1. Billboard Cover Sneak Peak: 5 People (and Things) That Inspire Usher -- From Picasso to Puff Daddy

    October 23, 2014 7:55 PM EDT Usher 's career stats are astounding. He's sold close to 24 million records in the United States and taken home eight Grammys. His 2004 album Confessions sold more than any other album in the '00s. His recent single "Good Kisser" was his 13th No. 1 on…

  2. Taylor Swift's '1989' Sales Forecast Grows

    October 23, 2014 5:00 PM EDT How much will Taylor Swift 's 1989 sell in its first week? It's still too early to know if it could hit the milestone million-sold mark, but its forecast is rising notably. At present, industry sources are forecasting that 1989 (due Oct. 27 on Big Machine Records) could sell…

  3. 5 Seconds of Summer Tweet Shirtless Calum Hood Photo

    October 23, 2014 10:05 AM EDT "I'm still just a teenage kid learning from mistakes :)" tweeted Calum Hood from 5 Seconds of Summer earlier this year. What was his mistake? A naked Snapchat of the bassist ended up all over the Internet. What did he learn? To keep his pants on in photos, at least for the…

  4. Justin Timberlake's Final Tour Dates to be Filmed by Jonathan Demme

    October 22, 2014 7:46 PM EDT Sin City will host the singer at the top of 2015 Justin Timberlake is winding down his 20/20 Experience world tour, announcing that the final two shows will take place on Jan. 1 and Jan. 2 at Las Vegas' MGM Grand Garden Arena and be filmed by Jonathan Demme . Justin Timberlake…

  5. Exclusive Video: 'Voice' Alum Tony Lucca Premieres Acoustic Video for His Song 'Delilah'

    October 22, 2014 2:51 PM EDT Tony Lucca has moved easily between music and acting throughout his life. He got his first break on The Mickey Mouse Club alongside fellow future pop stars Christina Aguilera , Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake  and not long after that show ended, Lucca started a musical career. It'…

  6. Inside Grammy U Competition Winner Kirkland Lynch's Incredible Day at the Capitol Records Tower

    October 22, 2014 1:59 PM EDT After winning Grammy U's music business plan competition, Kirkland Lynch found himself in Los Angeles, getting picked up by the chairman of Capitol Records. October 9, 2014 marked the best day of my life thus far. That was the day that Grammy U introduced me to Steve Barnett , CEO of…

  7. Justin Bieber Tweets Another Shirtless Pic, This Time In the Bathtub

    October 22, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Not long ago, Justin Bieber announced on Instagram that he'd been on vacation too long, and that it was time to get back to music: "#newmusic #back2work #vacationtimesup #longoverdue." How does he get the necessary R&R and remain productive at the same time? Take baths.…

  8. Conan Gets 'Exclusive' Video of Bieber vs. Mayweather Fight

    October 22, 2014 9:02 AM EDT Justin Bieber 's been hanging with Floyd Mayweather, Jr., for a few years now , and Justin Bieber's been interested in boxing just as long . But Bieber training with Mayweather is a new thing , and Conan O'Brien was lucky enough to get a video of the two*** training together.…

  9. Giants vs. Royals: Who Has the Better Intro Music?

    October 21, 2014 6:00 PM EDT Tonight, the San Francisco Giants visit Kansas City’s Kauffman Stadium to take on the Royals in Game One of the 2014 World Series. The Giants are gunning for their third ring in five years, while the Royals -- who have yet to lose this postseason -- are looking to continue an 11-game…

  10. Exclusive: Chance the Rapper Reveals New Album 'Surf,' Working With Frank Ocean & J. Cole

    October 21, 2014 3:30 PM EDT 0 Chance and the Social Experiment are aiming to drop 'Surf' for free by the end of the year. In the year and a half since he released his breakout mixtape, Acid Rap , Chance the Rapper has charted a remarkable course. Forgoing signing with a major label, the Chicago…

  11. Jhené Aiko Says Staff Member's Assualt Caused Her to Miss Def Jam's 30th Anniversary Concert

    October 20, 2014 6:57 PM EDT As Def Jam celebrated its 30-year anniversary Thursday with a massive Barclays Center blowout featuring performances by Rick Ross , 2 Chainz , Fabolous , DMX , Foxy Brown and many others, one promised guest failed to grace the stage. Jhené Aiko 's absence was noticed, as the young up…

  12. Lance Bass Sets Wedding Date And 'N Sync Reunion?

    October 18, 2014 8:52 PM EDT Lance Bass liked it, so he put a ring on it. And now the former 'N Sync singer has set a date for his upcoming wedding to model Michael Turchin.   The singer/radio host and Turchin will tie the knot on Dec. 20, he confirmed to People . And, yes, his former boy bandmates will be there…

  13. Exclusive: Britney Spears' Manager Tells the Story Behind the Infamous Madonna VMAs Kiss

    October 17, 2014 5:05 PM EDT In the middle of performing a medley of hits at the 2003 VMA's, Madonna surprised everyone by kissing Britney Spears onstage. After a quick camera cut to Britney's ex-boyfriend, Justin Timberlake , who looked confused, Madonna then smooched her other performing partner: Christina…

  14. 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…

  15. RCA Records Hires Dan Chertoff as VP, A&R

    October 17, 2014 10:20 AM EDT Dan Chertoff has been appointed vice president A&R of RCA Records, where he'll be responsible for signing and developing new artists, the label has announced. Chartoff will work out of RCA's New York City headquarters and report to CEO Peter Edge and David Wolter , SVP of A…

  16. Can Anyone (Even Taylor Swift) Hit the First-Week Million-Selling Mark Anymore?

    October 17, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Candidates include Taylor Swift, whose 1989 arrives Oct. 27, Adele and... well...? Will the U.S. music industry ever see another first-week million-selling album? That was an open question even as the CD suffered double-digit sales declines for the last seven years. But with digital sales…

  17. Happy Birthday, Chris Kirkpatrick: Celebrate His 5 Best Unappreciated 'N Sync Video Moments

    October 17, 2014 9:00 AM EDT God must have spent a little more time on him. Happy Birthday, Chris Kirkpatrick! The 'N Sync powerhouse turned somewhat-of- a-punchline turns 43 today. No, that's not a typo; a member of 'N Sync is straight-up middle-aged. Time marches on! On a lighter note, Kirkpatrick had…

  18. 14 New Zealand Acts You Need to Know About

    October 17, 2014 5:17 AM EDT New Zealand has been punching well above its weight in recent years. Think Lorde . Think The Naked and the Famous , Broods , Gin Wigmore , Ladyhawke   and  Kimbra (oh, and don't forget   Flight of the Conchords ). If you figured that’s it, think again. With the nominations announced…

  19. Taylor Swift's 'Riptide' Makes Waves on Social 50 & Twitter Charts

    October 16, 2014 5:58 PM EDT Beyonce and Lorde climb thanks to 'Flawless' and 'South Park,' respectively. Taylor Swift dominates the latest Billboard + Twitter Top Tracks chart, earning the top debut with her cover of Vance Joy 's "Riptide," a song from the singer/songwriter's…

  20. Black Keys' Patrick Carney Still Hates Spotify… And Now U2?

    October 16, 2014 2:37 PM EDT You won’t find either of the Black Keys’ last two albums on Spotify and their beefs with the streaming service have been well-documented. Drummer Patrick Carney hasn’t softened his stance, as evidenced by an Oct. 15 interview with The Seattle Times . But it wasn’t all about Spotify; he also…

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