One Direction, Lionel Richie and Katy Perry lead the list of winners at Billboard's 11th annual Touring Awards, held Thursday (Nov. 20) at New York's Edison Ballroom. 1D took home the awards for Top Draw and Top Tour, with grosses in excess of $290 million, and the band's management firm Modest! received the prize for Top Manager.
Top Latin Albums greets a new No. 1 as Juan Luis Guerra arrives with Todo Tiene Su Hora (6,000 copies sold in the week ending Nov. 16, according to Nielsen SoundScan). It's the third No. 1 set for the Dominican singer-songwriter. The new album's lead single, "Tus Besos," spends a fifth consecutive week atop Latin Airplay, making it his second-longest running No. 1 in his 25-year history on the chart ("Cuando Me Enamoro" led for 17 weeks in 2010). The track likewise tops Latin Pop Airplay for a second week.
Big K.R.I.T. scores his second No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with the entrance of Cadillactica, moving 44,000 in first week sales (his best week ever), according to Nielsen SoundScan. The 28-year old rapper last debuted atop the chart in 2012 with Live From The Underground (41,000 units).
Fox Broadcasting, Fremantle and executive producer Nigel Lythgoe have prevailed over 10 former contestants on American Idol who alleged they were the victims of racial discrimination in the way they were disqualified.
Agents and managers working in the country field are predicting a record-breaking year for 2015, with more than 18 performers headlining venues with upward of 10,000 seats. But while superstars and baby bands from Nashville work their way across America, a few insiders have a caution flag at the ready.
Add one more name to the list of industry figureheads who've sided with Taylor Swift in her battle with Spotify: Marc Geiger, William Morris Endeavor's head of music, who called the ubiquity of free, ad-supported streaming music services "a f---ed-up, torturous thing for 15 years," at Billboard's Touring Conference & Awards on Thursday (Nov. 20).