1. Mike Nichols' Marriage of Music & Movies: Nine Significant Moments

    November 20, 2014 6:15 PM EST Mike Nichols , the celebrated director, writer and comedian who died Wednesday at the age of 83, left a considerable mark in the marriage of music, musicians and visual images. He cast musicians as actors, giving several prominent ones their first major roles; opened two of his films to…

  2. Bono's Cycling Injuries Were More Serious Than We Thought

    November 19, 2014 10:33 AM EST The singer's injuries include a facial fracture, fractured shoulder, and a fractured humerus. Earlier this week (Nov. 17), Jimmy Fallon had some fun impersonating his pal Bono,  who couldn’t show up on The Tonight Show after enduring a cycling accident. But all kidding aside, it turns…

  3. Berklee Announces New Online Music Degrees

    November 19, 2014 10:28 AM EST The Berklee College of Music has announced a new slate of online degree programs, including two in music creation, cementing its status as the first accredited non-profit music institution to offer Bachelor degrees on the web. Online students will soon be able to enter programs focusing…

  4. 5 Seconds of Summer's Derp Con: Navigating A Pop-Punk Boy Band Fan Convention

    November 17, 2014 1:45 PM EST Screaming teens, candy-coated pizza, mariachi bands and grateful moms: inside 5SOS's weekend fan meetup. Upon entering 5 Seconds of Summer 's world, one must come prepared. You need the uniform of knee-high socks and punk rock t-shirts, the earplugs to muffle teen girls’…

  5. Corner Office: Spirit Music Group Chairman David Renzer on Scooter Braun, Pandora Problems and How to Spend $50 Million

    November 10, 2014 10:00 AM EST To look at him, publishing veteran David Renzer is just about the last person you'd expect to have co-written a song that reached No. 4 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart -- let alone one as funky as Con Funk Shun 's "Electric Lady." And in fact, "I…

  6. Watch a Clip from the Postal Service's 'Everything Will Change' Concert Film

    November 10, 2014 6:47 AM EST Did you catch the Postal Service 's 2013 reunion tour? If not (or if so), Death Cab for Cutie 's Ben Gibbard, Dntel mastermind Jimmy Tamborello, and Rilo Kiley's Jenny Lewis made you a concert movie called Everything Will Change . It'll hit DVD and Blu-ray via Sub Pop on…

  7. Billboard Cover: Nicki Minaj on Her Sex Life, Love for Larry David and Girl Crush on Beyonce

    November 07, 2014 9:00 AM EST Nicki Minaj appears to be in full relaxation mode: The Los Angeles-based rapper, 31, sits cross-legged on a leather sofa inside the closet-sized green room at Hollywood's Siren Studios, having just wrapped a photo shoot that stretched past 3:30 a.m. She's wearing lavender…

  8. Dean James, U.K. Live Music Mogul, Launches Sixth, a Data-Driven Hive of Ambition

    November 06, 2014 4:39 PM EST In his former guise of co-founder and CEO of MAMA Group, Dean James ran the London-based live music, artist management and consumer services company from its inception in 2005 until his eventual exit in January this year to "focus on outside interests." During his nine years at…

  9. Listen to Kurt Cobain's Unearthed 'Montage of Heck' Mixtape

    November 03, 2014 9:43 PM EST A mixtape Kurt Cobain created in 1988 has been given some new life online, offering fans another glimpse into the Nirvana frontman's psyche with a strange but enjoyable collection of music and sounds.  Courtney Love on Kurt Cobain 'Doping' Note: 'Obviously I Wrote It&…

  10. Sheppard on Keith Urban, Playing Ball with ‘the Dream Team’, & Dining at Ariana Grande’s Home

    October 30, 2014 11:50 PM EDT Sheppard’s flock is fast growing, and its going global.  Just 18 months ago, the band was riding a wave of buzz back home in Brisbane, Australia, when their breezy singalong song “Let Me Down Easy” took flight and was certified platinum. Now, the six-piece is one of the hottest new indie…

  11. The Ryman Auditorium -- Country's Hallowed Home -- Kicks Off a $14 Million Facelift

    October 27, 2014 3:45 PM EDT Country music’s hallowed home kicks off a $14 million renovation. Catching a concert at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium is considered to be an ­unparalleled, even religious experience -- but that’s not stopping the Mother Church of Country Music, owned by Ryman Hospitality Properties, from…

  12. The Top 20 Billboard Hot 100 Hits of the 1960s

    October 27, 2014 3:00 PM EDT In honor of Billboard magazine's 120th anniversary on Nov. 1, we're revealing the top 20 Billboard Hot 100 hits from each decade since the 1960s (for a total of 120 songs).  The '60s was the first full decade of rock and roll, and the top twenty singles of the decade reflect…

  13. Corner Office: Nashville Mayor Karl Dean on Jack White, TV’s ‘Nashville’ Effect and Running the 'It' City

    October 27, 2014 10:14 AM EDT With the CMAs coming to town, Music City’s chief executive talks tax incentives, TV’s 'Nashville' effect and why Jack White matters. Karl Dean , 59, can spit out music business stats like nobody’s business. He’ll tell you, for example, that the city he has governed since 2007…

  14. Jenny Lewis Talks Insomnia, Being Force-Fed Creed for New Album 'Voyager'

    October 26, 2014 12:52 PM EDT The singer credits rocker Ryan Adams as a "really important figure" in her life. Jenny Lewis played an intimate show at KCRW’s Apogee Sessions in Santa Monica on Oct. 24, performing songs from The Voyager , her third solo album released in July, then participated in a Q&A…

  15. Dolly Parton Q&A: The Country Legend on 50 Years in Nashville and Why She Supports Her Gay Fans

    October 24, 2014 2:08 PM EDT This year marks the 50th Anniversary since 68-year-old international icon Dolly Parton came to Nashville. The fourth of 12 siblings who shared a one-room cabin, the East Tennessee native was so poor growing up that her father paid the doctor who delivered her with a bag of cornmeal. The…

  16. Jack White to Speak at Yale University Panel

    October 23, 2014 10:13 AM EDT Next up… Patrick Carney speaks at Dartmouth? Jack White is indulging his audiophile/music historian side with an appearance at an upcoming panel at Yale University about the early 20th century jazz and blues label Paramount Records. The panel, titled “ Exploring the Rise and Fall of…

  17. Publishing Briefs: Sony/ATV Promotions, Rich Conlon's New Firm, Mike & Keys Join Atlas

    October 23, 2014 8:47 AM EDT Billboard's Ed Christman rounds-up all the big news happening in the music publishing world. -- Sony/ATV Music Publishing has promoted Rich Christina to the role of senior VP, head of East Coast A&R, based in the company’s New York office. He will report to Sony/ATV U.S. co…

  18. Album Review: Little Big Town Finally Ready for the Big Time With Tour De Force 'Pain Killer'

    October 21, 2014 2:04 PM EDT There's a reason Little Big Town gets compared to Fleetwood Mac , and it's not just because two of the bandmates are married to each other or that the quartet performs a spirited take on "The Chain" in concert. It's also because the coed Alabama foursome…

  19. 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…

  20. Little Big Town Talk Separate Guys' & Girls' Songwriting Sessions for 'Pain Killer'

    October 20, 2014 5:15 PM EDT It's safe to say that back in 2012, Jimi Westbrook and Karen Fairchild of Little Big Town had no idea how the success of "Pontoon" was about to change their lives. Watch Little Big Town Get Invited to Join the Grand Ole Opry by Reba McEntire "It's been incredible,…

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