1. Behind the Scenes of How Bjork's Team Handled the 'Vulnicura' Leak

    January 22, 2015 2:34 PM EST On Jan. 20, Bjork announced on Facebook that her album had arrived several months earlier than its March release date. "Vulnicura will be rolling out worldwide over the next 24 hours !!" she wrote. "I wanted to tell you the tale of making of this album." Though she went…

  2. Most Publicly-Traded Music Companies Had a Tough Financial Year

    January 09, 2015 4:02 PM EST Patience grew thin with music-related stocks in 2014 as investors instead favored the more established music-related companies their established business models. Market leader Live Nation soared, but SFX Entertainment, the work-in-progress EDM promoter, lost investors' original…

  3. Billboard Cover: Kendrick Lamar on Ferguson, Leaving Iggy Azalea Alone and Why 'We're in the Last Days'

    January 09, 2015 9:00 AM EST Kendrick Lamar’s not your average hip-hop savior: He’s a poetic, God-fearing introvert with maverick views on everything from police violence to Iggy Azalea -- and, yes, the rapture. Most of Kendrick Lamar 's days begin -- or maybe end -- around 5 a.m., when the 27-year-old king of…

  4. Ask Billboard: Why Is There No R&B/Hip-Hop in the Hot 100's Top 10?

    December 23, 2014 10:00 AM EST The genre's been absent from the top 10 for a month ... why? Plus, Nicki Minaj's sales, Meghan Trainor's chart feat and Luke Bryan's big 'Party.' As always, submit questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard…

  5. R&B and Hip-Hop in 2014: A Lackluster Year for Some, But Not All

    December 17, 2014 5:01 PM EST Throughout the week, Billboard will be publishing pieces from our staff writers, each an outstanding authority on their specific area of coverage. From Nashville to Miami, the industry at large, publishing and retail, and the year in touring, we'll be taking comprehensive looks at…

  6. Bing Crosby's Triumphs, Tragedies Rediscovered in New Documentary

    November 29, 2014 12:57 PM EST An upcoming PBS documentary seeks to remind younger generations there was so much more to Bing Crosby than crooning "White Christmas" -- from media master to philanthropist to difficult dad. Bing Crosby’s Kids Recall Dad’s Surprise Duet With David Bowie "It's an…

  7. Country Insiders Talk Touring Too Much & Finding the Next Luke Bryan

    November 20, 2014 4:14 PM EST 'There are too many shows, and eventually it will cannibalize buildings and cities,' one exec says during Billboard Touring Conference country panel. Agents and managers working in the country field are predicting a record-breaking year for 2015, with more than 18 performers…

  8. R.I.P. Mike Nichols: Why 'The Graduate' Soundtrack Will Always Matter

    November 20, 2014 3:15 PM EST Earlier this week, the soundtrack to The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 was released, featuring an album’s worth of original music curated by Lorde and featuring artists like Ariana Grande, Miguel, Simon Le Bon and Diplo, among others. It’s an ambitious musical project, especially in an…

  9. Listen to Five Songs from Idris Elba's Nelson Mandela Tribute Album, 'mi Mandela'

    November 18, 2014 10:01 PM EST British actor Idris Elba , best known for his roles in Pacific Rim , The Wire and last year's Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom , also includes musician, producer and DJ on his resume and on his newest project those worlds are colliding. It's not a part in a new film but, rather, a…

  10. Billboard Touring Conference 2014 Preview: Five Industry Rainmakers Talk the Current Landscape of Live

    November 18, 2014 1:30 PM EST Five industry rainmakers, all attending Billboard's annual Touring Conference Nov. 19-20, talk shop. Billboard Power 100 2014: No. 93 - Tom Windish, Founder/President of the Windish Agency Clarence Spalding Is the Nashville Ace in Maverick’s Sleeve Exclusive: Red Light Management…

  11. Bret Michaels Back on Stage Following Health Scare, Kidney Surgery

    November 14, 2014 7:24 PM EST Former Poison frontman Bret Michaels made a return to the stage Thursday, just one week after a string of six hospital visits and kidney surgery. The show was a kind of tuneup and test run for a charity concert that Michaels, 51, is set to do Friday night in Fort Myers, Florida, according…

  12. Exclusive: PTTOW! Appoints Bob Pittman, Jay Brown to Cultural Advisory Board Ahead of First Music Summit

    November 13, 2014 10:18 AM EST PTTOW!, an invite-only community for marketers and executives seeking to shape the next generation of consumers (aged 14 to 34), has helped broker music-marketing partnerships and recognize artists like Kaskade and Will.i.am alongside top executives from many of the world's biggest…

  13. Juan Luis Guerra on New Sounds, New Album & Eternal Inspiration of Wife Nora

    November 12, 2014 6:58 PM EST 'Todo Tiene Su Hora' is out this week. Once upon a time, Juan Luis Guerra was a maverick star from the Dominican Republic who took bachata -- the most popular of rhythms from his home country -- and made it international. Thirty years later, bachata dominates the Billboard charts…

  14. Vice and Live Nation to Team Up on Joint Digital Content Venture

    November 12, 2014 4:34 PM EST Live Nation Entertainment and Vice Media today announced a joint venture whereby the two companies will create content around the live music space and co-launch a new digital platform slated to roll out in 2015. "We thought about how can we take 23,000 shows [that] our artist…

  15. 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…

  16. James Talks Death (And Orgasm)-Inspired New Album 'La Petite Mort'

    October 30, 2014 11:41 AM EDT "It's like an affirmation of life, an affirmation of being present, but allowing death to be there because it can help you live." Death is all over James’ new album, La Petite Mort (out Sept. 16 in North America), but you wouldn’t know it from a cursory listen. It’s a…

  17. Ray Johnston Band Aiming for 'No Bad Days' With New Album

    October 29, 2014 7:40 PM EDT Defying the odds -- that's what the story of the Ray Johnston Band has long been about. The namesake of the Texas-based band has enjoyed a multi-faceted career so far -- playing some of the more prestigious stages in the Lone Star State as well as donning a basketball jersey for the…

  18. Corner Office: Nashville Mayor Karl Dean on Jack White, TV’s ‘Nashville’ Effect and Running the 'It' City

    October 27, 2014 10:14 AM EDT With the CMAs coming to town, Music City’s chief executive talks tax incentives, TV’s 'Nashville' effect and why Jack White matters. Karl Dean , 59, can spit out music business stats like nobody’s business. He’ll tell you, for example, that the city he has governed since 2007…

  19. Burger Records Launches Publishing Company With Mothership Music

    October 22, 2014 3:26 PM EDT Garage-punk/psych-rock/skuzz-funk label Burger Records has launched a publishing company with Mothership Music, which will administer and provide all backroom services for Burger Music Publishing. "When we started in the music business, we knew absolutely nothing about ownership,…

  20. Exclusive: Lyor Cohen's 300 Unveils New Direction, Content, Artists

    October 21, 2014 10:00 AM EDT When a tombstone appeared on the Twitter feed and website of Lyor Cohen 's 300 Entertainment , along with the words "R.I.P." and "He is not busy being born / is busy dying" and the hashtag #ItsANewDay -- all dropping the same day as the launch of MADE Music --…

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