1. Retailers & Indie Labels Pushing for Monday Global Release Day

    November 25, 2014 5:41 PM EST In August, it was reported that the music industry had its eye on a Friday global release day that would take effect July 2015. Now that proposition is getting some pushback from a cohort of retailers and indie record labels, who are endorsing a Monday over a Friday street date.  Record…

  2. Darius Rucker's First Christmas Album a Mix of Crooner & Modern

    November 25, 2014 5:31 PM EST Home for the Holidays is the first holiday album from Capitol Nashville recording artist Darius Rucker . The Grand Ole Opry member tells Billboard it was something he had been considering for awhile. "The label has been asking for the last four or five years if I was going to do a…

  3. Concert Venues Parting Ways With Promoters Are Capitalizing on Going DIY

    November 25, 2014 4:27 PM EST Friday, Nov. 14 was a sort of ­coming-out party for New York's Webster Hall, which, after 10 years as a Bowery Presents venue, celebrated its independence from the New York-based promoter with sold-out shows in each of its three music rooms. From the tiny basement Studio to the midsize…

  4. Garth Brooks Cancels Talk-Show Appearances After Ferguson Decision

    November 25, 2014 4:16 PM EST 'To spend the day promoting our stuff like nothing was wrong, seemed distasteful to me,' he writes on Facebook. Garth Brooks is postponing TV appearances in the midst of protests after a Ferguson grand jury decided not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting…

  5. Ferguson: Beyonce Shares Statement From Michael Brown's Family

    November 25, 2014 1:40 PM EST Beyonce has weighed in on the grand jury's decision, announced Monday night, to not indict Darren Wilson for the fatal shooting of Michael Brown. Using her preferred method of communication with the masses, Instagram, the singer shared a photo of the statement from the Brown family,…

  6. Ted Nugent Posts Offensive, Illogical Ferguson Rant

    November 25, 2014 11:32 AM EST For better or worse (hint: worse), classic rocker turned conservative pundit Ted Nugent has weighed in on the Ferguson decision that let police officer Darren Wilson walk scot-free after shooting and killing unarmed civilian Michael Brown. While the decision drew outrage from pop stars…

  7. One Direction Hits One Billion Plays on Spotify (But Are Still Way Behind Eminem)

    November 25, 2014 11:12 AM EST One Direction has surpassed a billion streams on Spotify, joining Coldplay as only the second British band to accomplish that feat on the streaming music service. According to data provided by Spotify, the boy band reached the milestone last week upon the release of their new album Four . …

  8. Killer Mike on Ferguson Grand Jury Decision: 'I Got Kicked on My Ass'

    November 25, 2014 10:40 AM EST Since the unarmed teenager Michael Brown was gunned down on Aug. 9 in Ferguson Miss., Killer Mike has been one of the few artists willing to talk about the situation from the beginning. Monday night, after a grand jury announced that they were not going indict police officer Darren Wilson…

  9. Macklemore Marches in Seattle to Protest Ferguson, Michael Brown Decision

    November 25, 2014 10:14 AM EST Macklemore was among the many, many musicians who expressed disgust with the decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson , who shot and killed Michael Brown in Ferguson, Miss. In addition to simply voicing displeasure over social media, Macklemore also took to the streets to march in…

  10. A-Trak Talks New Solo Material, DJ Set Transparency, and 'Youth on the Come-Up'

    November 25, 2014 9:00 AM EST By this point in his career, A-Trak should probably be known as Multi-Track. The former Billboard cover star  (real name Alain Macklovitch, a last name you might recognize from his brother Dave, who goes by Dave 1 in the electro-funk duo Chromeo ) is a DJ and producer, scratcher and…

  11. Ferguson Decision: Hip-Hop Community & Other Artists React

    November 24, 2014 10:17 PM EST Rihanna, Katy Perry, Killer Mike, Q-Tip, Hayley Williams, Alicia Keys and many more speak out. The death of Michael Brown has been a rallying cry in the hip-hop community since the unarmed teen was fatally shot in Ferguson, Mo., by a police officer back in August. Monday night (Nov. 24)…

  12. Marianne Faithfull on Her New Album & Book and Her Charmed Circle of Friends (From Metallica to Bowie)

    November 24, 2014 4:50 PM EST For the past 50 years,  Marianne Faithfull  has been one of the music world’s most singular characters: a Swinging London teen icon and mid-’60s girlfriend of Mick Jagger , a notorious heroin addict who revived her career in 1979 with the landmark Broken English and, most of all, a singer…

  13. Chart Highlights: Maroon 5, Foo Fighters, Keith Urban Notch New No. 1s

    November 24, 2014 4:35 PM EST And that's not all: Jennifer Lopez, Big Sean and George Ezra join in taking over atop tallies this week. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys listed below. All our…

  14. Exclusive: Bonobo Premieres New Song 'Return to Air'

    November 24, 2014 1:00 PM EST New York City-via-U.K. producer Bonobo , a.k.a. Simon Green, is as much of an instrumentalist as he is a producer. His lush tracks are just as likely to incorporate surging orchestral strings as they are synthesized pops and clicks, and the result is an alluring mix that draws crowds to…

  15. Kobalt Publishing Hires Jamie McLaughlin as Creative Director

    November 24, 2014 11:47 AM EST Kobalt Music Publishing has appointed Jamie McLaughlin to the position of creative director, charged with signing new talent, arranging writer collaborations and pitching songs. She has hit the ground running in the new job, having already played a part in the signing of Lady Gaga…

  16. From Sugarhill Gang to Trinidad James, a Look at the Influences of Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars' 'Uptown Funk'

    November 24, 2014 10:01 AM EST Part of the excitement of Mark Ronson 's "Uptown Funk," the just-released kickoff single from the DJ/producer's  Uptown Special is catching the allusions to one early '80s funk/R&B classic after another. Even on Ronson's own Facebook page fans cite "…

  17. AMAs 2014: And the Winners Are ...

    November 23, 2014 8:00 PM EST Who took home honors at the 2014 American Music Awards ? Check out the full list of winners below! Full AMAs Coverage Here  | Live Blog | Red Carpet Show Artist Of The Year  Iggy Azalea Beyoncé Luke Bryan Eminem Imagine Dragons John Legend Lorde One Direction -- WINNER Katy Perry…

  18. 'SNL' Recap: Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson Bring the Funk With Mystikal, Cameron Diaz Raps & More

    November 23, 2014 11:45 AM EST As expected, Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson brought some major funk to Saturday Night Live ’s Thanksgiving show on Nov. 22. Bruno Mars & Mark Ronson Are Impossibly Cool in 'Uptown Funk' Video The superstar pop crooner and retro-cool writer/producer turned the SNL musical stage…

  19. Listen to the Neighbourhood Get Hip-Hop With '#icanteven,' Featuring French Montana

    November 21, 2014 9:57 PM EST After telling Billboard this summer that "rock and roll is completely dead," it makes sense we're getting pretty solid hip-hop tracks from The Neighbourhood now, who were at least originally been pretty easily categorized as "indie rock."   The Neighbourhood Q&A…

  20. ODESZA Disrupts Dance Music with Lush, Post-Dubstep Beats

    November 21, 2014 5:41 PM EST Before Odesza 's Harrison Mills and Clayton Knight were topping Billboard's Dance/Electronic Albums chart and headlining nearly sold-out, back-to-back world tours, the two Seattle beatmakers were just another unsigned band dealing with the hardships of the road -- and extreme…

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