1. Why 1996 Was the Best Musical Year of the '90s

    October 09, 2014 10:45 AM EDT After focusing on 1994 last week, now, we're wondering what the best year for music was of the '90s. We've already made a case for  1990 ,  1991 ,  1992 ,  1993 ,  1994  and  1995 . Now it's time for 1996 and 1997 . POP SHOP HOMEPAGE When critics go about naming the best…

  2. Here's Hilary Duff's Response to Aaron Carter Wanting Her Back: 'I Was Thirteen!'

    October 09, 2014 10:23 AM EDT Hilary Duff has the final word. For fans of a certain age, the Hilary Duff /Aaron Carter love saga has been fascinating to watch.  The two dated as teens circa 2002, and earlier this year Carter started tweeting about how much he missed her, sharing his hopes for trying to win her back. …

  3. Kim Gordon's 'Girl in a Band' Memoir Has 2015 Street Date

    October 09, 2014 6:33 AM EDT Kim Gordon is ready to tell her side of the story.  The Sonic Youth co-founder will share insights into her band’s rise and fall -- and her split with Thurston Moore -- when her autobiography Girl in a Band hits the shelves on Feb. 24, 2015. Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore Opens-Up on…

  4. Anton Corbijn-Directed Depeche Mode Concert Film Coming Soon

    October 09, 2014 2:54 AM EDT Depeche Mode will release a live album and concert film later this month which documents their concerts in Berlin on the triumphant Delta Machine tour. The British electro-rock outfit’s Live In Berlin DVD is directed by longtime creative collaborator  Anton Corbijn  and will arrive Nov. 17…

  5. Most Viewed K-Pop Videos in America & Around the World: September 2014

    October 08, 2014 10:08 PM EDT Girls' Generation-TTS and 2PM show their worldwide popularity while BTOB and Orange Caramel trend stateside. K-pop fans around the world and in America began their fall showing plenty of support for Korean idols, producers and singer-songwriters' latest videos on YouTube. Like we…

  6. Roy Kim Returns With Inspiring Acoustic Ballad 'Home' & New Album

    October 08, 2014 8:30 PM EDT The 'Superstar K' champ makes his return with a ready-for-fall folk album. After winning singing competition  Superstar K 4 ,   Roy Kim   kicked off his K-pop career with a bang when his debut single "Bom Bom Bom" ruled the K-Pop Hot 100 chart for three weeks, earning…

  7. Rdio Gets $108 Million in Equity Over 2 Years According to New Filings

    October 08, 2014 5:58 PM EDT Pulser Media, the parent company of Rdio, sold equity, warrants or options worth $108 million from unnamed sources over the last 13 months according to numerous new SEC filings. The filings detail amounts of $25 million in April, $4.4 million in December, $3.8 million in November, and $75…

  8. Ex-Fugee Pras Files $30 Million Defamation Lawsuit Against New York Post

    October 08, 2014 1:39 PM EDT Less than a week after the New York Post published an article that was headlined, "Ex- Fugee rapper bailed on his own 9/11 benefit concert," Pras Michel has filed a $30 million defamation lawsuit that contends much of the story was untrue and damaging to him. The article in…

  9. Why 1995 Was the Best Musical Year of the '90s

    October 08, 2014 10:30 AM EDT After focusing on 1994 last week, now, we're wondering what the best year for music was of the '90s. We've already made a case for  1990 ,  1991 ,  1992  and  1993 . Today, we look at 1994 and 1995 . POP SHOP HOMEPAGE Picking your favorite year in a decade of musical…

  10. Sinead O'Connor to Dish 'Sexual Dirt' in 2016 Memoir

    October 07, 2014 5:57 PM EDT Sinead O'Connor has a book deal, and she's not writing for kids. Billboard Cover Story: Sinead O'Connor on Having No Regrets Penguin Random House imprint Blue Rider Press announced Tuesday (Oct. 7) that the Irish singer and musician is working on a memoir that will come out…

