1. T.I., 'Paperwork': Track-by-Track Review

    October 20, 2014 12:30 PM EDT T.I. has always had some source of inspiration behind his albums, whether it came off sounding good or not. On his first three albums, T.I. was looking to live up to the "King of the South" title he bestowed upon himself as a rookie. King (2006) saw him enjoying his self-professed…

  2. Hear Centro-matic' Soulful Take on the 'Squidbillies' Theme Song (Exclusive)

    October 17, 2014 7:31 PM EDT Centro-matic joins Adult Swim Sunday to sing the Squidbillies theme song, becoming the next in a long line of artists who have covered the track. Now in its eighth season, recently Dwight Yoakam , Todd Rundgren and King Khan and the Shrines each tackled the intro.  Check out Centro-matic’s…

  3. Billboard Cover: Managers of U2, Pharrell, Madonna & More Unite to Revolutionize the Music Industry

    October 17, 2014 8:00 AM EDT Guy Oseary is unveiling the new Maverick: music’s biggest, most fiercely protected secret of the year, in which he’s rallying eight other top artist managers to partner with Live Nation and potentially reinvent a broken industry Guy Oseary has proven, if nothing else, that he can keep a…

  4. 14 New Zealand Acts You Need to Know About

    October 17, 2014 5:17 AM EDT New Zealand has been punching well above its weight in recent years. Think Lorde . Think The Naked and the Famous , Broods , Gin Wigmore , Ladyhawke   and  Kimbra (oh, and don't forget   Flight of the Conchords ). If you figured that’s it, think again. With the nominations announced…

  5. Free’s Paul Rodgers Tries His Hand at Memphis Soul, Admits 'I Was Intimidated'

    October 16, 2014 10:47 PM EDT Free and Bad Company frontman Paul Rodgers has performed among greats for most of his professional life, singing such classics as “All Right Now,” “Bad Company,” “Shooting Star,” “Feel Like Makin’ Love” and “Rock And Roll Fantasy,” joining Jimmy Page in The Firm in 1980 and members of Queen…

  6. Trans-Siberian Orchestra Explains This Year's Trip to 'The Christmas Attic'

    October 16, 2014 6:12 PM EDT External pressure is what inspired Trans-Siberian Orchestra to perform its second holiday rock opera, 1998's The Christmas Attic , during its annual North American tour this year. "We never intended to do [1996's] Christmas Eve and Other Stories for 13 years in a row. It just…

  7. Publishing Briefs: Imagem Music Signs Admin Deal With PRMD Publishing (Exclusive), Warner Chappell Music Teams With Mike Dean

    October 16, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Imagem Music has just signed a global administration deal with PRMD Publishing , the company formed by EDM impressario Ash Pournouri . As part of the deal, Imagem will now represent the publishing catalog of Cazzette , and any future signings made by PRMD (pronounced "pyramid").…

  8. Macklemore Helps Celebrate King County Drug Court's 20th Anniversary

    October 15, 2014 10:44 PM EDT The 20th anniversary celebration of the pioneering King County Drug Court was about half over when a famous participant strolled in and took a seat on the front bench. The audience of drug court graduates and others buzzed at the arrival of Macklemore , but the 31-year-old rapper introduced…

  9. Phonio Hooks You Up with Your Favorite Young Money Rappers... and Chris Daughtry

    October 15, 2014 7:06 PM EDT Have you always dreamed about Lil Wayne whispering sweet, froggy nothings about having a milli and being a martian into your ear? Thanks to mobile platform Phonio, that fantasy can now be a reality, just by dialing a phone number. Aloe Blacc, Young Money Debut on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums…

  10. Snoop Dogg Apologizes to Iggy Azalea After Chat With T.I.

    October 15, 2014 4:06 PM EDT But not before Snoop's daughter Cori & Iggy's boyfriend Nick Young weighed in. After an escalating series of nasty tweets between Iggy Azalea and Snoop Dogg , Snoop has posted an Instagram video in which he apologizes for his behavior. According to the video, Snoop talked to…

  11. Aretha Franklin, 'Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics': Track-by-Track Album Review

    October 15, 2014 10:40 AM EDT Aretha Franklin and Clive Davis' relationship began in 1980, when the Queen of Soul signed with the mogul's Arista Records. "And 20 years later, I made the right decision," Franklin tells Billboard of agreeing to that union. She had plenty of hits during that era, most…

  12. Foo Fighters Play Intimate Gig at NYC 'Sonic Highways' Screening

    October 15, 2014 10:15 AM EDT Leave it to Foo Fighters lead singer Dave Grohl to find the perfect way to get viewers interested in the band's upcoming docu-series, Sonic Highways . "Cameras rolling at all times -- when we were hungover, hungry and whimsical moments. Me and my four husbands, the Foo Fighters,…

  13. 'South Park': 15 Most Memorable Music Moments

    October 14, 2014 5:50 PM EDT Lorde is the latest musical celebrity to make an “appearance” on South Park and both Billboard and the singer herself happen to think Trey Parker and Matt Stone nailed it. Mocking the Lorde birth certificate truthers with Stan’s dad moonlighting as a middle-aged, male version of the…

  14. Album Review: Nico & Vinz’s Debut ‘Black Star Elephant’ Proves Doubters Right

    October 14, 2014 12:47 PM EDT Would you be wrong for thinking that Nico & Vinz could be some-thing for real? Yup. The Norwegian duo may have boasted one of the songs of the summer in "Am I Wrong," but on its debut album, Nico Sereba and Vincent Dery prove the chorus of doubters right. The LP trumpets its…

  15. 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…

  16. Bill Murray Will Sing Christmas Carols in a Sofia Coppola TV Special

    October 14, 2014 6:46 AM EDT According to a new article in Variety , Lost in Translation collaborators Sofia Coppola and Bill Murray will reteam for a holiday special sometime in the future. (This year? Could we be so lucky?!) The project will be made for television and will feature Murray singing some timeless…

  17. Denis Handlin Celebrates 30 Years Leading Sony Aus with Star-Studded Fundraiser

    October 14, 2014 12:01 AM EDT Denis Handlin’s 30 years in charge of Sony Music’s Australia operations was celebrated in style with an action-packed charity fundraising party last Friday (Oct. 10) at Sydney’s The Star venue.  Celebrities from the worlds of sport, music and TV were in the house while a mind-boggling line…

  18. Enrique, Romeo or Marc: Who Will Win 2014 AMA for Favorite Latin Artist? Vote!

    October 13, 2014 5:00 PM EDT Vote for who you think should win! It’s the battle of the Latin crooners. Pop star Enrique Iglesias , bachata king Romeo Santos and salsa/pop icon Marc Anthony will duke it out to see who wins the AMA for Favorite Latin Artist of the year. If you’re getting a little déjà vu, you’re…

  19. 'Downton Abbey' Christmas Album Is Coming

    October 13, 2014 2:51 PM EDT This is the best news since the last time the Dowager Countess spoke :  Downton Abbey  will be releasing a Christmas album this year.  Christmas at Downton Abbey  will feature a festive version of the show's theme song as well as traditional hymns and carols, according to ITV , which…

  20. John Cena & Wiz Khalifa Team Up on 'WWE 2K15' Video Game Soundtrack

    October 13, 2014 11:45 AM EDT The wrestler and the rapper have two songs together: "All Day" and "Breaks." Superstar wrestler John Cena  has collaborated with Wiz Khalifa on two tracks for the soundtrack to the latest WWE video game -- and he also selected the music for game's companion album.…

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