1. Grammy-Winning Guitarist Leo Nocentelli Allegedly Denied Entry to Travelodge Because of Race

    October 01, 2014 5:25 PM EDT Chivalry may be dead, but racism in this country, unfortunately, isn't. Yesterday (Sept. 30), guitarist and composer Leo Nocentelli sued Travelodge Hotels, Inc. for race discrimination. Nocentelli, a member of New Orleans instrumental outfit the Meters who has won a Grammy Lifetime…

  2. Meghan Trainor Tops Hot 100; Tove Lo, Clean Bandit Climb Into Top 10

    October 01, 2014 2:18 PM EDT Trainor's 'All About That Bass' leads an all-female top five for a record-tying fourth week. Plus, Tove Lo's 'Habits (Stay High)' and Clean Bandit's 'Rather Be,' featuring Jess Glynne, reach the top 10. It's all about a record-tying…

  3. Must-Hear Music Podcast: Lorde, Thom Yorke, One Direction, Gerard Way & More

    October 01, 2014 1:30 PM EDT A week after we all got worked up over Kendrick Lamar's "i," new music from some serious A-list talent gave this week's Must-Hear Music podcast crew plenty to chew on. Thom Yorke released an entire solo album via BitTorrent (and moved more than 400,000 copies in the…

  4. Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga's 'Cheek To Cheek' Debuts at No. 1

    October 01, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Bennett and Gaga edges out Kenny Chesney, who debuts at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart. Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga's jazzy new duets album, Cheek To Cheek , debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. It's the second No. 1 for Bennett and the third for Gaga. The standards album,…

  5. Former t.A.T.u. Member Lena Katina Returns with ‘Who I Am’: Single Premiere

    October 01, 2014 10:38 AM EDT Lena Katina, best known as one-half of the defunct Russian pop group t.A.T.u. , has spent the past couple years crafting her solo debut in Los Angeles, and is ready to launch her first album's lead single. Listen to the singer’s “Who I Am,” premiering exclusively on Billboard.com: “Who…

  6. iTunes Launches 'Donate' Feature for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

    October 01, 2014 12:00 AM EDT iTunes is throwing its digital muscle behind Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The online music store has launched the "Donate to City of Hope" feature where customers can make donations to help find a cure for breast cancer.  Chrissy Amphlett’s ‘I Touch Myself’ Reworked for Breast…

  7. David Guetta Announces November Album Release, New Song Next Week

    September 30, 2014 6:30 PM EDT David Guetta's long-in-the-works follow-up to 2011’s Nothing but the Beat now has a release date. The French DJ revealed during a Twitter Q&A with SiriusXM Hits 1 that the new album is due out on Nov. 24. Guetta also revealed that he has a new song out on Monday (Oct. 6). It’s all…

  8. 2015 Grammys Predictions: Who Are The Early Favorites?

    September 30, 2014 5:05 PM EDT Beyonce, Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran and more are among our (very early) guesses for next year's ceremony. Who’s ready for the Grammy Awards… in four months?! Okay, so the 2015 Grammys are still a little while away, but Tuesday (Sept. 30) is the final day of eligibility for the 57th Annual…

  9. Don't Look Now, But One Direction Is Making Great Rock Music

    September 30, 2014 1:30 PM EDT After embracing 80’s tunes on their last album, 1D is back with another killer single. Will casual fans care that One Direction is no longer a pop band? When all is said and done, what will One Direction 's legacy be? Surely the U.K. quintet will be remembered as one of the biggest boy…

  10. Vérité Song Premiere: Hear ‘Echo’ From the Rising Pop Artist

    September 30, 2014 12:02 PM EDT New York singer-songwriter Vérité has only released a handful of songs in her young career, but those entrancing indie-pop tracks have made quite an impression, with praise coming from Buzzfeed, Neon Gold, Pigeons & Planes and more. “Echo,” the title track from her debut EP, is her…

