1. Publishing Briefs: Raekwon to Scion Three, Warner/Chappell Signs The-Dream, SESAC Nabs Zac Brown

    August 26, 2014 10:43 AM EDT --  Warner/Chappell Music  has signed an agreement to extend its global music publishing agreement with  Terius "The-Dream" Nash , which covers the artist/songwriter's entire catalog, including such songs as Rihanna 's "Umbrella," Beyonce 's "Single…

  2. Parents Television Council Still Not Happy With ‘Toned Down’ MTV VMAs

    August 26, 2014 4:13 AM EDT After the Parents Television Council urged MTV to avoid a repeat of last year's twerk-heavy Miley Cyrus performance at this year's Video Music Awards , the family-values watchdog group seemed mostly pleased with Sunday night's less explicit content. "MTV seemed to have…

  3. Brad Paisley, 'Moonshine in the Trunk': Track-by-Track Review

    August 25, 2014 2:30 PM EDT Brad Paisley 's previous album, 2013's Wheelhouse , was a finely crafted effort that touched on such weighty topics as racism, domestic violence and heartbreak. It stirred controversy when he duetted with LL Cool J on "Accidental Racist," and the overall album might have…

  4. Corner Office: The Agency Group's Gavin O'Reilly on Taking Over Nashville

    August 25, 2014 12:47 PM EDT With the just-closed acquisition of a Nashville mainstay, the new chief talks about taking country global and competing with the behemoths. How an Ireland-born, London-based music industry newbie made waves in Nashville by acquiring the respected 30-year-old Bobby Roberts Company has been a…

  5. Prince Set to Release First Solo Album in Four Years

    August 25, 2014 10:52 AM EDT The musician's full-length album with 3rd Eye Girl will drop on the same day. Prince is back. The musician announced Monday morning that he will release his first solo album in four years, entitled ART OFFICIAL AGE , out Sept. 30. The news was delivered via 3rd Eye Girl , who also…

  6. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Lil Wayne Take Top Honors at 2014 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards

    August 23, 2014 2:00 AM EDT Ludacris is given President's Award at Hollywood ceremony. The 2014 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards crowned Macklemore & Ryan Lewis with the Song of the Year prize, Lil Wayne with the Songwriter of the Year trophy, and Warner-TamerLane Publishing Corp. was named Publisher of the Year.…

  7. MTV Preps Live VMA Ads With Usher, Iggy Azalea, Rita Ora & More

    August 22, 2014 6:14 PM EDT The ratings of MTV's Video Music Awards hinge so much year-over-year on zeitgeisty, unpredictable moments, it's often hard to forecast what will be the most talked-about topic the morning after. Witness 2013's telecast, which had an anticipated *NSYNC reunion and hyped…

  8. Horn in the USA: How Macklemore Is Influencing Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande & More

    August 22, 2014 6:11 PM EDT Looking at the numbers behind the sax resurgence. With Taylor Swift 's "Shake It Off" set to  make a No. 1 debut the Billboard Hot 100 , it seems like 2014 is the summer of the horn riff. From "Talk Dirty" to "Problem" to "Bang Bang" to "Rude,…

  9. Nicki Minaj's 'Anaconda' Video Breaks Vevo Record

    August 22, 2014 3:11 PM EDT Step aside, Miley Cyrus. Nicki Minaj 's much-discussed "Anaconda" video smashed Vevo's record for the most views in 24 hours, racking up 19.6 million clicks in the first day of its release. The explicit clip is still going strong, having pulled in more than 37 million…

  10. The Gaslight Anthem Lights Up Top Rock Albums

    August 22, 2014 11:25 AM EDT The band's new set starts at No. 2 on Top Rock Albums and No. 4 on the Billboard 200. Plus, chart action from Tove Lo, alt-J and Ryan Adams. The Gaslight Anthem 's Get Hurt debuts at No. 2 on Top Rock Albums and No. 4 on the Billboard 200 with 33,000 sold, according to Nielsen…

