1. The Biz of Fizz: Why Soda Brands Are Spending Millions To Promote Taylor Swift, Tiesto in 2014

    November 17, 2014 1:02 PM EST The second half of 2014 sees Big Gulp-sized soda partnerships with artists. Michael Tran/FilmMagic In 2014, 7UP doubled down on its lucky number by linking with Tiesto , Ultra, Insomniac and others for its 7x7Up initiative: seven top festivals, seven rising DJs ( Danny Avila , Disco…

  2. Spotify, Uber Partnership To Launch In 10 Cities Worldwide

    November 17, 2014 11:12 AM EST It’s official: after a weekend of rumors , Spotify and Uber will introduce a new partnership in 10 cities this Friday, November 21, that will enable Spotify Premium users to play their own playlists during their Uber ride. Participating cities are London, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Nashville…

  3. This Week in Billboard Chart History: In 1991, Nirvana Brought Grunge to No. 1

    November 17, 2014 8:05 AM EST 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' signaled a historic change in the format's sound. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Madonna, Destiny's Child and Paul Simon. Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history Nov.…

  4. Foo Fighters, Pink Floyd Set for Top 10 Debuts on Billboard 200

    November 14, 2014 9:37 PM EST Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’ album should rule for third straight week Foo Fighters , Pink Floyd and Garth Brooks are all heading for the top 10 of the Billboard 200 chart next week with their latest new albums. Industry forecasters suggest Foo Fighters' new Sonic Highways will likely debut…

  5. Inside Azealia Banks' Rocky Road to Releasing 'Broke With Expensive Taste'

    November 14, 2014 2:08 PM EST Did combative New York rapper Azealia Banks "pull a Beyoncé " when she released her long-delayed debut album, Broke With Expensive Taste , on Nov. 6 with no prior setup? Not exactly. Where Beyoncé's midnight surprise in the iTunes Store was the result of a meticulously…

  6. Dave Grohl on Spotify Debate: 'I Don't Care If You Pay $1 or $20 for Our Music'

    November 14, 2014 12:15 PM EST The debate over streaming music on Spotify often turns into a math problem -- who gets money, and how much do they get? Taylor Swift 's camp has been going back and forth with Spotify on how much money she actually lost by pulling her music from the streaming service. But Dave…

  7. Must-Hear Music Podcast: Exclusive MisterWives Performance, Plus Bruno Mars, Foo Fighters & More

    November 12, 2014 2:56 PM EST In addition to chatting about new tracks from Bruno Mars , Foo Fighters , Shawn Mendes and more, we have a special treat on this week's Must-Hear Music podcast. NYC's up-and-coming indie outfit MisterWives (the name is a reverse play on Sister Wives ) stopped by the Billboard…

  8. Eminem, Rihanna, Metallica, Springsteen & More Salute Veterans & Soldiers at Concert for Valor

    November 11, 2014 11:10 PM EST Grand televised productions are tricky. There's an expected balance between pageantry and performance, individual voices and the unified amplification of a greater cause. Tuesday night's Concert for Valor, though not entirely even, was to its core a salute to the men and women…

  9. Ex-Survivor Singer Jimi Jamison Died of Stroke, Drugs

    November 11, 2014 6:54 PM EST An autopsy report shows that Jimi Jamison , the lead singer on Survivor hits such as "Burning Heart" and "Is This Love," died of a stroke with methamphetamine intoxication. The report released Tuesday (Nov. 11) by the Shelby County medical examiner says the 63-year-old…

  10. Music Legend Glyn Johns Recounts Mick Jagger's Close Call With Cops in His New Memoir

    November 11, 2014 2:16 PM EST By now it was quite normal to have sessions go all night, a habit started by The Rolling Stones in 1966 while we were making Between the Buttons , with almost every session starting at 8 p.m. and going till 7:30 or 8 the following morning. On a Sunday afternoon in studio one at Olympic …

  11. Watch Alanis Morissette's New Video: Coffee Grain Percussion and Costa Rican Women

    November 11, 2014 12:15 PM EST The singer-songwriter's latest release "The Morning" coincides with Lesley Chilcott's new documentary following female Costa Rican coffee producers. Her voice has been featured in collaborations with  Ringo Starr ,  Harry Gregson-Williams   and the Dave Matthews Band ,…

  12. Foo Fighters' Nate Mendel Marries Longtime Girlfriend Kate Jackson

    November 10, 2014 10:25 PM EST Foo Fighters bassist Nate Mendel married longtime girlfriend Kate Jackson last month, Billboard has confirmed. The ceremony took place on Oct. 11 at Studio City's Tree People , the nonprofit conservancy organization based at the top of Coldwater Canyon in Los Angeles' San…

  13. Pink Floyd: More Unreleased Music May Be Coming

    November 10, 2014 6:06 PM EST While David Gilmour and Nick Mason maintain that Pink Floyd 's new album The Endless River marks the end of brand-new music from the group, its archives may yield more unreleased material down the road. Plenty of previously unreleased Floyd material surfaced during the group's…

  14. From Train to Motorhead, Inside the Big Business of Music Cruises

    November 10, 2014 4:57 PM EST Cruise organizers are rockin’ the boat -- literally -- as they cater to a rising tide of fans eager to set sail with their favorite artists. When Lynyrd Skynyrd helmed its inaugural Simple Man Cruise in 2007, the ship ran out of Jack Daniel’s on the first night. “We drank the boat dry,”…

  15. Chart Highlights: U2 Makes History Atop Adult Alternative Songs, Taylor Swift Tops AC

    November 10, 2014 4:05 PM EST U2 lands its record-breaking 12th Adult Alternative Songs leader with 'The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone),' while Swift's multi-format smash 'Shake It Off' rules another ranking. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday.…

  16. Aphex Twin Releases New Material, Shares Thoughts on Today's EDM Scene

    November 10, 2014 11:39 AM EST Just a few months after surprising the world with his first studio album in more than a decade, Aphex Twin has slipped a trove of new material online. In addition to sharing several new songs/snippets -- some of which were created with his wife -- Richard D. James shared Syro demos and a…

  17. Fugees' Pras Michel on Hitting Up Eurythmics, Tears for Fears & Seal for Film Music

    November 06, 2014 6:32 PM EST His political documentary 'Sweet Mickey for President' is due next year. At Thursday's (Nov. 6) Music for Documentaries panel at the Billboard and Hollywood Reporter Film & TV Music Conference , it took no less a figure than a Fugee to illustrate the difficulty of…

  18. Jennifer Lopez Still Loves Finding 'American Idol' Superstars

    November 06, 2014 8:52 AM EST David Letterman hosted Jennifer Lopez for a freewheeling visit on Wednesday night. In a chat that bounced from parenting to perfume to pop music, J.Lo also wound up talking about returning to American Idol and those reports about her doing a 72-show residency at Planet Hollywood's Axis…

  19. Classic Rock Honours Ceremony Comes to America

    November 05, 2014 2:22 PM EST To celebrate the 10th anniversary of their annual awards show, influential U.K. magazine Classic Rock brought the ceremony, Classic Rock Honours, to Los Angeles. Mixing the elite of both Los Angeles -- Henry Rollins presented the inspiration award to the Doors -- and the U.K. -- Def Leppard…

  20. Foo Fighters Bring Guests, Massive Set to Nashville's Ryman Auditorium

    November 03, 2014 4:38 PM EST "It's not often I come to a gig and kick off my shoes," Dave Grohl told the crowd on Friday night as he began his three-hour parade across the Ryman stage, barefoot and sporting black-metal style corpse paint in honor of All Hallow's Eve. As far as events go, this was…

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