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  1. Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Luke Bryan's 'Party' Now His Biggest-Selling Album Ever

    May 01, 2015 8:44 PM EDT On the latest Billboard 200 chart ( dated May 9 ), rock band Alabama Shakes scored its first No. 1 album as Sound & Color arrived in the top slot. The set, released on ATO Records, moved 97,000 equivalent album units in the week ending April 2 ...

  2. Duck, Duck, Close: 'Duck Dynasty' Musical Ending May 17 in Las Vegas

    May 01, 2015 8:38 PM EDT A flying duck in West Monroe, Louisiana, might have a longer life than the Duck Commander Musical, which debuted in Las Vegas two weeks ago. A spokeswoman confirmed Friday that the 90-minute Broadway-style musical that told the story of the Louisi ...

  3. Warner/Chappell's Jon Platt Looks Back Ahead of SESAC Pop Music Awards 'Visionary' Honor

    May 01, 2015 8:18 PM EDT At this year's SESAC Pop Music Awards that's being held Monday at the New York Public Library in Manhattan, Warner/Chappell North America president Jon Platt who will receive the performance rights organization's "Visionary Awa ...

  4. Josh Groban's 'Stages' Set for Top Five Debut on Billboard 200 Chart

    May 01, 2015 7:55 PM EDT Josh Groban is heading for his eighth top 10 album on the Billboard 200 chart with his new release Stages . Industry forecasters say the album -- which was released April 28 on Reprise/Warner Bros. Records -- could move upward of 130,000 equivalen ...

  5. 2015 Billboard Latin Music Awards Most-Watched Ever

    May 01, 2015 7:50 PM EDT Anchored by once-in-a-lifetime performances and multiple premieres and unique collaborations, the 2015 Billboard Latin Music Awards presented by State Farm delivered its most-watched broadcast in history, with 2.9 million viewers, according to Nie ...

  6. FKA Twigs, Arthur Russell Tribute Lead Red Bull Music Academy's NY Celebration of the Underground

    May 01, 2015 6:26 PM EDT Debuting Friday (May 1) in its third year, the 30-day New York edition of the Red Bull Music Academy Festival  reads like a who’s who of different underground eras. Seemingly no genre is untouched, from '60s avant garde classical (“A Conversa ...

  7. Hollywood Reportedly Gives Piracy Sites 24 Hours to Shut Down (Or Else)

    May 01, 2015 3:39 PM EDT The Hollywood trade group that lobbies for major movie studios has reportedly begun sending letters to European piracy sites, ordering them to shut down in a day's time or face… something. The Motion Picture Association of America's Euro ...

  8. What Live Nation's Bonnaroo Buy Means for Indie Festivals

    May 01, 2015 3:35 PM EDT The large festival business, once an opportunity for entrepreneurs to enter the game, has become increasingly devoid of independent players as as the live music business shifts to tours bankrolled by global promoters.   Live Nation’s acquisition o ...

  9. Little Big Town to Perform 'Girl Crush' With Faith Hill at Billboard Music Awards

    May 01, 2015 2:50 PM EDT Looks like we've found out who Little Big Town 's "Girl Crush" is. The band will perform the Hot Country Songs chart-topping single with Faith Hill at the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday, May 17. Billboard Music Awards 2015: A ...

  10. Vevo Introduces New CEO, New Shows, and a New TV-Like Ratings Measurements

    May 01, 2015 2:46 PM EDT At Vevo's newfront presentation, which took place last night at New York City's Spring Studios, the company announced a new round of programming and formally  introduced  new CEO, Erik Huggers . And, in a key moment for advertisers, the ...

  11. Killer Mike Baltimore Op-Ed: 'I've Watched Geraldo Rivera and Wolf Blitzer Pander to the Audiences of Oppression'

    May 01, 2015 2:40 PM EDT Atlanta hip-hop veteran Killer Mike (real name: Michael Render ) is a member of Run the Jewels and a solo artist whose outspoken social commentary led to his lecture on race relations at MIT on April 24, and an invitation from Arianna Huffington t ...

  12. Requiem for a Grooveshark: How Did It Last So Long?

    May 01, 2015 2:17 PM EDT A streaming service is not a streaming service. Grooveshark, the notoriously unrepentant music streaming service that ceased operations yesterday (Apr. 30), had for years survived legal attacks by major music companies. In the end, a settlement wi ...