  11. Big 'Break': Ariana Grande Gets First No. 1 on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs

    August 21, 2014 6:22 PM EDT Plus, action for Porter Robinson, FKA Twigs & Beyonce. Ariana Grande earns her first No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart, as "Break Free," featuring Zedd , flies to the top (3-1). It's also the first No. 1 for Zedd, who reached No. 2 with his smashes…

  12. Why Don’t Today’s Hits Reflect The Times?

    August 21, 2014 3:22 PM EDT This week in 1965, the hottest debut on Billboard ’s Hot 100 was Barry McGuire ’s “Eve Of Destruction,” the lyrics of which were a wake-up call, from its opening shot of “The Eastern world, it is explodin’; violence flarin’, bullets loadin’,” to its warning of impending nuclear war (“If the…

  13. NFL Reportedly Wants Artists to Pay to Play the Super Bowl Halftime Show

    August 21, 2014 12:48 AM EDT The NFL has narrowed down its list of potential performers for the 2015 Super Bowl to three candidates, but the league is now asking the artists under consideration to pay to play, according to a new report. Rihanna , Katy Perry and Coldplay are the three candidates for the Super Bowl gig,…

  14. Taylor Swift's '1989' Album: 10 Dream Collaborators From 1989

    August 20, 2014 4:19 PM EDT Here are the producers, songwriters and music video auteurs that could make T-Swift's next project truly feel like a blast from the past. "I was listening to a lot of late 80's pop music," Taylor Swift explained to her audience on Monday's big announcement…

  15. Charles M. Young, Punk Rock Journalist, Dead at 63

    August 19, 2014 8:44 PM EDT Rock journalist Charles M. Young, who joined Rolling Stone magazine in 1976 and championed New York's CBGB punk scene at its inception, died of cancer on Monday, Aug. 18. Young's passing follows a year-and-a-half battle with with a stage four brain tumor, he was 63.  At Rolling…

  16. Ask Billboard: Iggy Azalea, Ariana Grande, Sam Smith & Charli XCX Are Seeing Double

    August 19, 2014 11:05 AM EDT The four acts each boast multiple top 20 hits this week. Do they set a record? Plus, Selena & Celine's top hits and more As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as…

  17. 'Midnight Rider' Executive Producer Pleads Not Guilty to Sarah Jones Manslaughter Charge

    August 19, 2014 4:56 AM EDT Midnight Rider executive producer and production manager Jay Sedrish has waived his right for an arraignment and asked the court to enter a not guilty plea to criminal charges in the death of camera assistant Sarah Jones . Sedrish, director Randall Miller and producer Jody Savin were charged…

  18. Ryan Adams, Jessie Ware & More Added to London iTunes Festival

    August 19, 2014 2:00 AM EDT Sam Smith, Maroon 5, 5 Seconds of Summer & more already announced as headliners. Ryan Adams , Jessie Ware , Lenny Kravitz and another dozen-plus artists have been added to next month's iTunes Festival in London, joining previously announced headliners Maroon 5 , Sam Smith and 5…

  19. Gimme Five: SPICA's Most Inspirational Singers (Video)

    August 18, 2014 9:00 PM EDT Listen to any SPICA  record and one can instantly tell their pipes were inspired by the big divas who came before them. With singles that range from funk-pop ( "I Did It," "You Don't Love Me" ) to EDM ( "Tonight" ) to straight-up R&B ( "Painkiller…

  20. Pharrell's 'Happy' is a Rare Bright Spot in Track Sales This Year

    August 18, 2014 12:12 PM EDT If U.S. track sales in 2014 had one theme, it would be "Happy" versus everything else. Pharrell 's hit song is the only top 200track of 2014 that's outselling its 2013 counterpart. And it's the only track to have bucked the downward trend in sales that is reshaping…

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