1. Billboard/THR Conference Panel to Address 'Blurred Line' Between Film & TV Music

    October 31, 2014 4:26 PM EDT For decades, composers needed to pick their medium: film or television. Today, in many ways, the independent film and high-end TV composer communities are more or less the same. A group of composers will discuss this phenomenon at BMI's panel "The Blurred Line Between Film and…

  2. The Best and Worst Singles of the Week -- From Iggy Azalea to Meghan Trainor

    October 31, 2014 3:43 PM EDT " alt="" width="510"> Meghan Trainor "Lips Are Movin" Epic Trainor has just one hit to her name thus far, and on her "All About That Bass" follow-up, she can't help but work a sly self-reference into its snappy chorus. "I gave you…

  3. Executive Turntable: Apollo Theater Appoints Pharrell, NAB Ups Curtis LeGeyt, Rich Christina at Sony/ATV and More

    October 31, 2014 3:07 PM EDT -- APA promoted Joshua Rittenhouse to agent in their concerts division in Beverly Hills, while also developing the agency’s Urban roster. Rittenhouse began his career as a contemporary talent buyer at the Sherman Theater before seguing to marketing director for Stan Levinstone at SLP…

  4. Blue Ivy Carter Dressed Up As Michael Jackson for Halloween

    October 31, 2014 1:18 PM EDT Oh, what's that? You weren't satisfied with Beyonce 's flawless Janet Jackson Rhythm Nation costume ? Musicians Halloween Costumes: From Katy Perry (Cheeto) to Justin Bieber (Power Rangers) Well, it just got even better, via her two-and-a-half year old secret weapon: Daughter…

  5. 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 First…

  6. Justin Bieber & Usher Watch LeBron James Courtside on Opening Night

    October 31, 2014 11:43 AM EDT With LeBron James in town for his first game back with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Justin Bieber just had to be courtside. At the Quicken Loans Arena Oct. 30, the troubled singer was reunited with his old mentor, the considerably less-troubled Usher . Check out their Instagram below. That’s…

  7. The 'Open Internet' May End Up a Semi-Open Internet

    October 31, 2014 11:18 AM EDT It looks as though the FCC is favoring a hybrid approach to net neutrality. The FCC is reportedly closing in on an unsurprisingly convoluted solution to its 'Open Internet' proceedings around how to treat broadband data transmissions in the U.S. The debate generated a record 3.7…

  8. Exclusive: Preview New R.E.M. DVD With 'E-Bow the Letter' Live Video

    October 31, 2014 9:30 AM EDT R.E.M. may be no more, but the archives haven’t run dry yet. On Nov. 24, fans of the college rock’s gods will have a new treasure trove of goodies with the release of the cleverly-titled six-disc collection I Want My REMTV (via Rhino). Today, Billboard offers a little taste of what’s to…

  9. 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…

  10. Annie Lennox 'Thrilled and Delighted' to Have No. 1 Jazz Album

    October 30, 2014 7:59 PM EDT Annie Lennox lands her first No. 1 on the Jazz Albums chart, as her new release, Nostalgia , grabs the top slot. The set -- which features interpretations of such tunes as "Summertime," "I Put a Spell On You," "Strange Fruit" and "Memphis in June…

  11. Live Nation Revenues Up in Third Quarter

    October 30, 2014 5:21 PM EDT Live Nation earnings releases are becoming predictable -- in a good way. Strong demand for concerts, continued gains in ticketing and growth in high-margin sponsorship and advertising revenue have the music behemoth's diversified business model running smoothly and on-target. Third…

  12. Gregg Allman Dismissed From 'Midnight Rider' Lawsuit

    October 30, 2014 3:56 PM EDT Sarah Jones' family drops lawsuit against three defendants. Lawyers for Sarah Jones ' family are dropping  Gregg Allman , Midnight Rider executive producer  Michael Lehman and the unfinished film's distributor Open Road Films from the civil lawsuit stemming from Jones'…

  13. Mariah Carey's 'Merry Christmas' 20th Anniversary: Find Out What Went Into Making a Modern Christmas Classic

    October 30, 2014 3:00 PM EDT Since 1994, nothing says that Christmas has arrived quite like the iconic opening bells of Mariah Carey ’s worldwide hit "All I Want For Christmas is You." 20 years later, the tune still takes over pop culture each December: Climbing the charts, showing up like a Mariah Carey…

  14. Op-Ed: Does BitTorrent Actually Want to Empower Artists?

    October 30, 2014 1:08 PM EDT Film executive Ruth Vitale on "the pirate’s penance" & BitTorrent's "fuzzy math." This is a response to an op-ed, published last week (Oct. 21), from BitTorrent's Chief Content Officer Matt Mason. Below, former film executive and current executive director…

  15. Revisionist History, Part 3: Michael Jackson Gets Revenge on Prince! Year-End Hits of the Past, Re-Analyzed

    October 30, 2014 12:15 PM EDT If you've been following our ongoing look at what happens when Billboard's No. 1 song for each of the Hot 100 's first 46 years is re-figured to reflect Nielsen SoundScan-measured digital song sales since 2004, weighted fairly equally with Nielsen BDS airplay since 2010, you…

  16. Exclusive: Michael Woods Announces SLS Las Vegas Residency, Premieres New Single 'Brain Went Ping'

    October 30, 2014 11:57 AM EDT From his new Las Vegas residency to his forthcoming single on mau5trap, nonconformity has become the mantra for Michael Woods . The British producer exclusively informs Billboard that he will be departing Hakkasan for a new residency at SLS Las Vegas' LIFE nightclub. “The only way…

  17. Billboard & Hollywood Conference to Probe Success Stories, Career Opportunities

    October 30, 2014 11:22 AM EDT Success stories and career opportunities are the focal point of the 2014 Billboard and Hollywood Reporter Film and TV Music Conference being held Nov. 5 and 6 on the Universal Studios lot in Universal City, Calif. Issues such as the value of copyrights, making cover versions of songs to…

  18. Foo Fighters Announce Stadium Shows Down Under

    October 29, 2014 10:40 PM EDT The Foo Fighters’ world tour has added a string of stadium dates across Australia and New Zealand.  Dave Grohl’s rock outfit will play eight concerts in the region early next year, starting Feb. 18 in Christchurch, before visiting Auckland, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Hobart, Adelaide and…

  19. Ray Johnston Band Aiming for 'No Bad Days' With New Album

    October 29, 2014 7:40 PM EDT Defying the odds -- that's what the story of the Ray Johnston Band has long been about. The namesake of the Texas-based band has enjoyed a multi-faceted career so far -- playing some of the more prestigious stages in the Lone Star State as well as donning a basketball jersey for the…

  20. T-Pain Performs Eye-Opening NPR Tiny Desk Concert

    October 29, 2014 5:34 PM EDT T-Pain is only beginning to get the credit he deserves as a pop innovator. His use of Auto-Tune on a series of hits in the '00s foreshadowed not just Kanye West 's 808s and Heartbreaks , but the success of two of hip-hop's biggest stars, Drake and Future , as well as up-and…

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