1. Drake Presents His 'Hood Grammys' on Instagram

    October 05, 2014 10:45 PM EDT Drake dropped his own "Hood Grammys" on the world Sunday with five Instagram posts, giving props to his favorite rap releases from the past year.  Would Drake Work on Music With LeBron James? The hip-hop star began by honoring Bobby Shmurda with "Vocal Performance of the…

  2. NFL Agreement With Bose Will Keep Beats Off-Camera

    October 04, 2014 7:31 PM EDT Beats by Dre headphones are no longer invited to any NFL games and that includes in the locker rooms or on the sidelines as long as cameras are rolling. According to Recode  and later reported by Rolling Stone ,  the NFL has reached an agreement with Bose locking in a league sponsorship…

  3. Tom Morello Honored for Activism: ‘Feed the Poor, Fight the Power, Rock the F—k Out’

    October 02, 2014 3:21 AM EDT Tom Morello has earned Grammys with Rage Against the Machine , but it's his work "that kicks ass and sticks it to the man" that got him honored Wednesday. Morello received The Spirit of Courage Award, which the Courage Campaign presents to someone for fighting for a more fair…

  4. Was 1994 the Best Year for Movie Soundtracks?

    October 01, 2014 5:16 PM EDT Part of grunge's golden era and a crucial turning point for hip-hop, 1994 is often lauded as one of the best years for music, ever. And from cult favorites like Pulp Fiction and The Shawshank Redemption to blockbusters like Forrest Gump and The Lion King , 1994 is also recognized as a…

  5. U2's 'The Unforgettable Fire' at 30: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    October 01, 2014 11:00 AM EDT By its third album, 1983’s War , U2 had mined its influences and forged the building blocks of its unique sound. These included Bono’s obliquely heroic lyrics, the Edge’s polished-shrapnel guitar riffs, and the charging rhythms of bassist Adam Clayton and drummer Larry Mullen Jr. On their…

  6. Nicole Kidman, Keith Urban 'Heartbroken' Over Dad's Death

    September 30, 2014 11:08 PM EDT Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban released a joint statement on the death of Kidman's father, beloved psychologist Antony Kidman . "We would just like to thank everyone for their love and prayers over these past couple of weeks. We are all heartbroken but knowing we are in the hearts…

  7. RZA Talks New Wu-Tang Album, Exclusive Content Delivery System

    September 30, 2014 3:14 PM EDT When it comes to hip-hop producers, Wu-Tang Clan 's RZA has always been among the most visionary and entrepreneurial of the bunch. Feeling the need to restore value to the artistry of music-makers in today's era of disposable content and detached listeners, he released an album…

  8. Apple Suing Headphones Entrepreneur for Claiming to Be a Beats Co-Founder

    September 29, 2014 6:47 PM EDT The story of how Beats Electronics was founded just got more interesting. Dr. Dre & Jimmy Iovine Dragged Into Beats Headphones Dispute On Friday, the new Apple subsidiary filed a false advertising and unfair competition lawsuit against Steve Lamar for holding himself out to be a co…

  9. Tommy Lee's Insights on a Balanced Rock ‘n’ Roll Lifestyle and More Insider Scoop

    September 29, 2014 6:28 PM EDT Tommy Lee's Dr. Feelgood What do Sonic Youth' s Kim Gordon , Aerosmith' s Steven Tyler , Motley Crue' s Tommy Lee , The Runaways' Lita Ford and The Roots ' "Captain" Kirk Douglas have in common? They've all contributed insights on living a…

  10. Talib Kweli to Lauryn Hill Critics: 'Get Over Yourself'

    September 29, 2014 12:30 PM EDT Talib Kweli has some advice for people expressing negative feelings about Lauryn Hill : "If you have a negative experience at her concert, go home, put on The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill and the next time she does come through your town, don’t go to her concert. Problem solved."…

