1. Gregg Allman Dismissed From 'Midnight Rider' Lawsuit

    October 30, 2014 3:56 PM EDT Sarah Jones' family drops lawsuit against three defendants. Lawyers for Sarah Jones ' family are dropping  Gregg Allman , Midnight Rider executive producer  Michael Lehman and the unfinished film's distributor Open Road Films from the civil lawsuit stemming from Jones'…

  2. Nas Previews J Dilla-Produced Song at Run the Jewels' Album Release Party

    October 30, 2014 12:26 PM EDT Nas made a surprise appearance at Run the Jewel s' ( Killer Mike and El-P )  album release celebration for RTJ2 on Wednesday, Oct. 29. "I came here to support the brother son an incredible project. I've been watching them do their thing, even feeling like this is something…

  3. Rap Superduo Run the Jewels Talk Keeping Their Momentum and Why Cat Remixes Are in Their Future (Seriously)

    October 30, 2014 10:52 AM EDT In 2013, Run the Jewels, the superduo consisting of veterans Killer Mike and El-P , released its self-titled debut, a confrontational barrage of rap ruthlessness. For follow-up RTJ2 (Oct. 27, Mass Appeal Records), they have doubled down on the aggression and injected more of the…

  4. Music Stars Look Back at 1984: Ricky Martin on Being 'Spoiled' in Menudo, Melle Mel on the Irony of 'White Lines,' Joe Perry on Reuniting With Aerosmith and More

    October 29, 2014 6:04 PM EDT "I didn't go around the world, I went around the world on a private jet. I didn't have a hotel room, we had an entire floor. We were spoiled." -- Ricky Martin on the "exhilarating" experience of being a member of Latin teenybopper group Menudo at age 12. The…

  5. From Diddy to Alanis Morissette, These Musicians Have Turned Marathon Runners

    October 29, 2014 5:35 PM EDT Pop music and distance running aren't so different. Both reward tenacity, hard work, and the willingness to wear skimpy clothing and push your body to its physical limits. No wonder so many rock stars have done marathons. There are few athletic contests more badass than the 26.2-mile…

  6. Former Minutemen Bassist Mike Watt on Why Their Pivotal Album ‘Double Nickels’ Mocked Sammy Hagar

    October 29, 2014 4:33 PM EDT " Double Nickels , even though it came about kind of by accident, is still the most focused statement of the band," says former Minutemen bassist Mike Watt . Double Nickels on the Dime influenced virtually any American punk-funk band one can name, but it inspired thousands more…

  7. Exclusive: Mad Decent's Toy Selectah & Camilo Lara Reveal Star-Studded 'Compass' Album

    October 29, 2014 10:30 AM EDT Due in early 2015, the album features Boy George, Toots & the Maytals, Kool A.D., Sly & Robbie, and more. Billboard is excited to announce a hyper-collaborative new project featuring more than 80 collaborations from over four continents. Mad Decent's Toy Selectah has…

  8. How Run-D.M.C. Changed the Rap Game in 1984

    October 28, 2014 1:22 PM EDT Though rap had been selling records and denting the lower reaches of the Billboard charts since 1979, it can be argued that Run-D.M.C. 's self-titled debut -- which peaked at No. 53 on the Billboard 200 on June 23 -- was the first time that real hip-hop was pressed to vinyl.  Most rap…

  9. Nicki Minaj Says She Never Slept With Drake or Lil Wayne on New Song 'Only'

    October 28, 2014 10:20 AM EDT Weezy, Drizzy and Chris Brown join Minaj on her latest track. As promised, Nicki Minaj releases her latest single, "Only," on Tuesday morning, Oct. 28. Minaj's third single from her third album, The Pinkprint  -- which has been pushed back to Dec. 15 -- features all-star…

  10. Nicki Minaj's 'The Pinkprint' Release Date Pushed Back to December

    October 27, 2014 8:25 PM EDT Nicki Minaj 's highly anticipated third studio album, The Pinkprint , has been pushed back to a Dec. 15 release.  The word comes according to a press release from Minaj's camp, promoting Tuesday's release of her new Drake , Lil Wayne and Chris Brown -featuring single "…

  11. Chart Highlights: Gwen Stefani Returns, Foo Fighters Fly to No. 1

    October 27, 2014 3:55 PM EDT Stefani scores her first solo airplay hit since 2007, while Foo Fighters crown Rock Airplay and Mainstream Rock Songs. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys listed below.…

  12. Exclusive: Downtown Records Launches Immortal Music Publishing

    October 27, 2014 1:39 PM EDT Downtown Records’ co-founders Josh Deutsh and Terence Lam are rebuilding the empire with the launch of a new music publishing division. The New York-based execs have established Immortal Music Publishing, and announced its first signings. Almost two years have passed since Downtown Music…

  13. Hilary Duff Seen Holding Hands With Ex Mike Comrie

    October 27, 2014 12:20 PM EDT Get ready for some random speculation! Social media freaked out over the weekend when  Hilary Duff  was seen holding hands with husband Mike Comrie, whom she is separated from. Separated! And yet here they are holding hands! What could this possibly mean? "I'm separated from my…

  14. Watch Temple of the Dog Reunite at Neil Young's Bridge School Benefit Concert

    October 26, 2014 5:09 PM EDT Grunge supergroup Temple of the Dog reunited at Neil Young 's annual all-acoustic Bridge School Benefit concert at the Shoreline Amphitheatre near San Francisco Saturday night, performing the song "Hunger Strike" from their lone self-titled studio album.  The band comprises…

  15. Ask Billboard: World Series Edition

    October 26, 2014 8:05 AM EDT In the latest mailbag, more baseball hits, John Legend's history-making week and Glen Campbell's touching return. As always, submit questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as…

  16. A Look Back at 1984: All of Our Coverage

    October 24, 2014 5:49 PM EDT The political and social disquiet of 1984 was reflected in a widespread sense that everything was up for grabs: gender identity ( Boy George , Annie Lennox ), sexual roles ( Madonna , Prince ), even the definition of rock and roll itself ( Van Halen adding synthesizers on the 1984 album,…

  17. Joan Jett Rocks Out With Billie Joe Armstrong, Alice Cooper & More at Charity Show

    October 24, 2014 4:20 PM EDT When the pioneering all-female hard rock band the Runaways broke up in early 1979, no one took the prospects of a 20-year-old Joan Jett 's solo career seriously. To state the obvious, the industry underestimated her. Thirty-five years and numerous top 40 Hot 100 hits later, Jett is…

  18. How 'American Horror Story' Is Becoming the Next 'Glee'

    October 24, 2014 2:41 PM EDT Lana Del Rey's two-night stint at Los Angeles' Hollywood Forever Cemetery on Oct. 16 and 17 seems particularly fitting given that her music was covered by the cast of American Horror Story: Freak Show this week. Series creator Ryan Murphy announced that Jessica Lange would…

  19. Peter Breeden New CFO at Warner Music UK, Replacing Simon Robson

    October 24, 2014 1:09 PM EDT Longtime Warner Music UK exec Peter Breeden has been promoted to chief financial officer, effective immediately. Breeden is taking over the position from Simon Robson , who is leaving to take the role of president, Warner Music Asia Pacific. Breeden, who joined Warner Music in 2001 and rose…

  20. Run the Jewels Can't Stop Putting Albums Online for Free

    October 24, 2014 8:09 AM EDT Run the Jewels , the rap duo comprised of Atlanta's Killer Mike and Brooklyn's El-P , just dropped its second album on the world. And like the original Run the Jewels , RTJ2 is free and downloadable. Go ahead and grab it , via the middle-man-eliminating direct link both Mike and…

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