1. Jason Aldean Tops Country Airplay, Keith Urban Hits Top 10, Toby Keith Returns

    October 21, 2014 2:45 PM EDT With the longest-running No. 1 this year on the multi-metric Hot Country Songs chart and a head-turning bow atop the Billboard 200 and Top Country Albums last week, Jason Aldean extends his chart-topping celebrations, as "Burnin' It Down" steps 2-1 to become his 12th leader…

  2. 'The Voice' Recap: Battles Continue, But Gwen Stefani Can't Steal Singers

    October 21, 2014 4:12 AM EDT The second week of battles began on The Voice on Monday, filled with matches not only of the singers, but also the coaches. Particularly, Gwen Stefani . The No Doubt breakout (who previewed the music video for her latest single, "Baby Don't Lie," after the episode) previously…

  3. CMJ, Despite the Internet, Logistics, and Few Brands, Keeps Kicking Out the Jams

    October 20, 2014 8:27 AM EDT Everything you need to know about CMJ Music Marathon naysayers can be found in Brooklyn Vegan 's endlessly infuriating, occasionally informative comments section. Last August, when the initial lineup for New York City's 33rd annual festival and conference was announced , the…

  4. James Franco, Photographer Scuffle After Lana Del Rey Concert: Report

    October 18, 2014 7:08 PM EDT James Franco reportedly had an altercation with a photographer while leaving a Lana Del Rey concert Friday (Oct. 17) in Los Angeles. The scuffle allegedly took place after he saw Del Rey's show at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery , according to TMZ . The photo posted on the website…

  5. From Beyonce’s Surprise to Thom Yorke’s BitTorrent Gamble, It’s Been a Game-Changing Grammy Year

    October 17, 2014 2:52 PM EDT Beyoncé to Bruce to Bono: An analysis of the dark horses and big bangs as the qualification period ­closes, and the competition heats up. The 12 months covered by this year's Grammy Awards (from Oct. 1, 2013 to Sept. 30, 2014) revealed a music community that was prepared to try just…

  6. Jason Aldean Jumps to No. 1 on Billboard Artist 100

    October 16, 2014 4:01 PM EDT As his album 'Old Boots, New Dirt' debuts atop the Billboard 200, Aldean is the second country act to top the Artist 100. Jason Aldean is the top artist in the U.S., charging 7-1 on the Billboard Artist 100 chart. The jump makes him the second country act ever to lead the list;…

  7. Exclusive: Pepsi Names Emma Quigley First North American Head of Music

    October 16, 2014 9:35 AM EDT Pepsi has named Emma Quigley its first North American head of music, a new position for the beverage company. Quigley most recently served as VP of global marketing at Capitol Music Group, having previously spent three years as VP-international of Capitol parent EMI Music and another four…

  8. MLB Playoffs: All the Intro Songs Revealed

    October 15, 2014 4:15 PM EDT What are players rocking when they step to the plate? There’s a lot more than organ music at baseball games these days. Unless we’re talking Chicago’s Wrigley Field (the only stadium that sticks to the classic organ sounds), every MLB player has the opportunity to step to the plate with his…

  9. Exclusive Video: Inside the Making of the Doobie Brothers 'Southbound' Album Featuring Blake Shelton, Zac Brown Band and More

    October 15, 2014 3:49 PM EDT If the Doobie Brothers had gotten their start today instead of four decades ago, they -- like the Eagles -- they might very well be considered more country than pop. Their music influenced many of today's biggest stars in the format, who join the iconic band for the Nov. 4 release of …

  10. Hello, World: Gigmor Wants to Be a Facebook, or LinkedIn, for Bands

    October 15, 2014 1:46 PM EDT Name: Gigmor Founder: David Baird Founded: 2011 Location: Santa Monica, CA Launched: October 2013 Business sector(s): Web, Social Media, Digital Music Key Execs: David Baird, Founder/CEO; Tracy Eumont, VP Product; Venk Tatineni, CTO; Blake Kuehn, VP Marketing Funding: $200,000 Investors: …

  11. Jason Aldean Earns Second No. 1 Album, Third-Largest Week of 2014

    October 15, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Country star Jason Aldean nets his second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, as his new release, Old Boots, New Dirt , kicks in atop the list. It starts with 278,000 sold in the week ending Oct. 12, the third-largest sales week of 2014 according to Nielsen SoundScan. Only the…

  12. Rewinding the Charts: 20 Years Ago, R.E.M. Had A 'Monster' Smash

    October 15, 2014 10:05 AM EDT On Oct. 15, 1994, the Athens, Ga., band scored its only No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200. As alternative became mainstream in the early- to mid-'90s, thanks largely to grunge acts like Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Soundgarden, R.E.M. likewise rode the wave with its more jangly-pop-leaning…

  13. 'The Voice' Recap: Pharrell and Alicia Keys Offer Advice From the Bathroom

    October 15, 2014 12:00 AM EDT The battles continued on The Voice on Tuesday, but it wasn't without its share of delay. "I think I have had a birthday since this battle started," Blake Shelton said at one point to Adam Levine , who was taking incredibly long to decided on a winner of a particular match.…

  14. Christina Aguilera, Gwen Stefani or Shakira: Vote for Your Favorite 'Voice' Coach

    October 14, 2014 3:07 PM EDT Wait, we already have to say goodbye to Gwen Stefani on The Voice ? On Tuesday (Oct. 14), it was announced that original coach Christina Aguilera -- who sat out the last two seasons, while Stefani and Shakira kept her swivel chair warm -- will return for season 8 early next year. Only Adam…

  15. Goodbye, Gwen: Christina Aguilera Returning to 'The Voice'

    October 14, 2014 11:26 AM EDT After taking off two consecutive seasons -- during which time Shakira and Gwen Stefani filled in for her -- original coach Christina Aguilera is returning to The Voice. Since she last sat in the giant red swivel chair, Aguilera got engaged to Matt Rutler earlier this year and gave birth to…

  16. Top Soil: Florida Georgia Line Leads Country Airplay Chart With 'Dirt'

    October 14, 2014 10:45 AM EDT Florida Georgia Line claims its fifth No. 1 on Billboard 's Nielsen BDS-based Country Airplay chart, as "Dirt" steps 2-1. Billboard Cover: Florida Georgia Line on Being ‘Professional Partiers,’ Haters and Hip-Hop The duo had last reached the summit with "Stay,"…

  17. 'The Voice' Recap: Gwen Stefani, Pharrell Tackle Their First Battles

    October 14, 2014 2:52 AM EDT The battles began on The Voice on Monday, with guest mentors Stevie Nicks in tow to help Adam Levine , Little Big Town joining with Blake Shelton , Alicia Keys stepping in alongside Pharrell Williams , and husband Gavin Rossdale accompanying Gwen Stefani . NBC Reality Chief Touts '…

  18. 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,…

  19. Chart Highlights: Taylor Swift 'Shake's to Top of Pop Songs, Iggy Azalea Rules Rhythmic Songs

    October 13, 2014 4:15 PM EDT The divas take over a pair of radio charts, while Nickelback and Florida Georgia Line also add new No. 1s. Plus, AC/DC blasts back onto Mainstream Rock Songs. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers…

  20. 'Downton Abbey' Christmas Album Is Coming

    October 13, 2014 2:51 PM EDT This is the best news since the last time the Dowager Countess spoke :  Downton Abbey  will be releasing a Christmas album this year.  Christmas at Downton Abbey  will feature a festive version of the show's theme song as well as traditional hymns and carols, according to ITV , which…

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