1. From Gwen Stefani to Sleater-Kinney, the Best and Worst Singles of the Week

    October 24, 2014 6:58 PM EDT Gwen Stefani "Baby Don't Lie" Mad Love/Interscope After rumors swirled that Stefani was recording for a solo album and new No Doubt LP, "Baby Don't Lie" is the first taste from the former. Produced by Benny Blanco , Ryan Tedder and Noel Zancanella, the pop cut…

  2. Joan Jett Rocks Out With Billie Joe Armstrong, Alice Cooper & More at Charity Show

    October 24, 2014 4:20 PM EDT When the pioneering all-female hard rock band the Runaways broke up in early 1979, no one took the prospects of a 20-year-old Joan Jett 's solo career seriously. To state the obvious, the industry underestimated her. Thirty-five years and numerous top 40 Hot 100 hits later, Jett is…

  3. Taylor Swift's 13 Best Liner Note Secret Messages -- So Far

    October 24, 2014 10:58 AM EDT We know these all too well. Gather round,  Taylor Swift  fans. We're in the home stretch until her new album, 1989 , drops Monday (Oct. 27), which means we are likely also just a few days away from the official reveal of more Taylor Swift Secret Message Liner Notes, a most joyous…

  4. Taylor Swift, Gwen Stefani & Fall Out Boy: Real-Time Twitter Chart Rewind Ep. 21

    October 24, 2014 10:51 AM EDT Welcome back to Billboard's weekly video show "Real-Time Rewind," which recaps the past week's hottest action on the new Billboard Real-Time Twitter Charts -- Trending 140 and Emerging Artists -- and the news that's driving the action. Joe Levy is back in the studio…

  5. Live Nation Wins First Battle for The Greek

    October 23, 2014 4:42 PM EDT The Los Angeles board of Recreation and Park commissioners today endorsed Live Nation's proposal, over competitor Nederlander/AEG's, to run the city's iconic Greek Theatre for ten years beginning in the fall of 2015. The decision came today at a lively commission hearing at…

  6. Must-Hear Music Podcast: Gwen Stefani, Taylor Swift, Sleater-Kinney, Foo Fighters & More

    October 23, 2014 1:00 PM EDT It's a week of comebacks on the Must-Hear Music podcast. Gwen Stefani returns to her solo career with a nice but lackluster single , while Sleater-Kinney drop their (awesome) first new song since reuniting after a nine-year break. We also chat about Foo Fighters' first single from…

  7. Publishing Briefs: Sony/ATV Promotions, Rich Conlon's New Firm, Mike & Keys Join Atlas

    October 23, 2014 8:47 AM EDT Billboard's Ed Christman rounds-up all the big news happening in the music publishing world. -- Sony/ATV Music Publishing has promoted Rich Christina to the role of senior VP, head of East Coast A&R, based in the company’s New York office. He will report to Sony/ATV U.S. co…

  8. Meghan Trainor Rules Hot 100, Ed Sheeran Hits Top 10, Glen Campbell Returns

    October 22, 2014 2:11 PM EDT 'All About That Bass' leads for a seventh week, matching a record set by Michael Jackson; Campbell's back after 33 years; and Taylor Swift debuts atop Digital Songs. Meghan Trainor 's "All About That Bass" leads the Billboard Hot 100 for a seventh week, tying a…

  9. Flaming Lips, 'With a Little Help From My Fwends': Track-By-Track Review

    October 22, 2014 2:00 PM EDT The Lips tap Miley Cyrus, My Morning Jacket, Tegan & Sara and more for a loving deconstruction of the Beatles' 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.' Given it's a frequent contender for the 'Greatest Album Ever Made' title, it almost seems like there…

  10. Billy Joel Admits He’s Not in An Album State of Mind

    October 22, 2014 6:24 AM EDT It’s been more than 20 years since Billy Joel released an album of new songs. Don’t hold your breath for the next one.  The Piano Man has told the New Yorker (of course) that he has no plan to hit the “treadmill,” that grind of a continuous album release cycle and its near-inescapable…

