1. Aretha Franklin Talks Beyonce, Alicia Keys and Jennifer Hudson: ‘I Hear My Influence’

    November 07, 2014 2:00 PM EST Even when she isn't recording, Aretha Franklin , 72, looms large in our culture. The recipient of the United States' highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and an 18-time Grammy Award winner as well as a Grammy Lifetime Achievement and Grammy Living Legend…

  2. Hear the Full Version of Future & Drake's 'Never Satisfied'

    November 07, 2014 10:28 AM EST The track was cut short on Future's album because Drake didn't like his verse. When Future 's highly anticipated Honest album hit stores in the spring, one of the biggest collaborations -- between Drake and Future -- was strangely cut short, fading out before the two minute…

  3. Livestream Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross' Keynote Q&A at the Billboard + Hollywood Reporter Film & TV Conference Now

    November 05, 2014 11:56 AM EST Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross are teaming up to deliver the Keynote Q&A at the 2014 Billboard + Hollywood Reporter Film and TV Music Conference, and you can watch the livestream here today starting at 2:30 p.m. ET. Trent Reznor  and  Atticus Ross  will talk about their work on the score…

  4. Def Jam Promotes No I.D. to Head of A&R

    November 04, 2014 12:23 PM EST Def Jam Recordings has promoted industry veteran Dion "No I.D." Wilson to executive vice president in charge of all A&R activities at the label. It's a title bump for No I.D., who was previously co-head of A&R. According to a press release, the producer/executive will…

  5. Sam Hunt First Rookie Since Florida Georgia Line to Top Country Airplay Chart

    November 04, 2014 11:05 AM EST The newcomer's 'Leave the Night On' rises 2-1. Plus, moves for Big & Rich and Tim McGraw. Sam Hunt becomes the first act in almost two years to reach No. 1 on Billboard 's Country Airplay chart with a debut single, as "Leave the Night On" rises 2-1. No…

  6. Chart Highlights: Tove Lo's 'Habits' Hits No. 1 'High' on Pop Songs

    November 03, 2014 5:35 PM EST 'Habits (Stay High)' is the seventh Pop Songs leader by a rookie this year. Plus, Taylor Swift's 'Blank Space' debuts and Imagine Dragons fire back with 'I Bet My Life.' Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every…

  7. Watch Kelly Ripa & Michael Strahan's Star-Studded 'Shake It Off' Spoof

    October 31, 2014 8:07 PM EDT Morning television personalities Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan delivered a spoof of the music video for Taylor Swift 's hit "Shake It Off," roping in a bunch of celebrities for assistance.  Watch Taylor Swift Dance to Iggy Azalea To start, the Live! with Kelly and Michael…

  8. The Big Names in Booking Bands for Television Share Their Secrets

    October 31, 2014 1:11 PM EDT Scott Igoe, Jimmy Kimmel Live! Title: Music executive Held since: 2002 Age: 46 Previous job: Assistant to former Interscope Records co-founder Jimmy Iovine Artists booked in 2014: Pharrell Williams, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Iggy Azalea, Sam Smith and Disclosure, Taylor Swift…

  9. James Talks Death (And Orgasm)-Inspired New Album 'La Petite Mort'

    October 30, 2014 11:41 AM EDT "It's like an affirmation of life, an affirmation of being present, but allowing death to be there because it can help you live." Death is all over James’ new album, La Petite Mort (out Sept. 16 in North America), but you wouldn’t know it from a cursory listen. It’s a…

  10. Linda Komorsky Liker, Music Industry Veteran, Dies at 70

    October 28, 2014 9:58 PM EDT She worked with Graham Nash, Randy Newman, Danny Elfman & Sting. Linda Komorsky Liker , a music publishing executive and adviser, died Sunday after being struck by a car as she crossed a street in Los Angeles. She was 70. Liker served as senior vp and GM at Dimensional Music Publishing,…

  11. Watch Temple of the Dog Reunite at Neil Young's Bridge School Benefit Concert

    October 26, 2014 5:09 PM EDT Grunge supergroup Temple of the Dog reunited at Neil Young 's annual all-acoustic Bridge School Benefit concert at the Shoreline Amphitheatre near San Francisco Saturday night, performing the song "Hunger Strike" from their lone self-titled studio album.  The band comprises…

  12. Jazz Singer Jimmy Scott Remembered at Harlem Memorial

    October 26, 2014 9:00 AM EDT A respectful and loving crowd filled the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem on Saturday afternoon (Oct. 25) for a memorial service celebrating the life of Jimmy Scott . Jimmy Scott, Iconic Jazz Stylist, Dead at 88 The beloved jazz singer, who passed away on June 12, 2014, at the age of 89,…

  13. One Direction Announce 2015 Tour, Premiere Final 'Steal My Girl' Teaser

    October 23, 2014 4:33 PM EDT One Direction aren't slowing down anytime soon. The band just added U.S. and Europeon tour dates to their 2015 On The Road Again tour. The title is certainly apropos: The band just wrapped their massive worldwide Where We Are tour, but it's apparently full steam ahead for the…

  14. Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross to Speak at Billboard & Hollywood Reporter Conference

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  15. Fashion Designer Oscar De La Renta Dead At 82

    October 20, 2014 10:17 PM EDT Oscar de la Renta, the legendary Dominican-American fashion designer, has died at age 82, ABC News has confirmed. De la Renta had been battling cancer.  His work became the preferred wear for such first ladies as Nancy Reagan, Hillary Clinton and Laura Bush, and he designed the dress worn…

  16. Watch: Pearl Jam Debuts New Song ‘Moline’ at Illinois Concert

    October 18, 2014 2:31 PM EDT “Moline" was written just minutes before the band walked on stage. Pearl Jam unexpectedly debuted a new song during its sold-out concert at the iWireless Center in Moline, Ill., on Friday (Oct. 17). Eddie Vedder Dedicates Song to Isaiah 'Ikey' Owens Pearl Jam frontman Eddie…

  17. Dave Grohl's 'Good Guy' Status Landed the President For 'Sonic Highways' Series

    October 17, 2014 2:20 PM EDT Ever wanted to travel the country with the fighters/chart"> Foo Fighters and record an album with them? Well the band's new docuseries, Sonic Highways , gives fans and music lovers alike the chance to do just that. It premieres on HBO Friday (Oct. 17) and spans the country,…

  18. Exclusive: Snoop Dogg Prepping New Pharrell-Produced Album For I Am Other/Columbia

    October 17, 2014 8:00 AM EDT Now that Snoop Dogg ’s ended his Instagram feud with Iggy Azalea -- thanks to her mentor T.I. -- some other news has emerged about the prolific rapper. His next project will be released via Pharrell ’s I Am Other and Columbia Records. Billboard Cover: Why The Managers of Madonna, Miley,…

  19. Publishing Briefs: Imagem Music Signs Admin Deal With PRMD Publishing (Exclusive), Warner Chappell Music Teams With Mike Dean

    October 16, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Imagem Music has just signed a global administration deal with PRMD Publishing , the company formed by EDM impressario Ash Pournouri . As part of the deal, Imagem will now represent the publishing catalog of Cazzette , and any future signings made by PRMD (pronounced "pyramid").…

  20. Billy Joel Sells Long Island Mansion

    October 16, 2014 3:28 AM EDT Billy Joel has sold his beachfront mansion on Long Island. Newsday reports that the sale was confirmed by the listing agent, Nancy Mizrahi of Saunders & Associates. Billy Joel Joins NY Beach Cleanup  She said the deal on the 5,500-square-foot Sagaponack home was closed late last week.…

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