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. 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…

  3. Billboard Cover: Usher on Getting Tough With Justin Bieber, Why He’s Not Ready for a New Album and Life as a Single Dad

    October 24, 2014 9:00 AM EDT There Are Segways, and then there's Usher Raymond IV 's Segway. Usher's scooter is a custom-built, gold-plated number with rims that look like they were lifted from Rick Ross ' Maybach. It shines like Louis the XIV's jewels as he zips through the hallways of the…

  4. Alan Cumming Explains Shia LaBeouf's 'Cabaret' Freakout

    October 21, 2014 11:56 AM EDT Alan Cumming stopped by Conan on Monday night and the host had to ask the Cabaret star for his version of what the heck happened when Shia LaBeouf was arrested during a performance. Cumming was certainly quite forgiving to the actor (who told Jimmy Kimmel he was pretty messed up when he…

  5. R.F.C.'s Smoke DZA & Al-Doe, 'They Got Money,' Featuring Damon Dash: Exclusive Song Premiere

    October 20, 2014 2:25 PM EDT DZA's R.F.C. Music Group will release their debut album, The Outsiders, on Nov. 18. Smoke DZA is inaugurating his new imprint, R.F.C. Music Group, with their debut album, The Outsiders . The LP, out Nov. 18 through iHipHop Distribution, will feature all members of the imprint's…

  6. Bobby Brackins' 'Hot Box,' Featuring G-Eazy & Mila J: Exclusive Video Premiere

    October 20, 2014 1:00 PM EDT Bobby Brackins is behind a few hits dominating the R&B/hip-hop charts. He helped write Chris Brown 's "Loyal" and Tinashe 's "2 On," both top 5's on the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. Now Brackins has his own name on a successful tune: "Hot Box,…

  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. Watch Florida Georgia Line Talk About Their Influences & Sensual New Song

    October 15, 2014 4:00 PM EDT This is a week  Florida Georgia Line  fans have had circled on their calendar for quite some time. The Republic Nashville act released their sophomore disc, Anything Goes,  on Tuesday and Billboard recently caught up with Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard to get the scoop about their latest…

  9. Exclusive: Afroman Remixes 'Because I Got High' in Support of Marijuana Legalization

    October 15, 2014 7:30 AM EDT Remember "Because I Got High," Afroman 's 2001 smash about failing to clean his room and graduate high school while managing to lose his wife and children and start sleeping on the sidewalk just because he, you know, got high? Some of you probably (cough) don't, but that…

  10. Found Star: New Radicals' Gregg Alexander Grants First Interview in 15 Years

    October 14, 2014 10:21 PM EDT The frontman of the 1990s band behind the hit single 'You Get What You Give' was lured back into the business, after a long self-imposed exile, to write the songs for 'Begin Again,' including best original song Oscar contender 'Lost Stars' t couldn't…

  11. Iggy Azalea & Snoop Dogg Continue Beef With Online Back-and-Forth

    October 14, 2014 7:32 PM EDT After Snoop Dogg posted a rude meme to his Instagram account insulting Iggy Azalea , the young, female rapper fired back with a Twitter post that should have put the old-school icon in his place until it was later deleted from her account. But that was not the end of it. As media…

  12. Quotes of the Week: Katy Perry’s Come-On, Lady Gaga Loves Metal and More

    October 10, 2014 5:55 PM EDT "I wish you and I had been in the Spice Girls together." Iggy Azalea tweeting her "Fancy" collaborator Charli XCX . Billboard Cover: Charli XCX on the Pop-Music ‘Machine,’ Girl Power and Her ‘Raw’ New Album "It's a work of art. It's something that will go…

  13. Relive the Best 'Scandal' and 'Grey's Anatomy' Music Moments Right Here

    October 10, 2014 1:00 PM EDT Still reeling from Shonda Rhimes Thursday night television? Duh. That's why we're reliving the best music moments from Thursday night (Oct. 9). Check out our picks for  Grey's Anatomy  and  Scandal  ( How To Get Away With Murder,  disappointingly,   stuck with straight techno…

  14. 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…

  15. Billboard Cover Sneak Peek: Florida Georgia Line Reveals 5 Surprising Facts About Their Music

    October 09, 2014 7:05 PM EDT   For a country duo that smokes up on Saturdays, goes to church on Sundays and mentions Eminem in the same breath as Garth Brooks , Anything Goes is the perfect title for their upcoming second album. In this week's Billboard cover story, Florida Georgia Line ( Brian Kelley and Tyler…

  16. Nas Celebrates 20 Years of 'Illmatic' at Toronto Concert & Documentary Screening

    October 09, 2014 3:20 PM EDT Nas performed all of his breakthrough album after a screening of 'Nas: Time Is Illmatic.' Those who filled Toronto's Queen Elizabeth Theatre on Wednesday night to watch Nas ' documentary and witness the rapper perform Illmatic from front to back left the concert with new…

  17. Diplo Reissuing 'Florida' On 10th Anniversary: Listen to Unreleased Album Outtake

    October 08, 2014 10:25 AM EDT Billboard cover star Diplo recently announced that his 2004 album Florida is getting the deluxe reissue treatment in honor of its 10th anniversary. The new version of the album will be accompanied by an early EP -- The Epistemology Suite -- and five unreleased tracks. Hear one of those…

  18. Selena Gomez Says Taylor Swift Is 'Begging' Her to Move to New York City

    October 08, 2014 9:59 AM EDT Taylor Swift 's plan to get one of her BFFs, Selena Gomez , to move to NYC may be working. "Taylor has been begging me to live there," Gomez told E! News . "She's like, 'It's the best decision I've ever made.' Everyone always says I'm more…

  19. Sinead O'Connor to Dish 'Sexual Dirt' in 2016 Memoir

    October 07, 2014 5:57 PM EDT Sinead O'Connor has a book deal, and she's not writing for kids. Billboard Cover Story: Sinead O'Connor on Having No Regrets Penguin Random House imprint Blue Rider Press announced Tuesday (Oct. 7) that the Irish singer and musician is working on a memoir that will come out…

  20. Emerging Picks of the Week: Elliphant, Ryan Hemsworth & Ces Cru

    October 07, 2014 4:00 PM EDT To begin October, we've compiled some of our favorite tracks that landed debuts on the latest Billboard + Twitter Emerging Artists chart. Give them a listen below and be sure to look out for their upcoming projects. Elliphant ft. MØ, "One More" Fresh off a track with Skrillex…

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