1. Single Review: Zedd Featuring Selena Gomez, 'I Want You to Know'

    March 06, 2015 12:01 PM EST Zedd Featuring Selena Gomez "I Want You to Know" Interscope Dance-pop often works best when it's filled with ecstatic payoffs, but the debut collaboration between rumored lovebirds Gomez and DJ-producer wunderkind Zedd fails to offe ...

  2. Single Review: Kanye West, 'All Day'

    March 06, 2015 12:01 PM EST Kanye West "All Day" G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam After ballads with Rihanna and Paul McCartney, it was easy to think West, fresh off marriage, fatherhood and fashion shows, had gone soft. But "All Day" is Kanye at his most unapologe ...

  3. Single Review: Kacey Musgraves, 'Biscuits'

    March 06, 2015 12:01 PM EST Kacey Musgraves "Biscuits" Mercury Records Nashville Honey-voiced country straight-shooter Musgraves doesn't stray from her tell-it-like-it-is formula on "Biscuits," the first single off her upcoming LP. A pseudo sequel to ...

  4. Late-Night Tunes: The Hits & Misses, February 23-28, 2015

    March 06, 2015 12:01 PM EST Billboard rates TV's best and worst musical performances. HITS Alabama Shakes, Saturday Night Live (Feb. 28) Brittany Howard is such a captivating frontwoman, she could sing a software terms and conditions agreement and raise goose bumps. In ...

  5. Backstage Pass / Nettwerk Music Group 30th Anniversary

    March 06, 2015 12:01 PM EST Nettwerk to ­Success: Terry McBride's ­diversified ­company thrives as home to Fun, Passenger and ­Sinéad O'Connor. Anyone hoping to meet with Nettwerk Music Group co-founder/CEO Terry McBride at lunchtime should come prepared to do down ...

  6. Backstage Pass / Nettwerk Music Group 30th Anniversary: Oscar-Winning Films Showcase Nettwerk Acts

    March 06, 2015 12:01 PM EST Nettwerk Music Group has released more than 30 song-driven soundtracks during its three-decade history, including music from the TV series Veronica Mars , Nip/Tuck , Everwood and Rescue Me and such movies as Away We Go and Inventing the Abbotts . ...

  7. Backstage Pass / Nettwerk Music Group 30th Anniversary: Partying Down in Texas

    March 06, 2015 12:01 PM EST The company may be headquartered in Vancouver, but Nettwerk Music Group is heading south to the Lone Star State to celebrate its 30th anniversary. The official birthday party takes place March 18 at the South by Southwest conference in Austin. Sch ...

  8. Chart Numbers: Big Sean's First No. 1 Album With 'Dark Sky Paradise'

    March 06, 2015 12:01 PM EST The rapper scores his first chart-topper on the Billboard 200 as Dark Sky Paradise bounds in at No. 1. It follows two earlier albums that both peaked at No. 3: 2011's Finally Famous and 2013's Hall of Fame . 173k The album moved 173,000 ...

  9. Tomorrow's Hits: Lunchmoney Lewis, 'Bills'

    March 06, 2015 12:01 PM EST 'Bills' Due at Top 40 Dr. Luke's new signee Lunchmoney Lewis makes his Mainstream Top 40 debut at No. 38 with his catchy, comedic "Bills" (Kemosabe/Columbia), up 115 percent in plays, according to Nielsen Music. The Florid ...

  10. Tomorrow's Hits: Life of Dillon, 'Overload'

    March 06, 2015 12:01 PM EST Dillon Crosses Over London-based trio Life of Dillon launches stateside with "Overload" (Disruptor/Epic). Echoing the melodic vibe of Nico & Vinz's "Am I Wrong," it enters Adult Top 40 at No. 37. The group, currently p ...

  11. Tomorrow's Hits: Tobias Jesso Jr., 'How Could You Babe'

    March 06, 2015 12:01 PM EST Adele's Co-Sign Goes Far On Jan. 21, Adele offered her only tweet of 2015 so far: a link to Vancouver singer-songwriter Tobias Jesso Jr.'s "How Could You Babe," praising, "This is fantastic, click away." The result? O ...

  12. Charts: Sizzling Sales for 'Shades' Not Seen Since 'Twilight'

    March 06, 2015 12:01 PM EST The red-hot 'Fifty Shades of Grey' soundtrack is the fastest-selling theatrical compilation album in seven years. The Billboard charts have united two forbidden loves: Fifty Shades of Grey and Twilight . The Fifty Shades of Grey soundtra ...

