1. Elvis Photographer Alfred Wertheimer Dies at 85

    October 22, 2014 3:11 AM EDT Alfred Wertheimer , the photographer whose portraits of Elvis Presley documented the birth of a music legend, has died. Wertheimer, who was 85, died of natural causes Sunday at his New York apartment, said Chris Murray , who owns Washington, D.C's Govinda Gallery  which counts…

  2. Kesha Previously Denied Dr. Luke Made Sexual Advances in 2011 Deposition

    October 21, 2014 8:43 PM EDT The pop star's mother also gave sworn testimony about what her daughter didn't tell her On Tuesday, a judge ordered the unsealing of a deposition given by pop star Kesha in prior litigation with her former managers at DAS Communications. The sworn testimony appears to undercut…

  3. Watch El-P Audition Cats For Run the Jewels’ Meow Remix Album

    October 21, 2014 3:19 PM EDT El-P has been reading angry messages from Taylor Swift superfans ever since he dissed her new song “Welcome to New York” yesterday (Oct. 20), but we think we’ve found one thing they could agree on -- cats. Back on Oct. 15, El and Killer Mike’s keep-it-real hip-hip collaboration Run the…

  4. Jason Aldean Tops Country Airplay, Keith Urban Hits Top 10, Toby Keith Returns

    October 21, 2014 2:45 PM EDT With the longest-running No. 1 this year on the multi-metric Hot Country Songs chart and a head-turning bow atop the Billboard 200 and Top Country Albums last week, Jason Aldean extends his chart-topping celebrations, as "Burnin' It Down" steps 2-1 to become his 12th leader…

  5. Wiz Khalifa Signs with WME

    October 21, 2014 2:09 PM EDT Wiz Khalifa has signed with WME for his representation worldwide, the company has announced. Wiz Khalifa Earns First No. 1 Album On Billboard 200 Khalifa has several fashion-focused deals, including with Converse, a partnership with headwear company Flat Fitty, and Freshko, a brand Khalifa…

  6. Why Taylor Swift Would Never ‘Pull a Beyonce’ with an Album

    October 21, 2014 1:21 PM EDT Waiting for Taylor to release an out-of-nowhere album someday? Keep waiting. When Beyonce surprise-released her self-titled fifth album exclusively on iTunes last December, the sneak-attack tactic left the industry with a lot of questions once the dust settled. The strategy was undeniably…

  7. Ask Billboard: The Weird Connections Between Mary Lambert & Madonna

    October 21, 2014 11:05 AM EDT In this week's reader mailbag, yet more odd coincidences connecting Mary Lambert and Madonna; a look at the longest-leading No. 1s ever on Billboard song charts; and hit songs with quirky time signatures. As always, submit questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music…

  8. Deeper & Better: Reaccessing Sleater-Kinney's Material Girls

    October 21, 2014 10:55 AM EDT For around a decade starting in 1995 or 1996, the best rock band in America was an all-female trio out of the indie-rock hothouse of Olympia, Wash.'s Evergreen College. And now, around a decade after they went on hiatus in the wake of 2005's heavy-roiling The Woods , Sleater…

  9. Pioneer's New Black Box Will Monetize DJs' Club Sets

    October 21, 2014 10:39 AM EDT Is Pioneer’s KUVO finally a solution for decades of inaccurate (or nonexistent) nightclub royalty payments? A solution to the long-contested issue of nightclub performance royalties may come in the form of a small black box. Leading audio-equipment manufacturer Pioneer has developed a…

  10. Taylor Swift’s ‘Welcome to New York’ Makes El-P Want to Leave New York

    October 21, 2014 10:24 AM EDT El-P was born in Brooklyn and has more or less resided in New York City ever since. Even when he’s rapping about drones over his hometown, he’s been content to take the good with the bad and stick around. But it looks like Taylor Swift’s latest 1989 offering , "Welcome to New York,…

