1. The Over/Under: Scott Ackerman's TuneCore

    December 11, 2015 12:00 PM EST Hackers hit Scott Ackerman's TuneCore, possibly exposing the personal information of millions of musicians. News Magazine Magazine 1450501200 ...

  2. The Over/Under: Lucian Grainge's Universal Music Group

    December 11, 2015 12:00 PM EST Lucian Grainge's Universal Music Group is the distributor of all five album of the year Grammy nominees. News Magazine Magazine 1450501200 ...

  3. Top 'American Idol' Exec on Final Season: 'Shorter Is Good'

    December 11, 2015 12:00 PM EST Assessing the hits, misses and a condensed schedule as the Fox music competition prepares for its last run. Ryan Seacrest kicked off a Dec. 8 taping of American Idol at Hollywood's Dolby Theatre with a joke. "I'll be performing a ba ...

  4. Stats: The 'American Idol' With the Most No. 1s, Album Sales, Song Downloads & More

    December 11, 2015 12:00 PM EST ALBUM SALES With 15.7 million albums sold (according to Nielsen Music) since winning season four, Carrie Underwood is the ultimate Idol success story. Her secret? "The right records," says Urban. BILLBOARD NO. 1s Season-one winner Kelly ...

  5. Musician Birthdays: December 12-December 18

    December 11, 2015 12:00 PM EST Dec. 12 Dionne Warwick (75) Dec. 13 Taylor Swift (26) Amy Lee (34) Tom DeLonge (40) Tom Verlaine (66) Ted Nugent (67) Dec. 14 Tori Kelly (23) Dec. 15 Tim Reynolds (58) Dec. 16 Paul van Dyk (44) Tracy Byrd (49) Dec. 18 Christina Aguilera (35) DMX ( ...

  6. Noted Music Business Events: November 30 - December 10, 2015

    December 11, 2015 12:00 PM EST Nov. 30 Industry Public Relations managing partner Tracy Nguyen Romulus and her husband, The Stereotypes music producer Ray Romulus, welcomed baby girl Remi Romulus, at 7 lbs., 4 oz. Dec. 2 Emeli Sande launched Jupiter Management in partnership wi ...

  7. In Memoriam: Scott Weiland

    December 11, 2015 12:00 PM EST The singer, who died Dec. 4 at age 48, is remembered by David Ritz, who co-authored his memoir. In 2005, Scott Weiland invited me to meet him at The Viper Room in Los Angeles. He was looking for a writer to help him craft a memoir. He exuded an en ...

  8. Remembering Scott Weiland: Musicians & Executives' Thoughts

    December 11, 2015 12:00 PM EST "Scott might be loud or quiet, sober or stoned, angry or sweet, but he was always painfully earnest." - Danny Goldberg, former president of Atlantic Records "We had our differences, but the wave of emotions you feel is more like [lo ...

  9. Rewinding the Charts: 21 Years Ago Mariah Carey Jingled All the Way to No. 1

    December 11, 2015 12:00 PM EST The singer's 1994 'Merry Christmas' album yielded one of the most enduring holiday songs ever and inspired a 2015 TV movie. "Thousands of original Christmas songs have been written in the last 20 years, but for whatever reason, ...

  10. Billboard's Women in Music 2015: Letter From the Editor -- A Whole New Rule Book

    December 04, 2015 12:00 PM EST These days, the cultural universe loves to rank anything and everything. It's a way to convey authority, generate media coverage and create controversy by pricking a few overinflated egos. It's almost as if we have begun judging our own ...

  11. Searching for Lessons in the Adele Miracle

    December 04, 2015 12:00 PM EST Is conventional wisdom -- albums are dead! streaming is king! -- now over in the wake of '25''s historic debut? A delirious, perplexed industry scrutinizes Sony's triumph. Clive Davis has a message for the music business. In th ...

  12. The Over/Under: Spotify

    December 04, 2015 12:00 PM EST Daniel Ek's Spotify tops Pandora as the world's most popular streaming app, leading in both active users and revenue. News Magazine Magazine 1449896400 ...

  13. The Over/Under: Chief Keef

    December 04, 2015 12:00 PM EST Chief Keef's latest record deal is put on pause due to infighting between his billionaire benefactor and manager. News Magazine Magazine 1449896400 ...

