1. 7. Earl Sweatshirt: 21 Under 21 (2014)

    September 11, 2014 12:35 PM EDT Under 21 Main Page Birthdate: Feb. 24, 1994 (Age: 20) Last Year's Rank: 5 Why He's Hot: As Odd Future 's irreverent empire keeps humming along, so does the career of Earl Sweatshirt . Even as the promo cycle for 2013's Doris wound down, Earl managed to stay in the…

  2. 6. Austin Mahone: 21 Under 21 (2014)

    September 11, 2014 12:33 PM EDT Under 21 Main Page Birthdate: April 4, 1996 (Age: 18) Last Year's Rank: 7 Why He's Hot: Austin Mahone , the heir presumptive to the teen-pop throne Justin Bieber seems all too eager to abdicate, continued to ascend this year. As his signing to Young Money Cash Money…

  3. 5. Fifth Harmony: 21 Under 21 (2014)

    September 11, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Under 21 Main Page Birthdates: Allyson Brooke Hernandez, July 7, 1993 (Age: 21); Normani Kordei Hamilton, May 31, 1996 (Age: 18); Lauren Michelle Jauregui, June 27, 1996 (Age: 18); Karla Camila Cabello, March 3, 1997 (Age: 17); Dinah Jane Hansen, June 22, 1997 (Age: 17) Last Year's…

  4. 4. Martin Garrix: 21 Under 21 (2014)

    September 11, 2014 11:59 AM EDT Under 21 Main Page Birthdate: May 14, 1996 (Age: 18) Last Year’s Rank: 17 Why He’s Hot: It’s difficult to overstate the impact of Martin Garrix ’s 2013 breakout hit “Animals,” which hit No. 21 on the Billboard Hot 100 and topped the U.K. singles chart . The dynamic production quickly…

  5. 3. Justin Bieber: 21 Under 21 (2014)

    September 11, 2014 11:58 AM EDT Under 21 Main Page Birthdate: March 1, 1994 (Age: 20) Last Year’s Rank: No. 2 Why He's Hot: And so we arrive at Justin Bieber ’s final year on our 21 Under 21 list with a whimper and not a bang: the pop phenom has slipped a spot in each of his past two years, after last crowning the…

  6. 2. 5 Seconds of Summer: 21 Under 21 (2014)

    September 11, 2014 11:56 AM EDT Under 21 Main Page Birthdates: Michael Clifford: November 20, 1995 (Age: 18); Luke Hemmings: July 16, 1996 (Age: 18); Calum Hood: January 25, 1996 (Age: 18); Ashton Irwin: July 7, 1994 (Age: 20) Last Year’s Rank: N/A Why They’re Hot: Some would say the boys of 5 Seconds of Summer are hot…

  7. 'The Simpsons' Set to Take Over the Hollywood Bowl

    September 11, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Conan O'Brien, 'Weird Al' Yankovic & more will bring Springfield to Hollywood. "Weird Al" Yankovic , Conan O'Brien and Beverly D'Angelo are among the voices of Simpsons characters who will perform songs they sang on the long-running animated series at…

  8. 1. Lorde: 21 Under 21 (2014)

    September 10, 2014 6:47 PM EDT Under 21 Main Page Birthdate: November 7, 1996 (Age: 17) Last Year’s Rank: No. 6 Why She’s Hot: We knew who Lorde was this time last year, thanks primarily to “Royals,” the undeniable debut single that took this unknown New Zealand teen to the top of the Hot 100 chart in 2013. But since…

  9. 17. Troye Sivan: 21 Under 21 (2014)

    September 10, 2014 12:50 PM EDT Under 21 Main Page Birthdate: June 5, 1995 (Age: 19) Last Year's Rank: N/A Why He's Hot: You might recognize rising Australian/South African star Troye Sivan from YouTube, where his channel has over 2.7 million subscribers, or from the movies, where he played a young Wolverine…

