1. Association of Independent Music Publishers Names New Board of Directors

    January 23, 2015 12:47 PM EST The Association of Independent Music Publishers has announced a new slate of board members for the 2015-2016 term. Members of the AIMP, a trade group focused on educating publishers about industry trends, voted to fill officer positions on the national board as well as regional ones in…

  2. Brit Music Awards Nominations: Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran & More

    January 15, 2015 4:27 PM EST Man of the moment Sam Smith leads the nominations for Britain's most prestigious music awards, the Brits. The soulful 22-year-old "Stay With Me" singer was nominated for five awards Thursday (Jan. 15), including best album and best male artist. Ed Sheeran Previews New Song in…

  3. Exclusive: Jake Owen Performs New Single 'What We Ain't Got' Live in Billboard's Studio

    January 14, 2015 12:27 PM EST The music of Jake Owen has always gotten attention, though for the past few years, it's been mostly his uptempo side that has come through on the radio in hits like "Beachin,'" and "Barefoot Blue Jean Night." However, his current single, "What We Ain'…

  4. Bleachers, Clean Bandit, Marina and the Diamonds & More Announced For SXSW 2015

    January 13, 2015 11:50 AM EST Another day, another massive round of acts announced for South by Southwest (SXSW) 2015. Today (Jan. 13), the Austin festival announced dozens of new acts that will hit the town between March 17 and March 22. Highlights include a few pop-friendly acts that have enjoyed chart success (…

  5. Ask Billboard: Mark & Mars Move 'Uptown' to No. 1

    January 11, 2015 9:05 AM EST Lipps, Inc. and more: a history of 'funk'-y hits. Plus, more No. 15 hits for '15. As always, submit questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and…

  6. 'Discovering Lucy Angel' Cast & Exec Producer Dish on What to Expect From the Reality Show

    January 10, 2015 2:59 PM EST Country music fans will get a inside look at the path to stardom on Jan. 13 with the premiere of Discovering Lucy Angel . The 13-episode series will chronicle the story of the Anderton family, better known as Lucy Angel. 615 Spotlight: Lucy Angel Has Fame in Reach The series captures the…

  7. 'American Idol' Offers Another Early Glimpse at Top 24

    January 09, 2015 4:07 AM EST American Idol stepped up its search for a superstar in Nashville and Kansas City during the second part of its two-night season premiere. Credit judges Harry Connick Jr. , Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban for staying focused on the task at hand, or as Lopez adeptly put it, making the show  …

  8. Little Jimmy Dickens Remembered by Country Music Stars on Twitter

    January 04, 2015 1:14 PM EST Veteran performer Little Jimmy Dickens , the oldest cast member of the Grand Ole Opry, died on Friday (Jan. 2) at the age of 94. But his memory certainly isn't being forgotten. Little Jimmy Dickens, Oldest Grand Ole Opry Cast Member, Dead at 94 Country stars like Carrie Underwood ,…

  9. ESPN Anchor Stuart Scott Mourned by the Music Community

    January 04, 2015 11:20 AM EST The music community is mourning the loss of veteran ESPN sportscaster Stuart Scott, who died on Sunday (Jan. 4) at the age of 49. Scott, a longtime anchor for the network's SportsCenter , had been fighting cancer since a diagnosis in late 2007, according to the Associated Press .…

  10. The Year in Tomorrow's Hits: Hozier, MAGIC!, Bobby Shmurda, Meghan Trainor & More

    December 30, 2014 10:05 AM EST A look back at 14 breakout acts of 2014 whose chart action Billboard heralded early on. What do acts like Hozier, MAGIC!, Bobby Shmurda, Tove Lo and Meghan Trainor have in common? Were they all all about that bass? Perhaps, although we can only confirm one. More to the point, all these…

