1. Billboard Cover: Mary J. Blige on Getting Sober, Her New Musical Direction and Why She Could've Helped Amy Winehouse

    November 21, 2014 9:00 AM EST Every so often Mary J. Blige finds herself in a place so lofty that even after all she's accomplished, she can't quite believe her fortune. One of those times came earlier this month, when she performed in front of Barack Obama during a White House concert for America's…

  2. Audra McDonald 'Learned So Much' From Mike Nichols

    November 20, 2014 7:04 PM EST The Broadway superstar worked with the late director on 'Wit.' By the time Audra McDonald got to work with Mike Nichols , she was 31 and had already won three Tony awards but had done limited work in television  or movies. Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Margaret Edson…

  3. Album Review: Nickelback’s ‘No Fixed Address’ Partially Shelves the Group’s Platinum Formula to Spread Their Stylistic Wings

    November 18, 2014 1:51 PM EST Few modern-era rock bands have endured more of a public flogging than Nickelback . (The latest? A crowdfunding campaign to keep the band from performing in London.) Yet, despite a cool factor that makes Limp Bizkit look like Led Zeppelin in comparison, the Canadian four-piece is one of the…

  4. 'The Voice' Recap: Contestants Cover Radiohead, Nick Jonas, Ed Sheeran & More

    November 18, 2014 9:57 AM EST Later this season on The Voice , the final singers will perform original songs, created with the help of their coach, Carson Daly announced at the beginning of Monday's episode. It will only mark the second time contestants will compete with new work -- though winners have performed…

  5. Corner Office: Martin Kierszenbaum, Chairman of Cherrytree, on Working with Lady Gaga, A&R'ing Sting and the Streaming Debate

    November 17, 2014 12:39 PM EST On his label's 10th anniversary, the man behind breakouts by Lady Gaga, Ellie Goulding and Dislosure on juggling two titles, A&R'ing Sting and the streaming debate: "The equation has to be fair." For Martin Kierszenbaum -- Cherrytree Records founder, Interscope…

  6. Spotify, Uber Partnership To Launch In 10 Cities Worldwide

    November 17, 2014 11:12 AM EST It’s official: after a weekend of rumors , Spotify and Uber will introduce a new partnership in 10 cities this Friday, November 21, that will enable Spotify Premium users to play their own playlists during their Uber ride. Participating cities are London, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Nashville…

  7. Billboard Cover Sneak Peek: Kenny Chesney Takes Aim at Sexism in Country Music, Plus 4 More Blunt Quotes

    November 13, 2014 7:16 PM EST " alt="" width="510"> Twenty years after releasing his debut album, Kenny Chesney returned with his 16th studio album, The Big Revival, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart. There's no doubt Chesney is still on top of his game, but in…

  8. Carrie Underwood Climbs to No. 1 on Hot Country Songs Following CMA Awards

    November 13, 2014 3:15 PM EST Th award show shakes up the charts, with the co-host scoring her 14th No. 1. Carrie Underwood 's performance of "Something in the Water" on the CMA Awards Nov. 5 on ABC lifts the track 5-1 on Billboard's sales/airplay/streaming-based Hot Country Songs chart. The song is…

  9. Taylor Swift Talks Female Role Models, Aging Gracefully & Her (Eventual) Grandkids in 'Time'

    November 13, 2014 10:12 AM EST While chatting with Time magazine for their latest cover story,  Taylor Swift talked about the difficulty of finding female role models in the music business, her fears about her (eventual) grandkids and what surprises she has in mind for her 1989 tour. Here's some highlights from her…

  10. Gwen Stefani's 'L.A.M.B' 10-Year Anniversary: Look Back at the Hollaback Girl's Best Moments

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  11. Irving Azoff Says YouTube Lacks Licensing Rights to 20,000 Songs (Exclusive)

    November 12, 2014 7:19 PM EST Industry heavyweight, representing Pharrell and others, believes YouTube hasn't made all necessary deals for its new subscription service & is prepared to take his clients off of the YouTube ecosystem. Many works composed by popular musicians including The Eagles , Pharrell…

  12. Will Sam Smith Pull an Adele at the 2015 Grammys or Get Bested By Beyonce?

    November 12, 2014 5:26 PM EST Sam Smith doesn’t relish being tabbed “the male Adele ,” and understandably so. But dominating the Grammys like Adele? We think he’d be down with that. The 22-year old British soul singer -- who spent three weeks at No. 1 on Billboard's Artist 100 chart -- has been one of 2014’s…

  13. Album Review: T Bone Burnett Gathers All-Star Bob Dylan Tribute With 'Lost On The River: The New Basement Tapes'

    November 12, 2014 3:09 PM EST "They were just songs we had done for the publishing company," Bob Dylan once said of the music he recorded with The Band (some of it in his living room, some of it in their basement) over six months in 1967. Whatever else those sessions might have been -- an exploration of the…

  14. YouTube's Music Streaming Service Launches

    November 12, 2014 1:00 PM EST Google and YouTube have finally unveiled their long-simmering music streaming solution, rumored for over a year now , and it's... YouTube. The company has made its streaming service less like a streaming service and more like a new section of the video behemoth, bolstered by licensing…

  15. Watch AOA Play Soulful, Seductive Spies in 'Like a Cat' Video

    November 11, 2014 7:08 PM EST The seven-member girl group return at their most alluring yet for a confident new single. As one of the new girl groups helping K-pop embrace its sexuality in 2014, AOA return with "Like a Cat" -- the lead single off their second EP which marks their third comeback this year. Like…

  16. Amanda Palmer on Her New Memoir, Self-Doubt, Self-Editing and Feminist Trolling

    November 10, 2014 12:16 PM EST On a recent fall afternoon at Bard College, the musician Amanda Palmer was wrapping up Sunday’s rehearsal for a student production she composed music for called The Bed Show . The 38-year old has an easygoing demeanor for someone whose eyebrows are painted like lines of barbed wire. She…

  17. Spooky Black & The Stand4rd Prove They're No Bedroom Project at SOBs

    November 10, 2014 10:45 AM EST "This is a legendary motherfucking night," roared DJ Khaled , onstage in a black fur-collared leather coat and enough gold and sparkles to drown a man. One of hip-hop's reigning polymaths had come to SOBs in Lower Manhattan to introduce to the city, and the world at large,…

  18. Adele's Manager: 'Streaming Is the Future’

    November 09, 2014 10:57 AM EST Adele ’s manager has spoken out in favor of music streaming, following high profile hold-outs such as Taylor Swift , whose decision to pull her entire catalog from Spotify has renewed debate about the economics of the streaming model. Adele's '21' Surpasses 11 Million In U.S.…

  19. 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…

  20. The Roadmap to Taylor Swift's Record-Breaking Week in 6 (Not So Easy) Steps

    November 07, 2014 10:19 AM EST The singer and her hard-charging label defied the odds by brilliantly influencing everything from fans' emotions to lowered expectations to hit almost 1.3 million in sales. Here's a head-scratcher for the digital era: even though U.S. album sales have plummeted 20 percent…

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