1. Larry Rudolph, Britney Spears' Vegas Svengali, Dishes on the Changing Nature of Sin City

    October 17, 2014 2:47 PM EDT THE VEGAS VISIONARY This profile is part of Billboard's Oct. 25 cover story package on the launch of Maverick, a new music-management consortium. You can find our full coverage right here . AGE: 51 TITLE: Founder, Reign Deer Entertainment STAFF : 12 CITY: Los Angeles and Las Vegas…

  2. Dr. Luke Lawsuit Arrives During Down Year for Super-Producer

    October 17, 2014 11:05 AM EDT The high-profile legal battle with Kesha arrives during a prolonged absence of hits for Luke. The gloves are off between Lukasz “Dr. Luke” Gottwald and Kesha : the pop superstar has filed a lawsuit against the producer for alleged emotional abuse and sexual assault , and the pop maestro…

  3. Can Anyone (Even Taylor Swift) Hit the First-Week Million-Selling Mark Anymore?

    October 17, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Candidates include Taylor Swift, whose 1989 arrives Oct. 27, Adele and... well...? Will the U.S. music industry ever see another first-week million-selling album? That was an open question even as the CD suffered double-digit sales declines for the last seven years. But with digital sales…

  4. Justin Bieber's Return to Beverly Hills Party Broken Up By Police

    October 16, 2014 10:44 AM EDT Justin Bieber just got back to America from his European vacation, and he’s picking up right where he left off. This time, though, he smartened up before things got too out of control. Upon arriving home, Bieber marked the occasion by throwing a party Tuesday night in his Beverly Hills…

  5. Publishing Briefs: Imagem Music Signs Admin Deal With PRMD Publishing (Exclusive), Warner Chappell Music Teams With Mike Dean

    October 16, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Imagem Music has just signed a global administration deal with PRMD Publishing , the company formed by EDM impressario Ash Pournouri . As part of the deal, Imagem will now represent the publishing catalog of Cazzette , and any future signings made by PRMD (pronounced "pyramid").…

  6. B.o.B, Bun B & 2 Chainz Take Over 2014 A3C Festival

    October 15, 2014 5:19 PM EDT Hip-hop fans flocked to Atlanta this past week for the 10th annual A3C Festival, which proved to be bigger than ever. Over the course of five days (Oct. 8 through 12), the festival held keynote interviews, panels, showcases and tribute shows across the city. The festival started off strong…

  7. MLB Playoffs: All the Intro Songs Revealed

    October 15, 2014 4:15 PM EDT What are players rocking when they step to the plate? There’s a lot more than organ music at baseball games these days. Unless we’re talking Chicago’s Wrigley Field (the only stadium that sticks to the classic organ sounds), every MLB player has the opportunity to step to the plate with his…

  8. Snoop Dogg Apologizes to Iggy Azalea After Chat With T.I.

    October 15, 2014 4:06 PM EDT But not before Snoop's daughter Cori & Iggy's boyfriend Nick Young weighed in. After an escalating series of nasty tweets between Iggy Azalea and Snoop Dogg , Snoop has posted an Instagram video in which he apologizes for his behavior. According to the video, Snoop talked to…

  9. 'South Park': 15 Most Memorable Music Moments

    October 14, 2014 5:50 PM EDT Lorde is the latest musical celebrity to make an “appearance” on South Park and both Billboard and the singer herself happen to think Trey Parker and Matt Stone nailed it. Mocking the Lorde birth certificate truthers with Stan’s dad moonlighting as a middle-aged, male version of the…

  10. Dr. Luke Claims in Defamation Lawsuit That Kesha Is Extorting Him

    October 14, 2014 5:01 PM EDT The star producer files his own lawsuit in New York, claiming that her 'false' sexual abuse allegations arise from a contract dispute. As pop superstar Kesha lobbed a bombshell lawsuit alleging disturbing sexual abuse on the part of her producer, Lukasz "Dr. Luke"…

