1. Marvel's Editor-in-Chief Talks Pete Rock and Run The Jewels, 'Preacher' and 'Ant-Man'

    January 29, 2015 2:14 PM EST Earlier this month, around the same time that Run The Jewels were preparing for an appearance on Conan , Axel Alonso , the Editor-in-Chief of Marvel Comics, was making public a variant cover of two books -- the soon-to-be-relaunched Howard The Duck and an issue of Deadpool -- both featuring…

  2. Jack Johnson, Other Acoustic Pop Singers Find Home on Pandora... When Will AC Radio Catch Up?

    January 29, 2015 1:09 PM EST It is well established that even when broadcast radio's listeners go looking for music on other platforms, they often search out the same mainstream formats they hear on FM. "All-'80s" is one exception , but that format differs mostly in its parameters; the songs played…

  3. Rihanna, Kanye West & Paul McCartney Debut on Hot 100 With 'FourFiveSeconds'

    January 28, 2015 6:22 PM EST The first single from Rihanna's next studio album enters the Hot 100 at No. 54 following the song's arrival on Jan. 24. It also launches on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs at No. 12. "FourFiveSeconds," from super-trio Rihanna , Kanye West and Paul McCartney , enters the…

  4. Movement Detroit 2015 Lineup: Richie Hawtin, DJ Snoopadelic, Dog Blood & More

    January 28, 2015 5:40 PM EST On Wednesday (Jan. 28), Paxahau Events announced the phase-one lineup for Movement Electronic Music Festival's tenth edition, bringing a diverse roster of dance talents to Detroit this spring. Richie Hawtin , DJ Snoopadelic and Dog Blood, the collaborative project between Skrillex and…

  5. 'Cabaret' Legend Joel Grey Comes Out As Gay

    January 28, 2015 1:04 PM EST Broadway legend Joel Grey was married for 24 years and raised two children, including Dirty Dancing 's Jennifer Grey, but the 82-year-old actor is just now going public with his sexuality. "I don't like labels," Grey said, "But if you have to put a label on it, I&…

  6. NYC Dancehall Star Kranium Signs Multiple Album Deal With Atlantic Records

    January 28, 2015 12:22 PM EST "I am really excited to be back in the reggae business," Atlantic president Craig Kallman tells Billboard. With the release of his sly, sultry single "Nobody Has to Know" upcoming Queens New York based sing-jay Kranium moved from anonymity onto international dancehall…

  7. Kanye West & Kim Kardashian Have 'Really Been Trying' For Second Baby

    January 28, 2015 10:05 AM EST Kanye West and Kim Kardashian-West are working hard on baby number two. The couple have "really been trying for another kid," Kardashian told People . "More kids can't come soon enough!" Kim Kardashian-West Mocks Herself in New Super Bowl Commercial While both are…

  8. Snow Day Playlist: 20 Songs for the Blizzard

    January 26, 2015 5:13 PM EST The Northeast is currently in the midst of a massive storm that could dump over two feet of snow onto major metropolitan areas -- meaning that a lot of people will be stranded on Tuesday and beyond. The most important thing one can do in a blizzard is to stay safe: keep indoors, stock up on…

  9. Rihanna, Kanye West & Paul McCartney Headed for Hot 100 With 'FourFiveSeconds'

    January 26, 2015 4:05 PM EST "FourFiveSeconds," the new track from Rihanna , Kanye West and Paul McCartney , should roar onto the Billboard Hot 100 released this week, following the song's arrival on Saturday (Jan. 24). Industry sources suggest that the sunny, acoustic-based track -- in which Rihanna…

  10. Exclusive: Michael Mann Mourns Collaborator Edgar Froese of Tangerine Dream

    January 26, 2015 4:00 PM EST The legendary director shares his memories of joining Tangerine Dream in their Berlin studio to craft the soundtrack to his first film 'Thief.' I was shocked to hear about the loss of Edgar Froese . It seems as if we were working together about fifteen years ago, not thirty-five.…

