1. What Will Upcoming Contract Negotiations Mean for Taylor Swift, Usher and Justin Timberlake?

    November 21, 2014 1:34 PM EST Megamillion-dollar label deals are a thing of the past. But with Usher, Timberlake and Swift nearing the end of their contracts, this is how majors will have to fight to keep them. Taylor Swift , Usher and Justin Timberlake are about to enter an all-too-familiar crossroads for pop…

  2. One Direction, Justin Bieber & Cody Simpson: Real-Time Twitter Chart Rewind Ep. 25

    November 21, 2014 1:30 PM EST Welcome back to Billboard's weekly video show "Real-Time Rewind," which recaps the past week's hottest action on the new Billboard Real-Time Twitter Charts -- Trending 140 and Emerging Artists -- and the news that's driving the action. Joe Levy is back in the…

  3. Despite Harsh Reviews, Lifetime's Aaliyah Movie Locks Up the No. 2 Telepic Slot of 2014

    November 21, 2014 12:00 PM EST Harsh criticism from pal and collaborator Timbaland , a lack of rights to original songs and an early casting snafu when Zendaya Coleman bowed out of the title role did not hinder Lifetime’s biopic about the brief life and career of Aaliyah . 'Princess of R&B' Review  |  Wendy…

  4. Alison Krauss Joins Emmylou Harris Tribute Concert

    November 21, 2014 11:30 AM EST Alison Krauss is set to pay tribute to Emmylou Harris at a concert in January. "The Life & Songs of Emmylou Harris: An All-Star Concert Celebration" will take place Jan. 10 at the DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C. Krauss and Conor Oberst are the latest acts added to…

  5. Watch Jimmy Fallon & Mark Ruffalo Play Musical Chairs With Beer

    November 21, 2014 11:00 AM EST Thursday night (Nov. 20), Mark Ruffalo joined Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show for a round of "musical beers," which is like the game musical chairs, but with beer. Watch the video below. Stephen Merchant and the Roots ' Black Thought also participated. Questlove played music…

  6. What's The Most Common Hot 100 Song Title? (Updated)

    November 21, 2014 10:55 AM EST Last year, Alabama Shakes debuted on the Hot 100 with the latest entry titled 'Hold On.' Is that still the most common song title in the chart's more than five-decade history? Hold on a second. Or third. Or fourth ... In March 2013, Alabama Shakes debuted on the Billboard…

  7. Justin Bieber Returns to No. 1 on Social 50 Chart

    November 21, 2014 10:00 AM EST Justin Bieber is back on top of the Social 50 chart . The 20-year-old rebounds 7-1 for his record-extending 102nd week atop the chart after releasing a joint track with  Cody Simpson . The Social 50 ranks the most popular artists on YouTube, Vevo, Facebook, Twitter, SoundCloud, Wikipedia,…

  8. AMAs Producer on Taylor Swift Receiving New Dick Clark Award, Pitbull's Hosting Skills & More

    November 21, 2014 10:00 AM EST American Music Awards producer Larry Klein has worked on the long-running awards show for nearly 40 years, but when he organizes it each year, "I still feel like a kid," he admits.  American Music Awards Photos: 42 Years Of AMAs History “I’m from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and I’m…

  9. Listen to Beyoncé's Two New Tracks, '7/11' & 'Ring Off'

    November 20, 2014 9:41 PM EST UPDATE: "7/11" has since been pulled down. "Out of nowhere" seems to be Beyoncé's new go-to move, because she just dropped two new tracks without warning.  "7/11" and "Ring Off" are both included in the deluxe repackaging of her self…

  10. Executive Turntable: Phil Casey Returns to ICM Partners, Vevo Appoints Stacy Moscatelli, BMG Chrysalis US Acquires Vagrant

    November 20, 2014 8:10 PM EST A list of moves and shakes across the music business, including ICM Partners, Republic Records, Dualtone Music Group and many more. -- Phil Casey returned to ICM Partners as a senior agent in the concerts department, where he began his career in 1984. Casey served at Resolution for a year…

  11. Mike Nichols' Marriage of Music & Movies: Nine Significant Moments

    November 20, 2014 6:15 PM EST Mike Nichols , the celebrated director, writer and comedian who died Wednesday at the age of 83, left a considerable mark in the marriage of music, musicians and visual images. He cast musicians as actors, giving several prominent ones their first major roles; opened two of his films to…

  12. Country Insiders Talk Touring Too Much & Finding the Next Luke Bryan

    November 20, 2014 4:14 PM EST 'There are too many shows, and eventually it will cannibalize buildings and cities,' one exec says during Billboard Touring Conference country panel. Agents and managers working in the country field are predicting a record-breaking year for 2015, with more than 18 performers…

  13. WME's Marc Geiger Sides With Taylor Swift, Calls Free Streaming Services 'F---ed Up'

    November 20, 2014 3:49 PM EST 'It's insane that the industry is so scared of the digital consumers that they have to give away all the content for free,' he says at Billboard Touring Conference. Add one more name to the list of industry figureheads who've sided with Taylor Swift in her battle with…

  14. 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 &…

  15. Top Booking Agents On Double-Weekend Festivals: 'It's Bad' For Young Bands

    November 19, 2014 11:05 PM EST At Billboard's Touring Conference & Awards, six top execs spoke up about mega-festivals adding second weekends to their programming. Adding a second weekend has led to record grosses and attendance for mega-festivals Coachella and Austin City Limits, where acts are often paid…

  16. Snippets of Beyonce's '7/11' & 'Ring Off' Leak

    November 19, 2014 5:07 PM EST As the Beyhive impatiently awaits the release of Beyoncé 's platinum edition of her self-titled album (arriving digitally Nov. 24), 30-second snippets of two new songs from the set surfaced online. "7/11," which is rumored to be impacting radio on Nov. 25, is an Auto-Tune…

  17. 'Midnight Rider' Case: Settlement Reached in Sarah Jones' Parents' Civil Lawsuit

    November 19, 2014 4:02 PM EST Richard & Elizabeth Jones have reached confidential agreements with some of the defendants. The parents of Sarah Jones , the camera assistant who was struck and killed by a train on the Midnight Rider film set , have reached a confidential settlement agreement with several of the…

  18. Taylor Swift Makes Hot 100 History With 'Blank Space'

    November 19, 2014 3:53 PM EST Taylor Swift makes history on the Billboard Hot 100 , where her single "Blank Space" blasts from No. 13 to No. 1 . As the song dethrones her prior smash, "Shake It Off," after four weeks atop the chart, Swift becomes the first woman in the Hot 100's 56-year…

  19. 'The Voice' Recap: Saved by Coaches, Sent Home by America

    November 18, 2014 9:24 PM EST Two hopefuls were eliminated, while one endangered singer nabbed the #InstantSave from viewers at home. The Voice has had its first weekly double-elimination, but, as Carson Daly announced at the beginning of the broadcast, all eliminated top-12 singers will get a chance to rejoin the…

  20. Listen to Pusha T's Kanye West-Produced Song 'Lunch Money'

    November 18, 2014 5:36 PM EST Pusha T steps out of the studio to release his new song, "Lunch Money." The dissonant Kanye West -produced song features the rapper going for his competition ("If the crown ain’t mine, tell me who am I behind?") and touching on the happenings of today ("America is…

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