1. The Over/Under: Vevo CEO Rio Caraeff.

    August 22, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Reports that music video hub Vevo has taken itself off the sales block shake confidence in CEO Rio Caraeff. News Magazine ...

  2. The Over/Under: FremantleMedia

    August 22, 2014 10:00 AM EDT FremantleMedia, home to American Idol, sees a 39 percent drop in operating profits under CEO Cecile Frot-Coutaz. News Magazine ...

  3. Taylor Swift & Country: Splitsville!

    August 22, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Eyeing a pop crossover with her new album leaves industry insiders wondering, will she and country radio ever get back together or have programmers moved on? It was like a carefully planned breakup. First came the unabashed pop bangers on Taylor S ...

  4. The Business Of...Million-Dollar Mega-Concerts

    August 22, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Billboard declared 1994 the "Year of the Stadium." Then receipts began sinking. Now, 20 years later, the big-venue shows are setting records again in a startling comeback Jason Aldean says that when his team first broached the idea of ad ...

  5. Corner Office: Gavin O'Reilly, Worldwide CEO of the Agency Group

    August 22, 2014 10:00 AM EDT With the just-closed acquisition of a Nashville mainstay, the new chief talks about taking country global and competing with the behemoths How an Ireland-born, London-based music industry newbie made waves in Nashville by acquiring the respected 3 ...

  6. 'Sons of Anarchy' to End With Big Musical Bang, Giant Sync for Final Season

    August 22, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Music has become a key component in ending a beloved TV series. Think Breaking Bad , which used Badfinger's "Baby Blue," and The Sopranos ' famous last scene soundtracked by Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'.& ...

  7. Deborah Cox on Recreating Whitney Houston's Vocals for Lifetime Biopic

    August 22, 2014 10:00 AM EDT It doesn't air until 2015, but Liftime's I Will Always Love You: The Whitney Houston Story , starring Yaya DaCosta, has already faced major challenges. Family matriarch Cissy Houston denounced the biopic, directed by Angela Bassett. Then ...

  8. Composer Howard Shore to Receive Maestro Award

    August 22, 2014 10:00 AM EDT The composer will be honored at the Billboard-Hollywood Reporter Film & TV Music Conference Composer Howard Shore will receive the 2014 Maestro Award at the Billboard-Hollywood Reporter Film & TV Music Conference, set for Nov. 5-6 at the G ...

  9. Birthdays: August 25 - August 31

    August 22, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Aug. 25 Thalia (43) Stuart Murdoch (46) Jeff Tweedy (47) Billy Ray Cyrus (53) Aug. 26 Cassie (28) Aug. 27 Mario (28) Mase (39) Aug. 28 LeAnn Rimes (32) Shania Twain (49) Aug. 30 Swizz Beatz (36) Aug. 31 Joe Budden (34) Van Morrison (69) News Magaz ...

  10. Noted: August 14 - August 20

    August 22, 2014 10:00 AM EDT August 14 Rapper Beanie Sigel was released from jail following a two-year federal sentence for tax evasion and a concurrently served sentence for narcotics possession. Veteran music producer Rick Parashar, who worked on Pearl Jam's seminal 19 ...

  11. Overheard: Troy Carter + Meghan Trainor, Epic Drops Karmin, New Unplugged Pop Star Album?

    August 22, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Carter Is 'All About That Bass' Post-Gaga split, Troy Carter's Atom Factory signing spree continues with the addition of Meghan Trainor to a roster that includes John Legend and Nico & Vinz. Sources say the deal was inked in Jun ...

  12. Apollo in the Hamptons in East Hampton, N.Y., August 16

    August 22, 2014 10:00 AM EDT "It's the ones you don't expect. Republicans love to dance in the Hamptons," cracked MC Jamie Foxx at the annual Night of Legends benefit for the Apollo Theater, held at financier Ronald Perelman's home in East Hampton, N. ...

  13. DJ Hannah Bronfman's New York Fashion Week Must-Do's

    August 22, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Where does one of New York City's coolest chicks - and celebrity DJs - like to hang out? At these hotspots New York Fashion Week, which runs Sept. 4-11, is days away, and if you're Hannah Bronfman - entrepreneur, co-founder of beauty and ...

