1. 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 Billboard'…

  2. 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…

  3. 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.…

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

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  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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,…

  9. This Week in Billboard Chart History: In 2008, Britney Spears' 'Womanizer' Ruled Hot 100

    October 20, 2014 8:05 AM EDT This week six years ago, Spears scored her first No. 1 in a decade. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Elton John and Santana and the premiere of Billboard's first R&B ranking. Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart…

  10. Sting Reflects on Life at 63, His Own Mortality and a ‘Possible Third Act’

    October 20, 2014 1:39 AM EDT "I wouldn't normally do this," said Sting , grinning mischievously as he ambled onstage following the curtain call at the Oct. 2 preview performance of his new Broadway musical, The Last Ship . "But it's my birthday, and I always sing on my birthday." To the…

  11. Rascal Flatts Playing NFL Pre-Game Show to Promote Carnival Cruise Lines Concert Series

    October 18, 2014 3:14 PM EDT Look for Rascal Flatts to entertain Dallas Cowboys fans at AT&T Stadium Sunday (Oct. 19) in a special pre-game Carnival Live concert before the Cowboys take on the New York Giants. Martina McBride Dazzles with Hits, R&B Standards During Carnival Cruise Concert Series Carnival has…

  12. Quotes of the Week: Selena Gomez Is Happy to Bare It All, Nicki Minaj Wants to Rule the World and More

    October 17, 2014 6:10 PM EDT "I can, like, walk around naked now!" -- SELENA GOMEZ The pop star  during an appearance on Ellen , speaking about the benefits of living solo in her new apartment. "I want to build my empire. I have always seen men do it -- from Diddy to Dr. Dre to Jay Z . Now it's a…

  13. From Beyonce’s Surprise to Thom Yorke’s BitTorrent Gamble, It’s Been a Game-Changing Grammy Year

    October 17, 2014 2:52 PM EDT Beyoncé to Bruce to Bono: An analysis of the dark horses and big bangs as the qualification period ­closes, and the competition heats up. The 12 months covered by this year's Grammy Awards (from Oct. 1, 2013 to Sept. 30, 2014) revealed a music community that was prepared to try just…

  14. Exclusive: Guy Oseary, Ashton Kutcher's Tech Fund A-Grade Valued at $150 Million

    October 17, 2014 8:00 AM EDT A-Grade Investments, a venture capital fund founded in 2010 by Guy Oseary , Ashton Kutcher and Ron Burkle , has a new valuation: $150 million, as Billboard announces in a new cover story detailing Oseary's new management consortium Maverick . The fund had most recently been valued at…

  15. Taylor Swift's 'Riptide' Makes Waves on Social 50 & Twitter Charts

    October 16, 2014 5:58 PM EDT Beyonce and Lorde climb thanks to 'Flawless' and 'South Park,' respectively. Taylor Swift dominates the latest Billboard + Twitter Top Tracks chart, earning the top debut with her cover of Vance Joy 's "Riptide," a song from the singer/songwriter's…

  16. 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").…

  17. How Taylor Swift Got Mark Romanek to Direct 'Shake It Off'

    October 15, 2014 6:11 PM EDT In the most recent video of outtakes revealing the process behind Taylor Swift 's "Shake It Off" video, Swift focuses her attention on the video's director, Mark Romanek . Romanek has a star-studded resume, directing for Madonna , David Bowie , Janet Jackson , Jay Z and…

  18. 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…

  19. Found Star: New Radicals' Gregg Alexander Grants First Interview in 15 Years

    October 14, 2014 10:21 PM EDT The frontman of the 1990s band behind the hit single 'You Get What You Give' was lured back into the business, after a long self-imposed exile, to write the songs for 'Begin Again,' including best original song Oscar contender 'Lost Stars' t couldn't…

  20. Jay Park to Head Out on AOMG U.S. Tour With Simon D, Gray, Loco & DJ Pumpkin

    October 14, 2014 8:39 PM EDT The Korean hip-hop crew will hit the east and west coasts in November. Earlier this year, K-pop-star-turned-record-label-CEO Jay Park   announced that fellow rapper  Simon D  would be joining him as co-CEO of his new label AOMG Records. After putting out their first full-length album with…

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