1. Ask Billboard: The Weird Connections Between Mary Lambert & Madonna

    October 21, 2014 11:05 AM EDT In this week's reader mailbag, yet more odd coincidences connecting Mary Lambert and Madonna; a look at the longest-leading No. 1s ever on Billboard song charts; and hit songs with quirky time signatures. As always, submit questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music…

  2. Fighting for the Greek: Behind Nederlander/AEG and Live Nation’s War for the Iconic L.A. Theater

    October 21, 2014 10:30 AM EDT A modern day Trojan War is underway in Los Angeles as the world's largest promoters, Live Nation and AEG Live in partnership with the Nederlander Organization, battle for possession of a trophy itself inspired by antiquity: the city's iconic Greek Theatre. At stake is a…

  3. Alan Jackson Announces 25th Anniversary Tour for 2015

    October 20, 2014 3:25 PM EDT Country legend Alan Jackson is starting a tour in January 2015, but it's not just another trip on the road for the seasoned veteran: it celebrates his 25th anniversary as a country singer. The tour begins Jan. 8 and continues through May 17. Alan Jackson's 'Bluegrass'…

  4. Jason Derulo: I'm '100 Percent' Going to Write Songs About Jordin Sparks

    October 20, 2014 12:45 PM EDT Jason Derulo recently broke up with longtime girlfriend Jordin Sparks , but that hasn't stopped his hot streak on the charts: "Trumpets" just broke the top 20 on the Hot 100 , the fourth single from Derulo's Talk Dirty album to accomplish this feat. Billboard caught up…

  5. Gloria Estefan, Alejandro Sanz, Miguel Perform at Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame Gala

    October 19, 2014 7:48 PM EDT David Bisbal, Jencarlos Canela and Diego Torres hit the stage as well, honoring Latin songwriters and Latin music champions The second annual La Musa Awards presented by the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame was an eminently musical and emotional affair whose elegant execution bodes well for…

  6. The Kentucky Headhunters' 'Pickin' On Nashville' Turns 25, Exclusive Interview

    October 17, 2014 8:40 PM EDT Friday (Oct. 17) marks the quarter-century anniversary of one of country music's most historic and unlikely success stories.  The Kentucky Headhunters had been making music in one incarnation or another for close to two decades before their iconic Pickin' On Nashville was released…

  7. Publishing Briefs: Imagem Music Signs Admin Deal With PRMD Publishing (Exclusive), Warner Chappell Music Teams With Mike Dean

    October 16, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Imagem Music has just signed a global administration deal with PRMD Publishing , the company formed by EDM impressario Ash Pournouri . As part of the deal, Imagem will now represent the publishing catalog of Cazzette , and any future signings made by PRMD (pronounced "pyramid").…

  8. MLB Playoffs: All the Intro Songs Revealed

    October 15, 2014 4:15 PM EDT What are players rocking when they step to the plate? There’s a lot more than organ music at baseball games these days. Unless we’re talking Chicago’s Wrigley Field (the only stadium that sticks to the classic organ sounds), every MLB player has the opportunity to step to the plate with his…

  9. Michelle Obama's New Single? 'Turnip for What'

    October 15, 2014 8:13 AM EDT Surprise: Lil Jon and DJ Snake are a hit in the White House. On Vine on Tuesday, actor Iman Crosson posed a question to First Lady Michelle Obama: "How many calories do you burn every time you 'turn up'?!" Hours later, Mrs. Obama did exactly what any health-minded, diet…

  10. Exclusive: Afroman Remixes 'Because I Got High' in Support of Marijuana Legalization

    October 15, 2014 7:30 AM EDT Remember "Because I Got High," Afroman 's 2001 smash about failing to clean his room and graduate high school while managing to lose his wife and children and start sleeping on the sidewalk just because he, you know, got high? Some of you probably (cough) don't, but that…

