1. Concord Continues Acquisition Binge with Fearless Records, Wind-Up Deals (Exclusive)

    May 06, 2015 9:30 AM EDT Concord Bicycle Music continues its acquisition spree by buying in separate deals Fearless Records and the rest of Wind-up Records, giving the company more than $140 million in annual revenue. Terms of the deals with the two rock labels were not disclosed. The deals adds about 150 albums from…

  2. Paul McCartney Reveals What Beatles Tune Inspired Kanye West's 'Only One'

    May 02, 2015 8:52 PM EDT When it came time for Paul McCartney and Kanye West to collaborate, things seemed to get quite personal between the guys. The musicians bonded over the losses of their mothers and that served as inspiration for West's own music. "We sat around and talked an awful lot just to break…

  3. Pop Radio's Most Powerful: Booking Jingle Ball, Schmoozing With U2 and Breaking One Direction

    May 01, 2015 1:01 PM EDT The 10 top 40 programmers with the instincts and clout to make songs into hits, and make millions for their companies. 1. JOHN IVEY, 56 SENIOR VP, iHEARTMEDIA; PROGRAM DIRECTOR, KIIS LOS ANGELES Ivey wields significant clout over America’s pop music tastes, at both the local and national…

  4. Paul McCartney, Lumineers, 'Avengers' & More Celebrate Earth Day Declaring #ClimateChangeIsReal

    April 22, 2015 7:40 PM EDT Musicians including Paul McCartney , the Lumineers and Brazil's Jota Quest have teamed with an impressive roster of celebrities, politicians, NGOs and multinational companies to raise awareness over climate change this Earth Day, tweeting out the message #ClimateChangeIsReal on…

  5. Taylor Swift Tops Billboard Artist 100 for 20th Week, Rihanna Zooms Toward Top 10

    April 02, 2015 3:15 PM EDT Swift rebounds 2-1, dethroning last week's new leader, Kendrick Lamar. Plus, Rihanna reaches a new peak just outside the top 10. Taylor Swift rebounds 2-1 for her record-extending 20th week at No. 1 on the Billboard Artist 100 (dated April 11). Plus, Rihanna tallies her best rank, flying…

  6. Wilson Phillips' Carnie Wilson Dishes On Singing Backup Vocals for Rihanna's 'FourFiveSeconds'

    March 31, 2015 4:11 PM EDT Kanye West is known for collaborating with artists across genre lines, tapping everyone from Elton John  and Paul McCartney to producers like Jon Brion and Rick Rubin to work on his respective projects. When it came time to unite as a trio for Rihanna 's "FourFiveSeconds"…

  7. Petition to Pull Kanye West from Glastonbury Hits 90,000, Author Admits He's Never Been There

    March 20, 2015 2:06 PM EDT Neil Lonsdale, who started the petition, told NME that having the rapper in the company of The Rolling Stones is "an outrage." It seems that teaming up with Paul McCartney isn't enough to please the thousands of rock fans who flock to Glastonbury every year. A petition to…

  8. Exclusive: Firefly Music Festival Eliminates Single-Day Tickets, Nears Sellout in 2015

    March 18, 2015 10:00 AM EDT When the Firefly Music Festival launched in 2012, organizers had a long-term vision of building the Dover, Delaware, event into the "premiere East Coast music festival," says festival director Greg Bostrom . "We felt like there was an opportunity there for the Coachella,…

  9. Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder & Patti Smith to Present at Rock Hall Ceremony

    March 18, 2015 5:30 AM EDT Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Paul McCartney , Stevie Wonder and Patti Smith will be among those honoring the class of 2015 at this year's induction ceremony, taking place April 18 at Cleveland's Public Hall. McCartney will present Beatles bandmate Ringo Starr with the Rock Hall'…