  11. The Case for Inducting The Oak Ridge Boys Into the Country Music Hall of Fame

    October 21, 2014 6:24 PM EDT Three months ago, we gave you our thoughts on why Don Rich should be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2015 in the musicians' category. This month, we take a look at what is known as the Modern Era category. Open to acts that have been involved in the business for between…

  12. Giants vs. Royals: Who Has the Better Intro Music?

    October 21, 2014 6:00 PM EDT Tonight, the San Francisco Giants visit Kansas City’s Kauffman Stadium to take on the Royals in Game One of the 2014 World Series. The Giants are gunning for their third ring in five years, while the Royals -- who have yet to lose this postseason -- are looking to continue an 11-game…

  13. Executive Turntable: New Faces, Promotions at Beggars, Republic Records, Capitol & More

    October 21, 2014 1:11 PM EDT -- The Beggars Group announced the following expansion and promotions within the radio department: Risa Matsuki was promoted to VP, Promotions; Brien Terranova joined as Sr. Director, Promotions; and Hector Montes rose to National Director, Promotions.  -- Republic Records announced the…

  14. Raphael Ravenscroft, Man Behind Most Iconic Sax Riff in Pop Music, Dies at 60

    October 21, 2014 12:49 PM EDT Saxophone player Raphael Ravenscroft -- the man behind the most recognizable sax riff in pop music history -- has passed away of a suspected heart attack . He was 60. Ravenscroft provided the sax hook on Gerry Rafferty 's "Baker Street," a fairly typical slice of '70s…

  15. Ask Billboard: The Weird Connections Between Mary Lambert & Madonna

    October 21, 2014 11:05 AM EDT In this week's reader mailbag, yet more odd coincidences connecting Mary Lambert and Madonna; a look at the longest-leading No. 1s ever on Billboard song charts; and hit songs with quirky time signatures. As always, submit questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music…

  16. Ringo Starr to Star in 2015 Skechers Ads

    October 20, 2014 7:58 PM EDT Ringo Starr and Skechers announced a new partnership Monday that will have the former Beatles drummer appearing in the footwear company's global marketing campaign for their "Relaxed Fit" line, starting spring 2015.   Ringo Starr Looks Back On 'A Hard Day's Night&…

  17. Bob Seger Addresses Talk of His Retirement: 'I Don't Want to Overstay My Welcome'

    October 20, 2014 2:16 PM EDT A lot can happen between Bob Seger albums: changes in presidential administrations, a few iPhone generations, a third of Derek Jeter's baseball career. “I’m so fast,” the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer says with a hearty laugh. Ride Out -- his 17th studio album, and first in eight years …

  18. Flaming Lips' 'Sgt. Pepper's' Covers Album Is Streaming Now

    October 20, 2014 12:29 PM EDT It was 47 years ago that Sgt. Pepper's taught the band to play, and in the process, changed popular music forever. The Beatles ' magnum opus certainly doesn't lack for lauds (and backlash), but that didn't stop Beatlemaniac Wayne Coyne from leading the Flaming Lips into…

  19. Sting Reflects on Life at 63, His Own Mortality and a ‘Possible Third Act’

    October 20, 2014 1:39 AM EDT "I wouldn't normally do this," said Sting , grinning mischievously as he ambled onstage following the curtain call at the Oct. 2 preview performance of his new Broadway musical, The Last Ship . "But it's my birthday, and I always sing on my birthday." To the…

  20. Aerosmith Drummer Joey Kramer, Following Heart Surgery: 'I'm Back 150 Percent'

    October 19, 2014 5:59 PM EDT Aerosmith's drummer Joey Kramer says he's feeling great, following a health scare that cancelled a California concert in August . Aerosmith To Resume Tour Following Drummer's Health Scare Speaking on The Eddie Trunk Podcast , Kramer set the record straight over the situation.…

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