  13. Pop Radio's Most Powerful: Booking Jingle Ball, Schmoozing With U2 and Breaking One Direction

    May 01, 2015 1:01 PM EDT . JOHN IVEY, 56 SENIOR VP, iHEARTMEDIA; PROGRAM DIRECTOR, KIIS LOS ANGELES Ivey wields significant clout over America’s pop music tastes, at both the local and national levels. He programs market leader KIIS Los Angeles, but also oversees top 40 ...

  14. The Billboard Cover Story: ASAP Rocky -- How He Stormed Sundance

    May 01, 2015 12:02 PM EDT "This was going to be a really small indie film," says ASAP Rocky of Dope , the "it" movie from this year's Sundance Film Festival. "I didn't think it would be this successful." In the comedy -- which Open R ...

  15. The Over/Under: Kanye West

    May 01, 2015 12:01 PM EDT Kanye West's tolerant take on Bruce Jenner's gender transition, revealed during the athlete's 20/20 special, draws raves. News Magazine Magazine 1431144000 ...

  16. The Over/Under: Waka Flocka Flame

    May 01, 2015 12:01 PM EDT Waka Flocka Flame's momager is accused of fraud for trying to escape a $501,000 judgment by changing her company's name. News Magazine Magazine 1431144000 ...

  17. The Over/Under: Irving Azoff

    May 01, 2015 12:01 PM EDT Manager Irving Azoff signs Bon Jovi -- the man and the band -- for representation in all areas, according to sources. News Magazine Magazine 1431144000 ...

  18. Clash of the Dance Titans: Gary Richards vs. Pasquale Rotella

    May 01, 2015 12:01 PM EDT The twin towers of EDM have been rivals for years. Now, a legal battle over the Electric Daisy Carnival brings a new low. When dance-music promoter Hard Events revealed the lineup for its annual ­Hard Summer music festival on April 22, the tastema ...

  19. The Many Fathers of 'Uptown Funk!'

    May 01, 2015 12:01 PM EDT The Mark Ronson/Bruno Mars chart-topper gains five co-writers, after a claim by The Gap Band's publisher. Mark Ronson's "Uptown Funk!" -- the Bruno Mars-featuring hit that recently topped the Billboard Hot 100 for 14 weeks -- o ...

  20. Killer Mike Guest Column: 'My Magic Night as Baltimore Burned'

    May 01, 2015 12:01 PM EDT A rapper hits the White House Correspondents' Association dinner as a guest of Arianna Huffington, and reveals why he now regrets meeting CNN's Wolf Blitzer. Atlanta hip-hop veteran Killer Mike (real name: Michael Render) is a member of ...

  21. Live Nation Buys Into Bonnaroo, Doubles Down on Festivals

    May 01, 2015 12:01 PM EDT The live-music business shifts from independent players to global promoters as multi-day events boom. The largest independent music festival in the United States is off the market. Bonnaroo, which Live Nation acquired from AC Entertainment and Sup ...

  22. Corner Office: Mike Dungan, Chairman/CEO of Universal Music Group Nashville

    May 01, 2015 12:01 PM EDT The head of Nashville's top label on breaking Kacey Musgraves, the future of bro country and how much a hit costs these days. On April 19, the Academy of Country Music Awards drew more than 70,000 fans to AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, ...

  23. First Look of Jared Paul's Faculty Productions: 'The Four Seasons of Rehearsal Space'

    May 01, 2015 12:01 PM EDT Jared Paul's Faculty Productions opens up an all-in-one business in the heart of Hollywood in a factory once owned by Howard Hughes. "The Four Seasons of rehearsal spaces" is what longtime Live Nation executive Jared Paul was going ...

  24. Noted Music Business Events: April 23-April 30, 2015

    May 01, 2015 12:01 PM EDT April 23 Left Hand and The Lipstick Melodies musician Alan Wass, also a frequent collaborator of The Libertines, died after suffering a heart attack in a London hospital. Waas had been on life support since February after falling through a glass p ...

