1. John Mayer Among 'Late Late Show' Fill-In Hosts

    November 26, 2014 5:46 PM EST Singer John Mayer , filmmaker Judd Apatow and comic Drew Carey will be among the guest hosts that will fill in on CBS' The Late Late Show before new host James Corden takes over in March. Did John Mayer Date Katherine Heigl? The network on Wednesday (Nov. 26) announced its plans for…

  2. A-Trak Talks New Solo Material, DJ Set Transparency, and 'Youth on the Come-Up'

    November 25, 2014 9:00 AM EST By this point in his career, A-Trak should probably be known as Multi-Track. The former Billboard cover star  (real name Alain Macklovitch, a last name you might recognize from his brother Dave, who goes by Dave 1 in the electro-funk duo Chromeo ) is a DJ and producer, scratcher and…

  3. Jim Schwartz, Pioneering Indie Music Distributor, Dead at 91

    November 24, 2014 1:16 PM EST Legendary indie music distributor Jim Schwartz died in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 8 of complications from Alzheimer's disease. He was 91. Although Schwartz ran Schwartz Brothers for many years, the company was originally founded right after World War II by his father Harry, who named the…

  4. What's The Most Common Hot 100 Song Title? (Updated)

    November 21, 2014 10:55 AM EST Last year, Alabama Shakes debuted on the Hot 100 with the latest entry titled 'Hold On.' Is that still the most common song title in the chart's more than five-decade history? Hold on a second. Or third. Or fourth ... In March 2013, Alabama Shakes debuted on the Billboard…

  5. Billboard Cover: Mary J. Blige on Getting Sober, Her New Musical Direction and Why She Could've Helped Amy Winehouse

    November 21, 2014 9:00 AM EST Every so often Mary J. Blige finds herself in a place so lofty that even after all she's accomplished, she can't quite believe her fortune. One of those times came earlier this month, when she performed in front of Barack Obama during a White House concert for America's…

  6. Cole Swindell Brings His Fans 'Down Home' With New EP

    November 20, 2014 7:29 PM EST has been a banner year for Cole Swindell . Between his own singles "Chillin' It" and "I Hope You Get Lonely Tonight," as well as writing such hits as "Roller Coaster" for Luke Bryan and Thomas Rhett 's "Get Me Some Of That," Swindell…

  7. Exclusive: RiFF RAFF Wants to Be the 'EDM Justin Bieber'

    November 20, 2014 3:00 PM EST RiFF RAFF is going EDM. The eccentric Houston rapper confirms with Billboard that he'll be joining Golden Hare Management Group, home to rising tropical house artists Kygo and Thomas Jack . After meeting Kygo, Jack and manager Myles Shear at Mad Decent Boat Party over the…

  8. Jonny Greenwood Says Radiohead 'Fumbling' Around to Create New Album

    November 20, 2014 1:05 PM EST Are you ready to see Thom Yorke dance again ? Well, we can’t promise any videos as wacky as “Lotus Flower” from 2011's King of Limbs , but Radiohead is indeed in the studio, working on its follow-up album. Guitarist/experimentalist Jonny Greenwood confirmed the news in a Nov. 19 radio…

  9. Lorde Explains Why She Dissed Diplo

    November 19, 2014 10:36 AM EST Lorde may have dissed Diplo on Twitter after he body-shamed her pal Taylor Swift , but in a new interview, Lorde explains that the two are still friends. Lorde Perfectly Disses Diplo After He Insults Taylor Swift "I love Wes and he's a big brother to me and one of my first friends…

  10. Betty Who on Her 'Grab-Life-By-the-Balls' Attitude and Why Her Live Show Is the 'Embodiment' of Her Artistry

    November 18, 2014 5:20 PM EST "I describe my live show as being the embodiment of my artistry," says Australian pop singer Betty Who . “If you want to know anything about me as an artist, come to a live show.” On Oct. 20, a crowd of captivated New Yorkers got to know the platinum-blonde dance diva a whole lot…

