1. 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 ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. 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. ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. 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 ...

  11. 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 ...

  12. 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 ...

  13. Women in Music 2015: Tori Kelly, Breakthrough Artist

    December 04, 2015 12:00 PM EST Tori Kelly won America's Most Talented Kids when she was 11, advanced to Hollywood Week on American Idol in 2010 and became a YouTube sensation after her cover of Frank Ocean's "Thinkin Bout You" went viral in 2012. But even th ...

  14. The 50 Most Powerful Women in Music: Jody Gerson, Executive of the Year

    December 04, 2015 12:00 PM EST Chairman/CEO, Universal Music Publishing Group A year ago, Jody Gerson was preparing for one of the most ­important speeches she would give as ­chairman/CEO of Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) -- her first. More than 30 years into a success ...

  15. The 50 Most Powerful Women in Music: Agency Executives

    December 04, 2015 12:00 PM EST EMMA BANKS Co-head of international touring/co-head of CAA Music London Creative Artists Agency CAROLE KINZEL Agent, Creative Artists Agency MARLENE TSUCHII Co-head of international touring, Creative Artists Agency Banks and Tsuchii, based in Lond ...

  16. The 50 Most Powerful Women in Music: Brand Executives

    December 04, 2015 12:00 PM EST MARCIE ALLEN, 42 President, MAC Presents Allen flies weekly between her home in Nashville and office in New York, which helps explain why she saw the potential in an airline-artist partnership. Among the deals her team brokered this year were a So ...

  17. The 50 Most Powerful Women in Music: Digital Executives

    December 04, 2015 12:00 PM EST SARA CLEMENS, 44 Chief strategy officer, Pandora Clemens and her team have spent the last year positioning Pandora to better compete in the digital marketplace. In November, the company acquired some of the assets of Rdio for $75 million with the ...

  18. The 50 Most Powerful Women in Music: Film/TV Executives

    December 04, 2015 12:00 PM EST MONICA ESCOBEDO, 38 Entertainment producer, ABC News/Good Morning America Escobedo did her part in the perpetual ratings battle for network morning-show supremacy by amping up GMA 's summer concert series lineup. Jason Derulo's June 12 g ...

  19. The 50 Most Powerful Women in Music: 5 Executives to Watch

    December 04, 2015 12:00 PM EST . Corrie Christopher Martin, 38 Senior agent, Paradigm Talent; partner, Riot Fest Christopher Martin client Imagine Dragons sold nearly 600,000 tickets on its Smoke + Mirrors Tour, and Riot Fest has expanded beyond Chicago to Denver and Toronto. ...

  20. The 50 Most Powerful Women in Music: Finance Executives

    December 04, 2015 12:00 PM EST LORI BADGETT, 41 Senior vp/team leader, City National Bank MARTHA HENDERSON Executive vp/head of entertainment ­division, City National Bank Badgett and Henderson, based in Nashville and Los Angeles, respectively, exemplify City National's de ...

  21. The 50 Most Powerful Women in Music: Label Executives

    December 04, 2015 12:00 PM EST MICHELE ANTHONY, 59 Executive vp U.S. recorded music, Universal Music Group At press time, the label group's artists held the Billboard 200's No. 1 album spot for 31 of 46 weeks in 2015 and accounted for seven of the 10 best-selling albu ...

  22. The 50 Most Powerful Women in Music: Live Executives

    December 04, 2015 12:00 PM EST DANA DUFINE, 50 Head of Entertainment Bookings, MSG Entertainment Dufine oversees live ­entertainment for MSG Entertainment's coast-to-coast portfolio of top-grossing venues, including Madison Square Garden in New York and The Forum in Los An ...

  23. The 50 Most Powerful Women in Music: Performing Rights Executives

    December 04, 2015 12:00 PM EST ELIZABETH MATTHEWS, 47 CEO, ASCAP In January, after two years as executive vp/general counsel, Matthews became CEO of ASCAP at a crucial moment in the performing rights organization's history. With the U.S. Department of Justice reviewing how ...

  24. The 50 Most Powerful Women in Music: Management Executives

    December 04, 2015 12:00 PM EST LEE ANNE CALLAHAN-LONGO, 47 GM, Parkwood Entertainment After co-producing Beyoncé and Jay Z's 2014 On the Run Tour, which grossed more than $100 million, Callahan-Longo this year focused on growing Parkwood's management, production, musi ...

  25. The 50 Most Powerful Women in Music: 4 Behind the Scenemakers

    December 04, 2015 12:00 PM EST Unsung heroes whose work brings artists acclaim. Emily Lazar, 43 Mastering engineer/mixer The first female mastering engineer to be nominated for a record of the year Grammy (for Sia's "Chandelier" in 2015), Lazar, her astute ears a ...