  14. DJ Hannah Bronfman's Musical Connections

    August 22, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Dad: Edgar Miles Bronfman Jr. Pops is the former Warner Music Group chairman/CEO. (Bonus: Mom Sherri Brewer appeared in the 1971 flick Shaft and was once engaged to Miles Davis.) Big Bro: Benjamin Bronfman Founder of Green Owl Records, he helped p ...

  15. Kilo Kish & Tom Burke Are New Faces of Maison Kitsune

    August 22, 2014 10:00 AM EDT For Maison Kitsune, a fashion house beloved by Pharrell Williams, Adam Levine and Azealia Banks, music is in its DNA. For starters, co-founder Gildas Loaec, 41, spent 15 years art directing for Daft Punk before launching the Paris-based line in 20 ...

  16. What Does Enrique Iglesias' First Fragrance 'Adrenaline' Smell Like?

    August 22, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Enrique Iglesias has found a way to bring his swoon-worthy essence to the mass market. The Grammy Award winner's first fragrance - named Adrenaline after his self-proclaimed appetite for adventure - hit CVS, Target and Walmart shelves in Augu ...

  17. The Billboard Cover Story - Diplo: The Life of a Hitman

    August 22, 2014 10:00 AM EDT He made white kids twerk before Miley, his label spawned 'Harlem Shake' and soon, the DJ-producer will debut music with Madonna, Usher and Lorde. With his 'f--- it, let's try it attitude' (says Skrillex), Diplo is reinvent ...

  18. Fall Album Preview: September 2014

    August 22, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Artist: Jeezy Title | Release Date: Seen It All  | Sept. 2 Label:  Def Jam Management:  Steven "Steve-O" Carless Booking:  Robb Gibbs, ICM Now 36, Jeezy finally dropped the "Young" from his name in 2013. As the title of his fif ...

  19. Featured Fall Album Preview: Charli XCX, 'Sucker'

    August 22, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Artist: Charli XCX Title | Release Date: Sucker | Oct. 21 Label: Neon Gold/Atlantic Management: David Bianchi, Various Artists Management Booking: Marty Diamond, Paradigm Talent Agency The Lowdown: The electropop singer-songwriter's second al ...

  20. The Beat: Uforia Music Festival in Los Angeles, Aug. 16

    August 22, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Billed as a festival but with much more of a concert vibe, Univision's Uforia Music Festival brought together the best of hip-hop and Latin music. The eclectic lineup on two separate stages at Exposition Park in Los Angeles featured such acts ...

  21. Charts: 'Guardians' Rule as YouTuber Debuts

    August 22, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Another social network star-turned-recording artist arrives in the top 10, as Troye Sivan starts at No. 5 The Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack defends its position at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 for a second week. The compilation album sold anoth ...

  22. Featured Fall Album Preview: Don Omar, 'The Last Don 2'

    August 22, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Artist: Don Omar Title | Release Date: The Last Don 2 | November TBD Label: Universal Music Latino Management: Raphy Pina Booking: Raphy Pina The Lowdown: "El Rey" celebrates the 10th anniversary of his ­platinum-selling solo debut, The ...

  23. Fall Album Preview: In the Works 2014

    August 22, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Artist: Hilary Duff Title | Release Date: TBD | TBD Label:  RCA Management:  Andre Recke Booking: Boo Management Following her 2007 release, Dignity , Duff took a break from music to focus on acting and her family. But she kicked back into gear wi ...

  24. Featured Fall Album Preview: Usher, 'TBD'

    August 22, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Artist: Usher Title | Release Date: TBD | TBD Label: RCA Management: Grace Miguel, URIV Group Booking: John Marx, WME The Lowdown: Starting with a playlist that included Steely Dan, Chicago, Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder, Usher focused on music th ...

  25. Fall Album Preview: Seth MacFarlane on 'Holiday for Swing'

    August 22, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane plays it straight on 'Holiday For Swing,' on which he tackles yuletide chestnuts as a serious crooner with a 65-piece orchestra Did any favorite holiday songs inspire the sound of your album? I'm n ...

