1. Why Taylor Swift Would Never ‘Pull a Beyonce’ with an Album

    October 21, 2014 1:21 PM EDT Waiting for Taylor to release an out-of-nowhere album someday? Keep waiting. When Beyonce surprise-released her self-titled fifth album exclusively on iTunes last December, the sneak-attack tactic left the industry with a lot of questions once the dust settled. The strategy was undeniably…

  2. Swedish Newcomer Seinabo Sey Premieres Haunting 'Pistols at Dawn' Video

    October 21, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Tove Lo , Icona Pop , Robyn -- it’s no secret we’ve got a thing for Swedish pop singers here at Billboard. We’ve got another one you should be paying attention to, but aside from sharing a homeland, she’s on a different creative wavelength entirely. Meet Seinabo Sey (pronounced Say-na-bo…

  3. From Solange to Dev Hynes, How Brit Singer-Producer Kindness Became the Cool Kids' Favorite Collaborator

    October 20, 2014 5:44 PM EDT With his new LP Otherness out Oct. 14 (Mom + Pop), Adam Bainbridge, the 32-year-old Brit with the one-word moniker, has become an in-demand collaborator for music's hippest acts. This article first appeared in the Oct. 25 issue of Billboard .   News News Andrew Hampp …

  4. Dustin Lynch Gets Cut in the Face With a Flying Beer Can, But Keeps Playing

    October 20, 2014 10:30 AM EDT You might think being a country star is a cushy life, but it's not just hit singles and adoring crowds -- sometimes it gets ugly. In the middle of a performance at the Mullet Festival in Niceville, Florida, Dustin Lynch got hit in the cheek with a full beer can. The flying can even…

  5. CMJ, Despite the Internet, Logistics, and Few Brands, Keeps Kicking Out the Jams

    October 20, 2014 8:27 AM EDT Everything you need to know about CMJ Music Marathon naysayers can be found in Brooklyn Vegan 's endlessly infuriating, occasionally informative comments section. Last August, when the initial lineup for New York City's 33rd annual festival and conference was announced , the…

  6. Bob Seger Aiming for 10th Top 10 Album

    October 17, 2014 7:48 PM EDT The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer is riding towards the Billboard 200's top 10 with 'Ride Out' Rocker Bob Seger is cruising for his tenth top 10 album with his latest release, Ride Out . Industry forecasters suggest the set, released on Oct. 14 through Hideout/Capitol Records…

  7. Exclusive: Britney Spears' Manager Tells the Story Behind the Infamous Madonna VMAs Kiss

    October 17, 2014 5:05 PM EDT In the middle of performing a medley of hits at the 2003 VMA's, Madonna surprised everyone by kissing Britney Spears onstage. After a quick camera cut to Britney's ex-boyfriend, Justin Timberlake , who looked confused, Madonna then smooched her other performing partner: Christina…

  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. These Cute Kids Covering Slayer & Metallica Are More Metal Than All of Us

    October 17, 2014 12:40 PM EDT Looks like Billboard 21 Under 21 metal protégées Unlocking the Truth have some competition. Brothers Subaru and Hayato are only seven and ten, respectively, and they’ve already got a way with a pummeling metal cover. Check out the video below as they plow through Slayer’s “Raining Blood,”…

  10. Jenny Lewis & Conor Oberst Want Jack White to Make Them an 'Edible 7-Inch'

    October 17, 2014 11:24 AM EDT They also talk about how they first met and what they did when Elliott Smith passed away. Aw shucks, Jenny Lewis and Conor Oberst are just the best. Noisey got them together for a charming one-on-one interview (which turns out more like a casual conversation) and the pair admitted to…

  11. 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…

  12. UK Vinyl Sales on Track to Cross Million Mark

    October 16, 2014 7:00 PM EDT For the first time since the mid-1990s, vinyl sales in the United Kingdom look set to cross the one million mark in a calendar year. According to new figures released by the Official Charts Company (OCC) in conjunction with labels trade body BPI, U.K. vinyl sales for the first nine months…

  13. Calvin Harris, Charli XCX & Kiesza Added to MTV EMA Lineup

    October 16, 2014 3:20 AM EDT Calvin Harris , Charli XCX , Kiesza and Royal Blood  will perform at the MTV EMAs in Glasgow, Scotland, on Nov. 9. Nicki Minaj to Host 2014 MTV EMAs Several of the artists announced the news Thursday (Oct. 16) on their social media accounts. Charli XCX is up for Best Push and Best New,…

  14. John Cena & Wiz Khalifa Team Up on 'WWE 2K15' Video Game Soundtrack

    October 13, 2014 11:45 AM EDT The wrestler and the rapper have two songs together: "All Day" and "Breaks." Superstar wrestler John Cena  has collaborated with Wiz Khalifa on two tracks for the soundtrack to the latest WWE video game -- and he also selected the music for game's companion album.…

  15. Ask Billboard: Baseball Hits, Gwen Stefani's Delay & Demi Lovato's Best-Selling Songs

    October 12, 2014 8:05 AM EDT As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. Or, Tweet questions to Gary Trust: @gthot20 HIT RUNS AND ERAS Hi Gary…

  16. Simple Minds Share 'Big Music' Tracklist, Post Video for 'Honest Town': Watch

    October 08, 2014 5:41 AM EDT Veteran Scottish alternative rock outfit Simple Minds will release Big Music next month, their first album of new material in five years.  The album is the result of collaborations old and new, including co-writer Iain Cook of Glasgow band Chvrches and producers Steve Osborne, Andy Wright…

  17. Tinashe, 'Aquarius': Track-by-Track Review

    October 07, 2014 2:05 PM EDT Tinashe 's arrival on the mainstream music landscape comes at a time when experimental R&B is rapidly crescendoing. Yet even within the ranks of emerging women singers showing just how quirky and eccentric they can be ( Jhené Aiko , Kelela , BANKS ), Tinashe may be the songbird…

  18. Rome Fortune, 'Small VVorld': Exclusive Album Premiere

    October 07, 2014 1:16 PM EDT The rapper's 11-song free album features ILOVEMAKONNEN and OG Maco Rome Fortune is one of Atlanta's most wanted making waves. The rapper has been garnering buzz, picking up after the success of his Beautiful Pimp mixtapes. The rapper follows up his collaborative EP with Dun Deal,…

  19. Listen to The Game's Auto-Tune Heavy 'F--- Yo Feelings' With Lil Wayne & Chris Brown

    October 06, 2014 7:49 PM EDT With The Game 's Blood Money label's compilation, Year of the Wolf , due out next Tuesday, the rapper née Jayceon Terrell Taylor teased the album Monday by dropping the Lil Wayne and Chris Brown -featuring "F--- Yo Feelings." The Game Assembles All-Star Hip-Hop Crew…

  20. Chart Highlights: Fergie Returns, Enrique Iglesias Hits No. 1

    October 06, 2014 4:05 PM EDT 'L.A.LOVE (la la)' brings Fergie back to Pop Songs, while Iglesias extends his Dance Club Songs record. Plus, new No. 1s for Drake, Luke Bryan, Spoon and more and splashy starts for Lorde and Carrie Underwood. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard…

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