1. Our Fantasy Sam Smith/Tom Petty Copyright-Infringement Grammy Medley: 'Stay With Me,' 'My Sweet Lord' and More

    January 30, 2015 12:00 PM EST On Jan. 26, Sam Smith 's rep acknowledged that the songwriting credits of the singer's Grammy-nominated hit "Stay With Me" now include Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne , writers of Petty's "I Won't Back Down," via an "immediate and amicable agreement…

  2. Hot 100 Chart Moves: Taylor Swift's 'Style' Soars, Nicki Minaj Notches 60th Hit

    January 30, 2015 11:15 AM EST 'Style' enters the top 40, while Minaj bows with 'Truffle Butter.' Plus, moves for Ellie Goulding, The Weeknd & Natalie La Rose. As previously reported, Mark Ronson 's "Uptown Funk!," featuring Bruno Mars , leads the Billboard Hot 100 for a fourth…

  3. Rod McKuen's Surprising Chart History: From Frank Sinatra to Madonna

    January 29, 2015 10:27 PM EST Rod McKuen , a prolific poet and songwriter who died at age 81 on Thursday (Jan. 29), made a name for himself in the '50s, but his surprising career stretched to not long before his death, as he worked with artists from Frank Sinatra to Madonna . McKuen won a Grammy Award for best…

  4. Marvel's Editor-in-Chief Talks Pete Rock and Run The Jewels, 'Preacher' and 'Ant-Man'

    January 29, 2015 2:14 PM EST Earlier this month, around the same time that Run The Jewels were preparing for an appearance on Conan , Axel Alonso , the Editor-in-Chief of Marvel Comics, was making public a variant cover of two books -- the soon-to-be-relaunched Howard The Duck and an issue of Deadpool -- both featuring…

  5. Exclusive: Barclays Inks Booking Deal at Brooklyn's Paramount

    January 29, 2015 1:23 PM EST Barclays Center affiliate Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment has formed an alliance with Long Island University, in which BS&E will bring entertainment back to the historic Brooklyn Paramount Theatre.   "This collaboration will bring the LIU Brooklyn Paramount Theatre back to life…

  6. Movement Detroit 2015 Lineup: Richie Hawtin, DJ Snoopadelic, Dog Blood & More

    January 28, 2015 5:40 PM EST On Wednesday (Jan. 28), Paxahau Events announced the phase-one lineup for Movement Electronic Music Festival's tenth edition, bringing a diverse roster of dance talents to Detroit this spring. Richie Hawtin , DJ Snoopadelic and Dog Blood, the collaborative project between Skrillex and…

  7. Brad Paisley, Florida Georgia Line to Headline Chicago's First Major Country Festival

    January 28, 2015 12:57 PM EST Brad Paisley , Dierks Bentley and Florida Georgia Line will headline Chicago's first major country music festival, Live Nation's Windy City LakeShake, set for FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island June 19-21. Also on the bill are Frankie Ballard , Easton Corbin , Clare Dunn…

  8. Live Nation Country Launches Chicago Festival: Windy City LakeShake

    January 28, 2015 12:57 PM EST Brad Paisley , Dierks Bentley and Florida Georgia Line will headline Chicago's first major country music festival, Live Nation's Windy City LakeShake, set for FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island June 19-21. Also on the bill are Frankie Ballard , Easton Corbin , Clare Dunn…

  9. Veteran Label/Management Exec Gary Gersh Joins AEG Live

    January 27, 2015 7:57 PM EST Newly created post makes Gersh an 'excitable boy again.' Former manager and label exec Gary Gersh has joined global concert promoter AEG Live in the newly created position of president of global talent, Billboard has learned. Gersh most recently served as CEO of The Artist…

  10. Nielsen: Canada Loved Taylor Swift, Streaming Music and, Yep, Vinyl in 2014

    January 27, 2015 2:17 PM EST Bobby Bazini was the only Canadian artist to sell over 100,000 units domestically in 2014, according to The 2014 Nielsen Music Canada Report. The other six albums were by Taylor Swift , various artists on the Frozen soundtrack, Sam Smith , Ed Sheeran , Coldplay and Lorde . According to the…

