1. Bruno Mars Scores Most-Watched Super Bowl Halftime Show Ever

    February 03, 2014 4:22 PM EST 5 6.3 k 176 9 Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers' performance attracted the largest audience in the history of Super Bowls, attracting 115.3 million viewers, Fox announced Monday, citing Nielsen data. That figure surpasses the prior record of 1 ...

  2. Bruno Mars' 'Jukebox' Sales Jump 164% After Super Bowl Halftime Performance

    February 03, 2014 2:52 PM EST Bruno Mars is set to return to the top 10 of the Billboard 200 albums chart, thanks to his Super Bowl halftime performance on Sunday, February 2. According to estimates from industry sources, the entertainer's latest album, "Unorthodox J ...

  3. Dolly Parton Signs With APA In North America

    February 03, 2014 2:45 PM EST Dolly Parton has signed with APA in North America. The entertainer is a longtime client of former The Agency Group exec Steve Martin, who joined APA as executive VP of worldwide music in December. The Agency Group's Neil Warnock represents Pa ...

  4. Midem's No. 1 Super Bowl Fan: Amazon Digital Music's Matt Epstein

    February 03, 2014 12:09 PM EST The epicenter of the lopsided Super Bowl at Midem, which saw the Denver Broncos massacred at the hands of the Seattle Seahawks, like so many things here, was the bar of the Carlton Hotel. The Pepsi-sponsored party , which begat at 12:30 a.m. was c ...

  5. Super Bowl Ads: All the Music-Related Spots (Updated)

    February 03, 2014 7:28 AM EST Music dominated Super Bowl XLVIII Sunday night (Feb. 2) just as much at the Seattle Seahawks did -– and not just Bruno Mars’ soulful halftime performance with the Red Hot Chilli Peppers. U2, Bob Dylan, Diddy, Drake, Zedd, Twisted Sister’s Dee S ...

  6. Lyor Cohen On New Twitter Partnership: 'We're in the Business of Discovering Artists'

    February 02, 2014 6:29 PM EST Billboard caught up with Lyor Cohen, the former Warner Music head and founder of new music venture 300, at Midem hours after he had made a major announcement during his Keynote Q&A concerning a new partnership with the massive social media p ...

  7. Super Bowl XLVIII Live Blog: Bruno Mars' Halftime, Ad Music & More

    February 02, 2014 6:17 PM EST Stay tuned during the game as experts from Billboard, The Hollywood Reporter and Adweek provide live coverage of the music & ads of Super Bowl XLVII. Click here to check it out . If you're on mobile, click here . New York Billboard Staff ...

  8. Academy President Defends Disqualifying 'Alone Yet Not Alone' Song Nomination

    February 02, 2014 11:35 AM EST Responding to critics who have accused the Academy of rescinding its nomination for the song "Alone Yet Not Alone" because it comes from a faith-based film, Cheryl Boone Isaacs, president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science ...

  9. Oscar Song Disqualification Turns Into War of Words

    February 01, 2014 10:55 PM EST The war or words surrounding the elimination of an Oscar nomination for original song escalated Saturday (Feb. 1) with both sides issuing statements. Composer Bruce Broughton, whose emails actions were deemed inappropriate and led to the disqualif ...

  10. Super Bowl Ads: Why You'll Hear New Music by Passenger, U2, One Republic and Zedd

    January 31, 2014 7:50 PM EST Ever since fun. skyrocketed to stardom from the use of “We Are Young” in a 2012 Super Bowl commercial for Chevrolet , brands, bands, publishers and music supervisors at top ad agencies alike have all been scrambling to re-create the lightning in ...

  11. Chart Moves: Against Me!'s Highest Charting Album, Sara Bareilles' Grammy Gain

    January 31, 2014 7:23 PM EST This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, the "Frozen" soundtrack ruled for a third non-consecutive week at No. 1 , while the "2014 Grammy Nominees" album entered at No. 2. Meanwhile, a number of albums saw early Grammy-rela ...

  12. Daft Punk, Kacey Musgraves Heading for Huge Post-Grammy Sales Gains

    January 31, 2014 6:29 PM EST Daft Punk and Kacey Musgraves are primed to return to the top 10 on the Billboard 200 albums chart in the wake of Sunday's (Jan. 26) Grammy Awards. Daft Punk, which won multiple awards and performed on the show, will likely see its "Rand ...

  13. Investors Put $2.4 Billion Into Music In 2013, Streaming Tops List

    January 31, 2014 5:48 PM EST The big got bigger and the rich got richer in 2013. In the 57 investment deals totaling over $2.4 billion tracked by Billboard, nearly 9 in 10 dollars invested went to a traditional music company, an EDM concert promoter or a company that stre ...

