1. Mike Nichols' Marriage of Music & Movies: Nine Significant Moments

    November 20, 2014 6:15 PM EST Mike Nichols , the celebrated director, writer and comedian who died Wednesday at the age of 83, left a considerable mark in the marriage of music, musicians and visual images. He cast musicians as actors, giving several prominent ones their first major roles; opened two of his films to…

  2. Big K.R.I.T. Claims No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

    November 20, 2014 5:53 PM EST Meanwhile, Eminem lands on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs & O.T. Genasis debuts with 'CoCo.' Big K.R.I.T. scores his second No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with the entrance of Cadillactica , moving 44,000 in first-week sales (his best week ever), according to Nielsen SoundScan…

  3. Woody Allen Returns to Barcelona for New Year's Concert

    November 20, 2014 5:34 PM EST Shows by Van Morrison, Bob Geldof & more to follow Allen's opening of new tourist-friendly Suite Festival BCN Music Experience. Woody Allen will revisit the scene of his movie Vicky Cristina Barcelona on New Year's Eve, when he'll give a gala performance with the Eddy…

  4. Dave Appell, Songwriter for Chubby Checker, Dies at 92

    November 20, 2014 5:20 PM EST He co-wrote 'Let’s Twist Again' and 'Limbo Rock' and produced for Tony Orlando & Dawn. Dave Appell , the Philadelphia songwriter-producer behind such 1960s rock 'n' roll hits as "Let's Twist Again" and "Limbo Rock" from Chubby…

  5. Hear Yoko Ono & the Flaming Lips Cover John Lennon's 'Happy Xmas (War Is Over)'

    November 20, 2014 4:44 PM EST Around this time of year, John Lennon 's 1971 song "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)" becomes one of the most-covered songs on radio -- but we've got a promising one here with some strong connections to the original. Flaming Lips, 'With a Little Help From My Fwends':…

  6. Country Insiders Talk Touring Too Much & Finding the Next Luke Bryan

    November 20, 2014 4:14 PM EST 'There are too many shows, and eventually it will cannibalize buildings and cities,' one exec says during Billboard Touring Conference country panel. Agents and managers working in the country field are predicting a record-breaking year for 2015, with more than 18 performers…

  7. WME's Marc Geiger Sides With Taylor Swift, Calls Free Streaming Services 'F---ed Up'

    November 20, 2014 3:49 PM EST 'It's insane that the industry is so scared of the digital consumers that they have to give away all the content for free,' he says at Billboard Touring Conference. Add one more name to the list of industry figureheads who've sided with Taylor Swift in her battle with…

  8. Marilyn Manson's Camp on Lana Del Rey Footage: We Had Nothing to Do With This Video

    November 20, 2014 3:34 PM EST Marilyn Manson 's camp has released a statement pertaining to the leaked video of Lana Del Rey getting violenty raped, allegedly directed by Hostel filmmaker Eli Roth. "Manson did not direct this, shoot it, nor was it for a Marilyn Manson video or outtake footage made by him or to…

  9. R.I.P. Mike Nichols: Why 'The Graduate' Soundtrack Will Always Matter

    November 20, 2014 3:15 PM EST Earlier this week, the soundtrack to The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 was released, featuring an album’s worth of original music curated by Lorde and featuring artists like Ariana Grande, Miguel, Simon Le Bon and Diplo, among others. It’s an ambitious musical project, especially in an…

  10. Latin Grammys Pushed Back for Obama Immigration Address

    November 20, 2014 3:06 PM EST Univision is delaying its telecast of the Latin Grammy Awards to show President Barack Obama 's speech on immigration live on Thursday (Nov. 20), while ABC, CBS and NBC decided against covering it. The news networks CNN, Fox News Channel and MSNBC all plan to air Obama live too. Latin…

  11. Super-Humanizing: Virtual Reality, Music and the Coming Revolution

    November 20, 2014 2:55 PM EST On Monday morning I drove by Candlestick Park as the first demolition crews set to work on the grand old thing. I was on my way to the Palo Alto office of a company called Jaunt, to strap an Oculus headset to my face and watch a fabulously newfangled live concert video from Paul McCartney &…

  12. Broadway to Dim Lights for Mike Nichols

    November 20, 2014 2:53 PM EST The nine-time Tony Award winner died Wednesday night. Acclaimed director Mike Nichols , who won nine Tony Awards and was nominated an additional eight times, will be honored by the Broadway community on Friday night. The marquees of Broadway theaters will be dimmed in his memory for one…

  13. CODE Guest Playlist: Jon Hopkins

    November 20, 2014 2:47 PM EST In the span of five years, Jon Hopkins went from being a respected session producer who had worked with the likes of Coldplay and Brian Eno to one of the most significant rising electronic artists. Jon Hopkins Talks Career Renaissance & Collaborating With Coldplay Fresh off the release…

  14. John Cameron Mitchell Returning to 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch'

    November 20, 2014 2:32 PM EST Actor will reprise the transgender rocker role he created for a limited eight-week engagement in the hit Broadway revival, starting Jan. 21. Hedwig fans rejoice. Mama's coming home. John Cameron Mitchell , co-creator and original star of Hedwig and the Angry Inch , will return to his…

  15. American Music Awards Quiz: Taylor Swift, One Direction, Lady Gaga & More

    November 20, 2014 2:15 PM EST Hey pop music experts -- how well have you been paying attention to the AMAs? By letting fans decide who wins each award via popular vote, there's a sense of democracy to the American Music Awards, which will be held this year from Nov. 23 from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.…

  16. Streaming Drives Sales, According to New Study

    November 20, 2014 2:00 PM EST YouTube might be "the devil" to Garth Brooks , but in another's eyes, it's a great source of music discovery. In fact, a new study being released by the Country Music Association suggests that adults 18-plus are far more likely to buy music after being exposed to it on…

  17. Country Singer Ty Herndon Comes Out As Gay

    November 20, 2014 1:42 PM EST GLAAD applauded Herndon, saying, "Gay people can also be Christians, cowboys, and even country music stars." Country singer Ty Herndon has come out as gay in a new interview with People : "I'm an out, proud and happy gay man." The 52-year-old country singer earned…

  18. Why Irving Azoff's New Company Has (Some) Leverage Over YouTube

    November 20, 2014 1:32 PM EST Irving Azoff took to Twitter Wednesday to repeat previously stated contentions that YouTube lacks licenses from Global Music Rights, the performing rights organization created by Azoff's joint venture with Madison Square Garden Entertainment. The legendary artist manager and former…

  19. One Direction to Perform on 'Saturday Night Live'

    November 20, 2014 12:57 PM EST One Direction will close out Saturday Night Live 's 2014.  The band will be the musical guest for SNL 's holiday episode Dec. 20, joined by host Amy Adams . The band has performed on SNL before -- most recently with host Paul Rudd last December, when the whole band memorably…

  20. Must-Hear Music Podcast: One Direction, Azealia Banks, TV on the Radio & More

    November 20, 2014 11:50 AM EST This week on the Must-Hear Music podcast, Billboard staffers tackle highly anticipated new albums from One Direction , Azealia Banks and TV on the Radio . In addition to tracks from Kevin Gates and Ty Dolla $ign , we also discuss the strange crossover track -- "Nude Beach a Go-Go"…

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