1. Questlove: 'Fear of Being Blackballed' Prevents Artists From Releasing Protest Music

    December 23, 2014 8:03 PM EST Neil Young was so shaken by photos of the four unarmed students killed by military gunfire at Kent State that he wrote "Ohio" for Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young right away. By the end of the week, it was playing on the radio. That was 1970. Now, in 2014, outrage over police…

  2. T.G. Sheppard on the Evolution of Music, Tricking Elvis & More

    December 18, 2014 6:45 PM EST It was four decades ago that T.G. Sheppard began his initial ascent up the Billboard country charts with "Devil in the Bottle." The song helped the singer transition from a successful career as a record promoter for RCA into his own musical career. All these years later, the…

  3. Hear Jenny Slate Sing Fleetwood Mac's 'Landslide' as Marcel the Shell

    December 18, 2014 11:51 AM EST Jenny Slate -- the actress/comedian who starred in this year's brilliant  Obvious Child and appeared on Parks and Recreation and Married -- sang one of Fleetwood Mac 's iconic hits last night on Conan : "Landslide" from 1975. The twist? She did it in the voice of Marcel…

  4. Publishing Briefs: Nettwerk Buys Stake in Ten Ten Music Group, BMG Chrysalis Inks Hasbro Deal, Greg Kurstin Re-Ups With Sony/ATV

    December 16, 2014 12:40 PM EST Billboard's Ed Christman rounds-up all the big news in the music publishing world. • The Nashville music publishing scene continues to attract investors. In the latest deal, Nettwerk Music Group 's publishing division has acquired 50 percent of the Ten Ten Music Group 's…

  5. Revisionist History, Holiday Edition: Mariah Gets a 'Christmas' Gift, Wham! Gets the Boot

    December 10, 2014 12:01 PM EST For those who love the Billboard charts, this truly is -- as Andy Williams reminds us every December -- the most wonderful time of the year. The arrival of Billboard 's annual year-end rankings have made it a "Happy" holiday for another Williams -- Pharrell -- whose hit with…

  6. Two Dixie Chicks Sign with Big Deal for Publishing

    December 05, 2014 2:33 PM EST Big Deal Music has landed two thirds of the Dixie Chicks for a deal, signing Martie Maguire and Emily Robinson to a global publishing agreement for all future songs. The deal marks the first time the two have signed a publishing agreement. Previously, with each owning their own publishing,…

  7. Questlove Challenges Artists to Write Protest Songs After Mike Brown & Eric Garner Rulings

    December 04, 2014 5:35 PM EST Roots mastermind says musicians -- in hip-hop and beyond -- are not singing about the issues nearly enough. Listen up, y’all: Questlove has something to say, and as usual, it's pretty much gospel. Following the non-indictments of police officers in the Mike Brown and Eric Garner…

  8. SaraBeth Talks U.K. Country Fans, Next EP & Latest Single 'Nowhere With You'

    December 03, 2014 6:13 PM EST Hearing your music on the radio for the first time is a monumental occasion. For rising country songstress SaraBeth, she recalls the moment vividly. "I was on a radio tour in Janesville, Wis., and was riding in the city and turned on the radio looking for a country station. I was with…

  9. Bing Crosby's Triumphs, Tragedies Rediscovered in New Documentary

    November 29, 2014 12:57 PM EST An upcoming PBS documentary seeks to remind younger generations there was so much more to Bing Crosby than crooning "White Christmas" -- from media master to philanthropist to difficult dad. Bing Crosby’s Kids Recall Dad’s Surprise Duet With David Bowie "It's an…

  10. LeAnn Rimes Spreads the Holiday Cheer With 'One Christmas' EP Series

    November 24, 2014 6:06 PM EST The holidays are a special time for LeAnn Rimes . That enthusiasm is showcased vividly on the brand-new Yuletide collection One Christmas: Chapter 1. " I really love the Christmas holiday season," she told Billboard . "For this project, instead of doing one record like I did…

