1. Denis Handlin Celebrates 30 Years Leading Sony Aus with Star-Studded Fundraiser

    October 14, 2014 12:01 AM EDT Denis Handlin’s 30 years in charge of Sony Music’s Australia operations was celebrated in style with an action-packed charity fundraising party last Friday (Oct. 10) at Sydney’s The Star venue.  Celebrities from the worlds of sport, music and TV were in the house while a mind-boggling line…

  2. Chris Brown & Beyonce Lead Soul Train Award Nominations

    October 13, 2014 3:56 PM EDT Team Breezy will be very happy about this. Chris Brown leads with seven nominations for the 2014 Soul Train Awards. Brown is followed by six nods for Beyonce and five for Pharrell . Hosted by Wendy Williams , this year’s show will take place at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas on Nov. 7 and…

  3. Hear Miley Cyrus Cover Beatles' 'Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds' With Flaming Lips & Moby

    October 13, 2014 10:45 AM EDT If you liked Miley Cyrus’ collaboration with the Flaming Lips at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards -- or even if you didn’t -- there’s more to hear from the psychedelic pair. The Flaming Lips are prepping a guest-filled re-imagination of the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band…

  4. Watch Sofia Reyes & Wisin in 'Muevelo': Exclusive Video Premiere

    October 10, 2014 5:58 PM EDT The music video was directed by Steven Gomillion and Dennis Leupold who have worked with Jennifer Lopez, among others. Pop singer Sofia Reyes and her friends take a drive through a balmy desert when suddenly they see eye-candy-worthy guys and their broken-down car. They all look at each…

  5. Billboard Cover: Florida Georgia Line on Being ‘Professional Partiers,’ Haters and Hip-Hop

    October 10, 2014 9:00 AM EDT The banjo player has magenta highlights in his hair. The drummer is wearing sunglasses and a Motley Crue T-shirt. In the first song, there's a bass drop: The sound briefly stops, and when it storms back in, a meter at the sound board spikes to 120 decibels. Welcome to the 2014 version…

  6. Billboard Cover Sneak Peek: Florida Georgia Line Reveals 5 Surprising Facts About Their Music

    October 09, 2014 7:05 PM EDT   For a country duo that smokes up on Saturdays, goes to church on Sundays and mentions Eminem in the same breath as Garth Brooks , Anything Goes is the perfect title for their upcoming second album. In this week's Billboard cover story, Florida Georgia Line ( Brian Kelley and Tyler…

  7. Drake Extends Rap Airplay Chart Record

    October 09, 2014 5:24 PM EDT Drake, Chris Brown & Rich Gang take over atop three of Billboard's R&B/hip-hop airplay charts. On Rap Airplay , Drake extends his record for the most No. 1s, as "0 to 100/The Catch Up" climbs 2-1, marking the rapper's 18th chart-topping title. He widens his…

  8. Why 1996 Was the Best Musical Year of the '90s

    October 09, 2014 10:45 AM EDT After focusing on 1994 last week, now, we're wondering what the best year for music was of the '90s. We've already made a case for  1990 ,  1991 ,  1992 ,  1993 ,  1994  and  1995 . Now it's time for 1996 and 1997 . POP SHOP HOMEPAGE When critics go about naming the best…

  9. Celebrate John Lennon's Birthday With Our 7 Favorite Covers

    October 09, 2014 9:20 AM EDT Seventy-four years ago today, with her husband away at sea and her country in the midst of World War II, Julia Lennon gave birth to a baby who would grow up to be one of rock music's most successful, iconic and inspirational figures -- John Lennon . From the Beatles to Yoko Ono to his…

  10. Aretha Franklin Notches Milestone 100th Hit on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart

    October 08, 2014 5:26 PM EDT Aretha Franklin becomes the first female, and just the fourth artist overall, to place 100 career titles on Billboard 's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart (since it became a multi-metric ranking in 1958), as "Rolling in the Deep (The Aretha Version)" debuts at No. 47.…

