1. Noted: September 5 - September 12

    September 12, 2014 10:00 AM EDT September 5 Norwegian electronic producer Kygo inked a deal with Sony International executive vp Adam Granite that sees him joining Simon Cowell's Syco Entertainment in the United Kingdom and RCA in the United States. The signing followed a b ...

  2. Birthdays: September 16 - September 22

    September 12, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Sept. 16 Nick Jonas (22) Teddy Geiger (26) Marc Anthony (46) Sept. 18 Xzibit (40) Sept. 19 Trisha Yearwood (50) Nile Rodgers (62) Tegan and Sara Quin (34) Sept. 21 Liam Gallagher (42) Faith Hill (47) Leonard Cohen (80) Sept. 22 Nick Cave (57) Joan ...

  3. 7 Days on the Scene: Versus Versace Party, New York on September 7, 2014

    September 12, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Even Donatella Versace must have been impressed with the front row at the Versus Versace party, complete with Rihanna , Jennifer Hudson , Nina Dobrev , Nicki Minaj and models Naomi Campbell and Liya Kebede . The star-studded crowd was draped in th ...

  4. 7 Days on the Scene: Boston Calling, Boston on September 5-7, 2014

    September 12, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Lightning storms may have dampened the crowd, but not the spirit of performers like Lorde at the fourth installment of the Boston Calling festival. "You guys are officially my favorite crowd in America right now," said the 17-year-old Ne ...

  5. 7 Days on the Scene: Bestival, Isle of Wight, England on September 4-7, 2014

    September 12, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Rob and Josie Da Bank's annual curated, end-of-season party, the aptly named Bestival, rung in its 11th year at the Robin Hill country park on England's Isle of Wight, offering palm trees and disco balls in keeping with the Desert Island ...

  6. ICYMI: Drake Keeps It Wheel in Toronto Meme

    September 12, 2014 10:00 AM EDT What: Stickers of Drake 's head affixed to wheelchair signs all over his Toronto hometown -- aka "Draking." Inspired by: Drizzy's Wheelchair Jimmy character on Degrassi: The Next Generation . Mastermind: Journalist Lauren O ...

  7. Keith Richards' Children's Book 'Gus & Me' Q&A

    September 12, 2014 10:00 AM EDT The Rolling Stones guitarist spills on working with his daughter Theodora on new children's book, which tells the story of his grandfather, who gave him his first guitar. Rock legend Keith Richards already counts grandfathers as fans -- now 7 ...

  8. Overheard: Twitter's Record Label? Maroon 5's Songwriters Down to One? NFL Tells Ariana to Put Pants On? & More

    September 12, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Tweets And Beats? An informed source tells Billboard that Twitter is exploring starting its own record label. Maroon 5's Songwriters Down To One Has Maroon 5 's Adam Levine taken creative control of the band? In a break with precedent, L ...

  9. The Juan MacLean Overcome LCD Soundsystem's Split & Tiesto Envy on 'In a Dream'

    September 12, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Genius fueled by pizza and sushi. The Juan MacLean 's third album, In a Dream , due Sept. 16 on DFA, almost didn't happen. A few months after frontman John MacLean 's other band, pioneering electro-punk group LCD Soundsystem , broke ...

  10. 3 Ways to Rock Eyeliner Now

    September 12, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Today's divas are all about the heavy kohl and wild colors as the scene alights with exaggerated orbs. 1. Graphic Glasgow-based Chvrches singer Lauren Mayberry plays with designs along and beneath the lash line, giving the impression of arty ...

  11. Style: Hip-Hop Pillows for '90s Heads

    September 12, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Those feeling pangs of nostalgia thanks to the 20th anniversary of The Notorious B.I.G. 's seminal Ready to Die can find comfort -- literally -- in the brand Undrcrwn. The men's streetwear label, which counts Jay Z and Rihanna as fans -- ...

  12. Style: Chromeo 'Surfaces' at New York Fashion Week

    September 12, 2014 10:00 AM EDT This fall sees music duo Chromeo teaming with Paris-based design collective Surface to Air for streetwear looks that are as sexy as the pair's disco-tinged tunes -- even if the styles are distinctly anti-disco-y. "Our music finds its roo ...

