1. Microsoft Isn't Killing Xbox Music; Update Coming

    July 24, 2014 10:08 AM EDT If you took Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella's comment this week that the company would "streamline our investments in music and video" to signal the imminent demise of Xbox Music, well, relax. Nadella made the one-off comment during a Tuesday earnings call to report its fourth…

  2. Blake Shelton Scores Record-Tying Fifth Country Airplay No. 1 From 'Story'

    June 30, 2014 10:15 PM EDT 'My Eyes' marks the fifth leader from 'Based On a True Story …,' matching the No. 1 output of Brad Paisley's '5th Gear' in 2007-08 Blake Shelton ties a vaunted Country Airplay chart record, and extends another that he already owned, as "My Eyes,"…

  3. Univision Ratings Scandal: 'Someone Needs to Put These Cheaters In Check'

    June 27, 2014 3:01 PM EDT A Univision radio executive manipulated Nielsen’s ratings devices, upending the lucrative Los Angeles market. The damage control is in full swing, and rivals are circling. The West Coast radio world was rocked in mid-June by revelations that a Univision executive had manipulated the ratings…

  4. Angie Martinez Talks Hot 97 Departure & Power 105.1 Move: Exclusive

    June 20, 2014 5:32 PM EDT Angie Martinez has broken her silence since resigning from New York City's famed radio station Hot 97 earlier this week. The radio personality, who spent two decades on-air with Hot 97, resigned earlier this week through a social networking announcement and a tearful goodbye during…

  5. 'Rising Star': Stakes Are High For Creator Keshet International

    June 20, 2014 3:19 PM EDT Following weeks of promotion for its upcoming singing competition show, ABC has a lot riding on this Sunday’s debut of "Rising Star." But stakes are ever higher for the format’s creators, Israel’s Keshet International. While for the Alphabet network this is the opportunity to get…

  6. Kate Upton, Tony Hale Duel Over Drinks in Lady Antebellum's 'Bartender' Video: Watch

    June 19, 2014 7:28 PM EDT Kate Upton is challenged to chug whatever Tony Hale can manage to mix in the music video for "Bartender," Lady Antebellum's lead single off their upcoming fifth album. The breakup anthem—written by the country trio's Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott with co…

  7. 'Rising Star': Brad Paisley and Kesha on Their 'Terrifying' New Job (Video)

    June 17, 2014 5:48 PM EDT Brad Paisley and Kesha are heading into the June 22 launch of ABC's "Rising Star" with no idea of what to expect. They have not seen or heard the contestants, their first run-though will be a day before broadcast and they're not entirely sure about the "expert"…

  8. Adore Delano Sets 'Drag Race' Record

    June 12, 2014 3:14 PM EDT Drag queen Adore Delano has brought the "Party" to Billboard's charts. The "RuPaul's Drag Race" contestant sees his "Till Death Do Us Party" album log the biggest sales week of any "Drag Race" competitor, as the set debuts with 5,000 copies…

  9. Tony Awards Ratings Dip for CBS

    June 09, 2014 11:08 PM EDT The Tony Awards with hopping host Hugh Jackman couldn't leapfrog last year's show in the ratings or the NBA Finals. According to preliminary Nielsen figures released Monday, Sunday's CBS telecast crowning "A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder" as Broadway'…

  10. Will Ferrell & RHCP’s Chad Smith Drum-Off On ‘Fallon’ (Watch)

    May 23, 2014 5:17 AM EDT Will Ferrell and Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Chad Smith delved deep into their bags of tricks for the well-hyped “greatest drummer” face-off on the “Tonight Show.” Ferrell and his counterpart turned up looking freakishly similar in Kiss “Destroyer” shirts, jeans and baseball caps turned backwards…

  11. Bumbershoot Lineup: Wu-Tang Clan, Foster the People, J. Cole Headlining

    May 09, 2014 1:37 PM EDT The festival hits Seattle from August 30 to September 1 Seattle's annual Labor Day weekend bash Bumbershoot, one of the summer's late-season festivals, has announced its lineup for 2014. Foster the People, J.Cole and Wu-Tang Clan are listed as the headliners atop the Bumbershoot…

  12. 'The Voice' Recap: Gwen Stefani, Pharrell Williams Perform for Top 8

    May 06, 2014 12:23 AM EDT Two blondes made their debut on "The Voice" on Monday night: Gwen Stefani, and a newly-platinum Adam Levine. "I don't have an explanation -- I woke up, I had the day off, and I thought I'd look like Shakira," he said of his new 'do. "I feel a bit like…

  13. Conor Oberst: The Ex Boy Wonder of Indie Rock Moves to a Major Label

    April 28, 2014 6:23 PM EDT At 34, Conor Oberst would still prefer to never grow up. But a major label is okay Conor Oberst lives with ghosts. They lurk in the jukebox at the bar near his East Village apartment, and howl on the radio at home in Omaha, Neb. At just 34, the shape-shifting singer-songwriter has been…

  14. Gwar's Top 5 Mainstream Moments: Fox News, 'Beavis & Butt-Head' & More

    March 24, 2014 5:00 PM EDT Gwar was never meant for the mainstream. Since founding the band in 1984, singer Oderus Urungus (aka David Brockie) was on an unrepentant mission to be as outrageous and socially unacceptable as possible. Costumes of oversized battle armor, offensive lyrics and brutal music were his…

  15. Hot 100 March Madness 2014: Vote Now In The Finals!

    March 24, 2014 4:20 PM EDT Cast your vote for your favorite Top 5 single from the past year. And then there were two: Round 4 of Hot 100 March Madness has drawn to a close, and with only two Top 5 hits from the past year still standing from the original field of 32, it's time to decide which song will…

  16. Music's Top 40 Money Makers 2014: The Rich List

    March 10, 2014 11:10 AM EDT Billboard ranks the highest-paid musicians of the past year. Who makes the biggest bucks in music? Billboard’s annual Money Makers ranking of the top earners is more than a little bit country (Taylor storms in at No. 1), with plenty of hip-hop and a whole lot of rock’n’roll …

  17. Cody Simpson, Big Time Rush Singer Tapped for 'Dancing With the Stars'

    March 04, 2014 12:43 PM EST "Dancing With the Stars" unveiled the 12 new couples to compete on the series when it returns for its 18th season this month. Appearing on "Good Morning America," one of the biggest names was returning pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy. The fan favorite is back, starting with the…

  18. De La Soul, '3 Feet High and Rising' at 25: Classic Track-by-Track Review

    March 03, 2014 10:20 AM EST Twenty-five years ago today (March 3), De La Soul's seminal debut LP, "3 Feet High and Rising," was released. Widely-regarded as one of the best records of its era, and now almost universally praised, it's among the finest projects spawned by the Native Tongue…

  19. Ricky Martin's World Cup Song Written By Elijah King; Salaam Remi to Produce

    February 10, 2014 4:00 PM EST Ricky Martin will record a 2014 World Cup song written by Elijah King, an artist who has made several appearances on the Billboard Latin charts since 2009. Sony Music announced today (Feb. 10) that King is the winner of Sony's "Supersong" World Cup song contest. The…

  20. Howard Stern's 60th Bash: The Full Report From The Birthday Blowout

    February 01, 2014 11:18 AM EST Rock A-listers, among a throng of other celebrities, feted the King of All Media at his 60th-birthday celebration at the Hammerstein Ballroom Friday night. In an exclusive interview with Billboard last month, Howard Stern executive producer Gary Dell'Abate noted that, last year,…

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