1. T.I. Says Iggy Azalea Should Stop Responding to Critics

    January 30, 2015 8:37 PM EST It seems like with each week comes a new beef for Iggy Azalea , as she's regularly defending herself from criticisms about her race or "blaccent" to ranting over unapproved photos in her Steve Madden collaboration.  Iggy Azalea Responds to Jill Scott & Eve: 'They&…

  2. Code Picks of the Week: Zeds Dead, David August & More

    January 30, 2015 8:35 PM EST Each Friday, CODE curates a diverse selection of the best new tunes in dance/electronic music. Take a listen for a fitting soundtrack to your weekend. David August – Her Myth In honor of reaching 100,000 Facebook fans, the rising German talent treats followers to a free download of his…

  3. Super Bowl Exclusive: Pepsi's Adam Harter on Hiring Katy Perry, Considering Taylor Swift & More

    January 30, 2015 6:00 PM EST As Pepsi's VP-marketing, consumer engagement, Adam Harter leads sports, entertainment and music strategy for Pepsi's American beverages, overseeing the company's relationships with tentpoles like the Grammys , NFL, the MLB and the MTV Video Music Awards . Since 2013, Pepsi…

  4. How Super Bowl Halftime Shows Sell Music: From MJ to Bruno Mars (1993-Present)

    January 30, 2015 5:24 PM EST From Michael Jackson to Bruno Mars, how stars' Super Bowl performances scored on the charts. Until Michael Jackson's Super Bowl performance in 1993, the Super Bowl halftime show was more about marching bands and card stunts than headliner superstars. Super Bowl 2015: Full…

  5. ACM Awards 2015 Nominees: Sure Things & Snubs

    January 30, 2015 2:52 PM EST Upon first glance, the announcement of the 50th annual Academy of Country Music Awards nominations on Friday morning (Jan. 30) might make one think "the rich get richer." Miranda Lambert & Dierks Bentley Lead ACM Awards Nominations There's no doubt that Miranda Lambert…

  6. Exclusive: Diplo, Schoolboy Q & More to Play Number Fest 2015

    January 30, 2015 12:20 PM EST The United States' largest college music festival is back for its 13th consecutive year and Diplo , Schoolboy Q , ILoveMakonnen  and more will be heading to Athens, Ohio. Set for April 18, Number Fest will include over twenty acts, including a brand new second stage presented by Ohio…

  7. Super Bowl Music Quiz: Test Your Halftime Show & National Anthem Knowledge

    January 30, 2015 9:00 AM EST No football questions... we promise! The Super Bowl halftime show has only been worth watching for about two decades (sorry Up With People and various marching bands), but there's already been enough A-list talent to make being a "Super Bowl halftime buff" an actual thing. Or…

  8. Marvel's Editor-in-Chief Talks Pete Rock and Run The Jewels, 'Preacher' and 'Ant-Man'

    January 29, 2015 2:14 PM EST Earlier this month, around the same time that Run The Jewels were preparing for an appearance on Conan , Axel Alonso , the Editor-in-Chief of Marvel Comics, was making public a variant cover of two books -- the soon-to-be-relaunched Howard The Duck and an issue of Deadpool -- both featuring…

  9. Exclusive: Barclays Inks Booking Deal at Brooklyn's Paramount

    January 29, 2015 1:23 PM EST Barclays Center affiliate Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment has formed an alliance with Long Island University, in which BS&E will bring entertainment back to the historic Brooklyn Paramount Theatre.   "This collaboration will bring the LIU Brooklyn Paramount Theatre back to life…

  10. Watch Justin Bieber on 'Ellen': 'I've Done Some Things That Might Not've Been the Greatest'

    January 29, 2015 11:48 AM EST Ellen's a Belieber! Justin Bieber made his first TV appearance in a very long time Thursday (Jan. 28) on Ellen . It was DeGeneres' birthday this week, and he stopped by with flowers and Calvin Klein underwear (natch) to celebrate. " Honestly I haven't been on TV in a…

