1. Inside Grammy U Competition Winner Kirkland Lynch's Incredible Day at the Capitol Records Tower

    October 22, 2014 1:59 PM EDT After winning Grammy U's music business plan competition, Kirkland Lynch found himself in Los Angeles, getting picked up by the chairman of Capitol Records. October 9, 2014 marked the best day of my life thus far. That was the day that Grammy U introduced me to Steve Barnett , CEO of…

  2. Exclusive: Art Department Talk New Album, Premiere 'Cruel Intentions' ft. Seth Troxler

    October 21, 2014 7:18 PM EDT The underground Canadian duo dish on late night emails from Seth Troxler and how bands and DJs differ Since joining forces as Art Department in 2009, veteran Toronto producers and DJs Kenny Glasgow and Jonny White have emerged as a true double threat. From enthralling fans with their…

  3. Brooklyn's Glasslands Closing: Another Iconic Williamsburg Venue Bites the Dust

    October 21, 2014 11:27 AM EDT A little over a month after Brooklyn venue Death by Audio revealed that it would be closing its doors in November, its neighboring performance space Glasslands has announced its closure as well.  It's Megaclub Mania in Williamsburg, Brooklyn "Dearest friends," begins the post…

  4. Lorde's 'Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Pt. 1' Soundtrack to Feature Kanye West, Chvrches, Charli XCX

    October 21, 2014 6:42 AM EDT Over the summer, we heard that Lorde would be curating the soundtrack for the third Hunger Games movie, Mockingjay, Part One , hitting theaters November 21. And now, on the heels of Monday's release of the Chemical Brothers and Miguel's contribution, "This Is Not a Game,"…

  5. Sia Doesn’t Turn Her Back on Joni Mitchell and More Insider Scoop

    October 20, 2014 6:00 PM EDT Sia Faces Forward Australian singer-songwriter Sia (Furler) didn't turn her back on Joni Mitchell when she honored the Laurel Canyon icon at the Hammer Museum's annual Gala in the Garden on Oct. 11 in Los Angeles. Although Sia has promoted her current album, 1000 Forms of Fear ,…

  6. Record Store Day Black Friday Exclusives: The Shopping List Is In!

    October 20, 2014 4:40 PM EDT Yes, even 5 Seconds of Summer is down with Record Store Day. Record Store Day 2015 won’t be here until April 18, but plenty of collectible vinyl exclusives are just around the corner. Record Store Day just announced its hit list for Nov. 28 -- aka Black Friday -- and there are dozens of…

  7. Bobby Brackins' 'Hot Box,' Featuring G-Eazy & Mila J: Exclusive Video Premiere

    October 20, 2014 1:00 PM EDT Bobby Brackins is behind a few hits dominating the R&B/hip-hop charts. He helped write Chris Brown 's "Loyal" and Tinashe 's "2 On," both top 5's on the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. Now Brackins has his own name on a successful tune: "Hot Box,…

  8. Kiesza, Wilkinson & Years and Years: Billboard Twitter Emerging Picks of the Week

    October 20, 2014 12:40 PM EDT For your listening pleasure, Billboard has compiled some of our favorite tracks that debuted on this week’s Billboard + Twitter Emerging Artists chart. All of these tracks chronicle a stage in the experience of love -- excitement, risk, or pure desire. Check out the love(ly) tracks below,…

  9. T.I., 'Paperwork': Track-by-Track Review

    October 20, 2014 12:30 PM EDT T.I. has always had some source of inspiration behind his albums, whether it came off sounding good or not. On his first three albums, T.I. was looking to live up to the "King of the South" title he bestowed upon himself as a rookie. King (2006) saw him enjoying his self-professed…

  10. Corner Office: Afo Verde, Head of Sony Latin, on Ricky Martin, His Producer Roots and Argentine Pride

    October 20, 2014 11:46 AM EDT The 50 or so ­employees at Sony Music Entertainment’s Miami headquarters are used to seeing Afo Verde walk briskly, fitting for a part-time soccer player. But today, he limps, still recovering from a 3-month-old ankle fracture sustained during his company’s weekly soccer match. “I’d love…

  11. Sting Reflects on Life at 63, His Own Mortality and a ‘Possible Third Act’

    October 20, 2014 1:39 AM EDT "I wouldn't normally do this," said Sting , grinning mischievously as he ambled onstage following the curtain call at the Oct. 2 preview performance of his new Broadway musical, The Last Ship . "But it's my birthday, and I always sing on my birthday." To the…

  12. From Beyonce’s Surprise to Thom Yorke’s BitTorrent Gamble, It’s Been a Game-Changing Grammy Year

    October 17, 2014 2:52 PM EDT Beyoncé to Bruce to Bono: An analysis of the dark horses and big bangs as the qualification period ­closes, and the competition heats up. The 12 months covered by this year's Grammy Awards (from Oct. 1, 2013 to Sept. 30, 2014) revealed a music community that was prepared to try just…

  13. Jimmy Page Talks New Music, Led Zeppelin's Future & Why He Has No Interest Being in a 'Tribute Band'

    October 17, 2014 1:25 PM EDT In his 70 years, it's fair to say that Jimmy Page has seen and experienced more than most. A hell of a lot more. Nevertheless, even he fails to hide the look of astonishment and boyish wonder that lights up his face upon exploring the Gothic splendor of "The Tudor Room" at…

  14. Billboard Cover: Managers of U2, Pharrell, Madonna & More Unite to Revolutionize the Music Industry

    October 17, 2014 8:00 AM EDT Guy Oseary is unveiling the new Maverick: music’s biggest, most fiercely protected secret of the year, in which he’s rallying eight other top artist managers to partner with Live Nation and potentially reinvent a broken industry Guy Oseary has proven, if nothing else, that he can keep a…

  15. 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…

  16. Here's Nicki Minaj’s 'Anaconda' as a Serious Poem: Listen

    October 17, 2014 12:28 AM EDT Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda” will never be confused with Tennyson's "Ulysses." Though an unusual new version shows the pop hit in an entirely different light. In a clip posted online, "Anaconda" is presented as a dramatic poem. Comedian Ian Martin gives the bawdy lyrics…

  17. New Honda Civic Tour Dates Feature First Latin Acts 3BallMTY, Los Rakas

    October 16, 2014 7:34 PM EDT The last leg of the tour continues through December. The third and final dates of the Honda Civic Tour featuring Mexico's electronic trio 3BallMTY and hip-hop Panamanian group Los Rakas will take the acts throughout the country in 20 shows with stops in cities such as Houston, Miami,…

  18. Taylor Swift's 'Riptide' Makes Waves on Social 50 & Twitter Charts

    October 16, 2014 5:58 PM EDT Beyonce and Lorde climb thanks to 'Flawless' and 'South Park,' respectively. Taylor Swift dominates the latest Billboard + Twitter Top Tracks chart, earning the top debut with her cover of Vance Joy 's "Riptide," a song from the singer/songwriter's…

  19. Pop Shop Podcast: Special Co-Host Darren Criss & Special Guest Jimmy Fallon!

    October 16, 2014 10:40 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. Garth Brooks Breaks His N. American Ticket Sales Record (That He Set Last Month)

    October 15, 2014 4:52 PM EDT The hits just keep coming for Garth Brooks , who has now broken his own North American ticket sales record for a single city, moving more than 188,000 tickets sold from 11 shows at the Target Center in Minneapolis between Nov. 6 and 15.   The personal best Brooks just beat was from his…

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