1. Amazon to Buy Twitch for $970 Million

    August 25, 2014 4:31 PM EDT Amazon is acquiring Twitch for $970 million.  Twitch, Live Video Streaming Giant, to Silence Illegal Audio The gaming platform, which primarily hosts live streams of users playing video games that other visitors to the site can then watch and comment on, draws over 55 million unique viewers…

  2. New Signings: DJ Mustard Joins AM Only, Eardruma/Interscope Signs Two-9

    August 15, 2014 11:40 AM EDT Here's a look at the latest artist signings across the music industry, including record labels, artist management firms, publishing companies, booking agencies and more.   RECORD LABELS  -- Rap collective Two-9 joins producer Mike WiLL Made-It 's Eardruma Records/Interscope Records.…

  3. Sam Gores, Chairman/CEO of Paradigm Talent Agency, on Leading Versus Bossing

    August 11, 2014 1:55 PM EDT The agency giant on the booming concert business, the art of the pitch and why being a leader is different (read: better) than being a boss. Paradigm Talent Agency may be located in the former Beverly Hills campus of MCA, where legendary entertainment moguls like Jules Stein and Lew…

  4. Bon Iver Releases New Song 'Heavenly Father'

    June 30, 2014 1:19 PM EDT Back in March, it was revealed that the soundtrack to Zach Braff's new film, "Wish I Was Here," would feature artists including the Shins, the Head and the Heart, Paul Simon, and Coldplay's Chris Martin, who collaborated with Cat Power on the title track. On June 20, NPR…

  5. The Shins Soundtrack Another Zach Braff Movie with 'So Now What'

    June 20, 2014 1:33 PM EDT For the copious amount of gorgeous music they've released over the past decade-plus, the Shins owe a heck of a debt to Zach Braff, who featured the band on the best-selling soundtrack to his 2004 film "Garden State." A decade later, Braff is back with his second film, "…

  6. The Ting Tings Channel Daft Punk on 'Wrong Club': Listen

    June 03, 2014 4:12 PM EDT U.K. indie-pop group the Ting Tings arrived in 2008 with a pair of immaculate singles, "Shut Up and Let Me Go" and "That's Not My Name." Since then, they've had a tougher go of it. But the duo of Katie White and Jules De Martino have returned with "Wrong…

  7. Top 100 'American Idol' Hits of All Time

    May 14, 2014 5:11 PM EDT As "American Idol" celebrates its 500th episode & Season 13 comes to a close, here's our countdown of "American Idol" alums' biggest Hot 100 hits ever - and the untold stories behind the songs. When “American Idol” premiered on Fox-TV on June 11, 2002, it…

  8. April Fools: The 10 Greatest Music Pranks Ever

    April 01, 2014 9:10 AM EDT As you watch your own back this April Fools' Day, have a look at the 10 greatest pranks ever pulled by musicians -- from Coldplay's smelliness to Nicki Minaj's "nuptials" to John Mayer's bear ego. Justin Bieber: Punking TMZ and #BaldForBieber In last year's…

  9. Kylie Minogue Primer: The Top 10 Past Hits You Need To Know

    March 17, 2014 4:09 PM EDT From "Loco-Motion" To "Love At First Sight," here's a re-introduction to the Australian pop star on the eve of her new album. Most North American pop fans know Kylie Minogue as a veteran artist with a few radio hits and a larger fan base overseas. And while those…

  10. Tour Managers of Foo Fighters, Rolling Stones & Fleetwood Mac Swap Wild Tales From the Road

    February 24, 2014 1:03 PM EST Going through customs with Keith Richards, losing Barbra Streisand's flowers, watching Alice Cooper kill a shark in his bathtub: Legendary tour managers Patrick Stansfield, David Libert, Marty Hom, Gus Brandt and Stuart Ross swap war stories about ego soothing, corralling groupies and…

  11. Ask Billboard: Katy Perry Regains No. 1 Momentum

    February 17, 2014 1:15 PM EST A monster mailbag on Perry topping the Hot 100 again after missing the top 10; Mariah Carey's best-selling songs; Hall & Oates' 20 biggest hits and more As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please…

  12. CODE Picks of the Week: The Presets, Major Lazer with Pharrell and More

    February 07, 2014 5:17 PM EST The Presets, “Goodbye Future” [Modular] AUSTRALIA - The Aussie duo pushes up the tempo on this frenetic new banger that lets vocalist Jules Hamilton’s voice act as both a narration and distorted instrument Major Lazer featuring Pharrell, “Aerosol Can” [Secretly Canadian] JAMAICA/UNITED…

  13. Danny Howard Q&A: The UK DJ Announces His First Stateside Radio Show for SiriusXM

    November 12, 2013 12:39 PM EST Like the Pilgrims before him, this Thanksgiving, one brave Brit will land on the American shores of the Atlantic: Danny Howard is bringing a new EDM radio show to SiriusXM. We asked Howard about the show, his influences and what it’s like to have Paul Oakenfold as one of his managers.…

  14. Cher Tells 'The Truth': Watch Her Talk New Album, P!nk Collab, Miley Cyrus & More

    September 24, 2013 11:30 AM EDT Ultimate diva Cher is finally back with her first studio album in over a decade: "Closer to the Truth." The Warner Bros. Records effort arrives today (Sept. 24) in the U.S. and Canada, and is her first since 2002's "Living Proof." (The new album hits the…

  15. Cher, ‘Closer to the Truth’: Fall Music Preview 2013

    August 30, 2013 2:52 PM EDT Release Date: Sept. 24 Label: Warner Bros. After more than a decade since her last album, Cher keeps her remarkably long-lived career going with her 26th studio set, “Closer to the Truth.” The album features a bevy of emotional ballads and dancefloor stompers, including two songs written by…

  16. Short Cut, Big Jump: Beyonce's Trim Yields Big Chart Gain

    August 15, 2013 9:24 PM EDT Beyonce returns to the Social 50's top 10 after sharing her new hairstyle. After a three-week hiatus from the Social 50’s top 10, Beyonce bounds 26-6 all thanks to a simple haircut. The Social 50 ranks the most popular artists on YouTube, Vevo, Facebook, Twitter, SoundCloud, Wikipedia,…

  17. Cher Runs the 'World': Diva Talks No. 1 Dance Single and 'Eclectic' New Album

    August 02, 2013 10:40 AM EDT "Closer To The Truth" will feature collaborations with P!nk and Scissor Sisters' Jake Shears... but not Lady Gaga. In Cher's latest No. 1 Dance Club/Play Songs chart hit "Woman's World," she sings, "I'm dancin' solo, in the dark, on…

  18. Queens of the Stone Age Won't Wait as Long for 'Clockwork' Follow-Up

    June 14, 2013 1:10 PM EDT With "...Like Clockwork," Queens of the Stone Age's first new album in six years, lodged at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 91,000, Josh Homme is hoping there's a shorter wait for the next one.  "I think we should make a record right away -- but…

  19. Queens of the Stone Age Heading for First No. 1 Album

    June 05, 2013 7:35 PM EDT Next week, rock band Queens of the Stone Age might get its first No. 1 album. Industry sources suggest the group's new release, "… Like Clockwork," may sell around 80,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, June 9. The album hit retailers on Tuesday, June 4.…

  20. Queens of the Stone Age, '...Like Clockwork': Track-By-Track Review

    May 29, 2013 12:30 PM EDT Much has changed for Queens of the Stone Age during the six-year interim between "Era Vulgaris" and the new LP "...Like Clockwork." The band has been rebuilt yet again, with bassist Michael Shuman (Wires on Fire, Mini Mansions) and multi-instrumentalist Dean Fertita …

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