1. Jason Aldean & Sam Hunt Chart New Path With R&B-Influenced Country

    October 07, 2014 3:00 PM EDT Billboard speaks with the genre-smashing songwriters behind bold new country hits. Mainstream country music is not always known for being sonically daring, but Jason Aldean' s "Burnin' It Down" and Sam Hunt' s “Break Up In A Small Town” represent something genuinely…

  2. Exclusive Premiere: Rufus Du Sol Gives Zhu's 'Paradise Awaits' a Euphoric Remix

    October 07, 2014 10:50 AM EDT Billboard is in a remix mood this morning, and we’re excited to present a pounding, propulsive new take on a song that already boasted strong dance floor vibes -- Zhu’s “Paradise Awaits,” re-imagined by the Australian indie-house trio Rüfüs Du Sol . Check it out below:   The original…

  3. Chet Faker, Sia, 5SOS, Iggy Azalea Nominated for ARIA Awards

    October 07, 2014 4:23 AM EDT With a total of nine nominations, electronic-beat singer-songwriter  Chet Faker  is the frontrunner heading into the 2014 ARIA Awards. Though the likes of Sheppard , Sia , Dan Sultan , 5 Seconds Of Summer , Iggy Azalea   and Violent Soho aren’t far behind. Over the past two years, it would…

  4. 1980s White Rap Pioneers 3rd Bass Reveal the Stories Behind Their Music -- From Gang Hits to Beef With the Beastie Boys

    October 06, 2014 4:27 PM EDT When New York duo 3rd Bass -- MC Serch (real name Michael Berrin) and Prime Minister Pete Nice (born Peter Nash), now both 47 -- burst onto the scene in 1989 with the single "Steppin' to the A.M.," they were a revelation to the public. Serch's first single, "Melissa…

  5. Oliver Heldens Talks Deep House & Defying Genres at TomorrowWorld

    October 06, 2014 4:19 PM EDT 'Genres mean nothing to me. Listeners create the genres,' the up-and-comer says. "What does deep house mean to you?" Seated on a butterfly bench backstage at TomorrowWorld, Oliver Heldens hesitates. It's understandable; his stance is more often assumed than asked,…

  6. 'SNL' Accused of 'Stealing' Tina Turner Sketch

    October 06, 2014 3:55 PM EDT A teacher at the Groundlings in Los Angeles has accused Saturday Night Live of "stealing" a sketch idea that aired on Saturday's episode of the NBC variety series. 'Saturday Night Live' Recap: Why Is Adam Levine Here? Ian Gary took to his Facebook page early Monday …

  7. Exclusive: Such Gold Premieres Driving Hardcore Jam 'Nauseating'

    October 06, 2014 11:45 AM EDT “Since Misadventures came out, I think people started turning their heads and getting a glimpse of what the band was heading towards,"  Such Gold  bassist/vocalist Jon Markson tells Billboard. Markson is getting amped about his band’s forthcoming sophomore album,  The New Sidewalk, due…

  8. Blake Battling Babs for No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart

    October 03, 2014 9:34 PM EDT Blake Shelton is in the hunt for his second No. 1 album, but Barbra Streisand might stand in his way Blake Shelton might nab his second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart next week with Bringing Back the Sunshine … that is, unless Barbra Streisand ’s Partners puts up a fight. Blake…

  9. Luke Bryan's Tour Has Grossed $55.5 Million (And Counting)

    October 03, 2014 5:11 PM EDT Luke Bryan takes his That's My Kind of Night tour to No. 1 on this week’s tally of Hot Tours with box office stats reported from the bulk of his 2014 trek through North American cities. Since the tour's January kick-off, Bryan's outing has been attended by 1.1 million fans…

  10. The Best and Worst Singles of the Week -- From Lorde to One Direction

    October 03, 2014 4:01 PM EDT Lorde "Yellow Flicker Beat" Republic/Lave Pop's moodiest teen gives a first taste of her curated The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 soundtrack with "Yellow Flicker Beat." Lorde's buzzy, veiny vocals complement a synth-blotched beat, which throbs beneath…

