1. 5 Things We Want to See Kendrick Lamar Do on 'SNL'

    November 15, 2014 9:00 AM EST As the anticipation for Kendrick Lamar 's good kid, M.A.A.D. city follow-up intensifies, many are following his moves closely. The rapper has shared details of his upcoming studio album with every radio interview he’s done. He's been working with Dr. Dre , Pharrell Williams ,…

  2. MC Lyte, 'Ball' Feat. Lil Mama & AV: Exclusive Video Premiere

    November 13, 2014 1:25 PM EST MC Lyte takes the throne in the music video for her latest single, "Ball." The Ron Yuan-directed video kicks off with the MC taking questions from Shanghai Entertainment News reporters. When asked for the meaning behind "Ball," MC Lyte transports to other locations where…

  3. Exclusive: PTTOW! Appoints Bob Pittman, Jay Brown to Cultural Advisory Board Ahead of First Music Summit

    November 13, 2014 10:18 AM EST PTTOW!, an invite-only community for marketers and executives seeking to shape the next generation of consumers (aged 14 to 34), has helped broker music-marketing partnerships and recognize artists like Kaskade and Will.i.am alongside top executives from many of the world's biggest…

  4. Vice and Live Nation to Team Up on Joint Digital Content Venture

    November 12, 2014 4:34 PM EST Live Nation Entertainment and Vice Media today announced a joint venture whereby the two companies will create content around the live music space and co-launch a new digital platform slated to roll out in 2015. "We thought about how can we take 23,000 shows [that] our artist…

  5. Neil Young Bassist Rick Rosas Dead

    November 07, 2014 4:35 PM EST Longtime Neil Young bassist Rick Rosas has passed away at age 65, according to several sources . Crazy Horse drummer Ralph Molina first posted the news on his Facebook page, followed by Neil Young's unofficial fan page Thrasher's Wheat . Rosas cause of death is not yet known. …

  6. Exclusive Essay: Netflix’s Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos Pays Tribute to Home-Video Pioneer Ron Eisenberg

    November 07, 2014 4:29 PM EST Home video pioneer Ron Eisenberg , the founder and former president of ETD (East Texas Distributing), died at his Houston home on Oct. 31. He was 73.  Ron was a "keep it simple" kind of executive. If it seemed like a good idea, it was probably worth trying. If it didn't work,…

  7. Kool & the Gang, Rixton Performing at 2014 Billboard Touring Awards

    November 05, 2014 12:02 PM EST The upcoming 2014 Billboard Touring Awards will feature performances by R&B/funk legends Kool and the Gang and English pop band Rixton , it was announced Wednesday. The ceremony, taking place Nov. 20 at the Edison Ballroom in New York City, honors the concert industry's top…

  8. Kendrick Lamar Releases Groovy Video for 'i'

    November 04, 2014 2:39 PM EST Kendrick Lamar loves himself enough to dance. In his new music video, the rapper draws inspiration from the shiny '70s grooves that form the backbone of his single "i." The track, currently at No. 15 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart , is different from Lamar's…

  9. Apple Picking: Original Apple-1 Up for Auction, Company's New Seattle Office, Eddy Cue Sells a Lot of Stock

    November 04, 2014 1:28 PM EST Because the universe can't seem to get enough of Apple, here's a few quick hits of recent news regarding the Cuppertino, Calif.-based company. Buy Steve & Steve's Original Creation : On Dec. 11, Christie's auction house is putting a working Apple-1 Personal Computer…

  10. Wu-Tang Clan’s ‘A Better Tomorrow’ Album Thrills at Listening Party in NYC

    November 04, 2014 11:44 AM EST After months of delays, false starts and media bickering , the new Wu-Tang Clan album, A Better Tomorrow , is miraculously on its way, with a rock-solid release date (Dec. 2) and label home (Warner Bros. Records). On Monday night (Nov. 3), Wu mastermind the RZA hosted a private listening…

