1. The Over/Under: CMA Music Festival

    June 06, 2014 10:01 AM EDT Nashville's CMA Music Festival June 5-8 sold out 15 weeks in advance, even before talent was announced - a big win for CEO Sarah Trahern, who joined the trade organization in January. News Magazine ...

  2. The Future of Interscope

    June 06, 2014 10:01 AM EDT Jimmy Iovine's gone. But the label he helped build isn't missing a beat Your company is losing one of the biggest names in the business, a genuine titan who has tight personal ties to scores of top-selling artists and has put out many of ...

  3. Billboard Hot 100: Is 'Problem' Set to Dethrone 'Fancy'?

    June 06, 2014 10:01 AM EDT Cover girl Iggy Azalea's "Fancy" maintains its hold on the Billboard Hot 100's top spot, but it might have a "Problem," thanks to Ariana Grande. "Fancy" (featuring Charli XCX) spends a second week at No. 1, ...

  4. The Over/Under: John Mellencamp

    June 06, 2014 10:01 AM EDT John Mellencamp won't have to shop himself around: The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer signed a "lifetime" recording contract with Republic Records, and releases his 22nd album this fall. News Magazine ...

  5. The 5 Biggest Headaches in the Apple-Beats Deal

    June 06, 2014 10:01 AM EDT The Champagne corks have popped. The principals have taken a victory lap. And the Beats team even has gone shopping, with the newly richer-than-rich Jimmy Iovine wading into the bidding for the NBA's Los Angeles Clippers and Dr. Dre reportedl ...

  6. 50 Cent Lets Fly on 'Power,' Ambition & Going Indie

    June 06, 2014 10:01 AM EDT Queens rapper 50 Cent is known for cutting people off. For his fifth studio album, "Animal Ambition', he has severed ties with his longtime label Interscope to start independent G-Unit Records through Caroline/Capitol. He also reunited w ...

  7. Tomorrow's Hits: Glenn Morrison, Ryan Kinder, Reykon

    June 06, 2014 10:01 AM EDT HELLO 'GOODBYE' Canadian DJ Glenn Morrison is headed south as "Goodbye" (Robbins), featuring Islove, is bubbling under at top 40. SiriusXM is leading the dance-pop song's U.S. breakthrough, having played it 121 times combi ...

  8. Why 'Jesus Christ Superstar' Flopped

    June 06, 2014 10:01 AM EDT Promoter Michael Cohl on the "horrific" ticket sales that helped doom his tour - and why he's not done with the idea of taking Andrew Lloyd Webber shows on the road We realized we had a problem the day we went on sale," reflect ...

  9. Singing Shows on the Slide? Not If You're Watching Spanish-Language TV

    June 06, 2014 10:01 AM EDT Singing competition shows are in trouble. Fox canceled The X Factor in February. In May, both The Voice and American Idol had dramatic ratings declines for their season finales. Idol 's plunge was particularly drastic, falling from 30 million ...

  10. Bruno Mars Brings Out the Stars at Hollywood Bowl

    June 06, 2014 10:01 AM EDT You don't get more "VIP" than the pop hitmaker's Hollywood concert guest list Two shows at the Hollywood Bowl (May 31 and June 1), which sold out some 36,000 seats in 10 minutes (ticket prices ranged from $39 to $150), marked a ...

  11. 'Fault in Our Stars' Soundtrack Surges

    June 06, 2014 10:01 AM EDT Move over, 'Frozen': The expected box-office smash assembled everyone from Charli XCX to Ed Sheeran for the soundtrack Can a song change your life? So read the original title of the forthcoming music-themed rom-com Begin Again , set for ...

  12. Don't Blame J.Lo for Drama at Fuse

    June 06, 2014 10:01 AM EDT These are rough days for Fuse, the embattled music network. It has already shed roughly half of its 200-person staff and canceled Fuse News , a half-hour program launched in January 2013 with celebrity hosts like Jack Osbourne and Alexa Chung. But ...

  13. A Sampling of Summer's Screen & Song Offerings

    June 06, 2014 10:01 AM EDT Think Like a Man Too Epic Records, June 17 Sony Music is taking a different approach to the Screen Gems sequel, releasing an album of new music from Mary J. Blige rather than a sampler. Jersey Boys Rhino, June 24 The Four Seasons' chief songw ...

