1. Apple: U2 Album Accessed by 33 Million Users

    September 15, 2014 7:07 PM EDT Apple Inc. says 33 million iTunes account holders have accessed U2 's free album. Exclusive: Guy Oseary on U2's $100M Deal With Apple The company issued a statement Monday (Sept. 15) from Senior Vice President Eddy Cue with the first usage numbers for the surprise Songs of…

  2. Darkside Electrifies with Rave-y Final Show at Brooklyn's Masonic Temple

    September 13, 2014 10:10 AM EDT When Darkside announced seemingly out of nowhere that they were "coming to an end" with one final New York City show, fans responded with surprised disappointment. Though electronic producer Nicolas Jaar and multi-instrumentalist Dave Harrington had intrigued listeners with their…

  3. Check Out the 'Coming to America' Birthday Party Alicia Keys Threw for Husband Swizz Beatz

    September 12, 2014 9:47 PM EDT Swizz Beatz turned 35 Thursday and the party his wife Alicia Keys threw for him looks -- completely objectively -- amazing. The Coming to America -themed bash drew guests Diddy , DMX and Busta Rhymes , among others.  Beatz posted a few tastes of the Eddie Murphy -inspired event Thursday and…

  4. Where Are Beats Music, iTunes, and the iPod? Hiding Under Bono's Swag

    September 10, 2014 2:15 PM EDT Whither the music? The bombast of bringing out the world's richest rock band (and its new album, which is currently in your iTunes library whether you want it there or not, a subtle reminder of the power Apple has to minutely affect your everyday life) to cap the biggest product…

  5. Queensryche Is 'Making a New Record Right Now,' Eyeing Early 2015 Releease

    September 09, 2014 4:30 PM EDT “It feels like we've been set free,” says drummer Scott Rockenfield of splitting with former singer Geoff Tate. Its lengthy and bitter legal battle with former frontman Geoff Tate ended, Queensryche is putting the throttle down on moving past the problems and getting its future in full…

  6. Music Star Exes Are Cashing In on VH1

    September 08, 2014 4:35 PM EDT VH1 turns out to be the perfect home for former wives of hip-hop and R&B artists. What does race have to do with this brand of reality TV success? Everything, apparently. Several divorcees of music men are finding independence on reality TV thanks to the trend of celebrity ex shows. VH1…

  7. Radio Host Eddie 'Piolin' Sotelo Airless Again After SiriusXM Cancels Show

    September 07, 2014 3:14 PM EDT SiriusXM issued a short statement saying they had “mutually agreed to end their relationship.” Less than a year after its launch, Eddie “Piolin” Sotelo’s highly-touted show on SiriusXM radio has been canceled. “El Show de Piolin,” a four-hour daily morning show launched in October 2013,…

  8. Florida Georgia Line to Perform Live on 'Nashville'

    September 05, 2014 1:49 AM EDT Country duo Florida Georgia Line is heading to Nashville. Composed of members Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard , the band will perform on the ABC musical drama's Sept. 24 premiere at 10 p.m. ET/PT, which will be presented live. Kelley and Hubbard will take the stage on separate occasions…

  9. Paisley Opens 'Trunk' At No. 1 on Top Country Albums

    September 04, 2014 5:14 PM EDT Plus: Rucker's 'Honey' sweetens Songs chart, Jason Aldean’s No. 1 reign continues & Lady A tops Airplay chart Brad Paisley  claims his eighth No. 1 on Top Country Albums (all of which have debuted at the summit), as his 10th studio set,  Moonshine in the Trunk , bows with…

  10. Beyonce & Jay Z Sell Out Stadium Tour

    September 04, 2014 4:13 PM EDT Beyonce and Jay Z land atop the Hot Tours chart, having wrapped the North American leg of their On the Run tour that played stadiums in 16 markets during a six-week span in the summer. Box office grosses totaled $96 million from ticket sales reported by tour promoter Live Nation for 19 sold…

