1. Check Out Nicki Minaj's Bold Album Art for 'The Pinkprint'

    November 03, 2014 10:30 AM EST Nicki Minaj 's first two albums, 2010's Pink Friday and 2012's Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, featured some impressive, Nicki-centric cover art. First was Nicki as a pink-haired Barbie with crazy-long legs, and then came Nicki with bleach-blonde hair, the biggest eyelashes in…

  2. New Signings: Jackie Boyz Team with Razor & Tie, Son Lux to Glassnote, OWSLA Grabs Carmada and More

    October 31, 2014 3:39 PM EDT A look at the latest artist signings across the music industry, including record labels, artist management firms, publishing companies, booking agencies and more.  RECORD LABELS -- America's Got Talent finalist Emily West signs to Sony Music Masterworks imprint, Portrait . She will…

  3. Details on the (Literally) Explosive Set of Calvin Harris' 'Open Wide' Video & More Insider Scoop

    October 31, 2014 3:22 PM EDT GBV Broke Up: Have A Beer   Guided By Voices fans bereft over its abrupt September breakup can soon drown their sorrows in a beer inspired by the Robert Pollard-led indie band and the 20th anniversary of its classic 1994 album Bee Thousand . On Nov. 17,  Delaware microbrewer Dogfish Head…

  4. Will Fox Score Another 'Glee' With 'Dynasty'-Style Hip-Hop Soap Opera 'Empire'?

    October 31, 2014 3:01 PM EDT The network that launched 'American Idol' and the studio that birthed 'Glee' team up with Columbia Records and Timbaland for a 'Dynasty'-inspired hip-hop soap, but will it produce stars and sales? "Once I picked my mouth up off the floor, the idea of…

  5. 'Shady XV' Track List: New Songs & Classics From Eminem, 50 Cent, More

    October 29, 2014 7:27 PM EDT For the 15th anniversary of Shady Records, fans will get a taste of old and new. On Wednesday (Oct. 29), the label unveiled the track list for Shady XV , a two-disc album arriving Nov. 24. The first disc features 12 new tracks, including songs from D12 , Yelawolf , Bad Meets Evil and Big…

  6. Calvin Harris & Haim Join Forces to 'Pray to God'

    October 29, 2014 9:40 AM EDT Calvin Harris 's new album, Motion , is dropping on Election Day (Nov. 4), but songs have been sneaking out this week. Earlier this week he released the guns, blood, and ballet video for "Open Wide," with Big Sean . His latest collaboration, "Pray to God," features…

  7. Listen to Calvin Harris' 'Motion' Album a Week Early

    October 28, 2014 5:22 PM EDT When the world’s No. 1 earning DJ shared the track list for his new album earlier this month, that collaboration lineup looked pretty exciting, didn't it? Well, the time has come: Calvin Harris is now streaming his new studio album Motion , a week ahead of its Nov. 4 release date. Head…

  8. Gwen Stefani Goes Full EDM on Calvin Harris' 'Together'

    October 28, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Just 24 hours after his Big Sean collaboration "Open Wide"  hit the Internet, another track from Calvin Harris ' upcoming Motion album is here. And it features the one, the only Gwen Stefani . While Harris met the Detroit rapper stylistically halfway for their track, Gwen…

  9. Calvin Harris & Big Sean's 'Open Wide' Video: Guns, Blood & Ballet

    October 27, 2014 3:24 PM EDT With a week to go until Calvin Harris ' star-studded fourth studio album Motion hits, the Scottish superstar DJ has shared a new video for his Big Sean collaboration "Open Wide." "Open Wide" is essentially the same track as "C.U.B.A.," a demo he teased…

  10. After Romeo Gets 'Love' on Billboard + Twitter Charts

    October 24, 2014 4:30 PM EDT Look out, One Direction and 5 Seconds of Summer -- there’s a new group ready to dominate the music scene. Los Angeles based quintet After Romeo arrived on the Billboard + Twitter Trending 140 this week with “LOL (Love on Lock)” an energetic pop track laced with R&B influences…

  11. Billboard Cover: Usher on Getting Tough With Justin Bieber, Why He’s Not Ready for a New Album and Life as a Single Dad

    October 24, 2014 9:00 AM EDT There Are Segways, and then there's Usher Raymond IV 's Segway. Usher's scooter is a custom-built, gold-plated number with rims that look like they were lifted from Rick Ross ' Maybach. It shines like Louis the XIV's jewels as he zips through the hallways…

  12. Must-Hear Music Podcast: Gwen Stefani, Taylor Swift, Sleater-Kinney, Foo Fighters & More

    October 23, 2014 1:00 PM EDT It's a week of comebacks on the Must-Hear Music podcast. Gwen Stefani returns to her solo career with a nice but lackluster single , while Sleater-Kinney drop their (awesome) first new song since reuniting after a nine-year break. We also chat about Foo Fighters' first single from…

  13. Jimmy Iovine Talks Birth of Beats, 'Cool' Steve Jobs and Music's 'Sterile' Distribution Systems at Revolt Conference

    October 22, 2014 2:07 PM EDT Jimmy Iovine used his acceptance speech for a special award at Sean Combs ' inaugural Revolt Music Conference this week to talk about Beats, Apple and the changing landscape of the music business, or as he prefers, the business of music. Iovine, the former chairman of Interscope and co…

  14. Kanye West Applauds Teyana Taylor for 'Fighting the Entire System'

    October 22, 2014 10:49 AM EDT Teyana Taylor got plenty of praise from label head Kanye West at her album release party in Hollywood on Tuesday night. "There's never been someone on the label who's had to take something into their hands quite as much as this girl had to do," said Kanye. "So I…

  15. Exclusive: Faith Evans Talks Notorious B.I.G.'s 'Ready To Die' & Bad Boy Records

    October 20, 2014 4:25 PM EDT Faith Evans has built a strong career ever since dropping her breakthrough debut Faith in 1995, but this year marks a different sort of milestone for the R&B singer. In addition to releasing her sixth studio album Incomparable on Nov. 24 via Prolific Music Group/BMG Artist Services, the…

  16. Calvin Harris & Ellie Goulding Reteam for 'Outside'

    October 20, 2014 6:45 AM EDT A couple weeks ago, Calvin Harris -- the top-earning DJ of 2014 -- announced Motion , his fourth studio album. The starry  guest list included Big Sean, Gwen Stefani, Haim, Tinashe, and Ellie Goulding . The track with Goulding, a follow-up to the 2012 collaboration "I Need Your Love,…

  17. 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…

  18. 14 New Zealand Acts You Need to Know About

    October 17, 2014 5:17 AM EDT New Zealand has been punching well above its weight in recent years. Think Lorde . Think The Naked and the Famous , Broods , Gin Wigmore , Ladyhawke   and  Kimbra (oh, and don't forget   Flight of the Conchords ). If you figured that’s it, think again. With the nominations announced…

  19. Guy Gerber Bringing His Famous Ibiza Dance Party to U.S. on Fall Tour

    October 15, 2014 10:52 AM EDT The Israeli DJ, who released a dance music album with Puff Daddy this summer, will play a show in New York on Halloween and in Miami during Art Basel. When Guy Gerber and Puff Daddy released their collaborative album of electronic music this summer, it cast a curious spell over the dance…

  20. Ariana Grande Confirms Relationship With Big Sean

    October 13, 2014 4:48 PM EDT Ariana Grande has officially confirmed her relationship with Big Sean .   Grande was asked by The Telegraph if she was dating the rapper. "Yes," replied the 21-year-old. "He is one of the most amazing men in the whole world, and that includes my grandfather and my brother. I…

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