1. Less Could Mean More: Why Merlin's Deal With Pandora May Pay Off

    December 11, 2014 3:26 PM EST Merlin has come under attack in the last month for making a deal that, according to its critics, lowers its member labels' per-stream royalty rate with Pandora, and thus their revenues. Though in time they may ultimately be correct, those critics don't seem to understand that the…

  2. 'We Know What To Do': Scott Borchetta on Joining 'American Idol' and Signing This Season's Winner

    December 11, 2014 2:59 PM EST The winner of American Idol season 14 will be in good hands. The performer taking the top spot this year will be signed to the same record label as Taylor Swift and will be guided by one of the industry's deftest management hands: Big Machine Label Group founder Scott Borchetta. The…

  3. Marilyn Manson Explains That Lana Del Rey Rape Video

    December 11, 2014 2:53 PM EST Just three weeks ago, a purported Marilyn Manson video -- allegedly directed by Eli Roth and featuring  Lana Del Rey acting out a rape scene -- hit the Internet . As quickly as it made the rounds, it was pulled down, and Manson's camp issued a statement denying they had…

  4. The 20 Best K-Pop Songs of 2014

    December 11, 2014 2:30 PM EST K-pop fans may remember 2014 as a dramatic, and at times heartbreaking, year. Members left groups fans envisioned them in for years, tragedy struck the live scene and the dark sides of the industry were brought to light in the wake of mourning one of the scene's most promising acts…

  5. The 10 Best Rap Albums of 2014

    December 11, 2014 2:20 PM EST As was well-documented on Twitter, especially in the latter part of the year, 2014 has been pretty quiet for full-length hip-hop releases, whether they be from major labels or indies. With that said, there were more than a few LPs that would stand out in any year, thanks to their lyrical…

  6. The 10 Best Electronic/Dance Albums of 2014

    December 11, 2014 2:15 PM EST If 2013 marked a comeback year for the dance album, 2014 saw its momentum multiply. From top-earning DJs to underground mainstays, many rising artists made much-anticipated debuts on the LP format, while some veterans returned after significant hiatuses. Read on for our picks for the…

  7. The 10 Best Electronic/Dance Songs of 2014

    December 11, 2014 2:15 PM EST Ranking art is never easy, but dance music's sheer volume and variance make picking favorites particularly difficult. The following ten tracks are the ones we consistently returned to over the course of the year. (And see our list of the  10 best electronic/dance albums here .)…

  8. The 10 Best R&B Albums of 2014

    December 11, 2014 2:15 PM EST Much has been made of the way women dominated the Hot 100 in 2014, but the genre where women really shined this year was R&B. This may not have been reflected in the charts, but when Billboard staff picked their ten favorite R&B albums of the year, 7 were helmed by women (and that…

  9. The 10 Best Rap Songs of 2014

    December 11, 2014 2:10 PM EST Maybe it's just where the industry's headed, maybe it's just a result of how 2013's calendar worked, but this year rap fans digested their music through song, not album. And the songs came from unexpected places, like Vine and Soundcloud, to speak nothing of Detroit and…

  10. Joe Perry Christmas Video Premiere: Watch 'Run Run Rudolph,' with Guitar from Johnny Depp

    December 11, 2014 11:53 AM EST There was a time we might have expected an Aerosmith Christmas celebration to involve tossing Santa from the sleigh and stealing all the presents.  But Joe Perry says that he's long wanted to record some holiday songs with the group. Watch the video for his rendition of Chuck Berry &…

  11. Sinead O'Connor's New Managers Have No Plans to Silence the Singer

    December 11, 2014 11:17 AM EST After an affair with her last manager, new rep Simon Napier-Bell assures, "I'm rather old & gay; she's on safe ground." No one uses her blog as a substitute for placing classified ads quite like Sinead O’Connor . Three years ago, she famously blogged in search of a…

  12. British Trade Body BPI Appoints New Chairman

    December 11, 2014 9:58 AM EST British trade body BPI has appointed former Sony Music UK CEO Ged Doherty as chairman of BPI and the BRIT Awards, effective on New Year's Day. Doherty replaces Tony Wadsworth , who announced in March he was stepping down from the role after seven years. "It's a pleasure to…

  13. Kany Garcia, Pedro Capó, Sie7e & More Take Holiday Music to the Bank

    December 10, 2014 4:32 PM EST Banco Popular’s 'Qué Lindo es Puerto Rico' hits No. 4 on Top Latin Albums. Just as a sudden snap of cold November weather reminds their relatives in New York that Christmas is on its way, the release of Banco Popular’s annual musical production has become a sure sign it's…

  14. Indie Film and TV Player IM Global Launches Music Division

    December 10, 2014 3:56 PM EST Seven-year-old company IM Global, a subsidiary of the entertainment division of Indian conglomerate Reliance ADA, has formed a joint venture with veteran music and private equity executive David Schulhof .   The new division, IM Global Music, will oversee all music used in IM Global films,…

  15. Taylor Swift Tops Hot 100, Meghan Trainor Scores Second Top 10

    December 10, 2014 2:56 PM EST Swift's 'Blank Space' reigns for a fourth week, while Trainor's 'Lips Are Movin' leaps 13-8 … after the pair teamed up to break a record first set by the Beatles. Taylor Swift 's "Blank Space" leads the Billboard Hot 100 for a fourth week, while…

  16. Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Lorde & More: Who Won the Internet in 2014?

    December 10, 2014 2:41 PM EST Katy Perry knows her Mean Girls (and shade). That was just one revelation fans learned this year thanks to the star's Twitter account. But it was far from the only one. This year on social media, stars got in touch with their inner-fangirls, settled feuds, let the public know they had…

  17. Slacker Radio CEO Duncan Orrell-Jones Wants to 'Reinvent Radio for a Post-YouTube Era'

    December 10, 2014 1:24 PM EST A little less than a year after hiring former Disney executive Duncan Orrell-Jones , Slacker Radio is relaunching its website, a move that brought it 100,000 new subscribers last May. This time, though, the internet radio streaming service seeks to expand qualitatively rather than…

  18. SoundCloud Reportedly Raises Another Big Round of Funding

    December 10, 2014 1:08 PM EST SoundCloud has reportedly raised another large round of funding, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal . The Berlin-based music streaming company has raised a $150 million round from unidentified investors, less than a year after the company brought in $60 million from…

  19. Revisionist History, Holiday Edition: Mariah Gets a 'Christmas' Gift, Wham! Gets the Boot

    December 10, 2014 12:01 PM EST For those who love the Billboard charts, this truly is -- as Andy Williams reminds us every December -- the most wonderful time of the year. The arrival of Billboard 's annual year-end rankings have made it a "Happy" holiday for another Williams -- Pharrell -- whose hit with…

  20. Death Grips' 'Inanimate Sensation': Hear First Song From Disc 2 of Final Album

    December 10, 2014 10:57 AM EST Death Grips is dead. Long live 'Jenny Death.' The amorphous, uncompromising Sacramento squad once and always known as Death Grips has released the first song from the second slab, titled "Jenny Death," of The Powers That B , the upcoming double album that will serve…

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