  13. Rewinding the Charts: 9 Years Ago, 'High School Musical' Started Something

    March 06, 2015 12:01 PM EST The Disney Channel's hit 2006 movie launched Zac Efron's career and spawned two sequels, three No. 1 albums and paved the way for TV musicals such as 'Glee.' When the soundtrack to the Disney Channel's High School Musical ...

  14. 4 Films From the Fringes: Far-Flung Music Scenes Spotlighted at SXSW 2015

    March 06, 2015 12:01 PM EST From New Y 1. They Will Have to Kill Us First After jihadists banned music in Mali in August 2012, musicians there kept it alive by performing wherever they could. Director Johanna Schwartz commissioned artists to write songs that act as narration ...

  15. Corner Office: Steve Barnett, Capitol Music Group Chairman/CEO

    February 20, 2015 12:00 PM EST Victory lap! With his artists Sam Smith and Beck sweeping the Grammys, the on-fire exec talks Kanye ("needs a therapist")and UMG ("Lucian's got your back") vs. Sony ("zero support"). You won't find any corne ...

  16. Denny Tedesco's 'The Wrecking Crew': 'The Most Expensive Home Movie Ever'

    February 20, 2015 12:00 PM EST Tedesco explains why his film about a legendary group of studio musicians took nearly 20 years to make. Ten years after Denny Tedesco shot the first frames of The Wrecking Crew , his film about the legendary group of 1960s Los Angeles session musi ...

  17. Baz Luhrmann & RCA to Launch Bazmark Label

    February 20, 2015 12:00 PM EST Baz Luhrmann, whose films have spawned some of the top-selling soundtrack albums of the past 15 years, is getting into the record business. The Great Gatsby and Moulin Rouge! director is partnering with Sony Music's RCA Records on a custom la ...

  18. Noted Music Business Events: February 11 - 19, 2015

    February 20, 2015 12:00 PM EST Feb. 11 Actress Liv Tyler welcomed a son, her second child and first with her boyfriend, sports manager/agent David Gardner. Father Steven shared a hospital snap, captioned: "Another (God wink) moment of a lifetime." Feb. 12 New romantic ...

  19. Musician Birthdays: February 21 - 28

    February 20, 2015 12:00 PM EST Feb. 21 Charlotte Church (29) Steve Wynn (74) Feb. 22 James Blunt (41) Feb. 24 Chad Hugo (41) Feb. 26 Corinne Bailey Rae (36) Erykah Badu (44) Max Martin (44) Michael Bolton (62) Jonathan Cain (65) Feb. 27 Josh Groban (34) Bobby Valentino (35) Roz ...

  20. Action Bronson: 'I'm the Guy You Want to Smoke With'

    February 20, 2015 12:00 PM EST Eccentric rap/foodie everyman Action Bronson lets it all out -- burps and farts included. In the dark basement dining room at TaiPan Fusion, a Chinese restaurant located near the Long Island Expressway in Queens, Ariyan Arslani, the 31-year-old ra ...

  21. Overheard: Lady Gaga, Fifth Harmony's Dinah Jane Hansen, Jody Gerson & Gavin Polone

    February 20, 2015 12:00 PM EST Gaga's Mile-High Makeup All the world's a stage for Lady Gaga -- and so is a cruising altitude of 30,000 feet. On Feb. 12, the newly engaged pop star made herself at home in the business-class Mint section of a JetBlue flight from Los An ...

  22. 5 Reasons Elle King Rules

    February 20, 2015 12:00 PM EST From a young age, Elle King knew she wanted to be a "badass bitch." And now, she says, her wish is coming true: On her sassy debut, Love Stuff (Feb. 17, RCA), the Brooklyn-based blues-pop singer, 25, lets her raspy, Adele-esque wail loos ...

  23. Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon Reveals 'Badass' Confessions in New Memoir 'Girl in a Band'

    February 20, 2015 12:00 PM EST From Lana Del Rey to ex-husband/bandmate Thurston Moore, the new memoir from Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon pulls no punches. The title of Kim Gordon's strikingly confessional new memoir, Girl in a Band (Feb. 24, Dey St./HarperCollins), is a s ...

  24. Artist on the Verge: Haley Georiga

    February 20, 2015 12:00 PM EST The former 'Idol''s new sound? Bae country. Country-pop singer Haley Georgia knows the value of first impressions. In the opening lines of her debut single, "Ridiculous," a kiss-off to a fickle guy over a mandolin-meets-hi ...

