1. Man Overboard Goes Acoustic: Listen to Exclusive Premiere of ‘Passing Ends’ EP

    October 24, 2014 12:52 PM EDT For Man Overboard , a tragedy in the life of vocalist/bassist Nik Bruzzese found the New Jersey band trading in electric for acoustic. “I have been throwing ideas around for another acoustic EP for a while now,” Bruzzese tells Billboard. “Before deciding to go through with it my dad passed…

  2. Rita Ora, 'Grateful': Exclusive Song Premiere from the 'Beyond The Lights' Soundtrack

    October 22, 2014 2:39 PM EDT The soundtrack to the 2014 romantic drama, Beyond the Lights , is laced with star-studded features, including Rita Ora , Mavado (featuring Nicki Minaj ), Machine Gun Kelly (who portrays "Kid Culprit" in the film), Yuna and more. The mighty new single off the soundtrack, "…

  3. Inside Grammy U Competition Winner Kirkland Lynch's Incredible Day at the Capitol Records Tower

    October 22, 2014 1:59 PM EDT After winning Grammy U's music business plan competition, Kirkland Lynch found himself in Los Angeles, getting picked up by the chairman of Capitol Records. October 9, 2014 marked the best day of my life thus far. That was the day that Grammy U introduced me to Steve Barnett , CEO of…

  4. Kate Bush Shares Heartwarming Open Letter to Fans After Performance Comeback

    October 22, 2014 11:15 AM EDT This year, the ever-enchanting Kate Bush returned to the stage following a 35-year absence from live music. Now that her Before the Dawn tour is all over, the British singer decided to open her heart and share a delightful letter with her fans. “Now all the shows are over, it's pretty…

  5. Lisa Mitchell Discusses Her New 'F--k It' Song ‘Wah Ha’: Listen

    October 21, 2014 1:24 AM EDT Lisa Mitchell has never been one to take the obvious route. The Australian singer-songwriter is back in the groove after taking time out to travel and work on a bio-dynamic vegetable farm. The experience of getting her hands dirty on the Victorian site proved to be a creatively fertile one.…

  6. Sting Reflects on Life at 63, His Own Mortality and a ‘Possible Third Act’

    October 20, 2014 1:39 AM EDT "I wouldn't normally do this," said Sting , grinning mischievously as he ambled onstage following the curtain call at the Oct. 2 preview performance of his new Broadway musical, The Last Ship . "But it's my birthday, and I always sing on my birthday." To the…

  7. Randy Houser, O.A.R., Al Kooper Added to Lynyrd Skynyrd Tribute Concert

    October 17, 2014 1:41 PM EDT More artists have been added to the upcoming star-studded tribute to southern rock legends Lynyrd Skynyrd , set to invade Atlanta's Fox Theatre on Nov. 12. Randy Houser , O.A.R. and Al Kooper , who discovered Skynyrd and produced many of their hits, are the newest additions to "…

  8. Billboard Cover: Managers of U2, Pharrell, Madonna & More Unite to Revolutionize the Music Industry

    October 17, 2014 8:00 AM EDT Guy Oseary is unveiling the new Maverick: music’s biggest, most fiercely protected secret of the year, in which he’s rallying eight other top artist managers to partner with Live Nation and potentially reinvent a broken industry Guy Oseary has proven, if nothing else, that he can keep a…

  9. Billy Bob Thornton's Boxmasters Go 'Somewhere' With 101 Records

    October 16, 2014 8:30 PM EDT Some artists may battle a bit of writer's block when prepping for a new release, but that's definitely not an issue for the Boxmasters ' principal songwriters Billy Bob Thornton and J.D. Andrew , who have delivered a double-album, Somewhere Down the Road , for the band's…

  10. Justin Bieber's Return to Beverly Hills Party Broken Up By Police

    October 16, 2014 10:44 AM EDT Justin Bieber just got back to America from his European vacation, and he’s picking up right where he left off. This time, though, he smartened up before things got too out of control. Upon arriving home, Bieber marked the occasion by throwing a party Tuesday night in his Beverly Hills…

  11. Publishing Briefs: Imagem Music Signs Admin Deal With PRMD Publishing (Exclusive), Warner Chappell Music Teams With Mike Dean

    October 16, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Imagem Music has just signed a global administration deal with PRMD Publishing , the company formed by EDM impressario Ash Pournouri . As part of the deal, Imagem will now represent the publishing catalog of Cazzette , and any future signings made by PRMD (pronounced "pyramid").…

  12. Haley & Michaels Ready to Break Out With 'One More Night to Break'

    October 15, 2014 7:14 PM EDT They grew up only 3 miles apart in Northern California -- though Shannon Haley and Ryan Michaels didn't know each other until well after each had embarked on their musical career in Nashville. Over the past few years, the duo -- now Haley & Michaels -- have quietly gone about…

  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. 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…

  15. 35 Years Ago, Sugarhill Gang's 'Rapper's Delight' Made Its First Chart Appearance

    October 13, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Several years after hip-hop culture began to take shape at parties in the Bronx and Queens, Sugarhill Gang's "Rapper's Delight" was released via Sugar Hill Records on Sept. 16, 1979. Nearly one month after its release, the watershed single made its first appearance on a…

  16. The Juice Podcast: R&B & Rap Music of the 90's

    October 11, 2014 12:00 PM EDT This past week Billboard celebrated music of the 90's. We made a case for each year, as to why it was the best musical year of the decade. Why 1994 Was the Best Musical Year of the '90s We close the week by breaking down 90's R&B and rap for the 23rd episode of The Juice…

  17. One Direction's Where We Are Tour Attended by 3.4 Million Fans

    October 10, 2014 6:44 PM EDT Justin Timberlake 's 20/20 Experience world tour leads the pack in this week’s ranking of Hot Tours (see list, below) based on $48.4 million in ticket sales reported from concerts in North America, Europe and Australia. Don't Look Now, But One Direction Is Making Great Rock Music…

  18. From Panic Attacks to Family Estrangement, Reggaeton Star J Balvin’s Struggle to Make It to the Top

    October 10, 2014 1:00 PM EDT Two years ago, J Balvin should have been on top of the world. A steady stream of tracks that mixed tropical lightness with the heavy beat of reggaeton had made him a star at home in Colombia. Girls climbed the walls of his house in Medellin to get a picture with him. The stars of the…

  19. Why 1998 Was the Best Musical Year of the '90s

    October 10, 2014 10:45 AM EDT After focusing on 1994 last week, now, we're wondering what the best year for music was of the '90s. We've already made a case for  1990 ,  1991 ,  1992 ,  1993 ,  1994 ,  1995 ,  1996  and  1997 . Now here are the final two years of the decade -- 1998 and 1999 . If there&…

  20. The Who Preps North American 'Who Hits 50!' Tour For 2015

    October 10, 2014 10:09 AM EDT The Who is returning to the road in North America for 2015 -- “The Who Hits 50!” Tour will swing through the States twice, beginning with a spring leg that kicks off April 15 in Tampa, Fl. and runs through May 30 in Forest Hills, NY, then resuming in the fall on Sept. 14 in San Diego and…

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