1. 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…

  2. The Best and Worst Singles of the Week -- From Taylor Swift to David Bowie

    October 17, 2014 5:00 PM EDT Taylor Swift "Out Of The Woods" Big Machine/Republic The vast chorus of Taylor Swift's new single combusts like the closing sequence of a 1980s action movie, a muscular chant that finds Swift asking, "Are we out of the woods yet? Are we in the clear yet?"…

  3. 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 "…

  4. Trans-Siberian Orchestra Explains This Year's Trip to 'The Christmas Attic'

    October 16, 2014 6:12 PM EDT External pressure is what inspired Trans-Siberian Orchestra to perform its second holiday rock opera, 1998's The Christmas Attic , during its annual North American tour this year. "We never intended to do [1996's] Christmas Eve and Other Stories for 13 years in a row. It just…

  5. How Digitally Imported Will Become a One-Stop Shop for EDM

    October 16, 2014 12:28 PM EDT The EDM-focused internet radio service's new business model will seamlessly integrate on-demand streaming and retail. Digitally Imported, the Denver-based internet radio service catering to electronic music fans (also known as di.fm ), today announced that it will integrate streaming…

  6. Album Review: Pistol Annies' Angaleena Presley's 'American Middle Class' a Strong, Focused Debut

    October 14, 2014 7:43 PM EDT Angaleena Presley 's strong solo debut album, American Middle Class , is sure to be lumped in with work from country's other prominent female singers from the last few years. This association is partially because Presley first gained attention as a member of the Pistol Annies with…

  7. 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,…

  8. 17 Years Ago, Elton John's 'Candle In the Wind 1997' Started Its 14-Week No. 1 Run

    October 11, 2014 10:45 AM EDT "Goodbye England's rose, may you ever grow in our hearts / You were the grace that placed itself where lives were torn apart." With those words, Elton John rechristened "Candle in the Wind" from 1973's Goodbye Yellow Brick Road as "Candle In the Wind 1997,…

  9. Jihadi Rap: Understanding the Subculture

    October 10, 2014 7:10 PM EDT If you hadn't heard of Jihadi rap -- also known as Jihad rap -- before, the naming of   L Jinny , aka Abdel-Majed Abdel-Bary , as a possible suspect behind the brutal execution of American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff and English aid worker David Haines in Syria has shone…

  10. 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…

  11. 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.…

  12. Neil Young Announces Release Date, Tracklist for ‘Storytone’

    October 10, 2014 1:11 AM EDT Neil Young is ready to share his orchestral album.  The veteran Canadian rocker’s new studio set  Storytone will arrive Nov. 4 in the U.S. via Reprise Records (Oct. 31 in Australia). For the full listening experience, the recording will spill over onto two discs -- a solo effort, and its…

  13. Why 1997 Was the Best Musical Year of the '90s

    October 09, 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  and  1995 . Now it's time for 1996 and 1997 . POP SHOP HOMEPAGE In 1997, popular music eased the…

  14. Alanis Morissette's 'Jagged Little Pill' Revisited: 10 Classic Moments

    October 07, 2014 6:23 PM EDT Nineteen years ago today, an angst-ridden Canadian rocker catapulted to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with her Grammy-winning album Jagged Little Pill , proving that a former child actor and bubblegum pop singer can come into her own and make one helluva mark on the music industry.…

  15. Why 1992 Was the Best Musical Year of the '90s

    October 07, 2014 11:30 AM EDT After focusing on 1994 last week, now, we're wondering what the best year for music was of the '90s. Monday, we made a case for  1990  and  1991 . Today, it's time for 1992 and 1993 . POP SHOP HOMEPAGE In 1992, BMG and Columbia's music subscriptions were still in full…

  16. Joe Perry Predicts Steven Tyler’s Reaction to His Memoir: There Will Be 'Stuff He’s Going to Take Exception To’

    October 06, 2014 3:05 PM EDT Guitar god Joe Perry stopped by the Billboard studios recently to talk about his highly anticipated new memoir, Rocks: My Life In and Out of Aerosmith and his combustible relationship with the band’s frontman Steven Tyler . Written with David Ritz over a year and a half period, Rocks is not…

  17. Rainbow Room Reopens Atop NYC's Skyline

    October 06, 2014 1:09 AM EDT The Rainbow Room reopened Sunday in its historic perch atop 30 Rockefeller Plaza after a five-year absence from the New York City skyline. "It's breathtaking," guest Jamie Greenwald , one of more than 200 brunch guests who took in the sweeping views outside and the…

  18. Kings of Leon Joined by Chris Martin at Hollywood Bowl: Concert Review

    October 04, 2014 4:34 AM EDT Coldplay frontman hits the stage for two songs in L.A. Kings of Leon have been riding the Mechanical Bull tour since February, and when they made their second-to-last U.S. stop Friday (Oct. 3) at the Hollywood Bowl, they couldn't settle for the same-old. Kings of Leon Talk Writing…

  19. James Dolan Donates $100K to ALS Association

    October 02, 2014 11:35 PM EDT Jim Dolan, founder and frontman of JD & The Straight Shot, CEO of Cablevision and executive chairman of the Madison Square Garden Company, presents a donation of $100,000 to Dorine Gordon, president and CEO of the ALS Association, Greater New York chapter, at Madison Square Garden. The…

  20. Harry Styles Helps With a Marriage Proposal During a One Direction Concert

    October 02, 2014 9:43 AM EDT That's what makes him beautiful. Sometimes it's about the little things, and sometimes love is all about the big, romantic gesture -- like proposing to your girlfriend at a  One Direction  concert. Note to all other guys: The proposal bar has officially been raised thanks to…

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