1. Exclusive: UMG Appoints Mike Tunnicliffe as First U.S. Head Of Brand Partnerships

    December 05, 2014 12:08 PM EST Mike Tunnicliffe first interviewed for a position with Universal Music Group in 2009, when he pitched a vision for UMG as a company that could create artist-agnostic marketing campaigns for big brands. The interviewer’s response? “That’s really interesting, but the music business isn’t…

  2. The Alt In Our Stars Podcast: Pete Wentz Talks New Fall Out Boy Album

    December 05, 2014 9:30 AM EST Billboard has a new podcast. We’ve already got you covered on all things pop , hip-hop and new music on the podcast front; now, the alternative music world gets some love, too. Introducing the Alt In Our Stars -- a new weekly podcast covering rock and alternative music. Expect musical…

  3. Why Red Hot Chili Peppers' Flea Can't Buy His Favorite Artist's Sculpture

    December 05, 2014 1:44 AM EST Many of artist Thomas Houseago's works are too massive to fit in anyone's home. "I wanted to get a piece like six months ago and I didn't have a place to put it," says the Red Hot Chili Peppers' Flea , who tracked down the artist through Houseago's Beverly…

  4. Beatles Top Vinyl Chart After Record Store Day

    December 04, 2014 7:13 PM EST The Beatles top Billboard's Vinyl Albums chart for the fifth time with Long Tall Sally , a Black Friday Record Store Day exclusive. The limited-edition four-song 7" reissue also starts at No. 22 on Top Rock Albums , selling 6,000 copies (all on vinyl) in the week ending Nov. 30,…

  5. Check Out Sleater-Kinney's Killer New Song 'Surface Envy'

    December 04, 2014 10:35 AM EST After debuting its first new song in nine years via secret inclusion in a box set anthology, the reunited Sleater-Kinney continues to sneakily drop new music. At the conclusion of its Reddit AMA session on Dec. 2, the punk trio shared a blistering new cut called “Surface Envy.” Check out…

  6. It's Official: Scott Borchetta Joining 'American Idol' Season 14 as Mentor

    December 03, 2014 5:33 PM EST The man who discovered Taylor Swift will be the new Randy Jackson. Can the man who discovered Taylor Swift pick the next American Idol? The Fox show is banking on just that, as Scott Borchetta , the President and CEO of Big Machine Label group, will assume the position of mentor for the…

  7. No Charges in Eric Garner's Chokehold Death: Hip-Hop Community Reacts

    December 03, 2014 3:57 PM EST Just over a week after a Ferguson grand jury failed to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of unarmed teen Michael Brown, a Staten Island grand jury has chosen not to bring charges in the death of Eric Garner, a New York man who died after being placed in a…

  8. Kirk Franklin & More Gospel Chart-Toppers Coming to 'Billboard #1 Gospel Hits' Album Next Year

    December 02, 2014 8:30 PM EST A selection of Billboard Gospel Songs Chart-topping hits from throughout this decade will be getting a compilation release via eOne Music early next year, on a double-disc collection called Billboard #1 Gospel Hits .  Hezekiah Walker Completes Six Months Atop Gospel Airplay Chart The set&…

  9. Quincy Jones-Produced Film on Clark Terry Makes Oscars Short List

    December 02, 2014 4:28 PM EST 'Keep On Keepin' On' is among 15 films eligible for Best Documentary Feature Oscar. Keep On Keepin' On , the story of jazz trumpeter Clark Terry and his protégé, pianist Justin Kauflin, is the lone music-oriented film to make the cut for the Best Documentary Feature…

  10. Backstreet Boys Documentary Coming in January

    December 02, 2014 3:30 PM EST Backstreet's back, alright! The Backstreet Boys documentary,  Backstreet Boys: Show 'Em What You're Made Of , will hit U.S. theaters and VOD on Jan. 30 before London's More2Screen rolls it out worldwide on Feb. 26, according to Deadline . The film will make its…

