1. John Mellencamp Talks Inspiration, Smoking & Acting Your Age

    October 01, 2014 11:46 PM EDT John Mellencamp feels he has some impressive co-writers for his latest songs, like playwright Tennessee Williams and folk legend Pete Seeger . That they're both dead doesn't really matter. Mellencamp believes in channeling, that other voices speak through him when he's…

  2. Diddy Still Loves JLo's Booty, JLo Still Loves Diddy

    October 01, 2014 9:07 PM EDT While Sean "Diddy" Combs was on Access Hollywood Live Tuesday promoting Revolt TV's upcoming music conference , the hip-hop mogul was put on the spot with his ex-girlfriend Jennifer Lopez 's new Iggy Azalea -featuring "Booty" video and served up an abundance of…

  3. Watch Flying Lotus' Video for 'Never Catch Me' Featuring Kendrick Lamar

    October 01, 2014 8:55 PM EDT The theme of Flying Lotus ' upcoming album You're Dead! is right there in the title, so it's fitting that the just-released music video for "Never Catch Me," featuring Kendrick Lamar , is set at a funeral. What's surprising, however, is that a seemingly sad…

  4. Lauren Shera Talks 'Gold and Rust' Album & Relocating to Nashville

    October 01, 2014 7:57 PM EDT Americana-flavored performer Lauren Shera is a recent transplant to Tennessee, having moved to The 615 a couple of years ago from her native California. She stands amazed at how the city has grown in those 24 months. "It's been the perfect change of pace," she tells Billboard…

  5. Raul Midon Returns With 'Don't Hesitate'

    October 01, 2014 7:40 PM EDT Set includes Bill Withers co-write; cover of Who classic 'I Can See for Miles.' At one point in the insightful 2009 film Still Bill , the legendary Bill Withers is shown co-writing a song with fellow singer/songwriter/musician Raul Midón . Now the pair's collaboration is…

  6. Sexualization of Selena Gomez & Ariana Grande is 'Disgusting,' says Jeff Garlin

    October 01, 2014 7:05 PM EDT Comedian Jeff Garlin spoke out against the "sexualization" of young stars such as Selena Gomez and Ariana Grande Wednesday, telling the Huffington Post "this is disgusting it's happening so young." "I saw  Spring Breakers ," he said. "I'm by…

  7. Ricky Skaggs & Sharon White Talk New Album 'Hearts Like Ours'

    October 01, 2014 6:46 PM EDT Fans of Ricky Skaggs and Sharon White have been asking about a possible duets record about as soon as the couple were married in 1981. Both of their stars were on the rise at the time -- he as a solo act, and Sharon as a member of The Whites with sister Cheryl and father Buck. 1987's…

  8. Rascal Flatts' Joe Don Rooney & Wife Welcome Third Child

    October 01, 2014 5:57 PM EDT The Rascal Flatts family just got bigger. Guitarist Joe Don Rooney and his wife, Tiffany Fallon, welcomed a baby girl on Monday, People confirms .  Devon Olivia, weighing 6 lbs., 11 oz., is the couple's third child together. Devon's older siblings are Raquel Blue, 4, and Jagger…

  9. Krewella Responds to Kris 'Rain Man' Trindl Lawsuit

    October 01, 2014 5:53 PM EDT Jahan and Yasmine Yousaf assert they did not boot Trindl from the band & urge fans not to pick sides. On Tuesday, news broke about a lawsuit filed by former Krewella producer/DJ Kris Trindl against his ex-bandmates, sisters Jahan and Yasmine Yousaf . Trindl seeks at least $5 million in…

  10. Hear Mary J. Blige's Club-Ready 'Nobody But You'

    October 01, 2014 5:49 PM EDT Mary J. Blige doesn't need to wait for a DJ to remix her latest song; the R&B singer went ahead and remixed it from the start. "Nobody But You" features the yearning, soulful lyrics we're used to from Blige, but this time it comes with a pulsing dance beat. The…

