1. Who Are the British Aces Behind Mary J. Blige's 'London Sessions'?

    November 25, 2014 2:31 PM EST Mary J. Blige brought in some of the United Kingdom's hottest writers and artists to record her upcoming album The London Sessions . This connects her with a long tradition of American musicians looking overseas for new ideas: back in the '60s, for example, Jimi Hendrix left the…

  2. Aaron West and the Roaring Twenties (Wonder Years' Dan Campbell) Premieres 'Our Apartment' Video (Exclusive)

    November 19, 2014 1:00 PM EST Last summer, Wonder Years frontman Dan “Soupy” Campbell released his solo debut under the moniker Aaron West and the Roaring Twenties . The album We Don’t Have Each Other was an exercise in fictional storytelling, with Campbell stepping outside of a firsthand narrative for the first time…

  3. Meet Fickle Friends, A Great New Pop Band Blowing Up The U.K. Blogs

    November 18, 2014 2:30 PM EST Three ace singles, including the new "For You," points to a promising future for the Brighton group. Never heard of Fickle Friends? If you’re in the U.S., that’s understandable: the pop quintet has yet to play a stateside show, and debut single “Swim” hasn’t popped up on any…

  4. Billboard Touring Conference 2014 Preview: Five Industry Rainmakers Talk the Current Landscape of Live

    November 18, 2014 1:30 PM EST Five industry rainmakers, all attending Billboard's annual Touring Conference Nov. 19-20, talk shop. Billboard Power 100 2014: No. 93 - Tom Windish, Founder/President of the Windish Agency Clarence Spalding Is the Nashville Ace in Maverick’s Sleeve Exclusive: Red Light Management…

  5. Kiss Guitarist Ace Frehley on Once Almost Hitting Gene Simmons With His Fiery Axe: 'It Caught Him By Surprise'

    November 17, 2014 6:14 PM EST Any rock star can play his or her guitar. As a founding member and lead guitarist for 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Kiss , Ace Frehley would make his instrument smoke, shoot and fly through the air. But Frehley, 63, who's currently on tour promoting Space Invader , his…

  6. #Bedstock Exclusive: Musicians Go Under Covers for Online Festival Benefiting Kids With Cancer

    November 13, 2014 10:00 AM EST Regina Ellis witnessed firsthand the healing power of music when her daughter, Alexandra, was diagnosed with neuroblastoma at age three and a half. "Music transformed many moments in the hospital," she tells Billboard. "We found ourselves battling for her life in a hospital,…

  7. Jay Z Had a Favorite Champagne Brand, So He Bought It

    November 06, 2014 12:45 PM EST Jay Z 's champagne of choice is now part of his portfolio. The rapper and entrepreneur extraordinaire has purchased the gilded Armand de Brignac (nicknamed "Ace of Spades") brand of bubbly, which retails for $300 a pop but can go as high as $200,000 -- if you like 30…

  8. Wu-Tang Clan’s ‘A Better Tomorrow’ Album Thrills at Listening Party in NYC

    November 04, 2014 11:44 AM EST After months of delays, false starts and media bickering , the new Wu-Tang Clan album, A Better Tomorrow , is miraculously on its way, with a rock-solid release date (Dec. 2) and label home (Warner Bros. Records). On Monday night (Nov. 3), Wu mastermind the RZA hosted a private listening…

  9. New Signings: Jackie Boyz Team with Razor & Tie, Son Lux to Glassnote, OWSLA Grabs Carmada and More

    October 31, 2014 3:39 PM EDT A look at the latest artist signings across the music industry, including record labels, artist management firms, publishing companies, booking agencies and more.  RECORD LABELS -- America's Got Talent finalist Emily West signs to Sony Music Masterworks imprint, Portrait . She will…

  10. Details on the (Literally) Explosive Set of Calvin Harris' 'Open Wide' Video & More Insider Scoop

    October 31, 2014 3:22 PM EDT GBV Broke Up: Have A Beer   Guided By Voices fans bereft over its abrupt September breakup can soon drown their sorrows in a beer inspired by the Robert Pollard-led indie band and the 20th anniversary of its classic 1994 album Bee Thousand . On Nov. 17,  Delaware microbrewer Dogfish Head…

  11. The Top 20 Billboard Hot 100 Hits of the 1990s

    October 30, 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 '90s were full of world-conquering ballads, the stuff of future American Idol performances: Toni…

  12. Exclusive: Mad Decent's Toy Selectah & Camilo Lara Reveal Star-Studded 'Compass' Album

    October 29, 2014 10:30 AM EDT Due in early 2015, the album features Boy George, Toots & the Maytals, Kool A.D., Sly & Robbie, and more. Billboard is excited to announce a hyper-collaborative new project featuring more than 80 collaborations from over four continents. Mad Decent's Toy Selectah has…

  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. Ask Billboard: World Series Edition

    October 26, 2014 8:05 AM EDT In the latest mailbag, more baseball hits, John Legend's history-making week and Glen Campbell's touching return. As always, submit questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as…

  15. Chart Highlights: Iggy Azalea, MAGIC! Score New No. 1s, Foo Fighters Return

    October 20, 2014 6:35 PM EDT 'Black Widow' nets Azalea a Pop Songs honor last earned by Lady Gaga. Plus, MAGIC! tops AC and Foo Fighters storm multiple rock charts and more. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and…

  16. Taylor Swift Packs Her Bags on ‘Welcome To New York’: Song Review

    October 20, 2014 6:14 PM EDT Admittedly, Taylor Swift’s experience of moving to New York is probably a bit different than those of us out-of-staters who have had to make the post-college pilgrimage to the big city; while Swift perkily admires how “the Village is aglow,” she doesn’t remark on the subway rats or waking…

  17. The Maverick Movement: Meet the Industry Movers Working Together to Steer the Careers of Madonna, U2, Britney and More

    October 17, 2014 2:47 PM EDT This week’s Billboard has the full scoop (and our first gatefold cover) on Maverick, an ambitious gathering of nine of music's top managers and their combined effort to shake up the industry. Its nine partners are Maverick's Guy Oseary , Laffitte Management’s Ron Laffitte , I Am…

  18. Clarence Spalding Is the Nashville Ace in Maverick’s Sleeve

    October 17, 2014 2:47 PM EDT THE NASHVILLE NETWORKER This profile is part of Billboard's Oct. 25 cover story package on the launch of Maverick, a new music-management consortium. You can find our full coverage right here . AGE: 57 TITLE: President, Spalding Entertainment STAFF : 8 CITY: Nashville COMPANY…

  19. Kiss’ Gene Simmons Slams Coddling TV Talent Show Judges at MIPCOM

    October 12, 2014 3:37 PM EDT "You can't sugarcoat shit, pardon me" Gene Simmons is not one to sugarcoat his opinions. Kiss' Gene Simmons Gets Behind New 'Coliseum' Reality TV Format Precious TV singing-competition show judges who coddle pop-star wannabes, rather than be brutally honest…

  20. Why 1993 Was the Best Musical Year of the '90s

    October 07, 2014 11:30 AM EDT After focusing on 1994 last week, now, we're wondering what the best year for music was of the '90s. Monday, we made a case for  1990  and  1991 . Today, it's time for  1992  and  1993 . POP SHOP HOMEPAGE Grunge had neither broken nor halted by the time 1993 rolled around,…

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