1. This Week in Billboard Chart History: In 2008, Britney Spears' 'Womanizer' Ruled Hot 100

    October 20, 2014 8:05 AM EDT This week six years ago, Spears scored her first No. 1 in a decade. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Elton John and Santana and the premiere of Billboard's first R&B ranking. Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart…

  2. First New Yusuf/Cat Stevens Album in Five Years Is Streaming

    October 20, 2014 8:02 AM EDT In 1977, after ten years as a recording artist, Cat Stevens converted to Islam and took the name Yusuf . Shortly after, he auctioned off all his guitars for charity and left music behind. Until Yusuf came back in 2006 with an album -- An Other Cup -- and then more one, Roadsinger , in 2009.…

  3. 'American Idol' Is Allowing Fans to Award a Golden Ticket to Hollywood

    October 19, 2014 11:31 PM EDT For the first time ever, American Idol fans will have the chance to tell a hopeful "you’re going to Hollywood!" Producers of the Fox singing series have added a new wrinkle, allowing viewers to have a say in which contestant will receive a coveted golden ticket to the show's…

  4. Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler Encourages Maui Drug Court Graduates

    October 19, 2014 12:38 PM EDT Although he performed before a crowd of 20,000 a few nights ago, rock 'n' roll superstar Steven Tyler admitted to a touch of nerves as he addressed 11 Maui Drug Court graduates and their families Thursday afternoon in 2nd Circuit Court. Steven Tyler Signs With Larry Rudolph for…

  5. Nashville Songwriter Paul Craft Dies at 76: Report

    October 19, 2014 10:21 AM EDT Nashville songwriter and Hall of Famer Paul Craft has died in Tennessee at the age of 76. The Tennessean reported that Craft died Saturday at a Nashville hospital "after years of deteriorating health." Craft penned the words to songs made famous by the likes of Ray Stevens , Mark…

  6. 10 Things We Learned from Joe Perry's Reddit AMA

    October 17, 2014 10:06 PM EDT The guitar-slinging Aerosmith co-founder Joe Perry has been rocking hard for 40 years and lately he's been making a victory lap of sorts, celebrating his achievements with a new book, Rocks: My Life in and out of Aerosmith .  Friday Perry joined Reddit fans for an Ask Me Anything (AMA)…

  7. Country Comedy Legend Ray Stevens Recalls Early Days in 'Nashville'

    October 17, 2014 9:30 PM EDT If you are looking for Ray Stevens to divulge all in his brand new book, Ray Stevens' Nashville , he tells Billboard that you might be in for a little bit of a letdown. "It's a selected memoir," says the legendary comedian. "There's a lot I left out. I wasn&…

  8. Larry Rudolph, Britney Spears' Vegas Svengali, Dishes on the Changing Nature of Sin City

    October 17, 2014 2:47 PM EDT THE VEGAS VISIONARY This profile is part of Billboard's Oct. 25 cover story package on the launch of Maverick, a new music-management consortium. You can find our full coverage right here . AGE: 51 TITLE: Founder, Reign Deer Entertainment STAFF : 12 CITY: Los Angeles and Las Vegas…

  9. Adam Leber, Tech Visionary for Miley and Britney, Is 'Not an Ego Guy'

    October 17, 2014 2:46 PM EDT MEET BRITNEY AND MILEY'S TECH GURU This profile is part of Billboard's Oct. 25 cover story package on the launch of Maverick, a new music-management consortium. You can find our full coverage right here . AGE: 37 TITLE: Co-owner, Reign Deer Entertainment STAFF : 12 CITY: Los…

  10. How Caron Veazey Architected Pharrell's Epic Year

    October 17, 2014 2:46 PM EDT PHARRELL'S RIGHT-HAND WOMAN This profile is part of Billboard's Oct. 25 cover story package on the launch of Maverick, a new music-management consortium. You can find our full coverage right here . TITLE: GM, I Am Other Entertainment STAFF : 15 CITY: New York COMPANY FOUNDED IN:…

  11. Avicii, David Guetta & Flying Lotus Leap on Dance/Electronic Charts

    October 17, 2014 2:25 PM EDT Avicii accelerates into the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs top 10 with "The Days" (23-8). It's Avicii's fourth top 10, tying him with David Guetta for the second-most since the chart's Jan. 26, 2013, inception. (Calvin Harris and Zedd lead with five each.) Up by 475…

  12. Glen Campbell Returns to Hot Country Songs Chart For First Time In 21 Years

    October 17, 2014 10:45 AM EDT The legend charts his first entry since 1993. Plus, Jason Aldean and Florida Georgia Line notch debuts. Country Music Hall of Fame honoree Glen Campbell makes his first appearance on Billboard 's Hot Country Songs chart in 21 years, as "I'm Not Gonna Miss You" debuts at…

  13. 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 ,…

  14. 14 New Zealand Acts You Need to Know About

    October 17, 2014 5:17 AM EDT New Zealand has been punching well above its weight in recent years. Think Lorde . Think The Naked and the Famous , Broods , Gin Wigmore , Ladyhawke   and  Kimbra (oh, and don't forget   Flight of the Conchords ). If you figured that’s it, think again. With the nominations announced…

  15. ‘Hideaway’ Singer Kiesza: Dyslexia 'Makes You More Creative’

    October 16, 2014 6:16 PM EDT Put Kiesza on a rooftop with a rifle and she could probably shoot you down from a block away -- not that she's planning to. Prior to her amazing one-take video for her debut single, "Hideaway," going viral (to the tune of 132 million-plus views since February), the dance-pop…

  16. Tyler, the Creator's Freestyle About Bacon & Grandmas Peaks At No. 2 on Trending 140 Chart

    October 16, 2014 5:13 PM EDT Tyler, the Creator stopped by LA Leakers' "Lift Off" show on L.A.'s Power 106 on Wednesday, and the rapper/producer treated listeners to a round of "Open Bar," on which he freestyled about four given topics: grandmas, pregnant women, bacon and groupies. No…

  17. Tom Petty, Cyndi Lauper, Elvis Costello Among Nominees for Songwriters Hall of Fame

    October 16, 2014 2:57 AM EDT Tom Petty, Vince Gill , Cyndi Lauper , Elvis Costello and Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds are among the performing songwriters being considered for the Songwriters Hall of Fame . The organization announced its 2015 nominees Wednesday. Other performers up for the honor are Gloria…

  18. MLB Playoffs: All the Intro Songs Revealed

    October 15, 2014 4:15 PM EDT What are players rocking when they step to the plate? There’s a lot more than organ music at baseball games these days. Unless we’re talking Chicago’s Wrigley Field (the only stadium that sticks to the classic organ sounds), every MLB player has the opportunity to step to the plate with his…

  19. 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…

  20. Exclusive Video: Inside the Making of the Doobie Brothers 'Southbound' Album Featuring Blake Shelton, Zac Brown Band and More

    October 15, 2014 3:49 PM EDT If the Doobie Brothers had gotten their start today instead of four decades ago, they -- like the Eagles -- they might very well be considered more country than pop. Their music influenced many of today's biggest stars in the format, who join the iconic band for the Nov. 4 release of …

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