1. Production Platform Splice Moves Towards Leveling the Music Creation Playing Field

    January 26, 2015 12:25 PM EST Cloud-based music creation and collaboration platform Splice is working towards becoming the glue which holds together a new framework of music creation and distribution. On Thursday, Jan. 22, the New York-based company announced several new features pertaining to plugins, which are…

  2. Ask Billboard: Controversial Hits, Katy Perry's Sales & Taylor Swift's Radio Reign

    January 25, 2015 9:05 AM 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 WHAT ARE THE MOST CONTROVERSIAL HITS? @gthot20 With the …

  3. Tangerine Dream's Edgar Froese, Electronic Pioneer: An Appreciation

    January 23, 2015 7:19 PM EST As far as Edgar Froese was concerned, there was a difference between making electronic music and making music with electronic instruments. And both with Tangerine Dream and on his own, he preferred to be thought of as doing the latter. "We don't like what we do to be called '…

  4. 'The Voice': Season 8 Reportedly Picks Nick Jonas, Meghan Trainor as Mentors

    January 22, 2015 3:58 AM EST Season 8 of The Voice might already have its guest mentors selected.  The NBC singing competition has reportedly recruited Meghan Trainor , Nick Jonas , Ellie Goulding and Lionel Richie to assist its quartet of coaches for the show's spring run. According to Us Weekly , Richie will…

  5. Flavor Flav Pleads Not Guilty to Speeding Charges

    January 21, 2015 5:42 PM EST Wearing his trademark clock necklace, Flavor Flav pleaded not guilty Wednesday (Jan. 21) to charges stemming from a traffic stop last year while he was driving to his mother's funeral. "I don't like the circumstances, but I like the attention," he said while surrounded…

  6. Malcolm-Jamal Warner on His Grammy Nom, Next Album & 'Love-Hate Relationship With Hip-Hop'

    January 21, 2015 5:31 PM EST He may remain best known for playing Theo Huxtable on The Cosby Show , but Malcolm-Jamal Warner is hardly living in the past. Grammy Awards 2015: All Our Coverage Fresh off a Grammy nomination for his spoken-word contribution to Robert Glasper 's Black Radio 2, Warner spoke with…

  7. The Biggest Hot 100 Hits to Peak at Nos. 50-26

    January 20, 2015 11:05 AM EST Clearly, the most popular songs at any given time scale the upper ranks of the Billboard Hot 100. Still, America's singles chart of record for 56 years sports a history filled with well-loved classics that peaked at every position, from No. 1 … all the way down to No. 100. For renowned…

  8. Chart Highlights: Maroon 5, Kelly Clarkson Debut; Cage the Elephant Tops Alternative Songs

    January 19, 2015 3:15 PM EST Maroon 5 and Clarkson soar onto multiple charts, while Cage the Elephant stomps to its fifth No. 1 on Alternative Songs. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. (All charts below are based on radio airplay except for Dance Club Songs, which…

  9. Musicians Honor Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Social Media

    January 19, 2015 3:11 PM EST Music celebrities across all genres celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Jan. 19) by sharing their tributes on social media. MTV Will Air in Black and White on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day "True peace is not merely the absence of tension; it is the presence of justice," Beyonce…

  10. Watch Bruce Springsteen Perform at Light of Day 2015 Benefit in New Jersey

    January 18, 2015 3:03 PM EST There was magic in the night for the 15th anniversary of the Light of Day 2015 Winterfest, as "surprise" guest Bruce Springsteen took the stage at the Paramount Theater in Asbury Park, N.J. "15 years," the 65-year old rocker said wistfully as he -- and 17 other musical…

  11. Exclusive: Adam Lambert Signs New Major Label Deal, Max Martin to Executive Produce Album

    January 15, 2015 4:30 PM EST The 'American Idol' alum teams up with Swedish hitmakers Max Martin and Shellback for an album due out in summer 2015. It's said that you can't keep a good man down, but in the case of Adam Lambert , he was down barely 24 hours. The American Idol season-eight runner-up…

  12. Exclusive: Life in Color Announces World Tour, Talks Expansion Plans (Q&A)

    January 13, 2015 1:00 PM EST Dance music’s biggest paint party is going global in 2015. Life in Color today announced its "Big Bang - The Creation of Color" world tour, unveiling the first phase of an ambitious itinerary that is expected to include more than 130 cities and 50 countries this year.…

  13. Melvin Benn, Promoter Behind Reading and Leeds Fests, on Fest Economics, Bringing Lolla to Europe

    January 13, 2015 12:39 PM EST As head of Festival Republic, veteran promoter Melvin Benn is the man behind some of the U.K.'s biggest and most popular music festivals, including the award-winning Latitude (35,000-capacity) and dual-site Reading and Leeds Festival (170,000 combined capacity), which has already…

  14. 'Entourage' Music Supervisor Scott Vener May Just Have the Next Big Music App

    January 13, 2015 11:59 AM EST Multitasking music supervisor Scott Vener, fresh off wrapping the bro-movie, hopes that his music-sharing app Undrtone blows up. Scott Vener sits on a burgundy sofa at the Palihouse Hotel in Hollywood, sipping coffee while scrolling through emails on his MacBook. Robert Pattinson and FKA…

  15. The Biggest Hot 100 Hits to Peak at Nos. 75-51

    January 13, 2015 11:05 AM EST Clearly, the most popular songs at any given time scale the upper ranks of the Billboard Hot 100. Still, America's singles chart of record for 56 years sports a history filled with well-loved classics that peaked at every position, from No. 1 … all the way down to No. 100. For renowned…

  16. Sean Douglas, Michael Keaton's Son, on Writing for Madonna & Downplaying His Family Ties

    January 13, 2015 10:58 AM EST “It's funny that I'm even in the conversation — it’s not my award!” says the 31-year-old songwriter, who enjoyed a breakout moment at the Golden Globes. "My best friend is kind, intelligent, funny, talented, considerate, thoughtful… Did I say kind?" Michael Keaton asked…

  17. Chart Highlights: Taylor Swift's Likely-Next-Single 'Style' Debuts on Pop Songs

    January 12, 2015 6:30 PM EST The not-quite-confirmed next track from '1989' bows. Plus, Madonna and Reba McEntire each return to their longtime respective stomping grounds. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. (All charts below are based on radio airplay…

  18. The 10 Worst Songs of the 2010s (So Far)

    January 12, 2015 4:30 PM EST Woman-hating, Instagramming and Achy Breaky-ing were among the worst musical offenses of the half-decade. The end of 2014 also meant the end of the first half of the 2010s, and although the half-decade has included some soaring highs for popular music, the past five years has also…

  19. The 20 Best Songs of the 2010s (So Far)

    January 12, 2015 2:15 PM EST 0 The best tracks of the half-decade so far: "We Can't Stop," "Climax," "Get Lucky" and many more. The end of 2014 also meant the end of the first half of the 2010s, a decade thus far marked by fantastic popular music from sources expected (…

  20. Pitbull, Taylor Swift, Victoria Justice Gain Big on Social 50 After New Years Eve

    January 09, 2015 2:52 PM EST Star-studded, televised New Year's Eve appearances spur several notable movements on the first Social 50 chart released in 2015. The Social 50 ranks the most popular artists on YouTube, Vevo, Facebook, Twitter, SoundCloud, Wikipedia, Myspace and Instagram. The chart's methodology…

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