1. Who Were 1984’s One-Hit Wonders?

    October 24, 2014 6:27 PM EDT So, what was the "Macarena" of 1984? The better question is -- what wasn't? Sexy talk and German anti-war protest songs ruled in the fight to be forgotten. Below, you can hear tracks from lesser-known Jackson siblings and listen to Clint Eastwood in a country song. A Look…

  2. Sinead O'Connor: 'There'd Have Been a Lot More Rock 'n' Roll Suicides' Without 'Spinal Tap'

    October 24, 2014 4:26 PM EDT Ah,  Spinal Tap.  It speaks the universal language of all musicians -- when there's "too much fucking perspective." None of us in the music business are "university material." We don't fit in the "normal" world. Not fitting can be distressing for us.…

  3. Joan Jett Rocks Out With Billie Joe Armstrong, Alice Cooper & More at Charity Show

    October 24, 2014 4:20 PM EDT When the pioneering all-female hard rock band the Runaways broke up in early 1979, no one took the prospects of a 20-year-old Joan Jett 's solo career seriously. To state the obvious, the industry underestimated her. Thirty-five years and numerous top 40 Hot 100 hits later, Jett is…

  4. Microsoft Had a Big Week in Music, Dropping Streaming and Charging Next to Nothing for Albums

    October 24, 2014 3:05 PM EDT Microsoft has changed its music strategy yet again. The company announced this week its plan to shut down the free, advertising-based version of Xbox Music Pass subscription service in order to focus on paid subscriptions and downloads. Xbox Music Pass will be discontinued on December 1st…

  5. Dolly Parton Q&A: The Country Legend on 50 Years in Nashville and Why She Supports Her Gay Fans

    October 24, 2014 2:08 PM EDT This year marks the 50th Anniversary since 68-year-old international icon Dolly Parton came to Nashville. The fourth of 12 siblings who shared a one-room cabin, the East Tennessee native was so poor growing up that her father paid the doctor who delivered her with a bag of cornmeal. The…

  6. One Direction’s ‘Steal My Girl’ Video: Danny DeVito & 1D Mess Around in the Desert

    October 24, 2014 11:27 AM EDT One Direction ’s single “Steal My Girl” is about a guy with a gem of a girlfriend whom the entire world covets; the music video for “Steal My Girl” is… not about that. Instead, 1D decamps to the desert with their new pal Danny DeVito to, essentially, mess stuff up. Watch the video, which…

  7. Taylor Swift's 13 Best Liner Note Secret Messages -- So Far

    October 24, 2014 10:58 AM EDT We know these all too well. Gather round,  Taylor Swift  fans. We're in the home stretch until her new album, 1989 , drops Monday (Oct. 27), which means we are likely also just a few days away from the official reveal of more Taylor Swift Secret Message Liner Notes, a most joyous…

  8. Taylor Swift, Gwen Stefani & Fall Out Boy: Real-Time Twitter Chart Rewind Ep. 21

    October 24, 2014 10:51 AM EDT Welcome back to Billboard's weekly video show "Real-Time Rewind," which recaps the past week's hottest action on the new Billboard Real-Time Twitter Charts -- Trending 140 and Emerging Artists -- and the news that's driving the action. Joe Levy is back in the studio…

  9. Wayne Coyne: Dr. Luke Restricted Kesha Creatively

    October 24, 2014 9:51 AM EDT A new voice has weighed in on the  Kesha and Dr. Luke controversy: Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips . In an interview with Radio.com , Coyne recalled that the singer had "some anxiety" about her relationship with Dr. Luke, who restricted her creatively. Date Rape, 'Sober…

  10. Billboard Cover: Usher on Getting Tough With Justin Bieber, Why He’s Not Ready for a New Album and Life as a Single Dad

    October 24, 2014 9:00 AM EDT There Are Segways, and then there's Usher Raymond IV 's Segway. Usher's scooter is a custom-built, gold-plated number with rims that look like they were lifted from Rick Ross ' Maybach. It shines like Louis the XIV's jewels as he zips through the hallways…