  11. 'Welcome To New York': Listen to a Playlist of Other Songs About New York

    October 21, 2014 10:02 AM EDT Already listened to Taylor Swift 's "Welcome to New York" on repeat since it was released Monday night?  Then take a listen to this (non-comprehensive) playlist of some of our other favorite odes to New York -- both new and classic. Does Swift's latest addition top your…

  12. Watch Taylor Swift Dance to the Naked Chef's 'Bake It Off,' a 'Shake It Off' Parody

    October 21, 2014 8:11 AM EDT Taylor Swift recently visited England to sing "Shake It Off" on The X-Factor ,  and now she's returned to the U.K. for a guest appearance in Jamie "The Naked Chef" Oliver's kitchen . Despite Oliver's nasty handstand dance moves, Taylor wasn't…

  13. ILoveMakonnen & Drake Share Party-Hard 'Tuesday' Video: Watch

    October 21, 2014 6:05 AM EDT ILoveMakonnen and Drake get their party on in the cameo-filled remix video for "Tuesday."  Makonnen Sheran  (aka ILoveMakonnen) caught a lot of attention when Drake reworked "Club Goin Up On a Tuesday" with an additional verse back in August. The Atlanta rapper went on…

  14. Fashion Designer Oscar De La Renta Dead At 82

    October 20, 2014 10:17 PM EDT Oscar de la Renta, the legendary Dominican-American fashion designer, has died at age 82, ABC News has confirmed. De la Renta had been battling cancer.  His work became the preferred wear for such first ladies as Nancy Reagan, Hillary Clinton and Laura Bush, and he designed the dress worn…

  15. Ringo Starr to Star in 2015 Skechers Ads

    October 20, 2014 7:58 PM EDT Ringo Starr and Skechers announced a new partnership Monday that will have the former Beatles drummer appearing in the footwear company's global marketing campaign for their "Relaxed Fit" line, starting spring 2015.   Ringo Starr Looks Back On 'A Hard Day's Night&…

  16. Chart Highlights: Iggy Azalea, MAGIC! Score New No. 1s, Foo Fighters Return

    October 20, 2014 6:35 PM EDT 'Black Widow' nets Azalea a Pop Songs honor last earned by Lady Gaga. Plus, MAGIC! tops AC and Foo Fighters storm multiple rock charts and more. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and…

  17. Taylor Swift Packs Her Bags on ‘Welcome To New York’: Song Review

    October 20, 2014 6:14 PM EDT Admittedly, Taylor Swift’s experience of moving to New York is probably a bit different than those of us out-of-staters who have had to make the post-college pilgrimage to the big city; while Swift perkily admires how “the Village is aglow,” she doesn’t remark on the subway rats or waking…

  18. Sia Doesn’t Turn Her Back on Joni Mitchell and More Insider Scoop

    October 20, 2014 6:00 PM EDT Sia Faces Forward Australian singer-songwriter Sia (Furler) didn't turn her back on Joni Mitchell when she honored the Laurel Canyon icon at the Hammer Museum's annual Gala in the Garden on Oct. 11 in Los Angeles. Although Sia has promoted her current album, 1000 Forms of Fear ,…

  19. Exclusive: Faith Evans Talks Notorious B.I.G.'s 'Ready To Die' & Bad Boy Records

    October 20, 2014 4:25 PM EDT Faith Evans has built a strong career ever since dropping her breakthrough debut Faith in 1995, but this year marks a different sort of milestone for the R&B singer. In addition to releasing her sixth studio album Incomparable on Nov. 24 via Prolific Music Group/BMG Artist Services, the…

  20. Glen Campbell Doc Director on the Alzheimer-Stricken Country Star: 'I Want Taylor Swift Fans to Know How Important He Was'

    October 20, 2014 4:08 PM EDT Having produced the 2005 Johnny Cash biopic Walk the Line , James Keach was cautious when meeting with Glen Campbell and his producer Julian Raymond, not wanting to be typecast as a guy who makes films about country singers. But their sit-down, when Campbell was in the early stages of…

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