1. Billboard 200 Chart Moves: '5 Seconds of Summer' Hits Half-Million in Sales

    October 24, 2014 9:19 PM EDT On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart, Florida Georgia Line claimed its first No. 1 with Anything Goes . The set, released through Republic Nashville Records, sold 197,000 in the week ending Oct. 19, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It was the third consecutive country album to top the…

  2. Love and Theft Hit the Road for First Headlining Tour With Nights 'You'll Never Forget'

    October 24, 2014 7:21 PM EDT After spending years on the road as an opening act, this fall marks an important milestone in the career of RCA's  Love and Theft : Last week in Portland, Maine, the guitar-and-vocals duo started its first ever headlining tour. Member Stephen Barker Liles says it's definitely an…

  3. From Gwen Stefani to Sleater-Kinney, the Best and Worst Singles of the Week

    October 24, 2014 6:58 PM EDT Gwen Stefani "Baby Don't Lie" Mad Love/Interscope After rumors swirled that Stefani was recording for a solo album and new No Doubt LP, "Baby Don't Lie" is the first taste from the former. Produced by Benny Blanco , Ryan Tedder and Noel Zancanella, the pop cut…

  4. Pepe Aguilar, 'MTV Unplugged': Track by Track

    October 24, 2014 6:52 PM EDT The Ranchero Star Goes pop/rock with guests Miguel Bose, Reyli, Saul Hernandez, Meme del Real and more Ranchera star Pepe Aguilar is a rocker at heart. Back in his teens, he even fronted a rock back in Mexico before turning his full attention to ranchera music, his path to stardom. Now,…

  5. Reba McEntire's Father Dies: He Was 'Born and Bred a Cowboy'

    October 24, 2014 6:27 PM EDT The father of country music star Reba McEntire has died in Oklahoma. A post on the singer's verified Twitter account Friday says Clark McEntire passed away Thursday night in Coalgate.   Daddy passed away last night in Coalgate, OK at 11 pm CST. http://t.co/cfapEw38r4 — Reba McEntire (…

  6. Usher Talks Drake & Why 'Atlanta Culture Is More Relevant Now Than It's Ever Been'

    October 24, 2014 6:23 PM EDT Usher has one ear in the studio, and the other in Atlanta. The triple threat has been "enjoying" Drake ' s "0 to 100" freestyle, and keeping up with the new wave of rap coming from ATL. Usher on Justin Bieber, New Album & Fatherhood "Favorite song right now…

  7. You + Me: 'Two Friends Making a Record'

    October 24, 2014 5:05 PM EDT rose ave. , the new album from You + Me, debuted at #4 on the Billboard 200 . What makes this surprising is that You + Me was an impromptu collaboration. Friends Alecia Moore and Dallas Green found some time apart from their other projects -- P!nk and City and Colour respectively -- and…

  8. Hot 100 Chart Moves: Sam Smith's 'I'm Not the Only One' Soars Into Top 20

    October 24, 2014 4:51 PM EDT Smith flies 25-20 with his new ballad. Plus, moves for Sam Hunt, Katy Perry, Colbie Caillat and Nico & Vinz. As previously reported , Meghan Trainor ties two Michael Jackson classics, "Beat It" and "Black or White," for the longest-leading Billboard Hot 100 No. 1…

  9. After Romeo Gets 'Love' on Billboard + Twitter Charts

    October 24, 2014 4:30 PM EDT Look out, One Direction and 5 Seconds of Summer -- there’s a new group ready to dominate the music scene. Los Angeles based quintet After Romeo arrived on the Billboard + Twitter Trending 140 this week with “LOL (Love on Lock)” an energetic pop track laced with R&B influences…

  10. 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.…

  11. 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…

  12. The Juice Podcast: Kehlani & BJ the Chicago Kid Talk Upcoming Projects & Career Start

    October 24, 2014 3:40 PM EDT Every October, rising artists take advantage of the Big Apple's annual CMJ Music Marathon to flex their talent to those outside their regional borders or simply late. I took advantage of the festival myself and invited two singer-songwriters in town to join me and my co-host Steven…

  13. The Beatles' 'All You Need Is Love' Back in Top 10, Thanks to Dave Koz (& Friends)

    October 24, 2014 3:25 PM EDT The iconic track ranks in the top 10 of a Billboard chart for the first time since the original in 1967, as Dave Koz's all-star cover rises on Smooth Jazz Songs. The Beatles' iconic composition "All You Need Is Love" is back in the top 10 of a Billboard chart for the…

  14. Herbie Hancock Reveals Crack-Addict Past in New Memoir

    October 24, 2014 3:20 PM EDT In an excerpt from his new memoir Herbie Hancock : Possibilities (Viking, Oct. 23), the legendary jazz keyboardist (14 years clean) recounts the night his wife and daughter held an intervention. Ever since I'd first smoked crack cocaine , I had been trying without success to stop. I…

  15. Jay Sean Leaves Cash Money and Premieres 'Tears in the Ocean' Video

    October 24, 2014 2:43 PM EDT Jay Sean , the best selling Urban artist in the history of the UK, is leaving Cash Money Records and independently releasing a mixtape, Mistress II , in November. Today Billboard premieres a new video for the song "Tears in the Ocean," which will appear on the tape next month.…

  16. How 'American Horror Story' Is Becoming the Next 'Glee'

    October 24, 2014 2:41 PM EDT Lana Del Rey's two-night stint at Los Angeles' Hollywood Forever Cemetery on Oct. 16 and 17 seems particularly fitting given that her music was covered by the cast of American Horror Story: Freak Show this week. Series creator Ryan Murphy announced that Jessica Lange would perform…

  17. Clean Bandit No. 1 on Dance Chart: No Place They'd 'Rather Be'

    October 24, 2014 2:33 PM EDT Clean Bandit crowns Hot Dance/Electronic Songs with 'Rather Be,' featuring Jess Glynne. Plus, moves for Calvin Harris, David Guetta, Olivia Somerlyn and more. Clean Bandit crowns Billboard 's Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart with "Rather Be," featuring Jess Glynne …

  18. Why 1984 Was Pop Music’s Best Year Ever

    October 24, 2014 2:18 PM EDT If the dystopian warnings in George Orwell's visionary novel Nineteen Eighty-Four hadn't entirely come to pass, there was plenty of alienation, disillusionment and despair to go around in 1984. Fear of nuclear destruction was at an all-time high. The AIDS epidemic continued to…

  19. 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 day…

  20. After Selena Gomez's Exit and a Thawing 'Frozen,' Is Disney Headed for a Cold Spell?

    October 24, 2014 1:00 PM EDT The 'Frozen' soundtrack may have helped the company’s music division achieve its highest market share in years, but will a recent exodus of pop stars bring on a new ice age? Thanks to the blockbuster sales of Frozen and its beyond-ubiquitous hit “Let It Go,” Disney’s music…

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