1. Sheppard on Keith Urban, Playing Ball with ‘the Dream Team’, & Dining at Ariana Grande’s Home

    October 30, 2014 11:50 PM EDT Sheppard’s flock is fast growing, and its going global.  Just 18 months ago, the band was riding a wave of buzz back home in Brisbane, Australia, when their breezy singalong song “Let Me Down Easy” took flight and was certified platinum. Now, the six-piece is one of the hottest new indie…

  2. Iggy Azalea's 'SNL' Appearance Generates Big Social Chart Gains

    October 30, 2014 9:21 PM EDT Iggy Azalea makes notable social gains on Billboard's charts after her appearance on NBC's Saturday Night Live (Oct. 25), on which she debuted two new songs: "Beg for It" (featuring MØ ) and "Iggy SZN." Both are set to be on her album Reclassified (due Nov. 24)…

  3. Billboard Cover Sneak Peek: 5 Things You Didn't Know About Lorde Before She Was Famous

    October 30, 2014 7:30 PM EDT With the Lorde -curated Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 soundtrack coming out Nov. 17, the soon-to-be-18-year-old pop singer is proving her taste in collaborators -- Kanye West , Chemical Brothers , Miguel and more -- are just as cool as her own music. Speaking to Billboard for our latest…

  4. Pop Shop Podcast: Taylor Swift '1989' Extravaganza! Plus: Enrique Iglesias Interview!

    October 30, 2014 5:16 PM EDT Listen to the latest episode of Billboard.com's weekly charts breakdown. Welcome to the latest episode of the Billboard.com Pop Shop Podcast , Billboard's weekly half-hour audio breakdown of the Billboard charts, hottest music news and year's biggest musical events. Casual…

  5. Taylor Swift Returns to No. 1 on Billboard Artist 100

    October 30, 2014 4:02 PM EDT Swift returns to the top for what could be a lengthy stay. Plus, Neil Diamond shines in the top 10 and Gwen Stefani & Fergie debut. In what shouldn't come as a surprise, Taylor Swift is the top music act in the U.S., rising 2-1 on the Billboard Artist 100 . What might be more…

  6. Dolly Parton's Inner Circle Gives the Inside Scoop on the Country Superstar

    October 30, 2014 3:00 PM EDT "God has put a lot of great people in my path to help me," Dolly Parton tells Billboard. Here, her team's key players reflect on the country legend -- and she gives the story on them. Dolly Parton Q&A: The Country Legend on 50 Years in Nashville and Why She Supports Her…

  7. Where Are People Buying Taylor Swift's '1989'? A Retail Breakdown of (Probably) the Year's Biggest Album

    October 30, 2014 2:22 PM EDT The debut week sales forecast for Taylor Swift 's 1989 is now upped to 1.2 million units as the artist's album has already sold nearly 727,000 copies at just three merchants, iTunes, Target and Walmart, according to industry sources. In its first two days of availability, the…

  8. Taylor Swift’s Next ‘1989’ Single Is…

    October 30, 2014 2:16 PM EDT Taylor Swift ’s lead single from 1989 , “Shake It Off,” is still going strong at No. 2 on the Hot 100 chart as the album heads toward a million-plus sales debut . Now that everyone has heard the full album, though, we can collectively speculate: what will the official follow-up single to …

  9. Billboard Touring Awards Finalists Announced

    October 30, 2014 12:02 PM EDT One Direction, Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake, the Rolling Stones, Arcade Fire, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Paul McCartney and the teams behind them to be honored at awards gala. Finalists for the 2014 Billboard Touring Awards , including One Direction , Katy Perry , Justin…

  10. Taylor Swift Teases '1989' Tour During 'Good Morning America' Concert

    October 30, 2014 9:42 AM EDT The singer looked forward to the arena jaunt between performances of "Welcome to New York," "Out of the Woods" and "Shake It Off." Taylor Swift is currently in the middle of jam-packed press tour, but she's already excited about getting out to arenas for a…

