1. Anatomy of a Hit: How Bobby Shmurda's 'Hot Boy' Came to Life

    October 21, 2014 12:57 PM EDT In March, Bobby Shmurda ’s “Hot Boy” (explicit version: “Hot N—a”) video hit YouTube. But it wasn’t until June, when Vine user Vladimir Francois looped the rapper’s Shmoney Dance move in the clip, that the song blew up. Now, Shmurda, 20, is signed to Epic Records, and “Hot Boy” rises 12-10…

  2. Op-Ed: BitTorrent's Matt Mason Makes a Case for Art In the Digital Age

    October 21, 2014 11:45 AM EDT On September 22, Thom Yorke published an image of a vinyl record. The earth was thrown off its axis , as Consequence of Sound reported. And it was again, four days later, when the record was released as a BitTorrent Bundle . That isn’t hyperbole, but instead, obvious and insignificant.…

  3. Deeper & Better: Reaccessing Sleater-Kinney's Material Girls

    October 21, 2014 10:55 AM EDT For around a decade starting in 1995 or 1996, the best rock band in America was an all-female trio out of the indie-rock hothouse of Olympia, Wash.'s Evergreen College. And now, around a decade after they went on hiatus in the wake of 2005's heavy-roiling The Woods , Sleater…

  4. Exclusive: Lyor Cohen's 300 Unveils New Direction, Content, Artists

    October 21, 2014 10:00 AM EDT When a tombstone appeared on the Twitter feed and website of Lyor Cohen 's 300 Entertainment , along with the words "R.I.P." and "He is not busy being born / is busy dying" and the hashtag #ItsANewDay -- all dropping the same day as the launch of MADE Music --…

  5. Exclusive: Tsu Launches as First Social & Payment Platform Where Users Own Their Content

    October 21, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Facebook ,  Twitter , and their investors may be profiting from user-generated content, but there's one person that's not: the user himself, who sees all the money from targeted ads (how did they know I was looking at those Ugg boots on Zappos?) go directly to those companies. But…

  6. 'The Voice' Recap: Battles Continue, But Gwen Stefani Can't Steal Singers

    October 21, 2014 4:12 AM EDT The second week of battles began on The Voice on Monday, filled with matches not only of the singers, but also the coaches. Particularly, Gwen Stefani . The No Doubt breakout (who previewed the music video for her latest single, "Baby Don't Lie," after the episode) previously…

  7. Jhené Aiko Says Staff Member's Assualt Caused Her to Miss Def Jam's 30th Anniversary Concert

    October 20, 2014 6:57 PM EDT As Def Jam celebrated its 30-year anniversary Thursday with a massive Barclays Center blowout featuring performances by Rick Ross , 2 Chainz , Fabolous , DMX , Foxy Brown and many others, one promised guest failed to grace the stage. Jhené Aiko 's absence was noticed, as the young up…

  8. T.I., 'Paperwork': Track-by-Track Review

    October 20, 2014 12:30 PM EDT T.I. has always had some source of inspiration behind his albums, whether it came off sounding good or not. On his first three albums, T.I. was looking to live up to the "King of the South" title he bestowed upon himself as a rookie. King (2006) saw him enjoying his self-professed…

  9. Ella Henderson Opens at the Top in U.K. with 'Chapter One'

    October 20, 2014 5:24 AM EDT Ella Henderson , who finished sixth in the ninth series of The X Factor in 2012, made a triumphant start to her album career in the U.K. yesterday (Oct. 19), opening at No. 1 with her debut set Chapter One (Syco Music/Sony Music). Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass” (Epic/Sony) started a…

  10. Watch Arcade Fire Discuss Rise to Fame on 'CBS Sunday Morning'

    October 19, 2014 3:36 PM EDT Ten years have passed since the release of Arcade Fire ’s critically acclaimed debut album, Funeral . But after two No. 1 albums on the Billboard 200 and a North American arena tour , the Grammy-winning act hasn’t yet become a household name. 'Funeral' Turns 10: The Untold Story…

