1. Taylor Swift Unites Republicans & Democrats: Facebook Study

    October 29, 2014 5:20 PM EDT Facebook releases new data on the musicians, books & television shows that unite or polarize along partisan lines. Facebook can be a political minefield of polarized opinions, especially leading up to the midterm elections. For those looking to keep the peace, it turns out steering the…

  2. Former Minutemen Bassist Mike Watt on Why Their Pivotal Album ‘Double Nickels’ Mocked Sammy Hagar

    October 29, 2014 4:33 PM EDT " Double Nickels , even though it came about kind of by accident, is still the most focused statement of the band," says former Minutemen bassist Mike Watt . Double Nickels on the Dime influenced virtually any American punk-funk band one can name, but it inspired thousands more…

  3. Exclusive: Mad Decent's Toy Selectah & Camilo Lara Reveal Star-Studded 'Compass' Album

    October 29, 2014 10:30 AM EDT Due in early 2015, the album features Boy George, Toots & the Maytals, Kool A.D., Sly & Robbie, and more. Billboard is excited to announce a hyper-collaborative new project featuring more than 80 collaborations from over four continents. Mad Decent's Toy Selectah has…

  4. New York Gets Its First Country Music Festival

    October 29, 2014 9:34 AM EDT The inaugural FarmBorough fest will be held June 26-28 on Randall's Island. Already booked acts include Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley, Brad Paisley, Brandy Clark and Randy Houser. Live Nation Entertainment and Founders Entertainment will partner for the first time in presenting…

  5. Watch Conan O'Brien and Max Weinberg Reunite After Almost 5 Years on 'Conan'

    October 28, 2014 10:06 PM EDT A few years in the making. The gang's back together. Conan O'Brien reunited with former bandleader Max Weinberg for the first time since making the move from NBC to TBS on Tuesday's episode of Conan , when Weinberg sat in as the drummer after James Wormworth suddenly…

  6. Boy George Laments Culture Club's '80s Videos: 'I Never Really Liked Any of Them'

    October 28, 2014 1:28 PM EDT The bouncy second single off the band's second album, Colour by Numbers , Culture Club 's "Karma Chameleon" was the English's group only No. 1 in America, topping the Billboard Hot 100 on Feb. 4, 1984 and remaining there for three weeks. Cross-dressing frontman Boy…

  7. How Run-D.M.C. Changed the Rap Game in 1984

    October 28, 2014 1:22 PM EDT Though rap had been selling records and denting the lower reaches of the Billboard charts since 1979, it can be argued that Run-D.M.C. 's self-titled debut -- which peaked at No. 53 on the Billboard 200 on June 23 -- was the first time that real hip-hop was pressed to vinyl.  Most rap…

  8. SiriusXM Sees Growth in Earnings, Subscribers in Third Quarter

    October 28, 2014 8:32 AM EDT Sirius ‎XM Radio on Tuesday reported improved third-quarter earnings as it continued to grow its subscriber base. The satellite radio giant, led by CEO Jim Meyer , added 432,817 net new subscribers in the period to end September with a total of 26.7 million. In comparison, Netflix as of the…

  9. Enrique Iglesias to Perform at MTV EMAs

    October 27, 2014 10:25 PM EDT Enrique Iglesias has joined the lineup of performers at the MTV EMAs in Glasgow next month, organizers said Monday. Following the performance, Iglesias will embark on the European leg of his Sex and Love world tour. At the EMAs, he is nominated in the Best World Stage category. After being…

  10. Annie Lennox Looks Back at The Eurythmics' Hyper-Productive Heyday: 'It Exhausts Me Just Thinking About It Now'

    October 27, 2014 4:10 PM EDT Perhaps no other musical act defines the year 1984 quite like the  Eurythmics . Not only did the trailblazing synth-pop duo score its highest-charting album ( Touch , a No. 7 peak on the Billboard 200) during the week ending April 7, 1984 that spawned a hit with top 10 single "Here…

