1. Why SoulCycle Is the Hot New Way to Break a Hit

    October 21, 2014 5:26 PM EDT Nicole Scherzinger (right) previewed her new album at a SoulCycle ride in New York on Oct. 2 On a recent Thursday night in New York, the scene inside SoulCycle's Leroy Street studio was a departure from the usual 45-minute spinning class: Singer Nicole Scherzinger was hosting a private…

  2. Exclusive: Chance the Rapper Reveals New Album 'Surf,' Working With Frank Ocean & J. Cole

    October 21, 2014 3:30 PM EDT Chance and the Social Experiment are aiming to drop 'Surf' for free by the end of the year. In the year and a half since he released his breakout mixtape, Acid Rap , Chance the Rapper has charted a remarkable course. Forgoing signing with a major label, the Chicago rapper has…

  3. Pioneer's New Black Box Will Monetize DJs' Club Sets

    October 21, 2014 10:39 AM EDT Is Pioneer’s KUVO finally a solution for decades of inaccurate (or nonexistent) nightclub royalty payments? A solution to the long-contested issue of nightclub performance royalties may come in the form of a small black box. Leading audio-equipment manufacturer Pioneer has developed a…

  4. Exclusive: Lyor Cohen's 300 Unveils New Direction, Content, Artists

    October 21, 2014 10:00 AM EDT When a tombstone appeared on the Twitter feed and website of Lyor Cohen 's 300 Entertainment , along with the words "R.I.P." and "He is not busy being born / is busy dying" and the hashtag #ItsANewDay -- all dropping the same day as the launch of MADE Music --…

  5. Hear Drake's Leaked Song 'How About Now'

    October 19, 2014 6:17 PM EDT Sunday a teenager from Marietta, Ga. uploaded an unheard Drake track to SoundCloud called "How About Now." It's not clear whether it's an old song that didn't make the cut onto Nothing Was the Same or something new from his upcoming Views From the 6 but it's…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. Chance the Rapper's 'No Better Blues' Helps Launch Twitter Audio Card Feature

    October 16, 2014 9:31 PM EDT For iOS and Android users, listening to music and discussing it just became a whole lot easier. While on a fall college tour, Chance the Rapper and the Social Experiment debuted a new track, "No Better Blues," via Soundcloud on Thursday (Oct. 16) and, as is common, posted the link…

  9. Taylor Swift's 'Riptide' Makes Waves on Social 50 & Twitter Charts

    October 16, 2014 5:58 PM EDT Beyonce and Lorde climb thanks to 'Flawless' and 'South Park,' respectively. Taylor Swift dominates the latest Billboard + Twitter Top Tracks chart, earning the top debut with her cover of Vance Joy 's "Riptide," a song from the singer/songwriter's…

  10. Twitter 'Audio Cards' Put Music in Your Tweets

    October 16, 2014 5:32 PM EDT Listening to music on Twitter's iOS and Android apps just got easier. On Thursday (Oct. 16), the social media company introduced a new product, the Twitter audio card, which enables audio streaming within the Twitter app. The audio card will be powered through partnerships with third…

  11. One Direction Release 'Four' Track List -- and Have a Surprise for Fans!

    October 16, 2014 4:06 PM EDT One Direction have released the track list for their upcoming album, Four, out Nov. 17. They've already released "Steal My Girl" and "Fireproof," and fans can now check out the full 16-song list below. The guys also shared an announcement video that explained when…

  12. Must-Hear Music Podcast: Taylor Swift, Fall Out Boy, Childish Gambino & More

    October 16, 2014 2:56 PM EDT Big week on the Must-Hear Music podcast! We tackle Taylor Swift's "Out of the Woods" -- her epic synth-pop anthem with Bleachers' Jack Antonoff -- as well as Fall Out Boy's hair metal-esque contribution to a Disney movie, Big Hero 6 . And it just gets weirder from…

  13. Black Keys' Patrick Carney Still Hates Spotify… And Now U2?

    October 16, 2014 2:37 PM EDT You won’t find either of the Black Keys’ last two albums on Spotify and their beefs with the streaming service have been well-documented. Drummer Patrick Carney hasn’t softened his stance, as evidenced by an Oct. 15 interview with The Seattle Times . But it wasn’t all about Spotify; he also…

  14. How Digitally Imported Will Become a One-Stop Shop for EDM

    October 16, 2014 12:28 PM EDT The EDM-focused internet radio service's new business model will seamlessly integrate on-demand streaming and retail. Digitally Imported, the Denver-based internet radio service catering to electronic music fans (also known as di.fm ), today announced that it will integrate streaming…

  15. MLB Playoffs: All the Intro Songs Revealed

    October 15, 2014 4:15 PM EDT What are players rocking when they step to the plate? There’s a lot more than organ music at baseball games these days. Unless we’re talking Chicago’s Wrigley Field (the only stadium that sticks to the classic organ sounds), every MLB player has the opportunity to step to the plate with his…

  16. Science Fiction Fantasy... or will.i.am Reality?

    October 15, 2014 3:55 PM EDT It's somewhat surprising, in 2014, that will.i.am isn't just a cloud of nanobots floating from keynote to keynote, proselytizing on the future of things from the very recent past. Unfortunately, the angle-coiffed singer and investor's current corporeality will have to do for…

  17. Hello, World: Gigmor Wants to Be a Facebook, or LinkedIn, for Bands

    October 15, 2014 1:46 PM EDT Name: Gigmor Founder: David Baird Founded: 2011 Location: Santa Monica, CA Launched: October 2013 Business sector(s): Web, Social Media, Digital Music Key Execs: David Baird, Founder/CEO; Tracy Eumont, VP Product; Venk Tatineni, CTO; Blake Kuehn, VP Marketing Funding: $200,000 Investors: …

  18. SoundCloud Posts $29 Million Loss in 2013 on $14 Million Revenues

    October 12, 2014 8:24 PM EDT As SoundCloud is amidst focused efforts to build a profitable business from its 175 million users a month, the popular online music streaming and sharing platform has posted a loss almost twice that of its revenues in the past year.  According to recent annual filings for 2013, the Berlin…

  19. Austin City Limits Livestream: Watch Live Performances & More From ACL 2014

    October 12, 2014 11:15 AM EDT Watch Lorde, Calvin Harris, Chromeo and more rock Austin on today's broadcast Can’t make it to weekend two of Austin City Limits? Don’t worry – we’re helping to bring the action right to you. Billboard.com is hosting Red Bull TV’s exclusive livestream of ACL 2014, which will feature…

  20. 'Spinal Tap' Actor Christopher Guest Recalls Odd Fans, Fun of Making Movie at New York Film Fest

    October 12, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Although 1984's This is Spinal Tap is one of the most-quoted movies of the past few decades, star Christopher Guest hadn't seen the cult comedy in almost 15 years before he appeared at a special 30th anniversary screening on Wednesday (Oct. 8) night at the New York Film Festival.…

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