  11. Wu-Tang Clan Shares O.D.B.-Sampling New Track, 'Ruckus in B Minor'

    November 04, 2014 6:30 AM EST It's hard knowing how to feel about the first new Wu-Tang Clan  album in seven years. The couple bits we've heard so far --  "Keep Watch,"  lead single "Ron O'Neal" and the big Daily Show performance -- have been promising. "Ruckus in B Minor,"…

  12. Ron Eisenberg, Home Video Pioneer, Dead at 73

    November 03, 2014 8:09 AM EST Ron Eisenberg , founder and former president of ETD (East Texas Distributing), died peacefully in his Houston home on Oct. 31. He was 73. A native of Illinois and graduate of Loyola University Law School, Eisenberg began his career in home entertainment in 1977 when he formed ETD as a…

  13. Billboard Cover: Lorde on Her ‘Hero’ Kanye West, the ‘Hunger Games’ Soundtrack and Hype-Proofing Her Career

    October 31, 2014 9:00 AM EDT On this mid-October Friday, San Diego State University's campus looks like a certain kind of college-goer's paradise: guys in flip-flops and their tanned female counterparts lounge in the sunbaked quad, chatting about weekend plans, while dudes practice mixed martial arts…

  14. Revisionist History, Part 3: Michael Jackson Gets Revenge on Prince! Year-End Hits of the Past, Re-Analyzed

    October 30, 2014 12:15 PM EDT If you've been following our ongoing look at what happens when Billboard's No. 1 song for each of the Hot 100 's first 46 years is re-figured to reflect Nielsen SoundScan-measured digital song sales since 2004, weighted fairly equally with Nielsen BDS airplay since 2010, you…

  15. Autographed Rolling Stones Book, Yours for $5,000

    October 27, 2014 11:51 PM EDT The next Rolling Stones project will cost you a lot more than the average concert ticket. A boxed, collector's edition of "The Rolling Stones," a coffee table book featuring hundreds of famous and little-known photographs, will be released in December. Rolling Stones…

  16. Watch Willow Smith Play 'Whip My Hair,' Bring Out Jaden Smith & SZA in Brooklyn

    October 25, 2014 1:05 PM EDT Willow Smith's transition from a kiddie-pop princess to an oddball-R&B teen queen continued on Friday night (Oct. 24), as the 13-year-old singer took the stage at the FADER Fort Presented By Converse at the CMJ Music Marathon at 11:30 PM to unwrap a handful of sumptuous new tunes.…

  17. Ron Fair Exits Virgin Records

    October 20, 2014 9:01 PM EDT The veteran executive and award-winning producer was named chief creative officer and executive vice-president in February 2013. Veteran music executive Ron Fair has left Capitol Music Group, Billboard has learned. Fair was hired in Feb. 2013 as chief creative officer and executive vice…

  18. The Maverick Movement: Meet the Industry Movers Working Together to Steer the Careers of Madonna, U2, Britney and More

    October 17, 2014 2:47 PM EDT This week’s Billboard has the full scoop (and our first gatefold cover) on Maverick, an ambitious gathering of nine of music's top managers and their combined effort to shake up the industry. Its nine partners are Maverick's Guy Oseary , Laffitte Management’s Ron Laffitte , I Am…

  19. Clarence Spalding Is the Nashville Ace in Maverick’s Sleeve

    October 17, 2014 2:47 PM EDT THE NASHVILLE NETWORKER This profile is part of Billboard's Oct. 25 cover story package on the launch of Maverick, a new music-management consortium. You can find our full coverage right here . AGE: 57 TITLE: President, Spalding Entertainment STAFF : 8 CITY: Nashville COMPANY…

  20. Larry Rudolph, Britney Spears' Vegas Svengali, Dishes on the Changing Nature of Sin City

    October 17, 2014 2:47 PM EDT THE VEGAS VISIONARY This profile is part of Billboard's Oct. 25 cover story package on the launch of Maverick, a new music-management consortium. You can find our full coverage right here . AGE: 51 TITLE: Founder, Reign Deer Entertainment STAFF : 12 CITY: Los Angeles and Las Vegas…

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