1. Watch 4Minute Reveal Their Soft Side on New 'Cold Rain' Ballad

    January 26, 2015 8:26 PM EST The spunky girl group tone it down just a little for a wintry single. Since their debut nearly six years ago, 4Minute has branded themselves as the spunky, in-your-face girl group next door. But for their latest single, the quintet has offered a new side of themselves: their soft and…

  2. Tom Petty Won't Win a Grammy for Sam Smith's 'Stay With Me'

    January 26, 2015 7:22 PM EST The Recording Academy tells Billboard that 'I Won't Back Down' writers Petty & Jeff Lynne aren't considered nominees since they didn't do any 'new writing' on the song. How will the news of Sam Smith giving Tom Petty co-writing credit on the smash hit…

  3. The Act of Buying Music Isn't Dead

    January 26, 2015 5:23 PM EST Whether or not music purchases are dead depends on your definition of dead. But just know that music purchases aren't dead. The talk of death often follows a double-digit decline in a music format's sales. The latest example is an article from The Atlantic titled "Death of…

  4. John Carpenter Talks Debut Album 'Lost Themes' & Why Music Is Easier Than Directing

    January 26, 2015 5:00 PM EST Forty-five years after his first music credit (he co-wrote, edited and scored the Oscar-winning short The Resurrection of Broncho Billy ) and 37 years after composing the inimitably eerie Halloween soundtrack, legendary director John Carpenter is releasing his debut album. Entitled Lost…

  5. Sony Music CEO Doug Morris to Deliver Keynote Interview at Midem

    January 26, 2015 3:10 PM EST Doug Morris , CEO of Sony Music Entertainment, is to deliver a keynote interview at this year's Midem, the international music industry festival being held June 5-8 in Canne, France. So What If Sony CEO Doug Morris Is 76? Sony Isn't Worried as CEO's Contract Winds Down The…

  6. Diplo Brings Trap, Twerking & Lil Jon to Billboard's Winterfest

    January 26, 2015 1:15 PM EST No matter what country or club he's in, a Diplo show will be somewhat the same: There will be trap, there will be twerking, and there will be bone-shaking bass. The only real way to tell if you're in Tokyo or Texas is by the girls inevitably dancing on stage. Billboard Winterfest:…

  7. Jagged Edge Talks New 'Love Come Down' Single & Origin of Group Name

    January 26, 2015 12:54 PM EST After a three-year recording break, Jagged Edge trumpeted its return in fall 2014 with JE Heartbreak II . The Atlanta group's eighth studio album debuted at No. 1 on both the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and R&B Albums charts. It also spun off JE's 11th Adult R&B hit, "…

  8. Production Platform Splice Moves Towards Leveling the Music Creation Playing Field

    January 26, 2015 12:25 PM EST Cloud-based music creation and collaboration platform Splice is working towards becoming the glue which holds together a new framework of music creation and distribution. On Thursday, Jan. 22, the New York-based company announced several new features pertaining to plugins, which are…

  9. Exclusive: Chase Bryant to Hit the Road on First-Ever Headlining Club Tour

    January 26, 2015 11:44 AM EST The year continues to get better and better for Red Bow recording artist Chase Bryant . His current single, "Take It On Back," continues to climb the Country Airplay chart, currently sitting at No. 12, and he was just announced a couple of weeks ago as one of the opening acts for…

  10. Exclusive: Gov't Mule Premiere 'Hottentot' From Long-Shelved 'Sco-Mule' Album

    January 26, 2015 11:30 AM EST When Gov't Mule paired with John Scofield during Sept. 1999 for a pair of shows in Georgia, Warren Haynes acknowledges it "was definitely a head-scratcher" for the Mule's then-burgeoning fan base. "I think there were some people in the audience that had no idea we…

  11. Sam Smith Adds Tom Petty to Songwriting Credits on Hit 'Stay With Me'

    January 26, 2015 11:29 AM EST Tom Petty and his collaborator Jeff Lynne may be raking in a few more -- highly debated -- dollars from a new songwriting credit on Sam Smith 's hit "Stay With Me." The addition of Thomas Earl Petty and Jeff Lynne's names to the song's credits is the result of…

  12. A$AP Rocky's 'Dope' Film Sparks Bidding War at Sundance

    January 26, 2015 10:36 AM EST Filmmaker Rick Famuyiwa's urban coming-of-age dramedy Dope (featuring A$AP Rocky ) is on the verge of landing a U.S. home with Open Road (U.S.) and Sony (international) after sparking an all-night bidding war at the Sundance Film Festival , according to several sources. A$AP Rocky…

  13. Exclusive Premiere: Axwell /\ Ingrosso's 'Something New' (AMTRAC Remix)

    January 26, 2015 10:00 AM EST AMTRAC sure gets along with the Swedes. Fresh off his standout remix of Alesso 's chart climbing hit "Heroes," the Kentucky artist has lent his slick house touch to Axwell ^ Ingrosso 's soaring lead single "Something New." Pitching down the vocal hook and…

  14. Chet Faker Wins Triple J's Hottest 100 Poll

    January 26, 2015 5:19 AM EST Chet Faker has bagged one of the grandest prizes of all by taking out Triple J's Hottest 100 poll, the biggest fan-voted competition of its kind.  The Melbourne-based electro-soul artist's "Talk Is Cheap" came in at No. 1 on the annual countdown, which coincides with…

  15. Mark Ronson Completes Chart Double in U.K.

    January 26, 2015 4:20 AM EST Mark Ronson scored a double victory on the new U.K. sales charts, published last night (Jan. 25) by the Official Charts Company. As his "Uptown Funk" single, (Columbia/Sony), featuring Bruno Mars , started a fifth consecutive and sixth aggregate week at No. 1, he achieved his…

  16. Is Big Sean's New Album Coming Soon?

    January 26, 2015 1:42 AM EST Fans of Big Sean take note -- there's a storm brewing. The rapper has shared what would appear to be the art and title for his new album, which is presumably called Dark Sky Paradise . If the picture tells the story of the album, it'll be a dark affair. The photo crackles with…

  17. Motley Crue Kickstart Tour Sales with Groupon Deal

    January 25, 2015 9:50 PM EST Mötley Crüe fans can now rock out, frugally, thanks to the band's recent flash-sale deal for tickets to their farewell tour. The "Girls, Girls, Girls" hair-metalers, who will resume the American leg of their worldwide "Final Tour" in July, recently took to Groupon…

  18. Pitbull and Carlos Vives Shine Bright at Calibash 2015

    January 25, 2015 5:45 PM EST Dressed in his signature black suit, sweat streaming down his face, Pitbull paused for a moment during his set at Calibash 2015 and made a declaration. "L.A. is my number one market," he told the howling crowd at Los Angeles' Staples Center on Saturday (Jan. 24). The sold-out…

  19. Watch Lady Gaga Take a Pole Dancing Class During Bachelorette Party Weekend

    January 25, 2015 4:01 PM EST Lady Gaga has a new interest: pole dancing. Will Lady Gaga & Adele's 'Bro-Down' Lead to a New Song? The 28-year-old pop star spent part of her weekend taking a pole dancing class as part of her high school friend's bachelorette party. Gaga shared snapshots of…

  20. Watch Aloe Blacc Discuss 'Wake Me Up' Success, His Thoughts on Social Media & More at Sundance

    January 25, 2015 12:34 PM EST Still riding high off the success of his vocal feature on Avicii 's "Wake Me Up," singer Aloe Blacc chatted with Billboard at Sundance 2015 about what's coming up next, performing with Lady Antebellum , and his thoughts on social media and music streaming. Click Here for…

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