1. Chart Highlights: Tove Lo's 'Habits' Hits No. 1 'High' on Pop Songs

    November 03, 2014 5:35 PM EST 'Habits (Stay High)' is the seventh Pop Songs leader by a rookie this year. Plus, Taylor Swift's 'Blank Space' debuts and Imagine Dragons fire back with 'I Bet My Life.' Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every…

  2. Foo Fighters Bring Guests, Massive Set to Nashville's Ryman Auditorium

    November 03, 2014 4:38 PM EST "It's not often I come to a gig and kick off my shoes," Dave Grohl told the crowd on Friday night as he began his three-hour parade across the Ryman stage, barefoot and sporting black-metal style corpse paint in honor of All Hallow's Eve. As far as events go, this was…

  3. Bob Geldof Reportedly Planning Band Aid Single to Fight Ebola

    November 03, 2014 3:13 PM EST This year marks the 30th anniversary of charity hit 'Do They Know It's Christmas?' Bob Geldof   is reportedly considering releasing a fourth version of the charity single "Do They Know It's Christmas?," according to  The Sun .  The Boomtown Rats singer is…

  4. 'Lord of the Rings' Composer Howard Shore Talks Hobbits, His Start on 'SNL' and Working With Martin Scorsese

    November 03, 2014 1:53 PM EST Whatever you think of director Peter Jackson’s decision to pump up J.R.R. Tolkien’s table-setting novel The Hobbit into three films to rival the more naturally epic Lord of the Rings trilogy, the indisputably good news is that when the final installment, The Hobbit: The Battle of Five…

  5. What's At Stake for the Music Business in the 2014 Mid-Term Elections?

    November 03, 2014 12:36 PM EST American Idol runner-up Clay Aiken is unlikely to win a seat in the House of Representatives, but there are plenty of reasons for the music business to pay attention to the midterm elections. Over the next two years, Congress could decide if pre-1972 recordings get a digital performance…

  6. Wayne Static Remembered by Ozzy Osbourne, Billy Corgan, Motorhead & More

    November 02, 2014 2:13 PM EST The sudden death of former Static-X frontman Wayne Static caused an outpour of tributes from the hard rock music community. Static-X's Wayne Static Dead at 48 Static’s publicist confirmed to Billboard on Saturday (Nov. 1) that the artist had passed away. He was 48. No information was…

  7. ‘SNL’ Recap: Prince Dazzles with 8-Minute Medley, Suge Knight Arrest Spoofed & Taylor Swift Vertigo

    November 02, 2014 11:28 AM EST As promised, Prince played an uninterrupted eight-minute medley of songs from his new albums, Art Official Age and Plectrumelectrum , during Saturday Night Live on Nov. 1 -- and it was pretty spectacular! Prince on 'Saturday Night Live': Look Back at Past Impressions Prince’s…

  8. Static-X's Wayne Static Dead at 48

    November 02, 2014 12:22 AM EDT Wayne Static , former frontman of metal band Static-X , has died at age 48, his publicist confirmed to Billboard late Saturday (Nov. 1). No information was provided other than that Static was was due to set out on a co-headlining tour with Powerman 5000 and Drowning Pool over the next…

  9. Ian Fraser, Famed Composer for TV and Film, Dies at 81

    October 31, 2014 5:38 PM EDT He won 11 Emmys from 32 nominations and collaborated often with Julie Andrews. Ian Fraser , whose 11 Emmy Awards and 32 nominations for outstanding music direction made him the most honored composer/conductor in the history of television, has died. He was 81. The British native, who was…

  10. Jian Ghomeshi Dropped By The Agency Group

    October 31, 2014 5:21 PM EDT Toronto-based The Agency Group released a statement Friday (Oct. 31) that it is no longer the agent of representation for Jian Ghomeshi . Nine women have come forward to major Canadian media outlets with firsthand accounts of being victimized by the former CBC radio host, including getting…