  14. Dorothy Carvello: Ahmet Ertegun "Felt Me Up" & Other Tell-Alls

    June 06, 2014 10:01 AM EDT A&R executive-turned-­PR maven Dorothy Carvello is shopping around Anything for a Hit , a memoir of her often-surreal experiences in the music business during the late 1980s and '90s. She began her career in 1987 as an assistant to Ahmet ...

  15. Noted: May 23 - June 5

    June 06, 2014 10:01 AM EDT May  23 Tom Mackay was promoted to executive vp/GM of the West Coast for Republic Records. He was instrumental in the 2011 launch of NBC's The Voice and spearheaded soundtracks for such titles as The Hunger Games , Son of God , Muscle Shoals ...

  16. The Beat: Council of Fashion Designers of America Awards in New York, June 2

    June 06, 2014 10:01 AM EDT "I can compensate for all of my weaknesses with fashion. Even as a child I remember thinking, 'She can beat me, but she cannot beat my outfit,' " said Rihanna during her acceptance speech for the Fashion Icon Award at the Counc ...

  17. Musicians Create Real Buzz With Signature Coffee Blends

    June 06, 2014 10:01 AM EDT James Murphy, Beck, St. Vincent jump on java brand trend Are coffee brands becoming the new celebrity clothing lines? James Murphy, Beck and St. Vincent have all recently joined the list of musicians releasing their own signature blends with hip c ...

  18. Label Conscious: Alexander Wang's Parental Advisory Sweatshirt Is Instant Hit Among Fashionistas & Musicians

    June 06, 2014 10:01 AM EDT When the recording industry introduced the Parental Advisory: Explicit Content label in 1994, it inadvertently attracted the very music-buying population it intended to protect: young, angsty teenagers with disposable income (read: allowance). For ...

  19. Beauty & The Beat Style: What Makes the Perfect Partnership Between Brand & Musician?

    June 06, 2014 10:01 AM EDT Lorde is the latest recording artist tapped by MAC Cosmetics to front a beauty line When celebrities wax poetic about their first beauty obsessions, long-discontinued products from brands like Wet n Wild and Bonne Bell get mentions. For Ella Yelic ...

  20. The Billboard Cover Story - The Summer of Iggy Azalea

    June 06, 2014 10:01 AM EDT People have debated her talent and hip-hop ­credentials, but the one thing that is not in dispute is that Iggy ­Azalea, the plucky white rapper from Australia, is sitting atop the Billboard Hot 100. And she has plans to stay. Late one early-summer ...

  21. On the Road With Indie Rapper G-Eazy: "The Young Elvis"

    June 06, 2014 10:01 AM EDT The teenagers spy him from across a coffee shop in San Francisco's SOMA district. "Excuse me. Are you G-Eazy?" The Berkeley, Calif.-bred rapper in the motorcycle couture jacket nods and smiles at his curly-haired, 15-year-old fan. & ...

  22. First Aid Kit's Family Affair in Taking America

    June 06, 2014 10:01 AM EDT Swedish sister folk-poppers (and their dad) take on the States Klara and Johanna Soderberg, sisters from the suburbs of Stockholm, lived out their teenage dream in an unlikely place: Omaha, Neb., where they recorded their major-label debut, " ...

  23. Anatomy of a Hit: "All of Me" John Legend

    June 06, 2014 10:01 AM EDT How the singer-songwriter-producer deposed Pharrell Williams to claim the top spot on the Hot 100 for the first time in his 10-year career John Legend,The Voice: "Other writers and artists I was working with at the time reacted strongly to &# ...

  24. Album Review: Jack White, "Lazaretto"

    June 06, 2014 10:01 AM EDT Lauded singer-songwriter-guitarist discovers own teenage writings in attic, mines them for new album. So goes the official backstory for Jack White's latest. The writings in question are short stories and plays composed when their author, now ...

  25. Album Review: Parquet Courts, "Sunbathing Animal"

    June 06, 2014 10:01 AM EDT Parquet Courts' mission statement for their third LP, "Sunbathing Animal," comes toward the end of "What Color Is Blood," yelped in monotone between stiff guitar stabs. "I'm listening to a different station," ...

