1. From Panic Attacks to Family Estrangement, Reggaeton Star J Balvin’s Struggle to Make It to the Top

    October 10, 2014 1:00 PM EDT Two years ago, J Balvin should have been on top of the world. A steady stream of tracks that mixed tropical lightness with the heavy beat of reggaeton had made him a star at home in Colombia. Girls climbed the walls of his house in Medellin to get a picture with him. The stars of the…

  2. Jessie J on Digging Deep for Her New Album: ‘I’m Not Afraid of the Pain’

    October 10, 2014 10:58 AM EDT Jessie J is trying something new: not oversharing. On the phone from Hong Kong, where she recently wrapped a series of shows, the singer is expressing regrets about comments she made earlier this year to The Mirror about her bisexuality. ("It was a phase," she said then.) …

  3. Why 1999 Was the Best Musical Year of the '90s

    October 10, 2014 10:45 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 ,  1993 ,  1994 ,  1995 ,  1996  and  1997 . Now here are the final two years of the decade --  1998  and  1999 . POP SHOP…

  4. Surprise! Ariana Grande Loves 'American Horror Story'

    October 10, 2014 10:44 AM EDT Ariana Grande ' s new everything? American Horror Story . No surprises here: The scary movie fan is obsessed with the new (terrifying) season of the FX drama. And just like everyone else, she shared her thoughts on the scary clowns -- and Jessica Lange! -- on Twitter.  everything pic…

  5. Nick Cannon Talks Mariah Carey Split: We're 'Taking Everything One Day At A Time'

    October 10, 2014 10:25 AM EDT Nick Cannon  opened up about his split from  Mariah Carey  at the New York City premiere of  Addicted on Wednesday night. "I’m just taking everything one day at a time, and just being the best person that I can possibly be at the end of the day," Cannon told  Extra .  When asked…

  6. Billboard Cover: Florida Georgia Line on Being ‘Professional Partiers,’ Haters and Hip-Hop

    October 10, 2014 9:00 AM EDT The banjo player has magenta highlights in his hair. The drummer is wearing sunglasses and a Motley Crue T-shirt. In the first song, there's a bass drop: The sound briefly stops, and when it storms back in, a meter at the sound board spikes to 120 decibels. Welcome to the 2014 version…

  7. Billboard Cover Sneak Peek: Florida Georgia Line Reveals 5 Surprising Facts About Their Music

    October 09, 2014 7:05 PM EDT   For a country duo that smokes up on Saturdays, goes to church on Sundays and mentions Eminem in the same breath as Garth Brooks , Anything Goes is the perfect title for their upcoming second album. In this week's Billboard cover story, Florida Georgia Line ( Brian Kelley and Tyler…

  8. Bon Jovi Tour Photographer David Bergman Talks Behind-the-Scenes Details of Traveling the World With the Band

    October 09, 2014 2:40 PM EDT Over the span of two world tours, photographer David Bergman had the best seat in the house as the tour photographer for one of the world's hardest working rock'n'roll bands --  Bon Jovi . The collected images -- culled from over 800,000 frames snapped of the band -- are now…

  9. Celebrate John Lennon's Birthday With Our 7 Favorite Covers

    October 09, 2014 9:20 AM EDT Seventy-four years ago today, with her husband away at sea and her country in the midst of World War II, Julia Lennon gave birth to a baby who would grow up to be one of rock music's most successful, iconic and inspirational figures -- John Lennon . From the Beatles to Yoko Ono to his…

  10. Jason Aldean Heading for No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart

    October 08, 2014 8:30 PM EDT Jason Aldean is set to secure his second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, as his new release, Old Boots, New Dirt , seems destined for the top slot. Industry sources forecast the album -- which was released on Oct. 7 through Broken Bow Records -- to sell around 280,000 to 300,000…

  11. Must-Hear Music Podcast: Weezer, Charli XCX, Flying Lotus, Jessie Ware & More

    October 08, 2014 1:10 PM EDT It's an eclectic collection of songs on this week's Must-Hear Music podcast. We tackle a Ramones-inspired new track from Billboard cover star Charli XCX , a new Jessie Ware song, a deep cut from Flying Lotus ' You're Dead! album and the three-song "Futurescope…

  12. Jessie J Premieres Steamy 2 Chainz-Assisted 'Burnin' Up' Video

    October 08, 2014 10:40 AM EDT Jessie J brings the heat in the music video for her  2 Chainz  collabo,  "Burnin’ Up." Must-Hear Music Podcast: Kendrick Lamar, Jessie J, Britney Demos, Azealia Banks & More Surrounded by crystalized water and glistening, shirtless men, the U.K. pop singer seduces and flexes…

  13. Taylor Swift Covers 'People': I'm 'Defining Life on My Own Terms'

    October 08, 2014 10:35 AM EDT Taylor Swift channels Mia Farrow's iconic  Great Gatsby  look on the cover of the 40th anniversary issue of People . In the accompanying cover story, excerpts of which are now online, Swift (unsurprisingly) is once again opening up about her single status and the unique challenges that…

  14. Watch Weezer Rock Out 'Ain't Got Nobody' on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live'

    October 08, 2014 10:10 AM EDT Poor Rivers Cuomo . He ain’t got nobody. Except Patrick, Brian, and Scott. But they all know everything will be alright in the end. Weezer just dropped its ninth studio album, Everything Will Be Alright in the End , and appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Oct. 8 to mark the occasion. The…

  15. Jimmy Fallon's 'Ew!' Hits Real-Time Trending 140 Chart -- Is Hot 100 Next?

    October 07, 2014 7:06 PM EDT Fallon's collab with will.i.am blasts onto the real-time Trending 140, and 'Tonight Show' host has his eye on Hot 100 next. Could Jimmy Fallon 's dream to hit, if not conquer, the Billboard Hot 100 come true? On Monday, the host of NBC's The Tonight Show Starring…

  16. Alanis Morissette's 'Jagged Little Pill' Revisited: 10 Classic Moments

    October 07, 2014 6:23 PM EDT Nineteen years ago today, an angst-ridden Canadian rocker catapulted to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with her Grammy-winning album Jagged Little Pill , proving that a former child actor and bubblegum pop singer can come into her own and make one helluva mark on the music industry.…

  17. Emerging Picks of the Week: Elliphant, Ryan Hemsworth & Ces Cru

    October 07, 2014 4:00 PM EDT To begin October, we've compiled some of our favorite tracks that landed debuts on the latest Billboard + Twitter Emerging Artists chart. Give them a listen below and be sure to look out for their upcoming projects. Elliphant ft. MØ, "One More" Fresh off a track with Skrillex…

  18. Jason Aldean & Sam Hunt Chart New Path With R&B-Influenced Country

    October 07, 2014 3:00 PM EDT Billboard speaks with the genre-smashing songwriters behind bold new country hits. Mainstream country music is not always known for being sonically daring, but Jason Aldean' s "Burnin' It Down" and Sam Hunt' s “Break Up In A Small Town” represent something genuinely…

  19. 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,…

  20. Fleetwood Mac Relives Past Peaks & Lows at Madison Square Garden Concert

    October 07, 2014 12:00 PM EDT In the setlist created for Fleetwood Mac 's latest tour -- the first in 16 years with singer and keyboardist Christine McVie -- Fleetwood Mac leaves plenty of room for inter-song stories. And for good reason: This band's personal dramas are nearly as legendary as its music, and…

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