  26. Michael Cera Q&A on Quiet 'True That' Album Release

    August 22, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Actor Michael Cera has always had a flirtation with music, recording vocals on Weezer's 2010 track "Hang On," playing bass with bands Mister Heavenly and The Long Goodbye and rocking onscreen in the 2010 film Scott Pilgrim vs. The W ...

  27. Fall Album Preview: October 2014

    August 22, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Artist: Jason Aldean Title | Relase Date: Old Boots, New Dirt | Oct. 7 Label: Broken Bow Management: Clarence Spalding, Chris Parr, Spalding Entertainment Booking: Kevin Neal, WME Aldean celebrates his first decade as an artist next year - and the ...

  28. The Wild & Improbable Journey of Fania Records

    August 22, 2014 10:00 AM EDT In this oral history, salsa legends share their memories - good and bad - of the most important ­tropical music label of all time During the early 1960s, Johnny Pacheco was riding high on Cuban-based Latin music. Dominican-born and New York-raised ...

  29. Marc Anthony's Love Letter to Fania Records

    August 22, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Fania was one of the soundtracks of my life growing up in New York. It's not only the cultural significance of it all, but the artistic importance. For anybody interested in any kind of art, this is like opening a treasure chest. There is a w ...

  30. Fania Records' Killer Album Art

    August 22, 2014 10:00 AM EDT The label's covers were wildly imaginative, especially when artists like Willie Colon and such designers as Izzy Sanabria fought for their creative ideas. A look at four Fania standouts. 1. Cosa Nuestra by Willie Colon featuring Hector Lavoe, ...

  31. Death From Above Reunite After 8 Years Apart & Are No Longer Repulsed by Their Band

    August 22, 2014 10:00 AM EDT For most bands, an eight-year break would be career-ending. But for Death From Above 1979, it was a long, much-needed breath of fresh air. The Toronto rock duo, consisting of Sebastien Grainger and Jesse F. Keeler, blew minds and eardrums in 2004 ...

  32. Bobby Shmurda Makes Big Money From the Shmoney Dance

    August 22, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Brooklyn rapper's dance spawned 3.3 million Vine views and a Beyoncé imitation: "There's no such thing as overpaying a young black man." Brooklyn rapper Bobby Shmurda's rise has been almost as fast as the Web connections t ...

  33. Aaliyah Lives on With Astonishing Influence Over Music & Fashion

    August 22, 2014 10:00 AM EDT On her aunt's porch in Haines City, Fla., in 2001, you could find a 15-year-old Sevyn Streeter doing her best Aaliyah impression. She and her cousin would glide from side to side, emulating the R&B icon's fluid choreography. "We ...

  34. Featured Single Review: Taylor Swift, 'Shake It Off'

    August 22, 2014 10:00 AM EDT In Taylor Swift's blockbuster 2012 album, Red , the country superstar explored several stylistic shades: arena rock, confessional folk, even dubstep. But the foundation of Swift's fourth studio album was undoubtedly bubble-gum pop. Red - ...

  35. Album Review: Ty Segall, 'Manipulator'

    August 22, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Even by the standards of this ADD-addled age, Ty Segall is a monstrously prolific artist, with an avalanche of albums, singles and cassettes under his name and those of his other projects (Fuzz, White Fence, Mikal Cronin) during the past six years ...

  36. Album Review: Chayanne, 'En Todo Estare'

    August 22, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Latin pop star Chayanne has long balanced bold, romantic ballads with uptempo dance fare. Straddling styles has sustained his relevancy (with nine No. 1s on Billboard's Hot Latin Songs chart since his 1984 self-titled debut), pairing a sound ...

  37. Single Reviews: Juicy J, Hudson Mohawke, Fences Featuring Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Chase Rice

    August 22, 2014 10:00 AM EDT JUICY J ­FEATURING NICKI MINAJ, YOUNG THUG & LIL BIBBY "Low" Kemosabe/Columbia Heavy rhythms, scuzzy rhymes and bruising beats all reside in Juicy J's wheelhouse, and the resurgent Three 6 Mafia MC continues his radio assault he ...

  38. Album Review: Nick & Knight, 'Nick & Knight'

    August 22, 2014 10:00 AM EDT The notion that fans' appetite for boy bands of yore is not only alive but downright lusty was borne out most effectively by the 2011 project NKOTBSB, which brought together members of New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys for an album an ...

