1. Billboard Women in Music 'Rising Star' Grace VanderWaal on Learning to Boss Up at Age 13

    November 30, 2017 12:59 PM EST In the fall of 2016, Grace VanderWaal was crowned the winner of America’s Got Talent  -- and “the next Taylor Swift ” by judge Simon Cowell -- thanks to her original folk-pop tunes and uncanny poise. But as VanderWaal has proved, she’s much more t ...

  2. Beastie Boy Adam Horovitz on Sexual Misconduct Allegations Against Playwright Father Israel Horovitz: 'I Stand Behind the Women'

    November 30, 2017 12:57 PM EST Nine women have accused the 'Indian Wants The Bronx' playwright of abuse, dating back more than 30 years. In the latest explosive story alleging sexual assault against a prominent entertainment figure, The New York Times reported on Thur ...

  3. Kim Kardashian Enlists Her Legal Team to Help Battle Harsh Prison Sentencing of Cyntoia Brown

    November 30, 2017 12:48 PM EST The sentencing of Cyntoia Brown -- a name that is now recognized as the woman behind bars for killing a man who allegedly solicited her for prostitution and sexually assaulted her as a teen -- took place back in 2004, but thanks to social media, h ...

  4. Billboard Women in Music 'Powerhouse' Kelly Clarkson on Finally Finding Artistic Freedom

    November 30, 2017 12:40 PM EST On a rainy night this past September, Kelly Clarkson took the stage at New York’s elegant Rainbow Room to perform a set from her new album, Meaning of Life . Wearing a sparkly gold gown, her smile Texas-wide, Clarkson positively glowed, for good r ...

  5. Top Female Exec on Sexual Misconduct in Music: 'There Are Stories of Assault and Abuse in This Industry, Too'

    November 30, 2017 12:37 PM EST A top female entertainment executive, speaking on the condition of anonymity, describes the abuse of power she has seen in the music industry, why a code of silence exists and what needs to change. As told to Isabel González-Whitaker. Every indust ...

  6. Chapter & Verse: Grammys' Rap Nominations Show Progress, Spark Cautious Optimism

    November 30, 2017 12:30 PM EST Five months ago, when the Recording Academy added a rap nomination review committee to its Grammy Award process, the announcement was greeted with cheers by some and side-eyes by others in the black music community. But overall, optimism prevailed ...

  7. Nashville's Top Female Managers Talk Steering A-List Talent, Sexual Harassment and Safety After Las Vegas

    November 30, 2017 12:23 PM EST Two days before the Country Music Association (CMA) Awards on Nov. 8, five of the genre’s top managers gathered on the roof of the Thompson Hotel in Nashville to talk about guiding the careers of their acts, all of whom performed during the teleca ...

  8. Anthony Senerchia, Co-Founder of 'Ice Bucket Challenge' Dies at 46

    November 30, 2017 12:13 PM EST The social media fundraising challenge gained steam thanks to videos featuring Justin Timberlake, Lady Gaga and many others. The ALS Association says a man credited as one of the co-founders of the viral “Ice Bucket Challenge” that swept social me ...

  9. Women in Music 2017: Atlantic Records' Julie Greenwald Named Executive of the Year

    November 30, 2017 12:00 PM EST The first Wednesday in November found Atlantic Records chairman/COO Julie Greenwald at the YouTube Space on Manhattan’s West Side, where astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson was lobbing questions about the artistic process at Kelly Clarkson before a ...

  10. One of the Music Industry's First Female Execs on Her Experience: 'Doors Did Not Open'

    November 30, 2017 12:00 PM EST When Cathy Favaro-Maimone joined Signature Records in 1946 as a ­stenographer, she had no inkling she would become a trailblazer. A 17-year-old music lover -- so young she had to acquire working papers -- Favaro (Maimone is her married name) was s ...

  11. Billboard 'Woman of the Year' Selena Gomez on Her Surgery & Saying 'No' to Industry Pressures: 'My Body Is My Own'

    November 30, 2017 12:00 PM EST There’s a five-foot teddy bear sprawled across the kitchen floor in Selena Gomez ’s North Hollywood home. “I know, I know,” says Gomez, rolling her eyes, acknowledging that the stuffed animal doesn't quite blend with the trio of armchairs nes ...

  12. Billboard Women in Music 'Icon' Mary J. Blige on Her New 'Party Songs' and Healing Post-Divorce

    November 30, 2017 12:00 PM EST Plenty of artists claim to only show their most genuine selves to their audiences. But a scarce few expose their souls as regularly, and as completely, as Mary J. Blige does. During nearly three decades and 10 No. 1s on Billboard ’s Top R&B/Hi ...

