1. Ask Billboard: Max Martin Notches Another No. 1

    November 25, 2014 4:05 PM EST As always, submit questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. Or, Tweet @gthot20 MAX MARTIN SCORES ANOTHER No. 1 @gthot20 Why no mention of …

  2. Firechat May Soon Solve Your Texting Woes at Crowded Events

    November 25, 2014 4:00 PM EST A technology that hasn't been practical until recently may be the new solution for jam-packed data networks at large events. Cell phone communication has always been a problem for music festival goers. With upwards of 90,000 people all gathered in one small area, cell phone towers are…

  3. Op-Ed: Independent Musician Ron Pope: How I Made $250K From Streaming

    November 25, 2014 1:58 PM EST The debate around streaming isn't as simple as "streaming versus musicians" -- as independent artist Ron Pope explains. I’d like to start by saying this: I am an honest-to-goodness Taylor Swift fan. I’ve purchased each of her albums, I’ve seen her live, I cheer when she…

  4. This Monty Python Song Is Played at More British Funerals Than Any Religious Tune

    November 25, 2014 11:39 AM EST Oh, those Brits and their irreverent sense of humor. According to The Telegraph , the most popular song to be played at British funerals is not a somber, traditional tune, but a comedy tune from national treasures Monty Python . “Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life,” the lighthearted…

  5. Rita Ora: 'Fifty Shades of Grey' Role Has 'Opened a Lot of Doors'

    November 25, 2014 2:07 AM EST Rita Ora may soon be enjoying a successful career as a movie star, and it's all thanks to her role in Fifty Shades of Grey .  Speaking to OK! magazine, Ora said the huge controversy and interest surrounding the film has been nothing but good for her acting ambitions. "Everyone…

  6. Marianne Faithfull on Her New Album & Book and Her Charmed Circle of Friends (From Metallica to Bowie)

    November 24, 2014 4:50 PM EST For the past 50 years,  Marianne Faithfull  has been one of the music world’s most singular characters: a Swinging London teen icon and mid-’60s girlfriend of Mick Jagger , a notorious heroin addict who revived her career in 1979 with the landmark Broken English and, most of all, a singer…

  7. See Pink Floyd's 15 Albums Ranked From Highest to Lowest Charting

    November 24, 2014 4:02 PM EST CLICK TO EXPAND & ENLARGE With Pink Floyd 's farewell album The Endless River sitting at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 , we're looking back at the incalculably influential British band's history on the U.S. album charts. In the prism-inspired illustration above, we&…

  8. How Did 'Serial' Find Its Music? Thank Nick Thorburn

    November 24, 2014 3:42 PM EST As fans of the runaway hit podcast  Serial  know ,  the notes of the now all-too-familiar jingle that opens each episode can provoke a Pavlovian response from listeners eager to get their latest hit of the addictive story. For the uninitiated:  Serial , a  This American Life  spin-off that…

  9. Album Review: David Guetta's All-Star 'Listen' Makes a Beeline for the Pop Charts

    November 24, 2014 3:09 PM EST When David Guetta hit the studio to record Listen , his first album in three years, the trailblazing French EDM producer worked backwards. Instead of starting with the beats -- his standard approach over his three-decade DJ career -- he began with vocals and live instruments, such as piano…

  10. Fall Out Boy Announces ‘American Beauty/American Psycho’ Album, Shares Title Track

    November 24, 2014 3:01 PM EST Fall Out Boy fans had to wait five long years between the band’s pre-hiatus 2008 album Folie à Deux and its post-hiatus 2013 comeback record Save Rock and Roll ; fortunately, they won’t even have to wait two years for the latter’s sequel. On Monday (Nov. 24), the pop-punk stalwarts…

  11. AC/DC Release 'Rock or Bust' Video, Minus Drummer Phil Rudd

    November 24, 2014 12:42 PM EST As the release date for AC/DC 's upcoming album Rock or Bust grows closer, the Australian hard rock gods have graced us with another video from that LP. This one is for the record's riff-heavy title track and features AC/DC performing in the round for legions of ecstatic (mostly…

  12. Awkward: Vice Editor Not a Big Fan of 'Scumbag' Vice Partner Live Nation

    November 24, 2014 11:52 AM EST Earlier this month Live Nation and Vice Media announced a co-branded site to fill a "big white space" in live music content on the web. The news of the currently untitled partnership, due to launch in 2015, is now getting a little added attention after Gawker stumbled upon a…

  13. Sting Sets Out to Save 'The Last Ship'

    November 23, 2014 11:47 PM EST Sting is not letting The Last Ship sink without a fight. The former Police frontman, who composed the score for the Broadway musical set in his Northern English hometown, will join the cast as speculated, in a bid to lift the $15 million production's struggling box office. A story…

  14. One Direction Sings 'Night Changes' at the 2014 AMAs: Watch

    November 23, 2014 10:05 PM EST The guys may be known for being goofy, but at their American Music Awards performance, One Direction showed off their more mature side, performing the ballad-y new single "Night Changes" off Four .  American Music Awards:  Full Coverage  |  Photos  |  Winners List  All…

  15. Disney Musical 'Into the Woods' Swoops Into Awards Season -- How Far Can It Go?

    November 23, 2014 12:20 PM EST And then there was just one unseen Oscar contender. Unbroken . On Saturday evening (Nov. 22), Disney unveiled the second-to-last of the major Oscar hopefuls that had not yet been been seen by pundits, Rob Marshall 's Into the Woods , at simultaneous screenings on both coasts,…

  16. Ariana Grande and Big Sean's 5 Cutest Moments

    November 22, 2014 8:55 PM EST Since October, when Ariana Grande confirmed her relationship with Big Sean , the lovebirds haven't been shy about expressing their affection for one another. On Saturday (Nov. 22), Grande dropped two adorable pictures featuring her rapper beau on Instagram. In honor of their social…

  17. Bill Cosby Gets Standing Ovation In Florida Amid Sexual Assault Allegations

    November 22, 2014 12:54 PM EST The protesters didn't show, the would-be hecklers didn't take the bait, the weeks of headlines about sexual assaults disappeared and Bill Cosby , for 90 minutes at least, regained the revered status he long enjoyed. Bill Cosby Refuses to Address Sexual Assault Allegations in…

  18. Why Queen Latifah’s Reign in Syndication Is Ending

    November 22, 2014 12:00 AM EST Her show wasn’t growing -- which made it impossible to justify the cost. Queen Latifah is the latest victim of the tough economics and harsh realities of making a show work in national television syndication. It is expensive to launch a new syndicated show, hard to make inroads against…

  19. Billy Joel to Set Madison Square Garden Record

    November 21, 2014 8:12 PM EST Billy Joel will set a record for the most performances by any artist at Madison Square Garden with his upcoming 65th show scheduled for this summer. Billy Joel Receives Gershwin Prize From Library of Congress The 65-year-old piano man will surpass the record set by his former tour mate…

  20. Krewella Claims Kris Trindl Was 'Pretending to DJ,' Dispute His Sobriety

    November 21, 2014 6:51 PM EST The Yousaf sisters are now countersuing the group's founding member. Jahan Yousaf and Yasmine Yousaf , sisters in the popular EDM group Krewella , have reacted to a $5 million lawsuit filed by founding member Kris Trindl with a wildly different account of what caused his departure.…

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