1. T. Graham Brown on His First Album in Nine Years -- And His First Grammy Nod

    January 29, 2015 10:32 PM EST Veteran country performer T. Graham Brown -- the soulful voice behind such radio staples as "I Tell It Like It Used to Be" and "I Wish That I Could Hurt That Way Again" -- returns to the record-making fold this week with Forever Changed, his first set in nine years. …

  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. Is Kenny G Responsible for the Starbucks Frappuccino?

    January 28, 2015 10:57 AM EST "Part of the reason that they did Frappuccino was people like me giving them that kind of feedback," he says. Kenny G : saxophone god, adult contemporary icon… blended beverage visionary? The best-selling jazz musician claims in a new interview that he is at least partially…

  4. Veteran Label/Management Exec Gary Gersh Joins AEG Live

    January 27, 2015 7:57 PM EST Newly created post makes Gersh an 'excitable boy again.' Former manager and label exec Gary Gersh has joined global concert promoter AEG Live in the newly created position of president of global talent, Billboard has learned. Gersh most recently served as CEO of The Artist…

  5. Oscars: Neil Patrick Harris Will Perform Song By 'Frozen' Duo

    January 27, 2015 2:14 PM EST Will Neil Patrick Harris be visiting Arendelle during the Oscars? Okay, not exactly, but it was announced today that Oscar-winning songwriters Robert and Kristen Lopez , who most famously composed the music to Frozen , have joined the creative team for the Academy Awards. (Robert Lopez is…

  6. Iggy Azalea Owns Winterfest Ahead of 2015 Arena Tour

    January 26, 2015 3:15 PM EST In what will likely be one of her last gigs before embarking on her first arena tour on April 14, Iggy Azalea had high expectations for her Saturday night performance at Billboard's WinterFest on Jan. 24, where the Sundance Film Festival crowd was packed nearly twice as tight as it…

  7. 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…

  8. Black Keys Cancel European Tour Over Over Patrick Carney's Injury

    January 23, 2015 12:50 PM EST The European leg of the Black Keys ' Turn Blue world tour will not be happening. For those who have been following the band closely, though, this shouldn't come as a surprise. Drummer Patrick Carney dislocated his shoulder earlier this month when a giant ocean wave slammed him…

  9. 'The Three Little Migos': A Classic Children's Story Retold With Rap Lyrics

    January 23, 2015 12:46 PM EST From Slick Rick 's funky fables to The Notorious B.I.G. 's underworld novellas, hip-hop is home to some of the greatest stories ever told. Narration is a core element of the art form, a necessity for rap purists. For Danny Brown , it's a skill he's taking off the beat.…

  10. Former AEG Live Touring Exec Rob Hallett Unveils 'Disruptive' New Venture

    January 22, 2015 12:41 PM EST Rob Hallett , former president of international touring at AEG Live, has revealed details of his music business venture, entitled Robomagic. A press release describes the London-based company as being a "new disruptive business model on the existing landscape of [the] traditional music…

  11. 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…

  12. Metallica On Ice: Rockers Light It Up for San Jose Sharks NHL Game

    January 21, 2015 11:58 PM EST For years, the San Jose Sharks have come out to the ice each home game to the Metallica song "Seek and Destroy." On Wednesday night, the band was on hand for it. The Sharks held a special Metallica night for their game against the rival Los Angeles Kings in the latest Bay Area…

  13. The Black Keys, Patti Smith, Antony and the Johnsons, James Blake, Interpol to Play Primavera Sound

    January 21, 2015 3:16 PM EST The organizers of Primavera Sound have announced the line-up for the 15th edition of the festival, to take place May 28-30 in Barcelona. The Black Keys , Patti Smith ("Horses" tour), Antony and the Johnsons, Alt-J , The Replacements , James Blake , Interpol , Belle & Sebastian…

  14. Apple Reportedly Buys Analytics Company Semetric Ahead of Beats Music Relaunch

    January 21, 2015 9:23 AM EST Apple has acquired Semetric, a London startup that runs the music analytics service Musicmetric. The move, reported by the Guardian , citing documents filed this month with the Companies House in the UK, comes as Apple prepares to relaunch its Beats streaming service. Apple's Beats…

  15. President Obama's High-Speed Broadband Proposal Explained

    January 17, 2015 10:41 AM EST Many people in the U.S. music industry have thrown their support behind net neutrality. If the goal is to ensure a healthy digital music business, efforts to provide better, cheaper broadband service may deserve support, too. Broadband Internet Looks Set for Reclassification as a Utility…

  16. Game Streaming Giant Twitch Announces Its Entrance Into the Music Biz

    January 16, 2015 10:35 AM EST Gaming site Twitch has announced  on its blog two new music-related developments: a fully licensed music library  and a music content creation tool . Google Chromecast Adds iHeartRadio, Disney, Twitch Apps " We understand that this is new and may be a bit confusing given Twitch'…

  17. 10 Things to Know About Trey Anastasio

    January 16, 2015 9:45 AM EST The Phish frontman will play with the Grateful Dead at Chicago's Soldier Field in July. What kind of credentials does one need to handle Jerry Garcia 's guitar parts and vocals with the original "Core Fore" members of the Grateful Dead ? As today's news of the three…

  18. Google Streamlines Concert and Ticket Searches

    January 15, 2015 6:39 PM EST Finding concert information and tickets at Google is getting easier. The search giant announced Thursday code-based improvements to the ways official ticket links, event listings, comedian events and venue events are displayed in search results. Now a web developer can write the markup --…

  19. Meadowlands' Izod Center Facing Early Closure Amidst Heavy Competition

    January 15, 2015 5:59 PM EST The Izod Center at the Meadowlands complex in East Rutherford, N.J., could well become a casualty of new arenas in its region even sooner than suspected, if the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority board today approves a plan submitted by N.J. Governor Chris Christie 's…

  20. Fall Out Boy & Wiz Khalifa Announce Co-Headlining Summer Tour

    January 15, 2015 11:53 AM EST Fall Out Boy is planning a summer tour with… Wiz Khalifa ? Strange, but true -- the rapper is teaming up with the band to hit more than 40 American cities on the Boys of Zummer tour this summer. They made the announcement via a (low-budget) special effects-filled video below. Fall Out Boy…

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