  25. The Billboard Cover Story: Double Threats Starring Jared Leto -- The Shape Shifter

    February 20, 2015 12:00 PM EST Entertainment's eternal cliche -- singers wanting to act, actors wanting to sing -- is proving punchline no more. Stars on both sides, emboldened by the Internet's speed and their own creative impulses, are making moonlighting obsolete. ...

  26. The Billboard Cover Story: Double Threats With Common -- The Conscience

    February 20, 2015 12:00 PM EST Common doesn't have any theories as to why Selma , the praised Martin Luther King Jr. biopic he stars in, earned only two Oscar noms: best ­picture and best original song, for "Glory," his Golden Globe-winning duet with John Legend. ...

  27. The Billboard Cover Story: Double Threats With Andy Samberg -- The Clown Prince

    February 20, 2015 12:00 PM EST Andy Samberg always wanted to be a stand-up ­comedian. But it wasn't until 2000, when the New York University graduate moved to Los Angeles with friends Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone, that he started writing ­musical comedy. "We would ...

  28. The Billboard Cover Story: Double Threats With Jack Black -- The Metalhead

    February 20, 2015 12:00 PM EST Jack Black's twin talents have always been in lock step. After appearing on acclaimed late-'90s HBO sketch series Mr. Show , Black scored a spinoff miniseries for his then-budding spoof-rock band, Tenacious D. His hilarious frontman thea ...

  29. The Billboard Cover Story: Double Threats With Carrie Brownstein -- The Queen of Cool

    February 20, 2015 12:00 PM EST Before Carrie Brownstein was the Emmy-nominated writer and star of IFC TV series Portlandia , she was a singer-guitarist in beloved feminist-rock band Sleater-Kinney, formed in 1994. But when the trio went on hiatus in 2006, she ventured into new ...

  30. The Billboard Cover Story: Double Threats With Ludacris -- The Scene Stealer

    February 20, 2015 12:00 PM EST For Christopher ­"Ludacris" Bridges, all it took to crack Hollywood was a quick audition tape shot backstage while on tour with Eminem. Director John Singleton, known for plucking talent from hip-hop for films like Poetic Justice and Boy ...

  31. Album Review: Imagine Dragons, 'Smoke + Mirrors'

    February 20, 2015 12:00 PM EST Could anyone design a band more impervious to criticism than Imagine Dragons? Formed at Utah's Brigham Young University before dropping out to become Las Vegas, and then global, sweethearts, the group combines heartland earnestness with showb ...

  32. Album Review: Ghostface Killah & BadBadNotGood, 'Sour Soul'

    February 20, 2015 12:00 PM EST Ghostface Killah's full-length collaborative album with jazz troupe BadBadNotGood isn't your standard wine-and-cheese affair. On the impressive Sour Soul , the Canadian trio that built its profile through Odd Future and Gucci Mane covers ...

  33. Album Review: MisterWives, 'Our Own House'

    February 20, 2015 12:00 PM EST With hollywood already going full comic book, music might as well follow suit. Audiences are primed for explosive, larger-than-life content. Why not give them what they want? MisterWives are embracing this strategy, and it's working. The New ...

  34. Single Review: Florence & The Machine, 'What Kind of Man'

    February 20, 2015 12:00 PM EST FLORENCE & THE MACHINE "What Kind of Man" Republic Florence Welch usually fluctuates between indie-pop siren and art-rock weirdo, but on this head-spinning ambient-R&B single, she's both. "With one kiss, you inspired a ...

  35. Single Review: Alabama Shakes, 'Don't Wanna Fight'

    February 20, 2015 12:00 PM EST ALABAMA SHAKES "DON'T WANNA FIGHT" Ato records Alabama Shakes' Brittany Howard makes raw pain feel sensual, and "Don't Wanna Fight" is their ­sauciest ­offering yet. "Why can't I catch my breath? I' ...

  36. Single Review: Charlie Puth Featuring Meghan Trainor, 'Marvin Gaye'

    February 20, 2015 12:00 PM EST CHARLIE PUTH ­FEATURING MEGHAN TRAINOR "Marvin Gaye" Atlantic Charlie Puth plays a game of "spot the Marvin reference" on his debut single, repackaging lines from a number of soul classics in the not-so-subtly titled tune. Trai ...

  37. Album Review: Kid Rock, 'First Kiss'

    February 20, 2015 12:00 PM EST On his 10th studio effort Kid Rock is, to borrow the title of his annual sea cruise, chillin' the most. His first album since departing longtime label Atlantic for Warner Bros., First Kiss is hardly his most ­adventurous project, but it is pe ...

