1. Music Legend Les Paul Gets Hometown Honor

    November 08, 2014 4:00 PM EST Music legend Les Paul discovered his penchant for guitar at Waukesha Junior High in Wisconsin. It's where his teachers recognized his curious nature, answering never-ending questions like how electricity got to light switches or why windows vibrated. Les Paul: Original Guitar Hero Now…

  2. Hunter Hayes Talks Tattoo Your Name Tour, Collaborations & More During CMA Awards Week

    November 08, 2014 11:00 AM EST "We decided to amp it up and do everything twice as much." CMA Awards week is jammed packed with various functions for all country artists, from beginning to end. CMA Awards 2014 Recap: Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert Win Big The week began with awards presentations from SESAC,…

  3. Young The Giant and Alabama Shakes Mesmerize at Evolution Tour L.A. Stop

    November 07, 2014 5:30 PM EST Billed as a night of “intimate concert experiences … with music + art + technology," the Mercedes-Benz Evolution Tour rolled into L.A. for a private performance at Santa Monica Airport’s Barker Hangar. The penultimate stop on the nine-city trek (the final date is Nov. 23 in New Orleans…

  4. 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…

  5. Nick Jonas Ends NYC Mini-Tour with Intimate Brooklyn Gig

    November 07, 2014 1:29 PM EST Tucked away in the industrial back room of Rough Trade, an uber-hip record store in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, is what looks like a small funk band setting up. Twentysomethings clad in J. Crew stand patiently in the crowd, scrolling through Instagram feeds and snapping selfies, trying to…

  6. 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…

  7. Billboard/THR Film & TV Music Conference Day Two Report: Maroon 5, Steven Price's 'Fury' Soundtrack, and the New 'Annie'

    November 07, 2014 6:39 AM EST The Billboard and Hollywood Reporter Film & TV Music Conference wrapped on Thursday with a conversation featuring composer Steven Price , the phenom responsible for scoring Gravity and this year's Fury . Price spoke to ASCAP's director of film and TV music, Jeff Jernigan , to…

  8. 'Annie' Director Will Gluck Worried He'd 'Ruin a Lot of Kids' Childhoods'

    November 06, 2014 7:24 PM EST 'It's a much different movie, but it's all rooted in the same story,' he says at Billboard/THR Film & TV Music Conference. "I was very scared going in to this, if I was going to ruin a lot of kids' childhoods," Will Gluck , director, producer and…

  9. Maroon 5's 'Sugar' to Be Featured in Nissan Commercial

    November 06, 2014 5:45 PM EST Maroon 5 's manager Jordan Feldstein revealed Thursday (Nov. 6) at the Billboard and Hollywood Reporter Film & TV Music Conference that the band's song "Sugar" is set to be featured in a new Nissan campaign Nov. 18.  In the past 18 months, Maroon 5 has worked with…

  10. Eminem Honors Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine, Madonna Lauds Lil' Buck at Innovator Awards

    November 06, 2014 12:50 PM EST It took two forces of nature to get Eminem to New York City on Wednesday night. The rapper made a surprise appearance at WSJ. Magazine 's fourth annual Innovator Awards at MoMA in order to honor two very important people in his life: Dr. Dre (born Andre Young) and Jimmy Iovine. "…

  11. Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross' Billboard/THR Film & TV Conference Keynote Q&A: Watch Highlights

    November 05, 2014 11:45 PM EST 'Darkness has been my energy,' Reznor says of his film collaborations with David Fincher. "There is no smiling in my head," joked notoriously dark musician Trent Reznor at Wednesday's keynote panel at the Billboard and Hollywood Reporter Film & TV Music…

  12. SoundCloud Nets First Deal with a Major Label

    November 04, 2014 6:42 PM EST Warner Music Group signs on the dotted line with the music service with the most listeners. SoundCloud has confirmed its first deal with a major music company. The company, which brings 175 million listeners into its orange ecosystem per month, has tied the knot with Warner Music Group and…

  13. Maya Angelou’s Posthumous Album, ‘Caged Bird Songs,’ Debuts

    November 04, 2014 2:17 PM EST New album blends poet’s prose with hip-hop; Oprah Winfrey is co-producing a music video for the project Before her death at age 86 on May 28, Dr. Maya Angelou had signed off on a unique music project she had been actively involved with over the last seven years. Today (Nov. 4) marks the…

  14. Billboard and Nielsen Announce Expanded, Multi-Year Relationship

    November 04, 2014 9:00 AM EST Billboard will look to Nielsen for years to come to provide crucial music consumption data for its top charts. The companies today announced a multi-year extension of their current agreement as well as an expanded relationship to include the co-development of new initiatives for the music…

  15. Gustavo Cerati Tribute Planned Two Months After His Death

    November 03, 2014 6:20 PM EST Charly Garcia & Fito Paez among those taping the musical tribute 'Siempre Es Hoy' on Tuesday; the special will broadcast at a later date. Charly Garcia and Fito Paez are among the Argentine artists set to gather in a television studio in Buenos Aires two months to the day…

  16. On the Road & Backstage With Rising British DJ Hot Since 82

    November 03, 2014 2:46 PM EST "Wooo, disco bus!" The vehicle idling by the manicured white lobby of the SLS Beverly Hills Hotel is nothing special, but Hot Since 82 is easy to please. Daley Padley is a rakish 30-something Brit wearing a white graphic tee and an unflagging smile that persists despite his…

  17. Ty Dolla $ign Brings His Carefree Party to New York City: Live Review

    November 03, 2014 2:29 PM EST The west coast has dominated the sound of rap and R&B in the last year and a half, largely due to two figures: DJ Mustard and his friend and occasional collaborator Ty Dolla $ign . Mustard makes the beats, and Ty Dolla, who performed at Irving Plaza in New York City on Sunday, Nov. 2,…

  18. 'Lord of the Rings' Composer Howard Shore Talks Hobbits, His Start on 'SNL' and Working With Martin Scorsese

    November 03, 2014 1:53 PM EST Whatever you think of director Peter Jackson’s decision to pump up J.R.R. Tolkien’s table-setting novel The Hobbit into three films to rival the more naturally epic Lord of the Rings trilogy, the indisputably good news is that when the final installment, The Hobbit: The Battle of Five…

  19. Jian Ghomeshi Scandal: New Details Emerge From Radio Host's Ex-Employer

    November 01, 2014 10:43 AM EDT The embattled radio host is accused of violent sexual abuse. Canada's CBC has begun to lay out its version of events leading up to the firing of Jian Ghomeshi last Sunday (Oct. 26), which includes evidence of "physical injury to a woman." Jian Ghomeshi Dropped By The Agency…

  20. The First Billboard: All That Was 'New, Bright and Interesting on the Boards'

    October 31, 2014 4:00 PM EDT On Nov. 1, 1894, an eight-page, 10-cent issue arrived, marking the debut of what has grown into today's multi-platform Billboard brand On Nov. 1 1894, Billboard published its first issue … one that's vastly different from today's magazine (and Billboard 's expanded…

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