1. Herbie Hancock Reveals Crack-Addict Past in New Memoir

    October 24, 2014 3:20 PM EDT In an excerpt from his new memoir Herbie Hancock : Possibilities (Viking, Oct. 23), the legendary jazz keyboardist (14 years clean) recounts the night his wife and daughter held an intervention. Ever since I'd first smoked crack cocaine , I had been trying without success to stop. I…

  2. Why 1984 Was Pop Music’s Best Year Ever

    October 24, 2014 2:18 PM EDT If the dystopian warnings in George Orwell's visionary novel Nineteen Eighty-Four hadn't entirely come to pass, there was plenty of alienation, disillusionment and despair to go around in 1984. Fear of nuclear destruction was at an all-time high. The AIDS epidemic continued to…

  3. Dolly Parton Q&A: The Country Legend on 50 Years in Nashville and Why She Supports Her Gay Fans

    October 24, 2014 2:08 PM EDT This year marks the 50th Anniversary since 68-year-old international icon Dolly Parton came to Nashville. The fourth of 12 siblings who shared a one-room cabin, the East Tennessee native was so poor growing up that her father paid the doctor who delivered her with a bag of cornmeal. The day…

  4. Taylor Swift's 13 Best Liner Note Secret Messages -- So Far

    October 24, 2014 10:58 AM EDT We know these all too well. Gather round,  Taylor Swift  fans. We're in the home stretch until her new album, 1989 , drops Monday (Oct. 27), which means we are likely also just a few days away from the official reveal of more Taylor Swift Secret Message Liner Notes, a most joyous…

  5. Chris Brown Has Been Following Probation Rules, Judge Says

    October 23, 2014 10:39 PM EDT A judge says Chris Brown has been doing well and following his probation rules since his last hearing in August. The Grammy-winning R&B singer appeared in a Los Angeles court Thursday for a progress report. Judge James Brandlin told Brown he's shown good cooperation with the…

  6. Jimmy Iovine Talks Birth of Beats, 'Cool' Steve Jobs and Music's 'Sterile' Distribution Systems at Revolt Conference

    October 22, 2014 2:07 PM EDT Jimmy Iovine used his acceptance speech for a special award at Sean Combs ' inaugural Revolt Music Conference this week to talk about Beats, Apple and the changing landscape of the music business, or as he prefers, the business of music. Iovine, the former chairman of Interscope and co…

  7. Op-Ed: BitTorrent's Matt Mason Makes a Case for Art In the Digital Age

    October 21, 2014 11:45 AM EDT On September 22, Thom Yorke published an image of a vinyl record. The earth was thrown off its axis , as Consequence of Sound reported. And it was again, four days later, when the record was released as a BitTorrent Bundle . That isn’t hyperbole, but instead, obvious and insignificant.…

  8. Ask Billboard: The Weird Connections Between Mary Lambert & Madonna

    October 21, 2014 11:05 AM EDT In this week's reader mailbag, yet more odd coincidences connecting Mary Lambert and Madonna; a look at the longest-leading No. 1s ever on Billboard song charts; and hit songs with quirky time signatures. As always, submit questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music…

  9. Happy Birthday Tom Petty! Celebrate By Revisiting 10 Classic Tracks

    October 20, 2014 5:57 PM EDT In honor of Tom Petty 's 64th birthday, we're revisiting some of his hits! "Don't Come Around Here No More" It's been documented that the inspiration for this 1985 song was a romantic encounter that co-writer David A. Stewart ( Eurythmics ) had with Stevie…

  10. Gloria Estefan, Alejandro Sanz, Miguel Perform at Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame Gala

    October 19, 2014 7:48 PM EDT David Bisbal, Jencarlos Canela and Diego Torres hit the stage as well, honoring Latin songwriters and Latin music champions The second annual La Musa Awards presented by the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame was an eminently musical and emotional affair whose elegant execution bodes well for…

  11. Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler Encourages Maui Drug Court Graduates

    October 19, 2014 12:38 PM EDT Although he performed before a crowd of 20,000 a few nights ago, rock 'n' roll superstar Steven Tyler admitted to a touch of nerves as he addressed 11 Maui Drug Court graduates and their families Thursday afternoon in 2nd Circuit Court. Steven Tyler Signs With Larry Rudolph for…

  12. From Beyonce’s Surprise to Thom Yorke’s BitTorrent Gamble, It’s Been a Game-Changing Grammy Year

    October 17, 2014 2:52 PM EDT Beyoncé to Bruce to Bono: An analysis of the dark horses and big bangs as the qualification period ­closes, and the competition heats up. The 12 months covered by this year's Grammy Awards (from Oct. 1, 2013 to Sept. 30, 2014) revealed a music community that was prepared to try just…

  13. Macklemore Helps Celebrate King County Drug Court's 20th Anniversary

    October 15, 2014 10:44 PM EDT The 20th anniversary celebration of the pioneering King County Drug Court was about half over when a famous participant strolled in and took a seat on the front bench. The audience of drug court graduates and others buzzed at the arrival of Macklemore , but the 31-year-old rapper introduced…

  14. SESAC Settles Television Class-Action for $58.5 Million

    October 15, 2014 6:06 PM EDT SESAC has agreed to pay $58.5 million to TV stations as part of a settlement with the Television Music License Committee, which was part of a class-action suit filed against the privately-owned performance right organization in 2009 that alleged antitrust behavior by the PRO. The suit was…

  15. Simon Cowell Celebrates Being Named Personality of the Year at MIPCOM

    October 15, 2014 1:45 AM EDT If you think the deepest thing about Simon Cowell are his signature V-necks, a different man accepted MIPCOM's Personality of the Year award Tuesday night in Cannes. Cowell, who was honored for changing both the music and the TV industries when he reinvented the talent show and format…

  16. Watch Demi Lovato Get Proposed To By A Five-Year-Old

    October 14, 2014 2:16 PM EDT Aww. Here's your daily dose of cute. At a recent  Demi Lovato  concert, 5-year-old fan Grant had a very important question for Lovato: Will you marry me? After seeing the young fan's sign, Lovato invited him up on stage to complete the question, and Grant didn't let a few…

  17. ‘80s New Wave Icon Gary Numan Returns to Film Scoring for the First Time in 23 Years

    October 13, 2014 6:07 PM EDT Gary Numan will begin work on his 21st album in January following the final leg of his tour behind his 2013 release Splinter and, quite possibly, the completion of his first novel. Exclusive: Gary Numan's 'From Inside' Score Set for Release "I've been putting all of…

  18. Chris Brown Has a Theory on the Ebola Epidemic

    October 13, 2014 5:08 PM EDT Sometimes the best tweet is a tweet not sent. For Chris Brown , this is often the case. On the morning of Oct. 13 -- the same day someone first contracted the Ebola virus inside the United States -- Brown tweeted the following theory: I don't know ... But I think this Ebola epidemic…

  19. Ask Billboard: Baseball Hits, Gwen Stefani's Delay & Demi Lovato's Best-Selling Songs

    October 12, 2014 8:05 AM EDT As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. Or, Tweet questions to Gary Trust: @gthot20 HIT RUNS AND ERAS Hi Gary…

  20. Janet Jackson Scored Her First Hot 100 No. 1 Hit 28 Years Ago

    October 11, 2014 10:30 AM EDT On “Nasty,” the 1986 single that nearly became her first No. 1 pop hit, Janet Jackson told the world exactly what she thought about a certain overused term of endearment. “My first name ain’t baby,” she said. “It’s Janet. Miss Jackson if you’re nasty.” “Nasty” snarled and strutted…

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