1. David Bisbal Debuts New Song 'Closer Tonight' in Bubbly Freixenet's New Year's Eve Ad

    November 26, 2014 10:30 AM EST Spanish pop star David Bisbal has debuted his swinging new English-language song “Closer Tonight” in a New Year's Eve ad for Freixenet bubbly. The track with a jazz hot vibe will be included on a gold edition of his album Tu y Yo , set for Dec. 9. David Bisbal Surprises Fan With Ride…

  2. Sinead O’Connor on Band Aid 30 Criticism: ‘Everyone Should Shut the F--- Up’

    November 25, 2014 11:42 PM EST Lily Allen has called it “smug.” Emeli Sande has apologized if its lyrics “caused offence.” Adele is rumored to have snubbed the sessions. But Sinead O’Connor isn’t having any of it. The sharp-tongued Irish singer has hit back at critics of the latest version of the Band Aid all-star…

  3. 'August Rush' Bound for Broadway

    November 25, 2014 8:21 PM EST The new musical is adapted from the 2007 film about a music prodigy, which starred Freddie Highmore and Robin Williams. Add another title to the long list of movies getting the musical makeover treatment. The 2007 release, August Rush , which starred Freddie Highmore as an orphaned second…

  4. Rap’s Bottle-Service Timeline: How Hip-Hop Has Bigged Up Booze Through the Years

    November 25, 2014 6:24 PM EST Jay Z has once again done what no other rapper has: buying outright an existing liquor brand, Armand de Brignac Champagne, in a deal announced this month. But this isn’t the first time hip-hop has bigged up booze, whether through song, collabs or in an ad. Jay Z Had a Favorite Champagne…

  5. Concert Venues Parting Ways With Promoters Are Capitalizing on Going DIY

    November 25, 2014 4:27 PM EST Friday, Nov. 14 was a sort of ­coming-out party for New York's Webster Hall, which, after 10 years as a Bowery Presents venue, celebrated its independence from the New York-based promoter with sold-out shows in each of its three music rooms. From the tiny basement Studio to the midsize…

  6. Ask Billboard: Max Martin Notches Another No. 1

    November 25, 2014 4:05 PM EST As always, submit questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. Or, Tweet @gthot20 MAX MARTIN SCORES ANOTHER No. 1 @gthot20 Why no mention of…

  7. Dev Video Premiere: Watch The Kreayshawn-Directed ‘Honey Dip’ Video

    November 25, 2014 2:46 PM EST Also, get an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the making of the video! Dev, the L.A.-based pop singer best known as the voice of Far*East Movement’s Hot 100 No. 1 “Like a G6,” is back with an impressive new EP, Bittersweet July , and a colorful music video for standout track …

  8. Electronic Producer RL Grime on His Ambition to Become a 'Legendary Figure' and Why EDM Lacks Authenticity

    November 25, 2014 1:22 PM EST Electronic producer RL Grime isn't interested in talking about trap music -- surprising, since his dark, menacing sound caught on during the genre's second wave in 2012. "That label is corny to me," says the 23-year-old, born Henry Steinway. Still, like contemporaries…

  9. Frances Bean Cobain-Produced Kurt Cobain Documentary to Debut on HBO in 2015

    November 25, 2014 11:45 AM EST Director Brett Morgen 's long-gestating documentary on Kurt Cobain has found a home at HBO. Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck , which Morgen has been working on since 2007, will debut on HBO in 2015 in addition to receiving an international release. HBO Documentary Films and Universal…

  10. One Direction Hits One Billion Plays on Spotify (But Are Still Way Behind Eminem)

    November 25, 2014 11:12 AM EST One Direction has surpassed a billion streams on Spotify, joining Coldplay as only the second British band to accomplish that feat on the streaming music service. According to data provided by Spotify, the boy band reached the milestone last week upon the release of their new album Four . …

