1. Irving Azoff Says YouTube Lacks Licensing Rights to 20,000 Songs (Exclusive)

    November 12, 2014 7:19 PM EST Industry heavyweight, representing Pharrell and others, believes YouTube hasn't made all necessary deals for its new subscription service & is prepared to take his clients off of the YouTube ecosystem. Many works composed by popular musicians including The Eagles , Pharrell…

  2. Rising Rapper Stalley Talks About His 'Loner, Stoner' Past and Collaborating With De La Soul on His Debut Album, 'Ohio'

    November 12, 2014 5:44 PM EST It hasn't been an easy year to put out a rap album on a major label:  Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne , for example, keep pushing back their due dates. But the rapper Stalley recently released his major-label debut album, Ohio,  through Rick Ross ' Maybach Music Group imprint. (Ross…

  3. Will Sam Smith Pull an Adele at the 2015 Grammys or Get Bested By Beyonce?

    November 12, 2014 5:26 PM EST Sam Smith doesn’t relish being tabbed “the male Adele ,” and understandably so. But dominating the Grammys like Adele? We think he’d be down with that. The 22-year old British soul singer -- who spent three weeks at No. 1 on Billboard's Artist 100 chart -- has been one of 2014’s…

  4. Robert Plant Quashes Led Zeppelin Reunion Claim

    November 12, 2014 3:22 PM EST Richard Branson also denies offering $800 million for the reunion, saying he's 'dazed and confused' by reports. Robert Plant says there is no truth to reports he turned down a lucrative offer from Virgin boss Richard Branson to play Led Zeppelin reunion shows. A statement…

  5. Album Review: T Bone Burnett Gathers All-Star Bob Dylan Tribute With 'Lost On The River: The New Basement Tapes'

    November 12, 2014 3:09 PM EST "They were just songs we had done for the publishing company," Bob Dylan once said of the music he recorded with The Band (some of it in his living room, some of it in their basement) over six months in 1967. Whatever else those sessions might have been -- an exploration of the…

  6. Album Review: Garth Brooks' 'Man Against Machine' Marks a Solid Return for the Country Star

    November 12, 2014 2:49 PM EST When Garth Brooks was asked at a July press conference what his first studio album in 13 years would sound like, he replied, "Garth music" -- and damned if he wasn't on the money. Man Against Machine is no reinvention, but rather a continuation. As the top-selling artist of…

  7. 'The Voice' Recap: Pharrell Shows Off Inventive Song Choices in His First Playoffs

    November 12, 2014 10:10 AM EST After veteran coaches Adam Levine and Blake Shelton showed them how it's done on Monday, The Voice 's season-seven playoffs continued on Tuesday. The round has teams trimmed down from five to three: two picked by America, and one more saved by each coach, and also introduced the…

  8. Go 'Home to Mama' With Justin Bieber & Cody Simpson: Listen

    November 11, 2014 6:38 PM EST Duo's summer jam session turns into John Mayer-esque ballad. Justin Bieber and Cody Simpson got their fans riled up over the summer when they revealed that they were in the studio together . Now, the fruits of their labor have arrived: "Home to Mama," a John Mayer …

  9. The Doors' John Densmore to Recall 'Meetings With Remarkable Musicians' in New Book

    November 11, 2014 4:33 PM EST 'Writing is getting me off,' drummer says. At the recent Classic Rock Honours in Los Angeles, Doors drummer John Densmore was presented with the Inspiration Award by Henry Rollins . After the ceremony, he stood outside the Avalon mere feet from ELO mastermind Jeff Lynne . It was a…

  10. Jay Z's Made in America Fest May Cost Public $170K

    November 11, 2014 4:23 PM EST Los Angeles taxpayers may be on the hook for $170,000 in expenses from Jay Z 's Made in America music festival , which expanded to the West Coast for the first time this summer. Aides for Mayor Eric Garcetti tell the Los Angeles Times that LiveNation, which staged the two-day event, is…