  11. Alicia Keys to Sing at Ruby Dee Memorial in NYC

    September 04, 2014 3:52 PM EDT A memorial for actress and civil rights activist Ruby Dee will feature music by Alicia Keys and Audra McDonald , reflections by former Mayor David Dinkins and poet Sonia Sanchez , and a eulogy by Harry Belafonte . The Terrie Williams Agency said Thursday that the celebration of Lee's…

  12. 20 Best High School Music Videos

    September 03, 2014 3:45 PM EDT If high school had existed in Shakespeare’s day, he’d have set every battle on a football field, each stolen kiss under the bleachers. That’s because when it comes to drama, neither rotten Denmark nor fair Verona holds a candle to the modern American high school. While the Bard missed out on…

  13. Exclusive: Guitarist Jason Becker, Who Suffers From ALS, Calls Ice-Bucket Trend 'Amazing'

    August 28, 2014 6:25 PM EDT Jason Becker, a former guitarist for David Lee Roth who has lived with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) for 25 years, is thrilled to see what the ice-bucket challenge is doing in the fight against the disease. “I love it. It is amazing,” Becker tells Billboard via phone from his…

  14. Exclusive: Marc Anthony and Other Salsa Legends Share Memories of Legendary Label Fania Records

    August 28, 2014 2:47 PM EDT In this oral history, salsa legends share their memories -- good and bad -- of the most important tropical music label of all time During the early 1960s, Johnny Pacheco was riding high on Cuban-based Latin music. Dominican-born and New York-raised, Pacheco was a Juilliard-trained multi…

  15. SiriusXM Has Good Week in Important Legal Battle Over Pre-1972 Music

    August 28, 2014 2:25 PM EDT A judge is leaning toward rejecting jury instructions proposed by Warner, Universal and Sony. SiriusXM could be on the verge of fending off the first major challenge in an ongoing lawsuit brought by major record labels over its royalty-free broadcasting of pre-1972 music. Pitbull Given Own…

  16. Reunited Ramones Estates Plan Big Comeback Including Martin Scorsese Film

    August 27, 2014 12:10 PM EDT The Johnny Ramone tribute at Hollywood Forever Cemetery has become a tradition. This past Sunday marked the tenth annual event honoring the late guitarist. In a marathon celebration that began before sundown diehard Ramones fans were treated to a Q&A that included Johnny’s widow Linda,…

  17. Chris Martin, Jay Z, Adele and More: 10 Music Stars Who Haven't Taken the Ice Bucket Challenge

    August 22, 2014 9:59 PM EDT Since the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on July 29, it's become a viral sensation raising more than $40 million in donations to fight amyotrophic lateral sclerosis commonly called Lou Gehrig’s Disease.  Gwyneth Paltrow Calls Out Ex Chris Martin for Ice Bucket Challenge The brilliant…

  18. Exclusive: The Supremes' Mary Wilson Talks No. 1 Single 'Where Did Our Love Go' 50 Years Later

    August 20, 2014 10:52 AM EDT The singer reveals why the trio didn’t care for the song, how they felt about Motown’s other girl groups and how a Billboard chart-topper changed their lives. Before Diana Ross, Mary Wilson and Florence Ballard became the most successful girl group of the rock era, Motown released eight…

  19. Chart Highlights: Sam Smith's 'Stay' Hits No. 1 On Pop Songs

    August 18, 2014 6:00 PM EDT Another week, another tally topped by Smith's ballad. Plus, new leaders for Beyonce, Dierks Bentley and Danny Gokey Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys listed below.…

  20. Oscar-Winning Director to Helm Upcoming Stax Records Film ‘Respect Yourself’

    August 18, 2014 4:34 PM EDT The director of Oscar winner 20 Feet From Stardom will helm "Respect Yourself" The tale of Stax Records, the trailblazing label that launched Otis Redding’s career and released hits like Eddie Floyd’s “Knock on Wood,” is eyeing the big screen and Broadway. Evergreen Media Group, the…

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