1. Grammy Awards Pre-Televised Ceremony Gets a New Name

    November 06, 2014 4:28 PM EST It's a war on hyphens as the Recording Academy announces a name change for its pre-televised event on music's biggest night. The Grammy Awards Pre-Telecast Ceremony , where the bulk of the day's statues are actually presented, is now officially the Grammy Awards Premiere…

  2. Paul Williams to Deliver Keynote Interview at Midem in Cannes

    November 05, 2014 8:50 AM EST Award-winning songwriter and composer Paul Williams has been selected to deliver the keynote interview at next year's Midem, the international music industry festival, being held June 5-8 2015 in Cannes, France. Williams' global hits include "We’ve Only Just Begun," …

  3. CODE Guest Playlist: Martin Buttrich

    October 29, 2014 2:07 PM EDT Few artists can equal the behind-the-scenes impact that Martin Buttrich has made on underground dance music. A widely revered producer, writer and engineer, Buttrich has left his sonic mark on seminal tracks with collaborators Loco Dice and Timo Maas, as well as remixes for the likes of…

  4. What Is Bad? A Worst Songs Countdown Goes Beyond Good and Evil

    October 28, 2014 10:45 AM EDT What do “Who Let The Dogs Out” and “Stairway To Heaven” have in common? Both make a prominent appearance among the 88 worst songs of all time, as voted by listeners of triple-A WXPN Philadelphia . WXPN unveiled the listing last Saturday, Oct. 25, as the kicker to its countdown of its top…

  5. Animal Collective’s Panda Bear 'Meets the Grim Reaper' on New Album, Shares New Songs

    October 23, 2014 11:59 AM EDT About time for a new Animal Collective -related project, isn’t it? The unpredictable act used to release new albums almost every year, and since it’s been two years since AnCo released a new LP, it's about time for one of its members to step up to the plate. That member is Noah Lennox …

  6. Raphael Ravenscroft, Man Behind Most Iconic Sax Riff in Pop Music, Dies at 60

    October 21, 2014 12:49 PM EDT Saxophone player Raphael Ravenscroft -- the man behind the most recognizable sax riff in pop music history -- has passed away of a suspected heart attack . He was 60. Ravenscroft provided the sax hook on Gerry Rafferty 's "Baker Street," a fairly typical slice of '70s…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. Jimmy Fallon, Ed Sheeran, Pharrell Williams & Flying Lotus Real-Time Twitter Chart Rewind Ep. 19

    October 10, 2014 3:15 PM EDT Welcome back to Billboard's weekly video show "Real-Time Rewind," which recaps the past week's hottest action on the new Billboard Real-Time Twitter Charts -- Trending 140 and Emerging Artists -- and the news that's driving the action. Joe Levy takes a visit to…

  10. The Who Preps North American 'Who Hits 50!' Tour For 2015

    October 10, 2014 10:09 AM EDT The Who is returning to the road in North America for 2015 -- “The Who Hits 50!” Tour will swing through the States twice, beginning with a spring leg that kicks off April 15 in Tampa, Fl. and runs through May 30 in Forest Hills, NY, then resuming in the fall on Sept. 14 in San Diego and…

  11. Rock Hall Nominees: The Locks, the Likelys & the Longshots

    October 09, 2014 6:00 PM EDT It's a little fun for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame watchers to predict who's going to be nominated each fall. It's a lot more fun to figure out which of the nominees will actually get in.  With Green Day , nine inch nails and N.W.A. on the ballot, this year's group of…

  12. Why 1997 Was the Best Musical Year of the '90s

    October 09, 2014 10:45 AM EDT After focusing on 1994 last week, now, we're wondering what the best year for music was of the '90s. We've already made a case for  1990 ,  1991 ,  1992 ,  1993 ,  1994  and  1995 . Now it's time for 1996 and 1997 . POP SHOP HOMEPAGE In 1997, popular music eased the…

  13. Daft Punk & Pharrell's 'Gust of Wind' Video Features Floating Dancers & Flying Robot Heads

    October 07, 2014 11:06 AM EDT Pharrell  and Daft Punk 's new "Gust of Wind" video -- helmed by Shaun of the Dead/Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World director Edgar Wright -- involves plenty of arty dancing and scenes that appear to be inspired by Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.  (Sadly, Pharrell is not the one…

  14. Scott Greer Named EVP at Capitol Music Group

    October 06, 2014 4:24 PM EDT Scott Greer , an 18-year constant at Sony Music who most recently worked as svp of marketing for Sony's Columbia Records, has been named executive vice president of Capitol Music Group, the company announced today. Greer began his music industry career at Capitol Records in 1991,…

  15. Pharrell Just Teased a Big Video for His Daft Punk Collaboration 'Gust of Wind'

    October 04, 2014 5:08 AM EDT On his early 2014 album  Girl , Pharrell chose his guest stars carefully. Justin Timberlake, Miley Cyrus, Alicia Keys were all there, forming a small choir of voices who weren't the dude singing "Happy."  But Pharrell and the buddies he tends to simply call " the Robots …

  16. 2015 Grammys Predictions: Who Are The Early Favorites?

    September 30, 2014 5:05 PM EDT 0 Beyonce, Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran and more are among our (very early) guesses for next year's ceremony. Who’s ready for the Grammy Awards… in four months?! Okay, so the 2015 Grammys are still a little while away, but Tuesday (Sept. 30) is the final day of eligibility for the…

  17. Pharrell Releases Anime & Video Game Inspired 'It Girl' Video

    September 30, 2014 10:45 AM EDT The clip premiered exclusively in Times Square before hitting the Internet. Before it hit the Internet,  Pharrell  exclusively premiered the new video for his single "It Girl" in a very public space -- Sony's billboard in Times Square. "It Girl" is the final track…

  18. Album Review: Prince's First Two Albums In Four Years Are a Mixed Bag

    September 30, 2014 9:20 AM EDT During the first phase of his career, while under contract with Warner Bros., Prince released 18 albums in as many years. Four are absolute masterpieces; two or three others are damn close. Over the next 18 years, after emancipating himself from the label's "slave masters" in…

  19. Want to Hear The Who Imitate Daft Punk?

    September 26, 2014 10:50 AM EDT Want to hear the Who imitate Daft Punk ? Today's your lucky day. The UK rock legends released a new song -- their first new material since their 2006 album Endless Wire -- titled "Be Lucky." The song will appear on a 42-track compilation, Who Hits 50! , which celebrates the…

  20. AC/DC's Malcolm Young Reportedly Suffering From Dementia

    September 26, 2014 10:30 AM EDT Earlier this summer, AC/DC finished recording a new album -- their first since 2008 -- but this accomplishment came hand in hand with bad news: Malcolm Young, who founded the band with his brother, was hospitalized. Now the Sydney Morning Herald reports  that Young has been moved to a…

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