1. Ask Billboard: Baseball Hits, Gwen Stefani's Delay & Demi Lovato's Best-Selling Songs

    October 12, 2014 8:05 AM EDT As always, submit your 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 questions to Gary Trust: @gthot20 HIT RUNS AND ERAS Hi Gary…

  2. The Juice Podcast: R&B & Rap Music of the 90's

    October 11, 2014 12:00 PM EDT This past week Billboard celebrated music of the 90's. We made a case for each year, as to why it was the best musical year of the decade. Why 1994 Was the Best Musical Year of the '90s We close the week by breaking down 90's R&B and rap for the 23rd episode of The Juice…

  3. SoundScan's Third-Quarter Numbers in One Word: Bleak

    October 10, 2014 4:00 PM EDT Bad news keeps mounting with the roll of the tape. So far this year, 60 digital songs have sold over 1 million units as compared to 83 last year. And after nine months, not one artist-album has yet to hit the million-unit mark, although the Frozen  soundtrack is the year's best…

  4. Nas: 'I Don't Listen to 'Illmatic''

    October 10, 2014 3:35 PM EDT Aging gracefully in hip-hop isn't easy. Year after year, old rappers, old sounds, old styles are swept under the rug in favor of the new and youthful. Which is partly what makes the longevity of Nas and his 1994 debut LP, Illmatic -- considered by many critics and fans to be the…

  5. Blake Shelton Scores Second No. 1 Album on Billboard 200

    October 08, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Country king Blake Shelton earns his second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart as his new release, Bringing Back the Sunshine , debuts atop the list. It was released on Warner Bros. Nashville Records on Sept. 30, and sold 101,000 copies in the week ending Oct. 5, according to Nielsen…

  6. Why 1994 Was the Best Musical Year of the '90s

    October 08, 2014 10:30 AM EDT After focusing on 1994 last week, now, we're wondering what the best year for music was of the '90s. We've already made a case for  1990 ,  1991 ,  1992  and  1993 . Today, we look at 1994 and 1995 . POP SHOP HOMEPAGE Every human being who's lived over the last century…

  7. AC/DC Reveals ‘Rock Or Bust’ Tracklist, Drops First Single ‘Play Ball’: Listen

    October 08, 2014 2:38 AM EDT AC/DC fans, it’s game on. The Aussie rock titans have served up "Play Ball," their first new recording in six years, and they've shared the tracklist and artwork for their upcoming album release.  The new single has debuted on radio Down Under and it's offered as an…

  8. Betty Who Walks You Through Her Debut Album 'Take Me When You Go' Track-by-Track

    October 07, 2014 12:45 PM EDT Betty nails it on her first album, and we've got a firsthand account of all its songs. Look at Betty Who -- all grown up! Here at Billboard, we’ve followed her from baby pop star to fresh major label signee to today, the day she drops her first full-length album. Back in April 2013,…

  9. Executive Turntable: Moves at Universal, Kobalt, Viacom and iHeartMedia

    October 06, 2014 5:39 PM EDT John Nicholas left his position of vice president/sales at Universal Music Distribution following a 25-year stint to join SMH Records as general manager. During his career, he has developed and implemented successful sales and marketing plans for iconic catalogs such as The Beatles, Pink…

  10. 1980s White Rap Pioneers 3rd Bass Reveal the Stories Behind Their Music -- From Gang Hits to Beef With the Beastie Boys

    October 06, 2014 4:27 PM EDT When New York duo 3rd Bass -- MC Serch (real name Michael Berrin) and Prime Minister Pete Nice (born Peter Nash), now both 47 -- burst onto the scene in 1989 with the single "Steppin' to the A.M.," they were a revelation to the public. Serch's first single, "Melissa…

  11. Luke Bryan Opens Farm Tour With Hits-Filled Set, Signature Stage Moves In Tennessee

    October 04, 2014 3:42 PM EDT One of his early hits might have been titled “Rain Is A Good Thing,” but Wednesday (Oct. 1) night’s opening date of Luke Bryan ’s Farm Tour 2014 didn’t feature a single drop of precipitation. Luke Bryan's Tour Has Grossed $55.5 Million (And Counting) Instead, it was a perfect Autumn…

  12. 10 Things We Learned From Andrew W.K.'s Reddit AMA

    October 04, 2014 2:59 PM EDT On Saturday (Oct. 4) afternoon, we joined Andrew W.K. on Reddit for his second ask me anything (AMA). Andrew W.K. Ready to Party Hard and Premiere Children's Show 'Meet Me at the Reck' The "king of partying" is the brains behind new children's show on Maker.tv…

  13. Andrew W.K. Ready to Party Hard and Premiere Children's Show 'Meet Me at the Reck'

    October 03, 2014 11:34 PM EDT This weekend, eternal party lord and sometime musician Andrew W.K. will begin hosting a children's show on Maker.tv . Set at a Los Angeles recreation center, the six-part web series is called Meet Me at the Reck and seems to follow a Bill Nye the Science Guy –ish approach -- have…

  14. Why Are Opening Acts for Superstars Losing Money?

    October 03, 2014 4:00 PM EDT While headliners can walk away with $400,000 a night, the opening act may lose money. The costs of touring have skyrocketed during the last 20 years, cutting into profit margins. Although Eric Mayers , tour manager for My Morning Jacket and other artists, says costs eat up less of an act’s…

  15. A$AP Rocky Signs With WME

    October 02, 2014 5:30 PM EDT A$AP Rocky has signed with the William Morris Endeavor agency for his representation worldwide, it was announced Thursday (Oct. 2). Rocky's major-label debut, Long.Live.A$AP , came out last year. It debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 . The single "F---in' Problems,"…

  16. Exclusive: Hear Jeremy Olander's Full EPIC 3.0 Set

    October 02, 2014 3:04 PM EDT It's a good time to be Jeremy Olander . Fresh off becoming the first artist to release an EP on mentor Eric Prydz 's personal Pryda imprint last week, Olander made his Madison Square Garden debut in support of Prydz's immersive EPIC 3.0 show on Saturday. Exclusive Premiere:…

  17. Exclusive: Earth, Wind & Fire to Release First Holiday Album

    October 01, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Eight-time Grammy Award-winning group Earth, Wind & Fir e is adding another first to its long list of achievements: a holiday album. The aptly titled Holiday will be released Oct. 21 through Sony Music Entertainment’s Legacy Recordings division. The 13-track set, available now for pre…

  18. Glen Campbell Sued Over Upcoming 'I'll Be Me' Documentary

    September 30, 2014 9:47 PM EDT The country singer is alleged to have cut a production company out of his work with director James Keach. Glen Campbell battled Alzheimer's Disease throughout the tour filmed in the upcoming documentary Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me . Now he's facing a legal battle over its…

  19. 2015 Grammys Predictions: Who Are The Early Favorites?

    September 30, 2014 5:05 PM EDT 0 Beyonce, Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran and more are among our (very early) guesses for next year's ceremony. Who’s ready for the Grammy Awards… in four months?! Okay, so the 2015 Grammys are still a little while away, but Tuesday (Sept. 30) is the final day of eligibility for the…

  20. RZA Talks New Wu-Tang Album, Exclusive Content Delivery System

    September 30, 2014 3:14 PM EDT When it comes to hip-hop producers, Wu-Tang Clan 's RZA has always been among the most visionary and entrepreneurial of the bunch. Feeling the need to restore value to the artistry of music-makers in today's era of disposable content and detached listeners, he released an album…

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