1. 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.…

  2. Glen Campbell to Receive Lifetime Honor at Hollywood Music in Media Awards

    October 24, 2014 8:30 PM EDT Glen Campbell is being honored with the lifetime achievement award at the 5th Annual Hollywood Music in Media Awards, set for Nov. 4 at the Fonda Theater in Hollywood, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Glen Campbell Notches Highest Rank on Hot Country Songs in 25 Years Campbell recently…

  3. Reba McEntire's Father Dies: He Was 'Born and Bred a Cowboy'

    October 24, 2014 6:27 PM EDT The father of country music star Reba McEntire has died in Oklahoma. A post on the singer's verified Twitter account Friday says Clark McEntire passed away Thursday night in Coalgate.   Daddy passed away last night in Coalgate, OK at 11 pm CST. http://t.co/cfapEw38r4 — Reba McEntire (…

  4. 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,…

  5. After Romeo Gets 'Love' on Billboard + Twitter Charts

    October 24, 2014 4:30 PM EDT Look out, One Direction and 5 Seconds of Summer -- there’s a new group ready to dominate the music scene. Los Angeles based quintet After Romeo arrived on the Billboard + Twitter Trending 140 this week with “LOL (Love on Lock)” an energetic pop track laced with R&B influences…

  6. Norwegian DJ Kygo Is On the Verge of Becoming Dance Music's Next Superstar

    October 24, 2014 4:02 PM EDT With a huge label deal, sellout tours, a signature sound and co-signs from Diplo and Coldplay, Kygo is primed to become the next EDM superstar. The world is full of bedroom producers who dream of being the next Avicii . So how did a 23-year-old DJ from Norway find himself in the middle of a…

  7. The Juice Podcast: Kehlani & BJ the Chicago Kid Talk Upcoming Projects & Career Start

    October 24, 2014 3:40 PM EDT Every October, rising artists take advantage of the Big Apple's annual CMJ Music Marathon to flex their talent to those outside their regional borders or simply late. I took advantage of the festival myself and invited two singer-songwriters in town to join me and my co-host Steven…

  8. Bob Seger, Hozier Top Rock Charts

    October 24, 2014 3:06 PM EDT Seger scores his first No. 1 on Top Rock Albums, while Hozier hits No. 1 on Hot Rock Songs. Plus, chart action for Milky Chance, the Black Keys, Fall Out Boy and Lorde. Bob Seger scores his first No. 1 on Billboard's Top Rock Albums chart (dating to the list's inception in 2006)…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. Taylor Swift, Gwen Stefani & Fall Out Boy: Real-Time Twitter Chart Rewind Ep. 21

    October 24, 2014 10:51 AM EDT Welcome back to Billboard's weekly video show "Real-Time Rewind," which recaps the past week's hottest action on the new Billboard Real-Time Twitter Charts -- Trending 140 and Emerging Artists -- and the news that's driving the action. Joe Levy is back in the studio…

  12. 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 -- …

  13. Tomorrow's Hits: Eden xo, Glass Animals, Jon Guerra

    October 24, 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. Eden xo After fronting Jessie and the Toy Boys, who tallied two Dance Club Songs hits in 2011-12, pop singer/songwriter (and former Britney Spears…

  14. 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…

  15. Run the Jewels Can't Stop Putting Albums Online for Free

    October 24, 2014 8:09 AM EDT Run the Jewels , the rap duo comprised of Atlanta's Killer Mike and Brooklyn's El-P , just dropped its second album on the world. And like the original Run the Jewels , RTJ2 is free and downloadable. Go ahead and grab it , via the middle-man-eliminating direct link both Mike and…

  16. One Direction, Ed Sheeran, Coldplay to Perform at Inaugural BBC Music Awards

    October 24, 2014 4:10 AM EDT One Direction , Ed Sheeran , Coldplay , Calvin Harris , Paloma Faith and Clean Bandit will perform at the inaugural BBC Music Awards in London on Dec. 11, the U.K. public broadcaster announced on Friday. The U.K. public broadcaster first unveiled the new awards show, which will compete with…

  17. Billboard Cover Sneak Peak: 5 People (and Things) That Inspire Usher -- From Picasso to Puff Daddy

    October 23, 2014 7:55 PM EDT Usher 's career stats are astounding. He's sold close to 24 million records in the United States and taken home eight Grammys. His 2004 album Confessions sold more than any other album in the '00s. His recent single "Good Kisser" was his 13th No. 1 on…

  18. 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…

  19. Nico & Vinz, Faith Evans, and More: Musicians Remember Their First Time on the Billboard Charts

    October 23, 2014 5:00 PM EDT Billboard spoke with a number of musicians about their first experiences on the Billboard charts. Some artists find it disorienting. Childish Gambino and Pete Wentz (from Fall Out Boy ) both thought it was surreal. Hot 100 Firsts:  Jennifer Hudson  |  Iggy Azalea  |  Train  |  Hilary Duff  …

  20. Listen to the Top 10 Singles of 1984

    October 23, 2014 3:48 PM EDT The top ten singles of 1984 present an interesting picture. Of course Prince clocks in at No. 1 with "When Doves Cry," which remains one of the most epic songs from his epic career. More surprisingly, three of the top ten songs came from movies -- Kenny Loggins ' "…

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