1. 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 of the…

  2. Run the Jewels Can't Stop Putting Albums Online for Free

    October 24, 2014 8:09 AM EDT Run the Jewels , the rap duo comprised of Atlanta's Killer Mike and Brooklyn's El-P , just dropped its second album on the world. And like the original Run the Jewels , RTJ2 is free and downloadable. Go ahead and grab it , via the middle-man-eliminating direct link both Mike and…

  3. Jack White to Speak at Yale University Panel

    October 23, 2014 10:13 AM EDT Next up… Patrick Carney speaks at Dartmouth? Jack White is indulging his audiophile/music historian side with an appearance at an upcoming panel at Yale University about the early 20th century jazz and blues label Paramount Records. The panel, titled “ Exploring the Rise and Fall of…

  4. Jessie Ware, 'Tough Love': Track-by-Track Review

    October 23, 2014 10:10 AM EDT Jessie Ware is likely still riding high from exchanging nuptials over the summer. Considering her 2012 debut album Devotion was a chapter-by-chapter chronicle on matters of her heart -- pitfalls and all -- one might make the assumption that now that she's a Mrs. her new release, Tough…

  5. Charli XCX Gives Surprise Performance at High School Dance

    October 23, 2014 5:16 AM EDT Charli XCX took a break from touring Wednesday night to perform at an unlikely venue: a high school gymnasium. The chart-topping 22-year-old pop star delivered the tunes "I Love It," "Fancy" and "Boom Clap" to a crowd of excited high school students at Aspire…

  6. Director of Met Opera's 'Death of Klinghoffer' on Protests: 'It Invites an Audience to Think'

    October 22, 2014 11:09 PM EDT When director Peter Sellars and composer John Adams’ The Death of Klinghoffer had its initial runs in Brussels and New York in 1991, it caused a sensation and a furor. The subject matter, still fresh in the public consciousness, was the 1985 hijacking of the Italian cruise ship Achille…

  7. Tyga: I Don't Really Get Along With Drake or Nicki Minaj

    October 22, 2014 5:40 PM EDT Tyga isn't biting his tongue. The rapper opened up about his relationship with fellow Young Money artists, Drake and Nicki Minaj  in a recent interview with Vibe , saying: "I don't really get along with Drake. I don't really get along with Nicki . " "I…

  8. Exclusive: Logic Breaks Down 6 Things to Know About Him

    October 22, 2014 4:45 PM EDT Logic , born Sir Robert bryson Hall II, is one of 2014's biggest surprises. Under Pressure (Def Jam, Oct. 21), the debut LP from the 24-year-old Maryland native, is a gem, with a mix of earnest raps and lush beats reminiscent of Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole . Logic, 'Driving Ms.…

  9. Report: Four Die During Amsterdam Dance Event

    October 22, 2014 4:21 PM EDT Four people reportedly died while attending last week’s Amsterdam Dance Event. According to Dutch paper de Volkskrant , two ADE attendees died after taking ill in unrelated incidents over the weekend. A 21-year-old Dutch man reportedly died on Sunday, Oct. 19 th , after being hospitalized…

  10. Exclusive: Watch Sting Tell All on Tantric Sex in New 'Inside the Actors Studio' Clip

    October 22, 2014 3:00 PM EDT Remember when Sting got everybody talking about his alleged marathon sex sessions? Well, even if you don’t, the man himself is here to give the details on what he thinks of “tantric sex.” The former Police frontman/ ringtone master is set to appear on Thursday's (Oct. 23) episode of…

  11. Exclusive Video: 'Voice' Alum Tony Lucca Premieres Acoustic Video for His Song 'Delilah'

    October 22, 2014 2:51 PM EDT Tony Lucca has moved easily between music and acting throughout his life. He got his first break on The Mickey Mouse Club alongside fellow future pop stars Christina Aguilera , Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake  and not long after that show ended, Lucca started a musical career. It'…

  12. Jimmy Iovine Talks Birth of Beats, 'Cool' Steve Jobs and Music's 'Sterile' Distribution Systems at Revolt Conference

    October 22, 2014 2:07 PM EDT Jimmy Iovine used his acceptance speech for a special award at Sean Combs ' inaugural Revolt Music Conference this week to talk about Beats, Apple and the changing landscape of the music business, or as he prefers, the business of music. Iovine, the former chairman of Interscope and co…

  13. Banda El Recodo Member Aldo Sarabia Found Shot Dead in Mexico

    October 22, 2014 12:22 PM EDT The musician had been missing for over a week. Aldo Sarabia, a member of fabled Mexican Banda El Recodo de Don Cruz Lizárraga , who had been missing since Oct. 13, was found dead in Mazatlan, Mexico, this morning. News reports from Mexico indicated that he had been punched several times…

  14. Kanye West Applauds Teyana Taylor for 'Fighting the Entire System'

    October 22, 2014 10:49 AM EDT Teyana Taylor got plenty of praise from label head Kanye West at her album release party in Hollywood on Tuesday night. "There's never been someone on the label who's had to take something into their hands quite as much as this girl had to do," said Kanye. "So I…

  15. T.I. 'Didn't Demand' Snoop Dogg Apologize to Iggy Azalea

    October 22, 2014 10:18 AM EDT According to a recent interview with MTV News, T.I. "didn't make Snoop [Dogg ]" end his online attack on  Iggy Azalea . "I have a huge amount of admiration and love and respect for [Snoop] and what he's done for the game," T.I. added. Watch the video below. Get…

  16. Billy Joel Admits He’s Not in An Album State of Mind

    October 22, 2014 6:24 AM EDT It’s been more than 20 years since Billy Joel released an album of new songs. Don’t hold your breath for the next one.  The Piano Man has told the New Yorker (of course) that he has no plan to hit the “treadmill,” that grind of a continuous album release cycle and its near-inescapable…

  17. Drake, Avicii, the Prodigy Confirmed to Play Australia's Future Music Fest

    October 22, 2014 4:39 AM EDT Drake will tour Australia for the first time next February and March as a headliner on the dance-oriented Future Music Festival.  Drizzy, whose third album Nothing Was the Same  opened on the ARIA chart last year at No. 2, his highest charting release here, will join the likes of performers…

  18. 'Motown the Musical' Feels the Love Back in the Motor City

    October 22, 2014 1:58 AM EDT "The Motown family cannot NOT love each other," Berry Gordy, Jr. recently told Billboard. And there was certainly plenty of love in the room on Tuesday night when Gordy and dozens of Motown alumni -- artists, musicians executives, recording engineers, secretaries and more --…

  19. Giants vs. Royals: Who Has the Better Intro Music?

    October 21, 2014 6:00 PM EDT Tonight, the San Francisco Giants visit Kansas City’s Kauffman Stadium to take on the Royals in Game One of the 2014 World Series. The Giants are gunning for their third ring in five years, while the Royals -- who have yet to lose this postseason -- are looking to continue an 11-game…

  20. Watch El-P Audition Cats For Run the Jewels’ Meow Remix Album

    October 21, 2014 3:19 PM EDT El-P has been reading angry messages from Taylor Swift superfans ever since he dissed her new song “Welcome to New York” yesterday (Oct. 20), but we think we’ve found one thing they could agree on -- cats. Back on Oct. 15, El and Killer Mike’s keep-it-real hip-hip collaboration Run the…

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