1. Corner Office: Capitol Music Group Chairman/CEO Steve Barnett on Sam Smith and Beck's Grammy Sweep and Why Kanye West 'Needs a Therapist'

    February 20, 2015 1:00 PM EST You won't find any corner offices in Capitol Music Group's Los angeles headquarters, but at the top of the iconic circular tower sits a sharp chief executive. Chairman/CEO Steve Barnett , 62, has only logged two years on the job, following a 15-year stint at Sony Music, but his…

  2. Every 'Empire' Character Ranked by Likability

    February 18, 2015 2:57 PM EST Everyone on Empire is deplorable in their own way. There aren't any good people on the show so much as there are people who simply aren't as bad as others. That's one reason the show is so entertaining: It speaks to our desire to root for the bad guy at times. '…

  3. RCA's John Fleckenstein on the Shifting Record Business, D'Angelo's Mysterious Release

    February 17, 2015 3:41 PM EST John Fleckenstein hasn't just been around the block -- he's been around the world (and yes, that's also a reference to Daft Punk , whose Random Access Memories he marketed to international success). The executive vice president of RCA Records came into his new position from…

  4. Exclusive: Ron Fair Named Executive Music Director of Genius Brands

    February 17, 2015 12:00 PM EST Veteran music executive Ron Fair has been tapped to be the executive music director of Genius Brands International, Inc. (GBI), a global content and brand management company focused on the children's market, according to an announcement made today by GBI CEO Andy Heyward . Fair will…

  5. After J. Cole's Success, RCA Exec Mark Pitts Gambles on New Roster

    February 10, 2015 4:57 PM EST ByStorm Entertainment CEO also talks Miguel, Usher & Mali Music's breakthrough. Between his dual roles as president of urban music at RCA and CEO of ByStorm Entertainment, a joint venture with the label, Mark Pitts, 44, rode into 2015 with 10 Grammy nominations and a third…

  6. Go Inside Roc Nation's Annual Pre-Grammy Brunch

    February 07, 2015 9:51 PM EST Off the chain. Those three words are all you need to describe the chill yet fun atmosphere surrounding Roc Nation's annual Pre- Grammy Brunch 2015. Major names on both sides of the industry fence- artists and executives- didn't let a little rain dampen the party spirit. Held at the…

  7. J. Cole's 'January 28th' Tops Twitter Trending 140 on... January 28th

    January 28, 2015 5:46 PM EST Thanks to a well-titled track, J. Cole scores a pretty rare gift: Spending his birthday atop the Billboard + Twitter Trending 140 . J. Cole Wants to Turn His Childhood Home Into Rent-Free Living for Single Mothers "January 28th," the rapper's chart-topping track, takes…

  8. J. Cole Wants to Turn His Childhood Home Into Rent-Free Living for Single Mothers

    January 27, 2015 9:54 PM EST When J. Cole announced his third album , 2014 Forest Hills Drive, would be released in December without lead-up singles or videos, the most earnest piece of promotion he did was a first-listen event at his childhood home for which the album was titled.  J. Cole Earns Third No. 1 Album on…

  9. Exclusive: Mary J. Blige, Trey Songz, Ne-Yo & More Lead 'BET Honors' Lineup

    January 22, 2015 10:00 AM EST Usher & Kanye West are among the 2015 honorees. Mary J. Blige , Trey Songz , Charlie Wilson , Jill Scott , Ne-Yo , Patti LaBelle and K. Michelle will sing honorees' praises at The BET Honors 2015 . The eighth annual gala will be taped Saturday at the Warner Theatre in Washington, D…

  10. Malcolm-Jamal Warner on His Grammy Nom, Next Album & 'Love-Hate Relationship With Hip-Hop'

    January 21, 2015 5:31 PM EST He may remain best known for playing Theo Huxtable on The Cosby Show , but Malcolm-Jamal Warner is hardly living in the past. Grammy Awards 2015: All Our Coverage Fresh off a Grammy nomination for his spoken-word contribution to Robert Glasper 's Black Radio 2, Warner spoke with…

