1. Jeff Bates Embraces Conway Twitty Comparisons on 'Me and Conway' Album

    November 18, 2014 6:12 PM EST The vocal similarities between Jeff Bates and the late Conway Twitty have always been something of a double-edged sword. "It was a struggle at times," the singer tells Billboard . "On one hand, what a compliment. But, then someone would say, 'You know, you sound too much…

  2. Billboard Cover: Kenny Chesney on Bro-Country Songs That ‘Objectify the Hell Out Of’ Women, Reclaiming His Turf and Rattling His Fans’ Cages

    November 14, 2014 9:00 AM EST Let the younger bros sing about muddy pickups and babes in cutoffs. Country's legendary party starter returns to stadiums with a wised-up, grown-up new album and outlook. "It's about reclaiming your place in the world." Hatless, shoeless and dressed in loose-fitting…

  3. 'Fifty Shades of Grey' Trailer: Beyonce Soundtracks Sexiest Preview Yet

    November 13, 2014 9:35 PM EST Everyone can rest easy: The new  Fifty Shades of Grey   trailer has finally arrived, thanks to Shonda Rhimes .  The trailer  hit during ABC's Scandal on Thursday , creating the perfect conditions for a social-media storm of epic proportions. 'Fifty Shades of Grey'…

  4. AC/DC Not in Touch With Phil Rudd Since Charges

    November 13, 2014 7:07 PM EST Angus Young of AC/DC says his bandmates have not been in touch with Phil Rudd since he was charged with threatening to kill and possessing methamphetamine and marijuana last week. Young, 59, said in an interview Thursday (Nov. 13) that Rudd's behavior had been somewhat erratic during…

  5. Check Out the Custom Sneakers Drake Got the Toronto Raptors

    November 13, 2014 10:30 AM EST The NBA’s Toronto Raptors are prowling atop the Atlantic Division with a 7-1 record, and it was their team ambassador Drake who helped them to their lucky seventh win Wednesday night (Nov. 12). In their game against the Orlando Magic, a pair of Raptors players -- Lou Williams and Amir…

  6. AC/DC is All About Balls, Bikinis, Bloopers in New Video for 'Play Ball'

    November 11, 2014 8:16 PM EST AC/DC 's video for the new song "Play Ball" is a tribute to all things sports, but with a somewhat unsettling emphasis on female athletes in bikinis.  When the clip isn't focused on the iconic Aussie rock and roll band parading around in front of a green screen…

  7. Six-Year-Olds Are Partying at Kiddie Raves in New York City

    November 10, 2014 5:16 PM EST With glow sticks, pacifiers, strobe lights and face paint, the monthly parties hosted by CirKiz look a lot like raves, but with a few key differences: They’re totally legal, they’re during the day, and the average attendee is about 8 years old.  CirKiz was founded by husband and wife…

  8. Chart Highlights: U2 Makes History Atop Adult Alternative Songs, Taylor Swift Tops AC

    November 10, 2014 4:05 PM EST U2 lands its record-breaking 12th Adult Alternative Songs leader with 'The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone),' while Swift's multi-format smash 'Shake It Off' rules another ranking. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday.…

  9. Pharrell, John Mayer & More Salute Bill Clinton's Love of Jazz in L.A.

    November 10, 2014 3:37 PM EST Former president received the Thelonious Monk Institute's Maria Fisher Founder's Award on Sunday. Herbie Hancock , Kevin Spacey , Quincy Jones and a litany of major jazz musicians saluted President Bill Clinton on Sunday at L.A.'s Dolby Theater for his efforts in using jazz…

  10. American Music Awards Announce 2014 Pre-Show Hosts & Performers

    November 07, 2014 12:00 PM EST The American Music Awards have officially announced the lineup for the pre-show, and it's quite star-studded. Hosted by Lance Bass , Chelsea Briggs, Kandi Burruss, Gavin DeGraw , Frankie Grande, Taryn Manning, Jordin Sparks , Morgan Stewart and Ted Stryker , the Coca-Cola Red…

  11. New 'Fifty Shades of Grey' Tease Is Set to Beyonce's 'Haunted'

    November 06, 2014 2:01 PM EST Oh baby. Beyonce is still all tied up with Fifty Shades of Grey . In the latest tease-for-a-tease from the highly anticipated film that is maybe just an excuse to watch two attractive people (Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson) have rough sex, Beyonce's song "Haunted" plays in…

  12. Pop Shop Podcast: Taylor Swift’s Huge Week, Beyonce’s Platinum Edition, Calvin Harris & More

    November 06, 2014 10:45 AM EST Listen to the latest episode of Billboard.com's weekly charts breakdown. Welcome to the latest episode of the Billboard.com Pop Shop Podcast , Billboard's weekly half-hour audio breakdown of the Billboard charts, hottest music news and year's biggest musical events. Casual…

  13. Classic Rock Honours Ceremony Comes to America

    November 05, 2014 2:22 PM EST To celebrate the 10th anniversary of their annual awards show, influential U.K. magazine Classic Rock brought the ceremony, Classic Rock Honours, to Los Angeles. Mixing the elite of both Los Angeles -- Henry Rollins presented the inspiration award to the Doors -- and the U.K. -- Def Leppard…

  14. Antony Hegarty Talks ‘Turning’ Documentary, Political Dance Project with Hudson Mohawke

    November 04, 2014 3:10 PM EST On Nov. 11, indie auteur Antony Hegarty's daring concert film documentary Turning receives a proper CD and DVD release, placing a bow on the years-long project that the Antony and the Johnsons tells Billboard represents “maybe the most joyful piece I’ve ever been a part of.” To be…

  15. Maya Angelou’s Posthumous Album, ‘Caged Bird Songs,’ Debuts

    November 04, 2014 2:17 PM EST New album blends poet’s prose with hip-hop; Oprah Winfrey is co-producing a music video for the project Before her death at age 86 on May 28, Dr. Maya Angelou had signed off on a unique music project she had been actively involved with over the last seven years. Today (Nov. 4) marks the…

  16. 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…

  17. Exclusive Premiere: Watch Jack & Jack's 'Wild Life' Video

    October 31, 2014 2:36 PM EDT Back in August, a surprising duo appeared on the Hip-Hop charts next to big names like Nicki Minaj and Wiz Khalifa : Vine stars Jack Gilinksy and Jack Johnson, known to their millions of followers as Jack & Jack. At the time, the two Jacks had just graduated high school. Their song …

  18. 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…

  19. From Diddy to Alanis Morissette, These Musicians Have Turned Marathon Runners

    October 29, 2014 5:35 PM EDT Pop music and distance running aren't so different. Both reward tenacity, hard work, and the willingness to wear skimpy clothing and push your body to its physical limits. No wonder so many rock stars have done marathons. There are few athletic contests more badass than the 26.2-mile…

  20. Country Music Hall of Fame Warmly Welcomes Ronnie Milsap, Mac Wiseman & Hank Cochran

    October 27, 2014 7:39 PM EDT Sunday night's Medallion Ceremony at the Country Music Hall of Fame saw three very diverse musical legends inducted into one of music's most exclusive clubs, as Mac Wiseman , Hank Cochran  and Ronnie Milsap were each celebrated for their wide array of musical accomplishments on…

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