  13. Meek Mill & Roc Nation Sued by Family of Murdered Concertgoer: Report

    November 30, 2017 11:52 AM EST While Meek Mill continues to fight for his exoneration, the embattled Philly star received more bad news on Wednesday (Nov. 29). According to TMZ , he and Roc Nation are being sued by the family of Jaquan Graves, who was shot down last December at ...

  14. Billboard Women in Music 'Breakthrough Artist' Camila Cabello on Female Solidarity and Solo Success

    November 30, 2017 11:42 AM EST "A lot of the time, people want you to stay in the box of what has already worked before,” says Camila Cabello . She knows how hard it can be to break out: During the past year, Cabello has fought to forge her own musical identity after leavi ...

  15. Joan Jett, M.I.A., Studio 54 Docs Among Films Premiering at 2018 Sundance Film Festival

    November 30, 2017 11:33 AM EST With 110 independent movies from 29 countries, the 2018 Sundance Film Festival will have a little bit of everything for film fanatics, especially music lovers. Among the notable slate of music-focused indies announced on Wednesday (Nov. 29) for ne ...

  16. Streaming App Stationhead Integrates Apple Music

    November 30, 2017 11:31 AM EST Earlier this year, former Stage singer Ryan Star and web designer/coder Jace Kay launched Stationhead, an app built on top of Spotify's open API that allows users with premium accounts to turn their playlists into personalized radio stations ...

  17. Russell Simmons Steps Down From Companies Amid Sexual Misconduct Allegations

    November 30, 2017 11:02 AM EST Def Jam Records founder Russell Simmons says he is stepping away from his companies following a second allegation of sexual misconduct.   In  an essay  published by The Hollywood Reporter on Thursday, screenwriter Jenny Lumet described a "cir ...

  18. Matt Lauer Breaks Silence on Sexual Misconduct Claims

    November 30, 2017 10:25 AM EST NBC News' "Today Show" released the statement from the former co-host at the top of Thursday's (Nov. 30) show. Matt Lauer has broken his silence on the sexual harassment and assault claims made against him yesterday (Nov. 29). ...

  19. No I.D. Talks Grammy Nominations For JAY-Z's '4:44' & Why 'Urban Culture Is Now Pop Culture'

    November 30, 2017 10:25 AM EST The producer also received nods for his work on Logic and Vic Mensa's albums. JAY-Z earned the most Grammy Award nominations earlier this week, which proved two things: the rap legend is still at the top of his game and No I.D. , who produced ...

  20. YBN Nahmir Hits Top 10 on Emerging Artists Chart, 6ix9ine Vaults to No. 2

    November 30, 2017 10:17 AM EST Plus, Trippie Redd reaches a new peak in the top five. Birmingham, Alabama-based rapper YBN Nahmir, jumps to a new peak of No. 9 (from No. 19) on  Billboard 's Emerging Artists chart (dated  Dec. 9 ), reaching the top 10 for the first time. D ...

  21. Merlin Strikes Deal With Dubset to 'Unlock' New Revenues For Indies

    November 30, 2017 9:15 AM EST Music licensing and digital distribution company Dubset Media has partnered with Merlin in a deal that both parties say will "unlock new revenues" for independent artists and rights holders.   Effective immediately, the partnership adds ...

  22. Prince Estate Releases 'Hit N Run' Merch Line

    November 30, 2017 7:40 AM EST The items are the first new gear since the singer's death. Prince 's estate has released the first line of merchandise since the singer's passing in April 2016. The line is titled "Hit 'N Run," after his style of drop ...

  23. Florence Welch Releasing First Book of Lyrics/Poetry

    November 30, 2017 7:27 AM EST "Useless Magic" will hit stores in July. If you've ever wanted a peek behind the curtain into Florence Welch's creative mind, this is your lucky day. Actually, July 5, 2018, is your lucky day, because that's when the Flore ...

  24. Canada's Rogers Communications Mulls Pulling Plug on Viceland: Report

    November 30, 2017 3:19 AM EST Canadian cable giant Rogers Communications is considering pulling its financial backing for the Viceland television channel that it operates in partnership with Vice Media, according to a report in Toronto's The Globe and Mail .   The 24-hour ...

  25. Amsterdam's 'Nightlife Mayor' Wants To Revolutionize The Future Of Los Angeles Nightlife

    November 30, 2017 2:22 AM EST "It's not that authorities are attacking dance music, they just don't know what the cultural value is so that's where we come in." Back in September, California lawmakers corked Senate Bill 384, a proposal to extend bar op ...

