1. Who Is Elliphant? Five Wild Facts About The Swedish Pop Prospect

    October 14, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Older men, "Deadwood" and sleeping with the lights on: get to know the latest interesting voice coming from Scandinavia. Ellinor Olovsdotter, better known as the Swedish singer-songwriter Elliphant, is inching toward a U.S. breakthrough two-and-a-half years after signing to the…

  2. YouTube Pays Out $1 Billion with Content ID

    October 14, 2014 10:39 AM EDT YouTube has confirmed a big milestone to Billboard: $1 billion in payouts from its ContentID copyright earmarking system since its launch seven years ago. The system is made available to select creators and rightsholders (generally companies that hold a large amount of rights, like labels…

  3. Grimes Slams Ariel Pink's 'Delusional Misogyny' After He Criticizes Madonna

    October 14, 2014 10:22 AM EDT After revealing he was asked to work on Madonna 's upcoming 2015 album and proceeding to dismiss most of her post-debut album career, Ariel Pink successfully earned the ire of Madonna fans worldwide -- including Grimes . Ariel pinks delusional misogyny is emblematic of the kind of…

  4. How 'App Whisperer' Eytan Oren Plays Matchmaker Between Bands Like One Direction and Brands

    October 14, 2014 9:59 AM EDT Ever since Facebook announced its acquisition of WhatsApp for $19 billion, messenger apps have become part of a conversation previously dominated by Facebook and Twitter. Eytan Oren was one of the first to realize their revenue potential for brands and bands. "There are a lot of…

  5. Primus' Les Claypool Explains Band's Trip to the 'Chocolate Factory'

    October 14, 2014 9:00 AM EDT As a kid, Primus ' Les Claypool became enamored with Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory starring Gene Wilder . Four decades later, that childhood fandom has turned into Primus and the Chocolate Factory, the first album in 19 years from the band's seminal lineup: Claypool,…

  6. Listen to Mayer Hawthorne Cover Rihanna's 'Stay'

    October 14, 2014 8:25 AM EDT Rihanna 's "Stay" was a massive part of 2012's Unapologetic , an emotional Mikky Ekko-aided piano ballad for the ages. Almost two years after the song came into our lives, Mayer Hawthorne has recorded his own loving tribute. "The only thing that was missing from the…

  7. Taylor Swift's 'Out Of The Woods': Jack Antonoff Reveals Inspiration, New '1989' Song Title

    October 14, 2014 8:20 AM EDT "She's very natural -- when she gets an idea, it just happens very quickly," the Bleachers leader tells Billboard. " Out Of The Woods ," the second song released from Taylor Swift 's upcoming 1989 album, is an epic synth-pop anthem straight from the decade in…

  8. Cannibal Corpse's Russia Tour Under Pressure from Orthodox Protestors

    October 14, 2014 5:00 AM EDT Several dates of the U.S. death metal band Cannibal Corpse's Russian tour were canceled following protests from local Orthodox activists. Last Saturday, a show in Moscow's Glavklub was canceled by the promoter, who said that the decision was made after problems with sound…

  9. Lucinda Williams Revels In Creative Freedom: 'I'm An Optimist'

    October 14, 2014 3:08 AM EDT Lucinda Williams had considered releasing a double CD at least once before, but her record company argued against it. Now the veteran singer-songwriter is putting music out on her own label. Problem solved. Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone , with 20 songs on two CDs, is available now. …

  10. Australia’s Music Retailers Assn Backs Friday Release Date: ‘It Makes Sense’

    October 14, 2014 1:31 AM EDT Australia’s entertainment retail trade association has weighed in on the debate surrounding the IFPI-sanctioned global release date. Friday, according to the Australian Music Retailers Association (AMRA), is good for business. And the Aussies have history on the subject. In the U.K., the…