  11. Lorde Crashes Time’s 25 Most Influential Teens List

    October 13, 2014 10:15 PM EDT A year after debuting with the hit track "Royals," Lorde's reign as queen continues. The singer (and Hunger Games: Mockingjay soundtrack curator) is among those highlighted in Time's 25 Most Influential Teens of 2014, an unranked list that was released Monday morning and…

  12. Taylor Swift: 'I Don't Know If I'll Have Kids'

    October 13, 2014 12:35 PM EDT Taylor Swift is opening up about just about everything in the lead-up to 1989' s release later this month. The latest? She's looking gorgeous on the cover of  In Style .  In the accompanying article, the crazy-accomplished 24-year-old tells the magazine that she's not sure…

  13. John Cena & Wiz Khalifa Team Up on 'WWE 2K15' Video Game Soundtrack

    October 13, 2014 11:45 AM EDT The wrestler and the rapper have two songs together: "All Day" and "Breaks." Superstar wrestler John Cena  has collaborated with Wiz Khalifa on two tracks for the soundtrack to the latest WWE video game -- and he also selected the music for game's companion album.…

  14. Iggy Azalea Explains Paparazzi Freakout: 'I Don't Hate All Paps'

    October 13, 2014 10:40 AM EDT After she was caught on camera getting into a fight with a paparazzo at a California grocery store,  Iggy Azalea   is defending herself on Instagram. In a video that hit the Internet late last week, Azalea seemingly attempts to ram the photographer with a grocery cart. She also tells him, …

  15. Kiss’ Gene Simmons Slams Coddling TV Talent Show Judges at MIPCOM

    October 12, 2014 3:37 PM EDT "You can't sugarcoat shit, pardon me" Gene Simmons is not one to sugarcoat his opinions. Kiss' Gene Simmons Gets Behind New 'Coliseum' Reality TV Format Precious TV singing-competition show judges who coddle pop-star wannabes, rather than be brutally honest…

  16. Loretta Lynn Performs First Full Show at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium

    October 11, 2014 1:41 PM EDT The 82-year-old icon played numerous hits from her six-decade career. Friday night (Oct. 10) was a historic night at Nashville’s famed Ryman Auditorium. It’s hard to believe, but it was the first time Loretta Lynn performed a full show at the revered venue. Loretta Lynn Reflects on…

  17. What Would Happen If the Smiths Got Inducted Into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?

    October 10, 2014 4:45 PM EDT The Smiths were nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for the first time this week. There’s no way they could get in… right? So first thing’s first -- this year's set of Rock Hall nominations is the most “alt” ever. Green Day , Nine Inch Nails , Lou Reed , Joan Jett & the…

  18. Madonna Celebrates Malala Yousafzai's Nobel Peace Prize Win

    October 10, 2014 1:17 PM EDT Malala Yousafzai became the youngest winner of the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday, Oct. 10, and Madonna is very excited for the Pakistani activist. "My Hero! MALALA! Noble Peace Prize Winner! Nothing can stop her! #rebelheart #livingforlove," Madonna wrote on her Instagram. Malala…

  19. From Panic Attacks to Family Estrangement, Reggaeton Star J Balvin’s Struggle to Make It to the Top

    October 10, 2014 1:00 PM EDT Two years ago, J Balvin should have been on top of the world. A steady stream of tracks that mixed tropical lightness with the heavy beat of reggaeton had made him a star at home in Colombia. Girls climbed the walls of his house in Medellin to get a picture with him. The stars of the…

  20. Lucinda Williams Tops Folk Albums Chart, U2 Hits Alternative Songs Milestone

    October 10, 2014 12:53 PM EDT Rocker Lucinda Williams leads the Folk Albums chart for the first time. Plus, chart action for Prince, Eddie Vedder, Spoon and U2. As previously reported , Prince scores his first entry, and first No. 1, on Billboard 's Top Rock Albums chart , with the debut album from his funk-n-roll…

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