1. 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…

  2. U.K. Singer-Songwriter Rumer on Battling Depression & Bipolar 2 to Create 'Into Colour'

    January 23, 2015 12:30 PM EST Success did not wear easy on Rumer, which resulted in a tough birth for the British singer and songwriter's upcoming third album, Into Colour. "I lost my mind, I found my mind, that kind of stuff -- just one of those normal adventures," Rumer (real name Sarah Joyce) tells…

  3. Indian Streaming Service Saavn Taps Former Google Exec as COO

    January 23, 2015 9:40 AM EST India's top music streaming service, Saavn, has hired digital veteran Mahesh Narayanan as global COO. Narayanan will oversee Saavn's planned expansion in 2015, just as foreign-based services like Guvera and Rdio have arrived in India, the world's second most-populous country.…

  4. Net Neutrality: Just Like the Railroad Robber Barons or Disneyland's Indiana Jones Ride

    January 22, 2015 1:24 PM EST With so much confusion around such an important topic, Billboard explains the convoluted issue via the magic of analogy. The issue of "net neutrality" has been steamy for some time, and now finally looks ready for a full boil. It received an oblique mention in this week's…

  5. Looking at Top 40 Radio's Decade of Change, Through the Lens of Kelly Clarkson's Career

    January 20, 2015 10:51 AM EST It was Thursday, Nov. 4, 2004. Mainstream top 40 radio was a mix of hip-hop, "extreme" alternative crossovers and, for pop balance, teen punk. WHTZ (Z100) New York, which had just launched an urban sister station, WWPR (Power 105), was trying to make its way back to the mainstream…

  6. 'Weird Al' Yankovic Announces Epic International Tour

    January 20, 2015 4:44 AM EST The story of "Weird Al" Yankovic's stunning career resurgence now has another chapter. The comedian-singer has unveiled an epic international tour. "Weird Al's" 2015 Mandatory World Tour  starts May 12 for a five-night stand at Planet Hollywood, and…

  7. Grateful Dead Reunion Q&A: Bob Weir & Trey Anastasio on How It All Came Together

    January 16, 2015 6:48 PM EST The news of the Grateful Dead 's potential final three shows performed with Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio in the Jerry Garcia role on July 3-5 at Soldier Field in Chicago has Deadheads and Phish phans abuzz. "This is going to be big fun," Bob Weir tells Billboard…

  8. Arctic Monkeys, Glastonbury, Sziget Win Big at European Festival Awards

    January 15, 2015 11:41 AM EST Festivals with names like I Love Techno and Down the Rabbit Hole were winners at the 6th annual European Festival Awards on Wednesday. The event, which honors Europe's best festivals, artists and promoters, took place at Groningen's De Oosterpoort in The Netherlands. Melvin Benn,…

  9. Courtney Love's Opera, 'Kansas City Choir Boy,' Is Much Better Than You Would Expect

    January 10, 2015 3:45 PM EST You may have heard that Courtney Love -- frontwoman of Hole , scribe of an upcoming memoir, perennial object of Internet adoration/fascination/mockery -- is starring in a small-scale opera in New York City this week. That's mostly true, although Kansas City Choir Boy is not an opera in…

  10. Most Publicly-Traded Music Companies Had a Tough Financial Year

    January 09, 2015 4:02 PM EST Patience grew thin with music-related stocks in 2014 as investors instead favored the more established music-related companies their established business models. Market leader Live Nation soared, but SFX Entertainment, the work-in-progress EDM promoter, lost investors' original…

  11. The Inside Story of How Madonna Turned Her 'Rebel Heart' Leak Into a Global Hit

    January 09, 2015 10:01 AM EST On Dec. 16, Madonna was in her New York apartment when she received word that more than a dozen unfinished demos for her forthcoming album had leaked. Her manager, Guy Oseary , was just returning to his Beverly Hills estate when he got the news. The album,  Rebel Heart , was set for a late…

  12. Courtney Love Talks Kurt Cobain, Trent Reznor and Rocking the Opera: 'I Wanted to Do Something Different'

    January 08, 2015 6:21 PM EST "I'm wearing my jammies 'cause mommy's got a cold," quips Courtney Love , holed up in New York's Gramercy Park Hotel in Anna Sui silk pajamas and a sweater, sipping from an array of green juices that her latest collaborator, playwright-composer Todd Almond,…

  13. The Biggest Hot 100 Hits to Peak at Nos. 100-76

    January 06, 2015 1:05 PM EST Clearly, the most popular songs at any given time scale the upper ranks of the Billboard Hot 100. Still, America's singles chart of record for 56 years sports a history filled with well-loved classics that peaked at every position, from No. 1 … all the way down to No. 100. For renowned…

  14. U.S. Government Turns Attention to Kim Dotcom's Wife

    January 05, 2015 7:08 PM EST In new court papers, Justice Department lawyers attack her story of the marriage and bring up tens of millions of dollars allegedly gifted to her. In the two years since United States authorities caused the shutdown of Megaupload and lodged a criminal indictment against Kim Dotcom for…

  15. 'Galavant' Premiere: Watch 3 Tunes We Can't Get Out of Our Heads Today

    January 05, 2015 11:51 AM EST Smash  is dearly departed, and  Glee  doesn't return until next weekend. So how to fill the musical television hole in your life? Simple:  Galavant , ABC's four-week extravaganza, premiered last night with two 30-minute episodes. The musical's tone is basically  Spamalot …

  16. 10 Artists To Watch in 2015

    December 31, 2014 10:00 AM EST These 10 artists are not household names by any means, but based on their musical output thus far and stated 2015 plans, we're betting that you'll know some (or all) of them by the end of 2015. From rising female pop voices to a faceless EDM whiz to a spunky country duo…

  17. Madonna's 'Devastating' Album Leak: Guy Oseary on the 'Circus Show' of Getting 'Rebel Heart' to Fans

    December 29, 2014 3:46 PM EST Longtime manager Guy Oseary spoke to Billboard just days after successfully launching Madonna's new album... four-and-a-half months ahead of schedule. Madonna 's surprise pre-release of six songs from her upcoming album Rebel Heart on Dec. 20 was a hard-fought victory: the result…

  18. Report: Christina Aguilera Calls Mickey Mouse an A-Hole in Disneyland

    December 29, 2014 1:05 PM EST Oh, boy! (In Mickey Mouse voice) Christina Aguilera was once a Mouseketeer. Her first single, "Reflection," appeared in Disney's Mulan soundtrack. But those days have passed. Christina and Mickey Mouse are no longer cool, according to a recent report. During a trip to Disney…

  19. Watch Celia Cruz Sing 'Jingle Bells' to a Pre-Revolution Cuban Beat

    December 24, 2014 11:55 AM EST Let’s do the rumba again this Christmas, as the U.S. and Cuba restore diplomatic relations. During Cuba's last Christmas season before Fidel Castro claimed victory for the Revolution at the start of 1959, the great Cuban orchestra Sonora Matancera recorded a holiday album featuring the…

  20. CBGB: 10 Classic Moments That Helped Define the Birthplace of Punk



    December 23, 2014 1:15 PM EST Fotrty-one years have passed since iconic music club CBGB (aka the undisputed birthplace of punk) opened its doors. And even though only a handful of artifacts remain at the site of the club that once hosted music legends including the Ramones, Patti Smith, Blondie, Guns N’ Roses and…

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