1. Tomorrow's Hits: Eden xo, Glass Animals, Jon Guerra

    October 24, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Each Friday, Billboard presents Tomorrow's Hits, a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Eden xo After fronting Jessie and the Toy Boys, who tallied two Dance Club Songs hits in 2011-12, pop singer/songwriter (and former Britney Spears…

  2. Glam Rock Giant Alvin Stardust Dies at 72

    October 24, 2014 2:37 AM EDT British glam rocker Alvin Stardust , one of the biggest pop stars of his era, has died at the age of 72. He had recently been diagnosed with metastatic prostate cancer.  Stardust, born Bernard Jewry on Sept. 27, 1942 in London, enjoyed a long line of top 10 hits in the ‘70s and early ‘80s,…

  3. The Game Wins Sixth No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

    October 23, 2014 7:20 PM EDT Also making waves: Hoodie Allen, DJ Quik, Bobby Shmurda, Mila J Rapper The Game collects his sixth No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, as his latest release, Blood Moon: Year of the Wolf , opens atop the chart. The set sold 33,000 copies in the week ending Oct. 19, according to Nielsen…

  4. Chief Keef Confirms Being Dropped From Interscope Records on Twitter

    October 22, 2014 1:10 PM EDT Chief Keef took to Twitter on Tuesday, Oct. 21, to confirm that he's been dropped from Interscope Records. "I been dropped for a week now," he said in a text conversation, which he posted on Twitter. Bro ass is LuckilySlow pic.twitter.com/7g8C1NwLrn — AlmightySo (@ChiefKeef)…

  5. Florida Georgia Line Scores First No. 1 Album

    October 22, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Bob Seger, The Game, U2 and Hoodie Allen also score Top 10 debuts on the Billboard 200 chart. Country duo Florida Georgia Line nabs its first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart with the arrival of Anything Goes . The set was released on Republic Nashville and sold 197,000 copies in the…

  6. Wiz Khalifa Signs with WME

    October 21, 2014 2:09 PM EDT Wiz Khalifa has signed with WME for his representation worldwide, the company has announced. Wiz Khalifa Earns First No. 1 Album On Billboard 200 Khalifa has several fashion-focused deals, including with Converse, a partnership with headwear company Flat Fitty, and Freshko, a brand Khalifa…

  7. Anatomy of a Hit: How Bobby Shmurda's 'Hot Boy' Came to Life

    October 21, 2014 12:57 PM EDT In March, Bobby Shmurda ’s “Hot Boy” (explicit version: “Hot N—a”) video hit YouTube. But it wasn’t until June, when Vine user Vladimir Francois looped the rapper’s Shmoney Dance move in the clip, that the song blew up. Now, Shmurda, 20, is signed to Epic Records, and “Hot Boy” rises 12-10…

  8. T.I., 'Paperwork': Track-by-Track Review

    October 20, 2014 12:30 PM EDT T.I. has always had some source of inspiration behind his albums, whether it came off sounding good or not. On his first three albums, T.I. was looking to live up to the "King of the South" title he bestowed upon himself as a rookie. King (2006) saw him enjoying his self-professed…

  9. Led Zeppelin Loses First Round in 'Stairway to Heaven' Lawsuit

    October 20, 2014 5:38 AM EDT Led Zeppelin is stuck in Pennsylvania at the moment, forced to confront claims the band stole its biggest hit "Stairway to Heaven" from Randy Craig Wolfe , founding member of the band Spirit. Wolfe's heirs sued Led Zeppelin, Jimmy Page , Robert Plant and their music…

  10. Bob Seger Aiming for 10th Top 10 Album

    October 17, 2014 7:48 PM EDT The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer is riding towards the Billboard 200's top 10 with 'Ride Out' Rocker Bob Seger is cruising for his tenth top 10 album with his latest release, Ride Out . Industry forecasters suggest the set, released on Oct. 14 through Hideout/Capitol Records…

  11. 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…

  12. Tyler, the Creator's Freestyle About Bacon & Grandmas Peaks At No. 2 on Trending 140 Chart

    October 16, 2014 5:13 PM EDT Tyler, the Creator stopped by LA Leakers' "Lift Off" show on L.A.'s Power 106 on Wednesday, and the rapper/producer treated listeners to a round of "Open Bar," on which he freestyled about four given topics: grandmas, pregnant women, bacon and groupies. No…

  13. Lil Wayne & Young Thug Team Up For 'Take Kare' Song: Listen

    October 16, 2014 1:57 PM EDT A collaboration between Lil Wayne and Young Thug was inevitable, and highly anticipated. Besides the comparisons between the two rappers, Young Thug has expressed his admiration for Lil Wayne, while Birdman has taken on the role as a mentor to him as well. Late Wednesday, Oct. 15, Weezy and…

  14. B.o.B, Bun B & 2 Chainz Take Over 2014 A3C Festival

    October 15, 2014 5:19 PM EDT Hip-hop fans flocked to Atlanta this past week for the 10th annual A3C Festival, which proved to be bigger than ever. Over the course of five days (Oct. 8 through 12), the festival held keynote interviews, panels, showcases and tribute shows across the city. The festival started off strong…

  15. Exclusive: Afroman Remixes 'Because I Got High' in Support of Marijuana Legalization

    October 15, 2014 7:30 AM EDT Remember "Because I Got High," Afroman 's 2001 smash about failing to clean his room and graduate high school while managing to lose his wife and children and start sleeping on the sidewalk just because he, you know, got high? Some of you probably (cough) don't, but that…

  16. 'South Park': 15 Most Memorable Music Moments

    October 14, 2014 5:50 PM EDT Lorde is the latest musical celebrity to make an “appearance” on South Park and both Billboard and the singer herself happen to think Trey Parker and Matt Stone nailed it. Mocking the Lorde birth certificate truthers with Stan’s dad moonlighting as a middle-aged, male version of the…

  17. 35 Years Ago, Sugarhill Gang's 'Rapper's Delight' Made Its First Chart Appearance

    October 13, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Several years after hip-hop culture began to take shape at parties in the Bronx and Queens, Sugarhill Gang's "Rapper's Delight" was released via Sugar Hill Records on Sept. 16, 1979. Nearly one month after its release, the watershed single made its first appearance on a…

  18. 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…

  19. Listen to The Game's Auto-Tune Heavy 'F--- Yo Feelings' With Lil Wayne & Chris Brown

    October 06, 2014 7:49 PM EDT With The Game 's Blood Money label's compilation, Year of the Wolf , due out next Tuesday, the rapper née Jayceon Terrell Taylor teased the album Monday by dropping the Lil Wayne and Chris Brown -featuring "F--- Yo Feelings." The Game Assembles All-Star Hip-Hop Crew…

  20. 1980s White Rap Pioneers 3rd Bass Reveal the Stories Behind Their Music -- From Gang Hits to Beef With the Beastie Boys

    October 06, 2014 4:27 PM EDT When New York duo 3rd Bass -- MC Serch (real name Michael Berrin) and Prime Minister Pete Nice (born Peter Nash), now both 47 -- burst onto the scene in 1989 with the single "Steppin' to the A.M.," they were a revelation to the public. Serch's first single, "Melissa…

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