1. Exclusive: New Company Looks to Improve Digital Sales' Bottom Line By Lowering Credit Card Fees

    December 23, 2014 8:00 AM EST A system designed in the '70s isn't helping an ailing digital music sales industry. Digital commerce has presented the music business with two key problems: First, credit card fees hamper direct-to-fan sales, and second, large online retailers like iTunes don't give sellers…

  2. Eaux Claires Music Festival, Curated by Justin Vernon and Aaron Dessner, Announced for Summer 2015

    December 17, 2014 10:00 AM EST Just before Halloween this year, Justin Vernon of Bon Iver (a.k.a.  Bonnie Bear ), received approval to host the Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival in his hometown of Eau Claire, Wisc. from July 17-18. Pre-sale tickets for the event, which falls the same weekend as Chicago's…

  3. Nicki Minaj, 'The Pinkprint': Track-by-Track Review

    December 15, 2014 2:20 PM EST Most artists spend their lives crafting their most personal album. For Nicki Minaj , it's not until her third studio album, The Pinkprint , where she extends her autobiography beyond slivers of detail and zooms in on her post-fame dealings with love and family. In 2007, Minaj flooded…

  4. Billboard Year in Music 2014: 'Weird Al' Yankovic on Inspiring Beyoncé and Making 'Mandatory Fun' a Must-Listen

    December 12, 2014 9:00 AM EST The Strategist Mandatory Fun 1 Week on Billboard 200 "Weird Al" Yankovic had the last laugh in 2014. In the weeks prior to the release of his 14th album, Mandatory Fun , Yankovic prerecorded a release-week podcast, wherein he joked about having a No. 1 album. He couldn't have…

  5. Billy Joel Leads Latest Hot Tours List

    December 11, 2014 3:29 PM EST Billy Joel leads the weekly slate of Hot Tours (see list, below) with ticket sales reported from a show at Bryce Jordan Center in University Park, Pa., his first concert at the Penn State arena in 12 years. The rock legend played the venue on Dec. 5 with a crowd of 12,077 in attendance.…

  6. Chart Highlights: Maddie & Tae, Girls in a No. 1 Country Song

    December 08, 2014 5:15 PM EST The duo is just the second female twosome to reign with a debut single. Plus, new No. 1s for Idina Menzel & Michael Buble, Zhu, Big Sean and more. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts…

  7. Nicki Minaj Reveals Lost Child Would Have Been 16 on 'All Things Go'

    December 03, 2014 10:50 AM EST Nicki Minaj is one to keep her private life private, but on her third studio album, The Pinkprint , the rapper is laying bare. She opens her third The Pinkprint with one of her most vulnerable and sincere songs to date, "All Things Go." "All Things Go" -- produced by Boi…

  8. Quincy Jones-Produced Film on Clark Terry Makes Oscars Short List

    December 02, 2014 4:28 PM EST 'Keep On Keepin' On' is among 15 films eligible for Best Documentary Feature Oscar. Keep On Keepin' On , the story of jazz trumpeter Clark Terry and his protégé, pianist Justin Kauflin, is the lone music-oriented film to make the cut for the Best Documentary Feature…

  9. John Legend, G-Dragon, EXO & Top K-Pop Stars to Perform at 2014 MAMA

    December 01, 2014 9:29 PM EST The R&B superstar joins acts like Ailee, Taeyang, SISTAR and many more at one of Asia's biggest music ceremonies. UPDATE:  Watch a livestream of MAMA 2014 right here . John Legend will perform at one of the biggest nights for K-pop at the 2014 Mnet Asian Music Awards (a.k.a.…

  10. Lana Del Rey Announces 2015 Tour Dates With Courtney Love

    December 01, 2014 10:10 AM EST More Eastern U.S. dates are coming soon. Regardless of how happy (or unhappy) your holiday season has been thus far, you can always look forward to some “Summertime Sadness.” Sad girl Lana Del Rey has announced her first leg of 2015 summer tour dates, some of which include the legendary…

