1. INgrooves Founder & CEO Robb McDaniels Resigns

    December 19, 2014 6:35 PM EST INgrooves founder and CEO Robb McDaniels has resigned from the company he founded and guided since 2001. He will remain on the company's board of directors, serve as a consultant to the company and continue as a shareholder. "Over the past 13 years, I have led the expansion of…

  2. Exclusive: Night Riots Premiere Urgent New Wave Track 'Break'

    December 19, 2014 12:50 PM EST SoCal quintet Night Riots mined some pretty serious subject matter for their standout new song. “‘Break’ was inspired by a friend's drink getting spiked with a hallucinogenic drug at a party,” frontman Travis Hawley tells Billboard. “It made me start to realize that not all people are…

  3. Exclusive: Incubus Signs to Island Records, Two EPs Coming in 2015

    December 18, 2014 9:00 AM EST When Incubus appeared at night-one of KROQ’s Almost Acoustic Xmas this past Saturday , it marked the band’s first proper public show in a year. The reason for the band’s absence from the live circuit is they’ve been heavily immersed in recording, which has gone well. Very well. “The…

  4. Van Morrison Signs With RCA For 35th Studio Album, Due Early 2015

    December 16, 2014 7:43 PM EST Van Morrison will release his as-yet-untitled 35th studio album on RCA Records in early 2015, the label confirmed Tuesday. The set will be a follow-up to 2012’s Born To Sing: No Plan B , which was released via Blue Note and debuted and peaked at No. 10 on the Billboard 200 . “We are…

  5. No Doubt, System of a Down & More Ring in 25 Years of KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas

    December 15, 2014 3:19 PM EST What the Jingle Ball tour has become to the pop world, KROQ's Almost Acoustic Christmas has been to the alternative scene for more than two decades. The L.A. radio station's annual December show, which celebrated its 25th anniversary this year, had its status as arguably the…

  6. Nicki Minaj, 'The Pinkprint': Track-by-Track Review

    December 15, 2014 2:20 PM EST Most artists spend their lives crafting their most personal album. For Nicki Minaj , it's not until her third studio album, The Pinkprint , where she extends her autobiography beyond slivers of detail and zooms in on her post-fame dealings with love and family. In 2007, Minaj flooded…

  7. Corner Office: Republic Records Honchos Monte & Avery Lipman Discuss Jennifer Lawrence's 'Hunger Games' Smash and Defend 'The Voice'

    December 15, 2014 10:41 AM EST The 2014 market-share leaders on maintaining dominance, defending 'The Voice' and finding tomorrow's breakout: "You can't rush hits." Among the many plaques lining the walls of Republic Records chairman/CEO Monte Lipman ’s midtown Manhattan office, the one…

  8. BSBB Round 1: Chris Brown, "Loyal" vs. Ariana Grande feat. Iggy Azalea, "Problem"

    December 14, 2014 12:00 PM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Loyal Chris Brown Problem Ariana Grande feat. Iggy Azalea MAURA JOHNSTON: One of my least favorite trends of 2014 was the increasingly rancorous nature of the seemingly never-ending battle between men and women, and "Loyal…

  9. Billboard Year in Music 2014: The Story Behind Carlos Santana's No. 1 Spanish-Language Album, 'Corazon'

    December 12, 2014 9:00 AM EST The Hall of Famer Corazon 6 Weeks on Top Latin Albums The idea for Carlos Santana 's first Spanish-language album was hatched between the guitarist and his manager, Michael Vrionis, over dinner in 2012. "He asked me, 'Have you ever wanted to do a Latino Supernatural ?'…

  10. ASCAP CEO John LoFrumento Announces Retirement

    December 12, 2014 9:00 AM EST After a 33-year career at ASCAP -- 17 of them as the CEO -- John LoFrumento is retiring from the performance rights organization as of Jan. 1. During his tenure at the head of organization, membership grew from 70,000 members to 520,000, while distribution of royalties more than doubled,…