  14. Casting Crowns, Of Mice & Men Heading for Top 10 on Billboard 200

    January 31, 2014 5:25 PM EST Casting Crowns and Of Mice & Men are heading for top 10 debuts on the Billboard 200 chart next week. And for the latter, it'll be their best week ever. Industry sources suggest that Casting Crowns' latest album, “Thrive,” may sell ar ...

  15. Broken Bells, Sting, Flaming Lips to Cover Beatles Songs on Letterman for "Ed Sullivan Show" Anniversary

    January 31, 2014 3:49 PM EST Performances of Beatles music from Broken Bells, Sting and the Flaming Lips will part of a weeklong tribute next week on “The Late Show with David Letterman.” In advance of the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ first performance on the “Ed Sullivan ...

  16. Austin Mahone, Zedd and John Legend Lead Grammy Ad-Based Sales Bump Winners

    January 31, 2014 2:49 PM EST Daft Punk, Kacey Musgraves and P!nk are among the artists seeing early sales spikes from their Grammy performances , but what about the acts whose songs made a splash during the ad breaks? With 30-second spots selling as high as a record $1 millio ...

  17. VH1’s Tom Calderone On Producing 'Super Bowl Blitz: 6 Concerts + 6 Nights,' His 'Long-Suffering' Buffalo Bills Fandom

    January 31, 2014 8:30 AM EST To say Tom Calderone 's life has been upended this week would be something of an understatement. As president of VH1 he oversees his network's rather ambitious 'Super Bowl Blitz: Six Nights + Six Concerts' initiative. The live ...

  18. Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium: An Inside Look at Hosting the Big Game (Q&A)

    January 30, 2014 6:52 PM EST Over his lengthy career, big-league facility manager Ron VanDeVeen has worked on major sporting events from the World Cup to the NBA Finals. On Sunday, he’ll add the Super Bowl to that list.   “The Super Bowl is definitely the biggest, in regards ...

  19. 'Alone Yet Not Alone' Singer Booked by Christian Movie Awards After Oscar Rescinds Nomination

    January 30, 2014 4:49 PM EST Movieguide has booked Joni Eareckson Tada to sing the controversial song at its annual gathering, which is expected to attract hundreds of film and TV executives. A Christian organization called Movieguide, known for its in-depth analysis of hundr ...

  20. Grammys Garner Record Social Mentions In 2014, Lorde Most Discussed on Twitter

    January 30, 2014 3:15 PM EST This year's Grammy Awards pulled in 34 million social media interactions on Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr and Twitter, making the Jan. 26 show television's biggest social event of the season so far. The 2013 Grammy event, by comparison, dr ...

  21. SXSW: Andre 3000's Jimi Hendrix Biopic, A$AP and Stax Records Docs Among Premieres

    January 30, 2014 3:00 PM EST Documentaries on Johnny Winter, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, A$AP Rocky and the soul music of Memphis will make their world premieres at the SXSW Film Festival while the Jimi Hendrix movie featuring OutKast's Andre Benjamin will make its U.S. premier ...

  22. Billboard's 2014 International Power Players List

    January 30, 2014 11:15 AM EST For the first time, leaders from the international music business are honored with a Billboard Power Players report, presented here (being rolled out over three days Jan 29 -31) in association with MIDEM, the leading international event for th ...

  23. 'Grammy Nominees' Album Aiming for First No. 1 on Billboard 200

    January 29, 2014 7:25 PM EST The long-running "Grammy Nominees" compilation series may nab its first No. 1 next week on the Billboard 200 chart. Industry sources suggest that the new "2014 Grammy Nominees" compilation -- which boasts an array of artists an ...

  24. Oscars Disqualify Song Nominee

    January 29, 2014 6:57 PM EST The Oscar nomination for an obscure song in a lightly seen film has been rescinded. The Academy’s board of governors disqualified Bruce Broughton and Dennis Spiegel’s “Alone Yet Not Alone” after learning that Broughton, a former governor and curre ...

  25. 'Frozen' Soundtrack Returns To No. 1 On Billboard 200, Grammy Compilation Debuts At No. 2

    January 29, 2014 10:59 AM EST The soundtrack to Disney's "Frozen" returns to No. 1 on the Billboard 200, selling 93,000 copies in the week ending Jan. 26, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That's up 7% compared with its sales in the previous week (87,000). Th ...

  26. Grammy Diary: Shelley Wright From Modular, Reps Tame Impala, Has Dinner With Indies, Trainspots Jay Z & Beyonce

    January 29, 2014 9:45 AM EST Shelley Wright is the director of publicity for Modular whose band Tame Impala were nominated for a Best Alternative Album Grammy. Here's her Grammy diary. Patrik North, the US label manager at Modular , and I were beyond surprised when Tame ...

