1. Dr. Luke Claims in Defamation Lawsuit That Kesha Is Extorting Him

    October 14, 2014 5:01 PM EDT The star producer files his own lawsuit in New York, claiming that her 'false' sexual abuse allegations arise from a contract dispute. As pop superstar Kesha lobbed a bombshell lawsuit alleging disturbing sexual abuse on the part of her producer, Lukasz "Dr. Luke"…

  2. Deadmau5 Says Archenemy Disney Wanted His Help on 'Fantasia' Anniversary

    October 14, 2014 4:23 PM EDT On Monday, Deadmau5 raised new sound and fury at the U.S. Trademark Office over Disney's attempt to oppose his mark consisting of a caricature of a mouse head with black ears, black face, white eyes and white mouth. The new papers speak among other things, about what Disney has in…

  3. Alicia Keys Holds Protest for Lost Nigerian Girls

    October 14, 2014 3:57 PM EDT Alicia Keys held a protest in New York City on Tuesday (Oct. 14) to raise awareness about the 200-plus Nigerian schoolgirls who were kidnapped by Boko Haram militants in April. Tuesday marked six months since the girls were abducted. Keys kicked off a protest with 30 others at the consulate…

  4. Justin Timberlake Instagrams First Jessica Biel Pic

    October 14, 2014 3:26 PM EDT There's a first time for everything, and for Justin Timberlake , this week marked the first time the singer Instagrammed a photo of wife Jessica Biel since the two got married nearly two years ago. (They'll celebrate their anniversary on Sunday.) "Life moves pretty fast. If…

  5. Date Rape, 'Sober Pills,' and 'Suffocating Control': Read Kesha's Lawsuit Against Dr. Luke

    October 14, 2014 3:00 PM EDT The singer says her producer manipulated her career and she's seeking to free herself from record and publishing contracts. The lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court goes all the way back to Kesha 's life in Nashville, Tennessee, where she was allegedly induced by Dr. Luke…

  6. Courtney Love: Many Smashing Pumpkins Songs Are About Me

    October 14, 2014 1:52 PM EDT In a recent interview with BBC Radio 6, Courney Love claimed that a number of the songs Billy Corgan wrote for his band Smashing Pumpkins are about her. Not only that -- she suggested the songs inspired by her are the successful ones. When Corgan "stopped writing about me," she…

  7. Kesha Suing Dr. Luke for Alleged Sexual Assault & Emotional Abuse

    October 14, 2014 12:47 PM EDT Kesha is suing longtime producer Dr. Luke for emotional abuse and an instance of sexual assault, according to a lawsuit filed on Tuesday, Oct. 14. Kesha is looking to be freed of her contract with the producer. "This lawsuit is a wholehearted effort by Kesha to regain control of her…

  8. Nile Rodgers, Ellie Goulding Honored at BMI London Awards

    October 14, 2014 12:02 PM EDT Legendary lyricist Tim Rice was honored, Nile Rodgers took top prize and Ellie Goulding was a three-time winner at the BMI London Awards , held Monday night at London's Dorchester Hotel. The annual gala is held to honor the U.K./Euro/Caribbean songwriters, producers and publishers of…

  9. Rage Against the Machine's Zack de la Rocha Teams with Run the Jewels on New Track

    October 14, 2014 7:23 AM EDT If Zack de la Rocha's ability to rage against the machine ever seemed diminished after he split with his band in 2000, it's been sparked back up by a guest spot on a new Run the Jewels track. Titled "Close Your Eyes (And Count to F--k)," the song features rap titans El-P…

  10. Country the Focus of Billboard Touring Conference Panel

    October 13, 2014 8:44 PM EDT Top Country Touring Execs Break Down Genre's Success Several of the key players behinds the unprecedented success of country music touring will take part in discussion of the genre's live business in a Nov. 19 panel at the Billboard Touring Conference titled "Are You Ready…

  11. 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…

  12. Bjork & Depeche Mode Producer Mark Bell Has Died

    October 13, 2014 1:14 PM EDT The LFO mastermind passed away last week. British rave pioneer and producer Mark Bell has passed away, according to his label, Warp Records. "It's with great sadness that we announce the untimely passing of Mark Bell of LFO who died last week from complications after an operation,…

  13. Samsung and Google Play Team Up to Corner the Latin-American Streaming Market

    October 13, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Google Play has joined with Samsung in a bold move for the quickly growing Latin American music streaming market. Via a promotion launched in September, anyone who buys a new Samsung device (Galaxy S4, S5 and Galaxy Tab) in any of 17 countries gets a free six-month subscription to the…

  14. Spotify's Artist Outreach Mission Leaves Some Wanting More

    October 13, 2014 11:30 AM EDT Spotify had a rough couple of days last week. Besides Jimmy Buffett's petition for  more money, less problems  and the ill fate of their  #thatsongwhen campaign , the streaming service's artist-only streaming sessions with the Music Managers' Forum the Future Artists…

  15. Happy Birthday, 'Single Ladies'! Beyonce's 6 Best Performances of the Hit

    October 13, 2014 10:19 AM EDT Don't be mad when you see that we all want it. Everybody put your hands up: Arguably  Beyonce ’s biggest hit, "Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)," turns six years old today (also turning six? "If I Were a Boy"). The song was released to radio this week in 2008, and…

  16. Iggy Azalea Leads American Music Awards With Six Nominations

    October 13, 2014 9:00 AM EDT With six nominations, Iggy Azalea is at the front of the pack leading into next month’s 2014 American Music Awards .  The Hot 100 chart-topping, Australian-born performer is up for artist of the year, new artist of the year, single of the year, favorite female artist - pop/rock, and she’s…

  17. X Japan Takes Madison Square Garden By Rainstorm

    October 12, 2014 1:26 PM EDT 0 There was Yoshiki, principal songwriter, brutalizing percussionist and virtuosic pianist of X Japan , standing on his drum throne, casting a shadow that was, via the jumbotron behind him, framed with fluttering, demonic wings, like the final boss in a video game. The technical…

  18. Ask Billboard: Baseball Hits, Gwen Stefani's Delay & Demi Lovato's Best-Selling Songs

    October 12, 2014 8:05 AM EDT As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. Or, Tweet questions to Gary Trust: @gthot20 HIT RUNS AND ERAS Hi Gary…

  19. August Alsina Cancels Brooklyn Bowl London Show, Citing Medical Reasons

    October 11, 2014 12:19 PM EDT R&B singer August Alsina has canceled his performance at London’s Brooklyn Bowl on Saturday (Oct. 11), citing medical reasons. August Alsina Wakes From Three Day Coma Following Onstage Fall In mid-September, Alsina took a nasty spill from the stage at New York’s Irving Plaza and went…

  20. Janet Jackson Scored Her First Hot 100 No. 1 Hit 28 Years Ago

    October 11, 2014 10:30 AM EDT On “Nasty,” the 1986 single that nearly became her first No. 1 pop hit, Janet Jackson told the world exactly what she thought about a certain overused term of endearment. “My first name ain’t baby,” she said. “It’s Janet. Miss Jackson if you’re nasty.” “Nasty” snarled and strutted…

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