  11. Ryn Weaver's Semi-Charmed Life: Why The Internet Is Infatuated with the 'OctaHate' Singer

    October 27, 2014 4:05 PM EDT Benny Blanco thinks she’s a sure thing. Charli XCX is working with her on a top-secret project. She cries easily, loves Samuel Beckett and blew up the Web with her debut single. Inside the rise and inevitable takeover of Ryn Weaver. Ryn Weaver is sprawled out on the bed in the cluttered…

  12. Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett to Play Hollywood Bowl, Radio City Music Hall

    October 27, 2014 10:20 AM EDT Following the immediate sell-out of a recently announced special event at The Wiltern in L.A. on Feb. 8, live-event promoter Live Nation on Monday announced two more "once in a lifetime" concerts with Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga . The music stars will play The Hollywood Bowl on May…

  13. A Look Back at 1984: All of Our Coverage

    October 24, 2014 5:49 PM EDT The political and social disquiet of 1984 was reflected in a widespread sense that everything was up for grabs: gender identity ( Boy George , Annie Lennox ), sexual roles ( Madonna , Prince ), even the definition of rock and roll itself ( Van Halen adding synthesizers on the 1984 album,…

  14. Why 1984 Was Pop Music’s Best Year Ever

    October 24, 2014 2:18 PM EDT If the dystopian warnings in George Orwell's visionary novel Nineteen Eighty-Four hadn't entirely come to pass, there was plenty of alienation, disillusionment and despair to go around in 1984. Fear of nuclear destruction was at an all-time high. The AIDS epidemic continued to…

  15. One Direction, Ed Sheeran, Coldplay to Perform at Inaugural BBC Music Awards

    October 24, 2014 4:10 AM EDT One Direction , Ed Sheeran , Coldplay , Calvin Harris , Paloma Faith and Clean Bandit will perform at the inaugural BBC Music Awards in London on Dec. 11, the U.K. public broadcaster announced on Friday. The U.K. public broadcaster first unveiled the new awards show, which will compete with…

  16. Grateful Dead Documentary in the Works With Martin Scorsese

    October 23, 2014 8:08 PM EDT In celebration of the band's 50th anniversary next year, the Grateful Dead have announced plans for a career-spanning retrospective documentary executive produced by Martin Scorsese and directed by Amir Bar-Lev .  Bar-Lev has been highly regarded for his work covering the Penn State…

  17. Revisionist History, Part 2: Jimi Hendrix Beats the Beatles! Year-End Hits of Yesterday, Re-Analyzed

    October 23, 2014 11:07 AM EDT Since 1958, when Billboard's Hot 100 began tracking the hits every week, any song that's earned year-end No. 1 was surely built to last, right? Not necessarily. To test that theory, we’ve done a "do-over" for year-end charts prior to 2004, when digital downloads became…

  18. Director of Met Opera's 'Death of Klinghoffer' on Protests: 'It Invites an Audience to Think'

    October 22, 2014 11:09 PM EDT When director Peter Sellars and composer John Adams’ The Death of Klinghoffer had its initial runs in Brussels and New York in 1991, it caused a sensation and a furor. The subject matter, still fresh in the public consciousness, was the 1985 hijacking of the Italian cruise ship Achille…

  19. Jackie Lee Scores a Touchdown With First Single, 'She Does,' Prepping Debut Album

    October 22, 2014 8:44 PM EDT The Alcoa Tornadoes are one of America's most successful high school football programs. Located in East Tennessee, the team has won 13 state titles -- including a staggering seven in a row between 2004 and 2010. You would be hard pressed to find anyone who would leave such a program,…

  20. George Harrison's Childhood Home Fetches $250,000 at Auction

    October 22, 2014 7:17 PM EDT Winning bid came from Beatles fan who lost out on John Lennon's house last year George Harrison 's childhood home in Liverpool has sold for just over $250,000 at an auction held at the legendary Cavern Club in the English city.  The Liverpool Echo reported that Harrison's…

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