1. Linda Komorsky Liker, Music Industry Veteran, Dies at 70

    October 28, 2014 9:58 PM EDT She worked with Graham Nash, Randy Newman, Danny Elfman & Sting. Linda Komorsky Liker , a music publishing executive and adviser, died Sunday after being struck by a car as she crossed a street in Los Angeles. She was 70. Liker served as senior vp and GM at Dimensional Music Publishing,…

  2. 2015 Grammys Best New Artist Contenders: Whose Stock Is Rising?

    October 28, 2014 6:21 PM EDT 0 Iggy Azalea and Sam Smith look like safe bets, while artists like Vance Joy and Tove Lo are making late pushes. Don’t look now, but Grammy season is fast approaching. The nominees will be revealed in a mere 38 days, when the Grammy Nominations Concert touches down on Dec. 5 to…

  3. What Is Bad? A Worst Songs Countdown Goes Beyond Good and Evil

    October 28, 2014 10:45 AM EDT What do “Who Let The Dogs Out” and “Stairway To Heaven” have in common? Both make a prominent appearance among the 88 worst songs of all time, as voted by listeners of triple-A WXPN Philadelphia . WXPN unveiled the listing last Saturday, Oct. 25, as the kicker to its countdown of its top…

  4. Ask Billboard: World Series Edition

    October 26, 2014 8:05 AM EDT In the latest mailbag, more baseball hits, John Legend's history-making week and Glen Campbell's touching return. As always, submit questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as…

  5. Watch Willow Smith Play 'Whip My Hair,' Bring Out Jaden Smith & SZA in Brooklyn

    October 25, 2014 1:05 PM EDT Willow Smith's transition from a kiddie-pop princess to an oddball-R&B teen queen continued on Friday night (Oct. 24), as the 13-year-old singer took the stage at the FADER Fort Presented By Converse at the CMJ Music Marathon at 11:30 PM to unwrap a handful of sumptuous new tunes.…

  6. 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…

  7. Flashback Friday: Ranking All 12 'High School Musical 3: Senior Year' Songs

    October 24, 2014 10:35 AM EDT We're all in this together. Is it always the right time to talk about High School Musical ? Bet on it. But it's especially apropos today (Oct. 24), because it's the anniversary of the debut of the third and final film in the franchise, High School Musical 3: Senior Year -- …

  8. The Game Wins Sixth No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

    October 23, 2014 7:20 PM EDT Also making waves: Hoodie Allen, DJ Quik, Bobby Shmurda, Mila J Rapper The Game collects his sixth No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, as his latest release, Blood Moon: Year of the Wolf , opens atop the chart. The set sold 33,000 copies in the week ending Oct. 19, according to Nielsen…

  9. Bette Midler Sings TLC's 'Waterfalls': Listen

    October 23, 2014 6:05 PM EDT Midler's take on TLC is no scrub. Bette Midler released her cover of TLC 's hit “Waterfalls,” which slows the track’s tempo and strips down its famous production in favor of a piano and a soft drum beat echoing in the background. (A spoiler, though: Midler’s track omits Left Eye’s…

  10. Exclusive: Logic Breaks Down 6 Things to Know About Him

    October 22, 2014 4:45 PM EDT Logic , born Sir Robert bryson Hall II, is one of 2014's biggest surprises. Under Pressure (Def Jam, Oct. 21), the debut LP from the 24-year-old Maryland native, is a gem, with a mix of earnest raps and lush beats reminiscent of Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole . Logic, 'Driving Ms.…

  11. Executive Turntable: New Faces, Promotions at Beggars, Republic Records, Capitol & More

    October 21, 2014 1:11 PM EDT -- The Beggars Group announced the following expansion and promotions within the radio department: Risa Matsuki was promoted to VP, Promotions; Brien Terranova joined as Sr. Director, Promotions; and Hector Montes rose to National Director, Promotions.  -- Republic Records announced the…

  12. Jessie Ware Admits Her New Album, 'Tough Love,' 'Is Like a Therapy Session'

    October 20, 2014 3:20 PM EDT After Jessie Ware broke through with her 2012 debut, Devotion , everyone wanted a piece of her. For the British singer's sophomore set, Tough Love (Oct. 21, PMR/Friends Keep Secrets/Interscope), Ed Sheeran came from Saturday Night Live rehearsals to work on the soaring "Say You…

  13. Corner Office: Afo Verde, Head of Sony Latin, on Ricky Martin, His Producer Roots and Argentine Pride

    October 20, 2014 11:46 AM EDT The 50 or so ­employees at Sony Music Entertainment’s Miami headquarters are used to seeing Afo Verde walk briskly, fitting for a part-time soccer player. But today, he limps, still recovering from a 3-month-old ankle fracture sustained during his company’s weekly soccer match. “I’d love…

  14. 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?"…

  15. Tomorrow's Hits: Lily & Madeleine, Sheppard, Catfish & the Bottlemen

    October 17, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Each Friday, Billboard presents Tomorrow's Hits, a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success Lily & Madeleine Sisters Lily, 17, and Madeleine, 19, Jurkiewicz, aka, Lily & Madeleine, return on Oct. 28 with their second album, Fumes ,…

  16. Keyshia Cole Collects Third No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

    October 16, 2014 6:59 PM EDT Also making chart waves: Tinashe, Traci Braxton, NehruvianDOOM & Chris Brown. Keyshia Cole returns to a familiar spot on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums , as the singer collects her third No. 1 set with the arrival of Point of No Return . The effort -- her sixth in total, and all reached…

  17. Move Over, Taylor Swift and Katy Perry: Your Pets Are the New Instagram Stars

    October 15, 2014 5:42 PM EDT Olivia Benson ( Taylor Swift ) Claim to Fame: Modeling for Keds; venturing onto New York streets. Swift on Benson: "She's a stage-five clinger."    Loading Meet Olivia Benson. View on Instagram   Taylor Swift Sprints Forward on ‘Out Of The Woods’: Song Review Jelli ( Iggy…

  18. Aretha Franklin, 'Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics': Track-by-Track Album Review

    October 15, 2014 10:40 AM EDT Aretha Franklin and Clive Davis' relationship began in 1980, when the Queen of Soul signed with the mogul's Arista Records. "And 20 years later, I made the right decision," Franklin tells Billboard of agreeing to that union. She had plenty of hits during that era, most…

  19. Taylor Swift Sprints Forward on ‘Out Of The Woods’: Song Review

    October 14, 2014 10:54 AM EDT It’s easy to draw lines between Taylor Swift ’s massive new song “Out Of The Woods” and the music of Bleachers , the moving alt-pop side project of fun. guitarist Jack Antonoff, who happened to co-write and produce Swift’s new offering. Those comparisons are apt, although the song more…

  20. How 'App Whisperer' Eytan Oren Plays Matchmaker Between Bands Like One Direction and Brands

    October 14, 2014 9:59 AM EDT Ever since Facebook announced its acquisition of WhatsApp for $19 billion, messenger apps have become part of a conversation previously dominated by Facebook and Twitter. Eytan Oren was one of the first to realize their revenue potential for brands and bands. "There are a lot of…

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