1. Peking Duk Flies ‘High,’ Eyes U.S. Success

    October 31, 2014 1:24 AM EDT For Adam Hyde and Reuben Styles , 2014 was the year the Duk landed. The Canberra, Australia-bred electronic music act, better known in clubland as Peking Duk , has enjoyed a breakout year which has included an AIR Award, an international deal with Sony Music and their first-ever nomination…

  2. Sheppard on Keith Urban, Playing Ball with ‘the Dream Team’, & Dining at Ariana Grande’s Home

    October 30, 2014 11:50 PM EDT Sheppard’s flock is fast growing, and its going global.  Just 18 months ago, the band was riding a wave of buzz back home in Brisbane, Australia, when their breezy singalong song “Let Me Down Easy” took flight and was certified platinum. Now, the six-piece is one of the hottest new indie…

  3. Public Enemy Gets Deluxe Reissues of 'It Takes A Nation' & 'Fear Of A Black Planet'

    October 30, 2014 9:37 PM EDT Def Jam is continuing its 30th anniversary celebrations with plans to reissue Public Enemy 's 1988 breakthrough album It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back and their follow up Fear of a Black Planet in multi disc deluxe sets. The reissues will include the classic hip-hop albums…

  4. Man Punched by Chris Brown Settles Lawsuit

    October 30, 2014 8:38 PM EDT The lawyer for a man who was punched by Chris Brown outside a Washington hotel says he has settled a lawsuit against the singer. The Washington Post reports that John C. Hayes, the attorney for Parker Adams, confirmed Thursday (Oct. 30) that a settlement had been reached. He did not say how…

  5. Annie Lennox 'Thrilled and Delighted' to Have No. 1 Jazz Album

    October 30, 2014 7:59 PM EDT Annie Lennox lands her first No. 1 on the Jazz Albums chart, as her new release, Nostalgia , grabs the top slot. The set -- which features interpretations of such tunes as "Summertime," "I Put a Spell On You," "Strange Fruit" and "Memphis in June" --…

  6. Ed Sheeran's First U.S. Arena Tour Doing Big Business

    October 30, 2014 7:26 PM EDT Ed Sheeran heads up the weekly slate of Hot Tours (see list, below) with $8.1 million in ticket sales reported from his first arena headlining tour in North America. On the road behind the June release of his most recent album, x , the British singer-songwriter kicked off the tour Aug. 21…

  7. 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…

  8. T.I.'s Wife Tiny Defends Implants to Change Eye Color

    October 30, 2014 7:22 PM EDT Reality TV star Tameka "Tiny" Harris , the wife of rapper T.I. , has the attention of skeptical eye doctors and social media haters over a procedure she underwent to permanently lighten the color of her eyes.   Harris, once a member of the '90s R&B group Xscape , told ABC…

  9. Spain Passes Much-Debated 'Google Tax' Intellectual Property Law

    October 30, 2014 6:18 PM EDT Critics complain of an unenforceable tax & missed opportunity for clear anti-piracy law. After more than a year in the works, Spain passed on Thursday (Oct. 30) its Intellectual Property Law, with its hotly debated, so-called Google tax that allows for fines on aggregators that show…

  10. Little Big Town Leaps Onto Top Country Albums

    October 30, 2014 6:02 PM EDT The harmony-focused foursome claims its fourth top 10, as 'Pain Killer' bows at No. 3; Plus, chart moves for Keith Urban, Billy Currington, RaeLynn & Carrie Underwood. Harmony-focused foursome Little Big Town claims its fourth top 10, all tallied consecutively, on Billboard&…

  11. Live Nation Revenues Up in Third Quarter

    October 30, 2014 5:21 PM EDT Live Nation earnings releases are becoming predictable -- in a good way. Strong demand for concerts, continued gains in ticketing and growth in high-margin sponsorship and advertising revenue have the music behemoth's diversified business model running smoothly and on-target. Third…

  12. Pop Shop Podcast: Taylor Swift '1989' Extravaganza! Plus: Enrique Iglesias Interview!

    October 30, 2014 5:16 PM EDT Listen to the latest episode of Billboard.com's weekly charts breakdown. Welcome to the latest episode of the Billboard.com Pop Shop Podcast , Billboard's weekly half-hour audio breakdown of the Billboard charts, hottest music news and year's biggest musical events. Casual…

  13. Keith Urban Has 'Literally Carried' Nicole Kidman Through Dad's Death

    October 30, 2014 5:03 PM EDT When Nicole Kidman 's dad died suddenly last month, husband Keith Urban canceled his upcoming concerts and rushed to be by his wife's side. During an appearance Wednesday on Ellen , Kidman opened up about how the country superstar has helped her through her loss. "I recently…

  14. 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…

  15. Taylor Swift Returns to No. 1 on Billboard Artist 100

    October 30, 2014 4:02 PM EDT Swift returns to the top for what could be a lengthy stay. Plus, Neil Diamond shines in the top 10 and Gwen Stefani & Fergie debut. In what shouldn't come as a surprise, Taylor Swift is the top music act in the U.S., rising 2-1 on the Billboard Artist 100 . What might be more…

  16. Selena Gomez Ignores Jeff Garlin's Texts After Sexualization Comments

    October 30, 2014 3:41 PM EDT 'I made this point that I'm upset about how the Internet uses her for sex,' he says in a new interview. Jeff Garlin called out the Internet for the sexualization of Selena Gomez , and now Selena isn't calling him back. Earlier this month, Garlin made some comments about…

  17. Dolly Parton's Inner Circle Gives the Inside Scoop on the Country Superstar

    October 30, 2014 3:00 PM EDT "God has put a lot of great people in my path to help me," Dolly Parton tells Billboard. Here, her team's key players reflect on the country legend -- and she gives the story on them. Dolly Parton Q&A: The Country Legend on 50 Years in Nashville and Why She Supports Her…

  18. The Top 20 Billboard Hot 100 Hits of the 1990s

    October 30, 2014 3:00 PM EDT In honor of Billboard magazine's 120th anniversary on Nov. 1, we're revealing the top 20 Billboard Hot 100 hits from each decade since the 1960s (for a total of 120 songs). The '90s were full of world-conquering ballads, the stuff of future American Idol performances: Toni…

  19. Robin Thicke & Pharrell Lose First Fight Against Marvin Gaye's Family

    October 30, 2014 2:53 PM EDT A California judge rules that Marvin Gaye's family has made a sufficient showing that elements of "Blurred Lines" may be substantially similar to "Got to Give It Up." In a ruling that could set up one of the biggest trials ever over alleged song theft, U.S.…

  20. Where Are People Buying Taylor Swift's '1989'? A Retail Breakdown of (Probably) the Year's Biggest Album

    October 30, 2014 2:22 PM EDT The debut week sales forecast for Taylor Swift 's 1989 is now upped to 1.2 million units as the artist's album has already sold nearly 727,000 copies at just three merchants, iTunes, Target and Walmart, according to industry sources. In its first two days of availability, the…

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