1. Lollapalooza Heading to Berlin in 2015

    November 06, 2014 4:00 AM EST An announcement is coming Thursday (Nov. 6) that the first Lollapalooza Berlin will be held at Tempelhof Airport on Sept. 12-13, 2015. Germany will join Chile, Brazil and Argentina as the fourth international location for the festival, produced by Festival Republic, the team behind the…

  2. Album Review: Calvin Harris' 'Motion' Plays It Safe With Radio-Ready Cuts and It-Girl Guest Stars

    November 04, 2014 3:22 PM EST Somewhere along the line, "EDM" became a dirty word. What began as an umbrella term for the new wave of electronic dance music now carries the weight of the genre's oft-criticized commercialization. If a dance track features a pop vocalist singing a melodic hook, it's…

  3. Album Review: Neil Young’s Vulnerable ‘Storytone’ Sings About Love -- and Saving the Environment

    November 04, 2014 11:59 AM EST Few singers play vulnerability better than Neil Young . It's the most affecting trait of this collection of a dozen songs, presented in two separate versions: one set gussied up in formal wear, and the other kicking back in shorts and T-shirts on the back porch. Not that the section…

  4. Sam Hunt First Rookie Since Florida Georgia Line to Top Country Airplay Chart

    November 04, 2014 11:05 AM EST The newcomer's 'Leave the Night On' rises 2-1. Plus, moves for Big & Rich and Tim McGraw. Sam Hunt becomes the first act in almost two years to reach No. 1 on Billboard 's Country Airplay chart with a debut single, as "Leave the Night On" rises 2-1. No…

  5. Ty Dolla $ign Brings His Carefree Party to New York City: Live Review

    November 03, 2014 2:29 PM EST The west coast has dominated the sound of rap and R&B in the last year and a half, largely due to two figures: DJ Mustard and his friend and occasional collaborator Ty Dolla $ign . Mustard makes the beats, and Ty Dolla, who performed at Irving Plaza in New York City on Sunday, Nov. 2,…

  6. Corner Office: ABC's Music Chief Dawn Soler on 'Nashville,' the Songs Behind 'Scandal,' and Making the Move From Movies to TV

    November 03, 2014 2:15 PM EST Burbank is a long way from Music City, but lots of things in Dawn Soler 's office show a love for Nashville, both the city and the TV show that has been in her care since its debut three seasons ago. She was the music supervisor for the first two episodes of Nashville before handing…

  7. Cowboys Receiver Dez Bryant Signs With Jay Z's Roc Nation Sports

    November 03, 2014 2:05 PM EST Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant is the latest high-profile athlete to retain the services of Jay Z 's Roc Nation Sports. The agency confirmed the signing over the weekend, and Bryant told ESPN on Sunday that he's looking to Roc Nation to build-up his personal brand to …

  8. Billboard Celebrates 120th Anniversary: A Look Back at the Rich History

    November 01, 2014 1:41 PM EDT I was 14 when I discovered Billboard . For a high school student who wanted to be a writer and who was interested in music, it was a window into a business I knew little about. But that quickly changed, as I became familiar with the names of industry leaders and the ever-changing…

  9. 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. …

  10. Executive Turntable: Apollo Theater Appoints Pharrell, NAB Ups Curtis LeGeyt, Rich Christina at Sony/ATV and More

    October 31, 2014 3:07 PM EDT -- APA promoted Joshua Rittenhouse to agent in their concerts division in Beverly Hills, while also developing the agency’s Urban roster. Rittenhouse began his career as a contemporary talent buyer at the Sherman Theater before seguing to marketing director for Stan Levinstone at SLP…

  11. Foo Fighters Tap Zac Brown for 'Congregation,' Best Song From 'Sonic Highways' Yet

    October 31, 2014 10:50 AM EDT It's Friday, which means a new episode of Foo Fighters ' HBO documentary Sonic Highways (chronicling the making of their album of the same name) will air tonight. And with it comes a brand new Foos' track, "Congregation," the best song we've heard from the new…

  12. Op-Ed: Does BitTorrent Actually Want to Empower Artists?

    October 30, 2014 1:08 PM EDT Film executive Ruth Vitale on "the pirate’s penance" & BitTorrent's "fuzzy math." This is a response to an op-ed, published last week (Oct. 21), from BitTorrent's Chief Content Officer Matt Mason. Below, former film executive and current executive director…

  13. Revisionist History, Part 3: Michael Jackson Gets Revenge on Prince! Year-End Hits of the Past, Re-Analyzed

    October 30, 2014 12:15 PM EDT If you've been following our ongoing look at what happens when Billboard's No. 1 song for each of the Hot 100 's first 46 years is re-figured to reflect Nielsen SoundScan-measured digital song sales since 2004, weighted fairly equally with Nielsen BDS airplay since 2010, you…

  14. Book Review: Billy Joel Biography Contains Lots of Juice But Many Skeletons Stay Closeted

    October 29, 2014 2:00 PM EDT One of the most anticipated rock bios of the year, Billy Joel comes with a backstory almost as complicated as the 65-year-old hitmaker 's life. Joel originally brought in Fred Schruers , a respected Rolling Stone alum, to co-author a memoir with him, for which the singer got a reported…

  15. David Lee Roth ‘Did Not Want to Do’ Van Halen’s Classic Single ‘Jump,’ Says Former Bassist Michael Anthony

    October 29, 2014 1:07 PM EDT There's no way California band Van Halen will ever forget 1984: Its multi-platinum album named after that year marked the height of the band's commercial success with flamboyant frontman "Diamond" David Lee Roth . In addition to containing the exuberant party rock…

  16. Exclusive: Mad Decent's Toy Selectah & Camilo Lara Reveal Star-Studded 'Compass' Album

    October 29, 2014 10:30 AM EDT Due in early 2015, the album features Boy George, Toots & the Maytals, Kool A.D., Sly & Robbie, and more. Billboard is excited to announce a hyper-collaborative new project featuring more than 80 collaborations from over four continents. Mad Decent's Toy Selectah has…

  17. Miley Cyrus & Wayne Coyne Flash Breasts on Instagram

    October 28, 2014 12:40 PM EDT Earlier this year, BFFs Wayne Coyne and Miley Cyrus decided to get matching tattoos of Cyrus' dead dog Floyd, accompanied by the phrase "With a Little Help From My Fwends." That phrase also happens to be the name of Coyne's latest album, on which the Flaming Lips roped…

  18. The Academy of Country Music Awards Celebrates Milestone with 'This Is Country' Book

    October 28, 2014 1:40 AM EDT Next year will be an important one for the Academy of Country Music Awards. The Los Angeles-based organization will celebrate the 50th anniversary since its first trophies were first presented in 1965. And, to celebrate, the show will be headed on the road for a one-time-only trip to AT&…

  19. Steven Tyler's Surprise Hawaiian Birthday-Party Gig and More Insider Scoop

    October 27, 2014 5:40 PM EDT Steven Tyler's Metal Mahalo Watch your back, Joe Perry . Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler made a guest appearance at Hawaiian musician Uncle Willie K 's 54th birthday bash at Migrant Restaurant at Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa in Maui. Tyler, 66, who owns a house on Maui…

  20. Jazz Singer Jimmy Scott Remembered at Harlem Memorial

    October 26, 2014 9:00 AM EDT A respectful and loving crowd filled the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem on Saturday afternoon (Oct. 25) for a memorial service celebrating the life of Jimmy Scott . Jimmy Scott, Iconic Jazz Stylist, Dead at 88 The beloved jazz singer, who passed away on June 12, 2014, at the age of 89,…

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