1. Three 'Boyhood' Songs, Including Two by Ethan Hawke, Enter Oscar Race

    November 08, 2014 1:32 PM EST As the Oscar race approaches the Thanksgiving break, with only a small handful of major awards hopefuls that haven't yet screened, IFC Films' summer release Boyhood continues to look like the film to beat. Found Star: New Radicals' Gregg Alexander Grants First Interview in 15…

  2. Young The Giant and Alabama Shakes Mesmerize at Evolution Tour L.A. Stop

    November 07, 2014 5:30 PM EST Billed as a night of “intimate concert experiences … with music + art + technology," the Mercedes-Benz Evolution Tour rolled into L.A. for a private performance at Santa Monica Airport’s Barker Hangar. The penultimate stop on the nine-city trek (the final date is Nov. 23 in New Orleans…

  3. Quotes of the Week: J.Lo Quizzes Potential Boyfriends, Rita Ora Likes What She Sees When She’s Naked & More

    November 07, 2014 5:12 PM EST "Stand naked in front of the mirror and say, 'I'm f--ing sexy.' That's where it starts." -- RITA ORA The British singer, to Cosmopolitan , on how to "come to terms with loving your body." Rita Ora, 'Grateful': Exclusive Song Premiere from…

  4. Why Reddit to Richard Branson Are Betting Big on Crowdfunding

    November 07, 2014 3:00 PM EST This September, when rap super duo Run the Jewels announced preorder sales for their second album, RTJ2 , Atlanta rapper Killer Mike and Brooklyn rapper-producer El-P included a few playfully absurd special options on RTJ’s website. In addition to the $1 million "Retirement Plan"…

  5. Billboard Cover: Nicki Minaj on Her Sex Life, Love for Larry David and Girl Crush on Beyonce

    November 07, 2014 9:00 AM EST Nicki Minaj appears to be in full relaxation mode: The Los Angeles-based rapper, 31, sits cross-legged on a leather sofa inside the closet-sized green room at Hollywood's Siren Studios, having just wrapped a photo shoot that stretched past 3:30 a.m. She's wearing lavender…

  6. Bono on U2's iTunes Giveaway: 'It's One of the Proudest Things for Us Ever'

    November 06, 2014 9:36 PM EST 'We got a chance to introduce ourselves to people who weren't fans of listening to rock music,' he says at Dublin's Web Summit tech conference. U2 frontman Bono has publically acknowledged what many critics have long accused of him of: "I'm a spoiled rotten,…

  7. Dancing News Anchor Q&A: Dan Thorn on His Sweet Moves, Going Viral & More

    November 06, 2014 6:45 PM EST West Virginia newscaster Dan Thorn became an unlikely dance sensation this week when videos of him breaking it down to T.I. , Taylor Swift and James Brown garnered well over a million views. Watch This News Anchor Get Wild to T.I.'s 'Where They at Doe' "Once in a while…

  8. No Election Surprises for Music Industry (Including Clay Aiken)

    November 06, 2014 12:16 PM EST As far as the music industry is concerned, Tuesday's elections provided no surprises. Republicans won a majority of seats in the Senate and strengthened their hold in the House of Representatives, and lawmakers expected to hold the reins on music industry issues all won their election…

  9. Temptations & Four Tops Heading to Broadway

    November 05, 2014 5:12 PM EST Motown groups will play a special one-week double-bill engagement at the Palace Theatre in Times Square this holiday season. Broadway has been grooving to the Detroit sound since Motown the Musical opened in spring 2013. But before that show wraps its initial run on Jan. 18, it will get a…

  10. What's At Stake for the Music Business in the 2014 Mid-Term Elections?

    November 03, 2014 12:36 PM EST American Idol runner-up Clay Aiken is unlikely to win a seat in the House of Representatives, but there are plenty of reasons for the music business to pay attention to the midterm elections. Over the next two years, Congress could decide if pre-1972 recordings get a digital performance…