  11. Jason Aldean's 'Old Boots, New Dirt': Track-by-Track Review

    October 07, 2014 4:12 PM EDT Jason Aldean 's Old Boots, New Dirt, the singer's sixth studio album (out Tuesday on Broken Bow Records) is a mixture of the party songs he has become known for -- but also shows a little bit more of an emotional and sensual side than listeners might be accustomed to. As much…

  12. Why Big Artists Are Banking on Year-End Covers Albums

    October 07, 2014 2:53 PM EDT Aretha, Streisand, Manilow and more are banking on old favorites this holiday season. On deck for the fourth quarter: a virtual avalanche of all-covers albums. From the divas (see chart, below) to the showmen ( Barry Manilow ’s My Dream Duets , out Sept. 16), rock radio vets ( Bryan Adams ’…

  13. Rome Fortune, 'Small VVorld': Exclusive Album Premiere

    October 07, 2014 1:16 PM EDT The rapper's 11-song free album features ILOVEMAKONNEN and OG Maco Rome Fortune is one of Atlanta's most wanted making waves. The rapper has been garnering buzz, picking up after the success of his Beautiful Pimp mixtapes. The rapper follows up his collaborative EP with Dun Deal,…

  14. Betty Who Walks You Through Her Debut Album 'Take Me When You Go' Track-by-Track

    October 07, 2014 12:45 PM EDT Betty nails it on her first album, and we've got a firsthand account of all its songs. Look at Betty Who -- all grown up! Here at Billboard, we’ve followed her from baby pop star to fresh major label signee to today, the day she drops her first full-length album. Back in April 2013,…

  15. Why 1993 Was the Best Musical Year of the '90s

    October 07, 2014 11:30 AM EDT After focusing on 1994 last week, now, we're wondering what the best year for music was of the '90s. Monday, we made a case for  1990  and  1991 . Today, it's time for  1992  and  1993 . POP SHOP HOMEPAGE Grunge had neither broken nor halted by the time 1993 rolled around,…

  16. Vine Stars Us the Duo Earn Oprah’s Seal of Approval (Plus, a Label Deal and Movie Too)

    October 07, 2014 10:06 AM EDT A song by husband-and-wife team Us the Duo is featured twice in the Fox animated feature The Book of Life : Placido Domingo sings “No Matter Where You Are” with Zoe Saldana , and it’s reprised over the end credits. The placement is the latest in a string of recent successes by Michael and…

  17. Montgomery Gentry Tease Early 2015 Release for New Album

    October 06, 2014 6:15 PM EDT With "Headlights" giving Montgomery Gentry their first chart appearance since 2012, the duo's Troy Gentry tells Billboard it's good to be back. "It's been a while, and it's great to hear some Montgomery Gentry back on the radio. We’ve got a new deal with…

  18. Live Nation to Acquire Majority Stake in C3 Presents

    October 06, 2014 6:11 PM EDT Related Biz Video: The 3 Charlies of C3 on Lollapalooza's Record-Breaking Success, 'Over-Sponsorship,' Global Expansion ACL 2014's 10 Best Moments: Iggy Azalea, Sam Smith, Matthew McConaughey & More Live Nation's Ticketmaster Buys Eventjoy, Says More…

  19. Executive Turntable: Moves at Universal, Kobalt, Viacom and iHeartMedia

    October 06, 2014 5:39 PM EDT John Nicholas left his position of vice president/sales at Universal Music Distribution following a 25-year stint to join SMH Records as general manager. During his career, he has developed and implemented successful sales and marketing plans for iconic catalogs such as The Beatles, Pink…

  20. 1980s White Rap Pioneers 3rd Bass Reveal the Stories Behind Their Music -- From Gang Hits to Beef With the Beastie Boys

    October 06, 2014 4:27 PM EDT When New York duo 3rd Bass -- MC Serch (real name Michael Berrin) and Prime Minister Pete Nice (born Peter Nash), now both 47 -- burst onto the scene in 1989 with the single "Steppin' to the A.M.," they were a revelation to the public. Serch's first single, "Melissa…

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