1. The Over/Under: Steve Stoute

    December 05, 2014 10:01 AM EST Translation agency founder Steve Stoute loses Jay Z's Budweiser Made in America festival as a client. News Magazine ...

  2. The Over/Under: ken Ehrlich

    December 05, 2014 10:01 AM EST The Recording Academy extends Ken Ehrlich 's contract to produce the Grammy Awards through 2017. News Magazine ...

  3. The Credit Card Wars

    December 05, 2014 10:01 AM EST Financial-services companies like Chase and AmEx have usurped soft drinks as music's most active brands. The deals are sweet -- but as Bleachers learned, playing the field can get messy. On Nov. 24, Bleachers frontman Jack Antonoff took cen ...

  4. MasterCard Signs Gwen Stefani

    December 05, 2014 10:01 AM EST The singer follows Justin Timberlake's lead in forging a multifaceted deal with the company. Gwen Stefani is taking her cues from Justin Timberlake . Like JT in 2013, her last solo album was released in 2006 ( The Sweet Escape ), so anticip ...

  5. EDM's Top Marketing Tool: Big-Budget Commercials

    December 05, 2014 10:01 AM EST "Aftermovies" have become music festivals' biggest off-season sales tactic. Winter is a slow time for EDM festivals, but organizers have found one way to keep the buzz going year-round. Aftermovies, or online commercials that reca ...

  6. U2 Announces Tour Amid Setbacks

    December 05, 2014 10:01 AM EST Despite album backlash and a battered Bono, the band preps its first road run since 2011. The ­announcement on Dec. 3 of U2 's Innocence + Experience Tour was a blast of confidence for a band that has experienced a bumpy past few months. Se ...

  7. U2, iHeartMedia Hook Up to Find Band's Next Hit Single

    December 05, 2014 10:01 AM EST U2 's Songs of Innocence got plenty of attention for its landmark iTunes release, but a radio hit from the album has proved tricky. Lead single "The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)" topped the Triple A radio airplay chart for two weeks i ...

  8. Five Finger Death Punch's Master Plan

    December 05, 2014 10:01 AM EST How the metal band graduated from clubs to arenas and doubled its gross. Five Finger Death Punch (FFDP) doesn't have the name recognition of a band like Foo Fighters, but that may be about to change. An unusual united strategic marketing ef ...

  9. How Much Will Bob Dylan Collect From 'Lost' & Found Lyrics?

    December 05, 2014 10:01 AM EST How much will Bob Dylan collect from found lyrics that became the basis for Lost on the River: The New Basement Tapes ? As a co-writer sharing credits with Elvis Costello, Jim James and Marcus Mumford, among others, and with first-week sales of ...

  10. Scott Stapp's S.O.S.: Friends & Family Urge Homeless Creed Singer to Get Help

    December 05, 2014 10:01 AM EST Creed helped fuel one of the music industry's most robust runs, selling 27 million albums in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan, since its 1997 debut, My Own Prison . Today, frontman Scott Stapp says he's broke and homel ...

  11. Corner Office: Jason Flom, Founder/CEO of Lava Records

    December 05, 2014 10:01 AM EST The hair-metal whisperer turned pop-star finder on discovering Katy Perry, Lorde's genius and his label's sale. In an industry, teeming with tenacious characters, Jason Flom 's track record speaks for itself. During the past three ...

  12. Universal Music Group Dives Into Branding

    December 05, 2014 10:01 AM EST Ad veteran Mike Tunnicliffe joins as executive vp. Mike Tunnicliffe first interviewed for a position with Universal Music Group in 2009, when he pitched a vision for UMG as a company that could create artist-agnostic marketing campaigns for big ...

  13. John Coltrane Documentary on Deck

    December 05, 2014 10:01 AM EST The director-writer behind Netflix fave 'Who Is Harry Nilsson' will helm the project, with the jazz legend's family onboard The late ­saxophonist John Coltrane will be the focus of the next ­documentary by John Scheinfeld , the di ...

  14. Family Feuds Over Kurt Cobain Documentary 'Montage of Heck'

    December 05, 2014 10:01 AM EST Project was initiated by the singer's widow, Courtney Love, but completed by his daughter. Don't count on Courtney Love to throw her support behind the first-ever authorized documentary about Kurt Cobain . Cobain's widow hasn' ...

