Billboard's 2013 Women in Music

  1. Spotify Valued at $5.7 Billion in New Report, Amidst Rumors of a Massive Money Search

    January 30, 2015 1:58 PM EST A report from Manhattan Venture Research values Spotify at $5.74 billion, finding potential in the company even though a profit isn't predicted to arrive until 2019. Analysts at the merchant bank believe strong subscriber and revenue growth ...

  2. Veteran Producer Ron Fair to Exec-Produce TLC's New Album

    January 30, 2015 1:05 PM EST Long before social media became a required weapon in a pop star's arsenal, TLC was closer to its audience than most acts -- the trio included thousands of fans' names on a pull-out poster inside of its third album, 1999's FanMail ...

  3. Our Fantasy Sam Smith/Tom Petty Copyright-Infringement Grammy Medley: 'Stay With Me,' 'My Sweet Lord' and More

    January 30, 2015 12:00 PM EST On Jan. 26, Sam Smith 's rep acknowledged that the songwriting credits of the singer's Grammy-nominated hit "Stay With Me" now include Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne , writers of Petty's "I Won't Back Down," via ...

  4. Hot 100 Chart Moves: Taylor Swift's 'Style' Soars, Nicki Minaj Notches 60th Hit

    January 30, 2015 11:15 AM EST As previously reported, Mark Ronson 's "Uptown Funk!," featuring Bruno Mars , leads the Billboard Hot 100 for a fourth week , Fall Out Boy 's "Centuries" reaches the top 10, and Rihanna, Kanye West and Paul McCartne ...

  5. Ice Cube & Dr. Dre Not Present at Suge Knight Hit-and-Run, Source Confirms

    January 30, 2015 11:10 AM EST Suge Knight was reportedly involved in a fatal hit-and-run on Thursday, Jan. 29. After being involved in a fight, Knight reportedly reversed his car into two bystanders. Knight turned himself in to the LAPD early Friday morning. His bail has bee ...

  6. The Inside Story of How Mariah Carey and L.A. Reid Reunited (at a Fraction of Her Former $80 Million Deal)

    January 30, 2015 11:00 AM EST Just months shy of the 10-year anniversary of The Emancipation of Mimi , Mariah Carey and Antonio "L.A." Reid are prepping another kind of comeback. According to multiple sources, the 45-year-old singer is returning to Sony Music throu ...

  7. Sleater-Kinney Hits New High on Billboard 200 & Top Rock Albums

    January 30, 2015 10:28 AM EST Sleater-Kinney scores its highest rank on the Billboard 200 (No. 18) and starts at No. 4 on Top Rock Albums with its eighth full-length album, and first in nearly 10 years, No Cities to Love . The influential punk trio (Corin Tucker, Janet Weiss ...

  8. Jay Z Gets Into Streaming With $56 Million Bid for Spotify Rival

    January 30, 2015 9:07 AM EST Jay Z has set his sights on buying Aspiro, the Swedish parent company of two subscription streaming services, WiMP and TIDAL. The offer of 464 million Swedish krona, or $56.2 million, represents a 59.1 percent premium over yesterday's closi ...

  9. Miranda Lambert & Dierks Bentley Lead ACM Awards Nominations

    January 30, 2015 9:00 AM EST Miranda Lambert and Dierks Bentley are the frontrunners heading into the Academy of Country Music Awards, which this year celebrates its 50th anniversary.  Lambert has a leading eight nominations for the April 19 event, including her fourth nod ...

  10. Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande Added to Bill for Stevie Wonder Tribute

    January 30, 2015 12:49 AM EST Lady Gaga , Ariana Grande and John Legend have been added to the group of artists set to pay tribute to Stevie Wonder next month. The Recording Academy announced Thursday that the Band Perry will also perform alongside Usher and Chris Martin at ...

  11. Cops On Lookout for Suge Knight After Fatal Hit & Run

    January 30, 2015 12:39 AM EST Suge Knight was behind the wheel of a fatal hit & run incident on the set of a movie shoot, his lawyer has confirmed. And it would appear law enforcement officials have launched a manhunt to find the rap mogul.  Police were called to Compton ...

  12. Michael Buble's Milestone O2 Shows Lead Hot Tours

    January 29, 2015 7:44 PM EST Michael Buble grabs the top ranking on the weekly tally of Hot Tours (see list, below) with box office sales reported from the final stop on his To Be Loved tour's third and final trek through Europe. London's O2 arena hosted the tour ...

