1. Niykee Heaton Heats Up, With Assistance From Russell Simmons

    September 29, 2014 5:52 PM EDT Niykee Heaton 's debut EP, Bad Intentions , was released last Tuesday to noteworthy buzz, topping the Billboard + Twitter Trending 140 chart (and quickly nestling into the top 10 in the iTunes Store). But if you haven't heard one of the EP's six tracks on the radio, don'…

  2. 5 Questions with Steve Nieve, Elvis Costello's World-Class Sideman

    September 29, 2014 2:02 AM EDT There’s a case to be made for Steve Nieve as rock 'n' roll’s greatest keyboardist, at least as an accompanist. Ebony and ivory have lived together not just in perfect harmony but frenzied excitement as Nieve has been the dominant instrumental force in Elvis Costello’ s Attractions…

  3. Ludacris, Georgia Gov. Share an Unlikely Stage at School Near Atlanta

    September 27, 2014 10:38 AM EDT A campaign event without political chatter seems about as likely as Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal and rapper Ludacris sharing a stage. But both happened Friday (Sept. 26) at a charter school outside Atlanta, where the unlikely campaign trail duo was a hit with a cheering crowd of more than 200.…

  4. Five Questions with BitTorrent's Chief Content Guy About Thom Yorke's Surprise Record

    September 26, 2014 1:41 PM EDT About two hours ago at the time of this writing, BitTorrent and Thom Yorke foisted a surprise upon us in the form of a new solo record,  Tomorrow's Modern Boxes (which has been downloaded 34,800 times in that period), from the ever-shimmying (in our minds, at least) musician. The…

  5. Gridiron Grooves: Fans of Every NFL Team Reveal Their Favorite Artists

    September 26, 2014 8:00 AM EDT Football season is in full swing, and as always, music is playing a big part, blaring in stadiums to pump up home crowds (and keep the "Gangnam Style" horsey dance alive and well). To find out what each fan base was bumping, Billboard hit up Facebook's data crunchers, who…

  6. Six Key Takeaways From This Week's Massive Copyright Decision

    September 25, 2014 10:29 AM EDT The decision by a federal judge in California that came down on Monday -- that owners of master recordings released before Feb. 15, 1972 have an exclusive copyright that applies to performances -- is not only seen as a major victory for Flo & Eddie (the pair who initiated a class…

  7. Malcolm Young Not Returning to AC/DC

    September 24, 2014 4:34 PM EDT Malcolm Young is out of AC/DC . A statement Wednesday (Sept. 24) from the band's label said: "Unfortunately, due to the nature of Malcolm's condition, he will not be returning to the band."   AC/DC's Malcolm Young 'Taking a Break' Due to Illness   No…

  8. Damon Dash Moves Forward in Lawsuit Against 'Butler' Director Lee Daniels

    September 23, 2014 12:33 AM EDT More details have emerged in Roc-A-Fella Records co-founder Damon Dash's lawsuit against Lee Daniels over the Oscar-nominated filmmaker's work on such films as The Butler, Precious, The Paperboy, The Woodsman, Shadowboxer and Tennessee . As we noted in August, Dash filed a summons…

  9. 'Love & Mercy' Stars John Cusack & Paul Dano on How They Became Brian Wilson

    September 19, 2014 4:50 PM EDT The film about the Beach Boys mastermind premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. It wasn't just the script that got actors John Cusack and Paul Dano excited about playing Beach Boys singer-songwriter Brian Wilson in director Bill Pohlad 's new film, Love & Mercy …

  10. Record Store Day's Don VanCleave Joins Nashville-Based Tech Think Tank

    September 19, 2014 12:04 PM EDT Record Store Day co-founder Don VanCleave has joined FLO {thinkery} , a Nashville-based group that helps artists and entertainers dream up new companies at the intersection of music and technology. VanCleave's role will be to work with other senior executive advisors on new ideas, said…