  11. See Gwen Stefani's 'Baby Don't Lie' Artwork

    October 18, 2014 5:43 PM EDT She's back! Well, almost. Gwen Stefani is prepping the release of her new solo single, "Baby Don't Lie," by giving fans the eye-popping artwork. The coverart is a colorful piece of pop art. Stefani appears on it, in front of a clear blue sky, with bright yellow hair and…

  12. 10 Things We Learned from Joe Perry's Reddit AMA

    October 17, 2014 10:06 PM EDT The guitar-slinging Aerosmith co-founder Joe Perry has been rocking hard for 40 years and lately he's been making a victory lap of sorts, celebrating his achievements with a new book, Rocks: My Life in and out of Aerosmith .  Friday Perry joined Reddit fans for an Ask Me Anything (AMA)…

  13. Revolt's Inaugural Music Conference Kicks Off in Miami with Sean Combs, Guy Oseary, Craig Kallman and Many More

    October 17, 2014 5:53 PM EDT The first day of Revolt’s Music Conference in Miami centered on two central themes: Innovation and artistry. Approximately 800 people flocked to Miami Beach’s Fontainebleau Hotel for the cable music network’s inaugural conference event, with attendees including Revolt Chairman and co…

  14. How Caron Veazey Architected Pharrell's Epic Year

    October 17, 2014 2:46 PM EDT PHARRELL'S RIGHT-HAND WOMAN This profile is part of Billboard's Oct. 25 cover story package on the launch of Maverick, a new music-management consortium. You can find our full coverage right here . TITLE: GM, I Am Other Entertainment STAFF : 15 CITY: New York COMPANY FOUNDED IN:…

  15. Jimmy Page Talks New Music, Led Zeppelin's Future & Why He Has No Interest Being in a 'Tribute Band'

    October 17, 2014 1:25 PM EDT In his 70 years, it's fair to say that Jimmy Page has seen and experienced more than most. A hell of a lot more. Nevertheless, even he fails to hide the look of astonishment and boyish wonder that lights up his face upon exploring the Gothic splendor of "The Tudor Room" at…

  16. How Do You Get Nominated for a Grammy? Behind the ‘Mysterious’ Voting Process

    October 17, 2014 11:47 AM EDT The Grammy vote begins with its 21,000-strong membership (industry personnel, singers, musicians, producers, engineers, conductors, songwriters, arrangers, art directors, music video artists and technicians) of whom only 12,000 are eligible to cast ballots because they meet the criteria of…

  17. RCA Records Hires Dan Chertoff as VP, A&R

    October 17, 2014 10:20 AM EDT Dan Chertoff has been appointed vice president A&R of RCA Records, where he'll be responsible for signing and developing new artists, the label has announced. Chartoff will work out of RCA's New York City headquarters and report to CEO Peter Edge and David Wolter , SVP of A…

  18. Billy Bob Thornton's Boxmasters Go 'Somewhere' With 101 Records

    October 16, 2014 8:30 PM EDT Some artists may battle a bit of writer's block when prepping for a new release, but that's definitely not an issue for the Boxmasters ' principal songwriters Billy Bob Thornton and J.D. Andrew , who have delivered a double-album, Somewhere Down the Road , for the band's…

  19. Ray Scott Talks Self-Titled Album, Brandy Clark & Tijuana Jail

    October 16, 2014 6:28 PM EDT Ray Scott has always marched to the beat of his own drummer. He tells Billboard that for him to be true to himself artistically, that's the way it has to be. "I have to do it that way. There's no need for me to even try to attempt to chase trends. I wouldn't do it anyway…

  20. How Digitally Imported Will Become a One-Stop Shop for EDM

    October 16, 2014 12:28 PM EDT The EDM-focused internet radio service's new business model will seamlessly integrate on-demand streaming and retail. Digitally Imported, the Denver-based internet radio service catering to electronic music fans (also known as di.fm ), today announced that it will integrate streaming…

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