  11. Boyz II Men Talk Incredible 1994 Run: 'A Lot Of It Was a Blur'

    September 30, 2014 10:30 AM EDT "I don’t think there was a day in that year that something wasn’t going on," says the group's Nathan Morris. No single musical act owned the year 1994, but if one came the closest, it might have been Boyz II Men . The R&B quartet was absolutely inescapable 20 years ago…

  12. 'Ten Bands, One Cause' Fights Breast Cancer With Pink Vinyl Reissues (Update)

    September 30, 2014 10:00 AM EDT The month of October's holidays include World Vegetarian Day, National Nut Day, Yom Kippur, Columbus Day, and, of course, Halloween. But it's also National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and in honor of those ubiquitous pink ribbons and what they stand for, RED Distribution has…

  13. ‘Habits (Stay High)’ Singer Tove Lo Dishes About Her 5 Real-Life Habits

    September 29, 2014 12:30 PM EDT On her hit record, the upstart Swedish singer says she uses drugs to ease the pain. But in reality, she’s hooked on coffee, sleep and love. Tove Lo is breaking out with her hazy pop jam "Habits (Stay High)" -- which moves 16-13 on the Oct. 4 Billboard Hot 100 -- from debut album…

  14. Lorde Unleashes 'Yellow Flicker Beat' from 'Hunger Games: Mockingjay' Soundtrack

    September 29, 2014 11:51 AM EDT What a difference a year makes: on this week in 2013, Lorde leapt to No. 1 on the Hot 100 chart with her debut single “Royals,” and the New Zealand teenager has never looked back. Tapped as the curator of the soundtrack to The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 , Lorde has shared the lead…

  15. Fergie Returns with Globe-Trotting ‘L.A. Love (La La)’ Single: Listen

    September 29, 2014 10:52 AM EDT Fergie has not released a solo album in eight years, but the Fergalicious One is finally back — with a well-traveled suitcase and tales from across the globe, no less! Listen to “L.A. Love (La La)” below: Produced by the ubiquitous DJ Mustard, “L.A. Love (La La)” sounds like it could have…

  16. One Direction’s ‘Steal My Girl’ Single Hits the Web: Listen

    September 29, 2014 10:03 AM EDT "Everybody wanna steal my girl, everybody wanna take her heart away," the group declares on their latest radio offering. One Direction ’s “Steal My Girl,” the first single from the group’s upcoming studio album Four , has leaked online a few hours ahead of its worldwide release on…

  17. Jordin Sparks Steps Out After Jason Derulo Split

    September 27, 2014 8:02 PM EDT Jordin Sparks just wants to have fun. After it was revealed on Thursday (Sept. 25)  she and Jason Derulo broke up , the singer stepped out Friday (Sept. 26) to attend the Catalina Film Festival premiere of "Left Behind." Sparks even brought a very special date along for the…

  18. Hot 100 Chart Moves: Echosmith's 'Cool' Climbs, Jason Derulo Hits Top 40

    September 27, 2014 6:05 PM EDT The family band's debut single rises, while Derulo's 'Trumpets' sounds a new high note. Plus, moves for Maroon 5, Childish Gambino and the Script. As previously reported , Meghan Trainor leads an all-female Billboard Hot 100 for a third week with "All About That…

  19. Ludacris, Georgia Gov. Share an Unlikely Stage at School Near Atlanta

    September 27, 2014 10:38 AM EDT A campaign event without political chatter seems about as likely as Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal and rapper Ludacris sharing a stage. But both happened Friday (Sept. 26) at a charter school outside Atlanta, where the unlikely campaign trail duo was a hit with a cheering crowd of more than 200.…

  20. Andy Grammer, Martina McBride & More to Perform at Vital IEBA Conference

    September 26, 2014 6:14 PM EDT With countless developing artists competing for concert dates around the country, getting on the radar of the talent buyers who book those shows is crucial to launching a successful touring career. Indeed, as most musical acts continue to rely on touring as their primary source of income,…

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