1. Ask Billboard: The Weird Connections Between Mary Lambert & Madonna

    October 21, 2014 11:05 AM EDT In this week's reader mailbag, yet more odd coincidences connecting Mary Lambert and Madonna; a look at the longest-leading No. 1s ever on Billboard song charts; and hit songs with quirky time signatures. As always, submit questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music…

  2. Bob Seger Addresses Talk of His Retirement: 'I Don't Want to Overstay My Welcome'

    October 20, 2014 2:16 PM EDT A lot can happen between Bob Seger albums: changes in presidential administrations, a few iPhone generations, a third of Derek Jeter's baseball career. “I’m so fast,” the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer says with a hearty laugh. Ride Out -- his 17th studio album, and first in eight years …

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. Lorde & Sol3 Mio Lead NZ Music Awards Nominations

    October 16, 2014 5:23 AM EDT With five nominations each, Lorde and classical-crossover trio Sol3 Mio lead the pack heading into the 49th annual New Zealand Music Awards. Rapper David Dallas and soul singer Ladi6 are close behind with four nods each. Vodafone is once again sponsoring the country's premier music…

  6. Billy Joel Sells Long Island Mansion

    October 16, 2014 3:28 AM EDT Billy Joel has sold his beachfront mansion on Long Island. Newsday reports that the sale was confirmed by the listing agent, Nancy Mizrahi of Saunders & Associates. Billy Joel Joins NY Beach Cleanup  She said the deal on the 5,500-square-foot Sagaponack home was closed late last week.…

  7. 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…

  8. Deadmau5 Says Archenemy Disney Wanted His Help on 'Fantasia' Anniversary

    October 14, 2014 4:23 PM EDT On Monday, Deadmau5 raised new sound and fury at the U.S. Trademark Office over Disney's attempt to oppose his mark consisting of a caricature of a mouse head with black ears, black face, white eyes and white mouth. The new papers speak among other things, about what Disney has in…

  9. Prince Set for 'Saturday Night Live' Performance On...

    October 14, 2014 4:04 PM EDT The Purple One is coming to 30 Rock. Prince is returning as musical guest to Saturday Night Live on Nov. 1, NBC just announced. He was last on the show Feb. 4, 2006, and prior to that on Feb. 21, 1981. In addition to those memorable appareances, of course, "Prince" has been a…

  10. Courtney Love: Many Smashing Pumpkins Songs Are About Me

    October 14, 2014 1:52 PM EDT In a recent interview with BBC Radio 6, Courney Love claimed that a number of the songs Billy Corgan wrote for his band Smashing Pumpkins are about her. Not only that -- she suggested the songs inspired by her are the successful ones. When Corgan "stopped writing about me," she…

  11. Who Is Elliphant? Five Wild Facts About The Swedish Pop Prospect

    October 14, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Older men, "Deadwood" and sleeping with the lights on: get to know the latest interesting voice coming from Scandinavia. Ellinor Olovsdotter, better known as the Swedish singer-songwriter Elliphant, is inching toward a U.S. breakthrough two-and-a-half years after signing to the…

  12. Exclusive: NBA Live 15 Soundtrack Unveiled, Cover Star Damian Lillard Discusses The Music

    October 14, 2014 8:00 AM EDT NBA Live 15 , the latest incarnation of the best-selling basketball video game franchise, is due out on Oct. 28, but the soundtrack to the EA Sports game has been unveiled on Tuesday morning (Oct. 14). The 26-song track list is highlighted by hip-hop and R&B stars like Jeezy, Jeremih, G…

  13. Denis Handlin Celebrates 30 Years Leading Sony Aus with Star-Studded Fundraiser

    October 14, 2014 12:01 AM EDT Denis Handlin’s 30 years in charge of Sony Music’s Australia operations was celebrated in style with an action-packed charity fundraising party last Friday (Oct. 10) at Sydney’s The Star venue.  Celebrities from the worlds of sport, music and TV were in the house while a mind-boggling line…

  14. Watch Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett's 'But Beautiful' Studio Video

    October 13, 2014 1:49 PM EDT Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett have released another video for  Cheek to Cheek . Their latest is a studio recording of "But Beautiful," which allows both Gaga and Bennett to show off in solo sections. The song has been covered by everyone from Billie Holiday to Bing Crosby to Aretha…

  15. The Amity Affliction’s Co-Founder Troy Brady Exits Mid-Tour

    October 13, 2014 5:01 AM EDT The Amity Affliction has lost its lead guitarist whilst the metalcore band tours the U.S. Brady announced his departure on the Australian group’s Facebook page. "It’s with deep regret I need to let you all know I will no longer be writing music or performing as part of The Amity…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. Why 1999 Was the Best Musical Year of the '90s

    October 10, 2014 10:45 AM EDT After focusing on 1994 last week, now, we're wondering what the best year for music was of the '90s. We've already made a case for  1990 ,  1991 ,  1992 ,  1993 ,  1994 ,  1995 ,  1996  and  1997 . Now here are the final two years of the decade --  1998  and  1999 . POP SHOP…

  19. Billboard Cover: Florida Georgia Line on Being ‘Professional Partiers,’ Haters and Hip-Hop

    October 10, 2014 9:00 AM EDT The banjo player has magenta highlights in his hair. The drummer is wearing sunglasses and a Motley Crue T-shirt. In the first song, there's a bass drop: The sound briefly stops, and when it storms back in, a meter at the sound board spikes to 120 decibels. Welcome to the 2014 version…

  20. Rock Hall Nominees: The Locks, the Likelys & the Longshots

    October 09, 2014 6:00 PM EDT It's a little fun for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame watchers to predict who's going to be nominated each fall. It's a lot more fun to figure out which of the nominees will actually get in.  With Green Day , nine inch nails and N.W.A. on the ballot, this year's group of…

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