  11. Grammy-Winning Guitarist Leo Nocentelli Allegedly Denied Entry to Travelodge Because of Race

    October 01, 2014 5:25 PM EDT Chivalry may be dead, but racism in this country, unfortunately, isn't. Yesterday (Sept. 30), guitarist and composer Leo Nocentelli sued Travelodge Hotels, Inc. for race discrimination. Nocentelli, a member of New Orleans instrumental outfit the Meters who has won a Grammy Lifetime…

  12. Prince's Three-Hour Facebook Q&A Yields One Actual Reply

    October 01, 2014 5:25 PM EDT Despite his usually prolific pace -- he's got 25 studio albums under his belt and just released two new albums -- Prince is not exactly tearing it up online. After joining Twitter to much fanfare last year, he's mostly abandoned the platform since. But on Tuesday, there was new…

  13. Was 1994 the Best Year for Movie Soundtracks?

    October 01, 2014 5:16 PM EDT Part of grunge's golden era and a crucial turning point for hip-hop, 1994 is often lauded as one of the best years for music, ever. And from cult favorites like Pulp Fiction and The Shawshank Redemption to blockbusters like Forrest Gump and The Lion King , 1994 is also recognized as a…

  14. Sexual Assault Support Group Releases Statement on Maroon 5's 'Animals': It's a 'Dangerous' Video

    October 01, 2014 4:43 PM EDT If you've seen Maroon 5 's video for "Animals," you're not going to forget the blood (so much blood!) anytime soon. But while the stalker-gone-mad vibe may be strictly fantasy to some, RAINN, the Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network, has released a statement…

  15. Metric on Taking a Year Off, Songwriting & U2 Backlash

    October 01, 2014 3:03 PM EDT Most of Metric 's 2014, a year off save for seven shows, has been spent in Ibiza. Don't worry, Metric is not busting out some club bangers. Instead, the Toronto band has been getting in touch with nature. Metric, Tegan & Sara Make Polaris Music Prize Shortlist "I've…

  16. Meghan Trainor Tops Hot 100; Tove Lo, Clean Bandit Climb Into Top 10

    October 01, 2014 2:18 PM EDT Trainor's 'All About That Bass' leads an all-female top five for a record-tying fourth week. Plus, Tove Lo's 'Habits (Stay High)' and Clean Bandit's 'Rather Be,' featuring Jess Glynne, reach the top 10. It's all about a record-tying…

  17. VH1 Promotes Sandy Alouete to Head of Talent, Music Programming

    October 01, 2014 1:37 PM EDT Longtime VH1 exec Sandy Alouete has been promoted to senior vice president of talent and music programming at the network, effective immediately. She's taking over for Rick Krim , who left the company over the summer. Related Rick Krim, VH1's EVP of Talent & Music Programming,…

  18. Exclusive: Rapsody Crushes Villas on New Track 'Godzilla,' Produced by 9th Wonder

    October 01, 2014 1:37 PM EDT Today Billboard premieres a new track from Rapsody, "Godzilla," produced by the acclaimed 9th Wonder . Rapsody has worked with everyone from rappers -- Kendrick Lamar , Big K.R.I.T. -- to R&B singers like Raheem Devaughn and Erykah Badu . Check out the song below: 9th Wonder,…

  19. Must-Hear Music Podcast: Lorde, Thom Yorke, One Direction, Gerard Way & More

    October 01, 2014 1:30 PM EDT A week after we all got worked up over Kendrick Lamar's "i," new music from some serious A-list talent gave this week's Must-Hear Music podcast crew plenty to chew on. Thom Yorke released an entire solo album via BitTorrent (and moved more than 400,000 copies in the…

  20. Steve Aoki Throws Tantrum (Not Cake) Over EDM Parody Site Wunderground

    October 01, 2014 12:47 PM EDT On Sept. 30, an unusual post appeared on EDM parody site  Wunderground . "Please note," read the disclaimer, "all of the written articles on Wunderground are satirical and fictitious, as all you lovely readers know only too well by now. However we have tagged this one as FACT…

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