1. Revisionist History 101: The Hot 100's Year-End No. 1 Songs, Then… And Now (Part One)

    October 10, 2014 1:30 PM EDT When is a No. 1 not a No. 1? How about when modern-day sales and radio airplay data replace that of any year in Billboard Hot 100 history prior to the rise of iTunes? To see how America's tastes have changed over the years, each year's top song has been "re-computed,"…

  2. Lucinda Williams Tops Folk Albums Chart, U2 Hits Alternative Songs Milestone

    October 10, 2014 12:53 PM EDT Rocker Lucinda Williams leads the Folk Albums chart for the first time. Plus, chart action for Prince, Eddie Vedder, Spoon and U2. As previously reported , Prince scores his first entry, and first No. 1, on Billboard 's Top Rock Albums chart , with the debut album from his funk-n-roll…

  3. Steven Tyler Signs With Larry Rudolph for Management

    October 10, 2014 8:35 AM EDT Rudolph's ReignDeer Entertainment counts Britney Spears and Miley Cyrus among its clients. Singer Steven Tyler has made some key changes to his team. The Aerosmith frontman is now being managed by Larry Rudolph and Rebecca Lambrecht of Rudolph's ReignDeer Entertainment, which…

  4. Fleetwood Mac Adds 28 More Tour Dates

    October 10, 2014 7:27 AM EDT A week and a half into Fleetwood Mac 's new On With the Show tour, Stevie Nicks, Christine McVie, Lindsey Buckingham, Mick Fleetwood, and John McVie have decided they're having fun. The group's first classic lineup outing in 16 years was set to run for 40 dates, ending Dec.…

  5. Carrie Underwood's 'Water' Splashes Onto Hot Country Songs, Hot Christian Songs Charts

    October 09, 2014 5:11 PM EDT Plus, moves for Blake Shelton, Lady Antebellum, Jason Aldean & more. Carrie Underwood 's "Something in the Water" boils on Billboard's Hot Country Songs and Hot Christian Songs charts. The Christian conversion theme is a new song to be included on her Greatest Hits:…

  6. Why 1997 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 In 1997, popular music eased the…

  7. ASCAP Honors Ellie Goulding, UMPG at 34th Annual Awards

    October 09, 2014 10:29 AM EDT At ASCAP's (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) 34th annual awards in London last night, pop singer/songwriters Alex Clare and Jim Duguid were named Songwriters of the Year for their hit song “Too Close,” recorded by Clare. Meanwhile, Ellie Goulding 's "…

  8. John Lennon's 10 Biggest Billboard Hits

    October 09, 2014 10:05 AM EDT Today (Oct. 9) marks what would have been John Lennon’s 74th birthday. A masterful songwriter, Lennon quickly converted the powerful creative momentum of his Beatles days into a flourishing solo career that produced iconic Hot 100 smashes, from 1970's "Instant Karma" and…

  9. UK Artists Swarm Spotify, Account for 19% of Tracks Streamed Worldwide

    October 09, 2014 9:40 AM EDT The British Invasion continues, only this time it's on streaming services. New data released by Spotify (via BPI ) shows that 19 percent -- or one in five -- of all songs streamed around the world were recorded by UK artists, including Clean Bandit , Sam Smith , Coldplay and One…

  10. Celebrate John Lennon's Birthday With Our 7 Favorite Covers

    October 09, 2014 9:20 AM EDT Seventy-four years ago today, with her husband away at sea and her country in the midst of World War II, Julia Lennon gave birth to a baby who would grow up to be one of rock music's most successful, iconic and inspirational figures -- John Lennon . From the Beatles to Yoko Ono to his…

  11. Debbie Harry to Headline John Lennon Tribute Concert

    October 08, 2014 10:50 PM EDT Debbie Harry will perform at the 34th annual John Lennon charity tribute concert in New York City in December. The announcement Wednesday by the nonprofit Theatre Within came a day before what would have been Lennon's 74th birthday. Instant Karma: John Lennon's Full Catalog Now…

  12. Skid Row Singer Johnny Solinger Returns to His Country Roots on New EP

    October 08, 2014 6:10 PM EDT Scrappy Smith is the forthcoming country EP from Johnny Solinger. Yes, the Johnny Solinger who has been lead vocalist with Skid Row since 1999. And no, it's not his first country rodeo. "I had a break from Skid Row back in 2008. I was in Texas, and had a chance to do a project for…

  13. Pandora Shares New York's Favorite Genres By Neighborhood, from Beach Bar Lounge to i-Pop

    October 08, 2014 3:22 PM EDT If there's one thing music streaming services love doing, it's studies on people's listening habits . (To be fair, who doesn't love trolling through and judging or coveting the songs in John's Jumpin' Jack iTunes Library or Giuliana's Grooves on the wi-fi…

  14. Nikki Sixx Focusing on Sixx:A.M.'s First Headlining Tour as Motley Crue Comes to a Close

    October 08, 2014 11:15 AM EDT After seven years and three albums, Sixx:A.M. will do its first tour as a headliner -- though fans will have to wait another six months for the experience. Wrestling Nikki Sixx's commitments to Mötley Crüe 's farewell tour and Guns N' Roses' demands for DJ Ashba, Sixx:A…

  15. Hillsong United Wins Big at Dove Awards

    October 07, 2014 11:15 PM EDT Hillsong United  took tops honors Tuesday night (Oct. 7) at the Gospel Music Assn.’s 45th Annual Dove Awards, winning five Doves, including artist of the year and aong of the year for “Oceans (Where Feet May Fail).” “The song ‘Oceans’ has opened so many new doors and so many great…

  16. Watch Lorde, One Direction, Pharrell & More in Epic Beach Boys Cover

    October 07, 2014 6:35 PM EDT Some die-hard music fans have doubtless been waiting for the day when Pharrell , Chris Martin of Coldplay , Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders and One Direction would all collaborate. Luckily, the moment has arrived. Those artists, along with a large number of others, are featured in a new…

  17. 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…

  18. Tinashe, 'Aquarius': Track-by-Track Review

    October 07, 2014 2:05 PM EDT Tinashe 's arrival on the mainstream music landscape comes at a time when experimental R&B is rapidly crescendoing. Yet even within the ranks of emerging women singers showing just how quirky and eccentric they can be ( Jhené Aiko , Kelela , BANKS ), Tinashe may be the songbird…

  19. Instant Karma: John Lennon's Full Catalog Now on Spotify

    October 07, 2014 10:43 AM EDT Imagine all the streaming... Spotify has snagged its elusive fourth Beatle , with today's (Oct. 7) announcement of John Lennon 's solo catalog on the popular streaming music service. From 1970's John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band to 1984's posthumous Milk and Honey , Spotify…

  20. Juan Luis Guerra Signs With Universal Music Publishing Group

    October 07, 2014 6:00 AM EDT The Dominican singer/songwriter aims to expand his reach across the world through representation. Juan Luis Guerra , the award-winning Dominican singer/songwriter, has signed an exclusive contract with Universal Music Publishing Group, according to a spokesperson.  This is the first time…

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