  15. Noted Music Business Events: November 24 - December 3, 2014

    December 05, 2014 10:01 AM EST November 24 FremantleMedia North America hired Daryl Berg as vp/head of music. Los Angeles-based Australian artist Ry-X inked a global publishing arrangement with BMG and L.A.-based indie Pulse in a creative joint venture deal. Shawn Barron was ...

  16. 7 Days on the Scene: CMT Artists of the Year in Nashville, December 2, 2014

    December 05, 2014 10:01 AM EST On CMT's Artists of the Year special, which aired live on Dec. 2, the one man who couldn't make it to Nashville became the center of attention. Luke Bryan opted to stay in Georgia with his family following the death of his brother-in-l ...

  17. 7 Days on the Scene: British Fashion Awards in London, December 1, 2014

    December 05, 2014 10:01 AM EST "I am so, so proud to be British and incredibly proud to have built my brand in the U.K.," said Victoria Beckham during her acceptance speech for best brand at the British Fashion Awards held at the historic London Coliseum. "We&# ...

  18. The 'Big Chill' of Hip-Hop: Chris Rock & Questlove Team Up for 'Top Five'

    December 05, 2014 10:01 AM EST It's a cold November morning, and Chris Rock has come to meet Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson at his office, which is also his dressing room and his studio, on the sixth floor of 30 Rock, where Jimmy Fallon shoots The Tonight Show . Qu ...

  19. Overheard: Vance Joy's 'Buffy' Love, Alice Glass DJs L.A. & More

    December 05, 2014 10:01 AM EST Vance Joy's Buffy Love Australian singer-songwriter Vance Joy , whose catchy "Riptide" peaked at No. 29 on the Nov. 29 Hot 100 chart, and who will be touring with Taylor Swift in 2015, let Overheard in on one of his secret pleasur ...

  20. Harpist Joanna Newsom Goes Hollywood

    December 05, 2014 10:01 AM EST The indie darling acts too in 'Inherent Vice.' Aside from an appearance on Portlandia and in an MGMT music video, avant-garde singer-songwriter Joanna Newsom never expressed interest in setting aside her harp and embracing acting. So w ...

  21. My Worst Gift Ever: Sam Smith, Meghan Trainor & More Recall Visits From Bad Santa

    December 05, 2014 10:01 AM EST Sometimes, it doesn't matter if you're naughty or nice. 1. "My dad got me a build-your-own tank when I was 11. I don't think he knew I was gay at that point. I got really upset." -Sam Smith 2. "My mom always puts gr ...

  22. Artist on the Verge: Lion Babe

    December 05, 2014 10:01 AM EST From: New York Big Break: The duo -- Vanessa Williams ' daughter Jillian Hervey, 25, and producer/multi-instrumentalist Lucas Goodman , 26 -- released the rusty R&B single "Treat Me Like Fire" in December 2012. Rapper Childish ...

  23. Style: Ferragamo Enlists ASAP Rocky for Modern Image Reboot

    December 05, 2014 10:01 AM EST She got a lotta Prada. That Dolce Gabbana / I can't forget Escada, and that Balenciaga," raps ASAP Rocky in "Fashion Killa," his 2013 single that drops 27 designer names within the first two verses. Hip-hop lyrics "play ...

  24. Style: Inside Burberry & Romeo Beckham's Dance Anthem

    December 05, 2014 10:01 AM EST Burberry's winter campaign film features David and Victoria Beckham's 12-year-old son Romeo. Trench coats, plaid scarves and a dancing Beckham aren't the only British favorites spotlighted in Burberry's winter film, From Lond ...

  25. Trend Alert: Put a (Nose) Ring on It

    December 05, 2014 10:01 AM EST What It Is: Often referred to as a "bullring," septum piercings allow jewelry to dangle beneath the nostrils. "In the '90s you would've been seen as a freak for having one," says Meadowlark jeweler Claire Hammon , w ...