  11. John Densmore and Shepard Fairey Talk Record Store Day Black Friday Collab, Ferguson Riots & More

    November 28, 2014 3:16 PM EST “It feels a little weird. Here we are doing this interview, and our streets are filled with protesters in regards to Ferguson,” Doors drummer John Densmore says. The Doors' John Densmore to Recall 'Meetings With Remarkable Musicians' in New Book Densmore and “Obey” artist…

  12. Reggae Pioneer Miss Pat Chin of VP Records Celebrates 35 Years in the U.S.

    November 26, 2014 1:09 PM EST When Patricia Chin , cofounder of Queens, N.Y.-based reggae indie VP Records, ponders the changes in the music industry since she started out six decades ago, she exudes a spirited resiliency that is inextricably linked to VP's survival for nearly 60 years in a competitive…

  13. Exclusive: Watch Circa Survive On Tour in New Behind-the-Scenes Video

    November 20, 2014 6:26 PM EST Circa Survive is currently touring North America in support of is forthcoming fifth LP Descensus , due Nov. 24 on Sumerian Records. To help their worldwide fans keep up, the trippy Anthony Green -fronted band has shared a brand new episode in their video tour diary, which Billboard is…

  14. Aaron West and the Roaring Twenties (Wonder Years' Dan Campbell) Premieres 'Our Apartment' Video (Exclusive)

    November 19, 2014 1:00 PM EST Last summer, Wonder Years frontman Dan “Soupy” Campbell released his solo debut under the moniker Aaron West and the Roaring Twenties . The album We Don’t Have Each Other was an exercise in fictional storytelling, with Campbell stepping outside of a firsthand narrative for the first time…

  15. Hollywood Film Awards: Winners List

    November 14, 2014 8:46 PM EST Robert Duvall and Keira Knightley are early winners Friday's  Hollywood Film Awards  saw  David  Fincher 's  Gone Girl  take home the top prize. Accepting the award, star  Ben Affleck  thanked his director for keeping the shoot cold during a controversial scene in which you (…

  16. Common, 'Trouble in the Water': Exclusive Song Premiere

    November 14, 2014 4:05 PM EST Common , Malik Yusef , Kumasi , Aaron Fresh , Choklate , and Laci Kay have teamed up for the collaborative song, "Trouble in the Water." The song appears on HOME , a music project that hopes to raise awareness about climate change and "expand the climate movement."…

  17. 'Fifty Shades of Grey' Trailer: Beyonce Soundtracks Sexiest Preview Yet

    November 13, 2014 9:35 PM EST Everyone can rest easy: The new  Fifty Shades of Grey   trailer has finally arrived, thanks to Shonda Rhimes .  The trailer  hit during ABC's Scandal on Thursday , creating the perfect conditions for a social-media storm of epic proportions. 'Fifty Shades of Grey'…

  18. Foo Fighters' Nate Mendel Marries Longtime Girlfriend Kate Jackson

    November 10, 2014 10:25 PM EST Foo Fighters bassist Nate Mendel married longtime girlfriend Kate Jackson last month, Billboard has confirmed. The ceremony took place on Oct. 11 at Studio City's Tree People , the nonprofit conservancy organization based at the top of Coldwater Canyon in Los Angeles' San…

  19. Musicians React to Giants' World Series Win

    October 30, 2014 12:30 AM EDT The World Series is done and dusted. Elite club baseball is finished for another season (spoiler alert: the Giants beat the Royals in Game 7). San Francisco fans can rejoice, and the ban on Lorde's "Royals" is now lifted .   Musicians pitched in with their own special moments…

  20. Staind's Aaron Lewis Says Sorry for Mangling National Anthem

    October 29, 2014 12:17 AM EDT Aaron Lewis has apologized for botching the lyrics of "The Star-Spangled Banner" during his performance before Game 5 of the World Series. The lead singer of the metal band Staind turned country singer published a note on his website Monday after stumbling during his rendition of…

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