  13. Enrique Iglesias, Descemer Bueno and Gente D' Zona Sued Over 'Bailando'

    January 29, 2015 5:52 PM EST "Bailando," the smash hit recorded by Enrique Iglesias and featuring Descemer Bueno and Cuban duo Gente D' Zona , is the subject of a lawsuit alleging copyright infringement. Cristian Mauricio Escuti and German Schulz, who both li ...

  14. Joey Bada$$ & Lupe Fiasco Rule Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

    January 29, 2015 5:36 PM EST Brooklyn-based rapper Joey Bada$$ enters at No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with his first studio set, B4.Da.$$ , with 54,000 copies sold in its first week (ending Jan. 25), according to Nielsen Music. It's the second showing on the lis ...

  15. Luke Bryan's 'Party' Still Rocking, Sam Hunt's Album Holds at No. 1

    January 29, 2015 5:15 PM EST The party continues for Luke Bryan : The star banks his fourth leader on Billboard 's Hot Country Songs chart from his 2013 album Crash My Party , as "I See You" rises 2-1. It's his ninth No. 1 overall. The set yielded its fi ...

  16. Big Game, Big Pay? A Look at Music's Use in Sports

    January 29, 2015 5:09 PM EST The Seahawks jam to the Verve 's "Bittersweet Symphony" and have big love for Macklemore . The Patriots favor Ozzy Osbourne 's "Crazy Train" and Bon Jovi 's "This Is Our House." Before the Barnum-esqu ...

  17. Usher Hosting Billboard/Hollywood Reporter Super Bowl Pre-Game Party

    January 29, 2015 5:00 PM EST Before Katy Perry hits the Super Bowl field on Sunday, Usher will handle the pre-game festivities. The R&B superstar is set to host the Billboard and Hollywood Reporter Super Bowl pre-game party on Saturday in Scottsdale, Ariz., with music b ...

  18. Bjork's Rush-Released Album Debuts in Top 20 on Billboard 200

    January 29, 2015 4:42 PM EST Less than a week after Bjork announced her new album Vulnicura on Jan. 13, the entire set leaked to the Internet, prompting the singer to rush-release the effort via download a mere handful of days after it was announced -- on Jan. 20. That was ...

  19. Juanes Debuts New Disney Track on Hot Latin Songs

    January 29, 2015 4:34 PM EST Colombian rocker Juanes returns to Hot Latin Songs with his 26th hit, as "Juntos (Together)" is the top debut at No. 30. The song was recorded for Disney's new film McFarland, USA (out Feb. 20) and is accompanied by a music video ...

  20. Taylor Swift Returns to No. 1 on Billboard Artist 100, Fall Out Boy Flies to No. 2

    January 29, 2015 3:25 PM EST Despite an 8 percent drop in activity, Taylor Swift returns to the top of the Billboard Artist 100 (2-1), logging a record-extending 14th week at the summit (dating to the chart's July 2014 inception). The Artist 100 is the first weekly ran ...

  21. YouTube's Music Key Terms for Artists, Clarified

    January 29, 2015 2:55 PM EST Last week, cellist Zoe Keating -- who has also become a part-time pundit on the issues of working as an independent musician in the digital business -- posted on her blog that YouTube's terms for participation in their Music Key "st ...

  22. Marvel's Editor-in-Chief Talks Pete Rock and Run The Jewels, 'Preacher' and 'Ant-Man'

    January 29, 2015 2:14 PM EST Earlier this month, around the same time that Run The Jewels were preparing for an appearance on Conan , Axel Alonso , the Editor-in-Chief of Marvel Comics, was making public a variant cover of two books -- the soon-to-be-relaunched Howard The D ...

  23. Exclusive: Barclays Inks Booking Deal at Brooklyn's Paramount

    January 29, 2015 1:23 PM EST Barclays Center affiliate Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment has formed an alliance with Long Island University, in which BS&E will bring entertainment back to the historic Brooklyn Paramount Theatre.   "This collaboration will bring ...

  24. Jack Johnson, Other Acoustic Pop Singers Find Home on Pandora... When Will AC Radio Catch Up?

    January 29, 2015 1:09 PM EST It is well established that even when broadcast radio's listeners go looking for music on other platforms, they often search out the same mainstream formats they hear on FM. "All-'80s" is one exception , but that format diffe ...

  25. The Title of Adam Lambert's New Album Is...

    January 29, 2015 12:59 PM EST Adam Lambert celebrated his 33rd birthday by giving his fans a present and revealing the title of his forthcoming album. The American Idol season-eight alum took to Facebook to make the announcement that his new album will be called The Original ...

