1. Pomplamoose Breaks Down the Costs of Touring as an Independent

    November 26, 2014 10:29 AM EST Pomplamoose explains the hard work, and money, required of a "middle class" band. Jack Conte , one half of the indie duo Pomplamoose , took to the nascent publishing platform Medium yesterday to lay out the difficult financials involved in mounting a 23-city U.S. tour. The result…

  2. From 'Ignition' to 'Macarena,' 13 Remixes That Eclipse the Originals

    November 26, 2014 9:00 AM EST One of the fascinating things about pop music is that there's more to songwriting than just writing the song. Take, for instance, "You're All I Need/I'll Be There For You," the Method Man - Mary J. Blige duet, which went to No. 3 on the Hot 100 in 1995 thanks to its…

  3. Cirque du Soleil Scene Returns After Acrobat's Death

    November 26, 2014 4:56 AM EST A key battle scene near the end of Cirque du Soleil's "Ka" show is returning more than a year and a half after a performer fell 94 feet to her death when a wire rope snapped during the stunt. Cirque du Soleil officials have invited reporters to a Dec. 3 preview of the scene&…

  4. Sinead O’Connor on Band Aid 30 Criticism: ‘Everyone Should Shut the F--- Up’

    November 25, 2014 11:42 PM EST Lily Allen has called it “smug.” Emeli Sande has apologized if its lyrics “caused offence.” Adele is rumored to have snubbed the sessions. But Sinead O’Connor isn’t having any of it. The sharp-tongued Irish singer has hit back at critics of the latest version of the Band Aid all-star…

  5. Rick Ross Sheds Pounds, Shares Tips On His Get-Fit Regime

    November 25, 2014 10:41 PM EST Rick Ross had two seizures in a single day, sending him to the hospital three years ago. Health didn't concern the 300-pound rapper then, but he's shed nearly 100 pounds in the last seven months by eating healthier foods and embracing a high-intensity workout plan. Ross, 37, says…

  6. 'The Voice' Recap: Top 8 Has Only One Blank Space, Baby

    November 25, 2014 9:43 PM EST Not even advice from Clive Davis, Diana Ross, Colbie Caillat, Christina Aguilera & Patrick Stump could save them from spending Thanksgiving at home. Despite this week's enriching guest mentorship from Clive Davis, Diana Ross , Colbie Caillat , Christina Aguilera and Patrick Stump…

  7. AC/DC Drummer Phil Rudd Clowns Around at New Zealand Court

    November 25, 2014 9:33 PM EST AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd showed up late for a New Zealand court appearance Wednesday and clowned around by jumping on the back of one of his security guards outside the courthouse. Rudd did not enter a plea during his brief appearance. AC/DC's Angus Young Says There Will Be a Drummer on…

  8. Bette Midler on Her Ariana Grande Comments: 'All I Can Say Is...'

    November 25, 2014 9:19 PM EST The Bette Midler - Ariana Grande back-and-forth continues... After Midler told the U.K.'s Telegraph that Grande looks "ridiculous" trying to seem sexy and that "you don't have to make a whore out of yourself to get ahead," the pop star had her own comments on…

  9. Darius Rucker's First Christmas Album a Mix of Crooner & Modern

    November 25, 2014 5:31 PM EST Home for the Holidays is the first holiday album from Capitol Nashville recording artist Darius Rucker . The Grand Ole Opry member tells Billboard it was something he had been considering for awhile. "The label has been asking for the last four or five years if I was going to do a…

  10. Prince Deletes Twitter & Facebook Accounts

    November 25, 2014 5:23 PM EST Musical genius and admitted Luddite Prince  ended his awkward, year-long dalliance with social media on Tuesday (Nov. 25). Yes, the Twitter handle for Prince/3rdEyeGirl (his backing band) and his Facebook page are now missing from the Internet, gone like a purple motorcycle disappearing…

  11. Spotify's 2013 Financials: What You Need to Know

    November 25, 2014 4:54 PM EST The company yearly financial reports, filed in Luxembourg, point to... well, it's complicated. The release of Spotify's 2013 financial information (via an article at The Guardian ) comes amidst heavy criticism about the company's freemium business model and the amount of…

  12. Ask Billboard: Max Martin Notches Another No. 1

    November 25, 2014 4:05 PM 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 MAX MARTIN SCORES ANOTHER No. 1 @gthot20 Why no mention of …

  13. Firechat May Soon Solve Your Texting Woes at Crowded Events

    November 25, 2014 4:00 PM EST A technology that hasn't been practical until recently may be the new solution for jam-packed data networks at large events. Cell phone communication has always been a problem for music festival goers. With upwards of 90,000 people all gathered in one small area, cell phone towers…

  14. Op-Ed: Independent Musician Ron Pope: How I Made $250K From Streaming

    November 25, 2014 1:58 PM EST The debate around streaming isn't as simple as "streaming versus musicians" -- as independent artist Ron Pope explains. I’d like to start by saying this: I am an honest-to-goodness Taylor Swift fan. I’ve purchased each of her albums, I’ve seen her live, I cheer when she…

  15. 'The Bodyguard' Anniversary: Remembering the Soundtrack

    November 25, 2014 1:30 PM EST On this day in 1992 (Nov. 25), Whitney Houston made her big screen debut, as The Bodyguard premiered in theaters. In the film, the second-highest-grossing film of the year, she co-stars with Kevin Costner. Houston plays a music superstar (not a far reach), while Costner plays a former…

  16. Becky G’s ‘Can't Stop, Won't Stop Dance Pop’ Playlist Tips Hat to Influences: Exclusive

    November 25, 2014 12:15 PM EST When you ask an artist to name their favorite song, they sometimes answer with whatever pops into their mind at the moment. Such is not the case for Becky G ; the 17-year-old pop sensation takes her tunes – and her playlists– very seriously. Can't Stop, Won't Stop Dance Pop…

  17. Album Review: Rick Ross Puts Quantity Over Quality With 'Hood Billionaire,' His Second LP of 2014

    November 25, 2014 11:46 AM EST Rick Ross is at an impasse. The Miami rapper, 38, is still one of hip-hop's most commercially successful acts, with five No. 1 albums on the Billboard 200 . But on Hood Billionaire , Ross' second LP this year, he's clinging to an increasingly charmless drug-kingpin kabuki act…

  18. Frances Bean Cobain-Produced Kurt Cobain Documentary to Debut on HBO in 2015

    November 25, 2014 11:45 AM EST Director Brett Morgen 's long-gestating documentary on Kurt Cobain has found a home at HBO. Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck , which Morgen has been working on since 2007, will debut on HBO in 2015 in addition to receiving an international release. HBO Documentary Films and Universal…

  19. Bob Dylan Plays 'Unbelievable' Show for One Superfan

    November 25, 2014 11:42 AM EST On Sunday (Nov. 23), Bob Dylan performed for just one person -- probably the smallest audience the singer has encountered since his days as Robert Zimmerman. Who was the lucky guy? Fredrik Wikingsson, a Swedish TV personality. He was told Dylan would play for him, but given the empty room,…

  20. Watch Fifth Harmony Hit Like a ‘Sledgehammer’ In New Video

    November 25, 2014 10:59 AM EST Fifth Harmony ’s “Sledgehammer” is one of the most intrinsically joyful pop singles of the year, and the five members of the girl group appear to be having a blast in the glamorous official music video for the track, which was unveiled on Tuesday morning (Nov. 25): The concept of the video…

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