  26. Album Review: Camila, "Elypse"

    June 06, 2014 10:01 AM EDT Despite the band's name - and its screaming fan base - Camila is not a woman. Camila is a trio of Mexican guys, so convincing in their big, melodic songs bursting with R&B touches that they held sway as Latin pop's top group for two ...

  27. Single Reviews: Nicki Minaj, Miranda Lambert, Jason Mraz, La Roux, Dustin Lynch

    June 06, 2014 10:01 AM EDT Nicki Minaj "Pills N Potions" Young Money/Cash Money/Republic After shoring up her core hip-hop base by leaking hard-charging street tracks "Lookin Ass," "Boss Ass Bitch" and "Chiraq," Nicki Minaj returns on ...

  28. Charts: Mariah Carey & Austin Mahone Finally Arrive

    June 06, 2014 10:01 AM EDT Carey and Austin debut on the Billboard 200 with so-so starts Mariah Carey and Austin Mahone are the top two debuts on the Billboard 200, with both artists finally seeing their respective albums debut after long development periods. After a series ...

  29. Backstage Pass: Songwriters Hall of Fame on June 12 in NYC

    June 06, 2014 10:01 AM EDT It's one thing to be born into the family business. But it's another when your family business is the formidable hit catalog of the legendary husband-and-wife songwriting team of Boudleaux and Felice Bryant, writers of more than 6,000 so ...

  30. Backstage Pass: Songwriters Hall of Fame - When I Wrote That Hit

    June 06, 2014 10:01 AM EDT The Songwriters Hall of Fame will celebrate the 100th anniversary of ASCAP, the 75th anniversary of "Over the Rainbow" and these ­songwriters, ready to reminisce. Doug Morris, chairman/CEO, Sony Music, "Sweet Talkin' Guy": ...

  31. Backstage Pass: Event & Arena Marketing Conference - A Day With the Digital Voice of Staples Center

    June 06, 2014 10:01 AM EDT Meet Cara Vanderhook, an EAMC honoree, as she does social media for Romeo Santos During her more than 10 years with Anschutz Entertainment Group in Los Angeles, Cara Vanderhook has helped manage media campaigns for numerous high-profile events, in ...

  32. Backstage Pass: Event & Arena Marketing Conference - The 4 Must-See Sessions

    June 06, 2014 10:01 AM EDT Venue execs convene at Event and Arena Marketing Conference seeking strategies to boost promotion skills and sell more tickets. Panel: Katrina and the Superdome: Shelter of Last Resort When: June 11 Where: Galeries 1 &2, New Orleans Marriott A ...

  33. Charts: The Black Keys Claim First No. 1 Album

    May 23, 2014 10:01 AM EDT Michael Jackson's 'Xscape' arrives in the runner-up slot Rock duo The Black Keys collect its first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as "Turn Blue" debuts at No. 1, while Michael Jackson's "Xscape" starts at ...

  34. The Billboard Cover Story - Katy Perry & Kacey Musgraves Take America

    May 23, 2014 10:01 AM EDT Katy Perry is practically naked. 

Dress rehearsal for Crossroads , the June 13 CMT special that pairs the pop star with country newcomer Kacey Musgraves, is an hour away, but all Perry can think about is getting undressed. Recently arrived at her ...

  35. Single Reviews: Quirke, T.I., Bella Thorne, Lady Antebellum, Porter Robinson

    May 23, 2014 10:01 AM EDT QUIRKE "Break a Mirrored Leg" Young Turks "Break a Mirrored Leg" may be an unusual choice for a musical introduction, but British electronic producer Joshua Quirke (who goes by his last name) is clearly guided by his own left-f ...

  36. Spotify's Growth Spurt

    May 23, 2014 10:01 AM EDT The streaming giant is booming. But rivals are looming, the company is still bleeding cash and Wall Street is watching Daniel Ek has reason to feel confident. The 31-year-old Swedish CEO of Spotify announced that his streaming music service now ha ...

  37. 'Crossroads' Greatest Hits: The Best Pairings Are Also Its Most Unexpected

    May 23, 2014 10:01 AM EDT Alison Krauss & Robert Plant Feb. 11, 2008 "When I first arrived at CMT, Crossroads had just started and Alison was the channel darling," says CMT president Brian Philips. "We thought, 'Who would make a good partner for her ...

