1. Spotify's Artist Outreach Mission Leaves Some Wanting More

    October 13, 2014 11:30 AM EDT Spotify had a rough couple of days last week. Besides Jimmy Buffett's petition for  more money, less problems  and the ill fate of their  #thatsongwhen campaign , the streaming service's artist-only streaming sessions with the Music Managers' Forum the Future Artists…

  2. Hear Miley Cyrus Cover Beatles' 'Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds' With Flaming Lips & Moby

    October 13, 2014 10:45 AM EDT If you liked Miley Cyrus’ collaboration with the Flaming Lips at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards -- or even if you didn’t -- there’s more to hear from the psychedelic pair. The Flaming Lips are prepping a guest-filled re-imagination of the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band…

  3. Which Metal Legend Is Getting the MTV EMAs Global Icon Award?

    October 13, 2014 10:25 AM EDT Former recipients include Eminem, Whitney Houston and Bon Jovi. British rock legend Ozzy Osbourne will be honored with the Global Icon Award at the MTV EMAs in Glasgow, Scotland in November. The MTV EMAs will air live on MTV channels around the world from the SSE Hydro in Glasgow on Sunday…

  4. Iggy Azalea Leads American Music Awards With Six Nominations

    October 13, 2014 9:00 AM EDT With six nominations, Iggy Azalea is at the front of the pack leading into next month’s 2014 American Music Awards .  The Hot 100 chart-topping, Australian-born performer is up for artist of the year, new artist of the year, single of the year, favorite female artist - pop/rock, and she’s…

  5. Watch the Foo Fighters Tease New Songs, Explain 'Sonic Highways' Series in New Extended Trailer

    October 12, 2014 7:07 PM EDT With Foo Fighters ' HBO series Sonic Highways set to premiere Friday, Oct. 17, the network has released a five-minute extended trailer for the show with an interview of the band explaining what viewers can expect.  In it, band leader Dave Grohl explains the project's beginnings…

  6. 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…

  7. What Would Happen If the Smiths Got Inducted Into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?

    October 10, 2014 4:45 PM EDT The Smiths were nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for the first time this week. There’s no way they could get in… right? So first thing’s first -- this year's set of Rock Hall nominations is the most “alt” ever. Green Day , Nine Inch Nails , Lou Reed , Joan Jett & the…

  8. Steve Aoki, Iggy Azalea, Enrique Iglesias Net New Dance/Electronic No. 1s

    October 10, 2014 2:00 PM EDT The stars score new leaders on three surveys. Plus, David Guetta, Jack U (aka Diplo and Skrillex) and Avicii debut. Steve Aoki earns his best sales week for an album as Neon Future . I starts at No. 1 on Dance/Electronic Albums , selling 10,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen…

  9. 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…

  10. Watch LL Cool J Share a Story About Getting Arrested for Couch Humping

    October 10, 2014 12:10 PM EDT “It sounds wild… like I might start sweatin’ when I drive by a furniture store.” Back in 1987, LL Cool J showed rappers could get sensitive and lonely with the hit single “I Need Love.” Visiting Jimmy Kimmel Live on Thursday night, J shared the story of a sensual performance of the song he…

  11. NFL Fines Quarterback $10K for Wearing Beats By Dre Headphones

    October 10, 2014 11:30 AM EDT It’s no accident some say NFL stands for “No Fun League.” This week, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick received a $10,000 fine for wearing the wrong brand of headphones to a post-game press conference on Sunday, Oct. 5. The NFL has an exclusive endorsement deal with Bose, so…

  12. Exclusive Premiere: Prog Supergroup Flying Colors Shares 'A Place in Your World' Studio Video

    October 10, 2014 10:30 AM EDT The members of Flying Colors just want a place in your world -- and they’ve got the flashy riffs, drum fills and vocal harmonies to prove it. The prog-friendly supergroup released its sophomore album Second Nature on Sept. 30 and they're premiering the video for the catchy single “A…

  13. Neil Young Announces Release Date, Tracklist for ‘Storytone’

    October 10, 2014 1:11 AM EDT Neil Young is ready to share his orchestral album.  The veteran Canadian rocker’s new studio set  Storytone will arrive Nov. 4 in the U.S. via Reprise Records (Oct. 31 in Australia). For the full listening experience, the recording will spill over onto two discs -- a solo effort, and its…

  14. Drake Extends Rap Airplay Chart Record

    October 09, 2014 5:24 PM EDT Drake, Chris Brown & Rich Gang take over atop three of Billboard's R&B/hip-hop airplay charts. On Rap Airplay , Drake extends his record for the most No. 1s, as "0 to 100/The Catch Up" climbs 2-1, marking the rapper's 18th chart-topping title. He widens his…

  15. Watch Lorde Return to 'South Park' & See Her Reaction

    October 09, 2014 4:44 PM EDT Also, 'South Park' has a little fun at Spin's expense. On Oct. 1, " Lorde " made a cameo on South Park via an unconvincingly costumed Randy Marsh. On the latest episode, Trey Parker and Matt Stone dove even deeper into the concept, thanks to the way one music…

  16. R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe Teaching NYU Art Class About the Internet's 'Reckless Cynicism'

    October 09, 2014 12:20 PM EDT Michael Stipe continues to find inspiring projects after three decades spent fronting R.E.M. -- for example, he's doubling as an artist and a teacher in a fall residency with NYU’s Steinhardt Department of Art and Art Professions. Actually, Stipe's love of visual art predates his…

  17. Allo Darlin' Talks Keeping Day Jobs, Writing Heartwarming New Indie Pop Record

    October 09, 2014 11:10 AM EDT We live in highly bloggable times where our favorite baby bands often grow up quickly. We Come From the Place (out Oct. 7 via Slumberland) is the third album from charming, still-under-the-radar indie poppers Allo Darlin’ making them old and grey in Internet years. Their sparkling sophomore…

  18. Exclusive: 'American Idol' Alum Paul McDonald Premieres New Song 'Bright Lights'

    October 09, 2014 10:55 AM EDT American Idol finalist Paul McDonald is currently in the studio writing and recording his debut album, tied to a Kickstarter campaign. In the meantime McDonald is sharing a brand new song, premiering exclusively via Billboard. The syrupy, dramatic pop song “Bright Lights” is a sampling of…

  19. Why 1997 Was the Best Musical Year of the '90s

    October 09, 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  and  1995 . Now it's time for 1996 and 1997 . POP SHOP HOMEPAGE In 1997, popular music eased the…

  20. 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…

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