1. Selfie Sticks Banned by U.K. Music Venues

    January 16, 2015 5:39 PM EST 'Stick with the tried-and-tested use of an arm,' one arena spokesperson quips. They were one of 2014's best-selling Christmas gifts in the U.K., but it seems that selfie sticks are far less popular in the live music business. London's O2 arena, O2 Academy Brixton and…

  2. New NFL-Related Venue Heating Up Already-Competitive L.A. Concert Market

    January 16, 2015 5:01 PM EST The announcement of two new live-music facilities in Los Angeles has made the city's fiercely competitive venue market even more intense. On the larger side, Stan Kroenke , owner of the NFL's St. Louis Rams, has revealed plans to include a 6,000-capacity venue as part of his…

  3. Adele's New Album May Not Arrive Until End of 2015: Report

    January 16, 2015 4:44 PM EST Bad news for Adele fans: Her third studio album might not be arriving until the end of the year -- if then. Sources "close to Team Adele" tell Music Business Worldwide that "logically, there's now almost no chance" of the full-length album being ready…

  4. The Hollywood Reporter Teams With YouTube For 'THR Talks' at Sundance Film Festival

    January 16, 2015 4:36 PM EST Plus: YouTube sensation Hoodie Allen will open for Iggy Azalea at Sundance's Billboard Winterfest. The Hollywood Reporter and YouTube are joining forces at 2015's Sundance Film Festival for conversation-leading discussions on how digital media impacts film. Iggy Azalea to Headline…

  5. New Maroon 5, Kelly Clarkson Singles Headed for Debuts on Hot 100

    January 16, 2015 4:19 PM EST The band's 'Sugar' should sweeten the chart in the top 25, while Clarkson's 'Heartbeat Song' is also set to thump its way in. Maroon 5 and Kelly Clarkson should storm next week's Billboard Hot 100 with newly-released singles. The Adam Levine-led group…

  6. I Prevail, Natalie La Rose & Catfish and the Bottlemen: Emerging Picks of the Week

    January 16, 2015 4:18 PM EST As another weekend approaches, spice up your playlist with Billboard 's weekly roundup of tracks from the Billboard + Twitter Emerging Artists chart. After giving them a listen, make sure to check back next week for a new set of selections to discover the latest music. "Blank…

  7. Best of the 2010s (So Far) Readers Poll: Vote For Your Favorite Artists, Songs & More!

    January 16, 2015 4:09 PM EST This week on Billboard.com, we've commemorated the end of the first half of the 2010s by rolling out a collection of editorial lists celebrating the best (and worst) of the past half-decade. We counted down the 20 best songs, 10 worst songs, 20 best albums, 20 best albums and…

  8. Sophia Grace, Now on the Hot 100, Talks Ellen DeGeneres, Her Favorite Song & More

    January 16, 2015 3:51 PM EST Eleven-year-old Sophia Grace has built up quite a following, thanks to multiple appearances on The Ellen DeGeneres Show . This week, she makes her Billboard Hot 100 debut with her new track "Best Friends," which, among other placements, enters the chart at No. 87. The British-born…

  9. Best & Worst Singles of the Week -- From Kelly Clarkson to Ellie Goulding

    January 16, 2015 3:22 PM EST " alt="" width="510"> James Bay "Scars" Republic James Bay takes a nostalgic approach to road-weary rock ballads, and "Scars" is no exception. The track features dusty organs and outdated tech references: "In the dark, you try to make a…

  10. Billboard Japan Music Awards: See Winners of the Combined Twitter & Karaoke Votes

    January 16, 2015 3:00 PM EST As part of the Billboard Japan Music Awards 2014, Billboard Japan asked users to vote for the Song of the Year via Twitter and karaoke. Now, the results are out. Users were able to choose any song which charted on the Billboard Japan Hot 100 Year-End Chart. A tweet with the song's…