  26. Lil Wayne vs. Cash Money: Read the Leaked 21-Page Lawsuit

    January 29, 2015 12:22 PM EST Many were flabbergasted to find out just how much Lil Wayne was suing Cash Money Records for: $51 million dollars. But it's true. On Thursday, Jan. 29, a 21-page lawsuit surfaced on to the Internet. Within the lines of the documents, it bre ...

  27. Roberto Carlos, Ruben Blades, Myriam Hernandez & More Nominated for Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame

    January 29, 2015 12:00 PM EST The Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame officially set forth its third year of operations with the announcement of finalists for the third annual La Musa Awards 2015. The eventual winners will be inducted into the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame in a ...

  28. Romeo Santos To Participate in Exclusive Q&A at Billboard Latin Music Conference

    January 29, 2015 10:55 AM EST Romeo Santos , the Latin star who ended 2014 as Billboard's Latin Artist of the year thanks to sustained sales, airplay and social presence, will participate in an exclusive Q&A at the 26 th annual Billboard Latin Music Conference takin ...

  29. Tom Petty Addresses Sam Smith's Songwriting Snafu: 'The Word Lawsuit Was Never Even Said'

    January 29, 2015 9:52 AM EST Tom Petty has addressed the recent news that he and his Traveling Wilburys bandmate  Jeff Lynne  received songwriting credit on Sam Smith 's hit "Stay With Me." In a statement to Billboard, the rock legend praises Smith for quick ...

  30. Viacom Net Earnings Drop 9 Percent, U.S. Ad Sales Fall

    January 29, 2015 9:18 AM EST Viacom, led by CEO  Philippe Dauman , on Thursday reported fiscal first-quarter financials affected by currency fluctuations and ratings challenges. Net earnings of $500 million for the latest quarter compared with $547 million in the year-ago p ...

  31. SoundExchange Paid Out a Whopping $773 Million in 2014

    January 29, 2015 8:56 AM EST As subscription services dominate public debate, new revenue figures show that Internet and satellite radio are making a huge imprint on the U.S. record business. Last year's digital performance royalty distributions by SoundExchange rose 3 ...

  32. Recording Academy Gets Tough on Grammy Awards Ticket Scalping

    January 29, 2015 5:04 AM EST The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences has a number of tricks up its sleeve in its efforts to stop ticket scalping of the Grammy Awards. Ahead of this year's ceremony on Feb. 8 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, the Record ...

  33. Grammys Producer Ken Ehrlich on Booking the Big Show, Working with Stars & What Lorde Said No To

    January 29, 2015 4:52 AM EST Judging by the invitations Ken Ehrlich sent out for the Jan. 28 unveiling of his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, he's delighted with his new neighbors in front of the Capitol Records building. "John, Paul, George and Ringo are gett ...

  34. Taylor Swift's '1989' Heading Back to No. 1

    January 28, 2015 8:33 PM EST After a two-week vacation from the No. 1 slot on the Billboard 200 , it appears Taylor Swift 's 1989 is heading back to the top of the chart. While it's too early to project how many units the album will earn in the week ending Feb. 1, ...

  35. Who Says Rock Is Dead? Marilyn Manson, Fall Out Boy & More Notch Big Debuts

    January 28, 2015 6:38 PM EST Even if "rock is dead" has become an overplayed claim, we can all agree that 2014 didn't produce many great counter-arguments. Coldplay , who rock about as hard as the Kidz Bop Kids, earned the best-selling rock album of 2014. Eek ...

  36. Rihanna, Kanye West & Paul McCartney Debut on Hot 100 With 'FourFiveSeconds'

    January 28, 2015 6:22 PM EST "FourFiveSeconds," from super-trio Rihanna , Kanye West and Paul McCartney , enters the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 54 following the song's arrival on Jan. 24. It also launches on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs at No. 12. The song is the ...

  37. J. Cole's 'January 28th' Tops Twitter Trending 140 on... January 28th

    January 28, 2015 5:46 PM EST Thanks to a well-titled track, J. Cole scores a pretty rare gift: Spending his birthday atop the Billboard + Twitter Trending 140 . J. Cole Wants to Turn His Childhood Home Into Rent-Free Living for Single Mothers "January 28th," the r ...

