1. Lucinda Williams Revels In Creative Freedom: 'I'm An Optimist'

    October 14, 2014 3:08 AM EDT Lucinda Williams had considered releasing a double CD at least once before, but her record company argued against it. Now the veteran singer-songwriter is putting music out on her own label. Problem solved. Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone , with 20 songs on two CDs, is available now. …

  2. Australia’s Music Retailers Assn Backs Friday Release Date: ‘It Makes Sense’

    October 14, 2014 1:31 AM EDT Australia’s entertainment retail trade association has weighed in on the debate surrounding the IFPI-sanctioned global release date. Friday, according to the Australian Music Retailers Association (AMRA), is good for business. And the Aussies have history on the subject. In the U.K., the…

  3. Country the Focus of Billboard Touring Conference Panel

    October 13, 2014 8:44 PM EDT Top Country Touring Execs Break Down Genre's Success Several of the key players behinds the unprecedented success of country music touring will take part in discussion of the genre's live business in a Nov. 19 panel at the Billboard Touring Conference titled "Are You Ready…

  4. Chris Brown & Beyonce Lead Soul Train Award Nominations

    October 13, 2014 3:56 PM EDT Team Breezy will be very happy about this. Chris Brown leads with seven nominations for the 2014 Soul Train Awards. Brown is followed by six nods for Beyonce and five for Pharrell . Hosted by Wendy Williams , this year’s show will take place at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas on Nov. 7 and…

  5. Which Metal Legend Is Getting the MTV EMAs Global Icon Award?

    October 13, 2014 10:25 AM EDT Former recipients include Eminem, Whitney Houston and Bon Jovi. British rock legend Ozzy Osbourne will be honored with the Global Icon Award at the MTV EMAs in Glasgow, Scotland in November. The MTV EMAs will air live on MTV channels around the world from the SSE Hydro in Glasgow on Sunday…

  6. Meghan Trainor’s 'All About That Bass' Beats Nicki Minaj’s 'Anaconda' to U.K. No. 1

    October 13, 2014 3:48 AM EDT Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass” (Epic/Sony) stayed ahead of Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda” (Cash Money/Republic/Universal) to start a second week atop the U.K. singles chart yesterday (Oct. 12), as British singer-songwriter George Ezra’s   Wanted On Voyage  moved into a second week at No.…

  7. Ask Billboard: Baseball Hits, Gwen Stefani's Delay & Demi Lovato's Best-Selling Songs

    October 12, 2014 8:05 AM EDT As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. Or, Tweet questions to Gary Trust: @gthot20 HIT RUNS AND ERAS Hi Gary…

  8. 17 Years Ago, Elton John's 'Candle In the Wind 1997' Started Its 14-Week No. 1 Run

    October 11, 2014 10:45 AM EDT "Goodbye England's rose, may you ever grow in our hearts / You were the grace that placed itself where lives were torn apart." With those words, Elton John rechristened "Candle in the Wind" from 1973's Goodbye Yellow Brick Road as "Candle In the Wind 1997,…

  9. The Best and Worst Singles of the Week -- From Dierks Bentley to David Guetta

    October 10, 2014 4:35 PM EDT AlunaGeorge "Supernatural" Vagrant/Island London duo Aluna Francis and George Reid tesase their upcoming sophomore release with "Supernatural," a dancefloor-ready jam that reels their future-soul sound back to the 1980s. Francis coos over synths that seem mined from…

  10. Relive the Best 'Scandal' and 'Grey's Anatomy' Music Moments Right Here

    October 10, 2014 1:00 PM EDT Still reeling from Shonda Rhimes Thursday night television? Duh. That's why we're reliving the best music moments from Thursday night (Oct. 9). Check out our picks for  Grey's Anatomy  and  Scandal  ( How To Get Away With Murder,  disappointingly,   stuck with straight techno…

  11. Billboard Cover: Florida Georgia Line on Being ‘Professional Partiers,’ Haters and Hip-Hop

    October 10, 2014 9:00 AM EDT The banjo player has magenta highlights in his hair. The drummer is wearing sunglasses and a Motley Crue T-shirt. In the first song, there's a bass drop: The sound briefly stops, and when it storms back in, a meter at the sound board spikes to 120 decibels. Welcome to the 2014 version…

  12. John Lennon's 10 Biggest Billboard Hits

    October 09, 2014 10:05 AM EDT Today (Oct. 9) marks what would have been John Lennon’s 74th birthday. A masterful songwriter, Lennon quickly converted the powerful creative momentum of his Beatles days into a flourishing solo career that produced iconic Hot 100 smashes, from 1970's "Instant Karma" and…

  13. Watch Weezer Rock Out 'Ain't Got Nobody' on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live'

    October 08, 2014 10:10 AM EDT Poor Rivers Cuomo . He ain’t got nobody. Except Patrick, Brian, and Scott. But they all know everything will be alright in the end. Weezer just dropped its ninth studio album, Everything Will Be Alright in the End , and appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Oct. 8 to mark the occasion. The…

  14. Daft Punk & Pharrell's 'Gust of Wind' Video Features Floating Dancers & Flying Robot Heads

    October 07, 2014 11:06 AM EDT Pharrell  and Daft Punk 's new "Gust of Wind" video -- helmed by Shaun of the Dead/Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World director Edgar Wright -- involves plenty of arty dancing and scenes that appear to be inspired by Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.  (Sadly, Pharrell is not the one…

  15. Exclusive Premiere: Rufus Du Sol Gives Zhu's 'Paradise Awaits' a Euphoric Remix

    October 07, 2014 10:50 AM EDT Billboard is in a remix mood this morning, and we’re excited to present a pounding, propulsive new take on a song that already boasted strong dance floor vibes -- Zhu’s “Paradise Awaits,” re-imagined by the Australian indie-house trio Rüfüs Du Sol . Check it out below:   The original…

  16. Instant Karma: John Lennon's Full Catalog Now on Spotify

    October 07, 2014 10:43 AM EDT Imagine all the streaming... Spotify has snagged its elusive fourth Beatle , with today's (Oct. 7) announcement of John Lennon 's solo catalog on the popular streaming music service. From 1970's John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band to 1984's posthumous Milk and Honey , Spotify…

  17. Montgomery Gentry Tease Early 2015 Release for New Album

    October 06, 2014 6:15 PM EDT With "Headlights" giving Montgomery Gentry their first chart appearance since 2012, the duo's Troy Gentry tells Billboard it's good to be back. "It's been a while, and it's great to hear some Montgomery Gentry back on the radio. We’ve got a new deal with…

  18. Scott Greer Named EVP at Capitol Music Group

    October 06, 2014 4:24 PM EDT Scott Greer , an 18-year constant at Sony Music who most recently worked as svp of marketing for Sony's Columbia Records, has been named executive vice president of Capitol Music Group, the company announced today. Greer began his music industry career at Capitol Records in 1991,…

  19. Chart Highlights: Fergie Returns, Enrique Iglesias Hits No. 1

    October 06, 2014 4:05 PM EDT 'L.A.LOVE (la la)' brings Fergie back to Pop Songs, while Iglesias extends his Dance Club Songs record. Plus, new No. 1s for Drake, Luke Bryan, Spoon and more and splashy starts for Lorde and Carrie Underwood. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard…

  20. Former Bullying Victim Tinashe Gets Her Shot at R&B Stardom

    October 06, 2014 1:51 PM EDT On paper, Tinashe may come off like a former teen rebel: skipping prom and getting kicked out of her high school musical. And her slinky hit "2 On," a paean to the almighty "turn-up," teases out that narrative. But in reality, the R&B upstart -- who's releasing…

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