1. Exclusive: The Avener Premieres 'Hate Street Dialogue' Video ft. Rodriguez

    February 19, 2015 11:30 AM EST The limitations of an artist's environment can have a strong impact on their work -- take the Avener and his song "Hate Street Dialogue." "A friend of mine introduced me to Rodriguez 's music ten years ago," the French producer tells Billboard. "I was…

  2. APA Promotes Music Agent Steve Martin to Partner

    February 16, 2015 8:41 PM EST APA has promoted worldwide music executive vice president Steve Martin to partner, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Sony Music Promotes Execs In Australia, Asia "Steve has done a tremendous job in furthering our footprint and continued growth," APA president and CEO James Gosnell…

  3. Fox Renews 'Empire' After Only Two Episodes

    January 17, 2015 3:48 PM EST Fox jumped on the TCA renewal train Saturday (Jan. 17). The network used its executive session to hand out early 2015-16 pickups to freshman dramas Empire and Gotham as well as a third run for comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine . 'Empire' Premiere: For Better or Worse, Fox's Hip-Hop…

  4. 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…

  5. Jon Bon Jovi Reminisces About the ‘Absolutely Awful’ Video for His First-Ever Hit ‘Runaway’

    October 27, 2014 3:17 PM EDT Bon Jovi’s self-titled debut album was released in January, and the band’s first single, “Runaway,” cracked the top 40 in February in spite of a music video that ranks as one of the most WTF moments of the early MTV era. 
“It’s absolutely awful,” says frontman Jon Bon Jovi, 52, who’s now…

  6. 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…

  7. MLB Playoffs: All the Intro Songs Revealed

    October 15, 2014 4:15 PM EDT What are players rocking when they step to the plate? There’s a lot more than organ music at baseball games these days. Unless we’re talking Chicago’s Wrigley Field (the only stadium that sticks to the classic organ sounds), every MLB player has the opportunity to step to the plate with his…

  8. U.S.-Based Iraqi Metal Band Acrassicauda Raises Funds on Kickstarter to Record Debut Album

    July 21, 2014 11:55 AM EDT When Acrassicauda drummer Marwan Hussein found out on July 9 that his heavy-metal band had successfully raised $37,383 via Kickstarter to record its first full-length album, he says his reaction was elation tempered by “a sense of guilt.”   The elation: Acrassicauda’s three original members…

  9. How Marty Friedman Went From Megadeth to the 'Ryan Seacrest Of Japan'

    June 03, 2014 11:37 AM EDT "Chubo desu yo!" translates into English as “It's the Kitchen!,” and it's a mainstay of Japanese TV. Each week the show's jovial host Masaaki Sakai, a singer-comedian and household name, cooks a meal while engaging guests in humorous off-topic banter. Tonight's…

  10. Scorpions Drummer Released from Dubai Jail

    May 07, 2014 8:09 PM EDT Scorpions drummer James Kottak has been released from a Dubai prison and arrived in the United States, according to a post on the rock band’s Facebook page.  Last month, newspapers in the United Arab Emirates reported that the American drummer had been sentenced to one month in jail after…

  11. Scorpions Drummer Jailed in Dubai Over Alleged Islam Insult

    April 29, 2014 6:14 PM EDT Newspapers in the United Arab Emirates are reporting that the American drummer for the rock band Scorpions has been sentenced to one month in jail after being convicted of offensive behavior in Dubai. The government-backed National newspaper reported Tuesday that James Kottak was convicted of…

  12. Block B Are Carnival Creeps in 'Jackpot' Video: Watch

    April 15, 2014 11:23 PM EDT Enter the K-pop boy band's colorful world where edible scorpions and clown masks are paired with slick choreography Independent K-pop boy band Block B shows no sign of simmering their wild side with an ambitious new single, "Jackpot." Like their last single,  K-Pop Hot 100 Top…

  13. 10 Country Artists to Watch in 2014: 615 Picks

    January 09, 2014 12:12 PM EST It's time to shine the spotlight on some of the new country and Americana acts that we think will make some noise in 2014. Some are very much in the mainstream sound, while some are a little off the beaten path, but we think there's something to each of these acts ( listed…

  14. INFINITE, Icona Pop, Ylvis & East Meet West Collabs Rock 2013 MAMAs: Video Highlights

    November 25, 2013 8:20 PM EST From CL joining Icona Pop's girl power to Crayon Pop and Ylvis teaming for onstage antics, here's five must-see MAMA performances. The early planning stages of the 2013 Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMAs) revealed an emphasis on culture-mashing collaboration stages as a top priority for…

  15. Lady Gaga Blasts Off For ‘Venus’: Listen

    October 28, 2013 3:32 AM EDT Lady Gaga leaves Planet Earth well behind on her new song “Venus,” which hit the Web in its entirety over the weekend. Clocking-in at nearly four minutes, “Venus” is essentially an extra-terrestrial love song with a catchy, radio-friendly chorus. Gaga also injects a touch of humor. As she…

  16. Hardstyle: Get To Know the Genre with an Exclusive Psyko Punkz Mix

    August 22, 2013 3:03 PM EDT Dutch brand Q Dance brings the high-octane genre to America. One fan at a time. Warped, distorted synths. A gut-punching, constant, turbo-powered kickdrum -- immediately followed by more bass on the offbeat. Voiceovers from monsters, alien gods and nasty little punks. No need for a drop.…

  17. Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines' Leaps Into Top 10 on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

    May 23, 2013 7:22 PM EDT Robin Thicke breaks into the top 10 of Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs as “Blurred Lines,” featuring T.I. and Pharrell, leaps 16-3 in its eighth week on the list. The song’s impressive rise is aided by performances by Thicke on the May 14 episode of NBC’s “The Voice” and “The Ellen DeGeneres…

  18. Meet INFINITE: Video Q&A With the Rising K-Pop Superstars

    January 29, 2013 3:05 PM EST   2012 was a spectacular year for K-pop boy band INFINITE. The group embarked on their first tours in Korea and Japan, reached 160,000 members in their official fan club "Inspirit," and by the end of the year, Billboard.com was so impressed by the seven-member group and…

  19. Hurricane Sandy: 15 Songs to Ride Out the Storm

    October 29, 2012 11:25 AM EDT Here comes Hurricane Sandy. More than 50 million Americans have battened down their hatches in preparation for the massive storm that will bombard the U.S. East Coast with 75-mph winds and buckets of rain Monday and Tuesday. Here are 15 savage-weather tunes to help us ride out the storm.…

  20. Hot Tours: Justin Bieber Shoots To No. 1 with Believe Tour

    October 15, 2012 12:30 PM EDT With the launch of the Believe Tour, Justin Bieber earns the No. 1 ranking on this week's slate of top-grossing tours with gross and attendance totals reported from the first five arenas on the itinerary. Box office revenue tops $6.2 million from the first 80,569 sold tickets, according…

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