  25. Musician Birthdays: May 3-9

    May 01, 2015 12:01 PM EDT May 3 Paul Banks (37) May 4 Lance Bass (36) Mike Dirnt (43) Sharon Jones (59) Jackie Jackson (64) May 5 Chris Brown (26) Craig David (34) Adele (27) May 6 Bob Seger (70) May 8 Enrique Iglesias (40) Philip Bailey (64) Peter Gill (76) May 9 Andrew W ...

  26. 7 Days on the Scene: New Orleans Jazz Fest, Weekend One in New Orleans, April 24-26, 2015

    May 01, 2015 12:01 PM EDT "The record company says, 'You only do old songs.' That's because I don't like the new ones," cracked Tony Bennett during a ­headlining set with partner-in-swing Lady Gaga at the two-­weekend Jazz & Heritage Festi ...

  27. 7 Days on the Scene: Light Up the Blues in Los Angeles, April 25, 2015

    May 01, 2015 12:01 PM EDT There was a bevy A-lister friends there to crank up the fun -- Christina Applegate, Neil Young, Steve Earle, Jack Black and Brad Pitt to name a few -- but for Stephen Stills, the third annual Light Up the Blues benefit ­concert made for a poignant ...

  28. Alesso: The Emo Prince of EDM

    May 01, 2015 12:01 PM EDT Swedish House Mafia protege Alesso is trying to bring Nirvana-style lyricism to dance music. "Kurt wrote about misery and heartbreak. Why can't I?" There are certain cliches that come with being a globe-trotting EDM star, and at thi ...

  29. Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne Details New 'Wiser, Sadder' Project With Miley Cyrus

    May 01, 2015 12:01 PM EDT Early in 2014, Miley Cyrus tweeted a birthday shout-out to Flaming Lips ­frontman Wayne Coyne, a favorite of hers since the Hannah Montana days. He sent her his number in response, kicking off one of the most surprising musical friendships in rece ...

  30. Anatomy of a Hit: Nicky Jam's 'El Perdon'

    May 01, 2015 12:01 PM EDT Enrique Iglesias has yet another No. 1 on Hot Latin Songs, but this time he's just a helping hand for Nicky Jam, whose "El Perdon" has ruled the chart for eight weeks. The song is redemption for the Puerto Rican reggaetonero, 35, wh ...

  31. Overheard: Rita Ora, Ne-Yo, Sia, The Grateful Dead & More Gossip

    May 01, 2015 12:01 PM EDT Rita Ora & Ne-Yo Lead Charity Singalong Dancing With the Stars contestant Rumer Willis and former American Idol judge Randy Jackson were among the guests who got to see Ne-Yo and Rita Ora lead a group of celebrity benefit-goers in a spirited v ...

  32. David Duchovny's Tips for New Musicians

    May 01, 2015 12:01 PM EDT With his debut album, Hell or Highwater , a folksy collection of Jeff Tweedy-indebted guitar jams, arriving May 12 on indie ThinkSay Records, actor David Duchovny, the 54-year-old star of The X-Files and Californication, has advice for fellow musi ...

  33. Style: Jennifer Fisher Makes Jewelry Personal for Madonna, Rihanna, J.Lo, Janelle & More

    May 01, 2015 12:01 PM EDT Jennifer Fisher's jewelry is impossible to miss. Not only is it oversized and bold, it's nearly ­everywhere: an "M" pendant on Madonna at The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, boulder rings on Rita Ora at Good Morning America ...

  34. The Billboard Cover Story: ASAP Rocky -- Sex, Drugs & Loss

    May 01, 2015 12:01 PM EDT Think there are no real rock stars left? Think again. Hip-hop bon vivant ASAP Rocky has it all: supermodel girlfriends, mind-expanding drugs, serious Hollywood buzz and a game-changing new album, fueled by the tragic death of his mentor, ASAP Yams ...

  35. Musician Money Makers 2015

    May 01, 2015 12:01 PM EDT What's Zayn Malik doing these days? Counting all the money he made with One Direction! The boy band tops Billboard's annual ranking of the Top 40 acts according to their 2014 U.S. earnings. 1. ONE DIRECTION $46 million {2014 total revenu ...

  36. Musician Money Makers 2015: Top Earners By the Numbers

    May 01, 2015 12:01 PM EDT Touring revenue, rock'n'roll and artists in their 30s dominated Billboard's demographic breakdown of the 40 top Money Makers of 2014. Total Revenue: $584M, concert revenue was, by far, the top income category for artists Touring - 8 ...

