1. 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…

  2. Elton John Loves Pope Francis: 'He Is My Hero'

    October 29, 2014 8:47 AM EDT For Sir Elton John , his An Enduring Vision benefit in New York City on Tuesday night was an opportunity to not only raise money for his AIDS Foundation, but also to celebrate marriage equality.  Wearing a sequined black blazer and sitting down often since he was recovering from knee…

  3. Taylor Swift's Entire '1989' Album Selling for 99 Cents

    October 28, 2014 7:13 PM EDT While Taylor Swift 's new 1989 isn't available on streaming sites like Spotify, there is one place the Internet can get it for a pretty good deal.  Taylor Swift's '1989' Heading for 1 Million Sales Debut Microsoft’s new Music Deals app that launched last week is…

  4. 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…

  5. Beyonce Biography in the Works

    October 27, 2014 10:40 PM EDT What's being billed as the first comprehensive biography of pop diva Beyonce Knowles will be released in the fall of 2015, publisher Grand Central Books announced. The untitled book by J. Randy Taraborrelli will “explore all facets of Knowles’ life” beginning with her childhood…

  6. New Demi Lovato Album Due in 2015

    October 27, 2014 2:05 PM EDT "She’s already done some songs, but certainly the majority of it will kick off next year," says Demi's manager of the writing process. Demi Lovato has spent most of 2014 on the road supporting her fourth studio album, Demi , which was released last year and has…

  7. Watch Benedict Cumberbatch (Almost) Nail Beyonce’s ‘Crazy In Love’ Strut

    October 26, 2014 3:16 PM EDT British actor Benedict Cumberbatch unleashed a pretty convincing impression of Beyonce ’s “Crazy In Love” strut during a recent appearance on The Graham Norton Show . The Sherlock and Star Trek: Into Darkness star was encouraged to show off his moves by comedienne Miranda Hart, who was in…

  8. Ariana Grande, Maroon 5, Pharrell Williams to Perform on ‘A Very Grammy Christmas’

    October 25, 2014 3:03 PM EDT Ariana Grande , Maroon 5 , Pharrell Williams and Tim McGraw are among the acts slated to perform on the upcoming A Very Grammy Christmas , which airs Dec. 5 on CBS. Inside Grammy U Competition Winner Kirkland Lynch's Incredible Day at the Capitol Records Tower From Beyonce’s…

  9. After Romeo Gets 'Love' on Billboard + Twitter Charts

    October 24, 2014 4:30 PM EDT Look out, One Direction and 5 Seconds of Summer -- there’s a new group ready to dominate the music scene. Los Angeles based quintet After Romeo arrived on the Billboard + Twitter Trending 140 this week with “LOL (Love on Lock)” an energetic pop track laced with R&B influences…

  10. Jay Sean Leaves Cash Money and Premieres 'Tears in the Ocean' Video

    October 24, 2014 2:43 PM EDT Jay Sean , the best selling Urban artist in the history of the UK, is leaving Cash Money Records and independently releasing a mixtape, Mistress II , in November. Today Billboard premieres a new video for the song "Tears in the Ocean," which will appear on the tape next month.…

  11. After Selena Gomez's Exit and a Thawing 'Frozen,' Is Disney Headed for a Cold Spell?

    October 24, 2014 1:00 PM EDT The 'Frozen' soundtrack may have helped the company’s music division achieve its highest market share in years, but will a recent exodus of pop stars bring on a new ice age? Thanks to the blockbuster sales of Frozen and its beyond-ubiquitous hit “Let It Go,” Disney’s music…

  12. Billboard Cover Sneak Peak: 5 People (and Things) That Inspire Usher -- From Picasso to Puff Daddy

    October 23, 2014 7:55 PM EDT Usher 's career stats are astounding. He's sold close to 24 million records in the United States and taken home eight Grammys. His 2004 album Confessions sold more than any other album in the '00s. His recent single "Good Kisser" was his 13th No. 1 on…

  13. Publishing Briefs: Sony/ATV Promotions, Rich Conlon's New Firm, Mike & Keys Join Atlas

    October 23, 2014 8:47 AM EDT Billboard's Ed Christman rounds-up all the big news happening in the music publishing world. -- Sony/ATV Music Publishing has promoted Rich Christina to the role of senior VP, head of East Coast A&R, based in the company’s New York office. He will report to Sony/ATV U.S. co…

  14. 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…

  15. Exclusive: Logic Breaks Down 6 Things to Know About Him

    October 22, 2014 4:45 PM EDT Logic , born Sir Robert bryson Hall II, is one of 2014's biggest surprises. Under Pressure (Def Jam, Oct. 21), the debut LP from the 24-year-old Maryland native, is a gem, with a mix of earnest raps and lush beats reminiscent of Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole . Logic, 'Driving Ms.…

  16. Gregg Alexander to Perform 'Begin Again' Song at Hollywood Music in Media Awards

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  17. Giants vs. Royals: Who Has the Better Intro Music?

    October 21, 2014 6:00 PM EDT Tonight, the San Francisco Giants visit Kansas City’s Kauffman Stadium to take on the Royals in Game One of the 2014 World Series. The Giants are gunning for their third ring in five years, while the Royals -- who have yet to lose this postseason -- are looking to continue an 11-game…

  18. Album Review: Little Big Town Finally Ready for the Big Time With Tour De Force 'Pain Killer'

    October 21, 2014 2:04 PM EDT There's a reason Little Big Town gets compared to Fleetwood Mac , and it's not just because two of the bandmates are married to each other or that the quartet performs a spirited take on "The Chain" in concert. It's also because the coed Alabama foursome…

  19. Roc Nation Sports Signs Red Sox Star Yoenis Cespedes

    October 21, 2014 1:00 PM EDT Red Sox slugger Yoenis Cespedes has joined Jay Z 's burgeoning sports agency Roc Nation Sports, the company announced  this week. Roc Nation Sports' roster also includes fellow MLB stars C.C. Sabathia , Robinson Cano and Rusney Castillo , as well as NFL players Victor Cruz and…

  20. Little Big Town Talk Separate Guys' & Girls' Songwriting Sessions for 'Pain Killer'

    October 20, 2014 5:15 PM EDT It's safe to say that back in 2012, Jimi Westbrook and Karen Fairchild of Little Big Town had no idea how the success of "Pontoon" was about to change their lives. Watch Little Big Town Get Invited to Join the Grand Ole Opry by Reba McEntire "It's been incredible,…

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