1. 'Empire' Episode Three Recap: The Devil Quotes Scripture

    January 22, 2015 1:25 PM EST If there's one thing we must never forget, it's that Lucious is a gangster. Don't let the sharp suits fool you, lest you want to end up like Mel in the first scene of episode 3 of Empire . Mel is a manager for one of Empire Entertainment's artists, Veronica. He decides…

  2. Ask Billboard: Readers' Favorites of 2014

    December 31, 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 READERS' FAVORITES OF 2014 Gary, Happy Holidays!…

  3. Azealia Banks Now Beefing with Action Bronson on Twitter

    December 19, 2014 5:17 PM EST "THE DEVIL LIVES IN THERE," Bronson says of Azealia's nether regions. Happy holidays, everybody! The Young Gunz song “Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop” might have been written about Azealia Banks ’ tendency to argue with other artists on Twitter! After taking aim at Iggy Azalea for the…

  4. 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…

  5. Denis Handlin Celebrates 30 Years Leading Sony Aus with Star-Studded Fundraiser

    October 14, 2014 12:01 AM EDT Denis Handlin’s 30 years in charge of Sony Music’s Australia operations was celebrated in style with an action-packed charity fundraising party last Friday (Oct. 10) at Sydney’s The Star venue.  Celebrities from the worlds of sport, music and TV were in the house while a mind-boggling line…

  6. 5 Questions with Steve Nieve, Elvis Costello's World-Class Sideman

    September 29, 2014 2:02 AM EDT There’s a case to be made for Steve Nieve as rock 'n' roll’s greatest keyboardist, at least as an accompanist. Ebony and ivory have lived together not just in perfect harmony but frenzied excitement as Nieve has been the dominant instrumental force in Elvis Costello’ s Attractions…

  7. The Veronicas Return With Twisted Ballet Video for 'You Ruin Me': Watch

    September 19, 2014 5:47 AM EDT The Veronicas are back, and they're all grown up.   The sibling duo has released the full-length music video for "You Ruin Me," the first track lifted from their upcoming third studio album.  It's an intense breakup ballad which comes from an altogether different place…

  8. The Veronicas Tease New Song 'You Ruin Me': Watch

    September 05, 2014 2:31 AM EDT The Veronicas have teased “You Ruin Me,” the Aussie pop duo’s first new release in seven years.  Written with APRA Award winning song-writing and production team DNA Songs ( David Musumeci and Anthony Egizii ), the song is the first lifted from the Veronicas’ self-titled third album, set to…

  9. New Signings: Stevie Ray Vaughn's Estate, Shelby Lynne and Rounder, Spooky Black

    September 04, 2014 12:09 PM EDT Here’s a look at the latest artist signings across the music industry, including record labels, artist management firms, publishing companies, booking agencies and more.  RECORD LABELS -- Dutch singer Dotan signs to Republic Records , where he has released his new single “Home.” Additionally,…

  10. Watch Kristen Bell as a Musical (And Political) Mary Poppins

    July 24, 2014 5:20 PM EDT Actress advocates for raising the federal minimum wage in Funny or Die clip. A spoonful of sugar has nothing on raising the federal minimum wage. That's the message of a new Funny or Die political parody starring Frozen and Veronica Mars fave Kristen Bell as one fed-up Mary Poppins. …

  11. The Veronicas Sign Global Deal With Sony Music, New Album Coming

    April 28, 2014 5:49 AM EDT The Veronicas are making a comeback. The Australian sibling pop duo will release a third studio album later this year, through a new global deal with Sony Music Entertainment. Twenty-nine-year-old twins Lisa Origliasso and Jessica Origliasso formed the Veronicas in Brisbane, Australia back in…

  12. Andrea Bocelli Marries Longtime Partner Veronica Berti

    March 25, 2014 12:06 AM EDT Andrea Bocelli has wed longtime companion Veronica Berti. A Monday news release says the couple married Friday at the Sanctuary of Montenero in central Italy. The couple chose the day because it is the start of spring and the second birthday of their daughter, Virginia. Andrea Bocelli to…

  13. 'Divergent' Soundtrack Features Ellie Goulding, M83, Tame Impala/Kendrick Lamar Collaboration

    February 24, 2014 4:00 PM EST After a pair of tracks from the upcoming "Divergent" soundtrack, Zedd's "Find You" and Ellie Goulding's "Beating Heart," were announced last month , the full track list was revealed on Monday (Feb. 24), and it's a doozy. Goulding pops up thrice on…

  14. How the Beatles Went Viral: Blunders, Technology & Luck Broke the Fab Four in America

    February 07, 2014 2:10 PM EST Six weeks is all it took for the Liverpool foursome to go from unknowns to the biggest pop stars in the USA. Here's an exhaustive look at how it happened Consider the following: At the end of 1963 , virtually no one in America had heard of the Beatles. Yet on Feb. 9, 1964, they…

  15. Ellie Goulding, Zedd Tapped For 'Divergent' Soundtrack

    January 23, 2014 4:23 PM EST Ellie Goulding and Zedd have been confirmed to be contributing material to the soundtrack to "Divergent," the highly-anticipated upcoming film adaptation of Veronica Roth's best-selling dystopian novel. "Divergent: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack," due out Mar. 11,…

  16. Chart Highlights: Avril Lavigne Tells Husband Chad Kroeger, 'Let Me Go'; Kacey Musgraves' 'Arrow' Lands On Country Airplay

    October 21, 2013 5:55 PM EDT Lavigne and Kroeger chart their first collaboration on Adult Pop Songs, while Kacey Musgraves' same-sex relationship equality anthem finds support at country Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest…

  17. CMJ 2013: 10 Can't Miss Acts And Panels

    October 14, 2013 12:30 PM EDT The CMJ Music Marathon can be great for discovering that hot new buzz act with the most preposterous name so you can joke about it with your friends. And yeah, there's a lot of great, you know, music , to be seen across New York City from Oct. 15 to 20. There's also an awful lot…

  18. Franz Ferdinand Take 'Right' Turn With Album That Almost Didn't Happen

    August 27, 2013 4:13 PM EDT Glasgow, Scotland, dance-rock act Franz Ferdinand is back with its first album in four-and-a-half years. But singer/guitarist Alex Kapranos admits the comeback almost didn't happen. "I met up with (bassist) Bob (Hardy) before we started this record and had a very forthright…

  19. Selena Gomez's Back Catalog: Her Top 10 Pre-'Stars Dance' Highlights

    July 19, 2013 11:58 AM EDT For a pop star still a couple days away from drinking age -- she turns 21 on Monday, so get your birthday cards ready this weekend -- Selena Gomez has already amassed a fairly impressive back catalog, having released three full-length albums with her former backing band The Scene as well…

  20. Taylor Swift, Hunter Hayes to Perform at CMT Music Awards

    May 13, 2013 10:40 AM EDT Taylor Swift, Hunter Hayes, Little Big Town, Luke Bryan and Pistol Annies will don their best cowboy boots for their live performances at the 2013 CMT Music Awards. Beside being the night's entertainment, Underwood, Hayes, Little Big Town, Bryan and Swift are among the nominees for…

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