1. Dolly Parton Q&A: The Country Legend on 50 Years in Nashville and Why She Supports Her Gay Fans

    October 24, 2014 2:08 PM EDT This year marks the 50th Anniversary since 68-year-old international icon Dolly Parton came to Nashville. The fourth of 12 siblings who shared a one-room cabin, the East Tennessee native was so poor growing up that her father paid the doctor who delivered her with a bag of cornmeal. The day…

  2. Led Zeppelin Releases 'Rock and Roll' Video That Isn't a Car Commercial

    October 24, 2014 10:18 AM EDT Three days from now, Led Zeppelin fans will get treated to a whole bounty of new goodies to geek out on. On Oct. 27, the band releases expanded, remastered versions its early '70s classics Led Zeppelin IV and Houses of the Holy . To get us to run out and buy them ( or maybe a new…

  3. Fighting for the Greek: Behind Nederlander/AEG and Live Nation’s War for the Iconic L.A. Theater

    October 21, 2014 10:30 AM EDT A modern day Trojan War is underway in Los Angeles as the world's largest promoters, Live Nation and AEG Live in partnership with the Nederlander Organization, battle for possession of a trophy itself inspired by antiquity: the city's iconic Greek Theatre. At stake is a…

  4. Chart Highlights: Iggy Azalea, MAGIC! Score New No. 1s, Foo Fighters Return

    October 20, 2014 6:35 PM EDT 'Black Widow' nets Azalea a Pop Songs honor last earned by Lady Gaga. Plus, MAGIC! tops AC and Foo Fighters storm multiple rock charts and more. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and…

  5. Corner Office: Afo Verde, Head of Sony Latin, on Ricky Martin, His Producer Roots and Argentine Pride

    October 20, 2014 11:46 AM EDT The 50 or so ­employees at Sony Music Entertainment’s Miami headquarters are used to seeing Afo Verde walk briskly, fitting for a part-time soccer player. But today, he limps, still recovering from a 3-month-old ankle fracture sustained during his company’s weekly soccer match. “I’d love…

  6. From Beyonce’s Surprise to Thom Yorke’s BitTorrent Gamble, It’s Been a Game-Changing Grammy Year

    October 17, 2014 2:52 PM EDT Beyoncé to Bruce to Bono: An analysis of the dark horses and big bangs as the qualification period ­closes, and the competition heats up. The 12 months covered by this year's Grammy Awards (from Oct. 1, 2013 to Sept. 30, 2014) revealed a music community that was prepared to try just…

  7. Live Nation vs. Nederlander/AEG: Who Will Win Tomorrow's Greek Theatre Bid?

    October 08, 2014 6:38 PM EDT Expect no love to be lost Thursday between the world's largest promoters Live Nation and the combined team of Nederlander/AEG Live when the Los Angeles Department of Recreations and Parks is set to endorse one or the other in a fierce bidding war to manage the city's iconic Greek…

  8. Blondie, Pharrell Williams Honored at Sarcastic, Self-Aware Clio Awards

    October 02, 2014 11:21 PM EDT We're here to celebrate you -- you should be a little more f---ing excited!" said Whoopi Goldberg to a less-than-enthused crowd while kicking off the 55th annual Clio Awards, held at New York City's Cipriani Wall Street on Wednesday night.  "It's kind of like being…

  9. Billboard and CLIO Music's Top Commercials Powered by Shazam

    October 02, 2014 11:00 AM EDT For the 55 th annual CLIO Awards honoring creativity in advertising, Billboard and Shazam teamed up to create three charts that honor the best uses of music in advertising over the past year.  Using tagging data from Shazam, as well as sales, airplay and streaming tracked by Nielsen…

  10. Are Brands Music’s New Bank? Lars Ulrich and Top Execs on the $1.3 Billion Up for Grabs

    September 26, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Six visionaries talk about what's working, what's not, why a Coke Zero concert in Antarctica makes sense and how the industry can catch up to sports' $12 billion gold mine. The day after he joins Billboard in New York for a discussion on music and branding, Lars Ulrich will…

