1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. Deerhoof Celebrates 20 Years With Release of Madonna-Inspired 'La Isla Bonita' Album

    October 31, 2014 1:55 PM EDT Deerhoof celebrates 20 years as a band this year, a feat that astounds founding member Greg Saunier. Not because time has flown by for the uber-influential cult band, but mostly because Deerhoof was never intended to last more than two weeks when it was formed, much less two decades. With…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. Spain Passes Much-Debated 'Google Tax' Intellectual Property Law

    October 30, 2014 6:18 PM EDT Critics complain of an unenforceable tax & missed opportunity for clear anti-piracy law. After more than a year in the works, Spain passed on Thursday (Oct. 30) its Intellectual Property Law, with its hotly debated, so-called Google tax that allows for fines on aggregators that show…

  9. James Talks Death (And Orgasm)-Inspired New Album 'La Petite Mort'

    October 30, 2014 11:41 AM EDT "It's like an affirmation of life, an affirmation of being present, but allowing death to be there because it can help you live." Death is all over James’ new album, La Petite Mort (out Sept. 16 in North America), but you wouldn’t know it from a cursory listen. It’s a…

  10. Billboard & Hollywood Conference to Probe Success Stories, Career Opportunities

    October 30, 2014 11:22 AM EDT Success stories and career opportunities are the focal point of the 2014 Billboard and Hollywood Reporter Film and TV Music Conference being held Nov. 5 and 6 on the Universal Studios lot in Universal City, Calif. Issues such as the value of copyrights, making cover versions of songs to…

  11. Metallica To Rock Out 'Late Late Show' in Week-Long Residency

    October 30, 2014 5:07 AM EDT The band known for the hit "Enter Sandman" is about to assist a talk show host in preparing his exit.  Venerable rockers Metallica have been slotted for a week-long residency on the Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson in November, with the band confirming the news on Twitter. …

  12. Young Fathers Beat Out Damon Albarn, FKA Twigs for 2014 Mercury Prize

    October 29, 2014 7:18 PM EDT Scottish hip-hop group Young Fathers have beat out Damon Albarn , Anna Calvi , FKA Twigs and others for this year's Mercury Prize for the best British or Irish record of the last 12 months.  Who Got Nominated For the 2014 Mercury Prize? The trio's 2014 record, Dead -- which was…

  13. 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…

  14. Man Jailed for Posting Song Lyrics to Facebook Won't Face Charges

    October 29, 2014 4:31 PM EDT Prosecutors dismissed a felony charge against a western Kentucky man who spent more than a week in jail for posting violent song lyrics to his Facebook page. The lyrics 31-year-old James E. Evans posted in August included the words "student bodies lying dead in the halls" and…

  15. Meghan Trainor Tops Hot 100 For Eighth Week, Hozier Hits Top 10

    October 29, 2014 2:44 PM EDT 'All About That Bass' rules for an eighth week, becoming the longest-leading No. 1 ever on Epic Records. Plus, singer/songwriter Hozier soars 33-9 with 'Take Me to Church.' Meghan Trainor 's "All About That Bass" commands the Billboard Hot 100 for an…

  16. Slipknot Scores Second No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart

    October 29, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Rock band Slipknot crowns the Billboard 200 chart for a second time, as their new album, .5: The Gray Chapter , debuts atop the list. The album sold 132,000 copies in the week ending Oct. 26, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It was released through Roadrunner Records, and is the group's…

  17. Composer Steven Price to Talk 'Fury,' 'Gravity' at Billboard/THR Film & TV Music Conference

    October 29, 2014 10:38 AM EDT ASCAP will host a panel discussion with Oscar-winning composer Steven Price to close out the 2014 Billboard and Hollywood Reporter Film and TV Music Conference being held Nov. 5 and 6 on the Universal Studios lot in Universal City, Calif. The interview, helmed by Jeff Jernigan , director…

  18. A$AP Rocky & Chanel Iman Reportedly Split

    October 29, 2014 4:10 AM EDT A$AP Rocky and Chanel Iman are no longer an item. The rapper and his model girlfriend had been dating for a year and were splashed in the press as one of the hottest young Hollywood couples. But their hectic careers apparently pushed them apart.  ASAP Rocky in Topman and Chanel Iman in…

  19. 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…

  20. 2015 Grammys Best New Artist Contenders: Whose Stock Is Rising?

    October 28, 2014 6:21 PM EDT 0 Iggy Azalea and Sam Smith look like safe bets, while artists like Vance Joy and Tove Lo are making late pushes. Don’t look now, but Grammy season is fast approaching. The nominees will be revealed in a mere 38 days, when the Grammy Nominations Concert touches down on Dec. 5 to…

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