  11. Luxembourg's Tax Deals with Amazon Under Investigation

    January 16, 2015 2:04 PM EST Amazon's 2003 tax arrangement with the country of Luxembourg is now the subject of an investigation by the European Commission , which found evidence that the deal may qualify as "state aid" -- defined by the EU as an agreement "which distorts or threatens to distort…

  12. 'Gone Girl' Composer Atticus Ross Signs New Publishing Deal

    January 16, 2015 2:00 PM EST Atticus Ross ,  Trent Reznor 's collaborator on such films as Gone Girl and The Social Network (for which they won an Oscar in 2011), has signed with Downtown Music Publishing, joining a roster that includes Hans Zimmer , Randy Newman , Adam Peters ( Echo & The Bunnymen ) and…

  13. Viacom Retains Philippe Daufman as President/CEO Through 2018

    January 16, 2015 1:07 PM EST Viacom, parent company of MTV, CMT, VH1 and Paramount Pictures, among others, announced Thursday (Jan. 15) that it had extended president and CEO Philippe Daufman 's contract through 2018. Said company founder Sumner Redstone in a statement: "Philippe has been my long-term partner…

  14. J Balvin Bounds To No. 1 on Latin Pop Airplay

    January 16, 2015 1:00 PM EST The rising Latin star earns his first No. 1 on the chart. J Balvin continues his climb up the charts with his latest single "Ay Vamos," as it rises to become his first No. 1 on Latin Pop Airplay. After nine straight weeks stuck at Nos. 2 and 3, the song climbs 2-1 wth a 1 percent…

  15. Is Panama the Next Hot Spot for EDM Festivals?

    January 16, 2015 1:00 PM EST As North America began to launch more EDM festivals than it could support, organizers cast their eyes toward Latin America as an affordable destination for top DJs and brightly clad fans. First came Mexico: The BPM Festival, which launched in 2008 as a modest gathering, has grown into a 10…

  16. Exclusive: 'Girls' to Premiere New Tracks by St. Vincent, Grimes and Family of the Year

    January 16, 2015 12:51 PM EST What's in store for season four of HBO's Girls ? "Big changes for the characters," says music supervisor Manish Raval (the show premiered Jan. 11). In addition to Lena Dunham's Hannah Horvath leaving New York for grad school, "New relationships are starting…

  17. The Alt In Our Stars Podcast: New Politics Preview New Album 'Vikings'

    January 16, 2015 12:27 PM EST Energetic pop-rockers  New Politics came through Billboard's New York office this week, so you can bet there were some headstands involved.   You can look forward to @newpoliticsrock on a future episode of The Alt In Our Stars podcast! Photo: @yaypineapples A photo posted by Billboard …

  18. I Prevail's Punk Cover of Taylor Swift's 'Blank Space' Debuts on Hot Rock Songs

    January 16, 2015 12:20 PM EST Post-hardcore band I Prevail's loud rendition of Taylor Swift 's "Blank Space" debuts at No. 9 on Billboard's Hot Rock Songs chart, powered by 36,000 downloads sold (up 552 percent), according to Nielsen Music. The group's self-released EP, Heart vs. Mind, …

  19. John Boehner Uses Taylor Swift GIFs to Slam Obama's College Policy

    January 16, 2015 12:00 PM EST This is worse than defining "sexting" to your grandparents: Some people on Team John Boehner have discovered GIFs, and they're  totally  abusing the privilege.  The following story  is currently on Speaker Boehner's official website: "12 Taylor Swift GIFs For You…

  20. Fall Out Boy, Kelly Clarkson & Sophia Grace: Real-Time Twitter Chart Rewind Ep. 32

    January 16, 2015 12:00 PM EST Welcome back to Billboard's weekly video show "Real-Time Rewind," which recaps the past week's hottest action on the new Billboard Real-Time Twitter Charts -- Trending 140 and Emerging Artists -- and the news that's driving the action. Joe Levy is in the studio on…

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