  11. Sia Offers New Recording, Exclusive Performances to Husband's Documentary Kickstarter

    November 20, 2014 2:30 AM EST Mega pop singer and songwriter Sia is offering up a handful of incentives to supporters of her husband Erik Anders Lang's Kickstarter campaign for his golf documentary, Be the Ball .  The Grammy-nominated artist is offering up a previously unreleased cover of The Dixie Cups ' …

  12. 'The Voice' Recap: Playoffs Pay Off for Stripped-Down Ballads

    November 11, 2014 10:12 AM EST Adam Levine and Blake Shelton's singers took the stage for their first live, viewer-voted performances of the season. The Voice 's season-seven playoffs began on Monday, which has teams trimmed down from five to three: two picked by America, and one more saved by each coach. The…

  13. Happy Midterms! Here Are Some Popular Republican & Democrat Musicians

    November 04, 2014 10:10 AM EST It's midterm elections today in the United States!  After you've voted (seriously, go vote), read through this list of five Republican and five Democrat musicians. Anyone surprise you?  Important caveat:  This information is taken from their statements about recent elections, but…

  14. Corner Office: ABC's Music Chief Dawn Soler on 'Nashville,' the Songs Behind 'Scandal,' and Making the Move From Movies to TV

    November 03, 2014 2:15 PM EST Burbank is a long way from Music City, but lots of things in Dawn Soler 's office show a love for Nashville, both the city and the TV show that has been in her care since its debut three seasons ago. She was the music supervisor for the first two episodes of Nashville before handing…

  15. Little Big Town Leaps Onto Top Country Albums

    October 30, 2014 6:02 PM EDT The harmony-focused foursome claims its fourth top 10, as 'Pain Killer' bows at No. 3; Plus, chart moves for Keith Urban, Billy Currington, RaeLynn & Carrie Underwood. Harmony-focused foursome Little Big Town claims its fourth top 10, all tallied consecutively, on Billboard&…

  16. Exclusive: Hemming Premieres 'Vitamins,' A Song That Made Linda Perry Cry

    October 22, 2014 12:05 PM EDT Linda Perry has worked with Pink , Gwen Stefani , the Dixie Chicks , Sugababes , and Courtney Love -- in short, she knows a good track when she hears one. Today Billboard is premiering "Vitamins" by Hemming, an artist Perry discovered on her reality TV show Make Or Break: The…

  17. Publishing Briefs: Imagem Music Signs Admin Deal With PRMD Publishing (Exclusive), Warner Chappell Music Teams With Mike Dean

    October 16, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Imagem Music has just signed a global administration deal with PRMD Publishing , the company formed by EDM impressario Ash Pournouri . As part of the deal, Imagem will now represent the publishing catalog of Cazzette , and any future signings made by PRMD (pronounced "pyramid").…

  18. Country the Focus of Billboard Touring Conference Panel

    October 13, 2014 8:44 PM EDT Top Country Touring Execs Break Down Genre's Success Several of the key players behinds the unprecedented success of country music touring will take part in discussion of the genre's live business in a Nov. 19 panel at the Billboard Touring Conference titled "Are You Ready…

  19. Revisionist History 101: The Hot 100's Year-End No. 1 Songs, Then… And Now (Part One)

    October 10, 2014 1:30 PM EDT When is a No. 1 not a No. 1? How about when modern-day sales and radio airplay data replace that of any year in Billboard Hot 100 history prior to the rise of iTunes? To see how America's tastes have changed over the years, each year's top song has been "re-computed,"…

  20. Why 1998 Was the Best Musical Year of the '90s

    October 10, 2014 10:45 AM EDT After focusing on 1994 last week, now, we're wondering what the best year for music was of the '90s. We've already made a case for  1990 ,  1991 ,  1992 ,  1993 ,  1994 ,  1995 ,  1996  and  1997 . Now here are the final two years of the decade -- 1998 and 1999 . If there&…

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