  11. Jennifer Lawrence Says Hackers Who Leaked Nude Photos Committed a 'Sex Crime'

    October 08, 2014 3:19 AM EDT The people who chose to look at nude celebrity photos that hackers posted committed "a sexual offense," actress Jennifer Lawrence says in an exclusive interview with Vanity Fair in its November issue. The Oscar winner, who was among dozens of celebrities whose photos were posted…

  12. Hillsong United Wins Big at Dove Awards

    October 07, 2014 11:15 PM EDT Hillsong United  took tops honors Tuesday night (Oct. 7) at the Gospel Music Assn.’s 45th Annual Dove Awards, winning five Doves, including artist of the year and aong of the year for “Oceans (Where Feet May Fail).” “The song ‘Oceans’ has opened so many new doors and so many great…

  13. Snoop Dogg Aims to Raise $20K Via Crowdfunding Site for Des Moines Footballers

    October 07, 2014 9:29 PM EDT The rapper has a long commitment to youth football leagues in California. Snoop Dogg 's support of youth football now stretches all the way to Des Moines, Iowa. The rapper launched a campaign last week on crowdfunding site Tilt to raise money for the Inner City Urban Development youth…

  14. Lil Jon and Other Celebs Encourage Voting with 'Turn Out For What' Ad

    October 07, 2014 3:11 PM EDT DJ Snake  and  Lil' Jon 's summer hit "Turn Down For What" is getting a political makeover, courtesy of Rock the Vote.  In the new campaign to encourage voter turnout for midterm elections, Lil Jon and other celebrities -- including  Lena Dunham, Darren Criss, Fred…

  15. Christian Music Business Diversifies Into Film, Television and More to Battle Declining Sales

    October 07, 2014 3:06 PM EDT As the faith-based music community gathers Tuesday night (Oct. 7) for the 45th Annual Gospel Music Association (GMA) Dove Awards, there’s more to celebrate than just the top songs and artists of the past year. Evidence points to businesses growing beyond music to incorporate film, live…

  16. Listen to The Game's Auto-Tune Heavy 'F--- Yo Feelings' With Lil Wayne & Chris Brown

    October 06, 2014 7:49 PM EDT With The Game 's Blood Money label's compilation, Year of the Wolf , due out next Tuesday, the rapper née Jayceon Terrell Taylor teased the album Monday by dropping the Lil Wayne and Chris Brown -featuring "F--- Yo Feelings." The Game Assembles All-Star Hip-Hop Crew…

  17. Drake Presents His 'Hood Grammys' on Instagram

    October 05, 2014 10:45 PM EDT Drake dropped his own "Hood Grammys" on the world Sunday with five Instagram posts, giving props to his favorite rap releases from the past year.  Would Drake Work on Music With LeBron James? The hip-hop star began by honoring Bobby Shmurda with "Vocal Performance of the…

  18. Exclusive: Lil Jon and DJ Snake's ‘Turn Down for What’ Will Rock the Vote in New Election Ad Campaign

    October 03, 2014 3:37 PM EDT The twitchy top five hit of the summer, "Turn Down for What" by DJ Snake and Lil Jon , has been commissioned by Rock the Vote to soundtrack its voter registration/engagement PSA campaign for the 2014 midterm elections (Nov. 4). Premiering Oct. 6, the PSA will star Lil Jon and…

  19. Details on One Direction's Secret Financial Investment in 5 Seconds of Summer

    October 03, 2014 8:00 AM EDT Welcome to the new (boy band) sharing economy. When One Direction ­members Louis Tomlinson and Liam Payne tweeted at fellow boy banders 5 Seconds of Summer back in February, announcing to their millions of followers that the Aussie pop-rockers had a new single out, casual observers may have…

  20. Billboard and CLIO Music's Top Commercials Powered by Shazam

    October 02, 2014 11:00 AM EDT For the 55 th annual CLIO Awards honoring creativity in advertising, Billboard and Shazam teamed up to create three charts that honor the best uses of music in advertising over the past year.  Using tagging data from Shazam, as well as sales, airplay and streaming tracked by Nielsen…

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