1. Jessie Ware Admits Her New Album, 'Tough Love,' 'Is Like a Therapy Session'

    October 20, 2014 3:20 PM EDT After Jessie Ware broke through with her 2012 debut, Devotion , everyone wanted a piece of her. For the British singer's sophomore set, Tough Love (Oct. 21, PMR/Friends Keep Secrets/Interscope), Ed Sheeran came from Saturday Night Live rehearsals to work on the soaring "Say You…

  2. Bridges for Music: How Nonprofit is Harnessing EDM’s Power for Positive Change

    October 17, 2014 6:31 AM EDT When twenty-five cyclists arrived in Amsterdam this week, their focus was not on the long trek from London, but what it would mean for the township of Langa. At time of press, the riders had raised more than £95,000 ($152,000) to build a music school in the impoverished South African…

  3. Billy Bob Thornton's Boxmasters Go 'Somewhere' With 101 Records

    October 16, 2014 8:30 PM EDT Some artists may battle a bit of writer's block when prepping for a new release, but that's definitely not an issue for the Boxmasters ' principal songwriters Billy Bob Thornton and J.D. Andrew , who have delivered a double-album, Somewhere Down the Road , for the band's…

  4. Macklemore Helps Celebrate King County Drug Court's 20th Anniversary

    October 15, 2014 10:44 PM EDT The 20th anniversary celebration of the pioneering King County Drug Court was about half over when a famous participant strolled in and took a seat on the front bench. The audience of drug court graduates and others buzzed at the arrival of Macklemore , but the 31-year-old rapper introduced…

  5. Watch F.T. Island's Track-by-Track Review of Personal 'All About' Album

    October 15, 2014 5:45 PM EDT The K-pop/rock group recall fans, ex-girlfriends and 'dark periods' while writing their latest LP. After sharpening their skills on the touring circuit playing festivals and arena shows in Japan this year,   F.T. Island  made their long-awaited comeback in Korea with the release…

  6. Garth Brooks Breaks His N. American Ticket Sales Record (That He Set Last Month)

    October 15, 2014 4:52 PM EDT The hits just keep coming for Garth Brooks , who has now broken his own North American ticket sales record for a single city, moving more than 188,000 tickets sold from 11 shows at the Target Center in Minneapolis between Nov. 6 and 15.   The personal best Brooks just beat was from his…

  7. Ben Facey Joins Universal Music Australia In Key Int'l Marketing Role

    October 15, 2014 5:08 AM EDT Ben Facey is returning to the major-label music biz. With effect from Oct. 20, the Sydney-based executive will join Universal Music Australia in the role as senior director, marketing international. In his new role, Facey reports jointly to UMA managing directors, Michael Taylor and Darren…

  8. 'South Park': 15 Most Memorable Music Moments

    October 14, 2014 5:50 PM EDT Lorde is the latest musical celebrity to make an “appearance” on South Park and both Billboard and the singer herself happen to think Trey Parker and Matt Stone nailed it. Mocking the Lorde birth certificate truthers with Stan’s dad moonlighting as a middle-aged, male version of the…

  9. Happy Birthday, 'Single Ladies'! Beyonce's 6 Best Performances of the Hit

    October 13, 2014 10:19 AM EDT Don't be mad when you see that we all want it. Everybody put your hands up: Arguably  Beyonce ’s biggest hit, "Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)," turns six years old today (also turning six? "If I Were a Boy"). The song was released to radio this week in 2008, and…

  10. Jennifer Lopez Is Still a Fan of Ben Affleck's Movies

    October 13, 2014 8:12 AM EDT It's been a decade since Bennifer broke up, and if you're having trouble remembering exactly what that celebrity portmanteau stood for, that's the whole point.  Jennifer Lopez  and Ben Affleck have lived entire lives -- Academy Awards! American Idol ! -- since canceling their…

  11. Watch a Behind-the-Scenes Clip of One Direction’s Wacky New ‘Steal My Girl’ Video

    October 12, 2014 12:29 PM EDT One Direction ’s wacky music video for “Steal My Girl” is “like some mad movie set,” the pop group’s Zayn Malik says in an exclusive preview clip on the Daily Mail’s website . One Direction's New 'Steal My Girl' Video Will Feature Danny DeVito He’s not kidding. 1D has already…

  12. Hot 100 Chart Moves: Nick Jonas' 'Jealous' Jumps Into Top 40

    October 10, 2014 2:30 PM EDT Jonas reaches the region for the first time in five years… and without his brothers. Plus, moves for Jason Derulo, Lorde, Alesso and OG Maco. As previously reported , Meghan Trainor leads an all-female top five on the Billboard Hot 100 for a record fifth week with "All About That…

  13. New Signings: Kobalt Signs Pitbull, Orchard Adds Donna Summer, Blue Note Nabs Jamie Cullum

    October 10, 2014 12:25 PM EDT Here's a look at the latest artist signings across the music industry, including record labels, artist management firms, publishing companies, booking agencies and more.   RECORD LABELS  -- Olivia Holt , the star of Disney Channel's I Didn't Do It , joins the roster of…

  14. Anton Corbijn-Directed Depeche Mode Concert Film Coming Soon

    October 09, 2014 2:54 AM EDT Depeche Mode will release a live album and concert film later this month which documents their concerts in Berlin on the triumphant Delta Machine tour. The British electro-rock outfit’s Live In Berlin DVD is directed by longtime creative collaborator  Anton Corbijn  and will arrive Nov. 17…

  15. Debbie Harry to Headline John Lennon Tribute Concert

    October 08, 2014 10:50 PM EDT Debbie Harry will perform at the 34th annual John Lennon charity tribute concert in New York City in December. The announcement Wednesday by the nonprofit Theatre Within came a day before what would have been Lennon's 74th birthday. Instant Karma: John Lennon's Full Catalog Now…

  16. Twitter Suing FBI, DOJ to Release Gov't Surveillance Report

    October 08, 2014 9:22 AM EDT Twitter is suing the FBI and the Department of Justice to be able to release more information about government surveillance of its users. The social media company filed a lawsuit Tuesday in a California federal court to publish its full "transparency report," which documents…

  17. Christian Music Business Diversifies Into Film, Television and More to Battle Declining Sales

    October 07, 2014 3:06 PM EDT As the faith-based music community gathers Tuesday night (Oct. 7) for the 45th Annual Gospel Music Association (GMA) Dove Awards, there’s more to celebrate than just the top songs and artists of the past year. Evidence points to businesses growing beyond music to incorporate film, live…

  18. 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…

  19. Exclusive: Such Gold Premieres Driving Hardcore Jam 'Nauseating'

    October 06, 2014 11:45 AM EDT “Since Misadventures came out, I think people started turning their heads and getting a glimpse of what the band was heading towards,"  Such Gold  bassist/vocalist Jon Markson tells Billboard. Markson is getting amped about his band’s forthcoming sophomore album,  The New Sidewalk, due…

  20. Code Picks of the Week: Nicole Moudabar, Big Data, & More

    October 03, 2014 2:39 PM EDT Each Friday, CODE curates a diverse selection of the most noteworthy new tunes in dance music. Take a listen for a fitting soundtrack to your weekend. Nicole Moudaber, “The Whippin’ I’m Dishin’” (Gary Beck Remix) [MOOD] Scottish techno talent Gary Beck offers up a pounding Berghain-ready…

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