Big news came from Epic Records' first Epic Fest in Los Angeles, featuring Ozzy Osbourne and Future. Epic president Sylvia Rhone tells Billboard that Ozzy is readying a new album and Outkast's Big Boi announced he's collaborating with Phantogram on a new album.
10 years ago, in different rooms in different cities, The Edge from U2, Marty Albertson of Guitar Center, Henry Juszkiewicz of Gibson and I sat horrified as we watched the first of the two superstorms slam into the Central Gulf coast of the US.
On the most recent Billboard 200 chart, Luke Bryan’s 'Kill the Lights' held on to the No. 1 slot for a second week, as the album shifted another 99,000 equivalent album units. Now, let’s take a closer look at some of the action on the Sept. 5 chart.
News of Ian Rogers’ departure from Beats 1 for an unspecified job in Europe came as a surprise to the entire music industry, including his coworkers, sources tell Billboard. Rogers’ role at the helm of the station seemed to be his dream job.
Nashville and country have been synonymous for decades. But in recent years, Music City recording studios like Blackbird and RCA Studio A have become unlikely homes to a different sound: contemporary soul.
Fifteen years ago, a record label would pitch its new releases to a record store or chain like Tower Records. Ten years ago, they were pitching their priority releases to digital download stores like iTunes. Now they pitch streaming services.
Phil McIntyre sits at the head of a growing mini-empire in West Hollywood. This past spring, he joined Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas to launch SafeHouse Records, which aims to develop artists with "360-degree franchises of pop relevance."
Nicki Minaj's debut foray into headlining large venues in North America on the Pinkprint tour was a complete success on every level, the next phase of an ongoing strategy to position the artist as an elite headliner for years to come.