1. Iggy Azalea, the Most-Nominated 2014 AMAs Artist, Will Also Perform

    October 31, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Make way, Lorde, One Direction, and Fergie: Iggy Azalea is hitting the American Music Awards stage, too. The news arrived Friday morning in a press release. In addition to being the night's newest performer, Azalea is also the AMA's most-nominated artist, with six chances to win.…

  2. Publishing Briefs: Sony/ATV Signs Tegan and Sara & Calvin Harris Extension, ole Nabs $50m Credit & Joey + Rory

    October 30, 2014 7:25 PM EDT Billboard's Ed Christman rounds-up all the big news in the music publishing world. -- Sony/ATV Music Publishing have signed superstar producer Calvin Harris to an extension of its long-term worldwide publishing deal. Moreover, the deal includes a partnership in Harris' record…

  3. Suge Knight to Stay in Vegas Jail Through Weekend

    October 30, 2014 4:38 PM EDT Suge Knight had a Las Vegas traffic warrant reduced to a parking ticket on Thursday (Oct. 30) but was returned in custody to the Clark County jail to await a Monday extradition hearing in a California robbery case. Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Joseph Sciscento quickly arraigned Knight in…

  4. Metallica To Rock Out 'Late Late Show' in Week-Long Residency

    October 30, 2014 5:07 AM EDT The band known for the hit "Enter Sandman" is about to assist a talk show host in preparing his exit.  Venerable rockers Metallica have been slotted for a week-long residency on the Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson in November, with the band confirming the news on Twitter. …

  5. Musicians React to Giants' World Series Win

    October 30, 2014 12:30 AM EDT The World Series is done and dusted. Elite club baseball is finished for another season (spoiler alert: the Giants beat the Royals in Game 7). San Francisco fans can rejoice, and the ban on Lorde's "Royals" is now lifted .   Musicians pitched in with their own special moments…

  6. Taylor Swift on Her Love of Reading & Writing: 'What If I End Up Writing a Script or a Book?'

    October 29, 2014 11:19 PM EDT Who says kids don't read? Not Taylor Swift . The superstar made a stop Tuesday night on her busy tour promoting her new album to share her passion for reading and writing with a gaggle of New York City public school kids -- and 100 more giggling on computer screens via Skype from…

  7. Slipknot Scores Second No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart

    October 29, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Rock band Slipknot crowns the Billboard 200 chart for a second time, as their new album, .5: The Gray Chapter , debuts atop the list. The album sold 132,000 copies in the week ending Oct. 26, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It was released through Roadrunner Records, and is the group's…

  8. New York Gets Its First Country Music Festival

    October 29, 2014 9:34 AM EDT The inaugural FarmBorough fest will be held June 26-28 on Randall's Island. Already booked acts include Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley, Brad Paisley, Brandy Clark and Randy Houser. Live Nation Entertainment and Founders Entertainment will partner for the first time in presenting…

  9. What Is Bad? A Worst Songs Countdown Goes Beyond Good and Evil

    October 28, 2014 10:45 AM EDT What do “Who Let The Dogs Out” and “Stairway To Heaven” have in common? Both make a prominent appearance among the 88 worst songs of all time, as voted by listeners of triple-A WXPN Philadelphia . WXPN unveiled the listing last Saturday, Oct. 25, as the kicker to its countdown of its top…

  10. David Guetta Reteaming With Nicki Minaj & Sia on New Album 'Listen'

    October 28, 2014 8:52 AM EDT French DJ extraordinaire David Guetta has his sixth album, Listen , arriving Nov. 24. The hitmaker behind "Titanium" and "Turn Me On" recently  told Billboard , "There are featured artists of course, but none that you’d expect with me, and really it’s just…

  11. The Academy of Country Music Awards Celebrates Milestone with 'This Is Country' Book

    October 28, 2014 1:40 AM EDT Next year will be an important one for the Academy of Country Music Awards. The Los Angeles-based organization will celebrate the 50th anniversary since its first trophies were first presented in 1965. And, to celebrate, the show will be headed on the road for a one-time-only trip to AT&…

  12. From Katy Perry to Arcade Fire, Mary Lambert Reveals the Artists Who Inspired Her Debut Album

    October 27, 2014 5:56 PM EDT After scoring a smash with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis on "Same Love," Mary Lambert made her Capitol Records debut on Oct. 14 with Heart on My Sleeve , led by "Secrets," which reached No. 72 on the Billboard Hot 100 . But Lambert, 25, is far from furtive about the songs…

  13. Taylor Swift Named New York City Welcome Ambassador

    October 27, 2014 9:51 AM EDT "I'm still learning, but I'm so enthusiastic about this city that when I love something, I'm very vocal about it." The first song on Taylor Swift 's album 1989 is called "Welcome to New York," and it already bagged her a new gig. The pop singer has…

  14. Taylor Swift Will Headline 'New Year's Rockin' Eve'

    October 27, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Ever since "Shake It Off,"  Taylor Swift   has been living out what might be her biggest year yet as an entertainer. Now she's planning to wrap 2014 up the way so many others will: in New York City's Times Square. A new press release says Taylor will give "a…

  15. Hancock Honored at Jazz Benefit Concert at Apollo

    October 26, 2014 7:18 PM EDT Herbie Hancock enjoyed "A Great Night in Harlem" with a look to the past and the future as the legendary jazz pianist received a lifetime achievement award from the Jazz Foundation of America at a benefit concert at the historic Apollo Theater. Herbie Hancock Reveals Crack-Addict…

  16. Oasis Frontman's New Band Beady Eye Has Broken Up

    October 26, 2014 1:55 PM EDT Could this be good news for Oasis fans? Beady Eye has now been shut. Frontman Liam Gallagher announced Saturday (Oct. 25) on Twitter that the rock group has broken up. The band had parted ways with its manager earlier this year, according to NME . Noel Gallagher On Oasis Anniversary: '…

  17. Jenny Lewis Talks Insomnia, Being Force-Fed Creed for New Album 'Voyager'

    October 26, 2014 12:52 PM EDT The singer credits rocker Ryan Adams as a "really important figure" in her life. Jenny Lewis played an intimate show at KCRW’s Apogee Sessions in Santa Monica on Oct. 24, performing songs from The Voyager , her third solo album released in July, then participated in a Q&A…

  18. 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…

  19. Billboard 200 Chart Moves: '5 Seconds of Summer' Hits Half-Million in Sales

    October 24, 2014 9:19 PM EDT On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart, Florida Georgia Line claimed its first No. 1 with Anything Goes . The set, released through Republic Nashville Records, sold 197,000 in the week ending Oct. 19, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It was the third consecutive country album to top the…

  20. From Gwen Stefani to Sleater-Kinney, the Best and Worst Singles of the Week

    October 24, 2014 6:58 PM EDT Gwen Stefani "Baby Don't Lie" Mad Love/Interscope After rumors swirled that Stefani was recording for a solo album and new No Doubt LP, "Baby Don't Lie" is the first taste from the former. Produced by Benny Blanco , Ryan Tedder and Noel Zancanella, the pop…

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