1. Exclusive: Lyor Cohen's 300 Unveils New Direction, Content, Artists

    October 21, 2014 10:00 AM EDT When a tombstone appeared on the Twitter feed and website of Lyor Cohen 's 300 Entertainment , along with the words "R.I.P." and "He is not busy being born / is busy dying" and the hashtag #ItsANewDay -- all dropping the same day as the launch of MADE Music --…

  2. Kiesza, Wilkinson & Years and Years: Billboard Twitter Emerging Picks of the Week

    October 20, 2014 12:40 PM EDT For your listening pleasure, Billboard has compiled some of our favorite tracks that debuted on this week’s Billboard + Twitter Emerging Artists chart. All of these tracks chronicle a stage in the experience of love -- excitement, risk, or pure desire. Check out the love(ly) tracks below,…

  3. Bob Seger Aiming for 10th Top 10 Album

    October 17, 2014 7:48 PM EDT The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer is riding towards the Billboard 200's top 10 with 'Ride Out' Rocker Bob Seger is cruising for his tenth top 10 album with his latest release, Ride Out . Industry forecasters suggest the set, released on Oct. 14 through Hideout/Capitol Records…

  4. Hear Centro-matic' Soulful Take on the 'Squidbillies' Theme Song (Exclusive)

    October 17, 2014 7:31 PM EDT Centro-matic joins Adult Swim Sunday to sing the Squidbillies theme song, becoming the next in a long line of artists who have covered the track. Now in its eighth season, recently Dwight Yoakam , Todd Rundgren and King Khan and the Shrines each tackled the intro.  Check out Centro-matic’s…

  5. Chance the Rapper's 'No Better Blues' Helps Launch Twitter Audio Card Feature

    October 16, 2014 9:31 PM EDT For iOS and Android users, listening to music and discussing it just became a whole lot easier. While on a fall college tour, Chance the Rapper and the Social Experiment debuted a new track, "No Better Blues," via Soundcloud on Thursday (Oct. 16) and, as is common, posted the link…

  6. Tyler, the Creator's Freestyle About Bacon & Grandmas Peaks At No. 2 on Trending 140 Chart

    October 16, 2014 5:13 PM EDT Tyler, the Creator stopped by LA Leakers' "Lift Off" show on L.A.'s Power 106 on Wednesday, and the rapper/producer treated listeners to a round of "Open Bar," on which he freestyled about four given topics: grandmas, pregnant women, bacon and groupies. No…

  7. Stream Gucci Mane's 'Trap God 3' Album Now

    October 16, 2014 4:09 PM EDT Even prison can’t hold Gucci Mane back. A day before its release, the rapper previews a stream of his new album, Trap God 3, on iTunes . Listen below courtesy of XXL . Trap God 3 will be released on Friday, on the two-year anniversary of the original Trap God mixtape. The 17-song effort&…

  8. Darren Criss Talks 'Glee' on Pop Shop Podcast: 'It Is a Bittersweet Ending'

    October 16, 2014 2:04 PM EDT He says that "being able to have the time to have closure — mentally, spiritually, personally, however you want to think about it — it’s nice to get that opportunity.” Glee star Darren Criss served as the co-host of Billboard.com’s Pop Shop Podcast this week, and during the hour-long…

  9. Jimmy Fallon Hits Hot 100 With 'Ew!,' Featuring will.i.am

    October 15, 2014 2:45 PM EDT 0 The host of 'The Tonight Show' fulfills his dream to reach the chart: 'I'm freaking out right now!' "Oh my goodness. I'm, like, freaking out right now. This is unbelievable! No. 26? I'd be happy with 99!" Jimmy Fallon could hardly…

  10. Iggy Azalea & Snoop Dogg Continue Beef With Online Back-and-Forth

    October 14, 2014 7:32 PM EDT After Snoop Dogg posted a rude meme to his Instagram account insulting Iggy Azalea , the young, female rapper fired back with a Twitter post that should have put the old-school icon in his place until it was later deleted from her account. But that was not the end of it. As media…