  11. Corner Office: Andre Harrell, Vice Chairman of Revolt, on Working for Diddy and Discovering Robin Thicke

    September 29, 2014 10:01 AM EDT The former head of Motown on working for Diddy, discovering Robin Thicke and trading records for the tough terrain of cable TV. When Andre Harrell first met Sean Combs , the future Puff Daddy was but a wide-eyed intern at Uptown Records, the urban label Bronx native Harrell, 54, founded in…

  12. 15 TomorrowWorld 2014 Day 2 Highlights: Skrillex, Dillon Francis, Bob Moses & More

    September 28, 2014 5:43 PM EDT On Saturday (Sept. 27), TomorrowWorld entered its second sunny day in Georgia’s Chattahoochee Hills. With OWSLA, Mad Decent and Pete Tong’s All Gone stage showcases on deck, the day featured some of the festival’s finest assembled talent. Billboard takes you to back down South to recap all…

  13. Is YouTube Star Michelle Phan the Next Music Mogul?

    September 26, 2014 5:00 PM EDT YouTube makeup sage Michelle Phan has found one way to get around any legal issues involving the use of music on her channel: She has joined forces with Cutting Edge Group, the financier behind more than 400 film scores and owner of the Varese Sarabande label, to create Shift Music Group, a…

  14. Gridiron Grooves: Fans of Every NFL Team Reveal Their Favorite Artists

    September 26, 2014 8:00 AM EDT Football season is in full swing, and as always, music is playing a big part, blaring in stadiums to pump up home crowds (and keep the "Gangnam Style" horsey dance alive and well). To find out what each fan base was bumping, Billboard hit up Facebook's data crunchers, who…

  15. TomorrowWorld 2014 Preview: 9 Sets Not to Miss

    September 25, 2014 2:00 PM EDT Following a successful debut last fall, TomorrowWorld enters its sophomore year beginning this Friday (Sept. 26). Last year’s inaugural edition brought more than 120,000 visitors from 75 different countries to Georgia’s Chattahoochee Hills, and this year’s deep and diverse lineup bodes well…

  16. Sony/ATV Launches Pan-European Licensing Venture SOLAR

    September 25, 2014 4:00 AM EDT Sony/ATV Music Publishing is launching SOLAR, a new pan-European licensing venture which will handle both the Sony/ATV and EMI Music Publishing anglo-American catalogs for Europe and other regions. In putting together SOLAR, Sony/ATV will partner with PRS for Music, the U.K. collection…

  17. Dr. Dre Destroys Forbes' Hip-Hop Cash Kings List -- Who Joins Him?

    September 23, 2014 5:26 PM EDT Who makes the most money in hip-hop? It's a fraught question, and one that comes up frequently in rap lyrics -- Drake , for example, raps in his song "5 AM in Toronto," "I made the Forbes list, n---a/F--- your list, everything's lookin' gorgeous." Today,…

  18. Guest Post: What Will the Music Business Look Like in Five Years?

    September 23, 2014 3:27 PM EDT From the dawn of the digital era in 1999, with the introduction of Napster, the U.S. recording industry has seen a cataclysmic decline in income, from $14.5 billion at its peak to less than $7 billion in 2013 (accounting for inflation, a decline of over 65%). In the last three years,…

  19. Morning Roundup: Taylor Swift's '1989' Party, the Fate of Beats & 8 Other Stories

    September 23, 2014 10:30 AM EDT The Fate of Beats: TechCrunch is reporting that Apple will be shutting down the Beats Music streaming service it purchased in tandem with its namesake headphones manufacturer for $3 billion. Representatives from Apple said the new was "simply not true." Either way, Dr. Dre' s…

  20. Hear Unreleased Britney Spears Demos Written by Blood Orange

    September 22, 2014 7:25 PM EDT Britney Spears ' Britney Jean album from last year had a long list of notable producers and songwriters to its credit — will.i.am executive produced it, with assistance from Dr. Luke, David Guetta , Diplo , Katy Perry , Sia and many others. But one name was missing from the final…

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