1. A2IM Names Molly Neuman VP, Jen Masset Promoted to Senior Director Membership Services

    September 02, 2014 9:37 PM EDT American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) has announced a number of new staff changes that include the promotion of Jennifer Masset to senior director membership services and the addition of three new employees, including new vp Molly Neuman. The new team members will help to build…

  2. BMG Chrysalis Acquires Infectious Music Label, Home to Alt-J, These New Puritans

    September 02, 2014 11:15 AM EDT BMG Chrysalis U.K. has acquired British independent label Infectious Music for an undisclosed sum. As part of the deal, Infectious will move its operations into BMG Chrysalis U.K.'s central London offices with Infectious chairman and founder Korda Marshall reporting to BMG Chrysalis U.K.…

  3. 'Pitch Perfect 2,' 'Book of Mormon' Star Ben Platt on Cabaret, Magic and Meryl Streep

    September 02, 2014 12:21 AM EDT Ben Platt is not your average twentysomething — well, twenty-year-old. He hasn’t even added a "something" yet, and he already has a more robust resume than those many "somethings" his senior. While his contemporaries are off at college, playing beer pong and pledging…

  4. MTV VMAs Artists to Watch: Sam Smith, 5 Seconds of Summer, Charli XCX, Schoolboy Q and Fifth Harmony Battle for the Moonman

    August 22, 2014 2:15 PM EDT Artist to Watch may be the VMAs' most coveted category. Which new artists should take the prize Sunday night? It’s been a breakthrough year for Sam Smith , 5 Seconds of Summer , Charli XCX , Schoolboy Q and Fifth Harmony . But only one of these hot newcomers will walk away with a coveted…

  5. Elvis Presley & Madonna: The Day the Music Died, and Was Born

    August 16, 2014 11:05 AM EDT Today, Aug. 16, marks the date that we welcomed the Queen of Pop (happy 56th birthday!) and lost the King of Rock & Roll Today marks the date that we welcomed the Queen of Pop and lost the King of Rock & Roll. Madonna was born Aug. 16, 1958. As we celebrate the Material Girl's…

  6. Billboard Cover: Ariana Grande on Fame, Freddy Krueger and Her Freaky Past

    August 15, 2014 9:00 AM EDT The “micromanaging workhorse” finally achieved her dream of becoming an R&B diva. Now, at 21, comes the hard part: conquering her fear of futuristic pop. Ariana Grande is easily mistaken for an old-school good girl. The singer wears Audrey Hepburn-style strapless gowns, travels…

  7. Billboard Cover Story Sneak Peek: Ariana Grande's 5 Most Surprising Role Models

    August 14, 2014 6:22 PM EDT Even though she's scored one of 2014's biggest summer hits and starred on a Nickelodeon series, Ariana Grande believes the public is woefully misinformed on Ariana Grande. If you ask her, the person behind "Problem" is far more "sardonic" than sweet. In…

  8. Sherri Shepherd to Join Cast of Broadway's 'Cinderella'

    August 05, 2014 3:38 PM EDT Sherri Shepherd as a wicked stepmother? It's possible! The former  View  co-host will take over the role of Cinderella's stepmother, Madame, in  Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella  on Broadway beginning Sept. 9. This follows  yesterday's news  that Keke Palmer will…

  9. 'American Idol' Alum Constantine Maroulis Returns to 'Rock of Ages'

    July 31, 2014 6:25 PM EDT The season four alum talks about the return to the role he created in the '80s rock musical, making new music and what he has in common with Adam Lambert. It's mid-July, and Constantine Maroulis is getting ready to return to Broadway in one of his most beloved roles -- Drew, the…

  10. A$AP Rocky Previews Instrumental Album In 'SVDDXNLY' Documentary

    July 30, 2014 6:04 PM EDT It started from emptiness -- empty beds, really, on  A$AP Rocky 's tour bus while globetrotting as the opener on Rihanna's Diamonds tour, and Vice Media's music channel Noisey had its first feature-length film. The documentary, titled SVDDXNLY (pronounced "Suddenly")…

