1. Jim Schwartz, Pioneering Indie Music Distributor, Dead at 91

    November 24, 2014 1:16 PM EST Legendary indie music distributor Jim Schwartz died in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 8 of complications from Alzheimer's disease. He was 91. Although Schwartz ran Schwartz Brothers for many years, the company was originally founded right after World War II by his father Harry, who named the…

  2. The Bangles Song Premiere: Hear ‘The Real World’ From Their New Compilation

    November 24, 2014 1:02 PM EST Susanna Hoffs is confident that fans who pick up Ladies and Gentlemen...The Bangles! , the Bangles ' new collection of early- and mid-80s demos, live tracks and the band's very first EP, won't feel like they're hearing an entirely different band from the hitmaking…

  3. From Sugarhill Gang to Trinidad James, a Look at the Influences of Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars' 'Uptown Funk'

    November 24, 2014 10:01 AM EST Part of the excitement of Mark Ronson 's "Uptown Funk," the just-released kickoff single from the DJ/producer's  Uptown Special is catching the allusions to one early '80s funk/R&B classic after another. Even on Ronson's own Facebook page fans cite "…

  4. Band Aid 30’s 'Do They Know It’s Christmas' Opens at No. 1 in U.K. With Huge Sales

    November 24, 2014 4:56 AM EST Band Aid 30’s updated “Do They Know It’s Christmas” (EMI/Universal) has become the U.K.’s fastest-selling single of the year to date, selling 312,000 downloads to go straight to No. 1. Sunday's (Nov. 23) new Official Charts Company data also saw One Direction debut atop the album…

  5. Paul Paoliello Appointed International CEO/COO of Murphy Petrol Group

    November 24, 2014 4:30 AM EST Chris Murphy has promoted music biz veteran Paul Paoliello to international CEO/COO of the Murphy Petrol Group, with immediate effect. The South African-born Paoliello until recently served as director of business development for the Australian entrepreneur's rights management firm…

  6. 2014 AMAs: Best, Worst & Weirdest Performances

    November 24, 2014 12:40 AM EST Obviously the American Music Awards are about awards, but the real reason we tune in is to see hit artists delivering performances of their new material. Sometimes they're spectacular, sometimes they're snoozy -- even the best pop stars can swing and miss at the AMAs -- but they…

  7. Interscope, Chrysler Team For Ad Spots With Eminem, Fergie, Gwen Stefani & More During AMAs

    November 23, 2014 11:03 PM EST Interscope has new videos coming from Eminem , Fergie , Gwen Stefani , Imagine Dragons and Phillip Phillips -- and the company is going to let you know about them during the American Music Awards telecast on Sunday (Nov. 23), with the help of Chrysler Group LLC. Full AMAs 2014 Coverage The…

  8. Why Queen Latifah’s Reign in Syndication Is Ending

    November 22, 2014 12:00 AM EST Her show wasn’t growing -- which made it impossible to justify the cost. Queen Latifah is the latest victim of the tough economics and harsh realities of making a show work in national television syndication. It is expensive to launch a new syndicated show, hard to make inroads against…

  9. Playlist Live: An Exploration of the Internet in Real Life

    November 21, 2014 8:00 PM EST Rebecca Black, Troye Sivan, Trevor Moran & more YouTube stars take selfies & sell merch at New York conference. The first actual meet-up of Internet-famous people didn't actually happen in real life at all, but in the 2008 episode of South Park titled "Canada On Strike.…

  10. Diamond Rio Are Going Live for 25th-Anniversary Project

    November 21, 2014 6:06 PM EST There have been many milestones in the career of Diamond Rio . In 1991, the band made history with "Meet in the Middle" climbing to the top of the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart (now called Hot Country Songs), the first time a group did so with their debut single. They have…

  11. G-Unit, Kindness & Greek Fire: Emerging Picks of the Week

    November 21, 2014 4:31 PM EST Heading into the weekend, Billboard offers another triple play of tracks to check out that all debuted on this week's Billboard + Twitter Emerging Artists chart. Be sure to give them a listen, and check back next week for a new set of selections. "Big Body Benz," Kidd Kidd…

  12. One Direction, Justin Bieber & Cody Simpson: Real-Time Twitter Chart Rewind Ep. 25

    November 21, 2014 1:30 PM EST Welcome back to Billboard's weekly video show "Real-Time Rewind," which recaps the past week's hottest action on the new Billboard Real-Time Twitter Charts -- Trending 140 and Emerging Artists -- and the news that's driving the action. Joe Levy is back in the…

  13. Catching Up with Sky Ferreira: On Recording with Primal Scream, Splitting From Troy Carter & Regaining Control of Her Career

    November 21, 2014 11:46 AM EST “I feel like I’ve been sitting at the DMV for 10 years. I did all my paperwork, I passed my test, but they still haven’t called my number." On Thursday night at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles, Sky Ferreira kicked off a run of five West Coast performances that will effectively put…

  14. Exclusive: Hinder Premieres New Song 'Hit the Ground,' Talks 2015 Studio Album

    November 21, 2014 11:15 AM EST Hinder shares the lyric video for the hard rockin' anthem that will appear on its new album. Hinder is back with a new album for 2015, and Billboard has the first peek at the new music. For its fifth studio album, the hard-rocking Oklahoma band introduces the driving guitar ballad …

  15. Happy Birthday, Bjork! 10 Unforgettable Tracks Revisited

    November 21, 2014 11:06 AM EST Icelandic singer-songwriter Bjork is many things -- she’s an artist, influencer and has made a career by not fitting into any stereotypical molds. She takes risks (ahem, infamous swan dress ) and lets her unique voice speak for itself. Even Beavis and Butt-head tried to wrap their heads…

  16. What's The Most Common Hot 100 Song Title? (Updated)

    November 21, 2014 10:55 AM EST Last year, Alabama Shakes debuted on the Hot 100 with the latest entry titled 'Hold On.' Is that still the most common song title in the chart's more than five-decade history? Hold on a second. Or third. Or fourth ... In March 2013, Alabama Shakes debuted on the Billboard…

  17. Tomorrow's Hits: Bahamas, Kyla La Grange & Olivia Lane

    November 21, 2014 10:00 AM EST Each Friday, Billboard presents Tomorrow's Hits, a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Bahamas A synch in a commercial starring James Franco for Verizon's Droid Turbo has spurred interest in Bahamas' "All the Time"…

  18. Lily Allen's ITNO Record Label Has Shut Down

    November 21, 2014 8:57 AM EST Lily Allen 's record label ITNO, an acronym for In The Name Of, has folded, just three years after it was formed.  The British singer set up ITNO in 2011 in partnership with Sony Music U.K. and scored an early success with Tom Odell , who became the first male to win the Brits Critics&…

  19. Ty Herndon on Coming Out: 'In the Country World, Hell Yes It's a Big Deal'

    November 21, 2014 7:30 AM EST Country fans with long memories and/or a keen sense of gay-dar have long wondered if the deeply conflicted and closeted country singer named Will Lexington on Nashville was modeled on Ty Herndon , who had a series of No. 1 country hits in the mid- and late ‘90s. While it’s unclear whether…

  20. Andre 3000’s Outkast Reunion Tour Jumpsuits Heading to Miami Art Exhibit

    November 21, 2014 1:19 AM EST Andre 3000’s unique jumpsuits from Outkast ’s recent 20th anniversary tour will be displayed during an art exhibit in Miami beginning in December. Outkast Wraps Reunion Tour With Smiles and High Energy at Voodoo Fest The rapper’s 47 jumpsuits will be shown together for the first time during…

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