1. Foo Fighters Bring Guests, Massive Set to Nashville's Ryman Auditorium

    November 03, 2014 4:38 PM EST "It's not often I come to a gig and kick off my shoes," Dave Grohl told the crowd on Friday night as he began his three-hour parade across the Ryman stage, barefoot and sporting black-metal style corpse paint in honor of All Hallow's Eve. As far as events go, this was…

  2. The Top 10 Performances at Voodoo Fest

    November 03, 2014 3:31 PM EST There's nothing like dancing next to a head-banging, red-eyed black unicorn in a fog while Slayer plays "Raining Blood" to celebrate Halloween in New Orleans. Add in a dose of Outkast , Rebirth Brass Band and Zedd , and you have the ingredients for an eclectic, bizarre and…

  3. 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…

  4. Billboard & Hollywood Conference to Probe Success Stories, Career Opportunities

    October 30, 2014 11:22 AM EDT Success stories and career opportunities are the focal point of the 2014 Billboard and Hollywood Reporter Film and TV Music Conference being held Nov. 5 and 6 on the Universal Studios lot in Universal City, Calif. Issues such as the value of copyrights, making cover versions of songs to…

  5. Watch Kina Grannis' Haunting Cover of Sia's 'Chandelier'

    October 29, 2014 8:08 PM EDT Singer-songwriter Kina Grannis is known by fans for her transcendent covers, often taking votes on what song she should do next. On her most recent reimagining, Grannis tackles Sia 's "Chandelier" and makes it her own in a gentle, haunting fashion. Hear Sia Sing 'You&…

  6. Slipknot Scores Second No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart

    October 29, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Rock band Slipknot crowns the Billboard 200 chart for a second time, as their new album, .5: The Gray Chapter , debuts atop the list. The album sold 132,000 copies in the week ending Oct. 26, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It was released through Roadrunner Records, and is the…

  7. Dillon Francis Gets a Little Help From His 'Friends' on Debut Album

    October 28, 2014 8:55 PM EDT Dance music's class clown graduates from moombahton past on diverse full-length debut. Leaning on a candy-cane tree at TomorrowWorld , Dillon Francis admits his new album is nothing but an elaborate ruse. "It's a lie," he jests. "We've been lying to the whole…

  8. Annie Lennox Looks Back at The Eurythmics' Hyper-Productive Heyday: 'It Exhausts Me Just Thinking About It Now'

    October 27, 2014 4:10 PM EDT Perhaps no other musical act defines the year 1984 quite like the  Eurythmics . Not only did the trailblazing synth-pop duo score its highest-charting album ( Touch , a No. 7 peak on the Billboard 200) during the week ending April 7, 1984 that spawned a hit with top 10 single "Here…

  9. John Denver Gets Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

    October 25, 2014 3:46 PM EDT Things are a little sunnier on the Hollywood Walk of Fame following the posthumous unveiling of a star for John Denver . Los Tigres del Norte Getting Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame The "Sunshine on My Shoulders" singer received the walk's 2,531st star on Friday (Oct. 24), 17…

  10. Neil Diamond Aiming for 18th Top 10 Album

    October 24, 2014 8:41 PM EDT Pop great  Neil Diamond  is on course for his 18th top 10 album on the Billboard 200 chart. Industry forecasters suggest the Billboard Icon Award winning-artist's new release, Melody Road , could sell around 75,000 copies in the week ending Oct. 26. The set was released Oct. 21 on…

  11. A Look Back at 1984: All of Our Coverage

    October 24, 2014 5:49 PM EDT The political and social disquiet of 1984 was reflected in a widespread sense that everything was up for grabs: gender identity ( Boy George , Annie Lennox ), sexual roles ( Madonna , Prince ), even the definition of rock and roll itself ( Van Halen adding synthesizers on the 1984 album,…

  12. 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…

  13. Taylor Swift to the Haters: 'If You’re Upset That I’m Just Being Myself, I’m Going to Be Myself More'

    October 24, 2014 12:01 AM EDT Taylor Swift named her fifth album after her birth year, 1989 , but 2014 is the year of her rebirth. After wooing the mainstream with four albums of her pop-flavored brand of country, Swift waves goodbye to Nashville with 1989 , ditching guitars for new wave-y synths, courtesy of hitmakers…

  14. Slipknot Heading for Second No. 1 Album

    October 22, 2014 9:04 PM EDT Rock band Slipknot is on course for its second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart. Industry forecasters say the act’s new album, .5: The Gray Chapter , which was released on Oct. 21 through Roadrunner Records, could sell a little over 100,000 copies in the week ending Oct. 26. It&…

  15. Hear Sia Sing 'You're Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile' From New 'Annie' Soundtrack

    October 22, 2014 12:20 PM EDT So here's a sentence that once seemed impossible: Sia has released her version of the Annie hit "You're Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile," featuring some new lyrics and a modern pop vibe.  Sia will be featured in two other songs on the soundtrack: "Opportunity…

  16. Annie Lennox: 'Twerking Is Not Feminism'

    October 21, 2014 10:50 AM EDT Annie Lennox , former member of the Eurythmics , has been doing plenty of interviews to promote her new album, Nostalgia. Lately, those conversations have often turned to a different topic: Beyonce . Lennox labeled Bey "feminist lite" in an interview at the end of September.…

  17. 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…

  18. Billboard Cover: Florida Georgia Line on Being ‘Professional Partiers,’ Haters and Hip-Hop

    October 10, 2014 9:00 AM EDT The banjo player has magenta highlights in his hair. The drummer is wearing sunglasses and a Motley Crue T-shirt. In the first song, there's a bass drop: The sound briefly stops, and when it storms back in, a meter at the sound board spikes to 120 decibels. Welcome to the 2014 version…

  19. Exclusive: Buzzing Australian Trio Little May Premiere 'Bones'

    October 08, 2014 1:15 PM EDT The Sydney folk-rock trio has been compared to Haim and Fleetwood Mac, and is set to make its U.S. debut this month. In a year's time, Sydney folk-rock trio Little May have become one of Australia's most buzzed about bands, drawing comparisons to First Aid Kit , Fleetwood Mac and…

  20. Chart Highlights: Fergie Returns, Enrique Iglesias Hits No. 1

    October 06, 2014 4:05 PM EDT 'L.A.LOVE (la la)' brings Fergie back to Pop Songs, while Iglesias extends his Dance Club Songs record. Plus, new No. 1s for Drake, Luke Bryan, Spoon and more and splashy starts for Lorde and Carrie Underwood. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard…

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