1. Pitbull and Carlos Vives Shine Bright at Calibash 2015

    January 25, 2015 5:45 PM EST Dressed in his signature black suit, sweat streaming down his face, Pitbull paused for a moment during his set at Calibash 2015 and made a declaration. "L.A. is my number one market," he told the howling crowd at Los Angeles' Staples Center on Saturday (Jan. 24). The sold-out…

  2. Dropkick Murphys Tell Gov. Scott Walker, 'Stop Using Our Music'

    January 25, 2015 4:50 PM EST The Dropkick Murphys are demanding that the governor of Wisconsin, Scott Walker, get a new soundtrack. The Celtic punk-rockers were displeased to hear their rowdy cover of Woody Guthrie 's "I'm Shipping Up to Boston" used by the Republican politician at the Iowa Freedom…

  3. Kid Cudi Dishes on His Deleted Male-on-Male Kissing Scenes in New Film 'James White'

    January 25, 2015 10:59 AM EST James White , which premiered Friday (Jan. 23) on the second day of the Sundance film festival, is a hard-hitting drama that takes an unflinchingly close-up look at a twenty-something New Yorker enduring his father's death, his mother's cancer and deep personal demons. Click…

  4. Ask Billboard: Controversial Hits, Katy Perry's Sales & Taylor Swift's Radio Reign

    January 25, 2015 9:05 AM EST As always, submit questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. Or, Tweet @gthot20 WHAT ARE THE MOST CONTROVERSIAL HITS? @gthot20 With the …

  5. Chris Brown, Tyga Announce 'Fan of a Fan' Album Release Date

    January 24, 2015 6:52 PM EST Mark it on the calendar.  Chris Brown  and Tyga are slated to release their  Fan Of A Fan: The Album  next month, Breezy confirmed on Twitter. The album will hit retailers on Feb. 24. In addition to the release date, Brown also shared the album's colorful, 90's-inspired artwork. …

  6. Tangerine Dream's Edgar Froese, Electronic Pioneer: An Appreciation

    January 23, 2015 7:19 PM EST As far as Edgar Froese was concerned, there was a difference between making electronic music and making music with electronic instruments. And both with Tangerine Dream and on his own, he preferred to be thought of as doing the latter. "We don't like what we do to be called '…

  7. Shazam Looking to Increase Users by 500%

    January 23, 2015 7:15 PM EST Shazam wants a five-fold increase in monthly mobile users. Already a must-have app for identifying songs, Shazam is betting different types of identification, and new markets, will help it reach that goal. "We announced [in August] we passed the 100 million active user milestone, and…

  8. BPM Festival Highlights: Innervisions, Cadenza Meets Planet E, Vatos Locos & More

    January 23, 2015 4:39 PM EST Since 2008, the international party crowd has congregated in Mexico's Playa del Carmen for 10 days of house and techno parties set against a beautiful paradise backdrop. Drawing more than 55,000 attendees last year (with more estimated this year), the BPM Festival's eighth edition…

  9. Maroon 5, Børns, Charli XCX & Rita Ora: Real-Time Twitter Chart Rewind Ep. 33

    January 23, 2015 2:50 PM EST Welcome back to Billboard's weekly video show "Real-Time Rewind," which recaps the past week's hottest action on the new Billboard Real-Time Twitter Charts -- Trending 140 and Emerging Artists -- and the news that's driving the action. Joe Levy is in the studio on…

  10. Association of Independent Music Publishers Names New Board of Directors

    January 23, 2015 12:47 PM EST The Association of Independent Music Publishers has announced a new slate of board members for the 2015-2016 term. Members of the AIMP, a trade group focused on educating publishers about industry trends, voted to fill officer positions on the national board as well as regional ones in Los…

  11. U.K. Singer-Songwriter Rumer on Battling Depression & Bipolar 2 to Create 'Into Colour'

    January 23, 2015 12:30 PM EST Success did not wear easy on Rumer, which resulted in a tough birth for the British singer and songwriter's upcoming third album, Into Colour. "I lost my mind, I found my mind, that kind of stuff -- just one of those normal adventures," Rumer (real name Sarah Joyce) tells…

  12. Bob Dylan Could Have Been a Teacher

    January 22, 2015 11:38 PM EST Bob Dylan says if he weren't a musician, he would be a teacher. The 73-year-old is on the cover of AARP magazine's February/March issue. He says in an interview that "if I had to do it  all over again, I'd be a schoolteacher." He adds that he "probably"…

  13. SHINee's Jonghyun Rises to No. 1 on World Albums Chart With 'Base' EP

    January 22, 2015 10:00 PM EST The singer is the first member of his boy band to snag a solo Billboard chart-topper. The guys of  SHINee  are trying out solo projects and member  Jonghyun  now has his very own No. 1 to show for his venture. The singer/composer's  Base:  The First Mini Album  EP rises to No. 1 on …

  14. Eric Nam to Embark on Intimate U.S. Showcase Tour

    January 22, 2015 8:52 PM EST Sources tell Billboard the K-pop star is bringing a full backing band and preparing a slew of Top 40 covers. Eric Nam is set to get intimate with his fans in America with a four-date showcase tour. The Korean-American singer, who grew to fame as a contestant on South Korea's talent TV…

  15. Elton John Tops Hot Tours Recap

    January 22, 2015 5:25 PM EST Elton John rang in the new year in New York City for the first time ever in his legendary five-decade career, selling out Brooklyn's Barclays Center with 16,470 fans joining the party on Dec. 31. With ticket sales topping the $3 million mark, the concert earns the Rock & Roll Hall…

  16. Net Neutrality: Just Like the Railroad Robber Barons or Disneyland's Indiana Jones Ride

    January 22, 2015 1:24 PM EST With so much confusion around such an important topic, Billboard explains the convoluted issue via the magic of analogy. The issue of "net neutrality" has been steamy for some time, and now finally looks ready for a full boil. It received an oblique mention in this week's…

  17. Former AEG Live Touring Exec Rob Hallett Unveils 'Disruptive' New Venture

    January 22, 2015 12:41 PM EST Rob Hallett , former president of international touring at AEG Live, has revealed details of his music business venture, entitled Robomagic. A press release describes the London-based company as being a "new disruptive business model on the existing landscape of [the] traditional music…

  18. Gabriela Martinez Promoted at Warner Music Latin America

    January 22, 2015 10:48 AM EST Longtime Warner executive Gabriela Martinez was upped from vp to svp of marketing, Warner Music Latin America. In addition to her expanded marketing duties throughout the Latin region, Martinez will also continue as general manager for Warner Music Latina, Warner's U.S. Latin label.…

  19. Rdio Expands Into 24 New Markets Across Caribbean, Central America and Asia Pacific

    January 22, 2015 10:09 AM EST Fresh off its big move into India , streaming music service Rdio has announced an expansion to 24 new markets across the Caribbean, Central America and Asia Pacific. This rapid growth spurt, being done in close partnership with mobile network Digicel, means Rdio now has a footprint in 85…

  20. Publishing Briefs: Anjali Malhotra Southward to Lead YouTube's Relationships With U.S. Publishers

    January 22, 2015 4:34 AM EST Billboard's Ed Christman rounds-up all the big news happening in the music publishing world.  The Nettwerk Music Group continues to assert itself in the music publishing space: it has acquired the catalog of Robot  Of the Century Music , the publishing catalog formed by Roadrunner…

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