1. Katy Perry's Prismatic Tour Doing Big Business

    September 19, 2014 5:29 PM EDT Katy Perry takes her Prismatic World Tour to No. 1 on Billboard's weekly Hot Tours recap with $31 million in ticket sales from the tour's North American leg that began in June. The tally includes concerts that occurred in a two-month span beginning on July 15. Katy Perry, Ariana…

  2. Q&A: Andre Harrell Talks About the Inaugural Revolt Music Conference, State of the Business

    September 17, 2014 3:57 PM EDT Why Miami? Because Sean Combs wanted to have dinner at his house... natch. From Thursday, October 16th through the 19th in Miami, the first Revolt Music Conference will kick off. The conversation -- and the bar scene -- around the beach that weekend should be lively, with the event set to…

  3. SpinMedia's New CEO Focused '100 Percent' on Editorial: Q&A with Stephen Blackwell

    September 16, 2014 4:37 PM EDT Spin Media Group Inc.'s troubles have been public and ongoing. Formerly known as SpinMedia (and before that, BuzzMedia, which acquired it  in 2013), the media conglomerate -- which includes music publications SPIN ,  Vibe , Idolator , and Stereogum , and celebrity websites Celebuzz and…

  4. Eminem Sues New Zealand Political Party Over 'Lose Yourself'

    September 16, 2014 4:35 PM EDT Eminem is getting political. The rapper and his publishing company have filed a copyright infringement suit against the National Party in New Zealand after current prime minister John Key used the rapper's hit "Lose Yourself" in a re-election campaign ad without permission,…

  5. How Bob Marley's 30-Year Old 'Legend' Album Finally Hit the Top 10

    September 12, 2014 9:55 PM EDT It only took 30 years, but Bob Marley & the Wailers ' 1984 greatest-hits album Legend has hit the top 10 on the Billboard 200 -- and in doing so, gives the reggae great his highest-charting album. Bob Marley's 'Legend' Finally Heading for Top 10 Legend zooms from No.…

  6. Ask Billboard: It's All About Women In The Hot 100's Top Five

    September 12, 2014 6:30 PM EDT Women control the chart's top five this week, led by Meghan Trainor's 'All About That Bass.' How uncommon is a top-five male lockout? As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include…

  7. Poll: Should Justin Bieber & Selena Gomez Be Back Together?

    September 12, 2014 3:24 PM EDT How are we all feeling about this? Selena Gomez didn't take pal Taylor Swift 's song as gospel : Justin Bieber confirmed Friday (Sept. 12) in a deposition that he and Gomez are, in fact, back together, per E! News .  This announcement isn't a total surprise -- the two have been…

  8. 40 Under 40: Music's Young Power Players

    September 12, 2014 8:00 AM EDT They’re young, they’re innovative, they’re disruptive. From monetizing bite-sized streams to selling out massive stadiums, these are the progressive leaders reshaping the music industry. The honorees on Billboard’s annual 40 Under 40 Power Players list were chosen by Billboard editors from…

  9. Neil Young Is Back on the 'Human Highway' With Recut Film

    September 11, 2014 8:08 PM EDT The rocker addressed a Toronto Film Festival audience at 'Director's Cut' premiere. "Boy, did I go for a big trip," says Neil Young 's character at one point in the film Human Highway , a line that just about sums up the viewing experience of the singer's…

  10. One Direction's Free 'Fireproof' Scores 1.1 Million Downloads

    September 10, 2014 6:23 PM EDT When One Direction announced the title and release date of their fourth album, FOUR (due Nov. 17 on SYCO/Columbia Records), they did so with a twist. To celebrate the occasion on Monday, the pop group gifted their fans with a free download song, "Fireproof," from the upcoming album.…

  11. Deezer Finally Coming to America on Sept. 15

    September 10, 2014 9:00 AM EDT The world's second-biggest music subscription service is finally coming to the world's biggest music market. Deezer, which claims to have 5 million subscribers and 16 million monthly users over 180 countries, announced Wednesday it will launch in the United States on Monday the…

  12. Ticketmaster Acquires Belgian Ticketing Company Sherpa.be

    September 09, 2014 7:00 PM EDT Ticketmaster has expanded its European network with the acquisition of Belgian ticketing company Sherpa.be for an undisclosed sum. Founded in 2000 by Hubert Laterre and Bernard Denys , Brussels-based Sherpa.be is the market leader in Belgium's two largest regions, Flanders and Wallonia,…

  13. Ashley Tisdale Marries Christopher French

    September 09, 2014 3:22 PM EDT Ashley Tisdale, best known as Sharpay in the  High School Musical  franchise, got married on Monday.  The actress married Christopher French (the lead singer of  Annie Automatic ) after less than two years of dating. Tisdale's  High School Musical  co-star Vanessa Hudgens was among the…

  14. Apple Unveils Watch, Two New iPhones

    September 09, 2014 2:17 PM EDT The Apple Watch has finally arrived. Apple CEO Tim Cook announced the new device Tuesday morning during a live event at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts in Cupertino. It's the first new product from Apple since Cook took control of the company from Steve Jobs in 2011. The watch…

  15. Guest Post: Dept. of Justice Consent Decree Comments Reveal Real Friends, Foes of Songwriters

    September 09, 2014 10:26 AM EDT The Department of Justice's (DOJ)  review of the ASCAP and BMI consent decrees that currently govern compensation for songwriters has several benefits. Foremost, it presents an opportunity for these decades-old decrees to be modernized for the digital era. Perhaps equally important, it…

  16. Iggy Azalea Shares Cute Photo of Herself With NBA Player Boyfriend

    September 09, 2014 10:15 AM EDT Iggy Azalea  is crazy in love. The rapper shared a photo of herself with her boyfriend of nearly a year, NBA player Nick Young, on her Instagram. "I love youuuuuuuu," Azalea captioned the pic, which showed the 24-year-old cuddling with Young, 29, at the Reveal Calvin Klein fragrance…

  17. Ka-Ching! Cashless Wristbands at Music Fests Mean Big Bucks

    September 08, 2014 5:04 PM EDT On average, 20 percent more is spent when attendees pay with the new wearable technology. The Austin City Limits Music Festival in Austin, Texas, will announce this week that ACL Fest will be the latest major festival offering a cashless option for concessions and merchandise purchases.…

  18. Music Star Exes Are Cashing In on VH1

    September 08, 2014 4:35 PM EDT VH1 turns out to be the perfect home for former wives of hip-hop and R&B artists. What does race have to do with this brand of reality TV success? Everything, apparently. Several divorcees of music men are finding independence on reality TV thanks to the trend of celebrity ex shows. VH1…

  19. Twitter Unveils 'In-Tweet' Purchasing; Launches With Brad Paisley, Eminem in Tow

    September 08, 2014 9:00 AM EDT The social giant will streamline in-stream purchasing for artists with a new "buy" button. A year ago when former Ticketmaster CEO Nathan Hubbard joined Twitter as the social networking giant's first head of commerce , he told Billboard , "the music industry should be…

  20. Ask Billboard: Summer Songs, More Taylor Swift & Remembering Survivor's Jimi Jamison

    September 07, 2014 9:05 AM EDT As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. Or, Tweet questions to Gary Trust: @gthot20 HOW I DIDN'T QUITE GET …

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