1. Pandora's App Refresh Hints at the Company's Simple Strategy

    December 04, 2014 2:44 PM EST On Tuesday (Dec. 2), Pandora announced the first major refresh for its mobile app in roughly two years. Given the tonnage of press-release artillery (PRtillery, if you will) flying around in mobile-music-streaming space lately, the release is notably modest. The update refines the overall…

  2. Saavn and Twitter Team Up to Deliver a Crowdsourced Radio Station

    December 04, 2014 12:10 PM EST A re-imagining of Twitter Music for the Indian streaming service Saavn may find a foothold in the world's second-most populous country. An innovative partnership between a social media giant and a music streaming service is taking place halfway around the world. Indian music streaming…

  3. Song Suffragettes Provides Boost for Young Female Country Artists in Nashville

    December 04, 2014 12:06 PM EST Frustrated by the lack of opportunities for young women in country music, Nashville-based production company Todd Cassetty Welding Service set out to do something about it. Early this year, the company began auditioning female singer-songwriters and in March launched a weekly live show,…

  4. Alicia Keys Preaches for Unity in 'We Gotta Pray'

    December 04, 2014 11:58 AM EST Alicia Keys has released a new song, “We Gotta Pray”, in the wake of protests in New York City and Ferguson, MO. Just hours after its release, the song bolted to the top of the Billboard + Twitter Trending 140 . In the reflective ballad, the singer-songwriter pleads for the world to…

  5. 'Parks & Rec' Star Nick Offerman Sings Love Letter to Whisky

    December 04, 2014 10:46 AM EST Where does Nick Offerman end and Ron Swanson begin? Nick Offerman  went and made a music video for his  Parks and Rec  alter ego, Ron Swanson. Okay, it's not exactly for him. But "My Tales of Whisky," -- expounding on the joys of drinking whisky, as well as other "manly…

  6. Grammys' Alternative Album Category: The 10 Greatest Injustices

    December 04, 2014 9:00 AM EST 'Out of Time' over 'Nevermind'? 'Get Behind Me Satan' over 'Funeral'? Let's sort through these incorrect choices together. The history of the Grammy Awards is full of both rightful victories and shameful omissions. In hindsight, it's easy to…

  7. Why Courtney Love Isn't a Producer on Kurt Cobain Documentary

    December 03, 2014 5:34 PM EST Frances Bean Cobain, the couple's daughter, has worked closely with director Brett Morgen on the HBO/Universal Pictures doc, but Love has no editorial control. When HBO and Universal Pictures bring the first authorized documentary about Kurt Cobain to the screen, don't count on…

  8. It's Official: Scott Borchetta Joining 'American Idol' Season 14 as Mentor

    December 03, 2014 5:33 PM EST The man who discovered Taylor Swift will be the new Randy Jackson. Can the man who discovered Taylor Swift pick the next American Idol? The Fox show is banking on just that, as Scott Borchetta , the President and CEO of Big Machine Label group, will assume the position of mentor for the…

  9. Will Arcade Fire Repeat as Grammy Darlings?

    December 03, 2014 4:55 PM EST Their last effort shocked the world and won Album of the Year; how do they stack up as defending champs? Remember these days? If you're an indie rock fan, you remember what it was like when Arcade Fire 's The Suburbs shocked the world and won Album of the Year at the 2011 Grammys …

  10. Saxophonist Bobby Keys Dies at 70

    December 02, 2014 2:28 PM EST Bobby Keys , the Texas-born tenor saxophonist whose bold and bluesy sound made him the single most vital auxiliary member of the Rolling Stones from the 1970s forward, died Dec. 2 at his home in Franklin, Tenn. He was 70. His family confirmed the death on Facebook without giving a cause. He…