  13. Style's Name to Know: Album Designer Brian Roettinger

    September 12, 2014 10:00 AM EDT The 37-year-old album designer ( Jay Z , Childish Gambino ) turned fashion darling (his paintings appeared in Hedi Slimane 's fall 2013 Saint Laurent campaign) just finished art directing the spring 2015 look book for Levi's Made & C ...

  14. The Billboard Cover Story - 'The Voice' Season 7 Coaches Adam Levine, Gwen Stefani, Pharrell & Blake Shelton

    September 12, 2014 10:00 AM EDT "It's weird that the girl's on time, right?" says Gwen Stefani to Blake Shelton. The 44-year-old No Doubt singer looks femme fatale-radiant in a black-and-white polka dot Saint Laurent blouse. "Well, you're not the bi ...

  15. Can Lecrae's 'Anomaly' Save Hip-Hop's Soul?

    September 12, 2014 10:00 AM EDT This Christian rapper Twitter-shamed peers for protesting Ferguson while glorifying violence in their rhymes. He's also a Grammy winner embraced by sports stars like Dwayne Wade. Meet music's new conscience. And on the eighth day, God cr ...

  16. 40 Under 40 2104: Live Power Players

    September 12, 2014 10:00 AM EDT OMAR AL-JOULANI, 36 SENIOR VP NORTH AMERICAN TOURING, LIVE NATION Though he's a life-long rock fan (a 1998 Foo Fighters/Green Day show in Ottawa, Ontario, made him want to get into the business) Omar Al-joulani has engineered huge EDM and hip ...

  17. 40 Under 40 2014: Agent Power Players

    September 12, 2014 10:00 AM EDT JEFFREY AZOFF, 28 AGENT, CREATIVE ARTISTS AGENCY Jeffrey Azoff grew up in a household where huge deals went down at the breakfast table -- his father is industry legend Irving Azoff -- but he stands on his own as a critical player on the team that ...

  18. 40 Under 40 2014: Label Power Players

    September 12, 2014 10:00 AM EDT DAVID ABDO, 37 SENIOR VP GLOBAL OPERATIONS AND DISTRIBUTION, DISNEY MUSIC GROUP David Abdo has been instrumental in doubling Disney Music Group's market share during the last year. He capitalized on the soundtracks to Guardians of the Galaxy ...

  19. 40 Under 40 2014 Spotlight: Kate Denton, Senior VP at Seventeen Fifty, Capitol Music Group

    September 12, 2014 10:00 AM EDT KATE DENTON, 35 SENIOR VP, SEVENTEEN FIFTY, CAPITOL MUSIC GROUP When Capitol Music Group chief Steve Barnett hired Kate Denton away from PepsiCo in August 2013, he wanted to bring her consumer marketing expertise to the music business. Running CMG ...

  20. 40 Under 40 2014: Media Power Players

    September 12, 2014 10:00 AM EDT   JONATHAN COHEN, 38 MUSIC BOOKER, T HE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON With The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon leading the late-night slot with an average of 3.9 million viewers, music booker Jonathan Cohen is on a roll. High-profile guest ...

  21. 40 Under 40 2014 Spotlight: Rio Caraeff, President/CEO of Vevo

    September 12, 2014 10:00 AM EDT RIO CARAEFF, 39 PRESIDENT/CEO, VEVO "Vevo has enjoyed exponential growth over the last 12 months," says Rio Caraeff. August reports that the music video service was on the block also estimated that the company was worth $700 million to $ ...

  22. 40 Under 40 2014: Tech Power Players

    September 12, 2014 10:00 AM EDT CARLOS ADAME, 30 DIRECTOR OF GLOBAL DIGITAL BUSINESS, UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP Carlos Adame calls it "A&R 2.0," but the hits he's after are Web hits. "I look at new startups and figure out how music fits in," he says. It& ...

  23. Album Review: Chris Brown, 'X'

    September 12, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Who needs haters when you're your own worst enemy? Chris Brown has been a skilled self-saboteur since his infamous 2009 assault of Rihanna -- a talent whose skill for hit singles and agile performances is only matched by his knack for cannonb ...

  24. Album Review: Train, 'Bulletproof Picasso'

    September 12, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Since ending a three-year hiatus in 2009, Train hasn't stopped rolling. On the group's last two albums, 2009's Save Me, San Francisco and 2012's California 37 , the Bay Area rock band buffed out the rootsier and rockier aspects ...