  39. Featured Fall Album Preview: T.I., 'Paperwork: The Motion Picture'

    August 22, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Artist: T.I. Title | Release Date: Paperwork: | Oct. 21 Label: Grand Hustle/Columbia Management: Jason Geter, Grand Hustle; Gee Roberson, The Blueprint Group Booking: Cara Lewis, CAA The Lowdown: The Atlanta rapper's ninth album has "som ...

  40. Fall Album Preview: November 2014

    August 22, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Artist: Foo Fighters Title | Release Date: Sonic highways | Nov. 10 Label:  Roswell Records/RCA Management: John Silva, Silva Artist Management Booking: Don Muller, WME Eight is the magic number for Dave Grohl & Co. The eight songs on the Seat ...

  41. James Blake Inks Worldwide Publishing Deal With Sony/ATV

    August 22, 2014 9:33 AM EDT James Blake premiered a new song on Thursday night (Aug. 21) during his BBC Radio 1 residency. The track, with its robot vocal elements and Tom Waitsian clack-clangs, was given the title of "200 Press" because, as the British artist-prod ...

  42. Met Opera Reaches Labor Agreements With Remaining Unions

    August 22, 2014 4:52 AM EDT The Metropolitan Opera has reached labor agreements with the remaining unions that had expired contracts, averting the threat of a lockout with about a month to go before the season is scheduled to start. The Met and the International Alliance of ...

  43. 'Motown The Musical' to Take a Break From Broadway

    August 22, 2014 2:15 AM EDT "Motown the Musical" is taking a break from Broadway. Producers said Friday the $18 million show will play its final performance at the Lunt Fontanne Theatre on Jan. 18 and intends to reopen in July 2016 at a still-to-be-announced Nederl ...

  44. Tickets Selling Fast for Willie Nelson & Neil Young's Pipeline Protest Concert

    August 21, 2014 11:16 PM EDT Organizers say nearly all the $50 tickets for a Willie Nelson and Neil Young concert organized by opponents of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline have been sold. The group Bold Nebraska said in a statement Thursday more than 6,500 of the 7,000 tick ...

  45. Super Bowl Halftime Pay-to-Play Reports: Grammys Producer Ken Ehrlich Weighs In

    August 21, 2014 6:56 PM EDT The NFL is making headlines this week for supposed pay-to-play negotiations with finalists for the 2015 Super Bowl halftime show , reported to involve Katy Perry , Coldplay and Rihanna . Executives familiar with plans tell Billboard that the initi ...

  46. Big 'Break': Ariana Grande Gets First No. 1 on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs

    August 21, 2014 6:22 PM EDT Ariana Grande earns her first No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart, as "Break Free," featuring Zedd , flies to the top (3-1). It's also the first No. 1 for Zedd, who reached No. 2 with his smashes "Clarity ...

  47. SoundExchange Royalty Payouts Rise Again, Is Poised for Another Record Year

    August 21, 2014 5:24 PM EDT SoundExchange paid out $161 million to performing artists and rights holders in the second quarter, an 8-percent increase from the same period last year. The number of royalty recipients -- both performing artists and record labels -- increased 34 ...

  48. Island Records Promotes Steve Yegelwel to SVP

    August 21, 2014 4:29 PM EDT Island Records has promoted veteran A&R man Steve Yegelwel to senior vp at the Universal Music Group imprint. According to a news release, Yegelwel will be involved in running the label's A&R department and will work closely with exec ...

  49. Sam Hunt Scores Highest Debut on Top Country Albums With 'X2C'

    August 21, 2014 4:22 PM EDT Former college football quarterback Sam Hunt snares Hot Shot Debut honors at No. 5 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart with X2C , his four-song, digital EP which arrives with 8,000 sold in the week ending Aug. 17, according to Nielsen Sou ...

  50. Behind the (Unheard) Music: Is Aphex Twin Poised for a Grammy Nod?

    August 21, 2014 4:19 PM EDT Aphex Twin , the obscure electronic music artist (real name: Richard D. James ) who has been teasing his next album on blimps, street graffiti and via the "deep web," will release his first album in 13 years on Sept. 23 through Warp Reco ...

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