  11. BMI's Revenue Collections Grow to $977 Million, Royalty Distributions to $840 Million

    September 18, 2014 8:29 PM EDT Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI) saw revenue collections grow to $977 million in the past fiscal year, up 3.5 percent from the $944 million it gathered the year previously. Meanwhile, royalty distributions to publishers and songwriters grew 3.2 percent to $840 million from $814 million in the…

  12. Don't Fear the Reaper: The 20 Best Songs About Death

    September 17, 2014 4:15 PM EDT For a group of people obsessed with immortality, pop stars sure do sing a lot about death. Maybe it's not that surprising. It's a deliciously rich topic ripe for all kinds of songs: From murder ballads and tender tributes to nihilistic hip-hop jams, there’s a killer canon of…

  13. Bruce Springsteen & Louis C.K. to Headline NYC's Stand Up for Heroes

    September 16, 2014 7:51 PM EDT John Mulaney, John Oliver & Brian Williams also on the lineup for comedy & music event benefiting wounded vets. Bruce Springsteen , Louis C.K. , John Mulaney , John Oliver and Brian Williams will headline the eighth edition of Stand Up for Heroes, being held Nov. 5 at the Theater at…

  14. Conan O'Brien Sets George Harrison Week on TBS Show

    September 15, 2014 9:20 PM EDT Tribute is timed to the release of the "George Harrison: The Apple Years" reissue The late George Harrison is getting a weeklong tribute on TBS' Conan. George Harrison to be Honored by Brian Wilson, Norah Jones at 'George Fest' Benefit Concert Timed to the release of…

  15. 40 Under 40: Music's Young Power Players

    September 12, 2014 8:00 AM EDT They’re young, they’re innovative, they’re disruptive. From monetizing bite-sized streams to selling out massive stadiums, these are the progressive leaders reshaping the music industry. The honorees on Billboard’s annual 40 Under 40 Power Players list were chosen by Billboard editors from…

  16. Watch Exclusive The Dead Daisies Video -- Featuring Fans!

    September 11, 2014 2:10 PM EDT Get ready for a jolt in your Thursday. Billboard is excluisvely premiering a track from The Dead Daisies , a "supergroup" of revolving members. Currently, the group feautres Jon Stevens ( Noiseworks / INXS ) on vocals, David Lowy ( Mink /Red Phoenix ) on guitar, Richard Fortus (…

  17. Lionsgate Nabs Beach Boys Biopic 'Love & Mercy'

    September 10, 2014 3:36 PM EDT The film made its world premiere Sept. 7 at the Elgin Theatre Lionsgate/Roadside has acquired North American rights to Bill Pohlad 's Beach Boys biopic  Love & Mercy . A source pegs the deal at $3 million. John Cusack , Paul Dano , Elizabeth Banks  and Paul Giamatti star in the film…

  18. ACM Honors: Carrie Underwood Cries, Kelly Clarkson Belts It Out and More

    September 10, 2014 2:12 PM EDT The Academy of Country Music paid a visit to Music City Tuesday night for the 8 th Annual ACM Honors, an evening of special tributes to the honorees and winners of awards that are not a part of the yearly CBS awards-show telecast. Held at the Ryman Auditorium, the program’s host, Jake Owen ,…

  19. Spotify, The Echo Nest Launch 'Insights' Data Blog to Explore Music Scientifically

    September 10, 2014 8:00 AM EDT When Spotify acquired the industry’s leading music intelligence company , The Echo Nest, in March, it sent a major signal to the rest of business stating the importance of data and curating the context of your content. But the first publicly announced project between the companies is not any…

  20. U2's Surprise 'Songs of Innocence': Album Review

    September 09, 2014 5:52 PM EDT Had Apple not been readying the launch of its new iPhone 6, U2 might have had to invent the thing itself. In a bold move only this band could pull off, Bono and the gang hijacked the tech giant's Sept. 9 unveiling and announced the release -- free to all 500 million iTunes users --…

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