  11. Music Supervisors Guild Honors 'Nashville,' 'Begin Again, 'Fault in Our Stars'

    January 22, 2015 2:40 PM EST The film and television divisions of 20th Century Fox were honored Jan. 21 at the fifth annual Guild of Music Supervisors Awards along with the supervisors behind shows such as Nashville and Reign , and the films The Fault in Our Stars and Begin Again . Fox shared the film studio award with…

  12. The Best Bluetooth Speakers From $400 to $100

    January 22, 2015 9:00 AM EST Wireless audio has come a long way in a very short time, with speakers getting more powerful, versatile, and compact at a rapid pace. Whether you're in the market for something to replace your receiver, blast out some jams on your desk, or bring to the beach, there are plenty of…

  13. 'Sound of Music' Stars Julie Andrews & Christopher Plummer to Reunite at TCM Classic Film Festival

    January 21, 2015 1:51 AM EST The sixth annual TCM Classic Film Festival will open with The Sound of Music , complete with a rare Julie Andrews -Christopher Plummer reunion. The stars of the 1965 film will be on hand for the movie-musical's 50th anniversary gala screening on March 26, emceed by Turner Classic…

  14. How Dropping Gas Prices Have Helped the Live-Music Industry Save Big

    January 20, 2015 4:01 PM EST Acts that have been out pounding the road through the fall into the new year have received an unexpected holiday gift, as decreases in prices at the pump are saving the touring industry at large millions of dollars over the past several months. The cost of fuel has been dropping since June…

  15. Code Picks of the Week: Lana Del Rey, Amtrac, Royksopp & More

    January 17, 2015 10:00 AM EST Each week, CODE curates a diverse selection of the best new tunes in dance/electronic music. Take a listen for a fitting soundtrack to your holiday weekend. Lana Del Rey -- "Brooklyn Baby" (Yuksek Remix) The talented French producer reinvents the wistful original through an upbeat…

  16. New NFL-Related Venue Heating Up Already-Competitive L.A. Concert Market

    January 16, 2015 5:01 PM EST The announcement of two new live-music facilities in Los Angeles has made the city's fiercely competitive venue market even more intense. On the larger side, Stan Kroenke , owner of the NFL's St. Louis Rams, has revealed plans to include a 6,000-capacity venue as part of his…

  17. Billboard Japan Music Awards: See Winners of the Combined Twitter & Karaoke Votes

    January 16, 2015 3:00 PM EST As part of the Billboard Japan Music Awards 2014, Billboard Japan asked users to vote for the Song of the Year via Twitter and karaoke. Now, the results are out. Users were able to choose any song which charted on the Billboard Japan Hot 100 Year-End Chart. A tweet with the song's…

  18. Father Ray Kelly Talks YouTube Stardom & Balancing the Priesthood With Music

    January 16, 2015 11:41 AM EST Last April, a video surfaced on YouTube of an unassuming Catholic priest singing Leonard Cohen 's tragic classic "Hallelujah" at a wedding ceremony (good thing the lyrics were changed). Father Ray Kelly renders the song in near pitch-perfection, letting slip an impish grin at…

  19. Exclusive: Grateful Dead to Reunite, Jam With Trey Anastasio for Final Shows

    January 16, 2015 9:30 AM EST In a match made in hippie heaven, Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio will join the four living original members of The Grateful Dead for three 50th-anniversary shows July 3-5 at Soldier Field in Chicago. The Dead's last performance with Jerry Garcia , who died in August 1995, was…

  20. Meadowlands' Izod Center Facing Early Closure Amidst Heavy Competition

    January 15, 2015 5:59 PM EST The Izod Center at the Meadowlands complex in East Rutherford, N.J., could well become a casualty of new arenas in its region even sooner than suspected, if the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority board today approves a plan submitted by N.J. Governor Chris Christie 's…

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