1. From Sugarhill Gang to Trinidad James, a Look at the Influences of Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars' 'Uptown Funk'

    November 24, 2014 10:01 AM EST Part of the excitement of Mark Ronson 's "Uptown Funk," the just-released kickoff single from the DJ/producer's  Uptown Special is catching the allusions to one early '80s funk/R&B classic after another. Even on Ronson's own Facebook page fans cite "…

  2. Super-Humanizing: Virtual Reality, Music and the Coming Revolution

    November 20, 2014 2:55 PM EST On Monday morning I drove by Candlestick Park as the first demolition crews set to work on the grand old thing. I was on my way to the Palo Alto office of a company called Jaunt, to strap an Oculus headset to my face and watch a fabulously newfangled live concert video from Paul McCartney &…

  3. EDM Magnate Pasquale Rotella Talks Further Expanding Insomniac in 2015, Festival Safety

    November 19, 2014 6:56 PM EST At Billboard's Touring Conference & Awards, Rotella says deals have been closed to host 'pop-up theme parks' in new markets. During a panel Wednesday (Nov. 19) at Billboard 's Touring Conference & Awards in New York, Insomniac CEO Pasquale Rotella talked about…

  4. Kenny Chesney vs. the Country Class of 1994: How His Career Stacks Up to Tim McGraw, Faith Hill and Other Stars

    November 17, 2014 6:00 PM EST None of the country newcomers on the scene when Kenny Chesney released his '94 debut, In My Wildest Dreams , have matched the 28.8 million albums he has sold since 1991 (according to Nielsen SoundScan) or the $750 million in touring revenue he has earned since 1995. But they haven'…

  5. Steve Albini Says Many of Music's Problems Have Been Solved, Addresses That 'Purple Dwarf in Assless Chaps'

    November 17, 2014 1:39 PM EST Legendary engineer, producer and musician Steve Albini delivered a densely packed, hour-long keynote speech at Melbourne's Face the Music conference on Saturday. The substantive bulk of his 6,700-or-so-words were spent defending, not lambasting, the Internet's role in the total…

  6. Restructuring, Possible Layoffs to Come at SFX

    November 14, 2014 7:04 PM EST CEO Robert Sillerman spoke of consolidations "reductions in workforce" during Friday's earnings call. Change is on the horizon at SFX. During Friday's earnings call, Robert Sillerman, chairman and chief executive, said the company has "made a very significant…

  7. Bring Me the Horizon's 'Drown' Debuts Big on Hot Rock Songs

    November 13, 2014 6:09 PM EST Bring Me the Horizon notches its highest debut on Billboard's Hot Rock Songs chart (No. 11) with "Drown," the British heavy metal band's first new track since its fourth studio album and latest release, Sempiternal, debuted at No. 3 on Top Rock Albums in April 2013.…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. Tyler, the Creator Talks Beyonce's Surprise Album: 'F--- You!

    October 31, 2014 2:12 PM EDT Tyler, the Creator knows how to give back to fans. For his crew Odd Future 's third annual Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival at Los Angeles' The Park at L.A. Coliseum on Nov. 8, the rapper has enlisted an eye-popping roster including Pharrell Williams , Rick Ross and Mac Miller . He's…

  11. Lorde, One Direction & Fergie Playing 2014 American Music Awards

    October 27, 2014 11:20 AM EDT Lorde may never become a royal, but at the 2014 American Music Awards, she's set to share the same stage as Britain's most popular band and The Dutchess . The soon-to-be-18-year-old singer will headline this year's AMAs along with One Direction and Fergie , both of…

  12. Tomorrow's Hits: Eden xo, Glass Animals, Jon Guerra

    October 24, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Each Friday, Billboard presents Tomorrow's Hits, a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Eden xo After fronting Jessie and the Toy Boys, who tallied two Dance Club Songs hits in 2011-12, pop singer/songwriter (and former Britney…

  13. Which Musicians Are Up For Logo TV’s NewNowNext Awards?

    October 23, 2014 3:15 PM EDT Logo TV -- the LGBT-centric cable channel -- has announced the nominees for its lucky seventh annual NewNowNext Awards, set to air Dec. 7. There’s no old timers here; the awards serve to “celebrate the now and introduce fans to what's on the horizon,” according to a press release.…

  14. Florida Georgia Line Scores First No. 1 Album

    October 22, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Bob Seger, The Game, U2 and Hoodie Allen also score Top 10 debuts on the Billboard 200 chart. Country duo Florida Georgia Line nabs its first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart with the arrival of Anything Goes . The set was released on Republic Nashville and sold 197,000 copies in the…

  15. Damon Albarn Says New Gorillaz, The Good, the Bad & the Queen Albums on the Way

    October 19, 2014 5:24 PM EDT Blur frontman Damon Albarn says new material from his Gorillaz and The Good, the Bad & the Queen projects should be coming before too long.  Speaking with The Sydney Morning Herald while touring to support his solo debut album, Everyday Robots , which was released in April, Albarn said…

  16. U2's 'Songs of Innocence' May Sell 25K in First Week of Retail Release

    October 17, 2014 2:30 PM EDT Millions of people have downloaded a free copy of U2 's Songs of Innocence album, yet, there are still dedicated fans that are buying the set, following its commercial release on Oct. 14. Industry forecasters suggest the album might sell around 25,000 copies in the U.S., in the week…

  17. Christina Aguilera Will Release New Music with 2015 Return to 'The Voice'

    October 15, 2014 6:44 AM EDT Yesterday we learned that, after two seasons away, Christina Aguilera will take back  her judge's chair on NBC's The Voice in early 2015, for season eight. ( Shakira and Gwen Stefani took her place in the interim.) But it won't just be Xtina's return to TV -- it'll…

  18. Found Star: New Radicals' Gregg Alexander Grants First Interview in 15 Years

    October 14, 2014 10:21 PM EDT The frontman of the 1990s band behind the hit single 'You Get What You Give' was lured back into the business, after a long self-imposed exile, to write the songs for 'Begin Again,' including best original song Oscar contender 'Lost Stars' t couldn't…

  19. The Amity Affliction’s Co-Founder Troy Brady Exits Mid-Tour

    October 13, 2014 5:01 AM EDT The Amity Affliction has lost its lead guitarist whilst the metalcore band tours the U.S. Brady announced his departure on the Australian group’s Facebook page. "It’s with deep regret I need to let you all know I will no longer be writing music or performing as part of The Amity…

  20. No Adele Album Coming in 2014: Report

    October 09, 2014 7:00 PM EDT Rumour has it Adele 's new album won't be released in 2014. In a filing reported in The New York Times , the singer's label, XL Recordings, said, "There will not be a further new release by Adele during 2014 and consequently there will be a fall in XL's turnover and…

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