  14. The Over/Under: Paul Kahn

    December 04, 2015 12:00 PM EST After a two-year stint at Viacom, Paul Kahn joins Warner/Chappell as its new CFO and executive vp. News Magazine Magazine 1449896400 ...

  15. The Build-Up to Adele's '25'

    December 04, 2015 12:00 PM EST Sept. 24 After months of speculation and years of false alarms, industry sources peg 25 's release as Nov. 20, though Sony Music executives decline to confirm. Oct. 18 A 30-second ad featuring a snippet of "Hello" airs in the United ...

  16. Tidal Names Its Third CEO in Nine Months

    December 04, 2015 12:00 PM EST Digital vet Jeff Toig, formerly of Muve Music, signals a move toward stability for the service. After a turbulent start, the music subscription service Tidal may finally be heading toward calmer waters. The company announced on Dec. 2 that veteran ...

  17. Adele's '25' Album-Sale Projections

    December 04, 2015 12:00 PM EST 's projected U.S. sales by the end of its second sales week, according to Billboard: 4.3 million   Projected sales by end of 2015 7.325 million (including track-equivalent albums)   Projected sales the week after the Grammy Awards 8.765 mi ...

  18. From the Desk Of...Michael Dorf, CEO of City Winery

    December 04, 2015 12:00 PM EST The entrepreneur on expansion plans for his $40 million business, and why older fans just want a place to sit. Michael Dorf is the ­classic New York success story: music-loving Midwesterner arrives ­downtown in the 1980s; hops into an arts scene t ...

  19. Noted Music Business Events: November 18 - December 2, 2015

    December 04, 2015 12:00 PM EST Nov. 18 Crowdmix named Dick Wingate president of artist and entertainment services for North America. Nov. 19 Next Big Sound founder Alex White was appointed entrepreneur in residence at New York University's Steinhardt music business program ...

  20. Musician Birthdays: December 5 - December 11

    December 04, 2015 12:00 PM EST Dec. 5 Johnny Rzeznik (50) Little Richard (83) Dec. 7 Sara Bareilles (36) Dominic Howard (38) Dec. 8 Nicki Minaj (33) Nick Zinner (41) Corey Taylor (42) Sinéad O'Connor (49) Gregg Allman (68) Dec. 9 Imogen Heap (38) Tre Cool (43) Donny Osmond ...

  21. 7 Days on the Scene: Latin Grammy Awards 2015 in Las Vegas, November 19

    December 04, 2015 12:00 PM EST It was a genre-bending night from the start. For his opening performance at the 16th annual Latin Grammys, J Balvin brought out EDM supergroup Major Lazer, Danish singer-songwriter MØ and fellow reggaeton artist Farruko. A little later, Nicky Jam ...

  22. 7 Days on the Scene: Billboard Touring Conference & Awards 2015 in New York, November 18-19

    December 04, 2015 12:00 PM EST Stories of Ozzy Osbourne peeing in promoter Ron Delsener's Porsche and Dave Grohl promising promoter Seth Hurwitz that he was "playing this f---ing" show after breaking his leg were two of the ­highlights at the Billboard Touring Co ...

  23. August Alsina's Battles Eye Disease Amid 'This Thing Called Life' Release

    December 04, 2015 12:00 PM EST After escaping death, drugs and poverty to become one of R&B's most promising new stars, August Alsina faces a new hurdle -- degenerative eye disease. "I'ma keep squinting until God takes my vision completely." On paper, yo ...

  24. Overheard: Harry Nilsson, 'American Idol' & More Gossip

    December 04, 2015 12:00 PM EST Nilsson Sings Nilsson Celebrated 1970s singer-songwriter Harry Nilsson is due for a revival, and his 30-year-old son Kief Nilsson may be the one to make it happen. Lee Blackman, the attorney for Nilsson père's estate (he died in 1993), tells ...

  25. The Build-Up to Adele's '25'

    December 04, 2015 12:00 PM EST Sept. 24 After months of speculation and years of false alarms, industry sources peg  25 's release as Nov. 20, though Sony Music executives decline to confirm. Oct. 18 A 30-second ad featuring a snippet of "Hello" airs in the Unite ...

