1. Why Taylor Swift Would Never ‘Pull a Beyonce’ with an Album

    October 21, 2014 1:21 PM EDT Waiting for Taylor to release an out-of-nowhere album someday? Keep waiting. When Beyonce surprise-released her self-titled fifth album exclusively on iTunes last December, the sneak-attack tactic left the industry with a lot of questions once the dust settled. The strategy was undeniably…

  2. Roc Nation Sports Signs Red Sox Star Yoenis Cespedes

    October 21, 2014 1:00 PM EDT Red Sox slugger Yoenis Cespedes has joined Jay Z 's burgeoning sports agency Roc Nation Sports, the company announced  this week. Roc Nation Sports' roster also includes fellow MLB stars C.C. Sabathia , Robinson Cano and Rusney Castillo , as well as NFL players Victor Cruz and…

  3. Exclusive Q&A: Irving Azoff on the Bidding War for L.A.'s Iconic Greek Theatre

    October 21, 2014 10:45 AM EDT The longtime Angelino and former Live Nation chairman puts the battle for the Greek in perspective The world's two largest promoters, Live Nation and AEG in partnership with the Nederlander, are on pins and needles and then some. They await word from the LA Department of Recreation and…

  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. Jason Derulo: I'm '100 Percent' Going to Write Songs About Jordin Sparks

    October 20, 2014 12:45 PM EDT Jason Derulo recently broke up with longtime girlfriend Jordin Sparks , but that hasn't stopped his hot streak on the charts: "Trumpets" just broke the top 20 on the Hot 100 , the fourth single from Derulo's Talk Dirty album to accomplish this feat. Billboard caught up…

  6. Kiesza, Wilkinson & Years and Years: Billboard Twitter Emerging Picks of the Week

    October 20, 2014 12:40 PM EDT For your listening pleasure, Billboard has compiled some of our favorite tracks that debuted on this week’s Billboard + Twitter Emerging Artists chart. All of these tracks chronicle a stage in the experience of love -- excitement, risk, or pure desire. Check out the love(ly) tracks below,…

  7. Corner Office: Afo Verde, Head of Sony Latin, on Ricky Martin, His Producer Roots and Argentine Pride

    October 20, 2014 11:46 AM EDT The 50 or so ­employees at Sony Music Entertainment’s Miami headquarters are used to seeing Afo Verde walk briskly, fitting for a part-time soccer player. But today, he limps, still recovering from a 3-month-old ankle fracture sustained during his company’s weekly soccer match. “I’d love…

  8. Erykah Badu Makes $3.60 Singing on NYC Streets

    October 15, 2014 7:30 PM EDT Erykah Badu is a Grammy-winning singer known for her powerful R&B vocals, but in NYC last week, she was just another street performer. The artist filmed herself heading to Times Square for an anonymous busking session last Friday, and Okayplayer posted the phone video. While her…

  9. Garth Brooks Breaks His N. American Ticket Sales Record (That He Set Last Month)

    October 15, 2014 4:52 PM EDT The hits just keep coming for Garth Brooks , who has now broken his own North American ticket sales record for a single city, moving more than 188,000 tickets sold from 11 shows at the Target Center in Minneapolis between Nov. 6 and 15.   The personal best Brooks just beat was from his…

  10. Who Is Elliphant? Five Wild Facts About The Swedish Pop Prospect

    October 14, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Older men, "Deadwood" and sleeping with the lights on: get to know the latest interesting voice coming from Scandinavia. Ellinor Olovsdotter, better known as the Swedish singer-songwriter Elliphant, is inching toward a U.S. breakthrough two-and-a-half years after signing to the…

  11. John Cena & Wiz Khalifa Team Up on 'WWE 2K15' Video Game Soundtrack

    October 13, 2014 11:45 AM EDT The wrestler and the rapper have two songs together: "All Day" and "Breaks." Superstar wrestler John Cena  has collaborated with Wiz Khalifa on two tracks for the soundtrack to the latest WWE video game -- and he also selected the music for game's companion album.…

  12. City Winery Finds a New Home in Nashville

    October 10, 2014 8:19 PM EDT There's no shortage of performance venues in Nashville -- it is Music City, after all -- but Michael Dorf, owner of the just-opened City Winery , says he feels his establishment will offer fans a unique opportunity when watching live entertainment that will keep them coming back for…

  13. From Panic Attacks to Family Estrangement, Reggaeton Star J Balvin’s Struggle to Make It to the Top

    October 10, 2014 1:00 PM EDT Two years ago, J Balvin should have been on top of the world. A steady stream of tracks that mixed tropical lightness with the heavy beat of reggaeton had made him a star at home in Colombia. Girls climbed the walls of his house in Medellin to get a picture with him. The stars of the…

  14. Inside Garth Brooks' Master Plan to Launch the Biggest Tour of All Time

    October 10, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Garth Brooks has long been the biggest-selling act of the Nielsen SoundScan era, with 69.6 million albums sold in the United States alone since 1991. And insiders say that for the recently launched tour in support of his new album, Man Against Machine (due Nov. 11), he has got an even…

  15. No Adele Album Coming in 2014: Report

    October 09, 2014 7:00 PM EDT Rumour has it Adele 's new album won't be released in 2014. In a filing reported in The New York Times , the singer's label, XL Recordings, said, "There will not be a further new release by Adele during 2014 and consequently there will be a fall in XL's turnover and…

  16. Exclusive: Watch Melissa Etheridge & Queen Latifah Cover Fleetwood Mac

    October 08, 2014 6:33 PM EDT While the Rumours -era lineup of Fleetwood Mac is out on tour, Melissa Etheridge and Queen Latifah revisited the group's lone track to feature all five members as songwriters, "The Chain." Melissa Etheridge Op-Ed: Why Auto-Tune Has No Soul The pair perform "The Chain…

  17. Former Executive at 'American Idol' Parent Facing Jail for Fraud

    October 08, 2014 8:30 AM EDT A former senior executive at the TV production company behind American Idol and The X-Factor is facing a jail sentence for fraud. Ian Ousey pleaded guilty at Highbury Corner Magistrates Court to stealing almost £225,000 ($360,000) from London-based production company FremantleMedia, which…

  18. Hear Tinashe's New Song 'Bet' With Dev Hynes

    September 29, 2014 5:34 PM EDT Tinashe , whose "2 On" is currently No. 9 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart , released a new song on Monday (Sept. 29). Check out "Bet," which features Dev Hynes , known for his work in Blood Orange and for collaborating with Sky Ferreira and Solange , below:…

  19. Madonna & Nicki Minaj Hang in New York: Is There a New Collaboration Coming?

    September 23, 2014 10:54 AM EDT "We go Hard or we go Home," the Queen of Pop informs her subjects. Madonna has another star-who-might-be-working-on-the-new-album to her high-wattage Instagram feed, as Nicki Minaj popped up on Monday night (Sept. 22) to blow a kiss, and maybe swirl some more collaboration rumors.…

  20. Wu-Tang Clan & Lil’ Kim Reign in Brooklyn: Live Review

    September 22, 2014 4:00 PM EDT Nostalgia was the selling point at Brooklyn's Barclays Center on Sept. 19, when hip-hop magazine The Source held its inaugural SOURCE360 variety concert to commemorate its 25th anniversary. While relative newcomers Curren$y and Dom Kennedy opened the evening, it was the electric sets…

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