  11. Ex-Silverchair Frontman Daniel Johns Releases First Solo Song: Listen

    January 29, 2015 1:51 AM EST It's taken eight years, but Daniel Johns has finally shared new music.  The Australian singer, who led Silverchair to "superstar" status Down Under, has released "Aerial Love," a soulful, dreamy pop song he created with producer  Joel Little ( Lorde,  Broods ). The…

  12. 'American Idol' Recap: Wide Awake in San Francisco

    January 28, 2015 11:39 PM EST From the moment American Idol showcased Mustafa , the psychic cat of contestant Katharine Skitter , in a preview package, the immediate premonition was that the San Francisco auditions would be magical. And they were. From Skitter's fabulously wacky audition in a fur coat the 15-year…

  13. Keith Urban on the 'Strategic Journey' of 'American Idol,' Remembering David Vs. David

    January 28, 2015 11:08 PM EST Keith Urban made his Billboard chart debut in August 1999. Since then, he has placed 37 titles on the Hot Country Songs chart, with 32 of them reaching the top 10 and 15 going all the way to No. 1. He has also taken four of his albums to the top, including his most recent release, Fuse .…

  14. Top 5 K-Pop Artists to Watch in 2015

    January 28, 2015 8:00 PM EST In the ultra-competitive K-pop world, it's extremely tough for a new act to place themselves among the top stars. While these five artists have not yet broken into the market's mainstream consciousness, based on fan anticipations, past chart performance, YouTube views and industry…

  15. Movement Detroit 2015 Lineup: Richie Hawtin, DJ Snoopadelic, Dog Blood & More

    January 28, 2015 5:40 PM EST On Wednesday (Jan. 28), Paxahau Events announced the phase-one lineup for Movement Electronic Music Festival's tenth edition, bringing a diverse roster of dance talents to Detroit this spring. Richie Hawtin , DJ Snoopadelic and Dog Blood, the collaborative project between Skrillex and…

  16. Allan Reid, Newly Appointed Head of Canada's Recording Academy, Talks Junos

    January 28, 2015 5:35 PM EST Allan Reid has been a towering, affable presence in the Canadian music industry for over 25 years. The newly named president and CEO of the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS), based in Toronto, Reid was behind contracts with artists such as Jann Arden , Sam Roberts and…

  17. NYC Dancehall Star Kranium Signs Multiple Album Deal With Atlantic Records

    January 28, 2015 12:22 PM EST "I am really excited to be back in the reggae business," Atlantic president Craig Kallman tells Billboard. With the release of his sly, sultry single "Nobody Has to Know" upcoming Queens New York based sing-jay Kranium moved from anonymity onto international dancehall…

  18. 'Water for Elephants' Musical Eyes Broadway

    January 27, 2015 11:21 PM EST What would Water for Elephants sound like as a musical? Producers Peter Schneider and Elisabetta di Mambro , in association with Broadway Across America and Mehr! Entertainment, announced Monday that they've acquired the worldwide rights to adapt Sara Gruen's best-selling 2006…

  19. Veteran Label/Management Exec Gary Gersh Joins AEG Live

    January 27, 2015 7:57 PM EST Newly created post makes Gersh an 'excitable boy again.' Former manager and label exec Gary Gersh has joined global concert promoter AEG Live in the newly created position of president of global talent, Billboard has learned. Gersh most recently served as CEO of The Artist…

  20. Who Will Play The Next 10 Super Bowl Halftime Shows? An Educated Guess

    January 27, 2015 5:15 PM EST Taylor Swift and Justin Timberlake seem like locks... but what about 5SOS and Miley Cyrus? Here are the 10 best bets for the next 10 Super Bowls. Guessing next year's Super Bowl halftime performer is a relatively easy task: after all, there are only a handful of current artists…

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