  26. The 50 Most Powerful Women in Music: Publishing Executives

    December 04, 2015 12:00 PM EST JENNIFER KNOEPFLE, 39 Senior vp A&R, Sony/ATV Music Publishing When Jody Gerson departed Sony/ATV to head Universal Music Publishing Group, Knoepfle deftly juggled her A&R duties while running the Los Angeles office with interim co-head Jo ...

  27. The 50 Most Powerful Women in Music: Radio Executives

    December 04, 2015 12:00 PM EST JESS BESACK, 33 Director of programming; The Spectrum, SiriusXM Besack programs The Spectrum, one of the most influential ­destinations at SiriusXM, which reports 29 ­million ­listeners. (It does not break out ­listenership by channel.) Proof: Dur ...

  28. Album Review: Coldplay Has an Uplifting Boogie-Down on 'A Head Full of Dreams'

    December 04, 2015 12:00 PM EST Sooner or later, every goliath of modern stadium rock hears the siren call of the discotheque. U2, Radiohead, Arcade Fire -- all have striven to goose their ­sincerity with syncopation, to inject more fun, more funk, into their big, regal, high-mi ...

  29. Tom Hanks, Melissa Etheridge & More Stars Reflect on Bruce Springsteen's 'The River'

    December 04, 2015 12:00 PM EST Celebrities talk Bruce Springsteen's reissued classic. In 1980, Bruce Springsteen released The River , a landmark double album that solidified his role as a star chronicler of America's ­working class. Weaving his tales of blue-collar jo ...

  30. Single Review: M.I.A., 'Borders'

    December 04, 2015 12:00 PM EST M.I.A. "Borders" Interscope The refugee crisis is a ripe topic for M.I.A., whose family fled civil war in Sri Lanka. "Borders" is one of her smoothest songs, with a dancehall throb and "Big Pimpin' "-style hook. ...

  31. Chart Numbers: The Grateful Dead's Farewell Concerts

    December 04, 2015 12:00 PM EST The Grateful Dead's massive farewell concerts at Chicago's Soldier Field (July 3-5) are celebrated on the Billboard 200 as two versions of its live album  Fare Thee Well  (recorded at the shows) debut at Nos. 47 and 130. 72 The two new l ...

  32. Rewinding the Charts: 28 Years Ago Belinda Carlisle's 'Heaven' ascended

    December 04, 2015 12:00 PM EST The Go-Go's lead singer went solo and topped the Billboard Hot 100 with a little help from a Diane Keaton-directed music video. By 1987, Belinda Carlisle had become a chart mainstay: Five years ­earlier, her Los Angeles pop-punk band The Go-G ...

  33. Women In Music: Five Rising Execs Who Represent the Future of the Business

    December 03, 2015 5:47 PM EST CORRIE CHRISTOPHER MARTIN, 38 Senior agent, Paradigm Talent; partner, Riot Fest Christopher Martin client Imagine Dragons sold nearly 600,000 tickets on its Smoke + Mirrors Tour, and Riot Fest has expanded beyond Chicago to Denver and Toronto. MIC ...

  34. Women In Music 2015: The 50 Most Powerful Executives in the Industry

    December 03, 2015 10:00 AM EST "The trailblazing women executives who are celebrated in these pages aren't just leading the music industry -- they're transforming it," writes Hillary Clinton in her introduction to Billboard's annual Women In Music issue ...

  35. Women in Music 2015: Jody Gerson Named Executive of the Year

    December 03, 2015 10:00 AM EST A year ago, Jody Gerson was preparing for one of the most ­important speeches she would give as ­chairman/CEO of Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) -- her first. More than 30 years into a successful career in music ­publishing, Gerson had asc ...

  36. Paris Attacks Special Report: Are Concerts Safe?

    November 20, 2015 12:00 PM EST After Paris, concerns mount over venue security. "We've become complacent after 9/11," says one expert. As mass shootings in movie theaters and churches have shocked the world in recent years, many music business ­insiders quietly w ...

  37. Paris Attacks Special Report: ISIS' War on Music

    November 20, 2015 12:00 PM EST That Islamic State militants chose to execute people at a gig by an American hard-rock band may not have been an accident. here are a number of reasons why the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) might have targeted Le Bataclan concert hall in ...