  11. Mad Decent Boat Party Highlights: Skrillex's Surprise, Dillion Francis' Alter Ego & More

    November 17, 2014 6:00 PM EST Ever since HARD's Holy Ship! set a lofty standard for dance music cruises, few have succeeded in meeting it. However, Diplo 's label Mad Decent has the star power and curatorial credibility necessary to field a serious contender. Fans from across the globe clamored aboard the…

  12. Thomas Middelhoff, Former Bertelsmann Chief, Convicted Over Flight Costs

    November 16, 2014 3:58 PM EST Thomas Middelhoff, a former CEO of media group Bertelsmann, has been convicted of breach of trust and tax evasion and sentenced to three years in prison over costs he incurred as CEO of a troubled department store company. A prominent German business executive, Middelhoff, 61, was CEO of…

  13. TLC's 'CrazySexyCool' at 20: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    November 15, 2014 10:30 AM EST Technically, they should’ve called it CoolCrazySexy. After all, each word in the title of this Atlanta R&B trio’s sophomore album corresponds to one of the group’s members, just like the letters T, L, and C. Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins was undeniably cool. Rapper Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes was…

  14. Bertelsmann Revenues Increase, Profits Drop Following Key Acquisitions

    November 13, 2014 11:06 AM EST The German media group Bertelsmann reported Thursday that revenues increased 4.3 percent to 11.82 billion euros (over the previous year's 11.33 billion euros) in the first nine months of 2014. At 1.48 billion euros ($1.84 billion), adjusted earnings before interest, tax, depreciation…

  15. Keb' Mo' on His Enduring Career: 'I Don't Want to Be 23 Again'

    November 11, 2014 4:07 PM EST Contemporary blues icon Keb' Mo' is going old-school. On Tuesday (Nov. 11), the performer released BLUESAmericana , his latest musical project, on vinyl. Originally released on disc and in digital form earlier this year, he tells Billboard that he is enjoying listening to his…

  16. Waddy Wachtel Documentary Draws Lawsuit from Investors

    November 11, 2014 3:13 PM EST Gary Simson allegedly abandoned a project about the session musician, then decided to raise funds himself online. For more than five years, Gary Simson has been attempting to make a documentary about Waddy Wachtel , a noted session musician who has worked with such musical stars as Keith…

  17. After Atlantic: An Independent Sean Paul Moves Forward

    November 11, 2014 12:25 PM EST Throughout his scorching 90-minute set aboard the inaugural Welcome to Jamrock Reggae cruise (October 20-25), a sweat soaked Sean Paul  put down some impressive dance moves as he tore through his repertoire of EDM-influenced tracks, pop-reggae hits and core dancehall singles. In the latter…

  18. Luke Bryan Leads Nominees For 2014 American Country Countdown Awards

    November 11, 2014 10:00 AM EST Newly-crowned CMA Entertainer of the Year Luke Bryan leads the upcoming American Country Countdown Awards with seven nominations. The ACCA awards celebrate the best in country radio. Following Bryan, Florida Georgia Line earned six nominations. The American Country Countdown Awards will air…

  19. Stevie Wonder, Stephen Sondheim & More to Receive Presidential Medal of Freedom

    November 10, 2014 8:05 PM EST President Barack Obama is awarding the Presidential Medal of Freedom to 19 people, including Stevie Wonder and Meryl Streep . The two performers are among those who will receive the medal at a White House ceremony Nov. 24. The medal is the highest honor granted to civilians in the U.S. and…

  20. Why Daft Punk Licensed Songs for $3,700 to Indie Drama 'Eden'

    November 10, 2014 3:54 PM EST The elusive duo believed in the film, which chronicles the rise of French house music. There's a moment early in Eden when a teenage Thomas Bangalter (played by  Vincent Lacoste ) and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo (played by  Arnaud Azoulay ), the music duo better known as Daft Punk ,…

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