1. 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…

  2. 'American Idol' Alum Michael Johns' Cause of Death Revealed

    November 18, 2014 9:51 PM EST The season 7 star died from an enlarged heart, according to the coroner's report. New details from the Orange County Coroner's report have revealed that American Idol season 7 finalist Michael Johns died from an enlarged heart and a "fatty liver." The 35-year-old…

  3. Catfish and the Bottlemen Announce U.S. Debut Album 'The Balcony' & New Tour Dates

    November 17, 2014 3:26 PM EST American audiences, prepare to be catfished. Billboard is excited to break the news of British indie rockers Catfish and the Bottlemen releasing their North American debut album. The Balcony -- first released Sept. 15 in the U.K. -- will drop Jan. 6 in North America via Communion Records.…

  4. YouTube's Music Key: How Much Could Its New Paid Service Pay Out?

    November 14, 2014 12:08 PM EST Will YouTube Music Key transform streaming revenues and take subscriptions into the mainstream? Or will it fail to capitalize on YouTube massive global footprint? It all depends on YouTube's ability to entice people to pay. With YouTube's announcement on Wednesday (Nov. 12) of…

  5. Michael Cleveland Talks Great Response to Flamekeeper's 'On Down the Line' Album

    November 07, 2014 3:27 PM EST The critics are raving about On Down the Line, the latest Compass disc from bluegrass heavy-hitters Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper . The leader of the band says they are humbled by the kind words the project has received. "It's been really great to have it out," he tells…

  6. Classic Rock Honours Ceremony Comes to America

    November 05, 2014 2:22 PM EST To celebrate the 10th anniversary of their annual awards show, influential U.K. magazine Classic Rock brought the ceremony, Classic Rock Honours, to Los Angeles. Mixing the elite of both Los Angeles -- Henry Rollins presented the inspiration award to the Doors -- and the U.K. -- Def Leppard…

  7. 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…

  8. The Top 10 Performances at Voodoo Fest

    November 03, 2014 3:31 PM EST There's nothing like dancing next to a head-banging, red-eyed black unicorn in a fog while Slayer plays "Raining Blood" to celebrate Halloween in New Orleans. Add in a dose of Outkast , Rebirth Brass Band and Zedd , and you have the ingredients for an eclectic, bizarre and…

  9. Watch Kelly Ripa & Michael Strahan's Star-Studded 'Shake It Off' Spoof

    October 31, 2014 8:07 PM EDT Morning television personalities Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan delivered a spoof of the music video for Taylor Swift 's hit "Shake It Off," roping in a bunch of celebrities for assistance.  Watch Taylor Swift Dance to Iggy Azalea To start, the Live! with Kelly and Michael…

  10. Glen Campbell to Receive Lifetime Honor at Hollywood Music in Media Awards

    October 24, 2014 8:30 PM EDT Glen Campbell is being honored with the lifetime achievement award at the 5th Annual Hollywood Music in Media Awards, set for Nov. 4 at the Fonda Theater in Hollywood, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Glen Campbell Notches Highest Rank on Hot Country Songs in 25 Years Campbell recently…

  11. Jessie Ware, 'Tough Love': Track-by-Track Review

    October 23, 2014 10:10 AM EDT Jessie Ware is likely still riding high from exchanging nuptials over the summer. Considering her 2012 debut album Devotion was a chapter-by-chapter chronicle on matters of her heart -- pitfalls and all -- one might make the assumption that now that she's a Mrs. her new release, Tough…

  12. Gregg Alexander to Perform 'Begin Again' Song at Hollywood Music in Media Awards

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  13. From Solange to Dev Hynes, How Brit Singer-Producer Kindness Became the Cool Kids' Favorite Collaborator

    October 20, 2014 5:44 PM EDT With his new LP Otherness out Oct. 14 (Mom + Pop), Adam Bainbridge, the 32-year-old Brit with the one-word moniker, has become an in-demand collaborator for music's hippest acts. This article first appeared in the Oct. 25 issue of Billboard .   News News Andrew Hampp …

  14. Exclusive: Britney Spears' Manager Tells the Story Behind the Infamous Madonna VMAs Kiss

    October 17, 2014 5:05 PM EDT In the middle of performing a medley of hits at the 2003 VMA's, Madonna surprised everyone by kissing Britney Spears onstage. After a quick camera cut to Britney's ex-boyfriend, Justin Timberlake , who looked confused, Madonna then smooched her other performing partner: Christina…

  15. 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…

  16. Watch F.T. Island's Track-by-Track Review of Personal 'All About' Album

    October 15, 2014 5:45 PM EDT The K-pop/rock group recall fans, ex-girlfriends and 'dark periods' while writing their latest LP. After sharpening their skills on the touring circuit playing festivals and arena shows in Japan this year,   F.T. Island  made their long-awaited comeback in Korea with the release…

  17. YouTube Pays Out $1 Billion with Content ID

    October 14, 2014 10:39 AM EDT YouTube has confirmed a big milestone to Billboard: $1 billion in payouts from its ContentID copyright earmarking system since its launch seven years ago. The system is made available to select creators and rightsholders (generally companies that hold a large amount of rights, like labels…

  18. Take That Announces New Album, Shares First Song ‘These Days’: Listen

    October 10, 2014 3:28 AM EDT No Robbie Williams . No Jason Orange . No problem.   British boy band Take That is getting to grips with life as a trio. The pop hitmakers have announced a new album , appropriately titled III , which will drop Dec. 1 in the U.K. via Polydor. The first single, "These Days," has…

  19. Most Viewed K-Pop Videos in America & Around the World: September 2014

    October 08, 2014 10:08 PM EDT Girls' Generation-TTS and 2PM show their worldwide popularity while BTOB and Orange Caramel trend stateside. K-pop fans around the world and in America began their fall showing plenty of support for Korean idols, producers and singer-songwriters' latest videos on YouTube. Like we…

  20. Tinashe, 'Aquarius': Track-by-Track Review

    October 07, 2014 2:05 PM EDT Tinashe 's arrival on the mainstream music landscape comes at a time when experimental R&B is rapidly crescendoing. Yet even within the ranks of emerging women singers showing just how quirky and eccentric they can be ( Jhené Aiko , Kelela , BANKS ), Tinashe may be the songbird…

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