1. 'Saturday Night Live' Actress Jan Hooks Dies at 57

    October 09, 2014 6:16 PM EDT Jan Hooks , best known for her work on Saturday Night Live , died on Thursday (Oct. 9) in New York at the age of 57, her representative, Lisa Lieberman, confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter . No further details were immediately available. Jan Hooks Top 5 'SNL' Musical Moments On…

  2. Drake Extends Rap Airplay Chart Record

    October 09, 2014 5:24 PM EDT Drake, Chris Brown & Rich Gang take over atop three of Billboard's R&B/hip-hop airplay charts. On Rap Airplay , Drake extends his record for the most No. 1s, as "0 to 100/The Catch Up" climbs 2-1, marking the rapper's 18th chart-topping title. He widens his…

  3. Watch Lorde Return to 'South Park' & See Her Reaction

    October 09, 2014 4:44 PM EDT Also, 'South Park' has a little fun at Spin's expense. On Oct. 1, " Lorde " made a cameo on South Park via an unconvincingly costumed Randy Marsh. On the latest episode, Trey Parker and Matt Stone dove even deeper into the concept, thanks to the way one music…

  4. R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe Teaching NYU Art Class About the Internet's 'Reckless Cynicism'

    October 09, 2014 12:20 PM EDT Michael Stipe continues to find inspiring projects after three decades spent fronting R.E.M. -- for example, he's doubling as an artist and a teacher in a fall residency with NYU’s Steinhardt Department of Art and Art Professions. Actually, Stipe's love of visual art predates his…

  5. Allo Darlin' Talks Keeping Day Jobs, Writing Heartwarming New Indie Pop Record

    October 09, 2014 11:10 AM EDT We live in highly bloggable times where our favorite baby bands often grow up quickly. We Come From the Place (out Oct. 7 via Slumberland) is the third album from charming, still-under-the-radar indie poppers Allo Darlin’ making them old and grey in Internet years. Their sparkling sophomore…

  6. Exclusive: 'American Idol' Alum Paul McDonald Premieres New Song 'Bright Lights'

    October 09, 2014 10:55 AM EDT American Idol finalist Paul McDonald is currently in the studio writing and recording his debut album, tied to a Kickstarter campaign. In the meantime McDonald is sharing a brand new song, premiering exclusively via Billboard. The syrupy, dramatic pop song “Bright Lights” is a sampling of…

  7. Why 1997 Was the Best Musical Year of the '90s

    October 09, 2014 10:45 AM EDT After focusing on 1994 last week, now, we're wondering what the best year for music was of the '90s. We've already made a case for  1990 ,  1991 ,  1992 ,  1993 ,  1994  and  1995 . Now it's time for 1996 and 1997 . POP SHOP HOMEPAGE In 1997, popular music eased the…

  8. ASCAP Honors Ellie Goulding, UMPG at 34th Annual Awards

    October 09, 2014 10:29 AM EDT At ASCAP's (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) 34th annual awards in London last night, pop singer/songwriters Alex Clare and Jim Duguid were named Songwriters of the Year for their hit song “Too Close,” recorded by Clare. Meanwhile, Ellie Goulding 's "…

  9. Debbie Harry to Headline John Lennon Tribute Concert

    October 08, 2014 10:50 PM EDT Debbie Harry will perform at the 34th annual John Lennon charity tribute concert in New York City in December. The announcement Wednesday by the nonprofit Theatre Within came a day before what would have been Lennon's 74th birthday. Instant Karma: John Lennon's Full Catalog Now…

  10. Watch Fences & Macklemore Perform 'Arrows' on 'Ellen'

    October 08, 2014 10:00 PM EDT The Seattle-repping team up of Fences and Macklemore took their track "Arrows" to Ellen Wednesday for an on-target performance that the audience standing at full attention.  Macklemore & Fences' Chris Mansfield Discuss Collabs, 'Organic' Process Behind '…

