1. Rap Group RACK Boyz Among 29 Charged in Bank Fraud Scheme

    October 29, 2014 9:47 PM EDT Members of an Indiana-based rap group called RACK Boyz and other suspects made hundreds of thousands of dollars in a bank fraud scheme that included wooing participants through social media and Internet videos, federal and state authorities said Wednesday (Oct. 29). "Card cracking,…

  2. Bruce Springsteen Surprises Fans at Box-Set Listening Party

    October 29, 2014 4:44 PM EDT Bruce Springsteen surprised fans when he slinked in like a spirit in the night to check out a New Jersey listening party previewing his upcoming box set, Bruce Springsteen: The Album Collection Vol. 1 1973-1984. The Boss snuck his way in through the back entrance of Jack's Music…

  3. Why 'Footloose' Inspired 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Director James Gunn

    October 28, 2014 12:49 PM EDT In a key scene in 2014's top-grossing movie, Guardians of the Galaxy , Chris Pratt 's character Peter Quill tells the interstellar assassin and wallflower Gamora ( Zoe Saldana ) of a legend on Earth called Footloose , in which "a great hero named Kevin Bacon teaches an entire…

  4. Taylor Swift Gets Praise from Lady Antebellum After Star-Studded Set Feat. Pharrell, Iggy Azalea and More

    October 27, 2014 3:10 PM EDT Today is release date for Taylor Swift ’s 1989 , the former country superstar’s first big pop album. As part of a huge promotional blitz for the album Swift shared the Hollywood Bowl stage Friday night with Pharrell Williams , Sia , Iggy Azalea , Ariana Grande and many more as part of CBS…

  5. Read What Lorde, Hayley Williams, Lena Dunham & Others Are Saying About '1989'

    October 27, 2014 12:05 PM EDT You probably haven't heard about this yet, but Taylor Swift 's new album is finally out. And it turns out that celebrities -- they're just like us! -- are also are tweeting about how much they love 1989 . Check out a round up below.  Taylor Swift's '1989&…

  6. 'All About That Bass' Songwriter Inks Deal With Sony/ATV Music

    October 23, 2014 11:35 AM EDT Grammy-nominated songwriter  Kevin Kadish , who co-wrote and produced Meghan Trainor 's "All About That Bass," has signed an exclusive worldwide administration deal with Sony/ATV Music Publishing, the company announced on Thursday. The long-term pact includes "Bass,"…

  7. Jackie Lee Scores a Touchdown With First Single, 'She Does,' Prepping Debut Album

    October 22, 2014 8:44 PM EDT The Alcoa Tornadoes are one of America's most successful high school football programs. Located in East Tennessee, the team has won 13 state titles -- including a staggering seven in a row between 2004 and 2010. You would be hard pressed to find anyone who would leave such a program,…

  8. 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…

  9. Exclusive: Lyor Cohen's 300 Unveils New Direction, Content, Artists

    October 21, 2014 10:00 AM EDT When a tombstone appeared on the Twitter feed and website of Lyor Cohen 's 300 Entertainment , along with the words "R.I.P." and "He is not busy being born / is busy dying" and the hashtag #ItsANewDay -- all dropping the same day as the launch of MADE Music --…

  10. Chart Highlights: Iggy Azalea, MAGIC! Score New No. 1s, Foo Fighters Return

    October 20, 2014 6:35 PM EDT 'Black Widow' nets Azalea a Pop Songs honor last earned by Lady Gaga. Plus, MAGIC! tops AC and Foo Fighters storm multiple rock charts and more. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and…

  11. Watch Drake Completely Airball a Three-Point Shot

    October 20, 2014 10:20 AM EDT We know we’re giving Drake a hard time here, but we think he can take a little teasing. The 2014 ESPYs host was on court with the University of Kentucky basketball team doing a little pre game shoot-around before a preseason game. Unfortunately for him, ESPN’s camera caught him at the worst…

  12. Glen Campbell Returns to Hot Country Songs Chart For First Time In 21 Years

    October 17, 2014 10:45 AM EDT The legend charts his first entry since 1993. Plus, Jason Aldean and Florida Georgia Line notch debuts. Country Music Hall of Fame honoree Glen Campbell makes his first appearance on Billboard 's Hot Country Songs chart in 21 years, as "I'm Not Gonna Miss You" debuts at…

  13. Publishing Briefs: Imagem Music Signs Admin Deal With PRMD Publishing (Exclusive), Warner Chappell Music Teams With Mike Dean

    October 16, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Imagem Music has just signed a global administration deal with PRMD Publishing , the company formed by EDM impressario Ash Pournouri . As part of the deal, Imagem will now represent the publishing catalog of Cazzette , and any future signings made by PRMD (pronounced "pyramid").…

  14. MLB Playoffs: All the Intro Songs Revealed

    October 15, 2014 4:15 PM EDT What are players rocking when they step to the plate? There’s a lot more than organ music at baseball games these days. Unless we’re talking Chicago’s Wrigley Field (the only stadium that sticks to the classic organ sounds), every MLB player has the opportunity to step to the plate with his…

  15. Watch Florida Georgia Line Talk About Their Influences & Sensual New Song

    October 15, 2014 4:00 PM EDT This is a week  Florida Georgia Line  fans have had circled on their calendar for quite some time. The Republic Nashville act released their sophomore disc, Anything Goes,  on Tuesday and Billboard recently caught up with Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard to get the scoop about their latest…

  16. Album Review: Florida Georgia Line Stay a Step Ahead of the Bros on ‘Anything Goes'

    October 14, 2014 6:17 PM EDT It's appropriate that Florida Georgia Line took its name from both sides of a boundary, because the duo (Georgia-born Tyler Hubbard, 27, and Florida native Brian Kelley, 29) used its multiformat smash "Cruise," and the party-themed album Here's to the Good Times , to…

  17. Thomas Rhett Talks First CMA Nomination, Florida Georgia Line Tour & Famous Fans

    October 13, 2014 6:24 PM EDT On the morning of Sept. 3, Thomas Rhett was in Toronto. It was there that he received some news that he will never forget: his first CMA nomination, for New Artist of the Year. "I didn't have any cell phone service or WiFi, so I used some of my roaming minutes to call my manager,…

  18. Exclusive: Bethany Mota Premieres 'Need You Right Now' Lyric Video

    October 13, 2014 3:00 PM EDT Bethany Mota, the 18-year-old YouTube beauty and lifestyle sensation from California, has released her first single “Need You Right Now” featuring Mike Tompkins. Following its midnight release on iTunes, Mota is premiering the track’s official lyric video exclusively on Billboard.com: “Need…

  19. Who’s the Next Enrique? Five Latin Artists on the Verge of Stardom

    October 13, 2014 2:30 PM EDT From Luis Coronel to brothers Rio Roma, find out about the Latin performers on the verge of stardom.  Farruko , 23 The featured act (and co-writer) on J B alvin ’s hit “6 AM,” this Puerto Rican reggaetonero is already in high demand to perform shows here and in Europe as his single “Passion…

  20. John Cena & Wiz Khalifa Team Up on 'WWE 2K15' Video Game Soundtrack

    October 13, 2014 11:45 AM EDT The wrestler and the rapper have two songs together: "All Day" and "Breaks." Superstar wrestler John Cena  has collaborated with Wiz Khalifa on two tracks for the soundtrack to the latest WWE video game -- and he also selected the music for game's companion…

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