  38. Movement Detroit 2015 Lineup: Richie Hawtin, DJ Snoopadelic, Dog Blood & More

    January 28, 2015 5:40 PM EST On Wednesday (Jan. 28), Paxahau Events announced the phase-one lineup for Movement Electronic Music Festival's tenth edition, bringing a diverse roster of dance talents to Detroit this spring. Richie Hawtin , DJ Snoopadelic and Dog Blood, t ...

  39. Allan Reid, Newly Appointed Head of Canada's Recording Academy, Talks Junos

    January 28, 2015 5:35 PM EST Allan Reid has been a towering, affable presence in the Canadian music industry for over 25 years. The newly named president and CEO of the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS), based in Toronto, Reid was behind contracts with ...

  40. (Don't) Party Like It's '1989': Taylor Swift Copyrights Album Lyrics

    January 28, 2015 5:31 PM EST Taylor Swift has been (somewhat ridiculously) accused of stealing from a felon's life story for 1989 's lyrics, and she's making sure no one does the same to her: by filing trademarks for some of the alum's key turns of phra ...

  41. Lil Wayne Sues Cash Money for $51 Million: Report

    January 28, 2015 5:26 PM EST Lil Wayne continues to fight for his freedom from Cash Money Records. Wayne has filed a lawsuit against Birdman and Cash Money, saying they violated his contract by withholding millions owed to him for his oft-delayed Tha Carter V album. Weezy i ...

  42. Indie Music Trade Body IMPALA Releases a 10-Point Plan to Curb 'Abuses'

    January 28, 2015 4:04 PM EST IMPALA, the European indie label trade group, announced this week a 10-point "Digital Action Plan" that gives the European power structure a roadmap to addressing hot topics like weak copyright standards, diversity and finding new ways ...

  43. Former Rolling Stones Promoter Won't Get Bail in $300M Fraud Case

    January 28, 2015 3:50 PM EST A judge has refused to grant bail for a former music promoter who produced shows for acts such as the Rolling Stones , Elton John and Aerosmith and was recently extradited from Brazil to face a $300 million criminal fraud case. U.S. Magistrate J ...

  44. Cellist Zoe Keating Opens Up on Her YouTube Battle: 'There's a Lot of Fear Out There'

    January 28, 2015 3:32 PM EST Update, Jan. 29, 2:58pm : YouTube reached out to Billboard to clarify some of Keating's statements in this interview. You can read that here . Zoe Keating  wants control of her music. A cellist based in Northern California, Keating has tri ...

  45. 'Empire' Ratings Explained: 'It's Broad & Niche at the Same Time'

    January 28, 2015 3:25 PM EST "People are seeing that shows with people of color can make money," Taraji P. Henson told reporters days after Empire 's second episode solidified its status as the highest-rated new series of the 2014-15 TV season. "When thi ...

  46. Listen Up, UK Promo Firm Behind Tiesto, Deadmau5 and Avicii, to Open L.A. Office

    January 28, 2015 3:12 PM EST Listen Up, the British music promotion company that counts some of the world's biggest DJs and labels as clients, is coming stateside and opening an office in Los Angeles. Cecilia Doreng-Stearns , formerly of Dim Mak and Rephlektor, has bee ...

  47. Mark Ronson, Bruno Mars Rule Hot 100, Fall Out Boy Hits Top 10

    January 28, 2015 1:33 PM EST Mark Ronson 's "Uptown Funk!," featuring Bruno Mars , leads the Billboard Hot 100 for a fourth week. Plus, as it takes over atop Radio Songs , returns to the top of Streaming Songs and continues to top Digital Songs , the track jo ...

  48. Composers Danny Bensi and Saunder Jurriaans, Setting the Tone for Kristen Wiig, Richard Gere and Jesus

    January 28, 2015 1:00 PM EST Film composers Danny Bensi and Saunder Jurriaans are starting to put their colleagues to shame when it comes to their prolific output. Four films they scored have premiered at Sundance, and they just wrapped the Richard Gere film Franny , with t ...

  49. Live Nation Country Launches Chicago Festival: Windy City LakeShake

    January 28, 2015 12:57 PM EST Brad Paisley , Dierks Bentley and Florida Georgia Line will headline Chicago's first major country music festival, Live Nation's Windy City LakeShake, set for FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island June 19-21. Also on the bill ar ...

  50. Spotify Partners with Sony to Launch Playstation-Based Music Service

    January 28, 2015 12:33 PM EST Spotify and Sony Network Entertainment International have partnered to launch PlayStation Music , allowing all 64 million PlayStation Network users to integrate their Spotify accounts, with their living room consoles.  Users can now import their ...

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