1. Iggy Azalea's 'SNL' Appearance Generates Big Social Chart Gains

    October 30, 2014 9:21 PM EDT Iggy Azalea makes notable social gains on Billboard's charts after her appearance on NBC's Saturday Night Live (Oct. 25), on which she debuted two new songs: "Beg for It" (featuring MØ ) and "Iggy SZN." Both are set to be on her album Reclassified (due Nov.…

  2. Dolly Parton's Inner Circle Gives the Inside Scoop on the Country Superstar

    October 30, 2014 3:00 PM EDT "God has put a lot of great people in my path to help me," Dolly Parton tells Billboard. Here, her team's key players reflect on the country legend -- and she gives the story on them. Dolly Parton Q&A: The Country Legend on 50 Years in Nashville and Why She Supports Her…

  3. Melissa McCarthy: My Costume 'Horrified' Everyone at Adam Levine's Halloween Party

    October 30, 2014 3:45 AM EDT A close friendship just might not be in the cards for Melissa McCarthy and Adam Levine . McCarthy was a guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live! , where she talked about having attended a Halloween party the Maroon 5 singer threw. The Top 10 Halloween Songs The St. Vincent star comically explained…

  4. Man Jailed for Posting Song Lyrics to Facebook Won't Face Charges

    October 29, 2014 4:31 PM EDT Prosecutors dismissed a felony charge against a western Kentucky man who spent more than a week in jail for posting violent song lyrics to his Facebook page. The lyrics 31-year-old James E. Evans posted in August included the words "student bodies lying dead in the halls" and…

  5. From Pink to Faith Evans, What the Stars Are Going to Be for Halloween (Wonder Woman! Lucille Ball!)

    October 28, 2014 5:50 PM EDT It's Halloween on Friday, and musicians are getting ready to trick-or-treat. Faith Evans is trying to find the right sexy outfit, and Jack Antonoff wants to bring a dead guy to life. Check out how artists are playing dress-up this year.  P!nk "My daughter Willow's going to be…

  6. Chart Highlights: Gwen Stefani Returns, Foo Fighters Fly to No. 1

    October 27, 2014 3:55 PM EDT Stefani scores her first solo airplay hit since 2007, while Foo Fighters crown Rock Airplay and 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 and debuts on the surveys listed below.…

  7. Exclusive: Downtown Records Launches Immortal Music Publishing

    October 27, 2014 1:39 PM EDT Downtown Records’ co-founders Josh Deutsh and Terence Lam are rebuilding the empire with the launch of a new music publishing division. The New York-based execs have established Immortal Music Publishing, and announced its first signings. Almost two years have passed since Downtown Music…

  8. Drake Releases 3 New Tracks: Listen Here

    October 25, 2014 6:52 PM EDT It may have been Drake 's birthday on Oct. 24, but one day after celebrating another year, the 28-year-old rapper gifted his fans with three new tracks. Drizzy released the new songs to his SoundCloud and OvoSound site  on Oct. 25.   In addition to the previously leaked "…

  9. Dolly Parton Q&A: The Country Legend on 50 Years in Nashville and Why She Supports Her Gay Fans

    October 24, 2014 2:08 PM EDT This year marks the 50th Anniversary since 68-year-old international icon Dolly Parton came to Nashville. The fourth of 12 siblings who shared a one-room cabin, the East Tennessee native was so poor growing up that her father paid the doctor who delivered her with a bag of cornmeal. The…

  10. One Direction, Ed Sheeran, Coldplay to Perform at Inaugural BBC Music Awards

    October 24, 2014 4:10 AM EDT One Direction , Ed Sheeran , Coldplay , Calvin Harris , Paloma Faith and Clean Bandit will perform at the inaugural BBC Music Awards in London on Dec. 11, the U.K. public broadcaster announced on Friday. The U.K. public broadcaster first unveiled the new awards show, which will compete with…

  11. Nico & Vinz, Faith Evans, and More: Musicians Remember Their First Time on the Billboard Charts

    October 23, 2014 5:00 PM EDT Billboard spoke with a number of musicians about their first experiences on the Billboard charts. Some artists find it disorienting. Childish Gambino and Pete Wentz (from Fall Out Boy ) both thought it was surreal. Hot 100 Firsts:  Jennifer Hudson  |  Iggy Azalea  |  Train  |  Hilary Duff  …

  12. 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…

  13. Exclusive: Faith Evans Talks Notorious B.I.G.'s 'Ready To Die' & Bad Boy Records

    October 20, 2014 4:25 PM EDT Faith Evans has built a strong career ever since dropping her breakthrough debut Faith in 1995, but this year marks a different sort of milestone for the R&B singer. In addition to releasing her sixth studio album Incomparable on Nov. 24 via Prolific Music Group/BMG Artist Services, the…

  14. Rascal Flatts Playing NFL Pre-Game Show to Promote Carnival Cruise Lines Concert Series

    October 18, 2014 3:14 PM EDT Look for Rascal Flatts to entertain Dallas Cowboys fans at AT&T Stadium Sunday (Oct. 19) in a special pre-game Carnival Live concert before the Cowboys take on the New York Giants. Martina McBride Dazzles with Hits, R&B Standards During Carnival Cruise Concert Series Carnival has…

  15. Female Artists Ruling the Charts: A Movement or Just a Moment?

    October 17, 2014 11:43 AM EDT It’s an unprecedented week six of women ruling the top 5, as one exec says when this happens en masse... “there’s something going on culturally.” Taylor , Iggy , Katy , Nicki , Charli , Jessie , Ariana -- there’s no question that women are dominating the singles chart and leading the…

  16. Billy Bob Thornton's Boxmasters Go 'Somewhere' With 101 Records

    October 16, 2014 8:30 PM EDT Some artists may battle a bit of writer's block when prepping for a new release, but that's definitely not an issue for the Boxmasters ' principal songwriters Billy Bob Thornton and J.D. Andrew , who have delivered a double-album, Somewhere Down the Road , for the band's…

  17. Stars Talk New Album 'No One Is Lost' + Exclusive Video Premiere

    October 16, 2014 11:15 AM EDT The Montreal alt band returns with its wide array of pop, dance and rock, weaved together by its knack for infectious choruses and hopeful upbeat lyrics. 'Music is my religion,' says co-founder Torquil Campbell. 'I was raised in the church of art.' Stars' new album…

  18. 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 …

  19. Meghan Trainor Tops Hot 100; Tove Lo Joins All-Female Top Five, Bobby Shmurda Hits Top 10

    October 15, 2014 2:45 PM EDT Led up by Trainor's 'All About That Bass,' women monopolize the top five for a record-extending sixth consecutive week, with Tove Lo's 'Habits (Stay High)' entering the region. Plus, Bobby Shmurda's 'Hot Boy' dances into the top 10. Another week,…

  20. Neil Diamond Signs to Universal Music Publishing Group

    October 13, 2014 9:43 PM EDT Neil Diamond has signed with Universal Music Publishing Group for an exclusive worldwide publishing administration agreement. He brings with him his entire back catalogue and new studio album, Melody Road , out Oct. 21 on the Universal Music Group-owned Capitol Records.  Neil Diamond Signs…

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