  11. Taylor Swift's 'Out Of the Woods' Has Arrived…with Lyrics: Listen

    October 14, 2014 12:50 AM EDT Taylor Swift has shared “Out Of the Woods,” the latest song lifted from her forthcoming album 1989 .    The new track, written and produced by fun. guitarist/ Bleachers mastermind Jack Antonoff along with Swift, was released on iTunes overnight. Taylor's followers are in a…

  12. Country the Focus of Billboard Touring Conference Panel

    October 13, 2014 8:44 PM EDT Top Country Touring Execs Break Down Genre's Success Several of the key players behinds the unprecedented success of country music touring will take part in discussion of the genre's live business in a Nov. 19 panel at the Billboard Touring Conference titled "Are You Ready…

  13. Listen to Tom Morello's New 'Marching on Ferguson' Protest Song

    October 13, 2014 7:52 PM EDT After Tom Morello premiered his Michael Brown Protest Song "Marching on Ferguson" live in Los Angeles last month , the Nightwatchman has released a studio recording that will help the activists arrested in the city's protests.  Tom Morello Honored for Activism: ‘Feed the…

  14. Thomas Rhett Talks First CMA Nomination, Florida Georgia Line Tour & Famous Fans

    October 13, 2014 6:24 PM EDT On the morning of Sept. 3, Thomas Rhett was in Toronto. It was there that he received some news that he will never forget: his first CMA nomination, for New Artist of the Year. "I didn't have any cell phone service or WiFi, so I used some of my roaming minutes to call my manager,…

  15. Designer (and Music Fanatic) Tory Burch Dishes on Her Bowie Backup-Singer Dreams and Dressing Prince

    October 13, 2014 6:09 PM EDT You might not peg preppy lifestyle designer Tory Burch as a Tupac Shakur fan -- but her first book, Tory Burch: In Color ($50, Abrams), reveals that the Upper East Sider’s taste in music is as bold as her print-splashed womenswear line. Hitting shelves Oct. 14, the tome gives readers the…

  16. ‘80s New Wave Icon Gary Numan Returns to Film Scoring for the First Time in 23 Years

    October 13, 2014 6:07 PM EDT Gary Numan will begin work on his 21st album in January following the final leg of his tour behind his 2013 release Splinter and, quite possibly, the completion of his first novel. Exclusive: Gary Numan's 'From Inside' Score Set for Release "I've been putting all of…

  17. Rock Exhibit Coming to Country Hall of Fame

    October 13, 2014 5:53 PM EDT While country music has long been synonymous with Nashville, rock and folk musicians in the late '60s and early '70s made the Southern city the new hip spot to record. The city's talented session musicians helped create some of the seminal country-influenced rock albums of…

  18. ‘Somebody Loves You’ Singer Betty Who on Britney, Not Being Able to Be a 'Bitch’ and Writing Off Bad Relationships

    October 13, 2014 5:41 PM EDT Everything about Betty Who is outsized. Standing 6-foot-1 with a tuft of platinum blonde hair, the 22-year old Australian freshman’s bold look is matched by her glittery synth-pop anthems. The singer, born Jessica Newham and now based in New York, broke out when her single “Somebody Loves…

  19. Is the Party Over for the Sunset Strip's Rock 'n' Roll Scene?

    October 13, 2014 5:00 PM EDT As luxury hotels threaten to displace fans and bands, delivering the boulevard's biggest facelift since 70s rock made way for hair metal, is the party over for LA's sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll epicenter? Rock 'n' roll's most famous street is receiving a…

  20. ‘Gossip Girl’ Star Leighton Meester on Her Debut Album: ‘I Learned How to Do It My Way’

    October 13, 2014 4:46 PM EDT After a run as a TV teen queen and a brush with pop fame, Leighton Meester is giving fans something new to gossip about: her debut album. Fresh off her role in Of Mice and Men on Broadway , which wrapped in July, the 28-year-old is releasing Heartstrings on Oct. 28, on her own Hotly Wanting…

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