1. Nile Rodgers, Ellie Goulding Honored at BMI London Awards

    October 14, 2014 12:02 PM EDT Legendary lyricist Tim Rice was honored, Nile Rodgers took top prize and Ellie Goulding was a three-time winner at the BMI London Awards , held Monday night at London's Dorchester Hotel. The annual gala is held to honor the U.K./Euro/Caribbean songwriters, producers and publishers of…

  2. 17 Years Ago, Elton John's 'Candle In the Wind 1997' Started Its 14-Week No. 1 Run

    October 11, 2014 10:45 AM EDT "Goodbye England's rose, may you ever grow in our hearts / You were the grace that placed itself where lives were torn apart." With those words, Elton John rechristened "Candle in the Wind" from 1973's Goodbye Yellow Brick Road as "Candle In the Wind 1997,…

  3. 1980s White Rap Pioneers 3rd Bass Reveal the Stories Behind Their Music -- From Gang Hits to Beef With the Beastie Boys

    October 06, 2014 4:27 PM EDT When New York duo 3rd Bass -- MC Serch (real name Michael Berrin) and Prime Minister Pete Nice (born Peter Nash), now both 47 -- burst onto the scene in 1989 with the single "Steppin' to the A.M.," they were a revelation to the public. Serch's first single, "Melissa…

  4. Retailers Push Back at Global Release Date

    October 06, 2014 1:51 PM EDT While everyone in the business appears to unanimously favor Friday as a global uniform street date, some merchants continue to push back on major label and IFPI plans to make that a reality. In the U.K., the Entertainment Retailers Association "believes there are strong arguments in…

  5. Grammy-Winning Guitarist Leo Nocentelli Allegedly Denied Entry to Travelodge Because of Race

    October 01, 2014 5:25 PM EDT Chivalry may be dead, but racism in this country, unfortunately, isn't. Yesterday (Sept. 30), guitarist and composer Leo Nocentelli sued Travelodge Hotels, Inc. for race discrimination. Nocentelli, a member of New Orleans instrumental outfit the Meters who has won a Grammy Lifetime…

  6. RZA Talks New Wu-Tang Album, Exclusive Content Delivery System

    September 30, 2014 3:14 PM EDT When it comes to hip-hop producers, Wu-Tang Clan 's RZA has always been among the most visionary and entrepreneurial of the bunch. Feeling the need to restore value to the artistry of music-makers in today's era of disposable content and detached listeners, he released an album…

  7. UMG Partners with Science Fictional Ad Placement Company Mirriad and Havas Agency

    September 29, 2014 10:30 AM EDT Universal Music Group artists have a new way to make money from their music videos following a three-way pact between the label, in-video advertising company Mirriad and global ad agency Havas. With the deal, Mirriad will use its digital product placement technology to offer Havas clients,…

  8. Agent Nick Storch Joins Artist Group International

    September 24, 2014 1:51 PM EDT Respected rock/pop agent Nick Storch has followed  Marsha Vlasic to Artist Group International. Storch began his career at Face The Music Touring, then moved to the Agency Group, prior to his five-year tenure at ICM Partners. Marsha Vlasic, Agent to Neil Young, Muse & More, Leaving ICM…

  9. 'Reduces Music to Spam': U.K. Retailers Slam U2 iTunes Giveaway

    September 16, 2014 11:07 AM EDT If bricks-and-mortar retailers were already feeling put out by U2 ’s ground-breaking decision to give away their new studio album Songs of Innocence to 500 million iTunes customers last week, their mood is not likely to improve in the light of figures from U.K. trade body Entertainment…

  10. Christian Rapper Lecrae on Hip-Hop's 'Inconsistency' and Ferguson

    September 12, 2014 12:00 PM EDT And on the eighth day, God created air conditioning. Biblically speaking this may not be true, but on this sweltering late-August morning in Atlanta, any cool breeze feels heaven-sent. Out in the heat, 34-year-old rapper Lecrae and a six-person video crew are filming a music video for "…