  25. Nerding Out With Robert Plant

    September 12, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Robert Plant has characterized the music he makes with his new backing band, The Sensational Space Shifters, as "country and eastern." It's a cheeky bit of stylistic recasting, but if anything, it doesn't go far enough in descr ...

  26. Album Review: Jason Moran, 'All Rise: A Joyful Elegy for Fats Waller'

    September 12, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Those searching for the ­nostalgia of Fats Waller's recordings won't find it in pianist Jason Moran's ninth album on Blue Note, All Rise: A Joyful Elegy for Fats Waller . Instead, the set incorporates Moran touchstones like R&B, ...

  27. Album Review: Mapei, 'Hey Hey'

    September 12, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Since debuting with a cheeky guest spot on Major Lazer's debut and releasing the Cocoa Butter Diaries EP in 2009, Mapei has evolved impressively. Where she was once poised to be something of a mellowed-out Uffie (she had recorded a full album ...

  28. Film Review: '20,000 Days on Earth'

    September 12, 2014 10:00 AM EDT In the documentary 20,000 Days on Earth , Australian rock icon Nick Cave says his work has always been focused on building his own world -- one he calls absurd, crazy and violent -- through song. Cave, 56, became a rock star as leader of The Birth ...

  29. Numbers: One Direction's Free 'Fireproof' Single

    September 12, 2014 10:00 AM EDT On Sept. 8, One Direction announced the release of its fourth album, Four (due Nov. 17 on Columbia Records), by making its free new song, "Fireproof," available for only 24 hours. The group's always-fervent fans went nuts, stirring ...

  30. Tomorrow's Hits: Jamie Scott, 'Unbreakable'

    September 12, 2014 10:00 AM EDT 'Unbreakable' breaks out:  After scaling pop and rock charts in 2012 with Graffiti6 (now on hiatus), British singer-songwriter Jamie Scott parlays co-writing credits on One Direction 's chart-topping Midnight Memories into his solo ...

  31. Tomorrow's Hits: Native Run, 'Good on You'

    September 12, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Off to a good start:   Native Run ( Rachel Beauregard and Bryan Dawley ) is bubbling under Country Airplay with its debut single, "Good on You" (Show Dog-Universal). The Virginia duo first met while singing in the same church, then began ...

  32. Tomorrow's Hits: Kalin & Myles, 'Love Roberry'

    September 12, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Breaking and entering: Bay Area hip-pop duo Kalin & Myles nears the Rhythmic chart with "Love Robbery" (Republic), from EP Chase Dreams, which hit No. 6 on Rap Albums in July. " Kalin [White] and I were chilling at my house,&quo ...

  33. It Only Took Three Decades: Bob Marley's 'Legend' Finally Goes Top 10

    September 12, 2014 10:00 AM EDT It only took 30 years, but Bob Marley and The Wailers ' Legend has hit the top 10 on the Billboard 200 -- and in doing so, gives the reggae great his highest-charting album. Legend zooms from No. 100 to No. 5, thanks to deep discounting at th ...

  34. Rewinding the Charts: 35 Years Ago, They All Laughed at Robin Williams' 'Reality ... What a Concept'

    September 12, 2014 10:00 AM EDT In 1979, 27-year-old Robin Williams was comedy's darling. As the first-season finale of his smash ABC series Mork & Mindy aired, he showcased the range of his talent on an April cover of Time magazine. In the main image his face was conto ...

  35. 'The Last Five Years' Starring Anna Kendrick & Jeremy Jordan: Musical to Movie in 13 Years

    September 12, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Music-theater powerhouse Sh-K-Boom Records makes its film debut. Did Kurt Deutsch think he would own a record label? "Never in a million years." But when the former actor saw theatrical performers with pop-rock crossover potential being ...

  36. Hot 100 News: Taylor Swift Doesn't 'Shake' From the Top

    September 05, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Taylor Swift is in a familiar place: the top of the Billboard Hot 100. After debuting at No. 1 on the Sept. 6 chart, her new single "Shake It Off" spends a second week on the throne. Following its huge rollout (see page 14), the song, fr ...

