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. Watch LL Cool J Share a Story About Getting Arrested for Couch Humping

    October 10, 2014 12:10 PM EDT “It sounds wild… like I might start sweatin’ when I drive by a furniture store.” Back in 1987, LL Cool J showed rappers could get sensitive and lonely with the hit single “I Need Love.” Visiting Jimmy Kimmel Live on Thursday night, J shared the story of a sensual performance of the song he…

  3. Exclusive: Boys Noize Premieres Ominous 'Alarm' for Hacktivist Film 'Who Am I'

    October 10, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Hackers seem to be everywhere these days --  popular   culture , politics , and probably within your online bank account. The latest addition to Hollywood's obsession with the computer-savvy is the German film  Who Am I -- No System Is Safe , a movie about a masked hacktivist…

  4. New York Lawmaker Proposes Tax Credits for Music Production

    October 10, 2014 11:15 AM EDT A state legislator is proposing tax credits for music production in New York similar to the credits that have been provided for film and television production. Assemblyman Joe Lentol, a Brooklyn Democrat, is offering legislation to establish a 20 percent tax credit. Related California…

  5. 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.) …

  6. Why 1998 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 . If there&…

  7. Inside Garth Brooks' Master Plan to Launch the Biggest Tour of All Time

    October 10, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Garth Brooks has long been the biggest-selling act of the Nielsen SoundScan era, with 69.6 million albums sold in the United States alone since 1991. And insiders say that for the recently launched tour in support of his new album, Man Against Machine (due Nov. 11), he has got an even…

  8. Last.fm Posts Further Loss as Revenues Slide

    October 10, 2014 9:40 AM EDT Last.fm recorded a loss of £2.1 million ($3.4 million) in 2013, as revenues slumped by more than 20 percent year-on-year from £6.4 million ($10.3 million) to £4.9 million ($7.9 million). In line with the fall in sales, staff numbers at the CBS-owned, London-based company fell from 61 to 35…

  9. 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…

  10. Exclusive Video: How Well Do Florida Georgia Line Know Each Other? We Put Them to the Test

    October 10, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Somewhere between all the partying and Bacardi-ing Florida Georgia Line is known for doing, the "bro country" duo's bond has surely cemented to legitimate brother territory.  Billboard Cover Sneak Peek: Florida Georgia Line Reveals 5 Surprising Facts About Their Music So, how…

  11. Fleetwood Mac Adds 28 More Tour Dates

    October 10, 2014 7:27 AM EDT A week and a half into Fleetwood Mac 's new On With the Show tour, Stevie Nicks, Christine McVie, Lindsey Buckingham, Mick Fleetwood, and John McVie have decided they're having fun. The group's first classic lineup outing in 16 years was set to run for 40 dates, ending Dec.…

  12. Rachel Holder Talks 'Shining Now' EP & Patience

    October 09, 2014 8:17 PM EDT Curb recording artist Rachel Holder has been waiting for a certain day her whole career -- and over the summer, it finally happened: The rising country songstress released her first EP. Holder tells Billboard that actually having a physical product to promote -- Shining Now , released…

  13. 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…

  14. Watch Lorde Return to 'South Park' & See Her Reaction

    October 09, 2014 4:44 PM EDT Also, 'South Park' has a little fun at Spin's expense. On Oct. 1, " Lorde " made a cameo on South Park via an unconvincingly costumed Randy Marsh. On the latest episode, Trey Parker and Matt Stone dove even deeper into the concept, thanks to the way one music…

  15. Nas Celebrates 20 Years of 'Illmatic' at Toronto Concert & Documentary Screening

    October 09, 2014 3:20 PM EDT Nas performed all of his breakthrough album after a screening of 'Nas: Time Is Illmatic.' Those who filled Toronto's Queen Elizabeth Theatre on Wednesday night to watch Nas ' documentary and witness the rapper perform Illmatic from front to back left the concert with new…

  16. 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…

  17. R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe Teaching NYU Art Class About the Internet's 'Reckless Cynicism'

    October 09, 2014 12:20 PM EDT Michael Stipe continues to find inspiring projects after three decades spent fronting R.E.M. -- for example, he's doubling as an artist and a teacher in a fall residency with NYU’s Steinhardt Department of Art and Art Professions. Actually, Stipe's love of visual art predates his…

  18. SFX Stock Price Rebounds After Wild Ride Following Bankruptcy Rumors

    October 09, 2014 12:15 PM EDT SFX Entertainment's stock price rebounded Thursday after an anonymous online article led to a sharp decline Wednesday morning. At 10:05am ET, shares of the EDM-focused concert promoter were up 9.8 percent to $4.77 and had gained 33.8 percent from Wednesday's low of $3.52.  The…

  19. Taylor Swift Teases New Announcement on Instagram

    October 09, 2014 11:51 AM EDT Get ready for the next confessional. Taylor Swift  is teasing a new puzzle on Instagram. Alongside the message, Swift posted a photo with "5" and "Woods" with a pinterest-worthy picture of a forest with many fans speculating that means that the next tune would be the…

  20. Why 1997 Was the Best Musical Year of the '90s

    October 09, 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  and  1995 . Now it's time for 1996 and 1997 . POP SHOP HOMEPAGE In 1997, popular music eased the…

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