  11. King of Spain Pays Bertelsmann HQ a Visit

    December 02, 2014 12:18 PM EST King Felipe VI of Spain visited the German media company Bertelsmann in Guetersloh on Tuesday and met the owning family, the Mohns. Family spokesperson Liz Mohn , Bertelsmann's Supervisory Board Chairman Christoph Mohn , and Chairman & CEO Thomas Rabe welcomed Felipe de Borbón y…

  12. Publishing Briefs: Dan the Automator Signs With Atlas Music Group, RightsFlow Enters 3D Printing Biz, Riptide Expands

    December 02, 2014 11:57 AM EST Billboard's Ed Christman rounds-up all the big news in the music publishing world. -- The Atlas Music Group has signed producer Dan "The Automator" Nakamura to a worldwide publishing deal, which will include his entire catalog (except for collaborations with Dr. Octagon ), as…

  13. Ken Ehrlich Will Produce Grammy Awards Through 2017

    December 02, 2014 9:00 AM EST Ken Ehrlich and his production company, AEG Ehrlich Ventures, will produce the 58th and 59th Grammy Awards in addition to next year's 57th annual event and Dec. 5's A Very Grammy Christmas . The 57th edition, being held Feb. 8, will mark Ehrlich's 35th year as a producer of…

  14. Hardwell Rocks Madison Square Garden: Exclusive Behind-the-Scenes Video

    December 01, 2014 6:47 PM EST Hardwell might already be No. 1, but he’ll always try harder.  Right now, the Dutchman is at the vanguard of the EDM world. The progressive and electro-house specialist (real name Robbert van de Corput ) is the reigning victor of DJ Mag’s annual Top 100 DJs poll , and he’s just toured the…

  15. Granger Smith on 'Dirt Road Driveway' Follow-Up & Making Football Picks as Earl Dibbles Jr.

    December 01, 2014 5:30 PM EST Granger Smith paid a visit to Music City recently, headlining a sold-out show at Exit/In. Smith said playing in Nashville offers a special vibe. "Nashville is one of the most rewarding and exciting places for us to play. The guest list is astronomical, since so many of our friends and…

  16. World AIDS Day: U2, Fergie & More Music Stars Tweet to Raise Awareness

    December 01, 2014 3:44 PM EST From tweeting a simple message to performing at Monday night's (Dec. 1) World AIDS Day concert in New York's Times Square, musicians are raising awareness about the AIDS pandemic today. Below, find tweets from U2 , Celine Dion , Tiesto and more: With @Coldplay ’s Chris Martin …

  17. A$AP Rocky Reveals How Fashion Made Him Cry In New Ferragamo Video Series

    December 01, 2014 3:28 PM EST In his 2012 Scarface and Willy Wonka -inspired video for "Wassup," A$AP Rocky dazzles in Comme des Garcons and Raf Simons, rapping, "Only thing bigger than my ego is my mirror/ Yeah, clothes getting weirder." And fashion "weirdness" is precisely what captured…

  18. iPod Trial: Steve Jobs' Own Words to Be Used Against Apple

    December 01, 2014 12:38 PM EST After nearly a decade in legal wrangling, a billion-dollar class-action lawsuit over Apple's iPod music players heads to trial on Tuesday in a California federal court. Attorneys for consumers and electronics retailers claim Apple Inc. used software in its iTunes store that forced…

  19. This Week in Billboard Chart History: In 1987, Belinda Carlisle's 'Place' Was at No. 1

    December 01, 2014 8:05 AM EST The solo Go-Go reigned at last with the pop gem 'Heaven Is a Place on Earth.' Plus, remembering key chart feats for Rihanna, Elvis Presley and Pearl Jam. Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history Dec. 1, 2012 A…

  20. Glastonbury Festival 2015: Lionel Richie Announced as First Performer

    November 30, 2014 12:45 PM EST Lionel Richie is the first confirmed performer for the 2015 Glastonbury Festival. Richie, who was recently named a Legend of Live at the 2014 Billboard Touring Awards, will make his debut U.K. festival appearance in the Sunday teatime slot on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury, according to…

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