  38. Paris Attacks Special Report: Stories of Their Lives -- A Tribute to Mathieu Hoche

    November 20, 2015 12:00 PM EST Mathieu Hoche A devoted father and hardworking cameraman who frequented concerts and made his friends laugh The day after attending the Eagles of Death Metal show at Le Bataclan, Mathieu Hoche had planned to meet friends in his native Normandy to ...

  39. Paris Attacks Special Report: Stories of Their Lives -- A Tribute to Fabrice Dubois

    November 20, 2015 12:00 PM EST If a man's work indicates how he lived, then Fabrice Dubois embraced wit and light. For more than 12 years he worked as a senior copywriter at Publicis, a French multinational advertising and PR firm, crafting off-kilter and breezy campaigns ...

  40. Paris Attacks Special Report: Stories of Their Lives -- A Tribute to Nick Alexander

    November 20, 2015 12:00 PM EST A merchandise manager who was more rock star than the rock stars he worked for. Nick Alexander worked as a concert merchandise manager but he dressed like a rock star. In a job that's done far from the spotlight, Alexander made such an impres ...

  41. Paris Attacks Special Report: Stories of Their Lives -- A Tribute to Guillaume B. Decherf

    November 20, 2015 12:00 PM EST An "unforgettable" rock journalist who balanced a love of heavy metal with raising two daughters. Two nights after he attended the Eagles of Death Metal concert at Le Bataclan, Guillaume B. Decherf was supposed to cover Motorhead's ...

  42. Noted Music Business Events: November 11-November 17, 2015

    November 20, 2015 12:00 PM EST Nov. 11 Motorhead's original drummer, Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor, who played with the British heavy metal outfit from 1975 to 1984 and again from 1987 to 1992, died after suffering from an unspecified illness. He was 61. Scottish- ...

  43. Musician Birthdays: November 21-November 28

    November 20, 2015 12:00 PM EST Nov. 21 Carly Rae Jepsen (30) Bjork (50) Dr. John (75) Nov. 22 Tyler Hilton (32) Karen O (37) Steven Van Zandt (65) Nov. 23 Miley Cyrus (23) Nov. 24 Chad Taylor (45) Elvis Ramone (60) Nov. 26 John McVie (70) Tina Turner (76) Nov. 28 Trey Songz (31 ...

  44. John Malkovich Gets Weird(er): Q&A

    November 20, 2015 12:00 PM EST How? By reading Plato over beats by Yoko Ono, Ric Ocasek and more on his new album. The new album from John Malkovich is about what one would expect from the idiosyncratic actor: totally unexpected. Arriving Nov. 27 for Record Store Day's Bla ...

  45. The Music That Made Me: Ciara's Soundtrack

    November 20, 2015 12:00 PM EST The star opens up with Sade, chills out to Three 6 Mafia and gets inspired by MJ. "Music that comes from the heart -- that's the music that moves me," says Ciara. And the Atlanta-based R&B singer, 30, has certainly been on the m ...

  46. Art Basel for Music Heads

    November 20, 2015 12:00 PM EST Navigate the Miami art fest (Dec. 3-6) like a pro with this guide. Since its launch in 2002, Miami Beach Art Basel has become an annual must-stop where Hollywood, the music biz and high ­society ­collide to buy art, network and party until dawn. A ...

  47. Overheard: INXS, Meghan Trainor, Seth MacFarlane, Donald Trump & More Gossip

    November 20, 2015 12:00 PM EST INXS Stages A Comeback As INXS fans prepare to mark the 18th anniversary of frontman Michael Hutchence's apparent suicide on Nov. 22, 1997, renewed interest in the Australian alternative-rock band has helped its longtime manager Chris Murphy ...

  48. Ne-Yo on Taking the Tin Man to NBC for 'The Wiz': Q&A

    November 20, 2015 12:00 PM EST After building a career off romantic hits like "Closer" and "Sexy Love," Ne-Yo is channeling a guy with no heart. The singer, 36, is playing the Tin Man in NBC's live remake of The Wiz , airing Dec. 3 and co-starring Mary ...

  49. Album Review: 'Purpose' Is Justin Bieber's Spiritual Party-Starter

    November 20, 2015 12:00 PM EST From a PR perspective, Purpose is the album Justin Bieber had to make. The Canadian pop star, 21, spent the last couple of years ­running amok from Munich (where his pet monkey was ­confiscated in 2013) to Miami (scene of a 2014 DUI arrest) to Rio ...

  50. Questlove: The Band That Inspired My Name

    November 20, 2015 12:00 PM EST The Roots drummer on A Tribe Called Quest's seminal 1990 debut, 'People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm,' reissued Nov. 13 on Sony Legacy with all-star remixes by Pharrell, J. Cole and more. The first time I heard ...

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