  10. Spotify, The Echo Nest Launch 'Insights' Data Blog to Explore Music Scientifically

    September 10, 2014 8:00 AM EDT When Spotify acquired the industry’s leading music intelligence company , The Echo Nest, in March, it sent a major signal to the rest of business stating the importance of data and curating the context of your content. But the first publicly announced project between the companies is not any…

  11. Warner Music Group Announces Leadership Consolidation

    September 10, 2014 7:00 AM EDT With an eye on innovation in a rapidly changing industry, Warner Music Group has announced a consolidation of all its global business development functions under a single leadership team. Under the new structure, WMG COO Rob Wiesenthal will oversee the company's digital biz-dev efforts…

  12. SiriusXM To Launch Barbra Streisand Channel

    September 09, 2014 4:38 AM EDT SiriusXM is launching an exclusive, limited-run station featuring the works of Barbra Streisand , the satellite radio giant announced Monday. Starting this Friday (Sept. 12) at 5 p.m. ET, through Oct. 10, fans can tune into The Barbra Streisand Channel on Sirius channel 69, XM channel 73 and…

  13. Budweiser Doubles Down on Latin Music

    September 08, 2014 3:00 PM EDT Anyone who’s spent time with Marc Anthony knows a cold Bud Light is his drink of choice; it’s the drink he keeps in his dressing room cooler. So it’s particularly fitting that the brand is sponsoring the U.S. leg of his 15-date, 13-city arena tour, which kicked off Aug. 29 in San Diego and…

  14. Spotify Unveils Video Takeover Ads for Free Users

    September 08, 2014 1:20 PM EDT If you're one of the tens of millions who use Spotify's free service, prepare to be taken over. The streaming music giant has announced a pair of new video ad products that will give brands a super-sized presence while you listen. For the desktop there's Video Takeover, in…

  15. Twitter Unveils 'In-Tweet' Purchasing; Launches With Brad Paisley, Eminem in Tow

    September 08, 2014 9:00 AM EDT The social giant will streamline in-stream purchasing for artists with a new "buy" button. A year ago when former Ticketmaster CEO Nathan Hubbard joined Twitter as the social networking giant's first head of commerce , he told Billboard , "the music industry should be…

  16. Placido Domingo’s L.A. Opera Contract Extended

    September 06, 2014 7:30 AM EDT Placido Domingo 's contract as general director of the Los Angeles Opera has been extended through the 2018-19 season. Placido Domingo to Close-Out London's iTunes Festival The 73-year-old tenor became artistic consultant to the company in 1984 and was artistic director from 2001-03…

  17. Exclusive: Capitol Forms In-House Ad Agency seventeenfifty, Preps New York Upfront

    September 05, 2014 2:30 PM EDT When Capitol Music Group chief Steve Barnett relocated 31 of EMI’s former East Coast staff to the Capitol’s iconic Hollywood headquarters on Vine Street, he set out to create a new corporate culture in which “confidence is contagious.” That strategy has already produced blockbuster albums…

  18. Lyor Cohen on the Palestinian–Israeli Conflict: ‘It’s Extremism on Both Sides That’s the True Villain'

    September 05, 2014 1:01 PM EDT The former Def Jam and Warner Music chief and curent owner of 300 Entertainment says peace between the citizens of Israel and Gaza comes down to one principle: patience. It’s interesting that the Hebrew word for suffering,  (sevel), would share the same letters as the word for patience,  …

  19. Exclusive: Sony Music Forms Disruptor With Chainsmokers Manager

    September 05, 2014 9:52 AM EDT Sony Music Entertainment CEO Doug Morris has signed a joint venture artistic development deal with the Chainsmokers ' manager Adam Alpert that will see the formation of Disruptor Management. In addition to a management firm, the new company will field Disruptor Records, an imprint that…

  20. NFL Players Talk Music: What's On Their Pre-Game Playlists?

    September 04, 2014 5:00 PM EDT A brand new NFL season kicks off tonight, as the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks host the Super Bowl-contending Green Bay Packers in a nationally-televised game. There will be plenty of live music in and around Seattle’s CenturyLink Field -- Pharrell Williams and Soundgarden…

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