1. ADA to Distro Mascot Label Group in North America

    November 21, 2014 5:45 PM EST The Alternative Distribution Alliance has signed a North America distribution deal with the Mascot Label Group and its 600-album catalog. The deal deepends the relationship between the two companies, as ADA has already been distributing the Mascot Label Group in Great Britian, Australia,…

  2. What's The Most Common Hot 100 Song Title? (Updated)

    November 21, 2014 10:55 AM EST Last year, Alabama Shakes debuted on the Hot 100 with the latest entry titled 'Hold On.' Is that still the most common song title in the chart's more than five-decade history? Hold on a second. Or third. Or fourth ... In March 2013, Alabama Shakes debuted on the Billboard…

  3. Taylor Swift Is One of Barbara Walters' '10 Most Fascinating People' for 2014

    November 11, 2014 12:31 PM EST She sold over a million albums in a week , she's been named New York City's Global Welcome Ambassador , and now,  Taylor Swift will appear on Barbara Walters' annual list of "10 Most Fascinating People." Here's What Harry Styles Had to Say on Taylor Swift…

  4. Shonda Rhimes to Receive Hollywood Reporter's Sherry Lansing Leadership Award

    November 10, 2014 1:45 PM EST The influential showrunner will be honored at the 2014 Women in Entertainment Breakfast, to be held Dec. 10 at Milk Studios in Los Angeles. Shonda Rhimes  has been tapped to receive The Hollywood Reporter's Sherry Lansing Award at its 2014 Women in Entertainment Breakfast. The award,…

  5. Exclusive Premiere: Booka Shade Works Out Space Disco Vibes on 'Line of Fire'

    November 05, 2014 2:59 PM EST It's a little hard to believe that German production duo Booka Shade , a.k.a. Walter Merziger and Arno Kammermeier, used to be in a synth-pop duo called Planet Claire in the early '90s before making the trance-ition to more of a club-focused drive. Within their darkly throbbing 4…

  6. Mariah Carey's 'Merry Christmas' 20th Anniversary: Find Out What Went Into Making a Modern Christmas Classic

    October 30, 2014 3:00 PM EDT Since 1994, nothing says that Christmas has arrived quite like the iconic opening bells of Mariah Carey ’s worldwide hit "All I Want For Christmas is You." 20 years later, the tune still takes over pop culture each December: Climbing the charts, showing up like a Mariah Carey…

  7. Morrissey's 'Autobiography': Censored Sentences on Intimate Relationship With Jake Walters Reinstated in U.S. Paperback

    October 29, 2014 1:38 PM EDT Great news for Smiths fans who don't blush at innocuous descriptions of homosexual relationships -- the uncensored version of Morrissey 's Autobiography  is now available in the United States. When Moz's memoir saw its U.S. release last December (less than two months after…

  8. The Top 20 Billboard Hot 100 Hits of the 1970s

    October 28, 2014 3:00 PM EDT In honor of Billboard magazine's 120th anniversary on Nov. 1, we're revealing the top 20 Billboard Hot 100 hits from each decade since the 1960s (for a total of 120 songs). One family dominated the Billboard Hot 100 in the '70s: The Gibbs. The three brothers in the Bee Gees…

  9. Paul Karpowicz Elected Chairman, BMI Board of Directors

    October 07, 2014 6:37 PM EDT Paul Karpowicz , president of the Meredith Local Media Group, was elected chairman of the Board of Directors of Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) Monday. He previously held the role of vice chair of the BMI Board of Directors and has been on the board since 2007. Karpowicz succeeds vice chairman…

  10. '90210' Celebrates 24th Anniversary: Watch 10 Classic Musical Moments

    October 04, 2014 10:40 AM EDT From the Flaming Lips to Christina Aguilera, here are 10 musical moments to help celebrate the 24th anniversary of "90210." Twenty-four years ago today (Oct. 4), the world was introduced to Minneapolis transplants Brenda and Brandon Walsh, the gang at West Beverly High and…