  11. 'Gilmore Girls' Band Hep Alien Stages One-Night-Only Reunion

    October 14, 2014 4:32 PM EDT "Eternal damnation is what I'm risking for my rock 'n roll!" -Lane Kim, Gilmore Girls Take a break from binge-watching Gilmore Girls on Netflix and delight in the fact that Hep Alien -- Lane Kim's ( Keiko Agena ) fictional band on the show -- staged a real-life…

  12. Nile Rodgers, Ellie Goulding Honored at BMI London Awards

    October 14, 2014 12:02 PM EDT Legendary lyricist Tim Rice was honored, Nile Rodgers took top prize and Ellie Goulding was a three-time winner at the BMI London Awards , held Monday night at London's Dorchester Hotel. The annual gala is held to honor the U.K./Euro/Caribbean songwriters, producers and publishers of…

  13. 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…

  14. Hozier's Debut Album Aiming for Top 10 on Billboard 200 Chart

    October 10, 2014 7:32 PM EDT Weezer, Alex & Sierra and Stevie Nicks set for top 10 as well. Country star Jason Aldean is nearly guaranteed his second No. 1 album next week on the Billboard 200 chart. Industry forecasters suggest his latest effort, Old Boots, New Dirt , could sell 270,000 to 290,000 copies in the…

  15. Gorgon City, BJ the Chicago Kid & Gregory Porter: Billboard Twitter Emerging Picks of the Week

    October 10, 2014 6:38 PM EDT Heading into autumn, Billboard brings you three tracks from our Billboard + Twitter Emerging Artists chart with one theme in mind: feeling good. Whether an inspiring DJ-backed beat, a slow R&B groove, or a lively jazz tune, this week's selections are certain to relax and enliven.…

  16. Hear King Khan and the Shrines' Funky Take on the 'Squidbillies' Theme Song (Exclusive)

    October 10, 2014 2:45 PM EDT King Khan and the Shrines sing the Squidbillies theme song in the latest episode of the show, airing this week. Legends like Dwight Yoakam and Todd Rundgren have already tackled the track; check out King Khan's version below: Each artist provides a unique take on the theme. Dwight…

  17. New Signings: Kobalt Signs Pitbull, Orchard Adds Donna Summer, Blue Note Nabs Jamie Cullum

    October 10, 2014 12:25 PM EDT Here's a look at the latest artist signings across the music industry, including record labels, artist management firms, publishing companies, booking agencies and more.   RECORD LABELS  -- Olivia Holt , the star of Disney Channel's I Didn't Do It , joins the roster of…

  18. No Adele Album Coming in 2014: Report

    October 09, 2014 7:00 PM EDT Rumour has it Adele 's new album won't be released in 2014. In a filing reported in The New York Times , the singer's label, XL Recordings, said, "There will not be a further new release by Adele during 2014 and consequently there will be a fall in XL's turnover and…

  19. Watch Taylor Swift Cover Vance Joy's 'Riptide'

    October 09, 2014 2:01 PM EDT Taylor Swift   may be gearing up for 1989, but her latest offering is so 2014. The superstar covered Vance Joy 's "Riptide" during a stop at the BBC Radio 1 Live Loungeon Thursday (Oct.9). Swift named the track "one of my favorite songs that has come out all year"…

  20. Jimmy Fallon's 'Ew!' Hits Real-Time Trending 140 Chart -- Is Hot 100 Next?

    October 07, 2014 7:06 PM EDT Fallon's collab with will.i.am blasts onto the real-time Trending 140, and 'Tonight Show' host has his eye on Hot 100 next. Could Jimmy Fallon 's dream to hit, if not conquer, the Billboard Hot 100 come true? On Monday, the host of NBC's The Tonight Show Starring…

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