1. A-Trak Talks New Solo Material, DJ Set Transparency, and 'Youth on the Come-Up'

    November 25, 2014 9:00 AM EST By this point in his career, A-Trak should probably be known as Multi-Track. The former Billboard cover star  (real name Alain Macklovitch, a last name you might recognize from his brother Dave, who goes by Dave 1 in the electro-funk duo Chromeo ) is a DJ and producer, scratcher and…

  2. Kobalt Publishing Hires Jamie McLaughlin as Creative Director

    November 24, 2014 11:47 AM EST Kobalt Music Publishing has appointed Jamie McLaughlin to the position of creative director, charged with signing new talent, arranging writer collaborations and pitching songs. She has hit the ground running in the new job, having already played a part in the signing of Lady Gaga…

  3. Corner Office: Henry Juszkiewicz, Chairman/CEO of Gibson Brands, on Surviving Scandal and Setting Up Shop on the Sunset Strip

    November 24, 2014 10:21 AM EST The guitarist-turned-CEO on reimagining a 118-year-old company, surviving scandal and setting up shop on the Sunset Strip. A conversation with Henry Juszkiewicz , chairman/CEO of Gibson Brands, is as colorful as his office and conference room -- peppered with rustic asides and anecdotes…

  4. Pearl Jam’s ‘Vitalogy’ at 20: Classic Track-By-Track Album Review

    November 22, 2014 11:52 AM EST It was an undeniably tumultuous year for Pearl Jam in 1994. A time of great flux during which the spotlight of fame glared ever more strongly on the Seattle band as it faced the suicide of Nirvana ’s Kurt Cobain , opted to battle Ticketmaster and changed drummers. It was into this…

  5. Mr. Probz Rides 'Waves' to No. 1 on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs Chart

    November 21, 2014 10:40 AM EST Mr. Probz pulls into the No. 1 spot on Billboard 's Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart with "Waves," which rises 3-1. The chart's top Airplay and Digital Gainer, "Waves" reaches another new sales high (61,000 downloads, up 20 percent, according to Nielsen…

  6. Foo Fighters Take 'Highways' To No. 1 on Top Rock Albums Chart

    November 20, 2014 6:24 PM EST Foo Fighters notch their third No. 1 on Billboard's Top Rock Albums chart with Sonic Highways , selling 190,000 first-week copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The lofty sales also help Foo Fighters debut at No. 2 on this week's Billboard Artist 100 chart. The band's…

  7. Mike Nichols' Marriage of Music & Movies: Nine Significant Moments

    November 20, 2014 6:15 PM EST Mike Nichols , the celebrated director, writer and comedian who died Wednesday at the age of 83, left a considerable mark in the marriage of music, musicians and visual images. He cast musicians as actors, giving several prominent ones their first major roles; opened two of his films to…

  8. Dave Appell, Songwriter for Chubby Checker, Dies at 92

    November 20, 2014 5:20 PM EST He co-wrote 'Let’s Twist Again' and 'Limbo Rock' and produced for Tony Orlando & Dawn. Dave Appell , the Philadelphia songwriter-producer behind such 1960s rock 'n' roll hits as "Let's Twist Again" and "Limbo Rock" from Chubby…

  9. R.I.P. Mike Nichols: Why 'The Graduate' Soundtrack Will Always Matter

    November 20, 2014 3:15 PM EST Earlier this week, the soundtrack to The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 was released, featuring an album’s worth of original music curated by Lorde and featuring artists like Ariana Grande, Miguel, Simon Le Bon and Diplo, among others. It’s an ambitious musical project, especially in an…

  10. Watch the Foo Fighters Perform 'In the Clear' on 'Ellen'

    November 20, 2014 6:51 AM EST "Our next guests are one of the greatest bands in rock 'n' roll," Ellen DeGeneres said on Wednesday, introducing the  Foo Fighters   and their performance of "In the Clear." Dave Grohl & Co. have been all over the place lately, celebrating the release of…

  11. Shoegaze Pioneers Ride Reuniting for 2015 Tour

    November 19, 2014 12:12 PM EST saw the long-awaited return of My Bloody Valentine , and now one of their foremost followers have announced a reunion. Influential British shoegazers Ride have announced they will be reforming for a string of European 2015 dates, with a pair of North American shows sprinkled in. The…

  12. Billy Bragg Says Taylor Swift Sold Her Soul to Google, Her Reps Claim She Didn't

    November 18, 2014 8:33 PM EST Outspoken English singer-songwriter  Billy Bragg  is calling BS on  Taylor Swift 's highly publicized decision to pull her music from Spotify, saying she's just simply chosen one streaming service over another. After seeing that some of Swift's music is YouTube's new…

  13. Nicki Lee Barbour Foster, Daughter of Peggy Lee, Dies at 71

    November 18, 2014 6:49 PM EST Her father was guitarist, composer & bandleader Dave Barbour. Nicki Lee Barbour Foster , the daughter of legendary singer Peggy Lee and guitarist Dave Barbour , died Friday of complications from a stroke at St. Luke's Magic Valley Medical Center in Twin Falls, Idaho. She was 71.…

  14. Sony Giving Free Streaming Services the Stink Eye

    November 18, 2014 2:45 PM EST Speaking to investors in Tokyo on Tuesday, Sony chief financial officer Kevin Kelleher said the company will take a cautious approach to free, ad-supported streaming services like Spotify in the wake of Taylor Swift 's ground-shaking decision to shun the Swedish company. Kelleher said…

  15. Album Review: TV On The Radio's 'Seeds' Makes a Giant Leap Toward the Mainstream

    November 18, 2014 2:43 PM EST More than a decade after emerging from Brooklyn as a leader of the local indie renaissance, TV on the Radio could invite the kinds of criticisms often hurled at its hometown -- that it was better when it was dirtier, edgier and a little dangerous. But few fans have griped about the band&…

  16. Nirvana's 'MTV Unplugged' 20 Years Later: Meat Puppets' Curt Kirkwood Looks Back

    November 18, 2014 12:15 PM EST Twenty years ago, Nirvana released MTV Unplugged in New York , an unintentionally posthumous album recorded on this day (Nov. 18) in 1993. Kurt Cobain died five months after its taping, so its place in rock star lore was all but assured by the time it hit shelves. Nirvana played almost none…

  17. Tunde Adebimpe Considered Ending TV On the Radio Prior to New Album 'Seeds'

    November 17, 2014 6:50 PM EST In April of 2011, New York alternative heroes TV On The Radio released their fourth studio album, Nine Types Of Light . Just nine days later, bassist Gerard Smith passed away from lung cancer. Despite the tragedy, the band went out and completed a worldwide tour for the critically acclaimed…

  18. Chart Highlights: Maroon 5 Moves To No. 1 on Pop Songs With 'Animals'

    November 17, 2014 4:57 PM EST The group extends its record for the most leaders among groups. Plus, Idina Menzel's AC debut signals the start of the holidays. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys…

  19. Veteran Concert Promoter Ron Delsener Dishes on His Milestone-Packed Career Booking David Bowie, The Beatles and More

    November 17, 2014 3:00 PM EST The recipient of Billboard's Golden Circle Award discusses his milestone-packed 50-year career as a concert promoter. What are some of the memorable shows you’ve booked? Ron Delsener: There are thousands of them: the Halloween celebrations that Frank Zappa did at the Palladium; David…

  20. 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…

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