1. Questlove: The Roots & Notorious B.I.G. 'Never Made It Right' Before Biggie's Death

    November 26, 2014 7:32 PM EST After years of The Notorious B.I.G. supporting The Roots , Questlove says he and the band were regrettably not on good terms before his sudden death in 1997.  The Roots' drummer spilled the story on the Juan Epstein podcast Tuesday alongside Chris Rock, saying in the time before the…

  2. Is Jordin Sparks Taking Aim at Ex Jason Derulo on New Mixtape?

    November 25, 2014 9:11 PM EST Since breaking up with Jason Derulo in September, Jordin Sparks has stayed relatively quiet on the subject. Instead, it seems she's been channeling her energy in the studio working on new music to follow-up 2009's Battlefield .  Jordin Sparks Tweets About Jason Derulo Breakup But…

  3. Marianne Faithfull on Her New Album & Book and Her Charmed Circle of Friends (From Metallica to Bowie)

    November 24, 2014 4:50 PM EST For the past 50 years,  Marianne Faithfull  has been one of the music world’s most singular characters: a Swinging London teen icon and mid-’60s girlfriend of Mick Jagger , a notorious heroin addict who revived her career in 1979 with the landmark Broken English and, most of all, a singer…

  4. Ty Herndon on Coming Out: 'In the Country World, Hell Yes It's a Big Deal'

    November 21, 2014 7:30 AM EST Country fans with long memories and/or a keen sense of gay-dar have long wondered if the deeply conflicted and closeted country singer named Will Lexington on Nashville was modeled on Ty Herndon , who had a series of No. 1 country hits in the mid- and late ‘90s. While it’s unclear whether…

  5. Latin Grammys: 10 Things You Didn't See on TV

    November 20, 2014 11:38 PM EST Magic! releasing new version of 'Rude' with Marc Anthony, J Balvin to record with Enrique Iglesias, plus that nagging immigration question. Even if you watched the Latin Grammys , here are 10 things you didn't see on TV: Enrique Iglesias, Calle 13 & More Win Early Latin…

  6. Mary J. Blige Releases New Ballad 'Not Loving You'

    November 19, 2014 5:10 PM EST On Tuesday, Mary J. Blige released "Not Loving You," the latest song from her upcoming album The London Sessions. Listen below: Blige's project involves a number of young English musicians, including Sam Smith and Disclosure . The album leaked at the end of October , but…

  7. Billy Bragg Says Taylor Swift Sold Her Soul to Google, Her Reps Claim She Didn't

    November 18, 2014 8:33 PM EST Outspoken English singer-songwriter  Billy Bragg  is calling BS on  Taylor Swift 's highly publicized decision to pull her music from Spotify, saying she's just simply chosen one streaming service over another. After seeing that some of Swift's music is YouTube's new…

  8. Billboard Legend of Live Honoree Lionel Richie Remembers His Time With The Rolling Stones, Frank Sinatra and Michael Jackson (and His Snake)

    November 14, 2014 3:54 PM EST Lionel Richie splays his body over an armchair in his palatial Beverly Hills mansion, with a scarf wrapped around his neck and The Police playing on the sound system. "I don't need five or six homes," he says. "I just need one good one." In fact, Richie, 65, owns…

  9. Puerto Rican Rap Legend Tego Calderon Returning With New Album

    November 13, 2014 1:10 PM EST Listen to “Dando Break,” the toke-voiced barrio poet’s first single from 'El Que Sabe, Sabe.' On “Dando Break,” the first single from Tego Calderón’s long-awaited new album, the Puerto Rican rapper and reggaetón pioneer stays true to his roots, combining slow jamming, straight-to…

  10. Album Review: Garth Brooks' 'Man Against Machine' Marks a Solid Return for the Country Star

    November 12, 2014 2:49 PM EST When Garth Brooks was asked at a July press conference what his first studio album in 13 years would sound like, he replied, "Garth music" -- and damned if he wasn't on the money. Man Against Machine is no reinvention, but rather a continuation. As the top-selling artist of…

  11. Ask Billboard: All-Taylor Swift Edition

    November 11, 2014 11:05 AM EST As always, submit 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 @gthot20 WHAT SHOULD THE NEXT SINGLES BE FROM 1989 ? This mailbag&…

  12. Eminem vs. Women: 13 Ladies He's Bashed in Raps

    November 11, 2014 8:00 AM EST Lana Del Rey is the latest in a string of female targets. Eminem has been known for his controversial rhymes since his major-label debut in 1999, but in a just-released cypher promoting the upcoming Shady Records compilation album, he crossed a new line: He invoked the name of Ray Rice,…

  13. Pink Floyd: More Unreleased Music May Be Coming

    November 10, 2014 6:06 PM EST While David Gilmour and Nick Mason maintain that Pink Floyd 's new album The Endless River marks the end of brand-new music from the group, its archives may yield more unreleased material down the road. Plenty of previously unreleased Floyd material surfaced during the group's…

  14. What's Nicki Minaj Up To Before Her MTV EMA Hosting Gig?

    November 08, 2014 9:16 PM EST Queen Nicki Minaj  is ready to reign supreme all over the 20th annual MTV European Music Awards, taking place Sunday (Nov. 9) in Glasgow, Scotland. The rapper will host the star-studded event, and on social media she's taking fans inside her last hours before she emcees it. "Got a…

  15. Aretha Franklin Talks Beyonce, Alicia Keys and Jennifer Hudson: ‘I Hear My Influence’

    November 07, 2014 2:00 PM EST Even when she isn't recording, Aretha Franklin , 72, looms large in our culture. The recipient of the United States' highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and an 18-time Grammy Award winner as well as a Grammy Lifetime Achievement and Grammy Living Legend…

  16. BMG Purchases Union Square Music

    November 06, 2014 12:37 PM EST BMG has acquired U.K. record label Union Square Music as well as that company's music publishing arms, Union Square Music Publishing and USM Songs. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Union Square (founded in 1999) is a leading label in the U.K., releasing about 150 artist and…

  17. Classic Rock Honours Ceremony Comes to America

    November 05, 2014 2:22 PM EST To celebrate the 10th anniversary of their annual awards show, influential U.K. magazine Classic Rock brought the ceremony, Classic Rock Honours, to Los Angeles. Mixing the elite of both Los Angeles -- Henry Rollins presented the inspiration award to the Doors -- and the U.K. -- Def Leppard…

  18. Seether, Papa Roach Announce Co-Headlining Tour

    November 04, 2014 10:00 AM EST Because "it's fun to tour with your friends," according to Seether bassist Dale Stewart, his band and Papa Roach will start 2015 with a co-headlining tour that begins Jan. 9 at Hard Rock Live in Orlando, Fla., and wraps up Feb. 7 at the Hard Rock Hotel Casino's The…

  19. Cowboys Receiver Dez Bryant Signs With Jay Z's Roc Nation Sports

    November 03, 2014 2:05 PM EST Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant is the latest high-profile athlete to retain the services of Jay Z 's Roc Nation Sports. The agency confirmed the signing over the weekend, and Bryant told ESPN on Sunday that he's looking to Roc Nation to build-up his personal brand to …

  20. Wayne Static Remembered by Ozzy Osbourne, Billy Corgan, Motorhead & More

    November 02, 2014 2:13 PM EST The sudden death of former Static-X frontman Wayne Static caused an outpour of tributes from the hard rock music community. Static-X's Wayne Static Dead at 48 Static’s publicist confirmed to Billboard on Saturday (Nov. 1) that the artist had passed away. He was 48. No information was…

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