1. How 'App Whisperer' Eytan Oren Plays Matchmaker Between Bands Like One Direction and Brands

    October 14, 2014 9:59 AM EDT Ever since Facebook announced its acquisition of WhatsApp for $19 billion, messenger apps have become part of a conversation previously dominated by Facebook and Twitter. Eytan Oren was one of the first to realize their revenue potential for brands and bands. "There are a lot of…

  2. Primus' Les Claypool Explains Band's Trip to the 'Chocolate Factory'

    October 14, 2014 9:00 AM EDT As a kid, Primus ' Les Claypool became enamored with Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory starring Gene Wilder . Four decades later, that childhood fandom has turned into Primus and the Chocolate Factory, the first album in 19 years from the band's seminal lineup: Claypool,…

  3. Lucinda Williams Revels In Creative Freedom: 'I'm An Optimist'

    October 14, 2014 3:08 AM EDT Lucinda Williams had considered releasing a double CD at least once before, but her record company argued against it. Now the veteran singer-songwriter is putting music out on her own label. Problem solved. Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone , with 20 songs on two CDs, is available now. …

  4. Neil Diamond Signs to Universal Music Publishing Group

    October 13, 2014 9:43 PM EDT Neil Diamond has signed with Universal Music Publishing Group for an exclusive worldwide publishing administration agreement. He brings with him his entire back catalogue and new studio album, Melody Road , out Oct. 21 on the Universal Music Group-owned Capitol Records.  Neil Diamond Signs…

  5. Country the Focus of Billboard Touring Conference Panel

    October 13, 2014 8:44 PM EDT Top Country Touring Execs Break Down Genre's Success Several of the key players behinds the unprecedented success of country music touring will take part in discussion of the genre's live business in a Nov. 19 panel at the Billboard Touring Conference titled "Are You Ready…

  6. Listen to Tom Morello's New 'Marching on Ferguson' Protest Song

    October 13, 2014 7:52 PM EDT After Tom Morello premiered his Michael Brown Protest Song "Marching on Ferguson" live in Los Angeles last month , the Nightwatchman has released a studio recording that will help the activists arrested in the city's protests.  Tom Morello Honored for Activism: ‘Feed the…

  7. Chris Brown & Beyonce Lead Soul Train Award Nominations

    October 13, 2014 3:56 PM EDT Team Breezy will be very happy about this. Chris Brown leads with seven nominations for the 2014 Soul Train Awards. Brown is followed by six nods for Beyonce and five for Pharrell . Hosted by Wendy Williams , this year’s show will take place at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas on Nov. 7 and…

  8. Southmen Quartet Pianist Roy Bray Killed in Crash

    October 13, 2014 3:30 PM EDT Police say a singer and pianist with a Christian musical group was killed when an RV he was driving crashed over the weekend on a highway in central Indiana. The Boone County Sheriff's Department says 61-year-old Roy Bray of Trenton, Kentucky, was driving the RV carrying the Southman…

  9. 1990s Poll: What Was The Best Musical Year of the Decade?

    October 13, 2014 1:30 PM EDT Vote now to tell us which year from the 1990s contained the most essential music! Last week, Billboard.com dove deep into the 1990s to analyze the various minutiae of one of the most colorful decades ever in pop music history. Ten different writers made arguments as to why each year of…

  10. Corner Office: Def Jam CEO Steve Bartels on Label's Future, Kanye West's 'Incredible' New Album and Why Justin Bieber Isn't Overexposed

    October 13, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Rick Rubin , Russell Simmons , Lyor Cohen , Jay Z , L.A. Reid ...Def Jam has seen a succession of iconic leaders during its 30 years, and on April 1, Steve Bartels found himself next in line. And while his sleek corner office in the Midtown Manhattan building of Universal Music Group (UMG)…

  11. Watch the Foo Fighters Tease New Songs, Explain 'Sonic Highways' Series in New Extended Trailer

    October 12, 2014 7:07 PM EDT With Foo Fighters ' HBO series Sonic Highways set to premiere Friday, Oct. 17, the network has released a five-minute extended trailer for the show with an interview of the band explaining what viewers can expect.  In it, band leader Dave Grohl explains the project's beginnings…

  12. Jihadi Rap: Understanding the Subculture

    October 10, 2014 7:10 PM EDT If you hadn't heard of Jihadi rap -- also known as Jihad rap -- before, the naming of   L Jinny , aka Abdel-Majed Abdel-Bary , as a possible suspect behind the brutal execution of American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff and English aid worker David Haines in Syria has shone…

  13. Exclusive: Kill Frenzy Premieres 'No Panties' From 'Taylr Swft'

    October 10, 2014 2:38 PM EDT Kill Frenzy has never shied away from sexy topics. In fact, ever since rising to prominence with bawdy breakout hit "Make That Booty Clap," the Belgian Dirtybird staple has fully embraced the salacious on racy releases ranging from "Big Breasted Beauties" to "Warm…

  14. Steve Aoki, Iggy Azalea, Enrique Iglesias Net New Dance/Electronic No. 1s

    October 10, 2014 2:00 PM EDT The stars score new leaders on three surveys. Plus, David Guetta, Jack U (aka Diplo and Skrillex) and Avicii debut. Steve Aoki earns his best sales week for an album as Neon Future . I starts at No. 1 on Dance/Electronic Albums , selling 10,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen…

  15. Exclusive Premiere: Prog Supergroup Flying Colors Shares 'A Place in Your World' Studio Video

    October 10, 2014 10:30 AM EDT The members of Flying Colors just want a place in your world -- and they’ve got the flashy riffs, drum fills and vocal harmonies to prove it. The prog-friendly supergroup released its sophomore album Second Nature on Sept. 30 and they're premiering the video for the catchy single “A…

  16. See a New Trailer for 'Queen Forever'

    October 10, 2014 8:54 AM EDT We're a month away from Queen Forever , Queen 's new love song compilation featuring a trio of previously unreleased tracks. There's the Freddie Mercury / Michael Jackson duet "There Must Be More to Life Than This," a cut from the sessions for 1984's  The Works…

  17. Rock Hall Nominees: The Locks, the Likelys & the Longshots

    October 09, 2014 6:00 PM EDT It's a little fun for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame watchers to predict who's going to be nominated each fall. It's a lot more fun to figure out which of the nominees will actually get in.  With Green Day , nine inch nails and N.W.A. on the ballot, this year's group of…

  18. The Chainsmokers' 'Kanye' (Steve Aoki vs. twoloud Remix): Exclusive Premiere

    October 09, 2014 4:54 PM EDT The Chainsmokers have been Dim Mak's breakout act of the year, so it's only fitting that label boss Steve Aoki lent his remix touch to their latest release. The Chainsmokers Want to Be Like 'Kanye' on '#Selfie' Follow-Up Aoki teams up with enigmatic…

  19. Bon Jovi Tour Photographer David Bergman Talks Behind-the-Scenes Details of Traveling the World With the Band

    October 09, 2014 2:40 PM EDT Over the span of two world tours, photographer David Bergman had the best seat in the house as the tour photographer for one of the world's hardest working rock'n'roll bands --  Bon Jovi . The collected images -- culled from over 800,000 frames snapped of the band -- are now…

  20. Simple Minds Share 'Big Music' Tracklist, Post Video for 'Honest Town': Watch

    October 08, 2014 5:41 AM EDT Veteran Scottish alternative rock outfit Simple Minds will release Big Music next month, their first album of new material in five years.  The album is the result of collaborations old and new, including co-writer Iain Cook of Glasgow band Chvrches and producers Steve Osborne, Andy Wright…

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