  26. Modest Mouse Singer Isaac Brock Sued Over 2016 Traffic Wreck

    November 29, 2017 10:57 PM EST The lead singer of the alternative rock band Modest Mouse was sued Wednesday in a Portland court for nearly $1 million over a traffic accident last year.   Isaac Brock was cited after the Aug. 3, 2016, accident for crashing into a city of Portland ...

  27. LA Weekly Staff 'Eviscerated' by Layoffs, Says Editor

    November 29, 2017 9:56 PM EST "We were expecting there to be some pain with the sale of LA Weekly. But we weren't expecting the Red Wedding. That's how deep the cuts are," posted editor Mara Shalhoup. LA Weekly editor Mara Shalhoup on Wednesday afternoon po ...

  28. Ex-Rap Promoter James 'Henchman' Rosemond Convicted in G-Unit Murder-for-Hire Scheme

    November 29, 2017 6:26 PM EST A former hip-hop and rap promoter known as Jimmy Henchman has been found guilty in New York of ordering the killing of a friend of rapper 50 Cent . A federal jury Tuesday convicted James Rosemond on murder-for-hire charges. Rosemond was accused of ...

  29. Digital Music Distributor Symphonic Raises $4M in Funding

    November 29, 2017 6:17 PM EST Digital music distributor Symphonic Distribution, Inc. has secured a $4 million investment led by Ballast Point Ventures, the company announced earlier this month.  Founded in 2006 by chief executive officer Jorge Brea in Tampa, Florida, Symphonic ...

  30. Spotify Skip-Rates Aren't as Important a Playlist Metric as Many Believe, Says Exec

    November 29, 2017 5:11 PM EST "Yes, skip-rate is a metric that we editors take into consideration on how to move on songs, but it's just one metric out of many." Turns out all the hype around Spotify "skip-rates" -- when a listener skips a track less t ...

  31. Taylor Swift Leads, Faith Hill & Tim McGraw Soar on Billboard Artist 100 Chart

    November 29, 2017 4:07 PM EST The country power couple debuts at No. 15 and 16. Faith Hill debuts at No. 15 and husband  Tim McGraw re-enters at No. 16 on the Billboard Artist 100 (dated  Dec. 9 ), powered by the chart debut of their first collaborative album,  The Rest of Our ...

  32. Spotify Year-End Ad Campaign Features Sheeran, Spicey and 'Daddy Pence'

    November 29, 2017 3:28 PM EST Hey, it's pretty bleak out there -- chaos in D.C. and a relentlessly depressing news cycle will do that -- but Spotify is trying to harness the crazy that has been 2017 and turn it into a playful year-end ad campaign. Dubbed "2018 Goals, ...

  33. Jimmy Iovine Breaks Down What's Wrong With the Music Business, Warns Against Overoptimism in Streaming: 'They're Not Making Money'

    November 29, 2017 2:23 PM EST "The problem is not solved yet, the solution is not there." It's been three and a half years since Jimmy Iovine left his role as CEO of Interscope Geffen A&M to run Apple Music, but that doesn't keep him from thinking about ...

  34. 2018 Grammy Analysis: Latin Categories Lose Their Way

    November 29, 2017 1:48 PM EST A few notable nods in categories that have lost touch with the marketplace. Those who don’t regularly follow the Latin categories in the Grammys may be marveling at the diversity to be found there. Those who do follow these nominations every year ...

  35. Ariana Grande's Dangerous Woman Tour Earns $71 Million

    November 29, 2017 1:06 PM EST Pop star Ariana Grande heads up the latest tally of Hot Tours (see list below), based on final box office counts reported from her Dangerous Woman Tour, which wrapped in September. Stretching over seven months, Grande's world tour covered fiv ...

  36. SZA on Her Five Grammy Award Nominations: 'I'm So Overwhelmingly Grateful for This Strangeness'

    November 29, 2017 12:41 PM EST If 2017 has been good to any upcoming artist, it's SZA , whose impressive debut album  CTRL  is the gift that just keeps on giving. After earning a pair of platinum plaques, a sold-out headlining tour, and an upcoming  SNL debut performance, ...

  37. The Chainsmokers Help Launch Bumble Beats, Swipe Right on Fan Interaction

    November 29, 2017 12:38 PM EST Some lucky students at Southern Methodist University in Dallas got a sweet surprise in their Bumble stream Tuesday when the mugs of The Chainsmokers ' Drew Taggart and Alex Pall appeared. Those who swiped right were swept off their feet, with ...

