1. Big Sean Releases 4 New Songs With Kanye West, DJ Mustard & More

    September 12, 2014 5:26 PM EDT Soon after announcing his signing to Roc Nation , Big Sean released four new songs. The surprise project includes collaborations with a handful of today's most-wanted producers, including DJ Mustard , Kanye West , Mike WiLL Made-It and more. The first track, "Paradise," is…

  2. One Music Fest Executives Talk Talent Scouting & Future of the Brand

    September 12, 2014 5:15 PM EDT On Saturday, Sept. 13, One Music Fest returns to Atlanta for its fifth year. The festival has grown to become one of late summer's mandatory activities for music lovers in the Peach State. In fact, many attendees come from far beyond the Georgia state lines -- last year, fans traveled…

  3. Soda Stereo Sales Spike After Gustavo Cerati's Death

    September 12, 2014 2:35 PM EDT The death of one of Latin America's premier rock stars triggers digital sales of his band's biggest hits. Following the death of rocker Gustavo Cerati on Sept. 4, digital sales of his hits (as frontman of Argentinian rock band Soda Stereo ) have impacted Latin Pop Digital Songs .…

  4. Rita Ora Discusses New Album & Calvin Harris: 'I Don't Control Other People's Minds'

    September 12, 2014 2:00 PM EDT It's nearly 3 p.m. on the second day of the inaugural Los Angeles edition of Made in America Festival, and a big crowd has gathered to catch Rita Ora 's main-stage performance. It's a major upgrade -- two years ago, Ora played to a side-stage crowd three rows deep at the fest&…

  5. Christian Rapper Lecrae on Hip-Hop's 'Inconsistency' and Ferguson

    September 12, 2014 12:00 PM EDT And on the eighth day, God created air conditioning. Biblically speaking this may not be true, but on this sweltering late-August morning in Atlanta, any cool breeze feels heaven-sent. Out in the heat, 34-year-old rapper Lecrae and a six-person video crew are filming a music video for "…

  6. Student Disappointed Special Guest Is President Obama, Not Beyonce

    September 12, 2014 11:24 AM EDT Who among us doesn't hear "VIP Guest" and secretly hope it's  Beyonce ?  In honor of Sept. 11, The President and First Lady stopped by an elementary school in D.C. Thursday to participate in the National Day of Service. When the President was placed next to sixth grader…

  7. Live Nation's Ticketmaster Buys Eventjoy, Says More Acquisitions Likely

    September 12, 2014 10:20 AM EDT Live Nation said Thursday its Ticketmaster unit has acquired Eventjoy for an undisclosed sum, and Live Nation CEO Michael Rapino touted the purchase at an investor conference in New York, where he also said more acquisitions are likely. "On a global basis, there's obviously…

  8. 40 Under 40: Music's Young Power Players

    September 12, 2014 8:00 AM EDT They’re young, they’re innovative, they’re disruptive. From monetizing bite-sized streams to selling out massive stadiums, these are the progressive leaders reshaping the music industry. The honorees on Billboard’s annual 40 Under 40 Power Players list were chosen by Billboard editors from…

  9. Cosimo Matassa, Hall of Fame Inducted New Orleans R&B Musician, Dies at 88

    September 12, 2014 1:56 AM EDT Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Cosimo Matassa , who recorded New Orleans rock and rhythm and blues from the 1950s to the 1970s, has died. He was 88. Matassa, who had been ailing since suffering a stroke in 2009, died on Thursday, granddaughter Mia Matassa told The Associated Press.…

  10. CBS Cuts NFL Segment With Rihanna Before Thursday Night Football Game

    September 11, 2014 6:53 PM EDT CBS seemed pretty excited when it announced a new segment that would open each NFL Thursday Night Football game this year with Jay-Z 's Rihanna -featuring track "Run This Town" and narration by Don Cheadle. But now it has cut the segment seemingly because Rihanna has been a…

  11. Sway Calloway Explains Why He's Starting Overdeliver Entertainment Label, Talks First Signing

    September 11, 2014 1:15 PM EDT Sway Calloway (known to the world as simply just "Sway") has conquered every medium in entertainment -- from terrestrial radio to television and back around to satellite radio. Now, with the help of business partner Kelly L. Jackson , the two have launched Overdeliver Entertainment.…

  12. 9/11 Concert Tributes: Nine Unforgettable Performances

    September 11, 2014 10:48 AM EDT In the days and weeks following the World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, many Americans turned to music to soothe, pacify, heal, rouse and distract. It was a time when people were faced with unprecedented surges of emotion and looked, in part, to songwriters to help…

  13. Kem Says He's 'Keeping the Light On for R&B'

    September 11, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Motown artist will tour with Charlie Wilson in 2015; scores third week at No. 1 with 'It's You.' Fresh off scoring a third week at No. 1 on Billboard's Adult R&B chart with "It's You" -- not to mention debuting a week before at No. 3 on the Billboard 200…

  14. Did Kanye West Dash to the Hospital in Australia?

    September 11, 2014 1:59 AM EDT Reps for Kanye West have no comment on claims that the rapper made an emergency hospital visit while on tour in Australia.  According to various published reports, the 37-year-old was rushed to the hospital on Wednesday just hours before his final Melbourne concert. Rough Version of Kanye…

  15. Stevie Wonder Takes 'Songs in the Key of Life' on the Road

    September 10, 2014 4:17 PM EDT Legend will perform iconic double-album on 11-city Live Nation tour, kicking off Nov. 6 in New York. Stevie Wonder will hit the road this fall with the Songs in the Key of Life Performance Tour. Daft Punk Jams With Stevie Wonder, Pharrell at the Grammys Announced during a press conference…

  16. ACM Honors: Carrie Underwood Cries, Kelly Clarkson Belts It Out and More

    September 10, 2014 2:12 PM EDT The Academy of Country Music paid a visit to Music City Tuesday night for the 8 th Annual ACM Honors, an evening of special tributes to the honorees and winners of awards that are not a part of the yearly CBS awards-show telecast. Held at the Ryman Auditorium, the program’s host, Jake Owen ,…

  17. Ariana Grande Announces First North American Headlining Tour: See The Full Dates

    September 10, 2014 12:19 PM EDT One week after Ariana Grande scored her second No. 1 album in her second try, the pop superstar has announced her first official North American headlining tour, kicking off on Feb. 25, 2015 in Kansas City. The 25-date trek, dubbed the Honeymoon Tour, will bring Grande to arenas across the…

  18. Justin Bieber Gets Naked At 'Fashion Rocks'; Crowd Boos

    September 10, 2014 6:16 AM EDT Fashion Rocks was all about music and clothes — or, in Justin Bieber's case, lack thereof. During the CBS live telecast on Tuesday night, the singer hit the Barclays Center stage with model Lara Stone to present performer Rita Ora and the corresponding Calvin Klein fashion show. Though…

  19. U2's 'Songs of Innocence' Not Eligible For Next Grammys

    September 09, 2014 7:54 PM EDT The iTunes-exclusive album's 'commercial' release date misses the 57th Grammy Awards' Sept. 30 eligibility period deadline. Despite the introduction at Tuesday's iPhone unveiling as the most Grammy Award-winning band in history, U2 's surprise album Songs of…

  20. Ticketmaster Acquires Belgian Ticketing Company Sherpa.be

    September 09, 2014 7:00 PM EDT Ticketmaster has expanded its European network with the acquisition of Belgian ticketing company Sherpa.be for an undisclosed sum. Founded in 2000 by Hubert Laterre and Bernard Denys , Brussels-based Sherpa.be is the market leader in Belgium's two largest regions, Flanders and Wallonia,…

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