1. Spotify, Uber Partnership To Launch In 10 Cities Worldwide

    November 17, 2014 11:12 AM EST It’s official: after a weekend of rumors , Spotify and Uber will introduce a new partnership in 10 cities this Friday, November 21, that will enable Spotify Premium users to play their own playlists during their Uber ride. Participating cities are London, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Nashville…

  2. Report: Diplo Welcomes His Second Son With Ex-Girlfriend Kathryn Lockhart

    November 16, 2014 7:29 PM EST Congratulations are in order for Diplo , who welcomes his second son with his ex-girlfriend Kathryn Lockhart, according to Us Weekly . Lorde Perfectly Disses Diplo After He Insults Taylor Swift Diplo (real name: Wesley Pentz) and Lockhart have named their new baby Lazer Lee Louis Pentz. The…

  3. Watch: Timbaland Blasts Lifetime’s Aaliyah Biopic on Social Media

    November 16, 2014 2:34 PM EST Timbaland obviously isn’t a fan of the new Aaliyah biopic. The famed music producer took to social media on Saturday night (Nov. 15) to express his disapproval of Lifetime's Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B , which premiered on the network the same evening. 'Aaliyah: The Princess…

  4. Bette Midler Scores Fifth Straight Decade of Top 10 Albums

    November 14, 2014 7:29 PM EST Bette Midler celebrates a fifth consecutive decade of top 10 albums on the Billboard 200 chart, as It’s the Girls debuts at No. 3. She's only the second woman, following Barbra Streisand , to notch top 10 albums in each of the last five decades (1970s through 2010s). The new album&…

  5. Carlos Santana: 'It's Time to Commit Career Suicide Again'

    November 14, 2014 4:39 PM EST Carlos Santana 's just-published memoir The Universal Tone (Nov. 4; Little, Brown and Company) may be subtitled Bringing My Story to Light , but it's hardly light reading. Besides detailed memories of his upbringing and musical achievements, the 544-page book also dives…

  6. Why 'Interstellar' Sound Issues Have Ignited a Hollywood Uproar

    November 14, 2014 11:17 AM EST Is the score too loud? The mix muddy? Insiders say yes Buzz around the film Interstellar , the Christopher Nolan -helmed space saga starring Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway , hasn’t been particularly positive when it comes to the sound mix. Specifically, complaints that the dialogue…

  7. 15 Musician Sex-Tape Scandals, From Tommy Lee to Usher

    November 13, 2014 2:54 PM EST News got out Wednesday that a sex tape featuring Usher and ex-wife Tameka Raymond was stolen and being shopped around, and the  singer's legal team is hot on the case .  Usher Hunting Down Stolen Sex Tape Like the rumors of an Iggy Azalea sex tape that surfaced in September , this…

  8. 'The Voice' Recap: Top 12 Revealed

    November 12, 2014 9:21 PM EST The top 12 have been revealed on The Voice -- after some struggle. "I didn't know they would all rise to the occasion," admitted  Pharrell Williams of his first playoffs on Tuesday night , after which America picks two from each team to move forward, and a coach picks one…

  9. Lee Daniels' Business Partner Claims Damon Dash Is 'Libel-Proof'

    November 12, 2014 4:25 PM EST Roc-A-Fella Records co-founder is suing Daniels over profits from 'The Butler' & other projects. Roc-A-Fella Records co-founder Damon Dash 's defamation claim against Canyon Entertainment president Simone Sheffield might best be considered the undercard in a legal match…

  10. 'The Voice' Recap: Pharrell Shows Off Inventive Song Choices in His First Playoffs

    November 12, 2014 10:10 AM EST After veteran coaches Adam Levine and Blake Shelton showed them how it's done on Monday, The Voice 's season-seven playoffs continued on Tuesday. The round has teams trimmed down from five to three: two picked by America, and one more saved by each coach, and also introduced the…