  11. Sheryl Crow's 'If It Makes You Happy' Gets a FIDLAR Makeover

    January 26, 2015 3:28 PM EST In this age of the YouTube star, a well-chosen cover can make a career. Rock bands aren't known for embracing the modern, but the group FIDLAR -- the name is an acronym for "F--- It Dog, Life's a Risk" -- just released a clever cover of Sheryl Crow 's "If It…

  12. D'Angelo's 'Voodoo' at 15: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    January 23, 2015 4:53 PM EST Some music comes armored in myth -- Brian Wilson 's Smile sessions, My Bloody Valentine 's Loveless , Nas ' Illmatic . In these cases, the stories of all-star personnel, torturous recording sessions, or delayed release dates are almost as important as the actual songs. D'…

  13. BPM Festival Highlights: Innervisions, Cadenza Meets Planet E, Vatos Locos & More

    January 23, 2015 4:39 PM EST Since 2008, the international party crowd has congregated in Mexico's Playa del Carmen for 10 days of house and techno parties set against a beautiful paradise backdrop. Drawing more than 55,000 attendees last year (with more estimated this year), the BPM Festival's eighth edition…

  14. Slash on His Famous Guns N' Roses Riff, His Grandma's Inspiration and How Les Paul Once 'Wiped the Stage' With Him

    January 23, 2015 10:48 AM EST The late guitar pioneer Les Paul once "wiped the floor" with Slash when the former Guns N' Roses and Velvet Revolver guitarist played with the veteran instrument inventor at a New York City club some years back.  Now, on Jan. 24, at The NAMM Show in Anaheim, Calif., Slash…

  15. Australia's Record Biz Recedes in 2014, Subscription Services Surge Ahead

    January 23, 2015 3:56 AM EST Australia's record biz has paid a heavy price for the erosion in demand for physical product and, to a lesser extent, downloads.  New wholesale figures published by trade body ARIA reveal the recorded music market contracted by close to double-digits in 2014, though streaming and…

  16. Kanye West Plays New Music, Embraces Radio at Industry Event: 'Of Course I Want to Be on Radio!'

    January 22, 2015 6:30 PM EST Rihanna collaboration among previewed songs during surprise appearance at Wednesday's iHeartMedia Music Summit. People are sleeping with one eye open in case Kanye West releases new music, and that moment seems to be fast approaching. On Wednesday, West previewed new music from his…

  17. Carrie Underwood Has Her Longest Reign at No. 1 on Hot Country Songs Chart

    January 22, 2015 3:18 PM EST Plus: Kenny Chesney celebrates the 25th anniversary of the launch of the Country Airplay chart with a new leader. Carrie Underwood rewrites her longest chart-topping run on Billboard 's Hot Country Songs chart, as "Something in the Water" rules for a seventh week. She logged…

  18. Exclusive Premiere: Listen to Milo Greene's 'Control' Album

    January 22, 2015 11:05 AM EST Milo Greene is an unusual band, with four members doing double-duty as singers and songwriters. It's not easy to maintain a group identity when that many creative entities are involved -- look at the splintered, tumultuous history of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young . Milo Greene are…

  19. Publishing Briefs: Anjali Malhotra Southward to Lead YouTube's Relationships With U.S. Publishers

    January 22, 2015 4:34 AM EST Billboard's Ed Christman rounds-up all the big news happening in the music publishing world.  The Nettwerk Music Group continues to assert itself in the music publishing space: it has acquired the catalog of Robot  Of the Century Music , the publishing catalog formed by Roadrunner…

  20. Ricky Munoz, Co-Founder of Inimitable 'Tex-Mex' Norteno Band Intocable, Reflects on 20 Years

    January 20, 2015 12:57 PM EST "I’d love it if a label made an 'experiment' department." Norteño band Intocable has long pushed the boundaries of its genre, infusing the traditional accordion and bajo sexto sound of norteño music with tinges of country Western, rock and even pop. The sextet boasts…

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