1. Steven Tyler Lawyer Loses First Amendment Battle Over 'American Idol' Negotiations

    February 26, 2015 12:34 AM EST On Wednesday, a California appeals court revived claims against Steven Tyler's attorney, Dina LaPolt , connected to the way she handled her client's contract negotiation to return as a judge on American Idol . The lawsuit was brought by Kovac Media Group, Tyler's former…

  2. Republic Records Taps Patch Culbertson for A&R Director

    February 25, 2015 1:59 PM EST Patch Culbertson has been promoted to director of A&R at Republic Records, where he's worked since 2009. Culbertson previously served as the company's A&R manager, signing and developing a slew of acts including The Naked & Famous , SoMo and Viv and the Revival . He also…

  3. 'The Voice' Season 8 Preview: The Pros & Cons

    February 23, 2015 9:00 AM EST One of the riskiest and most rewarding of any audition in The Voice 's previous seven seasons occurs Monday night at the end of the two-hour season debut: A 15-year-old farmer sings a song from the public domain and wows the coaches despite his style falling far outside the known ranges…

  4. Corner Office: Capitol Music Group Chairman/CEO Steve Barnett on Sam Smith and Beck's Grammy Sweep and Why Kanye West 'Needs a Therapist'

    February 20, 2015 1:00 PM EST You won't find any corner offices in Capitol Music Group's Los angeles headquarters, but at the top of the iconic circular tower sits a sharp chief executive. Chairman/CEO Steve Barnett , 62, has only logged two years on the job, following a 15-year stint at Sony Music, but his…

  5. Billboard's First-Ever Double Threats Special: Jennifer Hudson, Andy Samberg, Donald Glover and More Multihyphenate Powerhouses

    February 20, 2015 11:33 AM EST "I give 100 percent, whether it's singing or acting," says Jennifer Hudson . "I hope I never have to choose between the two." Fortunately, it's doubtful she'll ever have to: After a stint as an American Idol finalist in 2004, the Chicago native's…

  6. Tomorrow's Hits: Tori Kelly, Waterloo Revival & Casey Veggies

    February 20, 2015 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. Tori Kelly After turning rookies like Sam Smith and 5 Seconds of Summer into global superstars in 2014, Capitol reaps rewards with its first notable…

  7. Boogaloo Film 'We Like It Like That' Salutes the Sound That 'Saved Latin Music in New York'

    February 19, 2015 4:29 PM EST Documentary premieres at SXSW in March. For We Like It Like That , a new documentary premiering at SXSW that vividly tells the story of the rise and fall of boogaloo, director Mathew Ramirez Warren uses vintage footage, album covers and concert posters to create a film that brings the New…

  8. Blackberry Smoke's 'Roses' Blooms at No. 1 on Top Country Albums

    February 19, 2015 4:11 PM EST Plus: Chart action for Robert Earl Keen, Sam Hunt, Jana Kramer & more. Country/rock band Blackberry Smoke nabs its first No. 1 and biggest sales week on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart with Holding All the Roses . The group's fourth studio album bows with 19,000 sold,…

  9. Hall & Oates Talk 'Live From Dublin' DVD, Why They Still Tour Together

    February 18, 2015 2:20 PM EST Daryl Hall & John Oates had a feeling their July 2014 show at the Olympia Theatre in Dublin -- just three months after the duo's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction and surprisingly their first performance ever in Ireland -- might be special. So they decided to roll out the cameras…

  10. Arcade Fire's Win Butler Mashes Up Kanye West's 'Jesus Walks' and Beck's 'Loser'

    February 17, 2015 9:53 AM EST Does 'Jesus Walks, Loser' (gasp) respect artistry? Is there anything let to say about Kanye West , Beck , Beyoncé and the 2015 Grammys that hasn't been said already? Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler thinks so. And even if you're over the drama by now, we suggest you take a…

  11. Chart Highlights: Mana, Shakira Debut at No. 1 on Latin Airplay

    February 16, 2015 4:15 PM EST Plus, new leaders for Walk the Moon, Modest Mouse, Mary J. Blige, Florida Georgia Line, Ricky Martin & more. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. (All charts below are based on radio airplay except for Dance Club Songs, which is based on…

  12. The 10 Steps Sia Took To Becoming a Pop Star

    February 13, 2015 5:35 PM EST Retiring, writing hits for others and reviving the music video: these are the ways Sia went from outsider to pop icon. It's been a big week for Sia -- one that was impossible to imagine just a few short years ago. Days after Sia performed at the 57th annual Grammy Awards, where…

  13. Katy Perry Roars to New Billboard Artist 100 Peak, Taylor Swift No. 1 for 16th Week

    February 12, 2015 2:00 PM EST Perry hits a new high following her high-profile performances, while Swift remains in her usual spot atop the tally. Despite having ranked on the Billboard Artist 100 for all 32 weeks of the chart's existence, Katy Perry reaches a new peak this week, flying 12-6. Her vault is no surprise…

  14. CODE Guest Playlist: The Magician

    February 11, 2015 5:18 PM EST The Magician -- also known as Stephano Fasano -- is no newcomer to the music scene. Tomorrow's Hits: The Magician Fasano was formerly a member of nu-disco duo Aeroplane , which he formed with fellow Belgian Vito de Luca in 2007. Since departing in 2010, the Brussels native has conjured…

  15. Jack White Shares Harry Connick Jr. Cover

    February 11, 2015 2:00 PM EST Jack White is many things, but predictable is not one of them. For the b-side to his latest Lazaretto single, "That Black Bat Licorice," the Third Man honcho covered a song by Harry Connick Jr. It's safe to say no one saw that coming. Maybe Jack's been watching a lot of…

  16. Frankie Valli Faces New Copyright Battle Over 'Jersey Boys'

    February 10, 2015 10:54 PM EST A federal appeals court on Tuesday revived a copyright lawsuit against Frankie Valli and fellow Four Seasons band member Robert Gaudio over Jersey Boys , the popular musical about the band. Donna Corbello sued Valli and Gaudio in 2011 for copyright infringement, claiming the musical was based…

  17. Producer Sergio George to be Honored at BMI Latin Awards

    February 10, 2015 10:58 AM EST Top Latin songwriters and publishers to be announced at Miami Beach ceremony. Sergio George, the producer whose recordings with Marc Anthony , the Salsa Giants, Prince Royce and many other artists have revolutionized the sound of tropical music, will be honored with the BMI President's…

  18. Police Reportedly Investigating Injuries on Bobbi Kristina's Face, Mouth

    February 09, 2015 9:56 PM EST New reports are surfacing relating to the relationship between  Whitney Houston  and Bobby Brown 's daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown and her supposed husband Nick Gordon, suggesting there were issues of jealousy and possible foul play.  Police Reportedly Investigating Foul Play in Bobbi…

  19. Valentine's Playlist: Katy Perry, Iggy Azalea and More Share Their Favorite Love Songs

    February 09, 2015 4:46 PM EST Billboard talked with musicians, actors, directors, and comedians about their ultimate love songs.  Katy Perry "I invite all! If I could do a call and response to that, it's like, 'I ain't got no type, I just want someone on the level that I like.' Did I really just…

  20. Meet Writer-Producer Kevin Kadish, Meghan Trainor's Secret Weapon

    February 02, 2015 6:19 PM EST Meghan Trainor 's inaugural LP, Title , which debuted at No. 1 on the Jan. 24 Billboard 200 with sales of 195,000 ­copies (according to Nielsen Music), put a big Happy New Year exclamation point on the 21-year-old singer-songwriter's breakthrough in 2014. But the album also set up…

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