  11. Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Jackie Evancho Arrives With 'Awakening'

    October 03, 2014 10:09 PM EDT Also: John Mellencamp celebrates 35 years on the chart and a Beatle helps a video game soundtrack find success On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart, Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga debuted at No. 1 with their collaborative album, Cheek to Cheek , selling 131,000 copies in the week…

  12. 'Whiplash': J.K. Simmons, Damien Chazelle on Whether Torment Leads to Talent

    September 27, 2014 12:36 PM EDT "I was there to push people beyond what's expected of them," J.K. Simmons tells Miles Teller at one point in Whiplash , the film festival favorite that follows aspiring jazz drummer Andrew Neyman who is berated by his performing arts professor, Terence Fletcher. But even if…

  13. Lesley Ann Warren, Star of TV's 'Cinderella', To Attend Broadway Version

    September 17, 2014 12:12 AM EDT The Cinderella onstage on Broadway next Tuesday will have another Cinderella in the audience -- Lesley Ann Warren . Warren, who starred in the 1965 television version of "Cinderella," is slated to attend the Sept. 23 production of "Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella…

  14. 40 Under 40: Music's Young Power Players

    September 12, 2014 8:00 AM EDT They’re young, they’re innovative, they’re disruptive. From monetizing bite-sized streams to selling out massive stadiums, these are the progressive leaders reshaping the music industry. The honorees on Billboard’s annual 40 Under 40 Power Players list were chosen by Billboard editors from…

  15. Joan Rivers' Funeral: Howard Stern Gives Eulogy & Audra McDonald Sings ‘Smile’

    September 07, 2014 12:38 PM EDT Bernadette Peters, Clive Davis, Paul Shaffer and many others were also in attendance. Howard Stern delivered the eulogy and Broadway singer-actress Audra McDonald sang "Smile" at Joan Rivers' funeral Sunday, a star-studded send-off that brought together the worlds of Hollywood,…

  16. Idina Menzel Announces Release Date for Christmas Album

    September 04, 2014 2:24 PM EDT We already know the cold doesn't bother her. Idina Menzel somehow found the time between starring on Broadway and fielding near-constant  Frozen questions to record a Christmas album. Today, the singer announced that the project, Holiday Wishes , will drop Oct. 14. The album,…

  17. Bob Dylan Releasing 'The Basement Tapes Complete' This Fall

    August 26, 2014 1:00 PM EDT A six-disc set of Bob Dylan 's legendary Basement Tapes recordings with the Band from 1967 will be the next edition of Columbia Records/Legacy Recordings' Bootleg Series. The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11 will be released Nov. 4. Compiled from meticulously…

  18. Trisha Yearwood Signs With Sony, Announces New Album

    August 19, 2014 7:35 PM EDT Country singer also going strong with her newfound culinary career. Trisha Yearwood is back and gearing up for a very busy fall. On Tuesday evening (Aug. 19) at a press event in Nashville, the Grammy-winning vocalist announced she's signing with Sony Music Nashville, launching her own…

  19. 10 Up-and-Coming Reggaeton Artists to Watch

    August 10, 2014 3:05 PM EDT Here are 10 reggaeton acts following trailblazers like Daddy Yankee, Don Omar and Tito el Bambino. Daddy Yankee rose to prominence a decade ago, along with fellow superstars and trailblazers Don Omar, Tito el Bambino and Wisin & Yandel, among many others. Today, these acts maintain…

  20. Publishers Quarterly: Sony/ATV Rides Country Wave to Top of the Publishing Heap

    August 08, 2014 1:52 PM EDT Round Hill and King of Crunk both break into the top 10 and Pharrell Williams hits No. 1 as Billboard's second-quarter rankings reveal a twang-fueled momentum. Sony/ATV encores as king of the hill among U.S. publishers in the second quarter, with a 32.2 percent slice of the top 100 radio…

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