  11. Smokey Robinson Exclusive: Watch The Behind-The-Scenes Clip from ‘The Art of McCartney’

    November 11, 2014 11:00 AM EST Producer Ralph Sall describes the process of putting the all-star tribute album together. Producer Ralph Sall's The Art of McCartney tribute album has certainly been an ambitious endeavor, with two discs, 34 tracks and an opulent deluxe edition that features six more songs and video…

  12. 'The Voice' Recap: Playoffs Pay Off for Stripped-Down Ballads

    November 11, 2014 10:12 AM EST Adam Levine and Blake Shelton's singers took the stage for their first live, viewer-voted performances of the season. The Voice 's season-seven playoffs began on Monday, which has teams trimmed down from five to three: two picked by America, and one more saved by each coach. The…

  13. Eminem vs. Women: 13 Ladies He's Bashed in Raps

    November 11, 2014 8:00 AM EST Lana Del Rey is the latest in a string of female targets. Eminem has been known for his controversial rhymes since his major-label debut in 1999, but in a just-released cypher promoting the upcoming Shady Records compilation album, he crossed a new line: He invoked the name of Ray Rice,…

  14. Mark Ronson Says New Single With Bruno Mars 'Uptown Funk' Is a Milestone for Both of Them

    November 10, 2014 9:00 AM EST Is Mark Ronson  the hardest-working producer in the music business? In pursuit of the perfect groove, the British/American DJ and guitarist helped launch the careers of Amy Winehouse , Lily Allen , and Wale . A star-studded fourth solo album,  Uptown Special , is due in January through RCA.…

  15. Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Jerry Lee Lewis Returns

    November 07, 2014 5:45 PM EST Also: Ryan Adams' four-song 7-inch vinyl EP debuts. On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart, Taylor Swift dominated the tally, as her new 1989 album crashed in at No. 1. It sold 1.287 million copies in the week ending Nov. 2, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Roadmap to Taylor Swift…

  16. Why Reddit to Richard Branson Are Betting Big on Crowdfunding

    November 07, 2014 3:00 PM EST This September, when rap super duo Run the Jewels announced preorder sales for their second album, RTJ2 , Atlanta rapper Killer Mike and Brooklyn rapper-producer El-P included a few playfully absurd special options on RTJ’s website. In addition to the $1 million "Retirement Plan"…

  17. Chuck Dauphin Wins CMA Media Achievement Award

    November 06, 2014 6:06 PM EST Longtime radio and music journalist Chuck Dauphin won the 2014 CMA Media Achievement Award. Dauphin -- who has been a contributing writer for Billboard since 2011, as well as The 615 columnist for Billboard.com -- accepted the award at the 48th annual CMA awards in Nashville on Wednesday…

  18. Nicki Minaj Earns 56th Hit on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs With 'Only'

    November 06, 2014 4:11 PM EST Also: Danity Kane collects third top 10 album, Jagged Edge returns, and Kem's 'Nobody' rises. Nicki Minaj lands her 56th entry on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs , as "Only" featuring Drake , Lil Wayne and Chris Brown , debuts at No. 16. The Hot Shot Debut extends Lil…

  19. Layoffs Hit Capitol Music Group

    November 06, 2014 2:29 PM EST A round of layoffs has hit Capitol Music Group, Billboard has confirmed. A source with knowledge of the situation tells Billboard that a dozen staffers were let go today (Nov. 6) as part of a restructuring at Capitol Music Group. Those twelve include J.R. Rich , Gihan Salem , Heidi Anne…

  20. Leaked 'Beyonce' Track List Was 'Completely Made Up,' Says Parkwood GM (Exclusive)

    November 06, 2014 9:00 AM EST That supposed “leaked” track list for another surprise Beyonce album? It’s most definitely a fake, says Lee Anne Callahan-Longo, general manager of Beyonce’s Parkwood Entertainment. Beyonce Announces Platinum Edition of Self-Titled Album In an interview for an upcoming Billboard feature,…

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