  11. Led Zeppelin Kicked Off First U.S. Tour 46 Years Ago Today

    December 26, 2014 2:50 PM EST On this day (Dec. 26) in 1968, Led Zeppelin (not to be confused with " Len Zefflin ") kicked off their first North American tour opening for psychedelic hard rock band Vanilla Fudge at Denver Auditorium in Colorado. A ticket to see them play would only set you back $5 and the…

  12. 'Sons of Anarchy' Finale Song Debuts on Rock Chart

    December 18, 2014 5:20 PM EST As the bloody motorcycle drama Sons of Anarchy concluded its seven-season run Dec. 9 on FX, its swan song, "Come Join the Murder," debuts at No. 9 on Billboard's Hot Rock Songs chart. The original track is credited to the show's house band, the Forest Rangers, and White…

  13. Fall Out Boy Talk New Album, Motley Crue & Grateful Dead

    December 16, 2014 8:49 PM EST Fall Out Boy appeared on night one of KROQ's Almost Acoustic Christmas , alongside such heavy rockers as System of a Down , Incubus , Linkin Park , Bush and Royal Blood . With a lineup of guitar-driven acts like that, there were no pretenses about this night being acoustic, but FOB&…

  14. Jake Owen Is More Than the 'Barefoot Blue Jean Night' Guy -- Not That He's Complaining

    December 09, 2014 5:07 PM EST The new single from RCA recording artist Jake Owen might take a few listeners by surprise. The sensitive "What We Ain't Got" definitely sticks out from anything on country radio these days and also sets itself apart from Owen's usual fare. The same could be said for the…

  15. Rock Veteran Gets Jail Time for Participating in Anonymous Hack

    December 08, 2014 2:04 PM EST A succession of "foolish" clicks on a keyboard four years ago has landed a 66-year-old rock musician in jail. Geoffrey "Jake" Commander , a guitarist with ties to Jeff Lynne and Electric Light Orchestra , was sentenced to ten days in jail last week at U.S. District Court…

  16. Exclusive Video: Guitarists Play Their Favorite ‘Dimebag’ Darrell Riffs in Tribute and Pay Homage

    December 08, 2014 2:03 PM EST "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott was a musical legend in his own time. While he was no doubt born with a gift, he honed his talent through years of constant practice. It was that dedication that made him a rare breed of performer: one who was a master at both lead and rhythm guitar parts…

  17. Fellow Rockers and Friends Remember 'Dimebag' Darrell on the 10th Anniversary of His Murder

    December 08, 2014 9:00 AM EST Ten years after the onstage shooting of Pantera legend “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott , Billboard spoke with the guitar god’s friends, family, and fellow rock icons about the hole the 38-year-old shredder’s death left in metal and in their lives. Here are the highlights. 'Dimebag'…

  18. Billboard Year-End Awards: Best Hater Handler, Indie-est Album, Best Career Save & More

    December 02, 2014 3:00 PM EST Grammys , AMAs , CMAs, Oscars -- none of them are as important as the year-end awards you're about to witness. From Best Hater Handler to Most Ironic Arrest to Most Memorable Use of Cheesy '80s Guitar in a 2014 Movie, these are awards that actually mean something. Chosen by peers…

  19. Janis Joplin Biopic Back on With Amy Adams

    November 21, 2014 7:28 PM EST 'Dallas Buyers Club' director & writers are in talks. The creative team behind Dallas Buyers Club is reuniting to tackle the Janis Joplin biopic. Jean-Marc Vallee is in negotiations to direct the decades-in-the-making project while Craig Borten and Melisa Wallack are in…

  20. Krewella Claims Kris Trindl Was 'Pretending to DJ,' Dispute His Sobriety

    November 21, 2014 6:51 PM EST The Yousaf sisters are now countersuing the group's founding member. Jahan Yousaf and Yasmine Yousaf , sisters in the popular EDM group Krewella , have reacted to a $5 million lawsuit filed by founding member Kris Trindl with a wildly different account of what caused his departure.…

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