  11. Exclusive: UMG Reveals U2 Bonus Package Release Plan for Retailers

    September 11, 2014 10:07 PM EDT It’s a given that merchants would be annoyed that the new U2 album Songs Of Innocence  is being offered free to a half billion iTunes consumers for an exclusive five-week window. But in the days after the Sept. 9 announcement, those same retailers were in hot pursuit of details about what…

  12. LouFest 2014: OutKast Has Ferguson Moment, Arctic Monkeys & Portugal. The Man Rock

    September 08, 2014 11:05 PM EDT Forest Park in St. Louis dropped its traditional role as quiet urban oasis over the weekend to host the fifth-ever LouFest, where OutKast , Arctic Monkeys , Future Islands and other staples of this winding-down festival season gave record crowds a reason to dance, sweat and just basically…

  13. Dierks Bentley on His Success: 'I Don't Know How the Hell I'm Here'

    August 20, 2014 5:17 PM EDT “What are all these people doing here?” Dierks Bentley wonders as he looks out at the rapidly filling lawn at the Verizon Amphitheatre in St. Louis. “Don’t they know this is an almost 40 year-old married guy with three kids?”  Bentley, 38, will take the stage in about three hours on this…

  14. Exclusive: Joey Fatts Talks Collaborative 9th Wonder Album

    August 20, 2014 2:45 PM EDT It wasn't long ago that 22-year old rapper Joey Fatts was living out of his car. Now, the Long Beach, Calif. rapper is signed to Waka Flocka Flame 's 36Brickhouse label and is charting Billboard hits.   Fatts placed two entries on the Billboard Twitter Emerging Artists chart thanks…

  15. Record Industry Considering a Standard, Global Album Release Day

    August 12, 2014 12:12 PM EDT The change was spurred in part by Beyonce's most recent surprise release, as well as piracy from Down Under. The music industry is on the verge of adopting a global street date that could see all countries issuing new releases on a Friday, probably beginning a year from now, in July…

  16. 15 Surprising Artists Without a No. 1 Album

    August 11, 2014 10:55 AM EDT What do David Bowie, Marvin Gaye and Kiss have in common? They've all failed to crack the top spot on the Billboard 200. In light of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ achievement of earning its first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 -- after a nearly 37-year wait -- what other…

  17. Essence Festival 2014 Day 4 Highlights: Lionel Richie, Erykah Badu, Jagged Edge & More

    July 07, 2014 10:00 AM EDT There’s one downside to the fact that Essence’s 20th year was its biggest ever, having added a fourth night of music at the Superdome on Thursday – come Sunday night (July 6), the crowd is finally showing signs of fatigue. How else to explain the hard work Lionel Richie put into getting his…

  18. Guns N' Roses Premiere 'Sweet Child O' Mine' Live Video From 'Appetite For Democracy' DVD

    June 30, 2014 11:27 AM EDT Guns N' Roses are reliving the glory days with a brand new live film and Billboard has an exclusive early look at one of its most iconic performances. Below, watch Axl Rose rock through the 1987 rock and roll classic "Sweet Child O' Mine," as it appears on the new film …

  19. Pharrell Williams & August Alsina Win Big at BET Awards

    June 29, 2014 11:59 PM EDT The BET Awards never fail to deliver memorable surprises. This year wasn’t any different. Pharrell Williams kicked off the 2014 BET Awards at LA's Nokia Theatre with a performance of his latest "G I R L" single, "Come Get It Bae." With a handful of dancers dressed…

  20. BET Awards 2014: Lionel Richie Accepts Lifetime Achievement Award, Performs Own Hits

    June 29, 2014 10:41 PM EDT The BET Awards honored Lionel Richie with the Lifetime Acheivement award, before the singer performed himself. Pharrell introduced the tribute to Richie, which included clips of the singer's career. Afterward, John Legend sang a medley of Richie's "Hello," and "…

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