1. Deerhoof Celebrates 20 Years With Release of Madonna-Inspired 'La Isla Bonita' Album

    October 31, 2014 1:55 PM EDT Deerhoof celebrates 20 years as a band this year, a feat that astounds founding member Greg Saunier. Not because time has flown by for the uber-influential cult band, but mostly because Deerhoof was never intended to last more than two weeks when it was formed, much less two decades. With…

  2. The Big Names in Booking Bands for Television Share Their Secrets

    October 31, 2014 1:11 PM EDT Scott Igoe, Jimmy Kimmel Live! Title: Music executive Held since: 2002 Age: 46 Previous job: Assistant to former Interscope Records co-founder Jimmy Iovine Artists booked in 2014: Pharrell Williams, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Iggy Azalea, Sam Smith and Disclosure, Taylor Swift…

  3. Prince on 'Saturday Night Live': Look Back at Past Impressions

    October 31, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Maybe you've heard that Prince (along with 3rdEyeGirl ) will be the music guest on  Saturday Night Live  this weekend. Host Chris Rock certainly knows what a big deal this is: In the latest promos, Rock notes, "Any time you say the word 'Prince,' a woman will scream…

  4. Little Big Town Leaps Onto Top Country Albums

    October 30, 2014 6:02 PM EDT The harmony-focused foursome claims its fourth top 10, as 'Pain Killer' bows at No. 3; Plus, chart moves for Keith Urban, Billy Currington, RaeLynn & Carrie Underwood. Harmony-focused foursome Little Big Town claims its fourth top 10, all tallied consecutively, on Billboard&…

  5. Jian Ghomeshi Sex Scandal: No More Shades of Grey?

    October 30, 2014 1:40 PM EDT UPDATE: Lawyer and author Reva Seth has put her name to the allegations .  Eight women have now come forward with detailed and similar stories of sexual assault and harassment by former Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) golden boy Jian Ghomeshi , including Trailer Park Boys '…

  6. Revisionist History, Part 3: Michael Jackson Gets Revenge on Prince! Year-End Hits of the Past, Re-Analyzed

    October 30, 2014 12:15 PM EDT If you've been following our ongoing look at what happens when Billboard's No. 1 song for each of the Hot 100 's first 46 years is re-figured to reflect Nielsen SoundScan-measured digital song sales since 2004, weighted fairly equally with Nielsen BDS airplay since 2010, you…

  7. Billboard Touring Awards Finalists Announced

    October 30, 2014 12:02 PM EDT One Direction, Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake, the Rolling Stones, Arcade Fire, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Paul McCartney and the teams behind them to be honored at awards gala. Finalists for the 2014 Billboard Touring Awards , including One Direction , Katy Perry , Justin…

  8. Music Stars Look Back at 1984: Ricky Martin on Being 'Spoiled' in Menudo, Melle Mel on the Irony of 'White Lines,' Joe Perry on Reuniting With Aerosmith and More

    October 29, 2014 6:04 PM EDT "I didn't go around the world, I went around the world on a private jet. I didn't have a hotel room, we had an entire floor. We were spoiled." -- Ricky Martin on the "exhilarating" experience of being a member of Latin teenybopper group Menudo at age 12. The…

  9. Who Dominated the Country Charts in 1984? The Top 5 Acts -- From Willie Nelson to George Strait

    October 29, 2014 5:49 PM EDT By 1984, country music had begun to regain the stylistic focus it had surrendered to the brief and artistically confused Urban Cowboy period. Nearly as quickly as they had arrived, the new audience that the 1980 film had brought to country music moved on, leaving the genre with a restless,…

  10. How Music Video Pioneer Russell Mulcahy Killed the Radio Star

    October 29, 2014 4:42 PM EDT Russell Mulcahy is the man behind an endless string of iconic music videos, dating back to the first that aired on MTV in 1981: The Buggles ' "Video Killed the Radio Star." From Duran Duran sailing on a yacht in "Rio," to Bonnie Tyler’s bizarro "Total Eclipse…

