1. Why Bryan Ferry Decided to Cover Broadway Classic 'Send in the Clowns' on His New Solo Album, 'Avonmore'

    November 24, 2014 5:01 PM EST Whether fronting Roxy Music or manning the stage on his own, Bryan Ferry has epitomized artful elegance for more than four decades. Avonmore (out Nov. 15 on BMG) is the 69-year-old English singer-songwriter's 15th solo effort, and as fans have come to expect, it's lush, soulful…

  2. Kool & the Gang on 'Keeping the Brand Alive,' the Origin of 'Celebration' and Being the Most-Sampled Band in History

    November 21, 2014 12:45 PM EST At Billboard's 11th annual touring awards, the "Spirit of the Boogie" panel -- a conversation with Kool & the Gang -- demonstrated that flexibility plays a crucial role in a band's longevity. Groups often solidify as they get older: they settle in and focus. In an…

  3. Vice and Live Nation to Team Up on Joint Digital Content Venture

    November 12, 2014 4:34 PM EST Live Nation Entertainment and Vice Media today announced a joint venture whereby the two companies will create content around the live music space and co-launch a new digital platform slated to roll out in 2015. "We thought about how can we take 23,000 shows [that] our artist…

  4. Madonna’s ‘Like a Virgin’ at 30: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    November 12, 2014 10:00 AM EST On her self-titled 1983 debut , Madonna sang perky little tunes about going on vacation (“Holiday”) and falling in and out of love (“Lucky Star” and “Borderline”). These were ideas grandma and grandpa could get behind, and yet the 20-something Michigan native caused a minor sensation,…

  5. Why Daft Punk Licensed Songs for $3,700 to Indie Drama 'Eden'

    November 10, 2014 3:54 PM EST The elusive duo believed in the film, which chronicles the rise of French house music. There's a moment early in Eden when a teenage Thomas Bangalter (played by  Vincent Lacoste ) and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo (played by  Arnaud Azoulay ), the music duo better known as Daft Punk ,…

  6. Dillon Francis On the 'Money' With No. 2 Dance Debut

    November 06, 2014 9:09 PM EST Also making dance moves: Mystery Skulls, Flight Facilities, Calvin Harris & Katy Perry. Dillon Francis enters Dance/Electronic Albums at No. 2 with his major-label debut, Money Sucks Friends Rule . The set, released on Mad Decent/Columbia, bows with 9,000 sold, according to Nielsen…

  7. 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…

  8. Ian Fraser, Famed Composer for TV and Film, Dies at 81

    October 31, 2014 5:38 PM EDT He won 11 Emmys from 32 nominations and collaborated often with Julie Andrews. Ian Fraser , whose 11 Emmy Awards and 32 nominations for outstanding music direction made him the most honored composer/conductor in the history of television, has died. He was 81. The British native, who was…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. Mystery Skulls, Lion Babe & Zella Day: Emerging Picks of the Week

    October 31, 2014 3:33 PM EDT Heading into the weekend, Billboard offers another triple play of tracks to check out that all debuted on this week’s Billboard + Twitter Emerging Artists chart. Be sure to give them a listen, and check back next week for a new set of selections. "Number  1" – Mystery Skulls…

  12. 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…

  13. How Music Video Pioneer Russell Mulcahy Killed the Radio Star

    October 29, 2014 4:42 PM EDT Russell Mulcahy is the man behind an endless string of iconic music videos, dating back to the first that aired on MTV in 1981: The Buggles ' "Video Killed the Radio Star." From Duran Duran sailing on a yacht in "Rio," to Bonnie Tyler’s bizarro "Total Eclipse…

  14. The Top 20 Billboard Hot 100 Hits of the 1980s

    October 29, 2014 3:20 PM EDT In the '80s, disco's popularity decreased, and the top 20 Hot 100 hits present a more complicated picture than it did a decade before. Not that disco completely disappeared: Diana Ross 's "Upside Down," produced with the help of Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards from…

  15. Katy Perry Cancelled 30th Birthday Party in Egypt Due to 'Safety Concerns'

    October 22, 2014 6:58 PM EDT The singer was forced to nix a trip with her entourage that included a Nile cruise after word leaked of her plans This story first appeared in the Oct. 31 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Katy Perry has pressed delete on her extravagant plans to celebrate her 30th birthday…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. Larry Rudolph, Britney Spears' Vegas Svengali, Dishes on the Changing Nature of Sin City

    October 17, 2014 2:47 PM EDT THE VEGAS VISIONARY 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: 51 TITLE: Founder, Reign Deer Entertainment STAFF : 12 CITY: Los Angeles and Las Vegas…

  19. Former Bjork Manager Scott Rodger Now Oversees Arena Runs By Paul McCartney and Arcade Fire

    October 17, 2014 2:47 PM EDT THE GLOBAL GURU 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: 48 TITLE: President, Quest Management STAFF : 40 CITY: Los Angeles and London COMPANY FOUNDED…

  20. Gee Roberson: 'I Made a Hell of a Detour' on the Way to Managing Nicki Minaj

    October 17, 2014 2:47 PM EDT NICKI'S BRANDING BOSS 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: 40 TITLE: Co-CEO, The Blueprint Group STAFF : 12 CITY: New York and Los Angeles…

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