1. Production Platform Splice Moves Towards Leveling the Music Creation Playing Field

    January 26, 2015 12:25 PM EST Cloud-based music creation and collaboration platform Splice is working towards becoming the glue which holds together a new framework of music creation and distribution. On Thursday, Jan. 22, the New York-based company announced several new features pertaining to plugins, which are…

  2. Musicians Honor Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Social Media

    January 19, 2015 3:11 PM EST Music celebrities across all genres celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Jan. 19) by sharing their tributes on social media. MTV Will Air in Black and White on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day "True peace is not merely the absence of tension; it is the presence of justice," Beyonce…

  3. Justin Bieber & Rick Rubin Are 'Making History' Together: What Does This Mean?

    January 14, 2015 2:22 PM EST This one of the signs of the Apocalypse, right? Def Jam co-founder and music legend Rick Rubin -- who has produced classics for everyone from Jay Z to Slayer to Johnny Cash to Run-D.M.C. -- is working on something with Justin Bieber . The Revelations -esque revelation comes via Scooter…

  4. The Do's And Don'ts of Justin Bieber's Next Album

    January 06, 2015 2:11 PM EST 0 How does Bieber pull off the crowd-pleasing redemption story? By following these simple artistic and personal steps. Bieber season is coming. You can feel it in the air, in the whispers of the blogosphere, in each and every endlessly favorited tweet and Instagram post. In the…

  5. Is Justin Bieber Recording New Music with Prince Jackson?

    January 05, 2015 2:42 PM EST 0 Justin Bieber has hinted that there's new music coming in 2015… and now, rumors are swirling that it might feature the son of the King of Pop (so, the Prince of Pop). Prince Jackson, the 17-year-old son of Michael Jackson , has reportedly been kicking it with the Biebs,…

  6. ESPN Anchor Stuart Scott Mourned by the Music Community

    January 04, 2015 11:20 AM EST The music community is mourning the loss of veteran ESPN sportscaster Stuart Scott, who died on Sunday (Jan. 4) at the age of 49. Scott, a longtime anchor for the network's SportsCenter , had been fighting cancer since a diagnosis in late 2007, according to the Associated Press .…

  7. Selena Gomez Causes Controversy By Exposing Ankle in Mosque

    January 01, 2015 7:37 PM EST The pop singer has removed an Instagram post in which she exposes her lower leg. Selena Gomez 's trip to Abu Dhabi has provoked anger, accusations of impropriety and now a deleted Instagram post, after the pop star exposed her ankles during a visit to the Sheikh Zayed Grand…

  8. Justin Bieber, Scooter Braun Hint at 2015 Album

    December 31, 2014 9:56 AM EST 'My break is for a reason," the Biebs posted, alluding to new music coming next year. Justin Bieber, one of pop's most prolific artists between his 2009 arrival and 2013's Journals , essentially took 2014 off as a recording artist, with only a few featured tracks and…

  9. Scooter Braun Teams with The CW on Music TV Drama

    December 23, 2014 12:07 AM EST The CW is getting into the music industry. The network is teaming with uber-producer Scooter Braun and Tony nominee Todd Graff to develop a music drama, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The untitled entry, which has received a script commitment, is set in the ever-evolving world…

  10. 2NE1's 'Crush' Is First K-Pop Entry on Year-End World Albums Chart

    December 22, 2014 7:28 PM EST The girl group ends a year of accolades by breaking one more record. After breaking multiple chart records earlier this year, 2NE1 cap off 2014 with one more boundary-pushing victory. The girl group's  Crush  album ranks at No. 11 on  Billboard 's year-end World Albums chart . It&…

  11. Atlanta's Top 8 New Rappers

    December 18, 2014 2:05 PM EST Atlanta is home to a constantly rising number of up-and-coming acts -- it's quickly becoming a powder keg of talent waiting to blow. The most impressive quality of the city’s scene is that no one rapper or singer is the same, and they all reach wildly different demographics, from…

  12. Watch CL & G-Dragon Get Crazy in Skrillex's 'Dirty Vibe' Video

    December 15, 2014 8:47 PM EST The K-pop superstars wile out in the visual to their Electronic/Dance Songs chart hit. As any fan will tell you that, at their wildest, K-pop videos remain rather tame. But in Skrillex 's "Dirty Vibe" video, two of K-pop's biggest stars, CL and G-Dragon , get wild and…

  13. BSBB Round 1: Rixton, "Me and My Broken Heart" vs. Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX, "Fancy"

    December 14, 2014 10:00 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Me and My Broken Heart Rixton Fancy Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX MAURA JOHNSTON: Maroon 5 abandoning their "slight update of Hall & Oates" post resulted in quite a bit of jostling for the position; Rixton, a…

  14. Scooter Braun, Charlie Walk, Rosie Perez and Nick Cannon Among Those Named to Barclays Center’s New Advisory Board

    December 03, 2014 2:22 PM EST Barclays Center’s Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment Advisory Board, made up of a group of nearly 30 top sports, entertainment, and media executives, will hold its first meeting tomorrow (Dec. 4), Billboard has learned.   Created by Brett Yormark , CEO of Barclays Center, and Charlie Walk …

  15. See Ariana Grande Snuggle, Kiss Big Sean

    November 22, 2014 5:04 PM EST Aww! Ariana Grande and Big Sean might be vying for world's most adorable couple. The "Love Me Harder" singer posted snapshots of the pair, looking glamorous in some holiday-ready formal wear, on her Instagram account on Saturday (Nov. 22). And the photos show a candid side of…

  16. Rixton Discuss Their Bizarre Pre-Show Ritual and Treating Every Concert Like It's at Wembley

    November 21, 2014 12:57 PM EST Compared to their compadres Mary Lambert and Betty Who , British band Rixton are the babies of the AmEx AIR bunch. While the female Artists in Residence are riding high on the success of their first major-label albums, the young lads from Manchester are still a few months away from the…

  17. Justin Bieber Returns to No. 1 on Social 50 Chart

    November 21, 2014 10:00 AM EST Justin Bieber is back on top of the Social 50 chart . The 20-year-old rebounds 7-1 for his record-extending 102nd week atop the chart after releasing a joint track with  Cody Simpson . The Social 50 ranks the most popular artists on YouTube, Vevo, Facebook, Twitter, SoundCloud, Wikipedia,…

  18. Wrong Direction: Why The Wanted Never Reached The Boy Band Stratosphere

    November 12, 2014 5:35 PM EST There were sonic missteps and album delays, but the boy band war of 2012 was over before it began. In March 2012, there were not one but two U.K. male pop groups on the cover of Billboard magazine , with a story written by Steven J. Horowitz about the impending boy band boom that the…

  19. Amanda Palmer on Her New Memoir, Self-Doubt, Self-Editing and Feminist Trolling

    November 10, 2014 12:16 PM EST On a recent fall afternoon at Bard College, the musician Amanda Palmer was wrapping up Sunday’s rehearsal for a student production she composed music for called The Bed Show . The 38-year old has an easygoing demeanor for someone whose eyebrows are painted like lines of barbed wire. She…

  20. Corner Office: Spirit Music Group Chairman David Renzer on Scooter Braun, Pandora Problems and How to Spend $50 Million

    November 10, 2014 10:00 AM EST To look at him, publishing veteran David Renzer is just about the last person you'd expect to have co-written a song that reached No. 4 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart -- let alone one as funky as Con Funk Shun 's "Electric Lady." And in fact, "I…

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