  37. Jan Gaye's 'After the Dance: My Life With Martin Gaye' Excerpt

    May 01, 2015 12:01 PM EDT 'I was lost in my obsession with Marvin.' In 1973, riding high on the success of 'Let's Get It On,' Marvin Gaye and his teen lover Jan hid away in Topanga Canyon. But, as she details here, anxiety and sexual deviance follo ...

  38. Album Review: Mumford & Sons Plug In, Rock Out on 'Wilder Mind'

    May 01, 2015 12:01 PM EDT Rock'n'roll transformations are as old as rock'n'roll. The Beatles made some of their best music post-moptops; Dylan incited helter skelter at the Newport Folk Festival. U2 had Zooropa , and Green Day did Broadway. Evolving -- ...

  39. Book Review: Michelangelo Matos, 'The Underground Is Massive'

    May 01, 2015 12:01 PM EDT EDM's forgotten history finally gets its literary due. Dance music fans often come under fire for not appreciating its history. But given the scene's experiential nature -- it's fueled largely by festivals, clubs and raves -- some m ...

  40. Jim James Talks the Tides, Tidal and My Morning Jacket's 'The Waterfall'

    May 01, 2015 12:01 PM EDT My Morning Jacket singer-guitarist Jim James recalls the experience of recording in Stinson Beach -- the secluded Northern California locale where the rock band cut its seventh studio LP, The Waterfall (May 4, ATO/Capitol) -- as feeling like " ...

  41. Album Review: Mana, 'Cama Incendiada'

    May 01, 2015 12:01 PM EDT Latin rock's top seller takes a genre-bending left turn. On Maná's last studio LP, 2011's Drama y Luz , the chart-topping Mexican band embraced gothic tales and angst. But Cama Incendiada (Burning Bed), despite its title -- and sing ...

  42. Album Review: Tyler Farr, 'Suffer in Peace'

    May 01, 2015 12:01 PM EDT The country singer goes from bro to brooding on his sophomore album. In country songwriting, fighting words are often leavened with robust wit. It couldn't have been lost on Tyler Farr that his first big hit, 2013's cheater-­confronting ...

  43. Film Review: 'Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck'

    May 01, 2015 12:01 PM EDT Montage of Heck director Brett Morgen has said that the structure of his ­documentary was inspired by Lenny , Bob Fosse's 1974 biopic about comic Lenny Bruce, another mythologized artist whose life ended tragically. The parallels are there, b ...

  44. Single Review: Refused, 'Elektra'

    May 01, 2015 12:01 PM EDT Refused "Elektra" Epitaph Seventeen years after their masterwork The Shape of Punk to Come , punk-rockers Refused return with "Elektra," a pummeling mix of guitar hooks and cries that "Nothing has changed!" One thing ...

  45. Single Review: Adam Lambert, 'Ghost Town'

    May 01, 2015 12:01 PM EDT Adam Lambert "Ghost Town" Warner Bros. Adam Lambert's comeback bid -- "Ghost Town," his first single since 2012's underrated Trespassing LP -- starts not with a bang but with a Wild West whistle, which laces together ...

  46. Single Review: Jessie J, 'Flashlight'

    May 01, 2015 12:01 PM EDT Jessie J "Flashlight" UME/Republic Prone to shout-singing on her more upbeat singles, Jessie J dials back her vocal force on the tepid "Flashlight," off the Pitch Perfect 2 soundtrack. The more subtle delivery would be welcome ...

  47. Single Review: Lianne La Havas, 'Unstoppable'

    May 01, 2015 12:01 PM EDT Lianne La Havas "Unstoppable" Nonesuch/Warner Bros. Lianne La Havas emerges from her shell on the Paul Epworth-produced "Unstoppable," fulfilling the promise of 2012 debut Is Your Love Big Enough? The song, reminscient of Jill ...

  48. Late-Night Tunes: The Hits & Misses, April 20-25, 2015

    May 01, 2015 12:01 PM EDT Billboard picks the best and worst live TV performances. HITS Big Sean, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (April 20) Big Sean didn't need guests Kanye West and John Legend for his powerful rendition of "One Man Can Change the World. ...

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