1. Island Records Co-Founder and Jamaican Music Engineer Graeme Goodall Dead at 82

    December 12, 2014 5:20 PM EST From his involvement in the earliest Jamaican singles to have impacted international markets to his co-founding role in Island Records, Australian-born engineer Graeme Goodall , was a pivotal, if somewhat overlooked, figure in the development of Jamaica’s music industry. Goodall died of…

  2. Justin Bieber Goes Blonde, Frankie Grande Freaks Out

    December 06, 2014 8:21 PM EST As 2014 comes to an end, Justin Bieber is going into 2015 with a whole new look. Not since the 20-year-old singer chopped off his famous bowl cut back in 2011, has he caused such a fashion frenzy online. And, yes, this time it's also about his hair, which has just been bleached…

  3. Grammys 2015: And the Nominees Are…

    December 05, 2014 2:30 PM EST Early Friday on CBS This Morning , Ed Sheeran and Pharrell Williams stopped by to reveal four major categories of nominations for the 57th Annual Grammy Awards. Head Here for Our Complete Coverage of the 2015 Grammys Sheeran's own x (pronounced "multiply") got a nod…

  4. Mike Simonetti Leaving Italians Do It Better, Launching Label with Captured Tracks' Mike Sniper

    December 04, 2014 12:00 PM EST Mike Simonetti is striking out on his own once again. Perhaps best-known for founding dream-pop label Italians Do It Better with Johnny Jewel  -- and, solo, noise rock staple Troubleman Unlimited in the early '90s and New Jersey in 2012 -- the DJ, producer, and label head is leaving…

  5. Publishing Briefs: Dan the Automator Signs With Atlas Music Group, RightsFlow Enters 3D Printing Biz, Riptide Expands

    December 02, 2014 11:57 AM EST Billboard's Ed Christman rounds-up all the big news in the music publishing world. -- The Atlas Music Group has signed producer Dan "The Automator" Nakamura to a worldwide publishing deal, which will include his entire catalog (except for collaborations with Dr. Octagon ), as…

  6. 'Midnight Rider' Case: Sarah Jones' Family Fights to Keep Train Video Public

    December 02, 2014 2:46 AM EST In a strongly worded brief filed Monday in Georgia state court, lawyers for the parents of Sarah Jones sought to maintain public access to videos and photographs of the train accident that killed their daughter during production of the film Gregg Allman biopic  Midnight Rider in February,…

  7. Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Lorde’s ‘Hunger Games’ Soundtrack Debuts

    November 28, 2014 1:05 PM EST Plus: "Downton Abbey" Christmas and Kristin Chenoweth debut. On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart, One Direction made history, as the group’s Four debuted atop the list . The act is the first group to see its first four studio albums enter at No. 1. Four was released on Nov.…

  8. Watch Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett Get Into the Holiday Spirit for H&M

    November 26, 2014 1:14 AM EST Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett's holiday video campaign for H&M has hit the web, and boy are they ready for the holidays (aren't we all?). The "H&M Magical Holidays" clip , directed by Johan Renck , sees Gaga (with her oversized wig) and the dapper jazz singer…

  9. Playlist Live: An Exploration of the Internet in Real Life

    November 21, 2014 8:00 PM EST Rebecca Black, Troye Sivan, Trevor Moran & more YouTube stars take selfies & sell merch at New York conference. The first actual meet-up of Internet-famous people didn't actually happen in real life at all, but in the 2008 episode of South Park titled "Canada On Strike.…

  10. 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…

  11. Watch Rebel Wilson Crush It in 'Pitch Perfect 2' Trailer

    November 20, 2014 12:07 PM EST The pitch is back, and we couldn't be more thrilled. The aca-amazing news is true: The Barden Bellas are returing for a sequel to Pitch Perfect , and the first trailer is finally here. Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson and all the rest kick things off by singing a slowed-down, a cappella…

  12. Watch Jennifer Lawrence Reveal that the Soundtrack to Her Life Is Aqua's 'Barbie Girl'

    November 19, 2014 6:25 PM EST The Internet agrees: Jennifer Lawrence is totally badass. So it's no surprise that she stopped by her Hunger Games ' co-star Elizabeth Banks' appropriately titled web talk show "Ask a Badass." 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' Prize Pack Giveaway And…

  13. '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…

  14. China Blocks Cloud Services, Thousands of Websites Ahead of Tech Conference

    November 19, 2014 9:28 AM EST The Chinese government is blocking access to thousands of sites and cloud services in the lead up to tech industry conference, reported the South China Morning Post on Tuesday.  Already trigger happy when it came to blocking websites it didn't agree with, the state Internet censor has…

  15. Hollywood Film Awards: Winners List

    November 14, 2014 8:46 PM EST Robert Duvall and Keira Knightley are early winners Friday's  Hollywood Film Awards  saw  David  Fincher 's  Gone Girl  take home the top prize. Accepting the award, star  Ben Affleck  thanked his director for keeping the shoot cold during a controversial scene in which you (…

  16. Hozier and Taylor Swift’s Mutual Admiration Society and More Insider Scoop

    November 14, 2014 4:28 PM EST What’s Cooking With Hozier And Taylor Swift? Andrew Hozier-Byrne, better known as Hozier , has formed quite a mutual admiration society with Taylor Swift . In early October, 24-year-old Swift shared an Instagram of herself enthusiastically air-drumming along to Hozier’s performance of …

  17. Dickon Stainer Tapped to Lead Universal's Global Classics Group

    November 11, 2014 3:06 PM EST Dickon Stainer , longtime head of Decca Records Group, has been appointed president and CEO of Global Classics to spearhead all things classical music at Universal Music Group International. For this new role, which is based in London, Stainer will oversee labels Deutsche Grammophon, Decca…

  18. ‘Christmas At Downton Abbey’ Album Premiere: Elizabeth McGovern Talks Holiday Collection

    November 10, 2014 10:45 AM EST The new Christmas At Downton Abbey album gives a couple of the popular PBS show's cast members a chance to step out of their characters and show a different side of themselves. Listen to the album below, premiering exclusively at Billboard.com: Both Elizabeth McGovern (Lady Cora) and…

  19. Malina Moye on Her Explosive Bootsy Collins Collaboration 'K-yotic' & Hard Road to Success

    November 07, 2014 3:14 PM EST She’s been hailed as “the female Jimi Hendrix”, and if Malina Moye has her way, she’ll usher in a revival of funk, rock, and R&B into mainstream music. Moye’s vibrant performances and unorthodox playing style (she plays left-handed and strums upside down ) have attracted significant…

  20. Eminem Honors Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine, Madonna Lauds Lil' Buck at Innovator Awards

    November 06, 2014 12:50 PM EST It took two forces of nature to get Eminem to New York City on Wednesday night. The rapper made a surprise appearance at WSJ. Magazine 's fourth annual Innovator Awards at MoMA in order to honor two very important people in his life: Dr. Dre (born Andre Young) and Jimmy Iovine. "…

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