1. Billboard Cover: Usher on Getting Tough With Justin Bieber, Why He’s Not Ready for a New Album and Life as a Single Dad

    October 24, 2014 9:00 AM EDT There Are Segways, and then there's Usher Raymond IV 's Segway. Usher's scooter is a custom-built, gold-plated number with rims that look like they were lifted from Rick Ross ' Maybach. It shines like Louis the XIV's jewels as he zips through the hallways of the…

  2. One Direction Fan Fiction Author Calls Her Story 'Vanilla Fifty Shades of Grey'

    October 23, 2014 10:46 AM EDT Paging Harry Styles! Last year, the One Direction star and his bandmates were the inspiration for a viral online fan fiction story, the After series, and the real-life book version of the tale was released this week. "Tessa is a girl in college. It's not me, but I've realized…

  3. 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…

  4. Meet One Direction's Newest Member, a Chimp

    October 23, 2014 7:33 AM EDT Ready to get acquainted with the sixth member of your favorite band, One Direction fans? His name's Eli, he's got the beautiful hair and smile to match his bandmates, and ... he's a chimpanzee. So there's a chimp in the #StealMyGirlVideo - and his name is Eli. https://t…

  5. Burger Records Launches Publishing Company With Mothership Music

    October 22, 2014 3:26 PM EDT Garage-punk/psych-rock/skuzz-funk label Burger Records has launched a publishing company with Mothership Music, which will administer and provide all backroom services for Burger Music Publishing. "When we started in the music business, we knew absolutely nothing about ownership,…

  6. 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…

  7. Sia Doesn’t Turn Her Back on Joni Mitchell and More Insider Scoop

    October 20, 2014 6:00 PM EDT Sia Faces Forward Australian singer-songwriter Sia (Furler) didn't turn her back on Joni Mitchell when she honored the Laurel Canyon icon at the Hammer Museum's annual Gala in the Garden on Oct. 11 in Los Angeles. Although Sia has promoted her current album, 1000 Forms of Fear ,…

  8. Watch Danny DeVito in One Direction's 'Steal My Girl' Video Tease

    October 20, 2014 11:48 AM EDT One Direction  rewarded fans for their undying support with a sneak peek of their upcoming "Steal My Girl" music video Monday morning. While brief, the clip certainly didn't disappoint. "About time we gave you another sneak preview #StealMyGirlTeaser2," the band…

  9. Nine Inch Nails' 'Pretty Hate Machine' at 25: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    October 20, 2014 10:00 AM EDT As the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominations recently reminded us, Nine Inch Nails debuted in 1989, dropping Pretty Hate Machine on Oct. 20, just days before Halloween and right at the tail end of a decade they’re not always associated with. While Trent Reznor’s one-man industro-pop…

  10. Karl Hyde Revisits the Golden Years of U.K. Dance Music, Trainspotting & the Music of Underworld: 'It Doesn’t Sound Dated'

    October 19, 2014 11:06 PM EDT It’s that rarest of things, when a song becomes a veritable cultural snapshot of its time. And in the closing scene of Danny Boyle’s 1996 cinematic masterpiece Trainspotting , Underworld’s “Born Slippy” so sublimely soundtracks the “sellout” revelation of Ewan McGregor’s ex-junkie Renton,…

  11. Lorde's 'Royals' Gets Banned in San Francisco for World Series

    October 19, 2014 7:05 PM EDT Lorde 's not getting any love from San Francisco right now. As the city's Giants head into the World Series against the Kansas City Royals, the singer's hit "Royals" has been blacklisted from local radio.  MLB Playoffs: All the Intro Songs Revealed Stations KFOG and…

  12. Eddie Vedder Dedicates Song to Isaiah 'Ikey' Owens

    October 17, 2014 1:10 AM EDT Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder expressed condolences and solidarity towards Jack White and his band Thursday night over the sudden death of keyboardist Isaiah "Ikey" Owens earlier this week. Jack White's Camp Reveals Isaiah 'Ikey' Owens' Cause of Death During…

  13. Publishing Briefs: Imagem Music Signs Admin Deal With PRMD Publishing (Exclusive), Warner Chappell Music Teams With Mike Dean

    October 16, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Imagem Music has just signed a global administration deal with PRMD Publishing , the company formed by EDM impressario Ash Pournouri . As part of the deal, Imagem will now represent the publishing catalog of Cazzette , and any future signings made by PRMD (pronounced "pyramid").…

  14. Neil Patrick Harris to Host the 2015 Oscars

    October 15, 2014 4:59 PM EDT Neil Patrick Harris is set to host the 2015 Oscars, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. Tonys 2014: Neil Patrick Harris Gives Sting a Lap Dance During 'Hedwig' Performance The actor has hosted the Emmy Awards twice and the Tony Awards four times. He also has performed on the…

  15. 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…

  16. Watch Dave Grohl & Perry Farrell Cover Bob Dylan & Rolling Stones at New York Party

    October 15, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Courtney Love, Michael Stipe, and Zac Brown were in the crowd. Dave Grohl sure gets around these days. Foo Fighters are in the middle of a weeklong residency on  Late Show With David Letterman , but Grohl and drummer Taylor Hawkins still found time for some late night covers of rock and…

  17. Grateful Dead’s Phil Lesh & Bob Weir Sing National Anthem at Ball Game: Watch

    October 14, 2014 10:56 PM EDT Phil Lesh and Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead  joined San Francisco Giants third base coach and musician Tim Flannery to sing "The Star-Spangled Banner" before Game 3 of the NL Championship Series on Tuesday at AT&T Park. After the Giants held on to beat St. Louis 5-4 in…

  18. Nile Rodgers, Ellie Goulding Honored at BMI London Awards

    October 14, 2014 12:02 PM EDT Legendary lyricist Tim Rice was honored, Nile Rodgers took top prize and Ellie Goulding was a three-time winner at the BMI London Awards , held Monday night at London's Dorchester Hotel. The annual gala is held to honor the U.K./Euro/Caribbean songwriters, producers and publishers of…

  19. One Direction Release Acoustic 'Steal My Girl,' Tease Video With Danny DeVito

    October 14, 2014 10:32 AM EDT That's what makes them beautiful. Harry Styles sees your obsession with "Out of the Woods," and raises you an acoustic version of  One Direction 's latest song, "Steal My Girl." The new single is the lead track off One Direction's forthcoming fourth studio…

  20. Primus' Les Claypool Explains Band's Trip to the 'Chocolate Factory'

    October 14, 2014 9:00 AM EDT As a kid, Primus ' Les Claypool became enamored with Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory starring Gene Wilder . Four decades later, that childhood fandom has turned into Primus and the Chocolate Factory, the first album in 19 years from the band's seminal lineup: Claypool,…

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