1. NYU's Stream-Tech Music Conference Teaches, Explains & Tries Not to Ruffle Feathers

    November 07, 2014 9:40 PM EST The participants in the Stream-Tech Music Conference at New York University's downtown Brooklyn campus, which addressed various issues in the music streaming space, remained fairly noncontentious -- at least, until the Q&A session following a mid-afternoon panel entitled, fittingly…

  2. Aretha Franklin Talks Beyonce, Alicia Keys and Jennifer Hudson: ‘I Hear My Influence’

    November 07, 2014 2:00 PM EST Even when she isn't recording, Aretha Franklin , 72, looms large in our culture. The recipient of the United States' highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and an 18-time Grammy Award winner as well as a Grammy Lifetime Achievement and Grammy Living Legend…

  3. Billboard Cover: Nicki Minaj on Her Sex Life, Love for Larry David and Girl Crush on Beyonce

    November 07, 2014 9:00 AM EST Nicki Minaj appears to be in full relaxation mode: The Los Angeles-based rapper, 31, sits cross-legged on a leather sofa inside the closet-sized green room at Hollywood's Siren Studios, having just wrapped a photo shoot that stretched past 3:30 a.m. She's wearing lavender…

  4. 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…

  5. Red vs. Blue States: Key Takeaways From Pandora's Political Data Crunch

    November 04, 2014 5:46 PM EST Below are some key takeaways we learned from a data set provided to Billboard by Internet radio giant Pandora, which split the states between Democratic and Republican (blue and red), and then listed each state's favorite genre stations through the month of September. Whoever you&…

  6. Secret Prince Show Rumored for Toronto Tonight

    November 04, 2014 1:49 PM EST Update : Live Nation says it " can confirm that Prince will not be performing at Massey Hall tonight." Fans and music business types started lining up early Tuesday morning outside Toronto's Massey Hall for a rumored concert tonight by Prince and the metal barricades put out…

  7. All Three Pirate Bay Founders Now in Jail

    November 04, 2014 9:30 AM EST One of the founders of popular file-sharing website The Pirate Bay has been arrested under an Interpol warrant as he was crossing into Thailand from Laos, police said Tuesday. Hans Fredrik Lennart Neij , who uses the alias TiAMO, was detained Monday by Thai immigration police at a…

  8. Listen to Kurt Cobain's Unearthed 'Montage of Heck' Mixtape

    November 03, 2014 9:43 PM EST A mixtape Kurt Cobain created in 1988 has been given some new life online, offering fans another glimpse into the Nirvana frontman's psyche with a strange but enjoyable collection of music and sounds.  Courtney Love on Kurt Cobain 'Doping' Note: 'Obviously I Wrote It&…

  9. Director Russell Mulcahy and Duran Duran's John Taylor Look Back on Their Classic Music Videos

    November 03, 2014 6:24 PM EST Chances are, if you turned on MTV in the early 1980s, you watched dozens of videos directed by Russell Mulcahy . He's the Australian visionary that brought the world more than 80 videos in all, including most of Duran Duran 's classic early clips, plus memorable shorts for the…

  10. Meghan Trainor, Idina Menzel & More Set for Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

    November 03, 2014 3:42 PM EST Sting , Idina Menzel and the cast of Sesame Street will be among the stars celebrating at Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Macy's announced Monday (Nov. 3) that Kiss , Meghan Trainor , Quvenzhane Wallis and Renee Fleming also will be part of the lineup on Nov. 27. Joan Jett Removed…

  11. Can Red Bull Break a Band? Sound Select's 30 Days in L.A. Kicks Off

    November 02, 2014 9:42 AM EST Yesterday marked the launch of 30 Days in LA, the biggest initiative yet by Red Bull's two-year old Sound Select program to develop emerging artists. The month-long program features a daily live music event for the month of November most often with a mid-level headliner dripping…

  12. Video Released of Moments Before Sarah Jones' Death on 'Midnight Rider' Set

    November 01, 2014 11:21 AM EDT Director Randall Miller is also shown repeatedly saying "that's not my job" when asked why he didn't know there could be a train barreling down on his crew. In a 30-minute report at the top of Friday night's (Oct. 31) 20/20 , ABC News aired video of the final…

  13. Radio DJ Angie Martinez on Running the NYC Marathon: 'It Was Time to Conquer It'

    October 31, 2014 1:28 PM EDT What's cooler than being cool? Ice cold -- as in literally submerging your body in a pool of ice water. It's something Sean " Puff Daddy " Combs recommended to Angie Martinez recently when he called the DJ on her popular New York City radio show. Martinez, who is…

  14. Trent Reznor on Turning 50 'With Some Sense of Dread,' the Future of Nine Inch Nails and a Top-Secret Apple Project

    October 31, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Next May, Trent Reznor turns 50. "It's with some sense of dread," he says dryly. "I saw something on TV, 'If you're age 50 to 74, apply now...' -- I'm like, 'F---, I'm in that?' " As he hits the half-century mark, Reznor may have…

  15. Billboard Cover: Lorde on Her ‘Hero’ Kanye West, the ‘Hunger Games’ Soundtrack and Hype-Proofing Her Career

    October 31, 2014 9:00 AM EDT On this mid-October Friday, San Diego State University's campus looks like a certain kind of college-goer's paradise: guys in flip-flops and their tanned female counterparts lounge in the sunbaked quad, chatting about weekend plans, while dudes practice mixed martial arts…

  16. James Talks Death (And Orgasm)-Inspired New Album 'La Petite Mort'

    October 30, 2014 11:41 AM EDT "It's like an affirmation of life, an affirmation of being present, but allowing death to be there because it can help you live." Death is all over James’ new album, La Petite Mort (out Sept. 16 in North America), but you wouldn’t know it from a cursory listen. It’s a…

  17. Music Stars Look Back at 1984: Ricky Martin on Being 'Spoiled' in Menudo, Melle Mel on the Irony of 'White Lines,' Joe Perry on Reuniting With Aerosmith and More

    October 29, 2014 6:04 PM EDT "I didn't go around the world, I went around the world on a private jet. I didn't have a hotel room, we had an entire floor. We were spoiled." -- Ricky Martin on the "exhilarating" experience of being a member of Latin teenybopper group Menudo at age 12. The…

  18. From Diddy to Alanis Morissette, These Musicians Have Turned Marathon Runners

    October 29, 2014 5:35 PM EDT Pop music and distance running aren't so different. Both reward tenacity, hard work, and the willingness to wear skimpy clothing and push your body to its physical limits. No wonder so many rock stars have done marathons. There are few athletic contests more badass than the 26.2-mile…

  19. Former Minutemen Bassist Mike Watt on Why Their Pivotal Album ‘Double Nickels’ Mocked Sammy Hagar

    October 29, 2014 4:33 PM EDT " Double Nickels , even though it came about kind of by accident, is still the most focused statement of the band," says former Minutemen bassist Mike Watt . Double Nickels on the Dime influenced virtually any American punk-funk band one can name, but it inspired thousands more…

  20. Angie Miller Song Premiere: Stream ‘Miles’ from the ‘American Idol’ Finalist

    October 29, 2014 4:04 PM EDT In 2013, Angie Miller made waves on American Idol by placing third on Season 12 of the long-running singing competition. Nearly a year and a half later, Miller is unveiling her debut EP, Weathered , next month, and the track “Miles” is a clear standout. Listen to the Billboard.com premiere…

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