  11. Ariana Grande Opens Up About Falling Out With Her Dad

    July 29, 2014 12:06 PM EDT Ariana Grande is breaking free. In her cover story for  Seventeen  magazine , Grande -- who's making headlines once again for her part in the buzzy track " Bang Bang " -- opened up about everything from her songs to taking selfies to her family. Jessie J Releases 'Bang…

  12. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Return to Form with 'Hypnotic Eye': Track-by-Track Review

    July 29, 2014 9:00 AM EDT As Tom Petty told us three decades and 10 albums ago, on Southern Accents , he’s got his “own way of talking.” He doesn’t drawl quite like the other Floridians, and among the words he pronounces in a wholly unique fashion is “town.” It comes up a lot in his songs -- often when he’s singing…

  13. Apple's Swell Buy Signals a Focus on Personalization

    July 28, 2014 1:25 PM EDT Apple's acquisition of Swell , the developer of a podcast streaming app, is another bet on the value of personalized content.   Swell is to podcasts what Beats Music is to music: a service that delivers a personalized collection of audio content. The Swell app learns from a user's…

  14. Why Linda Perry Decided to 'Make or Break' It on Reality TV

    July 22, 2014 11:32 AM EDT The former 4 Non Blondes singer and hitmaking songwriter tells Billboard why she's trying her hand at a new VH1 competition show -- and putting her uncompromising attitude on display "Sometimes I’ll look back at old pictures where I’m a little heavy and dressed funny and think, …

  15. Tom Petty on the 'Good Thing About Getting Old': 'You Know What's Worth Spending Time on and What's Not'

    July 21, 2014 10:00 AM EDT At home in Malibu with Tom Petty, as the eternal SoCal rocker, now on his 13th album with the Heartbreakers, sounds off on the one percent, the Catholic church and the corruption of power. The seaside community of Malibu is a retreat for wealthy hedonists for good reason — there’s rolling…

  16. The Best Headphones Under $15: Which Pairs Make the Grade?

    July 18, 2014 10:30 AM EDT Apple has just taken Beats Electronics under its wing , so these days, there is plenty of funding attached to Beats by Dre and those iconic white earbuds everyone seems to have a pair of somewhere in their drawer. But what about headphones on a budget? Surely there must be some decent options…

  17. Tupac Musical 'Holler If Ya Hear Me' Meets Swift Demise on Broadway

    July 14, 2014 8:42 PM EDT After opening to disastrous business and poor reviews on June 19, the urban rap musical inspired by the lyrics and poetry of Tupac Shakur will close next Sunday. The 2014-15 Broadway season is barely underway, but it already has a major casualty that seems likely to earn a place among the…

  18. 'Rising Star' Recap: Josh Groban Ups His Sock Game, Second Episode Ups Its Talent Game

    June 30, 2014 10:20 AM EDT "Rising Star," with its live audience interaction, remains a uniquely fresh concept (outside of dystopian YA literature). The technology works, the judges are a classic reality show blend of salty and sweet, and the host is unlike any other on TV. I realized halfway through my…

  19. The Go-Gos, Pink Martini, Kristin Chenoweth Inducted Into Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame

    June 24, 2014 12:18 AM EDT Before a capacity house of about 17,000, Pink Martini, fronted by singer China Forbes and pianist Thomas Lauderdale, started off the night with standards including Amado Mio and Sympathique in concert with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. Lauderdale took a moment on stage to recall how the band…

  20. Firefly 2014: Top 10 Best Performances

    June 23, 2014 1:05 PM EDT Foo Fighters, Outkast, Arctic Monkeys and Weezer all brought their A-games. But who ranks no. 1? Third time was indeed the charm for Delaware's Firefly Music festival. The 2014 edition of First State’s now-massive 4-day event was a weekend punctuated by stellar performances spread…

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