  26. Adele's '25' Projections By End of 2015, After the Grammys

    December 04, 2015 12:00 PM EST 's projected U.S. sales by the end of its second sales week, according to Billboard : 4.3 million Projected sales by end of 2015: 7.325 million (including track-equivalent albums) Projected sales the week after the Grammy Awards: 8.765 mil ...

  27. Women in Music 2015: Lady Gaga, Woman of the Year

    December 04, 2015 12:00 PM EST "This is the year I did what I wanted instead of trying to keep up with what I thought everyone else wanted from me," says music's chameleon as she bursts out of a creative funk with one surprise after another. Lady Gaga is sitting ...

  28. Women in Music 2015: How Lady Gaga Won the WOTY 2015

    December 04, 2015 12:00 PM EST From her jaw-dropping 'Sound of Music' tribute to her first big-time TV role, this is how the Woman of the Year redefined herself in the last full year of her 20s. FEB. 14 Gaga announced her engagement to actor Taylor Kinney with an Inst ...

  29. Women in Music 2015: Missy Elliott, The Innovator

    December 04, 2015 12:00 PM EST The night before she released her first major single in a decade, Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott composed an emoji-loaded tweet that ended with two words: "buckle up." The next morning, on Nov. 12, the video for "WTF (Where T ...

  30. Women in Music 2015: Missy Elliott, 2015 Highlights

    December 04, 2015 12:00 PM EST "WTF" ascended to No. 22 on the Billboard Hot 100 in just its second week on the chart Performed with Katy Perry on the most-watched Super Bowl halftime show in NFL history Sold nearly 350,000 song downloads during the week after the Sup ...

  31. Women in Music 2015: Selena Gomez, The Chart-Topper

    December 04, 2015 12:00 PM EST At 23, Selena Gomez has held down a career for longer than a lot of full-fledged adults -- and, not to rub it in, one that has been far more ­successful. Despite having worked since ­childhood -- she landed a Barney & Friends role at the age o ...

  32. Women in Music 2015: Kelsea Ballerini, The Rising Star

    December 04, 2015 12:00 PM EST Kelsea Ballerini hails from Mascot, Tenn. ­(population: 2,400), less than 200 miles from Nashville, but it seems like she has come a lot further in her 22 years. The singer-songwriter (she wrote or co-wrote every track on her debut album, 2015 ...

  33. Women in Music 2015: Kelsea Ballerini, 2015 Highlights

    December 04, 2015 12:00 PM EST -Reached No. 4 on the Top Country Albums chart with The First Time -Nominated for two Country Music Association Awards and a CMT Music Award -Adopted Dibs, a labradoodle named for her second single: "He's painfully adorable. It's ki ...

  34. Women in Music 2015: Brittany Howard, The Powerhouse

    December 04, 2015 12:00 PM EST As lead singer/guitarist of Alabama Shakes, Brittany Howard, 27, has established herself as a mighty live performer -- a soul-baring vocalist with the delivery of a cyclone. In April, her Southern-rock band earned its first No. 1 on the Billboard ...

  35. Women in Music 2015: Brittany Howard, 2015 Highlights

    December 04, 2015 12:00 PM EST -Alabama Shakes became one of only eight female-fronted rock bands ever to top the Billboard 200 -Notched three top 40 hits on the Hot Rock Songs chart -Reached No. 2 on the Triple A airplay chart with "Don't Wanna Fight" -Howard re ...

  36. Women in Music 2015: Fifth Harmony, Group of the Year

    December 04, 2015 12:00 PM EST In 2015, Fifth Harmony sang for President Barack Obama at the White House Easter Egg Roll, dominated the youth-awards show circuit with debut album Reflection (which peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard 200) and scored its ­biggest hit when "Wort ...

  37. Single Review: Animal Collective, 'Floridada'

    December 04, 2015 12:00 PM EST Animal Collective "Floridada" Domino Animal Collective rarely drops duds, but some of its songs can be too overwrought for all but the most die-hard fans of its experimental pop. Following the lead of off-kilter but sugary ­ Merriweather ...

  38. Single Review: Erkyah Badu Featuring Andre 3000, 'Hello'

    December 04, 2015 12:00 PM EST Erykah Badu featuring Andre 3000 "Hello" Control Freaq Records Badu takes a page from Adele's book and greets former flame André 3000 on dreamy ballad "Hello," the emotional apex of her great But You Can't Use My Phon ...

