1. Cortez Bryant Shifts From Managing Lil Wayne to Learning Lessons From Country Music

    October 17, 2014 2:46 PM EDT THE GO-GETTER This profile is part of Billboard's Oct. 25 cover story package on the launch of Maverick, a new music-management consortium. You can find our full coverage right here . AGE: 35 TITLE:   Co-CEO, The Blueprint Group STAFF : 12 CITIES: New York, Los Angeles COMPANY FOUNDED…

  2. Ron Laffitte Is the 'Secret Weapon’ for Mega-Management Co. Maverick

    October 17, 2014 2:46 PM EDT METALHEAD GOES POP This profile is part of Billboard's Oct. 25 cover story package on the launch of Maverick, a new music-management consortium. You can find our full coverage right here . AGE: 47 TITLE: Founder, Laffitte Management Group STAFF : 14 CITY: Los Angeles COMPANY FOUNDED IN…

  3. 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…

  4. Avicii, David Guetta & Flying Lotus Leap on Dance/Electronic Charts

    October 17, 2014 2:25 PM EDT Avicii accelerates into the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs top 10 with "The Days" (23-8). It's Avicii's fourth top 10, tying him with David Guetta for the second-most since the chart's Jan. 26, 2013, inception. (Calvin Harris and Zedd lead with five each.) Up by 475…

  5. Female Artists Ruling the Charts: A Movement or Just a Moment?

    October 17, 2014 11:43 AM EDT It’s an unprecedented week six of women ruling the top 5, as one exec says when this happens en masse... “there’s something going on culturally.” Taylor , Iggy , Katy , Nicki , Charli , Jessie , Ariana -- there’s no question that women are dominating the singles chart and leading the…

  6. Dr. Luke Lawsuit Arrives During Down Year for Super-Producer

    October 17, 2014 11:05 AM EDT The high-profile legal battle with Kesha arrives during a prolonged absence of hits for Luke. The gloves are off between Lukasz “Dr. Luke” Gottwald and Kesha : the pop superstar has filed a lawsuit against the producer for alleged emotional abuse and sexual assault , and the pop maestro…

  7. Taylor Swift vs. One Direction: Real-Time Twitter Chart Rewind Ep. 20

    October 17, 2014 10:49 AM EDT 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 takes a visit to…

  8. Glen Campbell Returns to Hot Country Songs Chart For First Time In 21 Years

    October 17, 2014 10:45 AM EDT The legend charts his first entry since 1993. Plus, Jason Aldean and Florida Georgia Line notch debuts. Country Music Hall of Fame honoree Glen Campbell makes his first appearance on Billboard 's Hot Country Songs chart in 21 years, as "I'm Not Gonna Miss You" debuts at…

  9. Hozier Debuts at No. 1 on Top Rock Albums

    October 17, 2014 10:30 AM EDT The Irish singer-songwriter reigns with his debut full-length. Plus, chart action from vets Weezer, Sixx:A.M. and Nickelback. Irish singer-songwriter Hozier (aka, Andrew Hozier-Byrne) crowns Top Rock Albums and starts at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 with his self-titled full-length debut…

  10. Tomorrow's Hits: Lily & Madeleine, Sheppard, Catfish & the Bottlemen

    October 17, 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 Lily & Madeleine Sisters Lily, 17, and Madeleine, 19, Jurkiewicz, aka, Lily & Madeleine, return on Oct. 28 with their second album, Fumes ,…

  11. Happy Birthday, Chris Kirkpatrick: Celebrate His 5 Best Unappreciated 'N Sync Video Moments

    October 17, 2014 9:00 AM EDT God must have spent a little more time on him. Happy Birthday, Chris Kirkpatrick! The 'N Sync powerhouse turned somewhat-of- a-punchline turns 43 today. No, that's not a typo; a member of 'N Sync is straight-up middle-aged. Time marches on! On a lighter note, Kirkpatrick had…

  12. Billboard Cover: Managers of U2, Pharrell, Madonna & More Unite to Revolutionize the Music Industry

    October 17, 2014 8:00 AM EDT Guy Oseary is unveiling the new Maverick: music’s biggest, most fiercely protected secret of the year, in which he’s rallying eight other top artist managers to partner with Live Nation and potentially reinvent a broken industry Guy Oseary has proven, if nothing else, that he can keep a…

  13. Exclusive: Lily Allen Gets a New Manager

    October 17, 2014 8:00 AM EDT Lily Allen has signed with new management -- Maverick’s Scott Rodger and Stack House’s Henry Village , Billboard has learned. The news was first reported in this week’s cover story featuring Rodger, founder of Quest Management ( Paul McCartney , Arcade Fire , Lykke Li ) and eight other top…

  14. 14 New Zealand Acts You Need to Know About

    October 17, 2014 5:17 AM EDT New Zealand has been punching well above its weight in recent years. Think Lorde . Think The Naked and the Famous , Broods , Gin Wigmore , Ladyhawke   and  Kimbra (oh, and don't forget   Flight of the Conchords ). If you figured that’s it, think again. With the nominations announced…

  15. Gimme Five: B1A4's Biggest Musical Inspirations

    October 16, 2014 11:30 PM EDT Earlier this month, U.S. fans got to see  B1A4  up close with their first set of headlining concerts in America. From the tour's kickoff in New York , the K-pop quintet saw their super-supportive stateside fanbase hollering for them whether they were belting, rapping or showcasing a…

  16. Billy Bob Thornton's Boxmasters Go 'Somewhere' With 101 Records

    October 16, 2014 8:30 PM EDT Some artists may battle a bit of writer's block when prepping for a new release, but that's definitely not an issue for the Boxmasters ' principal songwriters Billy Bob Thornton and J.D. Andrew , who have delivered a double-album, Somewhere Down the Road , for the band's…

  17. Inside Kesha & Dr. Luke's Dueling Lawsuits

    October 16, 2014 7:49 PM EDT The pop star alleges physical, verbal & sexual abuse, while the hit songwriter-producer claims it’s part of an extortion plot. Who’s telling the truth? Rape, verbal and physical abuse, indentured servitude and mental torment were but a few of the allegations put forth in a lawsuit…

  18. Los Tigres del Norte's Record-Tying 23rd Top 10 Album

    October 16, 2014 7:48 PM EDT Veteran group Los Tigres del Norte claim a milestone chart entry, as the group logs its 23rd top 10 on Top Latin Albums . The bow ties them with Los Temerarios for the most top 10s among all acts in the chart's 21-year history. Pitbull & Becky G Added to iHeartRadio Fiesta Latina…

  19. 10 Things We Learned From Neil Diamond's Reddit AMA

    October 16, 2014 7:20 PM EDT Neil Diamond is a certifiable legend. And with a half century of in the music business behind him, he still has no intension of slowing down. His new album, Melody Road , is out out later this month, led by the single "Something Blue," and next year he will embark on…

  20. UK Vinyl Sales on Track to Cross Million Mark

    October 16, 2014 7:00 PM EDT For the first time since the mid-1990s, vinyl sales in the United Kingdom look set to cross the one million mark in a calendar year. According to new figures released by the Official Charts Company (OCC) in conjunction with labels trade body BPI, U.K. vinyl sales for the first nine months…

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