  38. Crunch Digital Launches New 'Sandbox' to Help Startups License Music From Labels & Publishers

    November 29, 2017 12:12 PM EST The digital music business is booming, representing more than 80 percent of U.S. recorded music revenue in the first half of 2017, according to the RIAA, with streaming alone accounting for 62 percent. But keeping this market growing -- and keepin ...

  39. Owners of The Parish in Austin to Auction Off Historic Rock Venue on eBay: Exclusive

    November 29, 2017 11:24 AM EST Texas restaurateur Doug Guller is divesting from music and selling his third and final venue Want to own a Texas rock venue? ATX Brands CEO Doug Guller is selling the lease for The Parish, a 5,300-sq.-ft, 425-capacity venue on Austin's famed ...

  40. Snapchat Redesigns App to Make it 'More Personal' to Users

    November 29, 2017 11:09 AM EST Snapchat has unveiled a redesigned app that will now emphasize personalization while also creating greater separation between social interactions among friends and content from its media partners.  "Today we're making Snapchat more perso ...

  41. Viacom CEO: MTV's Decision to End 'Jersey Shore' a Few Years Ago Was 'Really Dumb'

    November 29, 2017 11:02 AM EST He also compares the company to a "stabilized" patient, has high hopes for the three planned new "Terminator" films and says Wednesday's Matt Lauer news was "really sad." The decision by MTV in the U.S. to cancel ...

  42. Solange Honored As Billboard Impact Award Winner for 2017 Women In Music, Ciara to Host

    November 29, 2017 10:34 AM EST Billboard's  2008 Woman of the Year Ciara returns this year as host, honoring many powerful women in today's music industry. Along with previously announced honorees, Solange  will be honored with this year's Impact Award.  “The Bil ...

  43. Thrash Label Combat Records Revived By Megadeth's David Ellefson

    November 29, 2017 10:34 AM EST Megadeth bassist David Ellefson is bringing back the legendary thrash label that gave his band its first break. Ellefson's two-year-old EMP Label Group announced this week that it's reviving Combat Records, once home to metal and punk gr ...

  44. Price of One Bitcoin Started Year at $1,000. It Just Passed $10,000

    November 29, 2017 9:21 AM EST The price of bitcoin, the most widely used virtual currency, rose above $10,000 on Wednesday for the first time, breaking a symbolic threshold in what has been a vertiginous ascent this year. The cost of buying one bitcoin as measured by the websi ...

  45. 'Despacito's Erika Ender Talks Being First Latina Ever Nominated For Grammy in Song of the Year Category

    November 29, 2017 9:18 AM EST Erika Ender is no novice in music. This year marks her 25th anniversary as a performer, and she's got tons to celebrate. On Tuesday morning (Nov. 28), the Recording Academy unveiled this year's official list of nominees, revealing Ender ...

  46. NBC News Terminates Matt Lauer, Citing Complaint About 'Inappropriate Sexual Behavior'

    November 29, 2017 7:33 AM EST "On Monday night, we received a detailed complaint from a colleague about inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace by Matt Lauer," it said. "Matt Lauer has been terminated from NBC News," the  Today Show  Twitter feed sai ...

  47. European Indie Music Group Because Music Announces Global Partnership With Caroline International

    November 29, 2017 7:25 AM EST The deal covers marketing, promotion and physical distribution, as well as the launch of Because's first U.S. record label. Leading European independent music group Because Music has announced a new partnership with Caroline International tha ...

  48. Noel Gallagher Is Flying High on the Midweek U.K. Albums Chart

    November 29, 2017 4:53 AM EST Noel Gallagher is off to a flyer as his new album Who Built The Moon (Sour Mash) leads the way on the midweek U.K. chart .  The former Oasis star’s third record with his High Flying Birds clocks up 57,000 combined sales (physical, digital and stre ...

  49. Gang of Youths, A.B. Original, Amy Shark Rule 2017 ARIA Awards

    November 28, 2017 11:42 PM EST Gang of Youths , A.B. Original , Amy Shark, Sia  and Paul Kelly were among the big winners Tuesday night (Nov. 28) at the 2017 ARIA Awards, held at The Star in Sydney.  Alternative rock outfit Gang of Youths came into the annual ceremony with a le ...

  50. Julia Michaels on Best New Artist & Song of the Year Grammy Nominations: 'I'm Still in Shock'

    November 28, 2017 8:04 PM EST While select musicians around the country woke up to good news Tuesday (Nov. 28) with the Grammy awards' 2018 nominations announcement, it was a bit different for Julia Michaels . The "Issues" singer and songwriter is currently on t ...

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