1. 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 of music…

  2. 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&…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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 …

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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,…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. Madonna Buys Chance the Rapper a Razor Scooter, Hints at Collaboration

    November 05, 2014 1:00 PM EST "So grateful for this awesome present! You are a true friend," writes the Chicago rapper of Madge. Is Chance The Rapper the latest artist to join Madonna ’s in-the-works follow-up to 2012’s MDNA ? The pop superstar has employed Instagram to capture her co-conspirators during the…

  14. Sheppard on Keith Urban, Playing Ball with ‘the Dream Team’, & Dining at Ariana Grande’s Home

    October 30, 2014 11:50 PM EDT Sheppard’s flock is fast growing, and its going global.  Just 18 months ago, the band was riding a wave of buzz back home in Brisbane, Australia, when their breezy singalong song “Let Me Down Easy” took flight and was certified platinum. Now, the six-piece is one of the hottest new indie…

  15. OK Go Deconstruct Their Drone-Filmed 'I Won't Let You Down' Video

    October 27, 2014 12:00 PM EDT When OK Go were dreaming up the eye-popping, retro-futuristic video for "I Won't Let You Down" off their fourth LP, Hungry Ghosts (out Oct. 14 via OK Go's own label), the inventive alt-pop foursome visited Tokyo's Robot Restaurant, a 12-floor underground theater…

  16. Ex-Sony CEO Howard Stringer on the Company's Failures and Time Inc.'s Big Challenges

    October 26, 2014 10:30 PM EDT In a frequently humorous address to several hundred entertainment lawyers and others, former Sony CEO and chairman Sir Howard Stringer shared observations from a half-century career that ranged from service in Vietnam to leadership of two media giants, offering uncensored thoughts on Sony…

  17. Norwegian DJ Kygo Is On the Verge of Becoming Dance Music's Next Superstar

    October 24, 2014 4:02 PM EDT With a huge label deal, sellout tours, a signature sound and co-signs from Diplo and Coldplay, Kygo is primed to become the next EDM superstar. The world is full of bedroom producers who dream of being the next Avicii . So how did a 23-year-old DJ from Norway find himself in the middle of a…

  18. Scooter Braun Was 'Blown Away' By 'Jem and the Holograms' Movie

    October 24, 2014 10:10 AM EDT Justin Bieber’s manager, who’s also producing the highly anticipated movie based on the ‘80s toy line, also revealed his future plans with director Jon M. Chu. Fans of the Jem and the Holograms toy line and animated TV series from the ‘80s have every reason to be excited about the upcoming…

  19. Billboard Cover: Usher on Getting Tough With Justin Bieber, Why He’s Not Ready for a New Album and Life as a Single Dad

    October 24, 2014 9:00 AM EDT There Are Segways, and then there's Usher Raymond IV 's Segway. Usher's scooter is a custom-built, gold-plated number with rims that look like they were lifted from Rick Ross ' Maybach. It shines like Louis the XIV's jewels as he zips through the hallways…

  20. 2NE1's K-Pop Hit 'I Am the Best' Gains Spins at U.S. Radio Stations

    October 20, 2014 9:35 PM EDT New York and Boston stations have adopted the Korean banger into their playlists. 2NE1 's "I Am the Best" continues making impressions in America as it begins picking up spins on stateside radio. In the week ending Oct. 19, the electronic/hip-hop hybrid single was played 24…

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