  11. Forever Young: Top 21 Songs By Under-21 Musicians (From the Last 21 Years)

    September 24, 2014 2:33 PM EDT Pop isn’t necessarily a young person’s game. Singing, rapping, songwriting, melting minds with various instruments: These are skills that improve with time, and plenty of veteran artists produce music that resonates with fans of all ages -- even fickle teens that are generally suspicious of…

  12. 'Love & Mercy' Stars John Cusack & Paul Dano on How They Became Brian Wilson

    September 19, 2014 4:50 PM EDT The film about the Beach Boys mastermind premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. It wasn't just the script that got actors John Cusack and Paul Dano excited about playing Beach Boys singer-songwriter Brian Wilson in director Bill Pohlad 's new film, Love & Mercy …

  13. Rick Ross Sets Release Date for 'Hood Billionaire' Album

    September 17, 2014 1:42 PM EDT After teasing Hood Billionaire with his first single "Elvis Presley Blvd" on Monday, Rick Ross announced the release date for his forthcoming album. Hood Billionaire is slated to drop on Nov. 24, making it the Bawse's second album of 2014. Rick Ross Rules With Fifth No. 1…

  14. Tim McGraw, ‘Sundown Heaven Town’: Track-by-Track Album Review

    September 16, 2014 1:14 PM EDT Tim McGraw has scored more than 50 top 10 hits on Billboard's Country Airplay chart during the last 20 years. On Sept. 16, the singer rolls out Sundown Heaven Town , his 13th studio album. On the disc,  co-produced by McGraw and longtime collaborator  Byron Gallimore,  the singer…

  15. Rick Ross Releases 'Elvis Presley Blvd' Single, Announces 'Hood Billionaire' Album

    September 15, 2014 5:18 PM EDT Rick Ross delivered the first taste of his forthcoming album, Hood Billionaire , with his first single, "Elvis Presley Blvd." In the NSFW music video, the rapper posts up on his Cadillac, while an on-screen couple, disguised as the legendary Elvis Presley and Priscilla Presley, go…

  16. Memphis Soul Doc ‘Take Me to the River’ Is Giving Back to Musicians in Need

    September 09, 2014 5:09 PM EDT In Take Me to the River , Martin Shore 's documentary about music scenes in and around Memphis since the late 1950s, veteran artists are united in recording studios with singers and rappers two or three generations younger. Snoop Dogg Helps Premiere 'Take Me to the River' at…

  17. Kany Garcia Notches Her Highest-Charting Album

    August 29, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Plus: Street-date violation sales push Chayanne to an early debut. Kany Garcia earns her highest-charting album ever on Top Latin Albums , as her new release, Kany Garcia: En Vivo , debuts at No. 4 with 2,000 copies sold in its first week (ending Aug. 24), according to Nielsen SoundScan. Pepe…

  18. It's Time to Stop Comparing Ariana Grande to Mariah Carey

    August 27, 2014 3:37 PM EDT With her sophomore album, the "Problem" singer no longer resembles the elusive chanteuse -- and that's okay. From the moment her breakthrough single "The Way" set her career framework, Ariana Grande has operated in the shadow of a giant: Mariah Carey. Yours…

  19. Chart Highlights: Sam Smith's 'Stay With Me' Crowns Pop Songs, Adult Pop Songs, AC

    August 25, 2014 3:35 PM EDT The ballad becomes one of only three songs ever to lead the three lists simultaneously. Plus, new No. 1s for Jeremih, ScHoolboy Q, Demi Lovato & more Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers…

  20. Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame 'Masterclass' Scribes Talk Writing for Latin Superstars

    August 22, 2014 8:12 PM EDT Their names may not be as widely recognized as Ricky Martin and Carlos Santana , but their lyrics and songs have been heard around the globe. The songwriters featured at the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame's "Masterclass in the Round" have written some of the most iconic…

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