  11. Calvin Harris Sets Dance/Electronic Chart Records

    October 31, 2014 4:10 PM EDT Calvin Harris becomes the first act to place three songs simultaneously in the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs top 10, as "Outside," featuring Ellie Goulding , debuts at No. 7. It joins "Blame," featuring John Newman (No. 2) and "Summer" (No. 9) in the upper tier. …

  12. New Signings: Jackie Boyz Team with Razor & Tie, Son Lux to Glassnote, OWSLA Grabs Carmada and More

    October 31, 2014 3:39 PM EDT A look at the latest artist signings across the music industry, including record labels, artist management firms, publishing companies, booking agencies and more.  RECORD LABELS -- America's Got Talent finalist Emily West signs to Sony Music Masterworks imprint, Portrait . She will…

  13. Details on the (Literally) Explosive Set of Calvin Harris' 'Open Wide' Video & More Insider Scoop

    October 31, 2014 3:22 PM EDT GBV Broke Up: Have A Beer   Guided By Voices fans bereft over its abrupt September breakup can soon drown their sorrows in a beer inspired by the Robert Pollard-led indie band and the 20th anniversary of its classic 1994 album Bee Thousand . On Nov. 17,  Delaware microbrewer Dogfish Head…

  14. Trent Reznor on Turning 50 'With Some Sense of Dread,' the Future of Nine Inch Nails and a Top-Secret Apple Project

    October 31, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Next May, Trent Reznor turns 50. "It's with some sense of dread," he says dryly. "I saw something on TV, 'If you're age 50 to 74, apply now...' -- I'm like, 'F---, I'm in that?' " As he hits the half-century mark, Reznor may have…

  15. Billboard Cover: Lorde on Her ‘Hero’ Kanye West, the ‘Hunger Games’ Soundtrack and Hype-Proofing Her Career

    October 31, 2014 9:00 AM EDT On this mid-October Friday, San Diego State University's campus looks like a certain kind of college-goer's paradise: guys in flip-flops and their tanned female counterparts lounge in the sunbaked quad, chatting about weekend plans, while dudes practice mixed martial arts…

  16. Suge Knight to Stay in Vegas Jail Through Weekend

    October 30, 2014 4:38 PM EDT Suge Knight had a Las Vegas traffic warrant reduced to a parking ticket on Thursday (Oct. 30) but was returned in custody to the Clark County jail to await a Monday extradition hearing in a California robbery case. Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Joseph Sciscento quickly arraigned Knight in…

  17. Song Premiere: Vassy Covers The New Radicals’ ‘You Get What You Give’

    October 30, 2014 4:11 PM EDT Australian singer-songwriter Vassy has seen her profile grow thanks to the recent David Guetta /Showtek collaboration “Bad” and her own single “We Are Young.” The latter isn’t a fun. cover, but Vassy has decided to put a spin on another classic pop-rock sing-along: the New Radicals ’ “You…

  18. David Lee Roth ‘Did Not Want to Do’ Van Halen’s Classic Single ‘Jump,’ Says Former Bassist Michael Anthony

    October 29, 2014 1:07 PM EDT There's no way California band Van Halen will ever forget 1984: Its multi-platinum album named after that year marked the height of the band's commercial success with flamboyant frontman "Diamond" David Lee Roth . In addition to containing the exuberant party rock…

  19. Composer Steven Price to Talk 'Fury,' 'Gravity' at Billboard/THR Film & TV Music Conference

    October 29, 2014 10:38 AM EDT ASCAP will host a panel discussion with Oscar-winning composer Steven Price to close out the 2014 Billboard and Hollywood Reporter Film and TV Music Conference being held Nov. 5 and 6 on the Universal Studios lot in Universal City, Calif. The interview, helmed by Jeff Jernigan , director…

  20. Elton John Loves Pope Francis: 'He Is My Hero'

    October 29, 2014 8:47 AM EDT For Sir Elton John , his An Enduring Vision benefit in New York City on Tuesday night was an opportunity to not only raise money for his AIDS Foundation, but also to celebrate marriage equality.  Wearing a sequined black blazer and sitting down often since he was recovering from knee…

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