  11. The Top 20 Billboard Hot 100 Hits of the 1980s

    October 29, 2014 3:20 PM EDT In the '80s, disco's popularity decreased, and the top 20 Hot 100 hits present a more complicated picture than it did a decade before. Not that disco completely disappeared: Diana Ross 's "Upside Down," produced with the help of Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards from…

  12. Meghan Trainor Tops Hot 100 For Eighth Week, Hozier Hits Top 10

    October 29, 2014 2:44 PM EDT 'All About That Bass' rules for an eighth week, becoming the longest-leading No. 1 ever on Epic Records. Plus, singer/songwriter Hozier soars 33-9 with 'Take Me to Church.' Meghan Trainor 's "All About That Bass" commands the Billboard Hot 100 for an…

  13. Book Review: Billy Joel Biography Contains Lots of Juice But Many Skeletons Stay Closeted

    October 29, 2014 2:00 PM EDT One of the most anticipated rock bios of the year, Billy Joel comes with a backstory almost as complicated as the 65-year-old hitmaker 's life. Joel originally brought in Fred Schruers , a respected Rolling Stone alum, to co-author a memoir with him, for which the singer got a reported…

  14. Watch Joan Jett, Sia, Others Sing 'Bad Reputation' For Women's Rights in Midterm Elections

    October 28, 2014 9:17 PM EDT Joan Jett has teamed with an ensemble cast of collaborators to get out the vote for women's rights in next week's midterm elections, showing them singing along to her hit "Bad Reputation."  The video features  Sia ,  Carrie Brownstein  of Sleater Kinney and  Portlandia ,…

  15. Bob Mould Looks Back at Husker Du's Breakthrough Indie Album 'Zen Arcade'

    October 28, 2014 5:18 PM EDT In 1983, Hüsker Dü 's singer-guitarist Bob Mould told Matter fanzine writer Steve Albini, "We're going to try to do something bigger than anything like rock & roll... I don't know what it's going to be, we have to work that out, but it's going to go…

  16. Barry Manilow Brings Whitney Houston Back to Life on 'The View'

    October 28, 2014 3:13 PM EDT More and more artists are interested in bringing back the dead. 2Pac and Michael Jackson were brought to life via hologram, and both artists have "released" posthumous albums using old vocal tracks. But Barry Manilow has gone a step further, recording an entire album that features…

  17. What Is Bad? A Worst Songs Countdown Goes Beyond Good and Evil

    October 28, 2014 10:45 AM EDT What do “Who Let The Dogs Out” and “Stairway To Heaven” have in common? Both make a prominent appearance among the 88 worst songs of all time, as voted by listeners of triple-A WXPN Philadelphia . WXPN unveiled the listing last Saturday, Oct. 25, as the kicker to its countdown of its top…

  18. The Academy of Country Music Awards Celebrates Milestone with 'This Is Country' Book

    October 28, 2014 1:40 AM EDT Next year will be an important one for the Academy of Country Music Awards. The Los Angeles-based organization will celebrate the 50th anniversary since its first trophies were first presented in 1965. And, to celebrate, the show will be headed on the road for a one-time-only trip to AT&…

  19. The Top 10 Halloween Songs

    October 27, 2014 6:25 PM EDT Never mind those sugary sweets. Halloween brings some delectable ear candy, too. But which (witch?) Halloween songs are the most popular? As you prepare your Halloween party playlists, we're helping to make sure that you don't miss a single graveyard smash, as we present…

  20. William H. Macy Dishes on His Selena Gomez-Starring Film and Why One Direction Are 'Wankers'

    October 27, 2014 5:46 PM EDT Music is a main character in Rudderless , actor William H. Macy's directorial debut. The film, released Oct. 17 by Samuel Goldwyn Films, follows a father (Billy Crudup) forming a band in the wake of his son's death, and features songs penned by Simon Steadman and Charlton Pettus…

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