  11. Justin Bieber's 100th Week at No. 1 on Social 50 Chart

    October 24, 2014 1:56 AM EDT Justin Bieber has reached a new Billboard chart milestone: his 100 th week at No. 1 on the Social 50 chart . The pop star’s Instagram-shared pictures of his training session with boxing legend Floyd Mayweather caused an 87 percent jump in reaction on the platform (and a 119 percent jump in…

  12. Taylor Swift to the Haters: 'If You’re Upset That I’m Just Being Myself, I’m Going to Be Myself More'

    October 24, 2014 12:01 AM EDT Taylor Swift named her fifth album after her birth year, 1989 , but 2014 is the year of her rebirth. After wooing the mainstream with four albums of her pop-flavored brand of country, Swift waves goodbye to Nashville with 1989 , ditching guitars for new wave-y synths, courtesy of hitmakers…

  13. Mick Jagger Talks James Brown, Elvis & Making Movies

    October 23, 2014 10:53 PM EDT Song credits won't be the latest place to feature Mick Jagger's name. Instead, look to upcoming films and TV shows. The Rolling Stones frontman has been busy producing projects, from this year's James Brown biopic "Get on Up" to a not-yet-titled HBO series directed…

  14. Paul McCartney’s Out There Tour Has Grossed $165 Million (And Counting…)

    October 23, 2014 8:44 PM EDT Paul McCartney owns this week's No. 1 Hot Tours ranking (see list, below) with $10.6 million in box office revenue from five of the final U.S. performances on his world tour. Now in its home stretch, his Out There tour will close its final trek through North America on Oct. 30 after…

  15. Chris Webby, 'Chemically Imbalanced': Exclusive Album Premiere

    October 23, 2014 3:23 PM EDT Chris Webby was expelled from college in 2009, but this was just a small obstacle for the rapper: two years later, There Goes The Neighborhood , which he put out on his own label, debuted on top of the iTunes Hip-Hop charts. Today, Oct. 23, Webby premieres his latest album, Chemically…

  16. Must-Hear Music Podcast: Gwen Stefani, Taylor Swift, Sleater-Kinney, Foo Fighters & More

    October 23, 2014 1:00 PM EDT It's a week of comebacks on the Must-Hear Music podcast. Gwen Stefani returns to her solo career with a nice but lackluster single , while Sleater-Kinney drop their (awesome) first new song since reuniting after a nine-year break. We also chat about Foo Fighters' first single from…

  17. Taylor Swift on 'Ellen': Her Biggest Fears and Adam Levine's Big Weakness

    October 23, 2014 12:48 PM EDT Taylor Swift is happy to perform in front of sold-out arenas, but don't put her close to a sea-urchin. The singer will appear on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Monday, October 27th -- the same day her new album 1989 hits stores. A couple clips from her interview with Ellen have been…

  18. Brad Pitt Admits He Loves The 'Friends' Theme Song to Zach Galifianakis

    October 23, 2014 11:55 AM EDT How old were you when you lost your virginity? Zero? What's your tolerance for awkwardness? If you thrive on it, you're going to want to check out the latest episode of Between Two Ferns, Zach Galifianakis ' Funny or Die web talk show. Bradley Pitts Brad Pitt stops by, and…

  19. Pop Shop Podcast: Kiesza Interview, Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran & More

    October 23, 2014 10:19 AM EDT Listen to the latest episode of Billboard.com's weekly charts breakdown. Welcome to the latest episode of the Billboard.com Pop Shop Podcast , Billboard's weekly half-hour audio breakdown of the Billboard charts, hottest music news and year's biggest musical events.…

  20. Court Backs EMI Over Duke Ellington Royalties

    October 23, 2014 10:15 AM EDT New York's highest court has refused to reinstate the lawsuit by Duke Ellington 's heirs against music publisher EMI. The late pianist, bandleader and composer wrote "It Don't Mean a Thing" and other big band hits. Dispute Over Duke Ellington Royalties in Court The…

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