  10. Hot 100 Chart Moves: Kanye West, Paul McCartney & Carly Rae Jepsen Debut

    March 13, 2015 4:31 PM EDT McCartney boasts simultaneous top 15 hits for the first time since 1982 (with the Beatles), while fans 'Really Like' Jepsen's new song. As previously reported , Mark Ronson 's "Uptown Funk!," featuring Bruno Mars , leads the Billboard Hot 100 for a 10th week,…

  11. 'American Idol' Recap: Top 11 Get the Party Started

    March 13, 2015 3:53 AM EDT Empire's Taraji P. Henson drops by American Idol to deliver the official results from the previous night's voting to host Ryan Seacrest . One by one, Seacrest reveals throughout the episode who advances to the top 11, the contestants' chairs turning from red to green if…

  12. Johnny Depp Injures Hand Filming 'Pirates' Sequel

    March 11, 2015 8:14 AM EDT You might want to start writing your "get well" cards. Johnny Depp injured his hand filming Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales in Australia last weekend, The Hollywood Reporter confirmed. The actor will get surgery in the U.S. following the incident. A rep for the…

  13. Chart Highlights: 'Loud' & Proud, Ed Sheeran Tops All Three Pop, Adult Airplay Charts

    March 09, 2015 7:00 PM EDT His smash ballad is one of just four singles ever to lead Pop Songs, Adult Pop Songs and Adult Contemporary simultaneously. Plus, new No. 1s for Pitbull, Ne-Yo, Nicki Minaj, Jason Aldean & more. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every…

  14. Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds Swoop to U.K. No. 1

    March 09, 2015 3:34 AM EDT Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds have scored the fastest-selling artist album of the U.K. chart year to date with Chasing Yesterday (Sour Mash). It entered at No. 1 on the new survey yesterday (March 8) with combined sales of 89,000. Years & Years went straight to No. 1 on the…

  15. Best and Worst Singles of the Week: From Kanye West to Kacey Musgraves

    March 06, 2015 4:14 PM EST -billboard-412.jpg" alt="" width="510"> Kanye West "All Day" G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam After ballads with Rihanna and Paul McCartney , it was easy to think West, fresh off marriage, fatherhood and fashion shows, had gone soft. But "All Day"…

  16. Paul McCartney Joins Alice Cooper, Joe Perry & Johnny Depp on Hollywood Vampires Sessions

    March 06, 2015 3:58 AM EST Paul McCartney only really does  "supergroups". The Beatles , Wings and… Hollywood Vampires ?! The leftie-bass player, singer and Hall of Famer is apparently joining forces with Alice Cooper , Aerosmith's Joe Perry and Johnny Depp for the Hollywood Vampires ' debut…

  17. Sam Smith's 'In the Lonely Hour' Tops Historic U.K. Albums Chart

    March 02, 2015 3:39 AM EST Sam Smith capped the week of his double Brit Award victory by claiming another piece of history, as In The Lonely Hour (Capitol/Universal) topped the first U.K. album chart to incorporate streaming data alongside downloads and traditional sales. As the new data was unveiled yesterday…

  18. Kanye West Talks 'Hottest Rapper' Drake, Paul McCartney & Grammys in Tearful BBC Interview

    February 26, 2015 4:46 PM EST Kanye West continued his recent publicity blitz by sitting down for an interview Thursday (Feb. 26) with BBC's Zane Lowe. Kanye's interview game is on point right now: honest, passionate, eminently quotable and simultaneously self-confident and self-critical. Who else could…

  19. Paul McCartney to Headline Firefly Music Festival -- The Rumors Are True!

    February 25, 2015 12:30 PM EST Previously announced Firefly 2015 headliners Kings of Leon and The Killers have some company. Today (Feb. 25), the music festival announced that Paul McCartney will be headlining this June. When the lineup was first announced Feb. 17, the first headliner's name was blurred out on the…

  20. Ask Billboard: It's 2015 … and Madonna & Paul McCartney Are in the Top 40

    February 24, 2015 11:35 AM EST The icons continue to add new chapters to their incomparable careers. Plus, more albums that have produced bigger hits with each subsequent single. As always, submit questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to [email protected] . Please include your first…

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