  11. Ferguson Decision: Hip-Hop Community & Other Artists React

    November 24, 2014 10:17 PM EST Rihanna, Katy Perry, Killer Mike, Q-Tip, Hayley Williams, Alicia Keys and many more speak out. The death of Michael Brown has been a rallying cry in the hip-hop community since the unarmed teen was fatally shot in Ferguson, Mo., by a police officer back in August. Monday night (Nov. 24)…

  12. Aretha Franklin Blasts Unauthorized Bio, Calls It a 'Very Trashy Book'

    November 24, 2014 7:13 PM EST The Queen of Soul says don't waste your money -- or soul -- on the recently released unauthorized biography about her. In a statement, Aretha Franklin called David Ritz 's Respect: The Life of Aretha Franklin , a "trashy book." Aretha Franklin Dishes on Covering '…

  13. Marianne Faithfull on Her New Album & Book and Her Charmed Circle of Friends (From Metallica to Bowie)

    November 24, 2014 4:50 PM EST For the past 50 years,  Marianne Faithfull  has been one of the music world’s most singular characters: a Swinging London teen icon and mid-’60s girlfriend of Mick Jagger , a notorious heroin addict who revived her career in 1979 with the landmark Broken English and, most of all, a singer…

  14. How Did 'Serial' Find Its Music? Thank Nick Thorburn

    November 24, 2014 3:42 PM EST As fans of the runaway hit podcast  Serial  know ,  the notes of the now all-too-familiar jingle that opens each episode can provoke a Pavlovian response from listeners eager to get their latest hit of the addictive story. For the uninitiated:  Serial , a  This American Life  spin-off…

  15. Album Review: David Guetta's All-Star 'Listen' Makes a Beeline for the Pop Charts

    November 24, 2014 3:09 PM EST When David Guetta hit the studio to record Listen , his first album in three years, the trailblazing French EDM producer worked backwards. Instead of starting with the beats -- his standard approach over his three-decade DJ career -- he began with vocals and live instruments, such as piano…

  16. Band Aid 30’s 'Do They Know It’s Christmas' Opens at No. 1 in U.K. With Huge Sales

    November 24, 2014 4:56 AM EST Band Aid 30’s updated “Do They Know It’s Christmas” (EMI/Universal) has become the U.K.’s fastest-selling single of the year to date, selling 312,000 downloads to go straight to No. 1. Sunday's (Nov. 23) new Official Charts Company data also saw One Direction debut atop the album…

  17. Sting Sets Out to Save 'The Last Ship'

    November 23, 2014 11:47 PM EST Sting is not letting The Last Ship sink without a fight. The former Police frontman, who composed the score for the Broadway musical set in his Northern English hometown, will join the cast as speculated, in a bid to lift the $15 million production's struggling box office. A story…

  18. Bill Cosby Gets Standing Ovation In Florida Amid Sexual Assault Allegations

    November 22, 2014 12:54 PM EST The protesters didn't show, the would-be hecklers didn't take the bait, the weeks of headlines about sexual assaults disappeared and Bill Cosby , for 90 minutes at least, regained the revered status he long enjoyed. Bill Cosby Refuses to Address Sexual Assault Allegations in…

  19. Watch Katy Perry, Will.i.am, Adam Lambert, Others Sing 'Imagine' for UNICEF

    November 21, 2014 8:23 PM EST To celebrate the 25th anniversary of United Nations' Convention on the Rights of the Child, UNICEF has teamed up with Yoko Ono and David Guetta to assemble a star cast to cover John Lennon 's beloved "Imagine" for what they're calling the #IMAGINE Project. …

  20. Quotes of the Week: Willow Smith Likes to Climb Trees, Lorde Defends Dissing Diplo and More

    November 21, 2014 5:40 PM EST "'Will you guys please get Lorde to really sing it?' They said no." --Jennifer Lawrence The actress, who sings a song in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 , telling David Letterman that the filmmakers denied her request. Billboard Cover: Lorde on Her ‘Hero’ Kanye West,…

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