  11. Nile Rodgers, Ellie Goulding Honored at BMI London Awards

    October 14, 2014 12:02 PM EDT Legendary lyricist Tim Rice was honored, Nile Rodgers took top prize and Ellie Goulding was a three-time winner at the BMI London Awards , held Monday night at London's Dorchester Hotel. The annual gala is held to honor the U.K./Euro/Caribbean songwriters, producers and publishers of…

  12. Chris Brown & Beyonce Lead Soul Train Award Nominations

    October 13, 2014 3:56 PM EDT Team Breezy will be very happy about this. Chris Brown leads with seven nominations for the 2014 Soul Train Awards. Brown is followed by six nods for Beyonce and five for Pharrell . Hosted by Wendy Williams , this year’s show will take place at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas on Nov. 7 and…

  13. 'Saturday Night Live' Actress Jan Hooks Dies at 57

    October 09, 2014 6:16 PM EDT Jan Hooks , best known for her work on Saturday Night Live , died on Thursday (Oct. 9) in New York at the age of 57, her representative, Lisa Lieberman, confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter . No further details were immediately available. Jan Hooks Top 5 'SNL' Musical Moments On…

  14. Bon Jovi Tour Photographer David Bergman Talks Behind-the-Scenes Details of Traveling the World With the Band

    October 09, 2014 2:40 PM EDT Over the span of two world tours, photographer David Bergman had the best seat in the house as the tour photographer for one of the world's hardest working rock'n'roll bands --  Bon Jovi . The collected images -- culled from over 800,000 frames snapped of the band -- are now…

  15. Lil Jon and Other Celebs Encourage Voting with 'Turn Out For What' Ad

    October 07, 2014 3:11 PM EDT DJ Snake  and  Lil' Jon 's summer hit "Turn Down For What" is getting a political makeover, courtesy of Rock the Vote.  In the new campaign to encourage voter turnout for midterm elections, Lil Jon and other celebrities -- including  Lena Dunham, Darren Criss, Fred…

  16. 'Super-Serving the Uber Fan' To Be Discussed on Billboard Touring Conference Panel

    October 07, 2014 2:37 PM EDT How to manage fan relationships and extend them beyond each concert is something all concert industry stakeholders want, and today's data makes that more possible than ever. The issue will be discussed in-depth at a Billboard Touring Conference panel called "Beyond The Ticket:…

  17. Exclusive Premiere: Rufus Du Sol Gives Zhu's 'Paradise Awaits' a Euphoric Remix

    October 07, 2014 10:50 AM EDT Billboard is in a remix mood this morning, and we’re excited to present a pounding, propulsive new take on a song that already boasted strong dance floor vibes -- Zhu’s “Paradise Awaits,” re-imagined by the Australian indie-house trio Rüfüs Du Sol . Check it out below:   The original…

  18. Exclusive: Such Gold Premieres Driving Hardcore Jam 'Nauseating'

    October 06, 2014 11:45 AM EDT “Since Misadventures came out, I think people started turning their heads and getting a glimpse of what the band was heading towards,"  Such Gold  bassist/vocalist Jon Markson tells Billboard. Markson is getting amped about his band’s forthcoming sophomore album,  The New Sidewalk, due…

  19. Holocaust Theater Archive Established at University of Miami

    October 06, 2014 1:22 AM EDT The first comprehensive archive of theater materials related to the Holocaust has been established at the University of Miami, allowing researchers and students worldwide access to such plays as Arthur Millers' Broken Glass , the stage adaptation of The Diary of Anne Frank  and the…

  20. Exclusive: Lil Jon and DJ Snake's ‘Turn Down for What’ Will Rock the Vote in New Election Ad Campaign

    October 03, 2014 3:37 PM EDT The twitchy top five hit of the summer, "Turn Down for What" by DJ Snake and Lil Jon , has been commissioned by Rock the Vote to soundtrack its voter registration/engagement PSA campaign for the 2014 midterm elections (Nov. 4). Premiering Oct. 6, the PSA will star Lil Jon and…

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