1. Hot 100 Chart Moves: Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' Returns, Imagine Dragons Debut

    November 07, 2014 6:22 PM EST Halloween classic makes its annual resurgence, while Imagine Dragons preview their next album. Plus, chart action for Rae Sremmurd, Meghan Trainor & Ella Henderson. As previously reported , Taylor Swift 's "Shake It Off" returns to the Billboard Hot 100 's…

  2. Gary Gersh Remembers His Disciple Craig Aaronson, A&R Legend Behind Mastodon and More

    November 07, 2014 5:30 PM EST A&R veteran Craig Aaronson died Oct. 29 after a long battle with cancer. He was 49. During an extensive career at Warner Bros., Capitol and Grand Royal, Aaronson worked with  My Chemical Romance ,  Avenged Sevenfold ,  Taking Back Sunday ,  Mastodon ,  At the Drive-In  and  Wiz Khalifa …

  3. The Doors' John Densmore Calls 'Feast of Friends' Documentary 'A Real Deal & Then Some'

    November 07, 2014 3:52 PM EST John Densmore acknowledges that over the years, the Doors have "cherry-picked" Feast of Friends , the unfinished documentary the group commissioned in 1968, "for lots of different film projects." But on Nov. 11, the much-bootlegged film comes out as it was intended, with…

  4. Sam Hunt Scores Country Charts Feat Last Achieved 22 Years Ago

    November 07, 2014 2:00 PM EST Newcomer Sam Hunt tops three Billboard country charts -- Top Country Albums , Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay -- as his first full-length set, Montevallo , opens with 70,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. (Digital sales account for a hefty 71 percent of the sum.) Sam…

  5. OK Go's Latest Video Triumph Impacts Hot Rock Songs Chart

    November 07, 2014 11:55 AM EST "We're that f---ing video band," OK Go frontman Damien Kulash said in a keynote speech at the Future of Music Policy Summit in Washington, D.C. on Oct. 27. Earlier that day, the group debuted its latest video, "I Won't Let You Down," on NBC's Today , and…

  6. Here's Foo Fighters' Austin, TX, Song 'What Did I Do?/God As My Witness' With Gary Clark Jr.

    November 07, 2014 11:09 AM EST It's Friday, and that means a new Foo Fighters song is upon us. Ahead of the Austin-themed episode of their HBO docu-series Sonic Highways we have "What Did I Do?/God As My Witness," an epic throwback rocker featuring Austin MVP Gary Clark, Jr. Recorded in the music (and…

  7. Tomorrow's Hits: Shakey Graves, Leihoku & Old Dominion

    November 07, 2014 10:00 AM EST Each Friday, Billboard presents Tomorrow's Hits, a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Shakey Graves Folk-rocker Shakey Graves (real name: Alejandro Rose-Garcia) bubbles under Adult Alternative Songs with "Dearly Departed,"…

  8. Rewinding the Charts: 27 Years Ago, Tiffany Was 'Alone' Atop the Hot 100

    November 07, 2014 9:05 AM EST It remains one of the shrewdest marketing campaigns in music history: In 1987, Tiffany Renee Darwish, better-known as Tiffany (then 16), performed shows in shopping malls across the United States to promote her self-titled debut MCA album. By visiting fellow teens at their second home, the…

  9. Stevie Wonder Reveals Two New Projects on the Way

    November 06, 2014 4:38 PM EST One is a set of orchestral remakes of his songs with David Foster. Even as he readies his anxiously awaited Songs in the Key of Life Performance tour, Stevie Wonder has two new recording projects in motion. Wonder tells Billboard that he's "about eight songs" into When the…

  10. Taylor Swift Dominates Billboard Artist 100

    November 06, 2014 3:33 PM EST Swift stays atop the chart -- with a nearly 10-to-1 lead in points over runner-up Meghan Trainor. It might be easier simply to mention the charts that Taylor Swift doesn't lead this week. Swift is the top music act in the U.S. for a second week, holding at No. 1 on the Billboard Artist…

  11. ZHU Delivers Audiovisual Odyssey in North American Debut

    November 05, 2014 5:29 PM EST Faceless artist plays HARD Day of the Dead. Towering palm trees frame gray and lavender tones while purple lights dance in stuttered steps below. "This is the Nightday," says Jake Udell, ZHU 's manager. "Look at the sky." The setting couldn't have been better…

  12. Taylor Swift's 'Shake It Off' Returns to No. 1 on Hot 100

    November 05, 2014 2:40 PM EST Plus, four more songs debut from her new No. 1 Billboard 200 album '1989,' including 'Blank Space,' which enters atop Digital Songs. Taylor Swift -mania extends to the Billboard Hot 100, where "Shake It Off" rebounds 2-1 for a third total week on top . The…

  13. Concert Review: Usher Kicks Off His UR Experience Tour in Detroit With Mixed Results

    November 05, 2014 1:02 PM EST "I've been doing this shit for 20 years," Usher told an exuberant crowd on Tuesday night at the Palace of Auburn Hills outside Detroit during the first U.S. concert of his UR Experience Tour. His tone was one of bemusement, his look a mix of pride and subtle disbelief.  But…

  14. Lindsey Stirling Scores First Airplay Chart Hit, 'Shatter Me,' With Lzzy Hale

    November 04, 2014 2:10 PM EST After charting two albums on the Billboard 200, including Shatter Me , which debuted and peaked at No. 2 in May, violinist/performance artist Lindsey Stirling is rising with her first airplay chart hit. The Shatter Me title cut, featuring vocals from Lzzy Hale, of alt-metal band Halestorm,…

  15. Queen Shares Unreleased '80s Track to Help Fight AIDS

    November 04, 2014 11:58 AM EST Queen is using one of the previously unreleased tracks from its upcoming Queen Forever compilation for a good cause. The group has released "Let Me In Your Heart Again" via iTunes, with proceeds going to Coca-Cola's RED campaign to benefit the Global Fund, which fights AIDS,…

  16. Sam Hunt First Rookie Since Florida Georgia Line to Top Country Airplay Chart

    November 04, 2014 11:05 AM EST The newcomer's 'Leave the Night On' rises 2-1. Plus, moves for Big & Rich and Tim McGraw. Sam Hunt becomes the first act in almost two years to reach No. 1 on Billboard 's Country Airplay chart with a debut single, as "Leave the Night On" rises 2-1. No…

  17. Seether, Papa Roach Announce Co-Headlining Tour

    November 04, 2014 10:00 AM EST Because "it's fun to tour with your friends," according to Seether bassist Dale Stewart, his band and Papa Roach will start 2015 with a co-headlining tour that begins Jan. 9 at Hard Rock Live in Orlando, Fla., and wraps up Feb. 7 at the Hard Rock Hotel Casino's The…

  18. HARD Day of the Dead: 10 Standout Performances

    November 03, 2014 6:26 PM EST Over the weekend, some of the most talented emissaries from all corners of the dance-music world descended on Pomona, Calif., for HARD's annual Day of the Dead festival. Live Nation's HARD has made its name on curation, consistently showcasing credible talents while excavating and…

  19. 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…

  20. Motley Crue Teams With Dodge in Dallas, Talks 'Great Things' Ahead on Final Tour

    November 03, 2014 9:57 AM EST A big sponsorship deal brought Motley Crue back to a small hall over the weekend in Dallas. The group played a special, semi-public show on Saturday at "Fast N' Loud" host Richard Rawlings ' Gas Monkey Live concert club as part of the Dodge Rocks Gas Monkey event…

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