  11. Billboard Year in Music 2014: 'Weird Al' Yankovic on Inspiring Beyoncé and Making 'Mandatory Fun' a Must-Listen

    December 12, 2014 9:00 AM EST The Strategist Mandatory Fun 1 Week on Billboard 200 "Weird Al" Yankovic had the last laugh in 2014. In the weeks prior to the release of his 14th album, Mandatory Fun , Yankovic prerecorded a release-week podcast, wherein he joked about having a No. 1 album. He couldn't have…

  12. The 20 Best K-Pop Songs of 2014

    December 11, 2014 2:30 PM EST K-pop fans may remember 2014 as a dramatic, and at times heartbreaking, year. Members left groups fans envisioned them in for years, tragedy struck the live scene and the dark sides of the industry were brought to light in the wake of mourning one of the scene's most promising acts…

  13. One Direction's Harry Styles Gets Cuddly with Ian McKellen: Watch

    December 11, 2014 3:38 AM EST There was a bit of magic on set when Sir Ian McKellen shared the couch with the members of One Direction for a British chat show.  The award-winning actor and gay rights activist went shoulder-to-shoulder with the history-creating boyband for a taping of The Graham Norton Show .…

  14. The 10 Most Surprising Breakout Hits of 2014

    December 08, 2014 10:30 AM EST We didn't see "Rude," "Latch," "Habits (Stay High)" and more Top 20 hits making waves this year. There were instances in 2014 where it was easy to forecast this year’s biggest radio hits — we all heard Pharrell ’s “Happy” and wanted to hear it again, and…

  15. Elton John to Perform on New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest

    December 05, 2014 11:24 AM EST Everyone watching Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2015 will get a little dose of Elton John . Today (Dec. 5), dick clark productions announced that John will perform his anthem “I’m Still Standing” on the upcoming telecast, which begins at 8 p.m. (ET) on ABC. The…

  16. Scooter Braun, Charlie Walk, Rosie Perez and Nick Cannon Among Those Named to Barclays Center’s New Advisory Board

    December 03, 2014 2:22 PM EST Barclays Center’s Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment Advisory Board, made up of a group of nearly 30 top sports, entertainment, and media executives, will hold its first meeting tomorrow (Dec. 4), Billboard has learned.   Created by Brett Yormark , CEO of Barclays Center, and Charlie Walk …

  17. Jared Leto to Play Batman Villain The Joker in Upcoming 'Suicide Squad' Film

    December 03, 2014 9:50 AM EST Will Smith set to play Batman foe Deadshot. Will Smith, Tom Hardy, Margot Robbie and Jared Leto are officially set to star in Suicide Squad, Warner Bros. announced Tuesday. Also cast in the movie based on the DC Entertainment villains-forced-to-be-heroes are Jai Courtney and Cara Delevingne…

  18. Exclusive Song Premiere: Ardalan's 'The No Yeah' Off Dirtybird Debut

    November 25, 2014 9:48 PM EST Dirtybird Records' latest release was a product of romantic indecision. Iranian producer Ardalan channeled his own hesitant tendencies on "The No Yeah," a quirky track featuring a cooing female vocal over modular techno bloops and stomping sub-bass. "The idea behind the…

  19. The Niche Releases to Watch for on Black Friday -- From a ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Mixtape to a Limited-Edition ‘Big Lebowski’ Soundtrack

    November 25, 2014 11:54 AM EST Record Store Day is typically celebrated in April, but since 2010, mom-and-pop shops -- along with labels and even movie studios -- have also welcomed exclusive releases for Black Friday. On tap for 2014: a Guardians of the Galaxy mixtape on cassette, Island/Mercury's limited edition …

  20. Paul Paoliello Appointed International CEO/COO of Murphy Petrol Group

    November 24, 2014 4:30 AM EST Chris Murphy has promoted music biz veteran Paul Paoliello to international CEO/COO of the Murphy Petrol Group, with immediate effect. The South African-born Paoliello until recently served as director of business development for the Australian entrepreneur's rights management firm…

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