1. 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…

  2. Def Jam 30th Anniversary Show Coming to NYC

    August 14, 2014 3:58 PM EDT Rick Ross, 2 Chainz, DMX, Fabolous & Foxy Brown among performers scheduled for Brooklyn concert. Five months after Def Jam celebrated its 30th anniversary at SXSW , the party is coming to Brooklyn. The game-changing record label will celebrate three decades of trend-setting hip-hop with…

  3. To Keep Purchases Alive, Sony Music Launches Discounted 'Album of the Day' App

    August 13, 2014 1:40 PM EDT As streaming continues to overtake downloads, a new app appears. Sony Music Entertainment is rolling out its ‘Album of the Day’ app to the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Ireland, following its successful launch in Germany in March this year.   As of today …

  4. Exclusive: T.I. Talks Female Rappers & Executive Producing 'Sisterhood of Hip Hop'

    August 12, 2014 11:50 AM EDT T.I. has advanced from being in front of the reality TV cameras to going completely behind the scenes, as executive producer of  Sisterhood of Hip Hop debuting Tuesday, Aug. 12, on Oxygen. The eight-episode docu-series produced by 51 Minds ( T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle , Below Deck )…

  5. Shazam to Resonate Deeper With Television

    August 05, 2014 11:45 PM EDT Music discovery app Shazam is looking to become more valuable to TV advertisers with a new service for branded integrations.  The New York-based company, which is best known for its song-identification technology, has announced Resonate, a sales product that allows networks to access its…

  6. Apple's Beats Acquisition Is Complete

    August 01, 2014 11:17 AM EDT Update : Th e Wall Street Journal has reported that Ian Rogers will be leading iTunes Radio following the completion of Apple's acquisition. It's official: Beats is now all Apple's. The companies confirmed the $3 billion acquisition in two separate posts earlier this morning.…

  7. Ask Billboard: How Has Enrique Iglesias' 'Bailando' Become Such A Big Hit?

    July 27, 2014 8:05 AM EDT In the latest mailbag: Industry execs analyze the song's barrier-breaking explosion. Plus, magic chart moves, Hilary Duff's best sellers & Tom Petty favorites As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com .…

  8. Netflix Points a Way Forward for Streaming's Success (Analysis)

    July 22, 2014 5:11 PM EDT How does a streaming company turn a profit? There's one good example: Netflix, which released second-quarter earnings Monday. Netflix is the only publicly traded company that deals almost entirely in the streaming of licensed digital media. Streaming accounted for 85.5% of the company&…

  9. Disclosure on Songwriting & More: 'We Thought 'Latch' Was Too Weird for the Radio' (Cover Story)

    June 30, 2014 8:00 AM EDT Not long ago, brothers Howard and Guy Lawrence were home in England, mixing demos of original songs filled with love and longing. Then came their top 20 hit, "Latch," with Sam Smith, and a different EDM sound. It has been a couple of years since Disclosure's Howard and Guy…

  10. Brian Williams 'Raps' Sir Mix-A-Lot's 'Baby Got Back' on 'Fallon' (Video)

    June 17, 2014 9:41 AM EDT Jimmy Fallon debuted the latest mashup Monday as the late-night talk show kicked off a week in Orlando. Brian Williams’ latest rap opened the Tonight Show’s weeklong stint in Orlando, Fla. — and it was a doozy. Two months after Williams’ “Gin and Juice” mashup, Jimmy Fallon unveiled a the…

  11. Ariana Grande, Ed Sheeran to Perform at 2014 Much Music Video Awards

    May 30, 2014 11:11 AM EDT Ariana Grande and Ed Sheeran have been added to the lineup for the 2014 Much Music Video Awards, to air nationwide from Toronto on June 15. Grande has a hit single in "Problem," featuring Iggy Azalea, which is now platinum in the U.S. market. Ed Sheeran, Ariana Grande, Sam Smith…

  12. Iggy Azalea's 'Fancy' Takeover: 10 Key Ingredients To a Summer Smash

    May 29, 2014 10:50 AM EDT From her social media presence to her "Clueless" tribute, check out the 10 biggest reasons why Iggy Azalea is now ruling the Hot 100. It will be months before Billboard officially names the 2014 Song of the Summer , but if one song has a better shot than any other at following Robin…

  13. Rap Genius Co-Founder Mahbod Moghadam Resigns in Wake of Elliot Rodger Annotation

    May 26, 2014 9:10 PM EDT Rap Genius co-founder Mahbod Moghadam today resigned from the company and board of directors of the music annotation site, according to a letter posted on the Rap Genius site by its CEO/co-founder Tom Lehman. The resignation follows an annotation by Moghadam on the manifesto written by Elliot…

  14. Afrojack Says 'I'm Not EDM' As He Crosses Over Into Pop: Video Q&A

    May 14, 2014 8:12 PM EDT "99 percent of New York has no clue who the f--- I am!" At 6 foot 9, Nick van de Wall, the DJ-producer known as Afrojack, is the easiest person to see exiting Soho House in New York's Meatpacking District. But that doesn't mean he's the easiest to identify. Passers-by…

  15. Demi Lovato, Shazam Announce Deal to Let Fans Plan New Tour

    April 28, 2014 4:55 PM EDT Pop star Demi Lovato and Shazam have announced a first-of-its-kind partnership today that will put her fans (or those simply curious as to who she is) into the driver's seat of her tour van. The partnership will yield a European tour schedule for Lovato generated by the tags she receives…

  16. Ladies First: 31 Female Rappers Who Changed Hip-Hop

    March 31, 2014 1:15 PM EDT In celebration of women's history month, we're spotlighting 31 great female MCs over 31 days. Hip-hop is a tough game in which only the best survive. From the early days of the male-dominated genre, female rappers have proved that women, though few in numbers, are fearless…

  17. Rihanna, Justin Timberlake Top Finalists for iHeartRadio Music Awards

    March 26, 2014 10:42 AM EDT Rihanna, Justin Timberlake and Imagine Dragons are among the leading finalists for the first-ever iHeartRadio Music Awards, set to air May 1 on NBC from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. The "Stay" singer landed seven total entries in five categories, including artist of the…

  18. Morning Fix: Spotify Obtains $200M Credit Facility; Ben Horowitz Talks Music Tech, Bitcoin, 'Yeezus'; Lady Gaga to Present SXSW Keynote; Chipotle Sues Frank Ocean

    March 10, 2014 8:45 AM EDT Get the Morning Fix Delivered To Your Inbox HERE SXSWI: VENTURE CAPITALIST BEN HOROWITZ ON 'NOTORIOUSLY DIFFICULT' MUSIC TECH INVESTMENTS, BITCOING POTENTIAL, 'YEEZUS' (Q&A) Fresh off a chat with Nas (yes, Nas) given to the Austin Convention Center's largest room,…

  19. Calvin Harris and Zedd Lead iHeartRadio Awards EDM Nominations

    February 26, 2014 1:48 PM EST Radio and EDM haven’t always been best friends, but in the past year they’ve been inseparable. Clear Channel’s inaugural iHeartRadio Awards will celebrate all genres of radio music, including dance music and its many hits of the last year. The 10-song EDM Song of the Year category features…

  20. IHeartRadio Music Awards To Air May 1 on Clear Channel, NBC

    February 26, 2014 9:39 AM EST Clear Channel will air its first IHeartRadio Music Awards on NBC May 1, a three-hour, fan-voted award show set to air from 8-11 p.m. ET/PT from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, the company announced on Wednesday (Feb. 26). Clear Channel Media and Entertainment's John Sykes and Tom…

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