  39. Album Review: Troye Sivan, 'Blue Neighbourhood'

    December 04, 2015 12:00 PM EST YouTube alt-popper shows growth and growing pains on full-length debut. He was born in South Africa and raised in Australia, but really, Troye Sivan comes from the Internet. The 20-year-old singer/songwriter/actor built his brand on YouTube -- whe ...

  40. Album Review: G-Eazy, 'When It's Dark Out'

    December 04, 2015 12:00 PM EST "Runaround Sue" rapper takes big step up with second album. "In just one year I went from ­overlooked to overbooked," G-Eazy raps on "Sad Boy," summarizing his ascent from Tumblr heartthrob who made a rap ­version of ...

  41. Tomorrow's Hits: Mylene Farmer, 'Stolen Car'

    December 04, 2015 12:00 PM EST Farmer Drives Sting's "Car":  French superstar  Mylene  Farmer is on the verge of her first U.S.-charting single as her cover of Sting's 2003 song "Stolen Car" (featuring Sting himself) bubbles under Dance Club Songs. ...

  42. Tomorrow's Hits: Dougie F, 'On Purpose'

    December 04, 2015 12:00 PM EST Rhythmic Finds "Purpose":  New Jersey native  Dougie  F hangs just below the Rhythmic chart with "On Purpose," featuring Pitbull and 40 Cobras (released on Mr. 305). The dance-driven hip-hop track bounds by 46 percent in plays ...

  43. Tomorrow's Hits: Big Grams, 'Lights On'

    December 04, 2015 12:00 PM EST Big Grams Brighten Alt:  Big Grams grow 35-33 on the Alternative airplay chart with "Lights On" (Republic/Epic). While it's the act's first charted song, its members, rapper Big Boi and electronic-alt duo  Phantogram , are vete ...

  44. Charts: Album of the Century? Adele's '25' Smashes Sales Mark

    December 04, 2015 12:00 PM EST The star singer's LP swoops in with a Nielsen Music-era high of 3.38 million copies moved its first week -- and has passed 4 million in its second. Hello? is this the historic debut you've been looking for? Adele's  25  rewrites the ...

  45. Ask the Stars: Which 'Star Wars' Is the Best One?

    December 04, 2015 12:00 PM EST Billboard asked artists before the highly anticipated Dec. 18 Lucasfilm release of J.J. Abrams' The Force Awakens.   Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy: You're supposed to say The Empire Strikes Back , but it will always be Return of the Jedi ...

  46. Cage the Elephant Bring Guitars Back for 'Tell Me I'm Pretty': 'Rock Has Almost Become a Dirty Word'

    December 04, 2015 12:00 PM EST Cage the Elephant talks childhood trauma and hanging with Jay Z. The title of Cage the Elephant's fourth album, Tell Me I'm Pretty (Dec. 18, RCA), isn't a command: It's a cry for help. "You can look at it with a dark under ...

  47. Women in Music 2015: Ryan Murphy Talks Lady Gaga on 'American Horror Story'

    December 04, 2015 12:00 PM EST "I kept saying, 'I know you can do it.'" "She has always wanted to be an actress. She studied it in ­college, but she was too terrified to go on ­auditions. Still, she's one of the world's most talented people, a ...

  48. Women in Music 2015: The Man Who Makes Lady Gaga Glam -- Brandon Maxwell

    December 04, 2015 12:00 PM EST Brandon Maxwell, the singer's stylist, and newly minted designer, on the meaning of friendship. The first time we met was about five years ago. She had just put out "Bad Romance," and we were shooting a ­magazine cover. She knew I w ...

  49. Women in Music 2015: Demi Lovato, The Rulebreaker

    December 04, 2015 12:00 PM EST "My 2015 has been incredible," says Demi Lovato, 23, whose fifth album Confident arrived in November. "People look at me as an artist that has been around for a while, rather than another former Disney star." Sure enough, Lovat ...

  50. Women in Music: Demi Lovato, 2015 Highlights

    December 04, 2015 12:00 PM EST Debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 with Confident Hit No. 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Cool for the Summer" Lobbied legislators on behalf of advocacy campaign "Be Vocal" Released Demi Lovato: Path to Fame mobile app Vis ...

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