're looking back at one of her happiest interview moments, where, right before the February 2002 theatrical release of Crossroads , a jubilant 20-year-old Ms. Spears stopped by Oprah to discuss her…

  4. 'The Voice' Recap: Top 12 Revealed

    November 12, 2014 9:21 PM EST The top 12 have been revealed on The Voice -- after some struggle. "I didn't know they would all rise to the occasion," admitted  Pharrell Williams of his first playoffs on Tuesday night , after which America picks two from each team to move forward, and a coach picks one…

  5. Irving Azoff Says YouTube Lacks Licensing Rights to 20,000 Songs (Exclusive)

    November 12, 2014 7:19 PM EST Industry heavyweight, representing Pharrell and others, believes YouTube hasn't made all necessary deals for its new subscription service & is prepared to take his clients off of the YouTube ecosystem. Many works composed by popular musicians including The Eagles , Pharrell…

  6. Wrong Direction: Why The Wanted Never Reached The Boy Band Stratosphere

    November 12, 2014 5:35 PM EST There were sonic missteps and album delays, but the boy band war of 2012 was over before it began. In March 2012, there were not one but two U.K. male pop groups on the cover of Billboard magazine , with a story written by Steven J. Horowitz about the impending boy band boom that the…

  7. Will Sam Smith Pull an Adele at the 2015 Grammys or Get Bested By Beyonce?

    November 12, 2014 5:26 PM EST Sam Smith doesn’t relish being tabbed “the male Adele ,” and understandably so. But dominating the Grammys like Adele? We think he’d be down with that. The 22-year old British soul singer -- who spent three weeks at No. 1 on Billboard's Artist 100 chart -- has been one of 2014’s…

  8. Watch 'Weird Al' Yankovic Try to Save RadioShack in New Holiday Commercial

    November 12, 2014 4:53 PM EST Can "Weird Al" Yankovic save RadioShack from 21st-century competitors Best Buy and Amazon? Maybe! At any rate, the Shack recently shared a great new commercial for this holiday season featuring the singer-comedian, who's riding high off a super-successful 2014 album cycle. In…

  9. Exclusive: Nicki Minaj's 'Only' Director Says 'Neither I Nor the Video Are Anti-Semitic'

    November 12, 2014 4:49 PM EST 'As far as applying Nazi imagery, 100% me,' Jeff Osborne says in new statement. The controversy surrounding the lyric video for Nicki Mina j's "Only" has been ongoing, and director Jeff Osborne wants to further clarify his creative intentions. Since the clip's…

  10. The Case for Adam Lambert as New 'American Idol' Mentor

    November 12, 2014 3:59 PM EST Who should replace Randy Jackson next year? The season 8 runner-up. American Idol fans probably never imagined a day when Randy Jackson would no longer be "in it to win it," but so it seems for season 14 of the Fox show, the first that won't feature the former judge-turned…

  11. Usher Hunting Down Stolen Sex Tape

    November 12, 2014 3:48 PM EST Maybe Usher should call his next album Looking 4 My Sex Tape . The singer's team is hot on the trail of an unknown suspect who's been trying to sell a sex tape featuring Usher and ex-wife Tameka Raymond , according to TMZ . Billboard Cover: Usher on Getting Tough With Justin…

  12. Must-Hear Music Podcast: Exclusive MisterWives Performance, Plus Bruno Mars, Foo Fighters & More

    November 12, 2014 2:56 PM EST In addition to chatting about new tracks from Bruno Mars , Foo Fighters , Shawn Mendes and more, we have a special treat on this week's Must-Hear Music podcast. NYC's up-and-coming indie outfit MisterWives (the name is a reverse play on Sister Wives ) stopped by the Billboard…

  13. Sharon Osbourne Confirms 'The Osbournes' Is Returning to TV

    November 12, 2014 12:35 PM EST 2015 will bring much more from the Osbourne family than one last Black Sabbath album. On Tuesday's episode of CBS'  The Talk , Sharon Osbourne announced that the family’s iconic reality show will be returning to television soon. Black Sabbath Planning Final Album & Tour…

  14. The Jazz June Talks Comeback Album 'After the Earthquake' and the Emo Revival

    November 12, 2014 12:28 PM EST Jazz June frontman Andrew Low is the first to use the phrase “emo revival” in speaking with Billboard, so he’s clearly been paying attention to his band’s career arc -- whether he admits it or not. Truthfully though, Low comes off as accomplished and well-adjusted as his band’s excellent…

  15. Late Night Roundup: Johnny Marr Performs The Smiths, Plus Conor Oberst & OK Go

    November 12, 2014 10:50 AM EST Johnny Marr performs the Smiths' "Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before." Tuesday night's round of late night talkshow performances was led by indie rock legend Johnny Marr , who stopped by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to promote his new solo…

  16. Madonna’s ‘Like a Virgin’ at 30: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    November 12, 2014 10:00 AM EST On her self-titled 1983 debut , Madonna sang perky little tunes about going on vacation (“Holiday”) and falling in and out of love (“Lucky Star” and “Borderline”). These were ideas grandma and grandpa could get behind, and yet the 20-something Michigan native caused a minor sensation,…

  17. Exclusive: Christian Artist Chris Tomlin Performs Acoustic Versions of His Songs 'Waterfall' and 'Jesus Loves Me'

    November 12, 2014 9:16 AM EST Sometimes in the process of creating a new album there's one song that becomes an anchor for the whole project. On Chris Tomlin 's Love Ran Red , which dropped Oct. 27, that song is "At the Cross." "This song is the centerpiece of the album," the Christian…

  18. AC/DC is All About Balls, Bikinis, Bloopers in New Video for 'Play Ball'

    November 11, 2014 8:16 PM EST AC/DC 's video for the new song "Play Ball" is a tribute to all things sports, but with a somewhat unsettling emphasis on female athletes in bikinis.  When the clip isn't focused on the iconic Aussie rock and roll band parading around in front of a green screen…

  19. Watch Chris Brown & Trey Songz Talk 'Between the Sheets' Tour

    November 11, 2014 5:43 PM EST Tyga will be the special guest on the pair’s Live Nation tour, which kicks off Jan. 28. After several months of teasing, Chris Brown and Trey Songz formally announced their Between the Sheets Tour during a press conference Monday at Hollywood's House of Blues. The Virginia natives…

  20. Latin Grammy Awards' Person of the Year Joan Manuel Serrat: 'What I Write Is What I Live'

    November 11, 2014 5:37 PM EST Outside a mountainside cafe just below Barcelona's century-old amusement park, a couple approaches Joan Manuel Serrat , the Latin Grammy Awards' 2014 Person of the Year. From afar it looks like a typical encounter with adoring fans, but it turns out these are two anxious French…

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