1. 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…

  2. CBS Cuts NFL Segment With Rihanna Before Thursday Night Football Game

    September 11, 2014 6:53 PM EDT CBS seemed pretty excited when it announced a new segment that would open each NFL Thursday Night Football game this year with Jay-Z 's Rihanna -featuring track "Run This Town" and narration by Don Cheadle. But now it has cut the segment seemingly because Rihanna has been a…

  3. 18. Rae Sremmurd: 21 Under 21 (2014)

    September 11, 2014 12:51 PM EDT Under 21 Main Page Birthdates: Khalif “Swae Lee” Khalif: June 7, 1995 (Age: 19); Aaquil “Slim” Brown: Dec. 29, 1993 (Age: 20) Last year's rank: N/A Why They're Hot: Rae Sremmurd , composed of brothers Khalif "Swae Lee" Khalif and Aaquil "Slim" Brown, took…

  4. Jordan Knight Talks 'Nick & Knight,' Stress & the Pursuit of Creative Freedom

    September 10, 2014 12:41 AM EDT Jordan Knight says being in a duo with fellow boy band veteran Nick Carter is less stressful than being part of New Kids on the Block . "When you're in a really big group like New Kids or Backstreet Boys , you kind of feel the pressure of having to do stuff, music, whatever it is…

  5. Why Benjamin Booker’s ‘Blues Punk’ Sound Got Him Recruited By Jack White

    September 09, 2014 6:08 PM EDT Artist on the Verge: Benjamin Booker From: Tampa, Fla. Age: 24 Soundalikes:  With a voice as smooth as a sun-dried bone and riffs ripped from a Delta blues playbook, Booker sings like  Ray LaMontagne  and shreds with the intensity of  Gary Clark Jr . Influences: Booker’s “blues punk” mixes…

  6. Exclusive: Veteran Marsha Vlasic to Bring Deep Client Roster to Artist Group International

    September 09, 2014 3:12 PM EDT Marsha Vlasic will join Artist Group International (AGI) as president, less than a week after news broke that she was leaving ICM Partners. All of her clients, including Neil Young , Elvis Costello , Regina Spektor , Cage The Elephant , Muse , the Strokes , Moby , Band Of Horses , Silversun…

  7. Jazz Musician Gerald Wilson Dies at 96

    September 09, 2014 6:27 AM EDT Gerald Wilson , the dynamic jazz musician whose career spanned more than 75 years, has died. He was 96. Wilson's son, Anthony Wilson , said his father died Monday at his Los Angeles home from pneumonia. The big band leader began his career in the 1930s as a trumpeter for Jimmy Lunceford…

  8. Loretta Lynn Reflects on Religious Roots Ahead of Her Gospel Music Festival

    September 08, 2014 6:42 PM EDT This weekend at Loretta Lynn 's ranch in Hurricane Mills, TN, the legendary vocalist will host the Loretta Lynn Gospel Music Festival with a lineup that includes Grammy winner Jason Crabb, Gospel Music Hall of Fame members The Hoppers, Karen Peck & New River, The Booth Brothers,…

  9. 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.…

  10. Billboard Touring Conference Panel Will Explore Venue Options

    September 08, 2014 4:19 PM EDT As competition among venues for booking live shows continues to increase, with more options for live performance to choose from than ever, the upcoming Billboard Touring Conference will feature a panel that drills down into how venue decisions are made, featuring those who make those…

  11. Exclusive: Usher Taking His Time With 'UR'

    September 08, 2014 12:28 PM EDT The singer-songwriter's upcoming album will feature Chris Brown, as well as Drake, Skrillex, Ed Sheeran and more. Usher is taking back his album, UR , and "taking my time." The singer-songwriter tells Billboard that the "album isn’t scheduled anymore." UR was…

  12. 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…

  13. New Signings: Stevie Ray Vaughn's Estate, Shelby Lynne and Rounder, Spooky Black

    September 04, 2014 12:09 PM EDT Here’s a look at the latest artist signings across the music industry, including record labels, artist management firms, publishing companies, booking agencies and more.  RECORD LABELS -- Dutch singer Dotan signs to Republic Records , where he has released his new single “Home.” Additionally,…

  14. Miami's Ultra Music Festival Is Now 18 & Up

    September 02, 2014 5:37 PM EDT Move comes after drug-related death & security guard hospitalization at 2014 fest. After an unfortunate season of drug-related tragedies and behavioral arrests, EDM festivals may have reached a turning point. On Tuesday (Sept. 2), Miami's Ultra Music Festival announced that it is…

  15. Beyonce! Bruce Springsteen! Miley Cyrus! Check Out Some of the Coolest College Courses

    September 02, 2014 10:40 AM EDT Now that summer is over, it's time for school and between History 101 and English 300, several institutions of higher learning are offering courses on some of the country’s most influential artists. (We're looking at you, Beyonce!) Ultimate Stuyding Playlist | 20 Best Videos Set in…

  16. Ask Billboard: Taylor Swift Out-'Shake's Mariah Carey

    September 01, 2014 10:05 AM EDT A song called 'Shake It Off' tops the Hot 100 at last. Plus, Swift's place in pop/country crossover history, Christina Aguilera's career sales and more As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com .…

  17. Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Smokey Robinson Scores Highest-Charting Album in 33 Years

    August 29, 2014 8:45 PM EDT R&B legend Smokey Robinson earns his highest charting album since 1981, while Amy Grant debuts on both the Christian and Dance/Electronic Albums charts- On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart, Wiz Khalifa's Blacc Hollywood arrived at No. 1 , giving the hip-hop star his first…

  18. Exclusive: Steve Aoki on 'Neon Future,' Working With Fall Out Boy & Trying to Live Forever

    August 28, 2014 5:23 PM EDT The superstar DJ also explains hooking up with Guitar Center for "The Greatest Feeling on Earth" campaign When you're Steve Aoki -- one of the planet's highest-paid, hardest-working DJs -- life is understandably quite busy. But unlike many other workaholic musicians, it&…

  19. Ray J Gets 3 Charges Dismissed in Plea Deal

    August 28, 2014 4:27 PM EDT Singer pleads no contest to one remaining charge of misdemeanor trespassing in May incident. Ray J has pleaded no contest to misdemeanor trespassing following  an incident in May  at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. The other charges for sexual battery, assault on a police officer and resisting…

  20. Exclusive: Marc Anthony and Other Salsa Legends Share Memories of Legendary Label Fania Records

    August 28, 2014 2:47 PM EDT In this oral history, salsa legends share their memories -- good and bad -- of the most important tropical music label of all time During the early 1960s, Johnny Pacheco was riding high on Cuban-based Latin music. Dominican-born and New York-raised, Pacheco was a Juilliard-trained multi…

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