1. Billboard Cover: Usher on Getting Tough With Justin Bieber, Why He’s Not Ready for a New Album and Life as a Single Dad

    October 24, 2014 9:00 AM EDT There Are Segways, and then there's Usher Raymond IV 's Segway. Usher's scooter is a custom-built, gold-plated number with rims that look like they were lifted from Rick Ross ' Maybach. It shines like Louis the XIV's jewels as he zips through the hallways of the…

  2. Justin Bieber's 100th Week at No. 1 on Social 50 Chart

    October 24, 2014 1:56 AM EDT Justin Bieber has reached a new Billboard chart milestone: his 100 th week at No. 1 on the Social 50 chart . The pop star’s Instagram-shared pictures of his training session with boxing legend Floyd Mayweather caused an 87 percent jump in reaction on the platform (and a 119 percent jump in…

  3. Taylor Swift Shuts Down Hollywood Boulevard for Electrifying 'Jimmy Kimmel' Performance: Watch

    October 24, 2014 12:04 AM EDT Nearly 15,000 screaming fans lined Hollywood Boulevard on Thursday night to see Taylor Swift light up Jimmy Kimmel Live!’s outdoor concert stage. The concert served as a kickoff to a promotional tour for her new album, 1989 , and Swift shared a taste of what some are calling a more mature…

  4. Taylor Swift to the Haters: 'If You’re Upset That I’m Just Being Myself, I’m Going to Be Myself More'

    October 24, 2014 12:01 AM EDT Taylor Swift named her fifth album after her birth year, 1989 , but 2014 is the year of her rebirth. After wooing the mainstream with four albums of her pop-flavored brand of country, Swift waves goodbye to Nashville with 1989 , ditching guitars for new wave-y synths, courtesy of hitmakers…

  5. Album Review: Taylor Swift’s Pop Curveball Pays Off With ‘1989’

    October 24, 2014 12:01 AM EDT Any Nashville insider will tell you that Taylor Swift started breaking up with country music long before she first stepped out with hitmakers Max Martin and Shellback for three pop-leaning songs on 2012's blockbuster Red . But if her new single, "Shake It Off," was the…

  6. Mick Jagger Talks James Brown, Elvis & Making Movies

    October 23, 2014 10:53 PM EDT Song credits won't be the latest place to feature Mick Jagger's name. Instead, look to upcoming films and TV shows. The Rolling Stones frontman has been busy producing projects, from this year's James Brown biopic "Get on Up" to a not-yet-titled HBO series directed…

  7. New York Ebola Patient Visited Bowling Alley Music Venue Before Being Hospitalized

    October 23, 2014 9:54 PM EDT A doctor in New York City who has tested positive for Ebola visited Brooklyn bowling alley The Gutter before he was hospitalized Wednesday night, the New York Daily News has reported . Dr. Craig Spencer had recently returned to New York from West Africa, where he was treating Ebola patients…

  8. Paul McCartney’s Out There Tour Has Grossed $165 Million (And Counting…)

    October 23, 2014 8:44 PM EDT Paul McCartney owns this week's No. 1 Hot Tours ranking (see list, below) with $10.6 million in box office revenue from five of the final U.S. performances on his world tour. Now in its home stretch, his Out There tour will close its final trek through North America on Oct. 30 after…

  9. Billboard Cover Sneak Peak: 5 People (and Things) That Inspire Usher -- From Picasso to Puff Daddy

    October 23, 2014 7:55 PM EDT Usher 's career stats are astounding. He's sold close to 24 million records in the United States and taken home eight Grammys. His 2004 album Confessions sold more than any other album in the '00s. His recent single "Good Kisser" was his 13th No. 1 on Billboard'…

  10. DeJ Loaf's 'Try Me' Debuts on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart

    October 23, 2014 6:58 PM EDT -year old rising hip-hop star DeJ Loaf — who recently signed with Columbia Records — has arrived on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart with "Try Me." The Detroit rapper's breakthrough track, which has been buzzing on the realtime Billboard + Twitter Emerging Artists chart,…

