1. Album Review: Lorde-Curated ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1’ Soundtrack Is a Stellar Sonic Balancing Act

    November 18, 2014 12:22 PM EST The brain trust behind The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 (in theaters Nov. 21 through Lionsgate) knew exactly what they were doing when they recruited New Zealand pop whiz Lorde to oversee the film's soundtrack: She's the closest musical analogue to protagonist Katniss Everdeen,…

  2. Chart Highlights: Maroon 5 Moves To No. 1 on Pop Songs With 'Animals'

    November 17, 2014 4:57 PM EST The group extends its record for the most leaders among groups. Plus, Idina Menzel's AC debut signals the start of the holidays. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys…

  3. One Direction, Chris Martin and Ed Sheeran Among Stars Recording Ebola-Fighting Charity Single

    November 15, 2014 3:30 PM EST 'Do They Know It's Christmas?' will be available for download on Monday. A host of U.K. music stars assembled at a studio in London on Saturday to record a new version of "Do They Know It’s Christmas?" One Direction, Bono & Ed Sheeran Among Lineup for Ebola…

  4. Billboard Legend of Live Honoree Lionel Richie Remembers His Time With The Rolling Stones, Frank Sinatra and Michael Jackson (and His Snake)

    November 14, 2014 3:54 PM EST Lionel Richie splays his body over an armchair in his palatial Beverly Hills mansion, with a scarf wrapped around his neck and The Police playing on the sound system. "I don't need five or six homes," he says. "I just need one good one." In fact, Richie, 65, owns…

  5. Lorde Explains Her Kim Kardashian 'Mom' Comment

    November 14, 2014 10:07 AM EST Lorde wants to clear something up: She's a big fan of Kim Kardashian West's Paper magazine naked photo shoot. If you've been on the Internet the last few days, you've seen those Kim Kardashian photos -- and everyone has an opinion. When they first appeared, many tried to…

  6. Mark Cline Bates Brings His West Virginia Roots to New Album

    November 12, 2014 4:40 PM EST When describing his hometown, Mark Cline Bates can't help but light up with a heavy dose of Putnam County pride. "I was raised in a little town called Hurricane, West Virginia, which until they put the Walmart in was a one-stoplight town. The town was full of very friendly people.…

  7. Robert Plant Quashes Led Zeppelin Reunion Claim

    November 12, 2014 3:22 PM EST Richard Branson also denies offering $800 million for the reunion, saying he's 'dazed and confused' by reports. Robert Plant says there is no truth to reports he turned down a lucrative offer from Virgin boss Richard Branson to play Led Zeppelin reunion shows. A statement…

  8. Album Review: T Bone Burnett Gathers All-Star Bob Dylan Tribute With 'Lost On The River: The New Basement Tapes'

    November 12, 2014 3:09 PM EST "They were just songs we had done for the publishing company," Bob Dylan once said of the music he recorded with The Band (some of it in his living room, some of it in their basement) over six months in 1967. Whatever else those sessions might have been -- an exploration of the…

  9. The Doors' John Densmore to Recall 'Meetings With Remarkable Musicians' in New Book

    November 11, 2014 4:33 PM EST 'Writing is getting me off,' drummer says. At the recent Classic Rock Honours in Los Angeles, Doors drummer John Densmore was presented with the Inspiration Award by Henry Rollins . After the ceremony, he stood outside the Avalon mere feet from ELO mastermind Jeff Lynne . It was a…

  10. Executive Turntable: Def Jam Promotes Rob Caiaffa, Sony Music Nashville Appoints Fount Lynch, 'El Gato' to WRMA in Miami

    November 11, 2014 12:51 PM EST A list of moves and shakes across the music business, including Def Jam, Sony Music Nashville, MSG and many more. -- Def Jam Recordings promoted Rob Caiaffa to vice president, marketing. Caiaffa previously served as senior director, marketing & development. -- Sony Music Nashville…

  11. Eminem vs. Women: 13 Ladies He's Bashed in Raps

    November 11, 2014 8:00 AM EST Lana Del Rey is the latest in a string of female targets. Eminem has been known for his controversial rhymes since his major-label debut in 1999, but in a just-released cypher promoting the upcoming Shady Records compilation album, he crossed a new line: He invoked the name of Ray Rice,…

  12. 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…

  13. Big K.R.I.T. Delivers Best Work With 'Cadillactica': Track-by-Track Review

    November 10, 2014 1:44 PM EST Before Big K.R.I.T. releases an album, he puts his music through the car test. That is, once his project is complete, the 28-year old rapper/producer cues up his recorded compilation of songs and takes a four-hour drive from his Atlanta home and recording base back to his hometown of…

  14. One Direction, Bono & Ed Sheeran Among Lineup for Ebola-Fighting 'Do They Know It's Christmas'

    November 10, 2014 10:33 AM EST Bob Geldof has revealed plans for a fourth version of the U.K. charity single "Do They Know It's Christmas," designed to fight the Ebola epidemic, featuring several big stars in the latest version of Band Aid. Bono , Ellie Goulding , One Direction , Ed Sheeran , Sam Smith ,…

  15. Mark Ronson Says New Single With Bruno Mars 'Uptown Funk' Is a Milestone for Both of Them

    November 10, 2014 9:00 AM EST Is Mark Ronson  the hardest-working producer in the music business? In pursuit of the perfect groove, the British/American DJ and guitarist helped launch the careers of Amy Winehouse , Lily Allen , and Wale . A star-studded fourth solo album,  Uptown Special , is due in January through RCA.…

  16. Neal McCoy Dishes on the Four Charley Pride Classics He Cut for Relaunched Album

    November 07, 2014 3:42 PM EST This week, Neal McCoy partnered with Cracker Barrel's Old Country Store for the relaunch of Pride: A Tribute to Charley Pride , complete with two new cuts. Neal McCoy, 'Roll on Mississippi': Song Premiere In the launch of our new "Friday Five" segment, he talks…

  17. Why Reddit to Richard Branson Are Betting Big on Crowdfunding

    November 07, 2014 3:00 PM EST This September, when rap super duo Run the Jewels announced preorder sales for their second album, RTJ2 , Atlanta rapper Killer Mike and Brooklyn rapper-producer El-P included a few playfully absurd special options on RTJ’s website. In addition to the $1 million "Retirement Plan"…

  18. Judge Hears Allegations of 'American Idol' Racism

    November 06, 2014 7:13 PM EST 'It was bad enough they got knocked off the show,' a lawyer for 10 former contestants says at a court hearing Thursday. On Thursday (Nov. 6), U.S District Judge Naomi Buchwald heard oral arguments in a lawsuit that aims to put the spotlight at what has occurred behind the scenes…

  19. CMA Awards 2014: All the Red Carpet Videos

    November 06, 2014 4:13 PM EST At Wednesday night's (Nov. 5) CMA Awards, Billboard spoke to many of the stars gracing the red carpet, including Lady Antebellum, Steven Tyler, Josh Tyler, Kellie Pickler and more. Watch the videos below! CMA Awards 2014:  Winners  |  Photos Lady Antebellum : Steven Tyler : Josh Turner…

  20. Lorde's 'Yellow Flicker Beat' Video Is Here

    November 06, 2014 7:40 AM EST Lorde curated the soundtrack for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part One , and now she's got a video for her lead single, "Yellow Flicker Beat." It includes Lorde-ish dancing, eerie settings, neon lights, and some awesome fashion choices. Not pictured: anything Hunger Games …

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