1. Sam Smith Leads 2015 People's Choice Awards Nominees

    November 04, 2014 5:23 PM EST Sam Smith , along with actress Shailene Woodley , are the leading nominees for the 2015 People's Choice Awards, with four nods apiece. Nominees in 58 categories were announced Tuesday (Nov. 4) in Los Angeles. Smith is nominated for male artist, breakthrough artist, favorite song for …

  2. Paul Simon Cooperating for Planned Biography

    November 04, 2014 3:58 PM EST After decades of telling his story through music, Paul Simon is ready to rely on words alone. The celebrated singer-songwriter has agreed to cooperate with author and music critic Robert Hilburn for a planned biography. Simon & Schuster, winner of a recent six-publisher auction,…

  3. Sam Smith's 'Stay With Me' Is Music Publishing's Big Winner in Q3

    November 04, 2014 10:06 AM EST Sam Smith was publishing’s big winner in the third quarter. His “Stay With Me” ranks first for airplay, with both Sony/ATV and Universal Music Publishing Group holding an interest in the ballad, while his guest turn on Disclosure ’s “Latch” (UMPG) puts the radio staple in fifth place. As a…

  4. Listen to Kurt Cobain's Unearthed 'Montage of Heck' Mixtape

    November 03, 2014 9:43 PM EST A mixtape Kurt Cobain created in 1988 has been given some new life online, offering fans another glimpse into the Nirvana frontman's psyche with a strange but enjoyable collection of music and sounds.  Courtney Love on Kurt Cobain 'Doping' Note: 'Obviously I Wrote It&…

  5. Director Russell Mulcahy and Duran Duran's John Taylor Look Back on Their Classic Music Videos

    November 03, 2014 6:24 PM EST Chances are, if you turned on MTV in the early 1980s, you watched dozens of videos directed by Russell Mulcahy . He's the Australian visionary that brought the world more than 80 videos in all, including most of Duran Duran 's classic early clips, plus memorable shorts for the…

  6. James Otto Talks 'Somewhere Tonight,' His First Single Since 2010

    November 03, 2014 6:03 PM EST James Otto -- one of country music's most distinctive voices -- is back at radio with "Somewhere Tonight," his first single since 2010 (watch the lyric video below). The singer tells Billboard he's elated to have new music to share with his fans. "I've had the…

  7. 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…

  8. Why Australia's The Preatures Are on the Verge of Breaking Out (Hint: The Rolling Stones Are Fans)

    November 03, 2014 3:45 PM EST What happens when one of the best rock albums of the year arrives and only Australia notices? That has been the case for The Preatures, a Sydney quintet whose debut, Blue Planet Eyes , bowed at No. 4 on the Australian album chart. In America, the LP was a digital-only release (Sept. 30,…

  9. On the Road & Backstage With Rising British DJ Hot Since 82

    November 03, 2014 2:46 PM EST "Wooo, disco bus!" The vehicle idling by the manicured white lobby of the SLS Beverly Hills Hotel is nothing special, but Hot Since 82 is easy to please. Daley Padley is a rakish 30-something Brit wearing a white graphic tee and an unflagging smile that persists despite his…

  10. Taylor Swift Announces '1989' World Tour Dates

    November 03, 2014 9:18 AM EST It's official: Fans will be able to shake it off with Taylor Swift all through 2015. The singer officially announced a 1989 World Tour Monday morning (Nov. 3), writing on Twitter , "So yeah, #The1989WorldTour is happening!! Go to http://TaylorSwift.com  for details. I CANNOT WAIT!…

  11. Billboard Celebrates 120th Anniversary: A Look Back at the Rich History

    November 01, 2014 1:41 PM EDT I was 14 when I discovered Billboard . For a high school student who wanted to be a writer and who was interested in music, it was a window into a business I knew little about. But that quickly changed, as I became familiar with the names of industry leaders and the ever-changing…

  12. Son to Usher: Dad, You're Not a Great Singer

    November 01, 2014 1:02 PM EDT One of Usher 's sons studies his dance moves meticulously, while the other has said to the Grammy-winning star: "You're not a great singer." Billboard Cover: Usher on Getting Tough With Justin Bieber, Why He’s Not Ready for a New Album and Life as a Single Dad Usher says…

  13. Watch Arcade Fire's Short Halloween Horror Flick, 'Festi,' With The National, Fleet Foxes

    October 31, 2014 9:39 PM EDT Arcade Fire are celebrating Halloween with a bit of a trick and a treat.   The band released a short horror film Friday called Festi , which features the band celebrating multi-instrumentalist Will Butler's 27th birthday while on tour at a festival. There's party with friends the…

  14. Ozzy Osbourne Talks Black Sabbath's ‘Last Hurrah’ & Return to Solo Material

    October 31, 2014 3:53 PM EDT “We're disbanding the name and everything,” he says of the group’s upcoming last stand. With one more Black Sabbath album and tour on the drawing board, Ozzy Osbourne is also planning a return to his solo career and sees the new Memoirs of a Madman compilation as a "bridge"…

  15. The Best and Worst Singles of the Week -- From Iggy Azalea to Meghan Trainor

    October 31, 2014 3:43 PM EDT " alt="" width="510"> Meghan Trainor "Lips Are Movin" Epic Trainor has just one hit to her name thus far, and on her "All About That Bass" follow-up, she can't help but work a sly self-reference into its snappy chorus. "I gave you…

  16. Orlando Jones, 'Sleepy Holloween Vol. 1': Exclusive Mixtape Premiere

    October 31, 2014 2:16 PM EDT Orlando Jones never ceases to surprise. In celebration of Halloween, the actor has releasesd his first mixtape, Sleepy Holloween Vol. 1. He collaborates with his DriveBy Entertainment partner, writer/producer Noam Dromi to create a 20-song project laced with relationship-heavy songs and…

  17. Justin Bieber & Usher Watch LeBron James Courtside on Opening Night

    October 31, 2014 11:43 AM EDT With LeBron James in town for his first game back with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Justin Bieber just had to be courtside. At the Quicken Loans Arena Oct. 30, the troubled singer was reunited with his old mentor, the considerably less-troubled Usher . Check out their Instagram below. That’s…

  18. 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…

  19. Watch Kendrick Lamar Perform 'i' Before the Cleveland Cavs' Season Opener

    October 30, 2014 9:51 PM EDT With Cleveland basketball fans so psyched about LeBron James' return to the Cavaliers, Kendrick Lamar didn't have to do much to pump up the crowd as he opened the team's hometown season opener performing hit new single 'i.' Drake Shows Off New Toronto Raptors Suit…

  20. T.I.'s Wife Tiny Defends Implants to Change Eye Color

    October 30, 2014 7:22 PM EDT Reality TV star Tameka "Tiny" Harris , the wife of rapper T.I. , has the attention of skeptical eye doctors and social media haters over a procedure she underwent to permanently lighten the color of her eyes.   Harris, once a member of the '90s R&B group Xscape , told ABC…

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