  11. Blondie, Pharrell Williams Honored at Sarcastic, Self-Aware Clio Awards

    October 02, 2014 11:21 PM EDT We're here to celebrate you -- you should be a little more f---ing excited!" said Whoopi Goldberg to a less-than-enthused crowd while kicking off the 55th annual Clio Awards, held at New York City's Cipriani Wall Street on Wednesday night.  "It's kind of like being…

  12. Grouplove on Tour: Exclusive Behind-the-Scenes Video and Fan Q&A

    October 02, 2014 2:40 PM EDT will go down as the best year ever for Grouplove . With their 2013 album Spreading Rumours making waves on the Alternative charts, the quintet embarked on a mammoth, non-stop world tour earlier this year, booking their largest venues to date and making noteworthy appearances at U.S.…

  13. SXSW Probably Isn't Going Anywhere – But Big Changes Loom

    October 02, 2014 2:17 PM EDT A new report suggests implementing "clean zones," a way to control the massive crowds by restricting areas of the fest's downtown footprint. Updated, 3:10pm ET : SXSW's official statement on the report can be found in full at the bottom of this article. A new report,…

  14. Lauren Shera Talks 'Gold and Rust' Album & Relocating to Nashville

    October 01, 2014 7:57 PM EDT Americana-flavored performer Lauren Shera is a recent transplant to Tennessee, having moved to The 615 a couple of years ago from her native California. She stands amazed at how the city has grown in those 24 months. "It's been the perfect change of pace," she tells Billboard…

  15. Ricky Skaggs & Sharon White Talk New Album 'Hearts Like Ours'

    October 01, 2014 6:46 PM EDT Fans of Ricky Skaggs and Sharon White have been asking about a possible duets record about as soon as the couple were married in 1981. Both of their stars were on the rise at the time -- he as a solo act, and Sharon as a member of The Whites with sister Cheryl and father Buck. 1987's…

  16. Kenny Rogers to Play Country Classics & Yuletide-Themed Songs on Christmas Tour

    October 01, 2014 4:18 AM EDT Kenny Rogers will bring his own brand of Christmas cheer to audiences across North America later this year. The Country Music Hall of Fame member has announced a 25-date yuletide tour, starting Nov. 12 in Niagara Falls, Ontario and wrapping Dec. 23 at Westbury, New York. Special guest…

  17. Tracy Morgan: 'Walmart Is Blaming Me for an Accident They Caused'

    September 30, 2014 4:10 PM EDT The comedian has responded to the retailer's charge that he wasn't wearing a seatbelt. Tracy Morgan has responded to Walmart's claim that he's partly responsible for the injuries he suffered in an accident this June because he wasn't wearing a seatbelt. Tracy Morgan…

  18. Don't Look Now, But One Direction Is Making Great Rock Music

    September 30, 2014 1:30 PM EDT 0 After embracing 80’s tunes on their last album, 1D is back with another killer single. Will casual fans care that One Direction is no longer a pop band? When all is said and done, what will One Direction 's legacy be? Surely the U.K. quintet will be remembered as one of…

  19. Watch Adam Levine Become an American Psycho in Maroon 5's 'Animals' Video

    September 29, 2014 7:08 PM EDT Halloween comes early for Adam Levine & Victoria's Secret model wife Behati Prinsloo. Is it Halloween already? In Maroon 5 's just-released "Animals" video, frontman Adam Levine stalks his new wife, Victoria's Secret model Behati Prinsloo , in between…

  20. Tracy Morgan Wasn't Wearing a Seatbelt in Crash, Walmart Says

    September 29, 2014 5:53 PM EDT Actor-comedian Tracy Morgan and other people in a limousine struck from behind by a Walmart truck on a highway in June weren't wearing seatbelts, the company said in a court filing Monday (Sept. 29). Tracy Morgan Still Struggling After Crash The filing was made in federal court in…

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