  26. Style: Inside the Fantastical World of Petite Meller

    December 05, 2014 10:01 AM EST Known for her sweet, high-pitched voice and jazz-influenced pop sound, Petite Meller has an obsession with philosophy (she is currently completing a master's thesis at school in London) that has crept into both the lyrics of her newly relea ...

  27. Billboard Women in Music 2014

    December 05, 2014 10:01 AM EST Iggy was biggy, Ariana got Grande, and Aretha earned another round of respect in 2014 as females framed the charts (owning the top five spots on the Billboard Hot 100 for a record six consecutive weeks), dominated the cultural discussion and, in ...

  28. Women in Music 2014: 4 Ways Taylor Swift Changed Nashville

    December 05, 2014 10:01 AM EST She may have swapped country for pop at the moment, but Swift certainly left her mark on Music City. It might surprise some of Taylor Swift's fans, but country music had a long and remarkable history before her 2006 debut album, and that gr ...

  29. Women in Music 2014: Taylor Swift, Woman of the Year

    December 05, 2014 10:01 AM EST Music's brightest star triumphed in 2014 after shaking off her doubters (including a few on her team), ditching country for pop -- and outselling every other artist on earth. Taylor Swift never doubted that her fifth album, 1989 , would sel ...

  30. Women in Music 2014: Taylor Swift -- Who's That Lady?

    December 05, 2014 10:01 AM EST "New York is one of those cities worth dressing up for. When I walk onto the sidewalk I want to try a little harder," Swift explained to Seth Meyers after he confronted her with a series of post-workout paparazzi pics on The Late Show ...

  31. Women in Music 2014: Taylor Swift Style -- Find Something That Works And...

    December 05, 2014 10:01 AM EST Fitted crop tops and matching high-waisted skirts with texture and patterns became the pop star's versatile go-to. "The look gives Taylor just the right amount of sex appeal," says Novis creative director Jordana Warmflash , whose ...

  32. Women in Music 2014: Taylor Swift Style -- Fancy Footwork

    December 05, 2014 10:01 AM EST Swift gradually gave her country kicks the boot in favor of sky-high stilettos. "Those legs deserve a gorgeous pair of heels!" exclaims Brian Atwood , who designed her purple suede pumps. News Magazine ...

  33. Women in Music 2014: Taylor Swift Style -- The Making of an Icon

    December 05, 2014 10:01 AM EST After chopping her hair into a shoulder-skimming lob (long bob) and moving into a $19.9 million Tribeca penthouse formerly owned by director Peter Jackson, the '1989' singer-songwriter turned New York into her fashion stomping ground. ...

  34. Women in Music 2014: Taylor Swift Style -- Modern-Day Pinup

    December 05, 2014 10:01 AM EST In lieu of skintight, bare-it-all silhouettes, Swift's version of daytime sexy has a vintage, flirty appeal complete with flared miniskirts, Peter Pan collars, touches of gingham and that signature scarlet pout News Magazine ...

  35. Women in Music 2014: Aretha Franklin, Icon

    December 05, 2014 10:01 AM EST Aretha Franklin is the Queen of Soul. It's not the totality of who she is -- beneath her cool exterior is a remarkably warm-hearted person -- but it is a very big part of her. There are no pretenders to the throne, and she didn't get t ...

  36. Women in Music 2014: Ariana Grande, Rising Star

    December 05, 2014 10:01 AM EST "A year-and-a-half ago I was wearing a red wig, pretending to be a silly 15-year-old on a television show," says Ariana Grande , referring to her title role as Cat Valentine on the Nickelodeon sitcom Sam & Cat . That was before the ...

  37. Women in Music 2014: Hayley Williams, Trailblazer

    December 05, 2014 10:01 AM EST Hayley Williams turns 26 on Dec. 27, which means she has fronted Paramore for more than a third of her life. Long enough that on her first Warped Tour in 2005, the then-teenager was the only female performer. "It was very lonely," Will ...

  38. Women in Music 2014: Iggy Azalea, Chart-Topper

    December 05, 2014 10:01 AM EST This year, Iggy Azalea became music's first white female rap star. The 24-year-old surpassed Lil' Kim as the woman rap artist with the longest-leading single in chart history ("Fancy"), was featured on the soundtrack to the D ...

