1. Ex-Silverchair Singer Daniel Johns Drops NSFW Video for 'Aerial Love': Watch

    February 10, 2015 6:21 AM EST Daniel Johns has shared the "intense"-- and just a bit NSFW -- video for his first-ever solo track, "Aerial Love".   Directed by Lorin Askill (who has worked on clips for Flume and  Chet Faker , Phoenix and edited Sia's "Chandelier") and filmed on the…

  2. Album Review: Father John Misty's 'I Love You, Honeybear' Is a Touchingly Bizarre Affair

    February 09, 2015 4:32 PM EST Three years ago, singer-songwriter J. Tillman traded morose ballads for mordant wit, headed down the coast from Seattle to Los Angeles and rechristened himself Father John Misty . Surrounding himself with pedal steel, strings and vocal chorales, the former Fleet Foxes drummer cracked wise…

  3. Clive Davis Pre-Grammy Gala Welcomes Sam Smith, Meghan Trainor, Johnny Mathis & More

    February 08, 2015 5:52 AM EST Sony/ATV chairman Martin Bandier is honored as the 2015 industry icon during a night of star-studded performances. What happens when you match great songs with talented singers? Saturday night's (Feb. 7) seventh annual Pre-Grammy Gala at the Beverly Hilton, that's what. But while…

  4. Clive Davis, 'Selma' Honored at NAACP Image Awards

    February 07, 2015 11:06 AM EST The civil rights drama "Selma" won top honors at the NAACP Image Awards in a ceremony that took sharp notice of snubs of African-American artists and their work by the Oscars. Beyonce Among Early NAACP Image Award Winners "This is more than a movie," Oprah Winfrey , who…

  5. UPDATE: Jack White's Management Issues Statement on University of Oklahoma Paper Printing Tour Rider

    February 06, 2015 8:10 PM EST After the University of Oklahoma school paper ran a story that revealed Jack White 's tour rider demands and contract to perform at the school, the rockstar's booking agency William Morris Endeavor Entertainment has blacklisted the campus from hiring any of its clients.  Jack White …

  6. Ed Sheeran's 'X': Grammy Album of the Year Spotlight

    February 06, 2015 7:20 PM EST Who will take home Grammy's biggest prize? The article "Katy Perry Shines During Super Bowl XLIX Halftime Show: Watch" went viral and attracted over 325,000 views so far. The Nominees: Beck | Beyonc é | Pharrell Williams | Ed Sheeran | Sam Smith In algebra, the letter "x…

  7. Inside the Legal Fight Over FKA Twigs' Stage Name

    February 06, 2015 2:30 PM EST As FKA Twigs , acclaimed British singer Tahlia Barnett has one of music's most memorable monikers. The question is: Will she be able to keep it? In April 2014, just prior to her live American debut, the 27-year-old, then known simply as Twigs, was slapped with a lawsuit by Linda and…

  8. A Long Q&A with Eddie Murphy: 'SNL,' Making Reggae Music, Hanging Out with Bowie and Michael Jackson's Spirit

    February 06, 2015 1:58 PM EST Until recently, the combination of Eddie Murphy and reggae most readily brought to mind his classic SNL sketch, " Kill the White People ." Then, without advance fanfare, the 53-year old comic legend quietly dropped "Red Light" online in late 2013. Breaking a two-decade…

  9. 'A Lot to Digest': The Industry Reacts to Proposed Music Copyright Changes

    February 06, 2015 1:29 PM EST Industry reaction poured in after the U.S. Copyright Office issued a report Thursday with its recommendations on how to fix and update music licensing. Although the report contains only recommendations for Congress to consider, and any recommendations wouldn't be implemented for a number…

  10. Will Katy Perry's Game App Be a Hit Like Kim Kardashian's?

    February 06, 2015 11:29 AM EST On Wednesday, San Francisco-based Glu Mobile Inc. (NASDAQ: GLUU ) announced its fourth quarter earnings along with a spicy bit of news. The mobile game shop has inked a deal with Katy Perry to produce a game featuring the singer's fully-licensed "voice, likeness and personality,…