  11. Blake Shelton's 'Neon Light' Shines Atop Country Airplay Chart

    November 11, 2014 2:35 PM EST He extends his active streak of No. 1s to 13. Blake Shelton boasts the longest active No. 1 streak on Billboard 's Nielsen BDS-based Country Airplay chart, and he adds yet another leader on this week's chart (dated Nov. 22), as "Neon Light" rises 2-1 to become his 13th…

  12. Music Legend Glyn Johns Recounts Mick Jagger's Close Call With Cops in His New Memoir

    November 11, 2014 2:16 PM EST By now it was quite normal to have sessions go all night, a habit started by The Rolling Stones in 1966 while we were making Between the Buttons , with almost every session starting at 8 p.m. and going till 7:30 or 8 the following morning. On a Sunday afternoon in studio one at Olympic …

  13. Executive Turntable: Def Jam Promotes Rob Caiaffa, Sony Music Nashville Appoints Fount Lynch, 'El Gato' to WRMA in Miami

    November 11, 2014 12:51 PM EST A list of moves and shakes across the music business, including Def Jam, Sony Music Nashville, MSG and many more. -- Def Jam Recordings promoted Rob Caiaffa to vice president, marketing. Caiaffa previously served as senior director, marketing & development. -- Sony Music Nashville…

  14. Exclusive: Iggy Azalea To Play New Year's Eve Concert in Vegas

    November 11, 2014 12:21 PM EST Iggy Azalea has become the latest artist who’ll be kicking off 2015 Vegas-style. The “Fancy” rapper announced a New Year’s Eve concert with Drai’s Nightclub  at The Cromwell on the Las Vegas Strip, with a main-stage performance set to prelude a rooftop view of the famous Strip Fireworks…

  15. Ask Billboard: All-Taylor Swift Edition

    November 11, 2014 11:05 AM EST 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 country, if outside the U.S. Or, Tweet @gthot20 WHAT SHOULD THE NEXT SINGLES BE FROM 1989 ? This mailbag&…

  16. Primary Wave Acquires Evolution Management

    November 11, 2014 10:43 AM EST Primary Wave has acquired Evolution Management and will merge the company into its talent management division,  The Hollywood Reporter  has learned. The combined personnel — which will include film and TV talent and literary managers — will move to expanded offices next year. Related…

  17. Luke Bryan Leads Nominees For 2014 American Country Countdown Awards

    November 11, 2014 10:00 AM EST Newly-crowned CMA Entertainer of the Year Luke Bryan leads the upcoming American Country Countdown Awards with seven nominations. The ACCA awards celebrate the best in country radio. Following Bryan, Florida Georgia Line earned six nominations. The American Country Countdown Awards will air…

  18. Chart Highlights: U2 Makes History Atop Adult Alternative Songs, Taylor Swift Tops AC

    November 10, 2014 4:05 PM EST U2 lands its record-breaking 12th Adult Alternative Songs leader with 'The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone),' while Swift's multi-format smash 'Shake It Off' rules another ranking. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday.…

  19. Pharrell, John Mayer & More Salute Bill Clinton's Love of Jazz in L.A.

    November 10, 2014 3:37 PM EST Former president received the Thelonious Monk Institute's Maria Fisher Founder's Award on Sunday. Herbie Hancock , Kevin Spacey , Quincy Jones and a litany of major jazz musicians saluted President Bill Clinton on Sunday at L.A.'s Dolby Theater for his efforts in using jazz…

  20. Big K.R.I.T. Delivers Best Work With 'Cadillactica': Track-by-Track Review

    November 10, 2014 1:44 PM EST Before Big K.R.I.T. releases an album, he puts his music through the car test. That is, once his project is complete, the 28-year old rapper/producer cues up his recorded compilation of songs and takes a four-hour drive from his Atlanta home and recording base back to his hometown of…

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