  39. Women in Music 2014: Idina Menzel, Breakthrough Artist

    December 05, 2014 10:01 AM EST Just after 10 p.m. one November night, Idina Menzel is winding down from her workday. The 43-year-old is backstage at the Richard Rodgers Theatre, where she has been performing a lead role in the dual-narrative musical If/Then since March, drawi ...

  40. Women in Music 2014: Charli XCX, Hitmaker

    December 05, 2014 10:01 AM EST This time last year I just wanted to move on from 'I Love It,'" says Charli XCX , referring to the mega-smash she wrote and regifted to Swedish duo Icona Pop in 2012. "I had just begun to write for other people. I wanted to f ...

  41. Women in Music 2014: Jessie J, Powerhouse

    December 05, 2014 10:01 AM EST Jessie J started this year fearing she had already peaked. The 26-year-old British singer-songwriter's last top 10 U.S. single as a solo artist, the No. 6 hit "Domino," was nearly 2 years old. Her last full-length, 2013's mut ...

  42. Album Review: Charli XCX, 'Sucker'

    December 05, 2014 10:01 AM EST She might have had one of the summer's biggest hits with "Boom Clap," but Charli XCX is still best-known for her assists on other artists' songs, most notably Iggy Azalea's "Fancy" and Icona Pop's "I ...

  43. Album Review: AC/DC, 'Rock or Bust'

    December 05, 2014 10:01 AM EST Rock or Bust is AC/DC'S first studio album in six years, but it's the high level of drama in the Australian rock band's camp that's making the real noise. Longtime drummer Phil Rudd has been battling a litany of legal charges ...

  44. Album Reviews: Wu-Tang Clan, 'A Better Tomorrow'; Ghostface Killah, '36 Seasons'

    December 05, 2014 10:01 AM EST After 20 years of rapping, there are few things the Wu-Tang Clan hasn't been able to do -- except get along. In 2007, ahead of the release of its fifth LP, 8 Diagrams , group members Ghostface Killah and Raekwon trashed the album publicly, ...

  45. Tomorrow's Hits: The Magician, 'Sunlight'

    December 05, 2014 10:01 AM EST THE MAGICIAN APPEARS Belgian DJ-producer The Magician materializes with his debut chart hit, "Sunlight," which climbs 28-21 on Dance/Mix Show Airplay. The clubby Parlophone/Warner Bros. single, featuring Years and Years, first visited ...

  46. Tomorrow's Hits: Shayna Leigh, 'Wake Me When It's Christmas'

    December 05, 2014 10:01 AM EST SHAYNA'S HOLIDAY SPIRIT Shayna Leigh gives adult contemporary radio a holiday gift with her original song "Wake Me When It's Christmas" (Lucky Chip), capping a busy year for the pop singer-songwriter. In 2014, the Orlando, Fl ...

  47. Tomorrow's Hits: Shy Glizzy, 'Awwsome'

    December 05, 2014 10:01 AM EST SHY GUY Unsigned rapper Shy Glizzy buzzes with his self-love anthem "Awwsome," which arrives at No. 22 on Rap Airplay and advances 28-27 on Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop. KNDA Corpus Christi, Texas, is championing the track, playing it 37 ...

  48. Rewinding the Charts: 72 Years Ago, Bing Crosby's 'White Christmas' Reigned at No. 1

    December 05, 2014 10:01 AM EST The crooner's version of this classic, which Irving Berlin wrote in 18 minutes, is the best-selling record of all time. "If Decca [Records] can meet the demand, dealers say Bing Crosby's 'White Christmas' will be 1942� ...

  49. Late-Night Tunes November 24 - November 29, 2014: Hits & Misses

    December 05, 2014 10:01 AM EST Billboard rates TV's best and worst musical performances this week. BEST Lorde on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Performing her spooky single "Yellow Flicker Beat" (from the Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 1 soundtrack th ...

  50. The Over/Under: Richard Griffiths

    November 21, 2014 10:01 AM EST Modest Management's Richard Griffiths toasts first-week numbers for One Direction, which is on track to sell 400,000-plus copies of Four . News Magazine ...

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