  38. Single Review: Jamey Johnson, 'You Can'

    February 20, 2015 12:00 PM EST JAMEY JOHNSON "YOU CAN" BIG GASSED RECORDS An upright bass strut morphs into big-band brassiness before nuggets of honky-tonk wisdom give way to a vaudevillian hook on "You Can," which precedes Jamey Johnson's new album. I ...

  39. Late-Night Tunes: The Hits & Misses From February 9 - 15, 2015

    February 20, 2015 12:00 PM EST Billboard rates TV's best and worst musical performances. HITS Miley Cyrus, SNL 40 special (Feb. 14) Cyrus showed off her range (instead of her tongue) with a nuanced performance of Paul Simon's 1975 hit "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover ...

  40. Chart Numbers: 'Fifty Shades' Soundtrack Sizzles

    February 20, 2015 12:00 PM EST The multi-artist soundtrack ties down the No. 2 slot on the Billboard 200 and bows with 258,000 album equivalent units (of which 210,000 are pure album sales) earned in the week ending Feb. 15, according to Nielsen Music. 210,000 The album's ...

  41. Tomorrow's Hits: Tori Kelly, 'Nobody Love'

    February 20, 2015 12:00 PM EST Far From a 'Nobody' After turning 5 Seconds of Summer and Sam Smith into superstars in 2014, Capitol reaps rewards with its first notable newcomer of 2015, as Tori Kelly's "Nobody Love," co-written by Max Martin, enters Ma ...

  42. Tomorrow's Hits: Casey Veggies, 'Backflip'

    February 20, 2015 12:00 PM EST Veggies on the Menu Casey Veggies (real name Casey Jones) sprouts onto the Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop airplay chart at No. 40 with "Backflip" (featuring YG and IamSu). With five mixtapes since 2007, the Los Angeles rapper, 21, preps his ...

  43. Tomorrow's Hits: Waterloo Revival, 'Hit the Road'

    February 20, 2015 12:00 PM EST WATERLOO REVIVAL RISES Austin-based Waterloo Revival makes its Billboard chart debut with the banjo-heavy "Hit the Road" (Big Machine), which bows on Country Airplay at No. 60. Fronted by George Birge, the quartet, which also includes Co ...

  44. Rewinding the Charts: 30 Years Ago Sheena Easton Sexed Up Pop

    February 20, 2015 12:00 PM EST The Scottish singer's suggestive "Sugar Walls," written by Prince, topped the Dance Club Songs chart and helped spawn the "Parental Advisory" labeling system. "It was such a great groove, even in the demo," says ...

  45. Charts: Drake Scores Yet Another No. 1 (But No Surprise There)

    February 20, 2015 12:00 PM EST His out-of-the-blue 'If You're Reading This It's Too Late' zooms in atop the Billboard 200 with the second-largest sales week of the past year. The surprise release of drake's new album, If You're Reading This It' ...

  46. The Over/Under: Capitol Music Group Chairman/CEO Steve Barnett

    February 13, 2015 12:00 PM EST Capitol Music Group chairman/CEO Steve Barnett sweeps the top four Grammy categories with Sam Smith and Beck. News Magazine 1424494800 ...

  47. The Over/Under: Tim Westergren

    February 13, 2015 12:00 PM EST Tim Westergren saw Pandora's stock plunge 17.3 percent, is in court with BMI and may be paying millions more in royalties. News Magazine 1424494800 ...

  48. The Over/Under: Warner/Chappell & Jon Platt

    February 13, 2015 12:00 PM EST Warner/Chappell and Jon Platt's writers won the major non-Sam Smith Grammy song categories, including rap, rock and country. News Magazine 1424494800 ...

  49. Is Apple Prepping for Spring Streaming?

    February 13, 2015 12:00 PM EST Sources say changes at iTunes along with meetings between Jimmy Iovine and the labels signal the almost-here arrival of a new, all-you-can-eat music subscription service. You didn't have to look too far to spot the action at Clive Davis' ...

  50. Janelle Monae Becomes a Mini Mogul With Revamped Imprint Wondaland

    February 13, 2015 12:00 PM EST The singer finds a home with L.A. Reid. On the 35th floor of the Sony building in Manhattan, two conference rooms have been requisitioned for what stylist Maeve Reilly calls her "pop-up store." One is circled with racks of high-fashion f ...

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