  11. Joel Whitburn, Chart Historian: On Books, Music & the 'Weekly Thrill' of Billboard (Exclusive Q&A)

    November 01, 2014 10:05 AM EDT For nearly a half-century, Whitburn and his company, Record Research, have joined Billboard as the most prominent trackers of the hits. Certain names are synonymous with Billboard charts. Elvis. The Beatles. Elton. Madonna. Mariah. More recently, Rihanna, Gaga, Adele, Katy and Taylor. …

  12. Watch Kelly Ripa & Michael Strahan's Star-Studded 'Shake It Off' Spoof

    October 31, 2014 8:07 PM EDT Morning television personalities Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan delivered a spoof of the music video for Taylor Swift 's hit "Shake It Off," roping in a bunch of celebrities for assistance.  Watch Taylor Swift Dance to Iggy Azalea To start, the Live! with Kelly and Michael…

  13. How the Upcoming Change in Digital Royalty Rates Will Alter How We All Listen

    October 31, 2014 4:54 PM EDT Big surprise: A huge gap exists between labels' and webcasters' proposed rates. It's not hyperbole to say the future of digital music in the U.S. -- or at least a great part of it -- rides on the outcome of the webcasting royalty rate proceedings now underway. What services…

  14. Teresa Giudice's Daughter Gia Releases Music Video for Britney Spears' 'Circus'

    October 31, 2014 4:45 PM EDT 'Real Housewives of New Jersey' kid has her own girl group, 3KT. Ugh, the fame cycle continues right on schedule. Gia Giudice , daughter of prison-bound Teresa and Joe Giudice of The Real Housewives of New Jersey , released a music video this week with some friends to  Britney…

  15. The First Billboard: All That Was 'New, Bright and Interesting on the Boards'

    October 31, 2014 4:00 PM EDT On Nov. 1, 1894, an eight-page, 10-cent issue arrived, marking the debut of what has grown into today's multi-platform Billboard brand On Nov. 1 1894, Billboard published its first issue … one that's vastly different from today's magazine (and Billboard 's expanded…

  16. Ozzy Osbourne Talks Black Sabbath's ‘Last Hurrah’ & Return to Solo Material

    October 31, 2014 3:53 PM EDT “We're disbanding the name and everything,” he says of the group’s upcoming last stand. With one more Black Sabbath album and tour on the drawing board, Ozzy Osbourne is also planning a return to his solo career and sees the new Memoirs of a Madman compilation as a "bridge"…

  17. Bill Cosby's 'Queen Latifah Show' Chat Canceled After Rape Allegations Resurface

    October 30, 2014 4:32 PM EDT The Queen Latifah Show won't be welcoming comedian Bill Cosby after old allegations of rape resurfaced. Cosby, prepping a standup comedy tour, was originally scheduled to appear on the daytime talk show, but has canceled an interview with Queen Latifah two weeks after comedian Hannibal…

  18. Billboard Touring Awards Finalists Announced

    October 30, 2014 12:02 PM EDT One Direction, Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake, the Rolling Stones, Arcade Fire, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Paul McCartney and the teams behind them to be honored at awards gala. Finalists for the 2014 Billboard Touring Awards , including One Direction , Katy Perry , Justin…

  19. PJ Harvey Covers Nick Cave for 'Overly American' BBC Show

    October 30, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Even with a name like Peaky Blinders , the BBC historical drama was getting accused of seeming “overly American.” So Flood , the show’s music producer, set out to fix that with some good ol’ British musical lore. PJ Harvey covering the Australian Nick Cave ? Well, at least he’s not American…

  20. Foo Fighters Announce Stadium Shows Down Under

    October 29, 2014 10:40 PM EDT The Foo Fighters’ world tour has added a string of stadium dates across Australia and New Zealand.  Dave Grohl’s rock outfit will play eight concerts in the region early next year, starting Feb. 18 in Christchurch, before visiting Auckland, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Hobart, Adelaide and…

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