1. Exclusive Premiere: Amy Speace Channels the Classics in 'Nothing Good Can Come From This'

    December 17, 2014 1:10 PM EST There's a romantic notion in people's minds of the songwriter as someone who gets struck suddenly by creative lighnting and boom : a song comes spilling out, fully formed and perfectly conceived from the get-go. It may happen like that occasionally, but songwriting is often hard…

  2. 'Something Rotten!' Musical Heading to Broadway

    December 17, 2014 12:29 AM EST William Shakespeare is heading back to Broadway -- but this time he'll be mocked in a musical. Tony-winning producer Kevin McCollum said Tuesday that the sweet and goofy new show Something Rotten!  will play the St. James Theatre in March. Tony winner Casey Nicholaw will direct and…

  3. Spotify Founder/CEO Daniel Ek: 'We Need to Do a Better Job Explaining to Artists How Streaming Benefits Them'

    December 15, 2014 1:30 PM EST For the 31-year-old Spotify founder/CEO, the company's momentous 2014 wasn't enough. Billboard: What were the best and worst parts of 2014 for you? Daniel Ek: We launched in almost 30 new countries. The growth in subscribers has been fantastic. And I became a father about a year…

  4. The 10 Best Country Albums of 2014

    December 11, 2014 2:00 PM EST We're shining the spotlight on the best albums to come from Nashville during the past year representing the many branches of the country tree. (And see our list of the 10 best country songs here .)  Billboard 2014 Year in Music: See All of Our Coverage Here! 10. Sara Evans - Slow Me…

  5. Rick Ross Sheds Pounds, Shares Tips On His Get-Fit Regime

    November 25, 2014 10:41 PM EST Rick Ross had two seizures in a single day, sending him to the hospital three years ago. Health didn't concern the 300-pound rapper then, but he's shed nearly 100 pounds in the last seven months by eating healthier foods and embracing a high-intensity workout plan. Ross, 37, says…

  6. Diamond Rio Are Going Live for 25th-Anniversary Project

    November 21, 2014 6:06 PM EST There have been many milestones in the career of Diamond Rio . In 1991, the band made history with "Meet in the Middle" climbing to the top of the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart (now called Hot Country Songs), the first time a group did so with their debut single. They have…

  7. Flashback Friday: Olivia Newton-John Gets 'Physical' in 1981

    November 21, 2014 4:19 PM EST "Let me hear your body talk." Olivia Newton-John 's "Physical" video came out in 1981, the same year MTV aired its very first music video, the Buggles ' "Video Killed the Radio Star." It's also the year Newton-John began a 10-week run at No. 1 on…

  8. Small Businesses in U.K. Say They're Confused About Music Copyrights

    November 14, 2014 1:01 PM EST Confusing fees and an apparent lack of transparency on the part of music-focused copyright collection agencies in the United Kingdom have small business there looking for change. New research by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) finds that a quarter of small firms who regularly deal…

  9. Bertelsmann Revenues Increase, Profits Drop Following Key Acquisitions

    November 13, 2014 11:06 AM EST The German media group Bertelsmann reported Thursday that revenues increased 4.3 percent to 11.82 billion euros (over the previous year's 11.33 billion euros) in the first nine months of 2014. At 1.48 billion euros ($1.84 billion), adjusted earnings before interest, tax, depreciation…

  10. Exclusive: Steve Taylor & The Perfect Foil's 'Moonshot' Song Premiere

    November 10, 2014 5:59 PM EST Track is from the upcoming album 'Goliath.' Billboard.com has an exclusive premiere of "Moonshot," a cut from the Goliath, the brand-new album from Nashville rock act Steve Taylor & The Perfect Foil . The veteran performer told Billboard that he is pleased with the…

  11. Aretha Franklin Talks Beyonce, Alicia Keys and Jennifer Hudson: ‘I Hear My Influence’

    November 07, 2014 2:00 PM EST Even when she isn't recording, Aretha Franklin , 72, looms large in our culture. The recipient of the United States' highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and an 18-time Grammy Award winner as well as a Grammy Lifetime Achievement and Grammy Living Legend…

  12. Mark Mothersbaugh Reveals Next Project at Billboard/THR Film & TV Conference

    November 05, 2014 8:20 PM EST Composer will join frequent collborators Phil Lord & Chris Miller on 'Last Man on Earth' TV show. After scoring all of directing team Phil Lord and Chris Miller 's films so far -- Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs , Lego Movie , 21 Jump Street and its sequel, 22 Jump…

  13. Lady Gaga Covers 4 Non Blondes & Shakes Stuffed Animals at #artRaveVienna

    November 03, 2014 6:27 PM EST Lady Gaga performed a fiery cover of 4 Non Blondes ' "What's Up" for #artRaveVienna. Check out her version of the song: The original "What's Up" peaked at No. 14 on the Hot 100 in 1993. It's from the album Bigger, Better, Faster, More! , which was…

  14. 13 Things We Learned From Chris Brown's Hot 97 Interview: Drake, Usher Dance-Off, Rihanna & More

    October 31, 2014 5:53 PM EDT Chris Brown appeared on Hot 97's Ebro in the Morning for a lengthy interview, touching on his past struggles with drugs, his relationship with Rihanna , his reconcilation with Drake , and a possible dance-off with Usher . It's the first time Brown's sat down on the show.…

  15. R5 Finished Second Album, Set For Spring 2015 Release

    October 31, 2014 4:27 PM EDT "We have all sorts of different things on the record, but we like that," says frontman Ross Lynch. In the wake of its Heart Made Up On You EP earlier this year, pop-rockers R5 are planning a spring 2015 release for their second full-length album, the follow-up to 2013's…

  16. Def Leppard on Performing Without Vivian Campbell, Making a 'Big Push' in 2015

    October 31, 2014 3:44 PM EDT After a successful summer tour with Kiss , Def Leppard gets back on the horse for a one-off show Saturday in Rancho Mirage, Calif., which will be slightly odd for the group, since Vivian Campbell -- currently getting treatments as he continues to battle cancer -- sits out, with Steve Brown…

  17. Gloriana Had No 'Trouble' Picking a Feisty Lead Single

    October 30, 2014 10:01 PM EDT Warning: Don't mess around with Gloriana 's Rachel Reinert. On the trio's explosive new single "Trouble" -- which she co-wrote with fellow member Mike Gossin (as well as Ross Copperman and Jon Nite) and sings -- she gets a chance to express a little bit of angst…

  18. New York Gets Its First Country Music Festival

    October 29, 2014 9:34 AM EDT The inaugural FarmBorough fest will be held June 26-28 on Randall's Island. Already booked acts include Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley, Brad Paisley, Brandy Clark and Randy Houser. Live Nation Entertainment and Founders Entertainment will partner for the first time in presenting…

  19. Dillon Francis Gets a Little Help From His 'Friends' on Debut Album

    October 28, 2014 8:55 PM EDT Dance music's class clown graduates from moombahton past on diverse full-length debut. Leaning on a candy-cane tree at TomorrowWorld , Dillon Francis admits his new album is nothing but an elaborate ruse. "It's a lie," he jests. "We've been lying to the whole…

  20. Don't Judge Country Star Sam Hunt Because He Was a Football Player: ‘I Had to Break Down That Stereotype’

    October 28, 2014 5:30 PM EDT Billboard talked with the country singer Sam Hunt about his hit "Leave The Night On," currently at No. 38 and climbing on the Hot 100 . I'd love to hear a little bit about how the song came together, when you first wrote it, the whole trajectory. It's a song I wrote…

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