  11. Meghan Trainor's 'Title' Album Earns Mighty Debut at No. 1 on Billboard 200

    January 21, 2015 3:10 PM EST 'Title' nets biggest debut for a female pop act's first full-length album in over five years. Meghan Trainor debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart with her first full-length album, Title . The set arrives with 238,000 equivalent units earned in the week ending Jan. 18…

  12. Lupe Fiasco Talks New Album, Defending Iggy Azalea & Quitting Twitter: 'I Don't Want To Be Relevant'

    January 15, 2015 6:45 PM EST "I don't want to be relevant today. I don't want to be the go-to guy for the club song or to speak on all the dumb shit that's going around." Lupe Fiasco thinks his fifth studio album, Tetsuo & Youth (Jan. 20), represents the end of an era. In addition to…

  13. Rap Genius Reveals Most-Viewed Songs and Artists From 2014

    January 14, 2015 2:34 PM EST This week, Rap Genius unveiled the songs and artists that earned the most views on the site in 2014. Unsurprisingly, big names top each list: Beyonce 's "Drunk In Love" and Eminem 's "Rap God" for songs, Drake , Eminem, and Beyonce for artists. But people…

  14. Taylor Swift's '1989' Spends a Ninth Week at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart

    January 14, 2015 11:51 AM EST There's no stopping Taylor Swift , as the superstar notches a ninth week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart with her 1989 album. 1989 sold 155,000 equivalent units in the week ending Jan. 11, according to Nielsen Music (down 36 percent). The Billboard 200 chart measures multi-metric…

  15. Billboard Cover: Kendrick Lamar on Ferguson, Leaving Iggy Azalea Alone and Why 'We're in the Last Days'

    January 09, 2015 9:00 AM EST Kendrick Lamar’s not your average hip-hop savior: He’s a poetic, God-fearing introvert with maverick views on everything from police violence to Iggy Azalea -- and, yes, the rapture. Most of Kendrick Lamar 's days begin -- or maybe end -- around 5 a.m., when the 27-year-old king of…

  16. Kendrick Lamar on Iggy Azalea: 'She's Doing Her Thing -- Let Her'

    January 08, 2015 3:14 PM EST Without blinking, Kendrick Lamar took on everyone from Drake to J. Cole to A$AP Rocky with his gauntlet-throwing verse on Big Sean 's "Control." But that was in 2013 -- and on wax. When the Compton MC spoke with Gavin Edwards for Billboard's latest cover story, he…

  17. Taylor Swift's '1989' Earns Eighth Week at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart

    January 07, 2015 11:00 AM EST 0 Taylor Swift's 1989 rings in the new year at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, spending an eighth non-consecutive week at the top. It is now her longest-running No. 1 album since her second release, Fearless , racked up 11 nonconsecutive No. 1 frames in 2008 and 2009. She…

  18. 7 Surprising Facts About Music Sales Last Year

    January 05, 2015 11:50 AM EST There are few certain things in the music business. While no one thought Taylor Swift 's 1989 was going to flop, it wasn't until just days ahead of its release that industry forecasters realized just how massive it was going to be. And who would have predicted that one of the year…

  19. Kanye West's 'Only One': An Ode to Happiness & Healing

    January 02, 2015 2:45 PM EST Happiness is risky to claim. It requires one to disregard social standards, reject the enticing pull of darkness and travel inward. And even then, you have to face yourself. ONLY ONE ft. Paul McCartney http://t.co/AolpyJ6ny5 http://t.co/45EiXLvcuf photo @inezandvinoodh pic.twitter.com…

  20. Ask Billboard: Readers' Favorites of 2014

    December 31, 2014 4:05 PM EST As always, submit questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. Or, Tweet @gthot20 READERS' FAVORITES OF 2014 Gary, Happy Holidays!…

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