1. Major Labels Taking 'Russian Facebook' to Court Over 'Large Scale' Piracy

    August 12, 2014 10:22 AM EDT VKontakte, known as the "Russian Facebook," is under fire in court from three major record labels that accuse the social media giant of doing little to stop wide-scale piracy by users. A judge in arbitration court for the St. Petersburg and Leningrad region decided on Monday to…

  2. Sam Gores, Chairman/CEO of Paradigm Talent Agency, on Leading Versus Bossing

    August 11, 2014 1:55 PM EDT The agency giant on the booming concert business, the art of the pitch and why being a leader is different (read: better) than being a boss. Paradigm Talent Agency may be located in the former Beverly Hills campus of MCA, where legendary entertainment moguls like Jules Stein and Lew…

  3. Ray LaMontagne Goes 'Supernova': The Folk Singer Talks New Album

    May 02, 2014 2:52 PM EDT The blues of "Trouble" hinted at a sad existence for LaMontagne. A decade on, the joyous, just-released 'Supernova,' flips the script. It's just after noon on April 29, and Ray LaMontagne's new album, "Supernova," is sitting at No. 2 on iTunes after…

  4. Architecture in Helsinki, 'NOW + 4EVA': Exclusive Album Premiere

    March 21, 2014 1:13 PM EDT Listen to the fifth studio album from the Australian indie poppers first on Billboard.com. Long-running, consistently great Australian pop collective Architecture in Helsinki will release its fifth full-length, "NOW + 4EVA," through the band's own Casual Workout label on Apr. 1…

  5. Drake, ID-PR Split Post-Rolling Stone Cover Debacle (Exclusive)

    February 27, 2014 7:27 PM EST Two weeks after Drake slammed Rolling Stone for swapping out his planned cover story for a Philip Seymour Hoffman memoriam, the rapper and PR firm ID-PR have parted ways, Billboard has confirmed.   Drake had been working with ID for the past year to handle publicity for third album “Nothing…

  6. Seether's Rise Above Fest Returns in May With Motorhead, Avenged Sevenfold

    January 28, 2014 10:39 AM EST After taking a year off due to "circumstances that were beyond our control," Seether's Rise Above Fest combating mental illness and suicide is returning this year, with a new location and grander ambitions. The festival will take place May 10, moving form New Hampshire to…

  7. Prince Royce Takes Major Step With 'Soy el Mismo': Watch a Track-By-Track Interview

    October 08, 2013 10:30 AM EDT In 2002, when he was 13 years old, Geoffrey Rojas decided he wanted to be a singer. It took him six years to develop a sound, a look and an identity, to turn himself into Prince Royce. It took him another two years to top the charts, and one more to release the top-selling Latin…

  8. Jenni Rivera Crash Case Defendants Challenge Lawsuit

    August 23, 2013 6:41 AM EDT Owners of the plane that crashed last December killing Regional Mexican star Jenni Rivera are challenging a wrongful death lawsuit filed in Los Angeles on behalf of the families of the four members of her entourage who traveled with her, Billboard has learned.   “Defendants are challenging…

  9. Perry Farrell Says He’s Made an Electronic Music Album

    June 19, 2013 6:12 PM EDT The rocker talks about his own EDM lineage and future while praising Nina Kraviz. This morning in the opening panel of the EDM Biz conference in Las Vegas at the Cosmopolitan Hotel, Marc Geiger, head of WME’s music department and Perry Farrell, rock singer and founder of Lollapalooza sat…

  10. Weekly Chart Notes: Alternative Radio's 'Sound' Is To Play It 'Safe'

    June 07, 2013 3:05 PM EDT Capital Cities' 'Safe and Sound' reaches No. 1 on Alternative Songs at last, continuing a trend of songs taking their time to ascend to the chart's summit Capital Cities' "Safe and Sound" reaches the Alternative Songs summit in its 29th week, tying for…

  11. Italian Trio Il Volo Cross Over to Latin Stardom

    May 12, 2013 9:30 PM EDT The 2013 Billboard Latin Music Awards, which aired April 25 on Telemundo, had its share of uptempo reggaeton and dance, regional Mexican music, daring duets and song premieres, most featuring major Latin stars. In the midst of that was Il Volo, a trio of operatic tenors, singing "El…

  12. Roots Picnic Lineup: Naughty By Nature, Macklemore, Solange & More to Perform

    January 22, 2013 10:10 AM EST The roster of artists for the 6th Annual Roots Picnic Festival, taking place June 1 at Festival Pier at Penns Landing in Philadelphia, has been announced.   This year, the lineup includes headliners and festival organizers The Roots backing Naughty By Nature for a full set. Performers during…

  13. Top 10 EDM Moments of 2012

    December 27, 2012 11:10 AM EST From Madonna hitting a rave, to a billionaire financier buying one, 2012 was full of unbelievable moments for EDM and its artists. Here we touch on 10 top moments in the genre's most formative year thus far.   Best of 2012: Billboard's Year-End Charts & More | The Year in EDM   …

  14. The Year In EDM 2012: Swedish House Mafia, Deadmau5, Skrillex Get Massive

    December 14, 2012 9:00 AM EST When Swedish House Mafia sold out its eight-date arena tour in mere minutes in September, the industry gaped at the feat -- an undeniable demonstration of EDM's growing power in the live space.   But there was a rub: Despite moving tickets, SHM wasn't selling music at anywhere near…

  15. Kid Rock, 'Rebel Soul': Track-By-Track Review

    November 20, 2012 2:40 PM EST Kid Rock refers to "Rebel Soul," his ninth album, as "a greatest hits feeling record with all new songs." In other words, the 14-song set - recorded at Rock's home AllenRoadHouse studio and his rehearsal facility - The Warehouse - has the punk rock, the Southern rock,…

  16. Chris Brown, Usher: Too Pop to Stay On Top?

    July 13, 2012 2:50 PM EDT When Chris Brown claimed his second No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200 this week, he also logged an unexpected accomplishment. The singer/songwriter became the second R&B hitmaker in a month to bow at No. 1 with a comparably soft launch. Chris Brown, 'Fortune': Track-By-Track |…

  17. Grammys Restore Best Latin Jazz Album Award

    June 08, 2012 11:10 AM EDT A year after the Grammy Awards cut 31 categories, sparking protests and a lawsuit by Latin jazz musicians, the music organization has made more changes by adding three awards, including the reinstatement of best Latin jazz album. The Recording Academy announced Friday in a statement to The…

  18. Spotlight: Lucas Hoge as Country as It Gets

    April 11, 2012 2:45 PM EDT Singer Who Wants You to 'Give a Damn' Preps Full Album Pardon the pun, but Lucas Hoge has plenty to "Give A Damn" about these days. The Nebraska native is watching his current single of the same title pick up momentum at radio stations across the United States. Hoge is…

  19. Nicki Minaj-Chris Brown Duet, 'Right By My Side,' Hits the Web: Listen

    March 20, 2012 2:00 PM EDT After unveiling the track list to Nicki Minaj 's "Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded" last week, one of the disc's most anticipated collaborations, "Right By My Side" featuring Chris Brown , has hit the web. The uptempo ballad features Minaj primarily operating in "…

  20. Nicki Minaj Preps Pepsi Deal, Consolidates Representation From CAA To Blueprint

    March 19, 2012 4:00 PM EDT It's a busy time to be in the business of Nicki Minaj . As the rapper preps her sophomore album "Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded" (April 3), news of a major endorsement deal and a consolidation of her touring and business representation has also started to surface. Forbes reported…

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