1. The Big Names in Booking Bands for Television Share Their Secrets

    October 31, 2014 1:11 PM EDT Scott Igoe, Jimmy Kimmel Live! Title: Music executive Held since: 2002 Age: 46 Previous job: Assistant to former Interscope Records co-founder Jimmy Iovine Artists booked in 2014: Pharrell Williams, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Iggy Azalea, Sam Smith and Disclosure, Taylor Swift…

  2. Iggy Azalea, the Most-Nominated 2014 AMAs Artist, Will Also Perform

    October 31, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Make way, Lorde, One Direction, and Fergie: Iggy Azalea is hitting the American Music Awards stage, too. The news arrived Friday morning in a press release. In addition to being the night's newest performer, Azalea is also the AMA's most-nominated artist, with six chances to…

  3. Publishing Briefs: Sony/ATV Signs Tegan and Sara & Calvin Harris Extension, ole Nabs $50m Credit & Joey + Rory

    October 30, 2014 7:25 PM EDT Billboard's Ed Christman rounds-up all the big news in the music publishing world. -- Sony/ATV Music Publishing have signed superstar producer Calvin Harris to an extension of its long-term worldwide publishing deal. Moreover, the deal includes a partnership in Harris' record…

  4. Remember That Time Rihanna Performed Destiny's Child Songs for Destiny's Child?

    October 30, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Are you currently going through life totally unaware of the fact that, in 2005, Rihanna was an up-and-comer who was chosen, along with Amerie and Teairra Marí , to perform a Destiny's Child medley at the 2005 World Music Awards where Destiny's Child was being honored? Stay in the…

  5. Leak Peek: Mary J. Blige's 'The London Sessions'

    October 28, 2014 1:00 PM EDT With more than a month until Mary J. Blige 's thirteenth studio album The London Sessions was slated to hit stores, the 12-track LP has leaked to the Internet. On Sunday, Oct. 26, the project hit the web well ahead of its U.K. Nov. 24 and U.S. Dec. 2 release date. While leaks this far…

  6. Taylor Swift's 10 Most Underrated Songs

    October 28, 2014 10:45 AM EDT "Enchanted," "Better Than Revenge," "Ronan" and more: it's time to talk T-Swift deep cuts. All Taylor Swift obsessives have their favorite deep cuts — the songs that those who only know her radio smashes might not be aware of, but the hardcore fans…

  7. From Katy Perry to Arcade Fire, Mary Lambert Reveals the Artists Who Inspired Her Debut Album

    October 27, 2014 5:56 PM EDT After scoring a smash with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis on "Same Love," Mary Lambert made her Capitol Records debut on Oct. 14 with Heart on My Sleeve , led by "Secrets," which reached No. 72 on the Billboard Hot 100 . But Lambert, 25, is far from furtive about the songs…

  8. Steven Tyler's Surprise Hawaiian Birthday-Party Gig and More Insider Scoop

    October 27, 2014 5:40 PM EDT Steven Tyler's Metal Mahalo Watch your back, Joe Perry . Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler made a guest appearance at Hawaiian musician Uncle Willie K 's 54th birthday bash at Migrant Restaurant at Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa in Maui. Tyler, 66, who owns a house on Maui…

  9. Iggy Azalea's 'SNL' Collaborator MØ Explains Her 'Beg For It' Performance Flub

    October 27, 2014 12:15 PM EDT Two days after the ten-year anniversary of Ashlee Simpson’s infamous Saturday Night Live lip-sync fiasco, the was a little hitch in Iggy Azalea’s performance as SNL 's musical guest on Oct. 25. Iggy brought out Danish singer MØ for a performance of her new single “Beg For It,” and her…

  10. Lorde, One Direction & Fergie Playing 2014 American Music Awards

    October 27, 2014 11:20 AM EDT Lorde may never become a royal, but at the 2014 American Music Awards, she's set to share the same stage as Britain's most popular band and The Dutchess . The soon-to-be-18-year-old singer will headline this year's AMAs along with One Direction and Fergie , both of…

  11. Taylor Swift's '1989' Liner Note Messages & Reference Guide

    October 27, 2014 2:45 AM EDT It's (finally) here!  Taylor Swift 's fifth studio album, 1989 , officially dropped in the dead of night at midnight on Monday (Oct. 27). Anticipation had been rapidly building for quite some time: Besides lead single "Shake It Off," Swift also teased album songs "…

  12. Watch Willow Smith Play 'Whip My Hair,' Bring Out Jaden Smith & SZA in Brooklyn

    October 25, 2014 1:05 PM EDT Willow Smith's transition from a kiddie-pop princess to an oddball-R&B teen queen continued on Friday night (Oct. 24), as the 13-year-old singer took the stage at the FADER Fort Presented By Converse at the CMJ Music Marathon at 11:30 PM to unwrap a handful of sumptuous new tunes.…

  13. Billboard 200 Chart Moves: '5 Seconds of Summer' Hits Half-Million in Sales

    October 24, 2014 9:19 PM EDT On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart, Florida Georgia Line claimed its first No. 1 with Anything Goes . The set, released through Republic Nashville Records, sold 197,000 in the week ending Oct. 19, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It was the third consecutive country album to top the…

  14. Bret Easton Ellis Regrets Linking Huey Lewis and the News to 'American Psycho'

    October 24, 2014 5:05 PM EDT Since Bret Easton Ellis made the protagonist of his 1991 novel American Psycho , Patrick Bateman, an investment banker serial killer with a fondness for Huey Lewis and the News , the association has taken on a life of its own. The 2000 film adaptation of the book, which was directed and…

  15. New York Ebola Patient Visited Bowling Alley Music Venue Before Being Hospitalized

    October 23, 2014 9:54 PM EDT A doctor in New York City who has tested positive for Ebola visited Brooklyn bowling alley The Gutter before he was hospitalized Wednesday night, the New York Daily News has reported . Dr. Craig Spencer had recently returned to New York from West Africa, where he was treating Ebola patients…

  16. Which Musicians Are Up For Logo TV’s NewNowNext Awards?

    October 23, 2014 3:15 PM EDT Logo TV -- the LGBT-centric cable channel -- has announced the nominees for its lucky seventh annual NewNowNext Awards, set to air Dec. 7. There’s no old timers here; the awards serve to “celebrate the now and introduce fans to what's on the horizon,” according to a press release.…

  17. Sam Smith, 5 Seconds of Summer & Mary J. Blige Set to Perform at AMAs

    October 23, 2014 9:45 AM EDT Breakthrough newcomers Sam Smith and 5 Seconds of Summer will take the stage at the 2014 American Music Awards. Dick Clark Productions announced Thursday that Mary J. Blige will join the British pop crooner and Australian boy band at the Nov. 23 event at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live. It…

  18. Inside Grammy U Competition Winner Kirkland Lynch's Incredible Day at the Capitol Records Tower

    October 22, 2014 1:59 PM EDT After winning Grammy U's music business plan competition, Kirkland Lynch found himself in Los Angeles, getting picked up by the chairman of Capitol Records. October 9, 2014 marked the best day of my life thus far. That was the day that Grammy U introduced me to Steve Barnett , CEO of…

  19. Executive Turntable: New Faces, Promotions at Beggars, Republic Records, Capitol & More

    October 21, 2014 1:11 PM EDT -- The Beggars Group announced the following expansion and promotions within the radio department: Risa Matsuki was promoted to VP, Promotions; Brien Terranova joined as Sr. Director, Promotions; and Hector Montes rose to National Director, Promotions.  -- Republic Records announced the…

  20. 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…

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