  27. Bob Dylan's Super Bowl Blitz: Set to Star In Chrysler Commercial, Licenses 'I Want You' to Chobani (Exclusive)

    January 28, 2014 8:11 PM EST As a new Super Bowl commercial for Chobani featuring Bob Dylan’s 1966 hit “I Want You” hit the web on Tuesday, Billboard has confirmed that another Dylan-related spot will be airing on Sunday, this time starring the man himself. Dylan will star ...

  28. Sara Bareilles Fires Manager Jordan Feldstein After Grammys Scuffle With Osbournes

    January 28, 2014 6:50 PM EST Sara Bareilles has fired manager Jordan Feldstein, who also counts Maroon 5 and Robin Thicke as clients, sources confirm to The Hollywood Reporter. The singer, who performed with Carole King at the Grammys, went home empty handed after being nom ...

  29. Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr Returning to Ed Sullivan Theater

    January 28, 2014 2:28 PM EST Paul McCartney is scheduled to be in New York for the Super Bowl and if all goes according to schedule, he and Ringo Starr will make their way early next week to the Ed Sullivan Theater, where they made their American television debut 50 years ag ...

  30. No One Plays A Beatle Song Quite Like a Beatle: Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr Reunite For Grammys Ed Sullivan 50th Anniversary Concert

    January 28, 2014 11:10 AM EST Paul McCartney & Ringo Starr Reunite for Beatles TV Special Kris Kristofferson, Beatles Honored at Special Merit Awards Ceremony 50 Years Ago Today: Beatles Make First Billboard Hot 100 Appearance No one plays a Beatles song quite like a Beatl ...

  31. Sean Combs' 'Revolt Live' Launches with Wiz Khalifah & Mack Wilds Interviews

    January 28, 2014 12:51 AM EST The daily flagship show of Sean Combs' Revolt TV went live Monday in the network's Hollywood studios with interviews of Wiz Khalifah and Mack Wilds, discussions about Kendrick Lamar, Macklemore and the Grammys and a look at music around ...

  32. Ken Bunt, Disney Music Group President, Talks 'Frozen,' Demi Lovato on the Power 100 Red Carpet (Video)

    January 27, 2014 5:29 PM EST The 2014 Billboard Power 100 Ken Bunt, president of Disney Music Group and No. 89 on Billboard's Power 100, takes time on the red carpet to speak to senior writer Andrew Hampp about his company's year of successes, including Demi Lovato, ...

  33. 28.5 Million Tune In for 56th Annual Grammy Awards, Second-Highest in Over Two Decades

    January 27, 2014 1:53 PM EST The 56th annual Grammy Awards were watched by 28.51 million viewers on Sunday, the second largest audience for the awards show in 21 years -- the show two years ago, around the time of Whitney Houston's death, drew over 39 million viewers -- ...

  34. Where The Music Supes Eat Nigiri: The PJ Bloom, Ron Broitman, Kevin Weaver Grammy Party

    January 27, 2014 1:50 PM EST “If a bomb was dropped here, there would be no more sync business.” So cracks Kevin Weaver EVP, the Atlantic Records Group , about the crowd thronging the patio at the outpost of high-end Japanese restaurant Katsuya located in the shadow of Los An ...

  35. 'Glee' Star Darren Criss, Mike Posner, Pete Tong Party With Music Execs at Billboard's Grammy After Party

    January 27, 2014 11:41 AM EST Billboard hosted its second annual Grammy after-party at the London Hotel rooftop Sunday night (Jan. 26), sponsored by Citi and Bud Light Platinum. Though Prince didn't make a return appearance this year, artists like Darren Criss , Richard M ...

  36. The 2014 Grammy Awards Recap: Weddings, French Robots, Paul & Ringo

    January 27, 2014 12:34 AM EST A pair of duos win big on music's biggest night... Lorde surprises with Song of the Year nod... Kendrick Lamar, Paul McCartney, Katy Perry, Beyonce and Jay Z among performers At a GRAMMY ceremony that will be forever known for a marriage ...

  37. 56th Annual Grammy Awards: Full Winners List

    January 26, 2014 8:31 PM EST Be sure to stay tuned -- this list will be updated throughout the night! (Last updated 11:43 EST) Winners for the 56th GRAMMY Awards are being announced tonight on CBS, live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles. GRAMMYs Live! Full Coverage fro ...

  38. Recapping Clive Davis' Pre-Grammy Gala (Video)

    January 26, 2014 8:25 PM EST Above is an abridged tour around Clive Davis' Pre-Grammy Party, including performances from Pharrell, Lorde, Miley Cyrus, Lionel Richie, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and John Fogerty, as well as appearances from Neil Portnow, Russell Simmons a ...

