1. Film Review: ‘Time Is Illmatic’ Documentary Pays Homage to Nas’ Seminal 1994 Hip-Hop Classic

    October 07, 2014 5:00 PM EDT Few albums in hip-hop history are as universally celebrated as Nasir " Nas " Jones' 1994 debut, Illmatic . But the story behind the LP's creation -- the concepts, production process and societal influences that put Nas at the forefront of the rap vanguard -- is subject…

  2. 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…

  3. Vine Stars Us the Duo Earn Oprah’s Seal of Approval (Plus, a Label Deal and Movie Too)

    October 07, 2014 10:06 AM EDT A song by husband-and-wife team Us the Duo is featured twice in the Fox animated feature The Book of Life : Placido Domingo sings “No Matter Where You Are” with Zoe Saldana , and it’s reprised over the end credits. The placement is the latest in a string of recent successes by Michael and…

  4. Lecrae Breaks New Ground as Christian Rapper, Looks to Kanye West for Inspiration

    October 07, 2014 12:01 AM EDT Lecrae is dubbed a Christian rapper, but he considers himself a rapper who happens to be Christian. The Grammy-winning artist (his album Gravity  won for best gospel album last year) is trying to avoid being boxed into one genre. "I didn't really fit in either world," said…

  5. Executive Turntable: Moves at Universal, Kobalt, Viacom and iHeartMedia

    October 06, 2014 5:39 PM EDT John Nicholas left his position of vice president/sales at Universal Music Distribution following a 25-year stint to join SMH Records as general manager. During his career, he has developed and implemented successful sales and marketing plans for iconic catalogs such as The Beatles, Pink…

  6. 1980s White Rap Pioneers 3rd Bass Reveal the Stories Behind Their Music -- From Gang Hits to Beef With the Beastie Boys

    October 06, 2014 4:27 PM EDT When New York duo 3rd Bass -- MC Serch (real name Michael Berrin) and Prime Minister Pete Nice (born Peter Nash), now both 47 -- burst onto the scene in 1989 with the single "Steppin' to the A.M.," they were a revelation to the public. Serch's first single, "Melissa…

  7. Meghan Trainor's 'All About That Bass' Hits No. 1 in U.K.

    October 06, 2014 5:53 AM EDT In its first week of full release, Meghan Trainor’s U.S. chart-topper “All About That Bass” (Epic/Sony) has mirrored the feat in the U.K. While on the new album chart, breakthrough Columbia/Sony singer-songwriter George Ezra’s   Wanted On Voyage  hit the top for the first time, in its 14th…

  8. Paul Revere Dick, 'The Madman of Rock & Roll': An Appreciation

    October 05, 2014 7:09 PM EDT In 1775, one Paul Revere, a Massachusetts silversmith by trade, road around the countryside announcing that the British were coming.  Nearly 200 years later, the British had come again and another Paul Revere -- this one an Idaho keyboardist and bandleader -- held the ground for American…

  9. Paul Revere & the Raiders' Biggest Billboard Hot 100 Hits

    October 05, 2014 2:57 PM EDT Paul Revere, the leader and organist of Paul Revere & the Raiders , died at his home in Idaho on Saturday (Oct. 4). He was 76. Paul Revere Dies at 76 During the Raiders’ career, which started in 1963 with a cover of Richard Berry’s “Louie, Louie,” the band tallied 11 top 20 hits --…

  10. Paul Revere, Leader and Organist of Paul Revere & the Raiders, Dies at 76

    October 05, 2014 1:21 PM EDT Paul Revere, the longtime leader and organist of Paul Revere & the Raiders , died at his home in Idaho on Saturday (Oct. 4). He was 76. Paul Revere & the Raiders' Biggest Billboard Hot 100 Hits The popular classic rock band revealed the sad news in a lengthy letter on its…

  11. Radiohead Will Premiere a New Song in Paul Thomas Anderson's 'Inherent Vice'

    October 05, 2014 12:12 AM EDT Director Paul Thomas Anderson has a special relationship with Radiohead. He let guitarist Jonny Greenwood carry the score of his 2007 classic  There Will Be Blood , and the two teamed again for 2012's The Master . This December's Inherent Vice , an adaptation of Thomas Pynchon&…

  12. Kevin Metheny, Howard Stern Rival & Radio Executive, Dead at 60

    October 04, 2014 4:53 PM EDT Kevin Metheny, a longtime radio programmer and operations manager, has died. Metheny died Friday at the age of 60. His death was first confirmed by allaccess.com and later reported by The Chicago Tribune . The Daily News  reports he died of a heart attack. Metheny was best known to…

  13. Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Jackie Evancho Arrives With 'Awakening'

    October 03, 2014 10:09 PM EDT Also: John Mellencamp celebrates 35 years on the chart and a Beatle helps a video game soundtrack find success On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart, Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga debuted at No. 1 with their collaborative album, Cheek to Cheek , selling 131,000 copies in the week…

  14. Luke Bryan's Tour Has Grossed $55.5 Million (And Counting)

    October 03, 2014 5:11 PM EDT Luke Bryan takes his That's My Kind of Night tour to No. 1 on this week’s tally of Hot Tours with box office stats reported from the bulk of his 2014 trek through North American cities. Since the tour's January kick-off, Bryan's outing has been attended by 1.1 million fans…

  15. EMI Sued In Foreign Royalties Dispute With Monkees Songwriter

    October 03, 2014 2:53 PM EDT The music publisher won a similar case against Duke Ellington's family last year. EMI Music Publishing is facing a new lawsuit alleging a musician has been cheated over royalties on foreign sales. This time, the plaintiff is the widow of John Stewart , the songwriter who was with the…

  16. Jim Urie Announces He Is Stepping Down from Universal Music Group Distribution

    October 03, 2014 2:32 PM EDT Jim Urie , the last of the music industry distribution giants, has announced that he is retiring from Universal Music Group Distribution at the end of the year. Urie joined the company as executive vp/gm in 1998, as the No. 2 to industry legend Henry Droz , and assumed leadership of in 2000…

  17. Lady Antebellum on Staying True to Their Roots: ‘Country Is Who We Are’

    October 03, 2014 2:12 PM EDT Lady Antebellum is trying something new. The trio (Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood) has risen to the top of Nashville's ranks thanks to its country-pop blend, winning the record and song of the year Grammys in 2011 for the title track to its second LP, Need You Now . For…

  18. One Direction, Lorde, Fergie & Aretha Franklin: Real-Time Twitter Chart Rewind Ep. 18

    October 03, 2014 12:42 PM EDT Welcome back to Billboard's weekly video show "Real-Time Rewind," which recaps the past week's hottest action on the new Billboard Real-Time Twitter Charts -- Trending 140 and Emerging Artists -- and the news that's driving the action. Hosted by Billboard's Joe…

  19. Why Convicted Child-Sex Offender Gary Glitter’s ‘Hey Song’ Is Still Getting Played

    October 03, 2014 12:00 PM EDT The sex offender's "Rock and Roll Part 2" is quietly fading from play. Something was missing when the National Hockey League’s Nashville Predators played their first home game of the 2014-2015 season on Sept. 25: Gary Glitter . Previously, each time the team scored a goal,…

  20. 'The Affair': Watch Opening Titles Featuring New Fiona Apple Song

    October 02, 2014 9:59 PM EDT 'Container' was penned specifically for the Showtime drama. Fiona Apple is back with new music. The Grammy-winning singer-songwriter composed an original song, "Container," for Showtime's new drama The Affair that is the centerpiece for the opening titles. Fiona…

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