1. Five Takeaways from the RIAA's Mid-Year Report

    September 26, 2014 2:24 PM EDT There are a number of stories within the RIAA's release on Thursday of mid-year numbers for the U.S. recording industry. The industry as a whole was down about 5 percent. Within that slight decline are gains, losses, subplots and trends that deserve more analysis. Let's take a…

  2. Brandy, 'Brandy' at 20: Classic Track-by-Track Review

    September 26, 2014 1:05 PM EDT In 1994, the biggest worry in Brandy 's small world was an unrequited crush. For those of us coming of age in the mid-'90s, life was similarly low-strung. Silly boys and stupid cliques ran our conscience. But these were things that were achingly tragic to a teenager. Four months…

  3. Melissa Etheridge Op-Ed: Why Auto-Tune Has No Soul

    September 26, 2014 12:34 PM EDT Cutting-edge technology makes the human touch -- and sound -- even more vital, writes the singer, who releases new album 'M.E.' on Sept. 30. Ever since technology gave us the ability to put an endless number of tracks on a recording and to manipulate a voice into perfect pitch,…

  4. Stevie Nicks Admits Past Pregnancy With Don Henley and More About Her Wild History

    September 26, 2014 10:48 AM EDT In the ’80s, a doctor warned Stevie Nicks that if she did one more line of cocaine, she’d have a brain hemorrhage. Three decades later, she's still here -- and she has plenty of stories to tell. Stevie Nicks was sitting in her den in Los Angeles' Pacific Palisades recently,…

  5. AC/DC's Malcolm Young Reportedly Suffering From Dementia

    September 26, 2014 10:30 AM EDT Earlier this summer, AC/DC finished recording a new album -- their first since 2008 -- but this accomplishment came hand in hand with bad news: Malcolm Young, who founded the band with his brother, was hospitalized. Now the Sydney Morning Herald reports  that Young has been moved to a…

  6. Victoria Beckham Named United Nations Goodwill Ambassador

    September 26, 2014 9:56 AM EDT "Posh Spice" will work with the organization's program on HIV/AIDS. Victoria "Posh Spice" Beckham has been named a UN goodwill ambassador for the international organization's program on HIV/AIDS. "I'm a passionate supporter of women," she told a…

  7. Exclusive: The Orchard Acquires Frenchkiss Label Group and Frenchkiss Records

    September 26, 2014 9:00 AM EDT The Orchard has acquired Frenchkiss Label Group and Frenchkiss REcords, Billboard has exclusively learned. The independent music and video distribution, marketing, and sales organization has handled digital and physical distribution for the New York-based boutique label group and the record…

  8. Gridiron Grooves: Fans of Every NFL Team Reveal Their Favorite Artists

    September 26, 2014 8:00 AM EDT Football season is in full swing, and as always, music is playing a big part, blaring in stadiums to pump up home crowds (and keep the "Gangnam Style" horsey dance alive and well). To find out what each fan base was bumping, Billboard hit up Facebook's data crunchers, who…

  9. Ailee Comes Back More Confident Than Ever in 'Don't Touch Me'

    September 25, 2014 7:26 PM EDT The American-bred star wows in a dozen different looks in the video for her bold new single. After dropping the empowering power ballad "Singing Got Better" in January, Ailee 's confidence has only grown. The New Jersey native returned to the K-pop scene with a new gospel…

  10. Live in the Vineyard: Win VIP Tickets to the Fall 2014 Festival

    September 25, 2014 4:05 PM EDT From November 6-9, music aficionados and wine connoisseurs alike will gather in Napa Valley, Calif. for the 14th edition of the Live in the Vineyard festival. Set against the lush scenery of some of the world’s most celebrated wineries, multi-platinum headliners Train (whose long-awaited…

  11. Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Garth Brooks' 'Ultimate' Returns

    September 25, 2014 3:28 PM EDT Also: Cannibal Corpse scores its highest charting album ever. On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart, Barbra Streisand made history with her 10th No. 1 album : Partners . With the arrival, she became the first act to achieve No. 1 albums in each of the last six decades. Streisand led a…

  12. Morning Roundup: Mary J. Blige Performs New Songs & 9 More Stories to Know

    September 25, 2014 10:18 AM EDT PornHub Records reveals itself: Not content with helping to briefly boost Coolio’s admittedly flaccid career a couple months ago, PornHub is launching its own record label , debuting with a talent contest open to all comers, from flute-based folk to classic hardcore. Kendrick Respects His…

  13. Indiegogo's Danae Ringelmann Announced as Midem 2015's First Keynote Speaker

    September 25, 2014 4:00 AM EDT Danae Ringelmann , co-founder and chief development officer of crowdfunding platform Indiegogo , will be the first keynote speaker for the annual music industry tradeshow Midem 2015 , organizer Reed MIDEM announced Thursday.  Berklee, Midem & IE Host Music Start-Up Competition As part…

  14. ARIA Awards Announce Date, Venue

    September 25, 2014 3:00 AM EDT The Australian recorded music industry’s flagship ARIA Awards will be held Nov. 26 in Sydney, organizers announced Thursday. Free-to-air broadcaster TEN will telecast the ceremony from the Event Centre at The Star, the setting for last year’s show.  This year’s 28th annual ceremony will cap…

  15. Hello Strangers Talk Self-Titled Debut, Tour & Doris Day

    September 24, 2014 6:19 PM EDT You might take a listen to the folkish harmonies of sister duo the Hello Strangers and put them in the Americana brand. That would be the correct classification, given today's musical climate. However, if you listen very closely, you will hear a sound that is similar to that of Emmylou…

  16. Must-Hear Music Podcast: Kendrick Lamar, Jessie J, Britney Demos, Azealia Banks & More

    September 24, 2014 2:00 PM EDT This week's Must-Hear Music podcast kicks off with a detailed dissection of Kendrick Lamar's "i," the first full taste of his sophomore album. While everyone ( Jason Lipshutz , Erika Ramirez  and Joe Lynch ) agrees it was far from what we expected, the Billboard staff…

  17. Exclusive Premiere: Jeremy Olander Drops “DLIGTY” For Eric Prydz’s Label

    September 24, 2014 1:42 PM EDT Olander also talks about his upcoming EP "Jackie" Swedish artist Jeremy Olander will become the first artist to join Eric Prydz’s personal imprint with the release of his three-track Jackie EP next week. It’s only fitting that Olander should receive such an honor. Prydz’s prolific…

  18. Iconic Club CBGB Hires Rep for Global Brand Expansion

    September 24, 2014 12:52 PM EDT The New York club that made the Ramones famous tries to go global with the team behind Kiss' Rock & Brews. Tim Hayes , president of CBGB , the New York club that made The Ramones and Blondie famous, has named Epic Rights as its global branding, licensing and rights management…

  19. Patti Labelle’s Team Wins Cadet-Beating Lawsuit

    September 23, 2014 10:11 PM EDT A former West Point cadet has lost his multimillion-dollar lawsuit against staff members for R&B singer Patti LaBelle over a beating received while waiting outside a Houston airport terminal for a ride home. Patti LaBelle Had Bodyguard Beat Cadet, Attorney Says The federal jury in…

  20. Houses of the Holy: Where the Music Biz Celebrates the Jewish High Holidays

    September 23, 2014 1:59 PM EDT Tonight we're gonna party like it's 5775. Here's where some of the music machers and/or mensches celebrate the High Holidays of Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) Sept. 24-26 and Yom Kippur (day of atonement) Oct. 3-4. Nashuva (Founder’s Church of Religious Science, 3281 W.…

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