1. Industry Sets Friday as Global Record Release Day

    February 26, 2015 8:42 AM EST After seven months of semi-public back-and-forth, a conversation instigated in part by Aussie piracy and Beyonce's surprise release in December of 2013 has resulted in the global recording industry accepting Friday as the release date for new albums. As reported in August , the…

  2. Rewinding the Charts: In 1989, Roxette Roared Onto the Hot 100 With 'The Look'

    February 11, 2015 8:05 AM EST Twenty-six years ago, the Swedish duo began its rise to its first Hot 100 No. 1, thanks to an exchange student who brought its CD back to the States. LONG BEFORE THE INTERNET WIRED the planet, the easiest way for Americans to hear Swedish pop music was to visit the country. That's what…

  3. From Aretha Franklin to Puff Daddy, Industry Heavyweights Share Inside Stories From Clive Davis' Legendary Pre-Grammy Gala

    February 02, 2015 2:25 PM EST When Clive Davis formed Arista Records in 1973, the label lacked the renown of its competitors. To level the playing field and heighten Arista's profile during Grammy season, Davis used not just his business acumen, but his love of showbiz -- and the spotlight -- to promote his new…

  4. Ask Billboard: Controversial Hits, Katy Perry's Sales & Taylor Swift's Radio Reign

    January 25, 2015 9:05 AM EST As always, submit questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. Or, Tweet @gthot20 WHAT ARE THE MOST CONTROVERSIAL HITS? @gthot20 With the …

  5. Former AEG Live Touring Exec Rob Hallett Unveils 'Disruptive' New Venture

    January 22, 2015 12:41 PM EST Rob Hallett , former president of international touring at AEG Live, has revealed details of his music business venture, entitled Robomagic. A press release describes the London-based company as being a "new disruptive business model on the existing landscape of [the] traditional music…

  6. Obama: 'No Hacker Should Be Able to Shut Down Our Networks'

    January 20, 2015 8:16 PM EST President Barack Obama's State of the Union speech references cyber attacks in the wake of the Sony hack, this according to speech excerpts released by the White House. The excerpt reads, "No foreign nation, no hacker, should be able to shut down our networks, steal our trade…

  7. President Obama's High-Speed Broadband Proposal Explained

    January 17, 2015 10:41 AM EST Many people in the U.S. music industry have thrown their support behind net neutrality. If the goal is to ensure a healthy digital music business, efforts to provide better, cheaper broadband service may deserve support, too. Broadband Internet Looks Set for Reclassification as a Utility…

  8. Is Panama the Next Hot Spot for EDM Festivals?

    January 16, 2015 1:00 PM EST As North America began to launch more EDM festivals than it could support, organizers cast their eyes toward Latin America as an affordable destination for top DJs and brightly clad fans. First came Mexico: The BPM Festival, which launched in 2008 as a modest gathering, has grown into a 10…

  9. One Direction Tweet Overtakes President Obama's Historic 'Four More Years' Tweet

    January 14, 2015 10:41 AM EST When we look back on this decade, what will be the events that defined America? If we're judging by Twitter stats, for a long time it was President Obama's re-election, marked by Obama's famous victory night tweet, "Four more years," alongside an old photo of him…

  10. Publishing Briefs: Elizabeth Matthews Rises to CEO for ASCAP, Sony/ATV Not for Sale

    January 13, 2015 5:05 AM EST Billboard's Ed Christman rounds-up all the big news happening in the music publishing world.  -- Elizabeth Matthews has been tapped as the new CEO for ASCAP , the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, replacing John LoFrumento , who retired on Dec. 31. Matthews, who…

  11. Questlove: 'Fear of Being Blackballed' Prevents Artists From Releasing Protest Music

    December 23, 2014 8:03 PM EST Neil Young was so shaken by photos of the four unarmed students killed by military gunfire at Kent State that he wrote "Ohio" for Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young right away. By the end of the week, it was playing on the radio. That was 1970. Now, in 2014, outrage over police…

  12. Live Nation Completes Deal for C3 Presents

    December 22, 2014 12:19 AM EST Live Nation Entertainment has completed the acquisition of a controlling stake in C3 Presents in a blockbuster deal that combines the might of the world’s biggest live-events promoter with a festivals juggernaut that was, until now, the largest independent concerts company in its space.…

  13. Live Music's $20 Billion Year: Rolling Stones, One Direction, Live Nation Top Boxscore's Year-End

    December 12, 2014 2:31 PM EST Attendance is down, but spectacular ticket sales by One Direction, The Rolling Stones and Justin Timberlake, plus a series of blockbuster stadium shows, propelled the North American concert industry to a record 2014. Boy band One Direction and former boy band member Justin Timberlake…

  14. Metal Band Five Finger Death Punch’s Master Plan to Catapult From Club Gigs to Arena Tours

    December 09, 2014 1:30 PM EST How Five Finger Death Punch graduated from clubs to arenas and doubled its gross. Five Finger Death Punch (FFDP) doesn’t have the name recognition of a band like Foo Fighters , but that may be about to change. An unusual united strategic marketing effort by the group’s management, label,…

  15. Billboard Woman of the Year Taylor Swift on Writing Her Own Rules, Not Becoming a Cliche and the Hurdle of Going Pop

    December 05, 2014 9:00 AM EST Taylor Swift never doubted that her fifth album, 1989 , would sell 1 million copies in its first week. But others were not so confident. "Everyone, in and out of the music business, kept telling me that my opinion and my viewpoint was naive and overly optimistic -- even my own…

  16. Grammys' Alternative Album Category: The 10 Greatest Injustices

    December 04, 2014 9:00 AM EST 'Out of Time' over 'Nevermind'? 'Get Behind Me Satan' over 'Funeral'? Let's sort through these incorrect choices together. The history of the Grammy Awards is full of both rightful victories and shameful omissions. In hindsight, it's easy to…

  17. Billboard Cover: Mary J. Blige on Getting Sober, Her New Musical Direction and Why She Could've Helped Amy Winehouse

    November 21, 2014 9:00 AM EST Every so often Mary J. Blige finds herself in a place so lofty that even after all she's accomplished, she can't quite believe her fortune. One of those times came earlier this month, when she performed in front of Barack Obama during a White House concert for America's…

  18. Simon Cowell & Univision's Search Is On for 'Ultimate Latino Boy Band'

    November 18, 2014 5:10 PM EST Online auditions open for 'La Banda' reality contest. Boys (to men) ages 14 and older who live in the United States and Puerto Rico are invited to audition online for La Banda , a television competition aiming to find "the ultimate Latino boy band." The search for…

  19. Billboard Cover: Kenny Chesney on Bro-Country Songs That ‘Objectify the Hell Out Of’ Women, Reclaiming His Turf and Rattling His Fans’ Cages

    November 14, 2014 9:00 AM EST Let the younger bros sing about muddy pickups and babes in cutoffs. Country's legendary party starter returns to stadiums with a wised-up, grown-up new album and outlook. "It's about reclaiming your place in the world." Hatless, shoeless and dressed in loose-fitting…

  20. Exclusive: Nicki Minaj's 'Only' Director Says 'Neither I Nor the Video Are Anti-Semitic'

    November 12, 2014 4:49 PM EST 'As far as applying Nazi imagery, 100% me,' Jeff Osborne says in new statement. The controversy surrounding the lyric video for Nicki Mina j's "Only" has been ongoing, and director Jeff Osborne wants to further clarify his creative intentions. Since the clip's…

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