1. Hunter Hayes Talks Tattoo Your Name Tour, Collaborations & More During CMA Awards Week

    November 08, 2014 11:00 AM EST "We decided to amp it up and do everything twice as much." CMA Awards week is jammed packed with various functions for all country artists, from beginning to end. CMA Awards 2014 Recap: Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert Win Big The week began with awards presentations from SESAC,…

  2. NYU's Stream-Tech Music Conference Teaches, Explains & Tries Not to Ruffle Feathers

    November 07, 2014 9:40 PM EST The participants in the Stream-Tech Music Conference at New York University's downtown Brooklyn campus, which addressed various issues in the music streaming space, remained fairly noncontentious -- at least, until the Q&A session following a mid-afternoon panel entitled, fittingly…

  3. Quotes of the Week: J.Lo Quizzes Potential Boyfriends, Rita Ora Likes What She Sees When She’s Naked & More

    November 07, 2014 5:12 PM EST "Stand naked in front of the mirror and say, 'I'm f--ing sexy.' That's where it starts." -- RITA ORA The British singer, to Cosmopolitan , on how to "come to terms with loving your body." Rita Ora, 'Grateful': Exclusive Song Premiere from…

  4. Exclusive: Airbnb's Chip Conley Bringing Crowd-Sourced Component to Fest300

    November 06, 2014 12:00 PM EST After entrepreneur Chip Conley sold Joie de Vivre Hospitality, which he founded in 1987 and represents such businesses as San Francisco's Kabuki Hotel and Chicago's Hotel Lincoln, he started spending more time at festivals around the world -- and thinking about them from a…

  5. Billboard/THR Film & TV Music Conference Day One Report: Trent Reznor, Mark Mothersbaugh, and More

    November 06, 2014 7:14 AM EST At the Billboard and The Hollywood Reporter Film & TV Music Conference on Wednesday, the intersection of commerce and art was frequently met. The topic came up again and again in panels and discussions that included interviews with film composers and analytics measuring the life of a…

  6. The Challenges of Finding Syncs for Kanye West at Billboard/THR Film & TV Conference

    November 05, 2014 7:12 PM EST ''Yeezus' was a very daring and amazing album that was completely anti-commercial,' says Amy Hartman, Island/Def Jam VP of film and TV sync. A number of interesting topics were raised at a panel on "Defending the Value of a Song" at Wednesday's (Nov. 5)…

  7. 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…

  8. Red vs. Blue States: Key Takeaways From Pandora's Political Data Crunch

    November 04, 2014 5:46 PM EST Below are some key takeaways we learned from a data set provided to Billboard by Internet radio giant Pandora, which split the states between Democratic and Republican (blue and red), and then listed each state's favorite genre stations through the month of September. Whoever you&…

  9. DJ/Producer Alesso: Sometimes 'Real Emotions' Are Missing From Electronic Music

    November 04, 2014 3:47 PM EST The young Swedish DJ/producer Alesso is currently climbing the Billboard charts with "Heroes (We Could Be)," a saavy collaboration with fellow Swede Tove Lo (whose own "Habits (Stay High)" is currently a top 5 Hot 100 hit). Billboard caught up with Alesso to talk about…

  10. Pell, 'The Never': Exclusive Video Premiere

    November 04, 2014 12:45 PM EST Pell is a promising new artist to watch. His latest album, Floating While Dreaming , finds the New Orleans born, Mississippi raised rapper living up to its title: spitting introspective rhymes, in a daze, over trippy, ethereal soundscapes. His latest song, "The Never," is no…

  11. Def Jam Promotes No I.D. to Head of A&R

    November 04, 2014 12:23 PM EST Def Jam Recordings has promoted industry veteran Dion "No I.D." Wilson to executive vice president in charge of all A&R activities at the label. It's a title bump for No I.D., who was previously co-head of A&R. According to a press release, the producer/executive will…

  12. Motley Crue Teams With Dodge in Dallas, Talks 'Great Things' Ahead on Final Tour

    November 03, 2014 9:57 AM EST A big sponsorship deal brought Motley Crue back to a small hall over the weekend in Dallas. The group played a special, semi-public show on Saturday at "Fast N' Loud" host Richard Rawlings ' Gas Monkey Live concert club as part of the Dodge Rocks Gas Monkey event…

  13. Ariana Grande & The Weeknd Release 'Love Me Harder' Video

    November 03, 2014 8:14 AM EST Ariana Grande 's My Everything unleashed a volley of jams on the world, and "Love Me Harder" is close to the top of the list. It was one of two songs Grande brought to SNL for the Season 40 premiere, and now it's getting a music video with the shine of a big…

  14. Is Beyonce About to Release a Second Surprise Album?

    November 03, 2014 6:58 AM EST Less than a year after Beyoncé threw her self-titled album onto the internet as a surprise one December morning, there's a growing rumor about a sequel . It's been bubbling for some time, and according to an alleged screenshot of a "Release Confirmation" from Columbia…

  15. Rihanna Returns to Instagram After Six-Month Absence

    November 02, 2014 1:30 PM EST Rihanna is back on Instagram! Rihanna Is Still Instagram-less The pops singer’s Instagram account reappeared late Saturday (Nov. 1) after being suspended in May when she posted some racy pictures to her feed. RiRi’s first post after the six-month absence was a photo of her head…

  16. Can Red Bull Break a Band? Sound Select's 30 Days in L.A. Kicks Off

    November 02, 2014 9:42 AM EST Yesterday marked the launch of 30 Days in LA, the biggest initiative yet by Red Bull's two-year old Sound Select program to develop emerging artists. The month-long program features a daily live music event for the month of November most often with a mid-level headliner dripping…

  17. Outkast Wraps Reunion Tour With Smiles and High Energy at Voodoo Fest

    November 01, 2014 2:26 PM EDT Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and skeletons alike flocked to the main stage at 2014 Voodoo Festival in New Orleans Friday night (Oct. 31) to see Outkast close out its reunion tour. Outkast's #ATLast Hometown Blowout Brings Erykah Badu, Bun B and More to Atlanta While the rap duo wasn…

  18. Prince on 'Saturday Night Live': The Songs We Hope to Hear

    November 01, 2014 12:40 PM EDT It's been announced that tonight on Saturday Night Live Prince will eschew the typical two separate song performance and instead play one uninterrupted eight-minute jam in the middle of the broadcast.  While it seems most likely that he'll perform some stuff off his two new albums…

  19. The Best and Worst Singles of the Week -- From Iggy Azalea to Meghan Trainor

    October 31, 2014 3:43 PM EDT " alt="" width="510"> Meghan Trainor "Lips Are Movin" Epic Trainor has just one hit to her name thus far, and on her "All About That Bass" follow-up, she can't help but work a sly self-reference into its snappy chorus. "I gave you…

  20. Executive Turntable: Apollo Theater Appoints Pharrell, NAB Ups Curtis LeGeyt, Rich Christina at Sony/ATV and More

    October 31, 2014 3:07 PM EDT -- APA promoted Joshua Rittenhouse to agent in their concerts division in Beverly Hills, while also developing the agency’s Urban roster. Rittenhouse began his career as a contemporary talent buyer at the Sherman Theater before seguing to marketing director for Stan Levinstone at SLP…

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