1. 'Annie' Director Will Gluck Worried He'd 'Ruin a Lot of Kids' Childhoods'

    November 06, 2014 7:24 PM EST 'It's a much different movie, but it's all rooted in the same story,' he says at Billboard/THR Film & TV Music Conference. "I was very scared going in to this, if I was going to ruin a lot of kids' childhoods," Will Gluck , director, producer and…

  2. BMG Purchases Union Square Music

    November 06, 2014 12:37 PM EST BMG has acquired U.K. record label Union Square Music as well as that company's music publishing arms, Union Square Music Publishing and USM Songs. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Union Square (founded in 1999) is a leading label in the U.K., releasing about 150 artist and…

  3. 10 Things We Learned From Cyndi Lauper's Reddit AMA

    November 04, 2014 7:00 PM EST In 1984, Cyndi Lauper used her, well, unusual style to her advantage, releasing She's So Unusual , the first debut female album to land four top five hits on the Billboard Hot 100. Lauper recently told Billboard the songs contained "were about empowering all us freaks. We stood up…

  4. Happy Birthday, 'Spiceworld': It's Time to Re-Watch Some Cheesy Spice Girls Music Videos

    November 04, 2014 9:00 AM EST Hai Si Ja, hold tight! It's time to spice up your life once again! Spiceworld  the album -- not the must-see movie -- dropped 17 years ago today, on Nov. 4, 1997. The sophomore effort by the Spice Girls debuted at No. 1 in the U.K., and premiered at No. 8 on the Billboard 200 albums…

  5. Chris Brown Goes Off on 'The Real' Hosts Adrienne Bailon & Tamar Braxton

    November 03, 2014 8:47 PM EST Chris Brown wasn't very happy with the hosts of Fox daytime talk show The Real  Monday and let them know about it. After the five-piece all-female host panel discussed what to do when your friend is dating a guy who's no good for her, speaking specifically about Chris Brown…

  6. Former UMPG Head Zach Horowitz Reflects on His Latin Side, Accepts Latin Songwriter Hall Award

    November 03, 2014 4:19 PM EST Among all the honorees at the recent Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame gala was one who isn’t Latin at all. Zach Horowitz , who recently stepped down as chairman and CEO of Universal Music Publishing Group, was honored with the Ralph S. Peer Premio Editores ("Editors Award"). The…

  7. Drake & Frank Sinatra, Kanye West & Nina Simone and More Dream Duets

    November 03, 2014 3:05 PM EST Barry Manilow 's new album, titled Dream Duets , is built around an interesting and possibly creepy premise: the singer duets with famous dead singers. This type of thing has happened before -- sort of. Justin Timberlake 's duet with Michael Jackson , "Love Never Felt So Good…

  8. Video Released of Moments Before Sarah Jones' Death on 'Midnight Rider' Set

    November 01, 2014 11:21 AM EDT Director Randall Miller is also shown repeatedly saying "that's not my job" when asked why he didn't know there could be a train barreling down on his crew. In a 30-minute report at the top of Friday night's (Oct. 31) 20/20 , ABC News aired video of the final…

  9. Joel Whitburn, Chart Historian: On Books, Music & the 'Weekly Thrill' of Billboard (Exclusive Q&A)

    November 01, 2014 10:05 AM EDT For nearly a half-century, Whitburn and his company, Record Research, have joined Billboard as the most prominent trackers of the hits. Certain names are synonymous with Billboard charts. Elvis. The Beatles. Elton. Madonna. Mariah. More recently, Rihanna, Gaga, Adele, Katy and Taylor. …

  10. R5 Finished Second Album, Set For Spring 2015 Release

    October 31, 2014 4:27 PM EDT "We have all sorts of different things on the record, but we like that," says frontman Ross Lynch. In the wake of its Heart Made Up On You EP earlier this year, pop-rockers R5 are planning a spring 2015 release for their second full-length album, the follow-up to 2013's…

  11. Will Fox Score Another 'Glee' With 'Dynasty'-Style Hip-Hop Soap Opera 'Empire'?

    October 31, 2014 3:01 PM EDT The network that launched 'American Idol' and the studio that birthed 'Glee' team up with Columbia Records and Timbaland for a 'Dynasty'-inspired hip-hop soap, but will it produce stars and sales? "Once I picked my mouth up off the floor, the idea of…

  12. 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…

  13. Sheppard on Keith Urban, Playing Ball with ‘the Dream Team’, & Dining at Ariana Grande’s Home

    October 30, 2014 11:50 PM EDT Sheppard’s flock is fast growing, and its going global.  Just 18 months ago, the band was riding a wave of buzz back home in Brisbane, Australia, when their breezy singalong song “Let Me Down Easy” took flight and was certified platinum. Now, the six-piece is one of the hottest new indie…

  14. Billboard Cover Sneak Peek: 5 Things You Didn't Know About Lorde Before She Was Famous

    October 30, 2014 7:30 PM EDT With the Lorde -curated Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 soundtrack coming out Nov. 17, the soon-to-be-18-year-old pop singer is proving her taste in collaborators -- Kanye West , Chemical Brothers , Miguel and more -- are just as cool as her own music. Speaking to Billboard for our latest…

  15. Publishing Briefs: Sony/ATV Signs Tegan and Sara & Calvin Harris Extension, ole Nabs $50m Credit & Joey + Rory

    October 30, 2014 7:25 PM EDT Billboard's Ed Christman rounds-up all the big news in the music publishing world. -- Sony/ATV Music Publishing have signed superstar producer Calvin Harris to an extension of its long-term worldwide publishing deal. Moreover, the deal includes a partnership in Harris' record…

  16. Remember That Time Rihanna Performed Destiny's Child Songs for Destiny's Child?

    October 30, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Are you currently going through life totally unaware of the fact that, in 2005, Rihanna was an up-and-comer who was chosen, along with Amerie and Teairra Marí , to perform a Destiny's Child medley at the 2005 World Music Awards where Destiny's Child was being honored? Stay in the…

  17. Taylor Swift on Her Love of Reading & Writing: 'What If I End Up Writing a Script or a Book?'

    October 29, 2014 11:19 PM EDT Who says kids don't read? Not Taylor Swift . The superstar made a stop Tuesday night on her busy tour promoting her new album to share her passion for reading and writing with a gaggle of New York City public school kids -- and 100 more giggling on computer screens via Skype from…

  18. Linda Komorsky Liker, Music Industry Veteran, Dies at 70

    October 28, 2014 9:58 PM EDT She worked with Graham Nash, Randy Newman, Danny Elfman & Sting. Linda Komorsky Liker , a music publishing executive and adviser, died Sunday after being struck by a car as she crossed a street in Los Angeles. She was 70. Liker served as senior vp and GM at Dimensional Music Publishing,…

  19. 2015 Grammys Best New Artist Contenders: Whose Stock Is Rising?

    October 28, 2014 6:21 PM EDT 0 Iggy Azalea and Sam Smith look like safe bets, while artists like Vance Joy and Tove Lo are making late pushes. Don’t look now, but Grammy season is fast approaching. The nominees will be revealed in a mere 38 days, when the Grammy Nominations Concert touches down on Dec. 5 to…

  20. What Is Bad? A Worst Songs Countdown Goes Beyond Good and Evil

    October 28, 2014 10:45 AM EDT What do “Who Let The Dogs Out” and “Stairway To Heaven” have in common? Both make a prominent appearance among the 88 worst songs of all time, as voted by listeners of triple-A WXPN Philadelphia . WXPN unveiled the listing last Saturday, Oct. 25, as the kicker to its countdown of its top…

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