1. IFPI Holds Conference on Global Friday Street Date While U.S. Opposition Mounts

    September 15, 2014 6:04 PM EDT While the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) is moving ahead with plans to establish a global new release street date that would see all new releases coming out on Friday, U.S. opposition to moving it from the long-established Tuesday release is mounting. In addition…

  2. PARTYNEXTDOOR Announces Fall North American Tour

    September 15, 2014 5:34 PM EDT Close to two months after the release of his anticipated sophomore project, PARTYNEXTDOOR 2 (July 29), PARTYNEXTDOOR embarks on a headlining North American tour. The 14-city fall tour will begin on Oct. 19 in Montreal and close with a midnight set on Nov. 22 in Los Angeles. Tickets for select…

  3. EDM A-Listers to Co-Headline Madison Square Garden on New Year's Eve

    September 15, 2014 5:13 PM EDT Move over, Phish -- Madison Square Garden is headed in a new, drop-friendly direction this New Year's Eve. Diplo and Skrillex , who recently teamed as the EDM power duo Jack U , will co-headline the Manhattan arena on Dec. 31, 2014. And there's plenty of reasons to expect…

  4. 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…

  5. Raw Power’s Craig Jennings and Matt Ash on U.S. Expansion, Growing Business in the Face of Falling Sales

    September 15, 2014 4:55 PM EDT The pair address how the last fifteen years have dramatically affected their jobs, and the business of breaking bands. Formed in 2006 by music industry veteran Craig Jennings alongside Iron Maiden ’s long-term manager Rod Smallwood and fellow Sanctuary Group founder Andy Taylor , U.K.-based…

  6. Fergie’s ‘The Dutchess’ Turns Eight: An Appreciation

    September 15, 2014 4:20 PM EDT The Black Eyed Pea singer still has yet to follow her solo debut -- and that's okay, because "The Dutchess" rules. Fergie ’s debut solo album, The Dutchess , was released on Sept. 13, 2006, meaning that the album celebrated its eighth birthday over the weekend. And…

  7. Inside Pentatonix, 'Pitch Perfect' and the Pop-Culture Phenomenon of A Cappella Music

    September 15, 2014 4:19 PM EDT The band Pentatonix, already swimming in brand alignments and video views, is having a moment as instrumentless interest keeps swelling. Alongside needle-moving, genre-defying priority releases on the RCA Records slate -- Sia 's 1000 Forms of Fear and "Weird Al" Yankovic '…

  8. Bogota Music Market Highlights New Platforms, Burgeoning Colombian Music Scene

    September 15, 2014 3:00 PM EDT Salsa laced with rap, rock-edged blues, Andean countryside music played with drums and electric guitars, a symphony orchestra, and a singer of folk/rock fusion whose moves overshadow Shakira 's. It was an eclectic group of performers who took the stage before an audience of more than 1…

  9. Robert Plant on What Inspires His New Band, and What He Still Finds Interesting About Led Zeppelin

    September 15, 2014 2:19 PM EDT Robert Plant has characterized the music he makes with his new backing band, The Sensational Space Shifters, as "country and eastern." It's a cheeky bit of stylistic recasting, but if anything, it doesn't go far enough in describing the wide scope of the rock legend's…

  10. Yusuf/Cat Stevens Announces First New Music in 5 Years, Tour

    September 15, 2014 11:58 AM EDT Yusuf , the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer formerly known as Cat Stevens , will release his first music in five years and perform six shows in North America in early winter. Sony's Legacy Recordings will release "Tell ‘Em I’m Gone" on Oct. 27 as part of a deal that will see future…

  11. 'Funeral' Turns 10: The Untold Story of Arcade Fire's Album Art & Brooklyn Mural

    September 15, 2014 10:15 AM EDT That Arcade Fire mural that popped up in Brooklyn? Tracy Maurice was behind that, too. Sept. 14 marked the 10-year anniversary of Arcade Fire’s Funeral , an album that changed alternative music as we know it. Billboard already gushed about its greatness in this classic track-by-track review ,…

  12. Robert Plant On New Album 'Ceaseless Roar': It's 'a Triumph'

    September 15, 2014 12:13 AM EDT Robert Plant has been a lifelong rambler with almost no interest in returning home to Great Britain. These days, though, he's as snug as a hobbit in his hole in his native country after returning to record his latest album, and he doesn't plan on changing his home base soon. "I…

  13. One Direction's Niall Horan Turns 21: Who Wished Him A Happy Birthday?

    September 13, 2014 5:37 PM EDT One Direction singer Niall Horan is having a big week. Not only did 1D's latest song, "Fireproof," score 1.1 million downloads in 24 hours, but he also just turned 21 on Sept. 13. Thank you all so much for your birthday wishes , 21 aye ? Jesus ! Can't believe the love you…

  14. One Music Fest Executives Talk Talent Scouting & Future of the Brand

    September 12, 2014 5:15 PM EDT On Saturday, Sept. 13, One Music Fest returns to Atlanta for its fifth year. The festival has grown to become one of late summer's mandatory activities for music lovers in the Peach State. In fact, many attendees come from far beyond the Georgia state lines -- last year, fans traveled…

  15. 'American Psycho' Musical Off-Broadway Run Killed

    September 12, 2014 4:20 PM EDT The attempt by the American Psycho musical to come to New York isn't going smoothly. Kanye West vs. Huey Lewis: Whose 'American Psycho' Parody Is Better? The off-Broadway company Second Stage Theatre said Friday (Sept. 12) it will no longer stage the musical based on Bret…

  16. Sir Mix-A-Lot on Nicki Minaj's 'Anaconda,' Booty Fever & New Music

    September 12, 2014 4:15 PM EDT Sir Mix-A-Lot didn't think he'd still be talking about his classic hit "Baby Got Back" decades after its release. Since the anthem impacted back in 1992, the 51-year old rapper has become the godfather of booty records, which have recently made a mainstream comeback thanks…

  17. Sergio Mendes & will.i.am Make 'Magic' on New Album: A Joint Q&A

    September 12, 2014 3:10 PM EDT As a 17-year-old, will.i.am fell in love with the music of Sergio Mendes after a fellow crate-digger turned him on to Equinox , Mendes' 1967 album with the Brazil 66. That appreciation led to the Black Eyed Peas leader buying all of Mendes' albums, tapping the pianist to play on the…

  18. Ariana Grande, ODESZA Own No. 1s On Dance Charts

    September 12, 2014 2:01 PM EDT Ariana Grande breaks to the top of Dance/Mix Show Airplay, while duo ODESZA crowns Dance/Electronic Albums. Ariana Grande scores her first No. 1 on Billboard's Dance/Mix Show Airplay chart as "Break Free," featuring Zedd , flies 7-1. Grande peaked at No. 2 in her first chart…

  19. Rita Ora Discusses New Album & Calvin Harris: 'I Don't Control Other People's Minds'

    September 12, 2014 2:00 PM EDT It's nearly 3 p.m. on the second day of the inaugural Los Angeles edition of Made in America Festival, and a big crowd has gathered to catch Rita Ora 's main-stage performance. It's a major upgrade -- two years ago, Ora played to a side-stage crowd three rows deep at the fest&…

  20. SFX Buys Brazilian Agency, Promoter Plus Talent

    September 12, 2014 1:05 PM EDT SFX Entertainment has announced its acquisition of Plus Talent, a leading agency and events promoter/producer in Brazil, in their latest move to expand in the South American market. Founded 20 years ago, Plus talent represents DJs and producers, books talent and produces tours and events,…

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