  11. Listen to Cody Simpson's New Song 'Flower,' With Artwork by Miley Cyrus

    February 05, 2015 8:35 PM EST Cody Simpson is out of his contract with Atlantic Records and looking to redefine himself with a little help from Miley Cyrus .  The 18-year-old Australian pop star recruited Cyrus to design the album art for his new song "Flower," shedding his former dance-pop stylings in favor…

  12. Pop Shop Podcast: Grammys Preview with Nile Rodgers & Annie Lennox!

    February 05, 2015 11:10 AM EST Listen to a special pre-Grammys episode of Billboard.com's weekly charts breakdown. Welcome to the latest episode of the Billboard.com Pop Shop Podcast , Billboard's weekly half-hour audio breakdown of the Billboard charts, hottest music news and year's biggest musical events…

  13. Barclays Announces New Brooklyn Direct Booking Division, to Launch with Nile Rodgers' Fold Fest

    February 05, 2015 10:51 AM EST New division will work directly with agents, managers. In the latest of a string of strategic moves focused on live entertainment, Barclays Center's Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment has launched Brooklyn Direct, a new programming division designed to work directly with agents and…

  14. Watch Sam Smith Turn a Funeral Into a Wedding in 'Lay Me Down' Video

    February 05, 2015 10:30 AM EST A new Sam Smith video is here for his In the Lonely Hour ballad "Lay Me Down." And like most Sam Smith songs, it begins with some somber vibes: The Ryan Hope -directed video starts off in a church in southeast London, with Smith at the altar, singing in a funeral service. But Sam…

  15. Nile Rodgers' Life Work Honored By Recording Academy Producers & Engineers Wing

    February 04, 2015 12:56 PM EST It was good times for Chic co-founder and disco legend Nile Rodgers , who was saluted Tuesday night by the producers and engineers wing of the Recording Academy. The triple Grammy winner told the packed audience of audio professionals that when he started out, "I just wanted to be a jazz…

  16. Exclusive: Of Mice & Men Premiere 'Broken Generation' Video

    February 04, 2015 12:51 PM EST Are you worried that technology is taking over your life? The band Of Mice & Men might give you some hope. Today Billboard is premiering the video for "Broken Generation," one of several new songs that appears on Restoring Force: Full Circle , a forthcoming reissue…

  17. Iggy Azalea & Sam Smith Lead 2015 iHeartRadio Music Awards Nominations

    February 04, 2015 8:40 AM EST With five nominations each, Iggy Azalea and Sam Smith are the early leaders heading into the 2015 iHeartRadio Music Awards, nominations for which were announced Wednesday. Taylor Swift and Ariana Grande are close behind with four nods each. On the night, Iggy, Sam, Taylor, Ariana and  Luke…

  18. Tupac Shakur Exhibit Opening: Chuck D, John Singleton, YG on Biopic, Hologram & More

    February 03, 2015 6:45 PM EST 'Tupac's soul would come back and haunt my ass if it wasn't done right,' Singleton says about taking his time with the film. Tupac Shakur fans awaiting director John Singleton's biopic about the late rapper may be waiting a bit longer. That was one of…

  19. Ne-Yo Talks Crowd-Sourced Concept Album: 'This Is Me and My Fans' First Collaborative Effort -- and Not the Last'

    February 03, 2015 2:08 PM EST For his sixth studio album, Non-Fiction (Motown, Jan. 27), Ne-Yo took a different approach. Instead of looking inward for the 19-track set, the 32-year-old singer-songwriter, who does double duty as Motown senior vp A&R, crowd-sourced love stories from fans through social media for…

  20. Preservation Groups Unite to Save Nashville's Music Row

    February 03, 2015 12:17 PM EST Save Music Row has announced a merger with Music Industry Coalition, bringing together a pair of Nashville-based community groups formed in the wake of successful efforts to save RCA Studio A on historic Music Row. According to a joint release , MIC approached Save Music Row president…

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