1. 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…

  2. Sheppard on Keith Urban, Playing Ball with ‘the Dream Team’, & Dining at Ariana Grande’s Home

    October 30, 2014 11:50 PM EDT Sheppard’s flock is fast growing, and its going global.  Just 18 months ago, the band was riding a wave of buzz back home in Brisbane, Australia, when their breezy singalong song “Let Me Down Easy” took flight and was certified platinum. Now, the six-piece is one of the hottest new indie…

  3. Public Enemy Gets Deluxe Reissues of 'It Takes A Nation' & 'Fear Of A Black Planet'

    October 30, 2014 9:37 PM EDT Def Jam is continuing its 30th anniversary celebrations with plans to reissue Public Enemy 's 1988 breakthrough album It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back and their follow up Fear of a Black Planet in multi disc deluxe sets. The reissues will include the classic hip-hop albums…

  4. Annie Lennox 'Thrilled and Delighted' to Have No. 1 Jazz Album

    October 30, 2014 7:59 PM EDT Annie Lennox lands her first No. 1 on the Jazz Albums chart, as her new release, Nostalgia , grabs the top slot. The set -- which features interpretations of such tunes as "Summertime," "I Put a Spell On You," "Strange Fruit" and "Memphis in June…

  5. Little Big Town Leaps Onto Top Country Albums

    October 30, 2014 6:02 PM EDT The harmony-focused foursome claims its fourth top 10, as 'Pain Killer' bows at No. 3; Plus, chart moves for Keith Urban, Billy Currington, RaeLynn & Carrie Underwood. Harmony-focused foursome Little Big Town claims its fourth top 10, all tallied consecutively, on Billboard&…

  6. Pop Shop Podcast: Taylor Swift '1989' Extravaganza! Plus: Enrique Iglesias Interview!

    October 30, 2014 5:16 PM EDT 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.…

  7. Keith Urban Has 'Literally Carried' Nicole Kidman Through Dad's Death

    October 30, 2014 5:03 PM EDT When Nicole Kidman 's dad died suddenly last month, husband Keith Urban canceled his upcoming concerts and rushed to be by his wife's side. During an appearance Wednesday on Ellen , Kidman opened up about how the country superstar has helped her through her loss. "I recently…

  8. Album Review: Country Singer Sam Hunt Already Sounds Post-Country on His Debut Album

    October 30, 2014 2:13 PM EDT In the past, singers used to climb the ranks in their own genre before breaking into the mainstream. In country, rap, or R&B, there was a path: first, you showed that you could play by the rules. After proving your ability to color within the lines, you could peel off. But in a fast…

  9. Christina Perri Remix Premiere: Hear Bit Funk’s Reworking of ‘Burning Gold’

    October 30, 2014 1:30 PM EDT “Burning Gold,” a standout single from Christina Perri ’s sophomore album Head or Heart , has gotten its emotional hook molded into a dance blast by Brooklyn-based producer Bit Funk. Listen to the new remix below, exclusively on Billboard.com: Bit Funk has recorded remixes for…

  10. Exclusive: Enrique Iglesias Talks Record-Breaking No. 1 Run for 'Bailando'

    October 29, 2014 7:00 PM EDT 'This one just felt special,' Iglesias tells Billboard after setting Hot Latin Songs record. "The song to me was always a special song, but you never really know," Enrique Iglesias tells Billboard exclusively about "Bailando." "You don't know how…

  11. Taylor Swift's '1989' Surging Toward 1.2 Million Debut

    October 29, 2014 6:31 PM EDT Taylor Swift 's 1989 continues to rack up monster sales, as industry forecasters now say the album could sell 1.2 million copies in its first week (ending Nov. 2). It's thus nearing the 1.21 million bow of her last album, 2012's Red (which was also the last release to sell…

  12. How Music Video Pioneer Russell Mulcahy Killed the Radio Star

    October 29, 2014 4:42 PM EDT Russell Mulcahy is the man behind an endless string of iconic music videos, dating back to the first that aired on MTV in 1981: The Buggles ' "Video Killed the Radio Star." From Duran Duran sailing on a yacht in "Rio," to Bonnie Tyler’s bizarro "Total Eclipse…

  13. 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…

  14. Taylor Swift's '1989' Heading for 1 Million Sales Debut

    October 28, 2014 2:33 PM EDT 0 Swift set to become first act to earn three million-selling weeks. Taylor Swift 's 1989 just keeps getting bigger. Industry sources now forecast the album to sell at least one million copies in its first week. That would make 1989 just the 19th album to sell a million in…

  15. Taylor Swift's 10 Most Underrated Songs

    October 28, 2014 10:45 AM EDT "Enchanted," "Better Than Revenge," "Ronan" and more: it's time to talk T-Swift deep cuts. All Taylor Swift obsessives have their favorite deep cuts — the songs that those who only know her radio smashes might not be aware of, but the hardcore fans…

  16. What Is Bad? A Worst Songs Countdown Goes Beyond Good and Evil

    October 28, 2014 10:45 AM EDT What do “Who Let The Dogs Out” and “Stairway To Heaven” have in common? Both make a prominent appearance among the 88 worst songs of all time, as voted by listeners of triple-A WXPN Philadelphia . WXPN unveiled the listing last Saturday, Oct. 25, as the kicker to its countdown of its top…

  17. Autographed Rolling Stones Book, Yours for $5,000

    October 27, 2014 11:51 PM EDT The next Rolling Stones project will cost you a lot more than the average concert ticket. A boxed, collector's edition of "The Rolling Stones," a coffee table book featuring hundreds of famous and little-known photographs, will be released in December. Rolling Stones…

  18. Twitter Revenue Up 114% in Q3, But No Mention of Music

    October 27, 2014 8:00 PM EDT Twitter's third-quarter earnings results showed continued growth in revenue and monthly active users, but there was little useful information for onlookers in the music industry. The San Francisco-based company posted net loss of $175.5 million on revenue of $361.3 million, up 114…

  19. Taylor Swift's '1989' Aiming For 900,000-Plus Sales Debut

    October 27, 2014 6:38 PM EDT In its first week alone, '1989' could become the second-biggest selling album of 2014 Taylor Swift 's 1989 album has been on sale for less than a day, but its first-week sales forecast has already been upgraded. Industry sources now suggest the fast-selling set may sell…

  20. 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…

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