  11. Enrique Iglesias Ties Record for Most Weeks at No. 1 on Hot Latin Songs

    October 23, 2014 6:11 PM EDT Enrique Iglesias ties the record for the most weeks spent at No. 1 on Billboard 's Hot Latin Songs chart (which launched in the Oct. 4, 1986, issue), as "Bailando" (featuring Descemer Bueno  and Gente de Zona ) reigns for a 25th week. The song matches the command of Shakira &…

  12. Pandora Revenue Up 40 Percent, Listening Growth Softens

    October 23, 2014 5:25 PM EDT Pandora, the world's biggest Internet radio company, achieved big revenue gains in the third quarter in spite of a softening in its listener metrics. The company posted a $2 million net loss, an improvement from the $4.1 million loss a year earlier, on record revenue of $239.6 million,…

  13. Exclusive: Carnage, Erick Morillo and Harry Romero Join Forces on 'Let the Freak Out'

    October 23, 2014 4:20 PM EDT While their marriage may seem unlikely, Carnage, Erick Morillo and Harry Romero were a match made in Miami. After being put in touch by mutual friend Dave Grutman, founder of Miami Marketing Group, Carnage dropped by Morillo's sprawling Miami home to preview tracks for a potential…

  14. Chris Webby, 'Chemically Imbalanced': Exclusive Album Premiere

    October 23, 2014 3:23 PM EDT Chris Webby was expelled from college in 2009, but this was just a small obstacle for the rapper: two years later, There Goes The Neighborhood , which he put out on his own label, debuted on top of the iTunes Hip-Hop charts. Today, Oct. 23, Webby premieres his latest album, Chemically…

  15. Iggy Azalea Brings Big Boasts On New Song 'Iggy SZN'

    October 23, 2014 12:29 PM EDT Iggy Azalea keeps the momentum going with the re-release of her debut, The New Classic , titled Re-Classified , to be released Nov. 24, will feature five new songs, including her upcoming single, "Beg For It," featuring Mø , new collaborations with Ellie Goulding ("Heavy…

  16. Revisionist History, Part 2: Jimi Hendrix Beats the Beatles! Year-End Hits of Yesterday, Re-Analyzed

    October 23, 2014 11:07 AM EDT Since 1958, when Billboard's Hot 100 began tracking the hits every week, any song that's earned year-end No. 1 was surely built to last, right? Not necessarily. To test that theory, we’ve done a "do-over" for year-end charts prior to 2004, when digital downloads became…

  17. Jessie Ware, 'Tough Love': Track-by-Track Review

    October 23, 2014 10:10 AM EDT Jessie Ware is likely still riding high from exchanging nuptials over the summer. Considering her 2012 debut album Devotion was a chapter-by-chapter chronicle on matters of her heart -- pitfalls and all -- one might make the assumption that now that she's a Mrs. her new release, Tough…

  18. Microsoft Nixes Free Version of Xbox Music Pass

    October 23, 2014 9:45 AM EDT Microsoft has announced plans to shut down the free version of its music streaming service Xbox Music Pass in December. The ad-supported free version, which is essentially Microsoft's attempt to compete with Spotify, will be retired so that Xbox Music can "deliver the ultimate…

  19. Kill the Noise & Feed Me Share ‘Far Away’ Collab: Exclusive Listen

    October 23, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Kill the Noise and Feed Me know how to press each other’s buttons. They should do; the electronic music producers have been making tunes together for close to a decade.  Kill the Noise (aka Jake Stanczak) and Feed Me (aka Jon Gooch) have written under various guises and labels, and “we…

  20. Publishing Briefs: Sony/ATV Promotions, Rich Conlon's New Firm, Mike & Keys Join Atlas

    October 23, 2014 8:47 AM EDT Billboard's Ed Christman rounds-up all the big news happening in the music publishing world. -- Sony/ATV Music Publishing has promoted Rich Christina to the role of senior VP, head of East Coast A&R, based in the company’s New York office. He will report to Sony/ATV U.S. co…

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