1. Exclusive: Watch Randy Jackson-Managed Band North Of Nine Play Live In The Studio

    February 27, 2015 11:58 AM EST Former American Idol judge Randy Jackson has worked with most of the best performers of the last 30 years -- Mariah Carey ,  Whitney Houston , Aretha Franklin , Bruce Springsteen  and Madonna . He sees something missing in the modern musical climate, what he calls "old-school, old…

  2. Keith Urban on His Next Album & the 'Good Energy' of 'American Idol'

    February 20, 2015 6:43 PM EST With his 2013 album Fuse churning out its sixth single -- "Raise 'Em Up" featuring Eric Church -- Keith Urban is turning his attention to a follow-up. Urban tells Billboard that he's "just starting work on the next record. I'm sort of doing the preliminary work…

  3. Former AEG Live CEO Randy Phillips Launches Global Entertainment

    February 19, 2015 5:00 PM EST Former AEG Live CEO Randy Phillips has been tapped as CEO of Global Entertainment, a newly-launched U.S. division for London-based Global, the Media and Entertainment Group. The multifaceted, "360"-styled content company will include touring, label, publishing, artist management,…

  4. Valentine's Day Country Music Playlist: The Best Love Songs From Past 20 Years

    February 14, 2015 3:19 PM EST Saturday (Feb. 14) marks Valentine's Day, where people celebrate the connections they make with our significant others. With that in mind, we thought we'd go back in the 615 Archives and pick out a few love songs that have stood the test of time. In making the selections for this…

  5. Nashville Exec Joe Galante Receives Bob Kingsley Living Legend Award

    February 11, 2015 7:40 PM EST A pack of country A-listers -- including Kenny Chesney , Sara Evans , Ronnie Dunn , Phil Vassar , Ronnie Milsap , K.T. Oslin , Kix Brooks , Lorrie Morgan and Kellie Pickler -- hit the Grand Ole Opry stage Tuesday night to pay tribute to legendary label exec Joe Galante as he received the Bob…

  6. The Inside Story of How Mariah Carey and L.A. Reid Reunited (at a Fraction of Her Former $80 Million Deal)

    January 30, 2015 11:00 AM EST Just months shy of the 10-year anniversary of The Emancipation of Mimi , Mariah Carey and Antonio "L.A." Reid are prepping another kind of comeback. According to multiple sources, the 45-year-old singer is returning to Sony Music through Epic Records, where Reid has served as…

  7. Spike Lee on Finding '12 Gems' From Unsigned Artists for His Kickstarter-Funded Film

    January 15, 2015 6:48 PM EST The director had fans submit potential songs for 'Da Sweet Blood of Jesus' soundtrack. From Radio Raheem pumping "Fight the Power" in Do the Right Thing to the "Baba O'Riley" montage in Summer of Sam to New Orleans trumpeter Terence Blanchard 's score…

  8. 'American Idol' Recap: Banjos, Accordions & 'Big Sexy' Rock Kansas City

    January 14, 2015 11:03 PM EST You know things are different on American Idol when a Golden ticket winner like Stephanie Gummelt references her love for Steve Perry , and we don't have Randy Jackson at the table to remind us all he played with him.  But viewers had a glimpse of the old days on Wednesday night's…

  9. Why 'American Idol' Needs To Say Farewell (For Now)

    January 13, 2015 5:36 PM EST How does 'American Idol' battle falling ratings and a lack of innovation? By starting fresh... next decade. On the same night last week that Fox's hip-hop soap opera Empire debuted to stellar ratings , another Fox empire, American Idol , continued to slowly crumble.…

  10. Publishing Briefs: Elizabeth Matthews Rises to CEO for ASCAP, Sony/ATV Not for Sale

    January 13, 2015 5:05 AM EST Billboard's Ed Christman rounds-up all the big news happening in the music publishing world.  -- Elizabeth Matthews has been tapped as the new CEO for ASCAP , the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, replacing John LoFrumento , who retired on Dec. 31. Matthews, who…

  11. Ask Billboard: Mark & Mars Move 'Uptown' to No. 1

    January 11, 2015 9:05 AM EST Lipps, Inc. and more: a history of 'funk'-y hits. Plus, more No. 15 hits for '15. As always, submit 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…

  12. Harry Connick Jr. Says Reinvented 'American Idol' Has 'Ridiculous Amount of Talent'

    January 08, 2015 4:19 AM EST Has American Idol found its next superstar? Judge Harry Connick Jr. said based on what he has seen in auditions, the 14th season of the Fox singing competition is in good shape. "We are trying to find someone who can sell records and become a big superstar," Connick told The…

  13. Revamped 'American Idol' Ready for Season 14

    January 07, 2015 1:02 AM EST American Idol is practicing addition and subtraction in its 14th season. Longtime judge, short-time mentor Randy Jackson is gone. Music executive Scott Borchetta , whose impressive credentials include acting as mentor to Taylor Swift , will play that role for contestants and the winner…

  14. 'We Know What To Do': Scott Borchetta on Joining 'American Idol' and Signing This Season's Winner

    December 11, 2014 2:59 PM EST The winner of American Idol season 14 will be in good hands. The performer taking the top spot this year will be signed to the same record label as Taylor Swift and will be guided by one of the industry's deftest management hands: Big Machine Label Group founder Scott Borchetta. The…

  15. Corner Office: Lava Records Founder/CEO Jason Flom on Discovering Katy Perry, Lorde’s Genius and His Label’s Sale

    December 08, 2014 10:08 AM EST The hair-metal whisperer turned pop-star finder on discovering Katy Perry, Lorde's genius and his label's sale. In an industry teeming with tenacious characters, Jason Flom ’s track record speaks for itself. During the past three decades, he has signed Katy Perry , Tori Amos and…

  16. Iggy Azalea Responds to Azealia Banks' Eric Garner-Related Twitter Criticism

    December 04, 2014 12:30 PM EST The Twitter battle of Azalea vs. Azealia continues to rage. After Azealia Banks blasted  Iggy Azalea yesterday (Dec. 3) for allegedly stealing from black culture without caring about the issues associated with it (in this case, the Eric Garner controversy), Iggy has fired back. 'South…

  17. 'South Park' Pits Lorde/Randy Against Iggy Azalea, Michael Jackson Hologram

    December 04, 2014 12:00 PM EST Earlier this season,  South Park revealed that teenage pop star Lorde is actually middle-aged father Randy Marsh -- and not long after, they  eviscerated Spin's  embarrassing coverage of that episode as part of another Lorde plotline. On Wednesday night, the Comedy Central stalwart…

  18. It's Official: Scott Borchetta Joining 'American Idol' Season 14 as Mentor

    December 03, 2014 5:33 PM EST The man who discovered Taylor Swift will be the new Randy Jackson. Can the man who discovered Taylor Swift pick the next American Idol? The Fox show is banking on just that, as Scott Borchetta , the President and CEO of Big Machine Label group, will assume the position of mentor for the…

  19. The Case for Adam Lambert as New 'American Idol' Mentor

    November 12, 2014 3:59 PM EST Who should replace Randy Jackson next year? The season 8 runner-up. American Idol fans probably never imagined a day when Randy Jackson would no longer be "in it to win it," but so it seems for season 14 of the Fox show, the first that won't feature the former judge-turned…

  20. Randy Jackson Exits 'American Idol'

    November 11, 2014 7:12 PM EST He's been with the show for all 13 seasons. American Idol is losing one of its last remaining original players. Randy Jackson , who has been with the Fox series since its start, will exit the singing competition, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. Top 100 'American Idol'…

Pages