  39. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Daft Punk, Adele Among Pre-Telecast GRAMMY Winners

    January 26, 2014 7:21 PM EST Macklemore and Ryan Lewis got off to a fast start Sunday, receiving three Grammys in ceremonies at the Nokia Theater prior to the Sunday night's telecast. The hip-hop duo swept the rap song ("Thrift Shop"), album ("The Heist&qu ...

  40. Wiz Khalifa, Alex Da Kid, Linda Perry, Charlie Wilson, Others Share Songwriting Stories at BMI's Pre-Grammy Panel

    January 26, 2014 5:58 PM EST 0 6.746 k 26 0 Similar to last year, when Snoop Dogg lit up during BMI’s annual pre-Grammy Awards “How I Wrote That Song” discussion, rapper Wiz Khalifa walked onto the stage Saturday (Jan. 25) at the House of Blues in Los Angeles puffing on a joint befor ...

  41. GRAMMY Awards Live Blog: The Latest From the Red Carpet, Backstage and Audience

    January 26, 2014 5:52 PM EST Grammys 2014: Complete Coverage   Stay tuned as experts from Billboard and The Hollywood Reporter provide live coverage of the 56th GRAMMY Awards! To view on your mobile device, click here .     New York Billboard Staff Digital and Mobile TV / Fil ...

  42. Will Smith Hits Ne-Yo's 6th Annual Pre-Grammy Midnight Brunch

    January 26, 2014 5:22 PM EST Ne-Yo and Compound Entertainment's 6th annual Midnight Brunch got an extra shot of star power in the form of Will Smith this year. The 45-year-old actor, set to team with Ne-Yo on a new HBO project, was among the names inside Hollywood's ...

  43. Nick Cave Doc, Stuart Murdoch's 'God Help the Girl' Among Sundance Winners

    January 26, 2014 12:40 PM EST A documentary on Nick Cave received two awards at the Sundance Film Festival and the jury honored a Belle and Sebastian-related musical with a uniquely worded trophy. Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard, who directed the Cave documentary "20,000 Da ...

  44. Lucian Grainge Receives Icon Award at Clive Davis' Pre-Grammy Gala As Music Industry Looks On

    January 26, 2014 11:03 AM EST Beginning with the Imagine Dragons and ending with a performance by Whitney Houston , the Beverly Hilton ballroom rocked for over three hours (lights out at 12:46 am) during last evening's Pre-Grammy Gala and Salute to Industry Icons. And bet ...

  45. Backstage at Grammys Rehearsal with Reznor, Grohl and Queens

    January 25, 2014 2:47 PM EST Between rehearsals of Chicago with Robin Thicke and a super group that brings together Trent Reznor, Dave Grohl, Lindsey Buckingham and Queens of the Stone Age, the Grammys consulting sound engineer Doug Mountain took us on a tour of Staples Cent ...

  46. 'Grammy Nominees' Album With Lorde, Daft Punk Set for Top 10 Debut on Billboard 200

    January 24, 2014 6:06 PM EST The star-studded "2014 Grammy Nominees" album is aiming for a top 10 debut on the Billboard 200 chart. The 18-song album "Nominees" compilation may sell around 40,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on Jan. 26, according ...

  47. Grammy Week: Chuck Taylors for All -- Converse Wants Its Sneakers on the Feet of Grammy Attendees

    January 24, 2014 1:33 PM EST Converse set up a pop-up version of its Rubber Tracks studio this week at Swinghouse Studios in Los Angeles to record eight unsigned Los Angeles acts. Simultaneously, the sneaker company set up a gifting suite on Beverly Boulevard to get Converse ...

  48. The Billboard Power 100 Gala: Music Power Players, Joe Smith Honored, '20 Feet From Stardom' Singers Perform

    January 24, 2014 11:13 AM EST Billboard presented its third annual Power 100 Issue with a special reception in Hollywood that began much like the inaugural event in 2013 — with the three dozen or so honorees in attendance making a bee-line to the issues upon their arrival to s ...

  49. 2014 Grammy Commercials Sold For As High As Record $1 Million (Exclusive)

    January 23, 2014 6:39 PM EST With the last two GRAMMY telecasts drawing the biggest audiences the awards has seen in 20 years , the cost of commercials has adjusted accordingly. A 30-second spot for this Sunday’s show cost some advertisers nearly $1 million, after CBS sold ...

  50. U2 to Premiere Song with (RED) and Bank of America During Super Bowl

    January 23, 2014 3:21 PM EST U2 will premiere a new song, “Invisible,” via a commercial from (RED) and Bank of America that will air during next Sunday’s Super Bowl (Feb. 2.) As previously reported by Billboard, the song will set up U2’s forthcoming album – a follow-up to 200 ...

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