  11. Watch Charli XCX Perform All of ‘Fancy,' Even Iggy Azalea's Verses

    October 08, 2014 2:05 PM EDT Charli also leads the Webster Hall crowd in a chant of “pussy power!” Billboard’s cover star doesn’t need Iggy Azalea to get fancy. Last night (Oct. 7), Charli XCX performed “Fancy” during the encore of her show at New York’s Webster Hall and filled in much of Iggy’s verses herself.…

  12. Must-Hear Music Podcast: Weezer, Charli XCX, Flying Lotus, Jessie Ware & More

    October 08, 2014 1:10 PM EDT It's an eclectic collection of songs on this week's Must-Hear Music podcast. We tackle a Ramones-inspired new track from Billboard cover star Charli XCX , a new Jessie Ware song, a deep cut from Flying Lotus ' You're Dead! album and the three-song "Futurescope…

  13. Blake Shelton Scores Second No. 1 Album on Billboard 200

    October 08, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Country king Blake Shelton earns his second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart as his new release, Bringing Back the Sunshine , debuts atop the list. It was released on Warner Bros. Nashville Records on Sept. 30, and sold 101,000 copies in the week ending Oct. 5, according to Nielsen…

  14. Thom Yorke Disses Social Media In Very Thom Yorke-y Email

    October 08, 2014 10:58 AM EDT Over one million people have already downloaded Thom Yorke’s new collection of trippy electronic loops and high-pitched vocals, Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes . The album was released via BitTorrent Bundle Sept. 26 for the low, low price of $6. But Yorke figured some of his fans didn’t have this…

  15. Watch Weezer Rock Out 'Ain't Got Nobody' on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live'

    October 08, 2014 10:10 AM EDT Poor Rivers Cuomo . He ain’t got nobody. Except Patrick, Brian, and Scott. But they all know everything will be alright in the end. Weezer just dropped its ninth studio album, Everything Will Be Alright in the End , and appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Oct. 8 to mark the occasion. The…

  16. Hillsong United Wins Big at Dove Awards

    October 07, 2014 11:15 PM EDT Hillsong United  took tops honors Tuesday night (Oct. 7) at the Gospel Music Assn.’s 45th Annual Dove Awards, winning five Doves, including artist of the year and aong of the year for “Oceans (Where Feet May Fail).” “The song ‘Oceans’ has opened so many new doors and so many great…

  17. Snoop Dogg Aims to Raise $20K Via Crowdfunding Site for Des Moines Footballers

    October 07, 2014 9:29 PM EDT The rapper has a long commitment to youth football leagues in California. Snoop Dogg 's support of youth football now stretches all the way to Des Moines, Iowa. The rapper launched a campaign last week on crowdfunding site Tilt to raise money for the Inner City Urban Development youth…

  18. Watch Lorde, One Direction, Pharrell & More in Epic Beach Boys Cover

    October 07, 2014 6:35 PM EDT Some die-hard music fans have doubtless been waiting for the day when Pharrell , Chris Martin of Coldplay , Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders and One Direction would all collaborate. Luckily, the moment has arrived. Those artists, along with a large number of others, are featured in a new…

  19. Watch Mary J. Blige Hang With Disclosure in Video For New Banger 'Right Now'

    October 07, 2014 5:08 PM EDT Mary J. Blige is all about the Brits lately. In an August interview with the Guardian , she spoke about recording her new album The London Sessions , and how she prefers her inner circle of British collaborators to the American music biz right now. In her brand-new music video for "…

  20. Emerging Picks of the Week: Elliphant, Ryan Hemsworth & Ces Cru

    October 07, 2014 4:00 PM EDT To begin October, we've compiled some of our favorite tracks that landed debuts on the latest Billboard + Twitter Emerging Artists chart. Give them a listen below and be sure to look out for their upcoming projects. Elliphant ft. MØ, "One More" Fresh off a track with Skrillex…

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