  11. Apple CEO Tim Cook: 'I'm Proud to Be Gay'

    October 30, 2014 8:34 AM EDT Apple CEO Tim Cook says he's proud to be gay. The public declaration, in an essay written for Bloomberg Businessweek , makes Cook the highest-profile business CEO to come out as gay. Cook said that while he never denied his sexuality, he never publicly acknowledged it, either. The…

  12. Taylor Swift on Her Love of Reading & Writing: 'What If I End Up Writing a Script or a Book?'

    October 29, 2014 11:19 PM EDT Who says kids don't read? Not Taylor Swift . The superstar made a stop Tuesday night on her busy tour promoting her new album to share her passion for reading and writing with a gaggle of New York City public school kids -- and 100 more giggling on computer screens via Skype from…

  13. Taylor Swift's '1989' Surging Toward 1.2 Million Debut

    October 29, 2014 6:31 PM EDT Taylor Swift 's 1989 continues to rack up monster sales, as industry forecasters now say the album could sell 1.2 million copies in its first week (ending Nov. 2). It's thus nearing the 1.21 million bow of her last album, 2012's Red (which was also the last release to sell…

  14. Who Dominated the Country Charts in 1984? The Top 5 Acts -- From Willie Nelson to George Strait

    October 29, 2014 5:49 PM EDT By 1984, country music had begun to regain the stylistic focus it had surrendered to the brief and artistically confused Urban Cowboy period. Nearly as quickly as they had arrived, the new audience that the 1980 film had brought to country music moved on, leaving the genre with a restless,…

  15. Taylor Swift Unites Republicans & Democrats: Facebook Study

    October 29, 2014 5:20 PM EDT Facebook releases new data on the musicians, books & television shows that unite or polarize along partisan lines. Facebook can be a political minefield of polarized opinions, especially leading up to the midterm elections. For those looking to keep the peace, it turns out steering the…

  16. How Music Video Pioneer Russell Mulcahy Killed the Radio Star

    October 29, 2014 4:42 PM EDT Russell Mulcahy is the man behind an endless string of iconic music videos, dating back to the first that aired on MTV in 1981: The Buggles ' "Video Killed the Radio Star." From Duran Duran sailing on a yacht in "Rio," to Bonnie Tyler’s bizarro "Total Eclipse…

  17. Taylor Swift's 'Welcome to New York' Proceeds Going to NYC Public Schools

    October 29, 2014 4:04 PM EDT Now this is something  everyone  can get excited about. On  The View  Wednesday morning (Oct. 29), Taylor Swift talked about her recent move to New York and how that move inspired her 1989 track "Welcome to New York." "The fans were wonderful enough to make it No. 1 on iTunes…

  18. The Top 20 Billboard Hot 100 Hits of the 1980s

    October 29, 2014 3:20 PM EDT In the '80s, disco's popularity decreased, and the top 20 Hot 100 hits present a more complicated picture than it did a decade before. Not that disco completely disappeared: Diana Ross 's "Upside Down," produced with the help of Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards from…

  19. Meghan Trainor Tops Hot 100 For Eighth Week, Hozier Hits Top 10

    October 29, 2014 2:44 PM EDT 'All About That Bass' rules for an eighth week, becoming the longest-leading No. 1 ever on Epic Records. Plus, singer/songwriter Hozier soars 33-9 with 'Take Me to Church.' Meghan Trainor 's "All About That Bass" commands the Billboard Hot 100 for an…

  20. Watch Taylor Swift Imitate Her Cats on National Cat Day

    October 29, 2014 2:35 PM EDT We found wonderland, and it's watching America's Favorite Cat Lady Who Doubles As A Worldwide Superstar Taylor Swift explain on a Canadian talk show that her cats Olivia Benson and Meredith don't make normal purring sounds, but instead have a much more sinister edge to their…

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