  38. Deciphering Kacey Musgraves' Cowgirl-Kitsch Style

    May 23, 2014 10:01 AM EDT The question of what to wear when opening for pop sensation Katy Perry is not to be entered into lightly. "Her looks will be totally different [from Perry's], because Kacey has such a strong personality and a style of her own - a little ...

  39. Deciphering Katy Perry's Explosive Prismatic Tour Wardrobe

    May 23, 2014 10:01 AM EDT When Katy Perry began plotting the Prismatic tour - her worldwide jaunt in support of her "Prism" album and the follow-up outing to 2011's candy-coated California Dreams tour - one thing was clear: "We went into this tour knowi ...

  40. When Costumes Go Bad: How Not to Dress for Success

    May 23, 2014 10:01 AM EDT Macklemore has found himself in hot water. On May 16, when photos emerged of the 30-year-old Seattle rapper performing at the Experience Music Project Museum in a big fake nose and black wig and beard, many people took offense, accusing him of tra ...

  41. The Over/Under: Cameron Strang

    May 23, 2014 10:01 AM EDT Cameron Strang's Warner Bros. Records is on a roll, with three titles in the top 10 of Billboard's Hot Digital Songs for a second week in a row, thanks to Jason Derulo and Nico & Vinz. News Magazine ...

  42. The Over/Under: 'Nashville'

    May 23, 2014 10:01 AM EDT The third season of ABC's Nashville (starring ­Hayden Panettiere) suffers funding cuts from host state Tennessee. Cash incentives dropped to $8 million from $13.5 million in season two. News Magazine ...

  43. The Over/Under: Coldplay's 'Ghost Stories'

    May 23, 2014 10:01 AM EDT Coldplay frontman Chris Martin is on track for the biggest debut of 2014. The band's sixth album, Ghost Stories, is estimated to sell 350,000 to 375,000 copies in its first week. News Magazine ...

  44. The Over/Under: Rich Riley

    May 23, 2014 10:01 AM EDT Rich Riley, CEO of Shazam, has unwelcome competition in the music and TV identification space as Facebook adds those features to status updates in the latest version of its mobile app. News Magazine ...

  45. The Billboard Music Awards Blow Up

    May 23, 2014 10:01 AM EDT Everyone's mind was blown by Michael Jackson singing "Slave to the Rhythm," but there was plenty else to talk - or rather, tweet about - in the May 18 ABC broadcast. It was the No. 1 show of the night, with 10.74 million total viewe ...

  46. Bringing the King of Pop Back to Life

    May 23, 2014 10:01 AM EDT About two weeks prior to the May 18 Billboard Music Awards (BBMAs), the company responsible for the virtual Michael Jackson performance had no show to deliver. "It wasn't believable," says Frank Patterson, co-founder/CEO of Pulse Ev ...

  47. Numbers: "Rude" Magic

    May 23, 2014 10:01 AM EDT Perhaps it's no surprise that the band Magic is off and running with its rising hit "Rude." After all, frontman Nasri Atweh has co-written Billboard Hot 100 hits for Justin Bieber, Chris Brown and Pitbull. The reggae-pop track leaps ...

  48. From 'Sound City' to City Sounds: Dave Grohl's New HBO Project

    May 23, 2014 10:01 AM EDT Foo Fighters' 20th anniversary comes with an album, its own cable docuseries and an ambitious mission to tell the story of America through its indigenous music If Dave Grohl is gunning for the title of rock's top overachiever, he is well ...

  49. Does 'Jesus Christ Superstar' Signal a Rocking Future for Arena Theater?

    May 23, 2014 10:01 AM EDT A famous 1970s rock opera with a cast of actual rock and pop stars could be the litmus test for a new niche market in theatrical arena shows. On June 9, Jesus Christ Superstar Arena Spectacular begins a 51-city tour at New Orleans' Lakefront ...

  50. Road to Success: 'Latch' Disclosure Feat. Sam Smith

    May 23, 2014 10:01 AM EDT How the U.K. duo finally cracked the Top 40 of the Hot 100 18 months after its initial release Oct. 8, 2012 "Latch" hits British digital retailers via PMR Records; the video arrives a day later. Oct. 20, 2012 "Latch" debuts on ...

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