  11. 2014: The Year in...Beyonce's Instagram

    December 02, 2014 3:30 PM EST Put on your Freakum Dress and celebrate Bey in 2014 For Beyonce , 2014 will mark the time where her public and private lives permenently merged. Going into 2014 she'd just dropped what was widely considered some of her best work yet. How to top that? She went on two tours, dealt with…

  12. The Top 10 Jimmy Fallon Musical Sketches of 2014

    December 02, 2014 3:00 PM EST Jimmy Fallon ’s  Tonight Show  is all about the viral video. While plenty of people are watching the late-night program, even more are checking out the clips via YouTube the following morning and sharing that video of Emma Stone lip syncing to everyone they have a Gmail contact for.…

  13. Carrie Underwood Continues Perfect Streak With 'Something in the Water'

    December 02, 2014 1:05 PM EST The song is the country superstar's 20th consecutive Country Airplay top 10, a region she's yet to miss. Carrie Underwood's "Something in the Water" makes an 11-9 splash to become her 20th top 10 on Billboard 's Country Airplay chart. Counting songs promoted to…

  14. Why a 'Voice' Winner Is Playing 'Pippin' on Broadway Before Releasing a Single

    December 02, 2014 2:19 AM EST For the first time ever, a Voice winner is stopping by Broadway before the recording studio. Josh Kaufman , the season-six champ who touted rock, pop and soul covers while under Usher's wing, has stepped into the lead role of Pippin. Director Diane Paulus staged the Tony-winning…

  15. Hardwell Rocks Madison Square Garden: Exclusive Behind-the-Scenes Video

    December 01, 2014 6:47 PM EST Hardwell might already be No. 1, but he’ll always try harder.  Right now, the Dutchman is at the vanguard of the EDM world. The progressive and electro-house specialist (real name Robbert van de Corput ) is the reigning victor of DJ Mag’s annual Top 100 DJs poll , and he’s just toured the…

  16. Wyclef & Avicii Fight AIDS and Find Success on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs Chart

    November 27, 2014 1:05 PM EST The pair debuts at No. 12. Plus, moves for Major Lazer, Deadmau5, Jennifer Lopez & more. Wyclef lands on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs for the first time, as charity single "Divine Sorrow," featuring Avicii , debuts at No. 12. The song is part of a Coca-Cola and (RED)-sponsored…

  17. T.I., Big Sean & More Rappers Hand Out Turkeys for Thanksgiving

    November 26, 2014 3:28 PM EST Ludacris, Snoop Dogg & MC Hammer were also spotted giving back. A handful of rappers are giving thanks and giving back for Thanksgiving, handing out turkeys in their communities ahead of the holiday. All About That Baste: Recipe for a Thanksgiving Soundtrack Big Sean helped his…

  18. Trisha Yearwood's 'Prizefighter' Punches Way Onto Top Country Albums Chart

    November 26, 2014 3:18 PM EST Yearwood scores her 12th top 10 and first since 2007. Plus, Brad Paisley notches his 31st Hot Country Songs top 10. With 13,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan, Trisha Yearwood 's Prizefighter: Hit After Hit enters Top Country Albums at No. 7. The set marks her 12th top 10 and her…

  19. Reggae Pioneer Miss Pat Chin of VP Records Celebrates 35 Years in the U.S.

    November 26, 2014 1:09 PM EST When Patricia Chin , cofounder of Queens, N.Y.-based reggae indie VP Records, ponders the changes in the music industry since she started out six decades ago, she exudes a spirited resiliency that is inextricably linked to VP's survival for nearly 60 years in a competitive…

  20. Vicentico Talks Recording With Willie Nelson, Sly & Robbie, Upcoming Tours

    November 26, 2014 12:00 PM EST Los Fabulosos Cadillacs frontman talks new solo album, band's 30th anniversary Vicentico 's new album, Último Acto , revisits some of the raw-voiced Fabulosos Cadillacs frontman’s best-known songs. But there are surprises. Willie Nelson collaborates on a new version of “Sólo un…

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