  37. Cee Lo Green's Very Bad Week: Inside a Media Meltdown

    September 05, 2014 10:00 AM EDT How accusations of rape, a yanked reality show and a deplorable series of (since deleted) tweets stand to derail a once vibrant future for the artist and former 'Voice' coach On sept. 2, hours after Cee Lo Green pleaded no contest to a 2 ...

  38. The Over/Under: Scooter Braun

    September 05, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Ariana Grande's chart-topping album debut marks manager Scooter Braun's lucky seventh No. 1 since 2010. News Magazine ...

  39. The Over/Under: Apple CEO Tim Cook

    September 05, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Apple CEO Tim Cook has a rare red-faced moment when iCloud - and with it a slew of celebrity accounts - is allegedly hacked. News Magazine ...

  40. The Over/Under: Sylvester

    September 05, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Twenty-five years after his death, disco's Sylvester gets a star on San Francisco's Rainbow Honor Walk and an off-Broadway show. News Magazine ...

  41. 5 Takeaways From...Electric Zoo 2014

    September 05, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Drug-sniffing dogs, high-tech security cameras, cops and medical volunteers, all with the backdrop of a throbbing beat: The future of EDM festivals might look a lot like Electric Zoo 2014. After the 2013 edition was shut down due to cases of dehyd ...

  42. Budweiser Doubles Down on Latin Music With Marc Anthony

    September 05, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Marc Anthony tour, regional campaign launch new strategy After successful partnerships with ranchero star Vicente Fernandez in 2010 and Pitbull in 2011 (the latter in a campaign valued at $10 million in media spend), Anheuser-Busch was seeking ano ...

  43. The Beatles, Oasis, Shelby Lynne Deliver Remasters...But Is Anyone Listening?

    September 05, 2014 10:00 AM EDT The Beatles go back to mono with a $400 vinyl set as Oasis, Shelby Lynne and others take advantage of new digital technology. In these digital times, when most people hear music through tiny, tinny earbuds, does the average music fan appreciate or ...

  44. Ka-Ching! Cashless Wristband Wins at Music Festivals

    September 05, 2014 10:00 AM EDT On average, 20 percent more is spent when attendees pay with the new wearable technology. Considering that concert promoters make 15 percent or less of their money from ticket sales, ancillary revenue from parking, merchandise and concessions is c ...

  45. Ticketfly Details 'Frictionless' Future for Live Music

    September 05, 2014 10:00 AM EDT "Your phone is going to become your payment method at live venues for sure," says Ticketfly founder/co-CEO Andrew Dreskin. The San Francisco-based digital ticketing firm's late-­August acquisition of WillCall, an in-venue commerce a ...

  46. Israel-Palestine Conflict Guest Column by Lyor Cohen: Desperate Times Don't Call for Desperate Measures

    September 05, 2014 10:00 AM EDT The former Def Jam and Warner Music chief and current owner of 300 Entertainment says peace between the citizens of Israel and Gaza comes down to one principle: patience. It's interesting that the Hebrew word for suffering, (sevel), would sha ...

  47. Exodus: The Music Business at Burning Man 2014

    September 05, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Some 66,000 descended on Nevada's Black Rock Desert Aug. 25 to Sept. 1, including these industry revelers. Bob Pittman, chairman/CEO, Clear Channel Mode of transport: Private jet (that he owns and flew himself) Burning words: "I worship ...

  48. Usher, Ne-Yo, Cee Lo Green & More Music Star Exes Exes Cash In

    September 05, 2014 10:00 AM EDT VH1 turns out to be the perfect home for former wives of hip-hop and R&B artists. What does race have to do with this brand of reality TV success? Everything, apparently. Several divorcees of music men are finding independence on reality TV th ...

  49. Belle and Sebastian's Stuart Murdoch Kickstarts Debut Film

    September 05, 2014 10:00 AM EDT The band's frontman funds movie with guided tour of Glasgow film locations and Scrabble games with fans In early 2012, Stuart Murdoch of Belle and Sebastian raised $121,804 through Kickstarter to shoot his directorial debut, God Help the Girl ...

  50. Memphis Soul Documentary 'Take Me to the River' Aims to Teach on School, World Tour

    September 05, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Take Me to the River documents recording sessions that paired veteran musicians with singers and rappers generations younger. And the film's theatrical rollout, which starts Sept. 12, is making a similar multigenerational outreach, hitting 12 ...

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