1. Dr. Dre Destroys Forbes' Hip-Hop Cash Kings List -- Who Joins Him?

    September 23, 2014 5:26 PM EDT Who makes the most money in hip-hop? It's a fraught question, and one that comes up frequently in rap lyrics -- Drake , for example, raps in his song "5 AM in Toronto," "I made the Forbes list, n---a/F--- your list, everything's lookin' gorgeous." Today,…

  2. Guest Post: What Will the Music Business Look Like in Five Years?

    September 23, 2014 3:27 PM EDT From the dawn of the digital era in 1999, with the introduction of Napster, the U.S. recording industry has seen a cataclysmic decline in income, from $14.5 billion at its peak to less than $7 billion in 2013 (accounting for inflation, a decline of over 65%). In the last three years,…

  3. Joe Perry Dishes on Groupies, Steven Tyler and the Guitar Slash Wouldn’t Give Back in His New Memoir

    September 22, 2014 2:14 PM EDT In his memoir 'Rocks: My Life In and Out of Aerosmith' (out Oct. 7), the guitarist, 64, reveals the behind-the-scenes story of his hard-rock life. 1. Joe Perry considers Steven Tyler family, despite the fights. He's the brother I never had, which is a lot of the basis for our…

  4. Charli XCX Sweepstakes Rules

    September 21, 2014 2:52 PM EDT Concert Ticket Sweepstakes Sponsored by Billboard (“Sponsor”) OFFICIAL SWEEPSTAKES RULES NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN THIS SWEEPSTAKES. A purchase will not improve chances of winning. CONSUMER DISCLOSURE You have not yet won. OPEN ONLY TO LEGAL RESIDENTS…

  5. Vivendi to Sell Brazilian Unit GVT to Mobile Giant Telefónica

    September 19, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Spanish telecoms company Telefonica says it has reached a deal to buy Brazilian operator GVT from French media conglomerate Vivendi. Telefonica says it will pay 4.66 billion euros ($6 billion) in cash as well as 12 percent of the shares in its Brazilian unit, Telefonica Brasil, into which…

  6. Perry Farrell Takes a Walk Down L.A. Memory Lane Before Sunset Strip Music Fest

    September 18, 2014 3:24 PM EDT Jane's Addiction will perform 'Nothing's Shocking' in its entirety on Friday. This weekend, Jane's Addiction will be the focal point of the Sunset Strip Music Festival, a two-day long event celebrating the legendary strip's long musical heritage. On Friday…

  7. Jason Isbell Sweeps, Sturgill Simpson Wins Big at Americana Awards

    September 18, 2014 11:52 AM EDT Singer-songwriter Jason Isbell swept the major awards Wednesday night at the Americana Honors & Awards, creating another special moment with his wife, Amanda Shires . Isbell won artist, album and song of the year during the 13th annual awards show Wednesday night at Ryman Auditorium in…

  8. Instagram Co-Founder Kevin Systrom Joins KCRW Board of Directors

    September 18, 2014 9:28 AM EDT Instagram co-founder and CEO Kevin Systrom has joined the board of directors of Los Angeles-area community radio station KCRW . His appointment is effective immediately and brings the total number of board members for the venerable station to 25. KCRW general manager Jennifer Ferro…

  9. Sony Forecasts $2 Billion Loss as Smartphone Problems Pile Up

    September 17, 2014 9:28 AM EDT Great strides from Chinese rivals and "strong, innovative products" by Apple and others is blamed for expected loss. "The changes are very rapid and dramatic," says Sony president Kazuo Hirai. Sony expects its annual loss to swell to $2 billion and has canceled dividends…

  10. Is Another Tech Bubble Forming Around Music Streaming?

    September 16, 2014 5:41 PM EDT Some of the most well known venture capitalists have sounded an alarm over the state of startups in the United States. Put simply, they think startups' burn rate -- the amount of cash used in excess of cash received -- points to a high level of risk. Bill Gurley , a partner at Benchmark…

  11. Elvis Presley History Celebrated at Tennessee's Bone Appetit Benefit

    September 16, 2014 5:36 PM EDT This weekend marks the Second Annual Bone Appetit -- an event that benefits Downtown Dogs Group, a no-kill animal rescue organization based in Jackson, Tenn. In addition to celebrating our furry friends, the event also features a lot of food and a lot of music. The event is catered by many of…

  12. Willie Nelson's Farm Aid Heads South as Jack White, Gary Clark Jr. & Delta Rae Rock in Raleigh

    September 15, 2014 6:33 PM EDT Farm Aid, the annual benefit concert to support America's family farmers, headed south this year, drawing 20,000 fans to the Walnut Creek Amphitheatre in Raleigh, N.C., on Saturday, and the move shaped both the music and the message of the event. Now in it's 29th year, Farm Aid is…

  13. Exclusive: Listen to PROM's ‘Flickers,’ First Single From Ghost Beach's Crazy Heart Records

    September 15, 2014 5:09 PM EDT Electronic pop duo Ghost Beach memorably took to Times Square last year to ignite a debate on music piracy . Now, they’re teaming with indie-music distributor The Orchard for their own label, Crazy Heart Records, which will release its first single Sept. 16, PROM’s “Flickers.” Billboard has…

  14. Cash Cash Single Premiere: Listen To 'Surrender' from the 'Take Me Home' Hitmakers

    September 15, 2014 12:03 PM EDT After years of releasing massive electronic anthems, Cash Cash finally broke through last year with the crossover hit “Take Me Home,” featuring Bebe Rexha. The EDM group is returning next year with an as-yet-untitled new album, and Billboard.com has its electric first single — listen to…

  15. Tom Skeeter, Sound City Studios Owner, Dies

    September 13, 2014 9:20 PM EDT Tom Skeeter, a longtime music industry insider and owner of the legendary Sound City Studios, has died, Billboard has confirmed. A cause of death was not revealed at press time. "We lost our main man, Tommy Skeeter this week. Grateful our Sound City Movie pals for introducing him…

  16. 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…

  17. SiriusXM Raises Forecast by 200,000 Subscribers for 2014

    September 11, 2014 6:17 PM EDT SiriusXM Radio has increased its forecast for subscription growth by 200,000 accounts. The company now expects to finish the year with net subscriber additions of 1.45 million, which would bring total subscribers to 27 million. SiriusXM Adds Barbra Streisand Channel The increased guidance can…

  18. 6. Austin Mahone: 21 Under 21 (2014)

    September 11, 2014 12:33 PM EDT Under 21 Main Page Birthdate: April 4, 1996 (Age: 18) Last Year's Rank: 7 Why He's Hot: Austin Mahone , the heir presumptive to the teen-pop throne Justin Bieber seems all too eager to abdicate, continued to ascend this year. As his signing to Young Money Cash Money…

  19. Did Kanye West Dash to the Hospital in Australia?

    September 11, 2014 1:59 AM EDT Reps for Kanye West have no comment on claims that the rapper made an emergency hospital visit while on tour in Australia.  According to various published reports, the 37-year-old was rushed to the hospital on Wednesday just hours before his final Melbourne concert. Rough Version of Kanye…

  20. 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,…

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