1. Listen to Kurt Cobain's Unearthed 'Montage of Heck' Mixtape

    November 03, 2014 9:43 PM EST A mixtape Kurt Cobain created in 1988 has been given some new life online, offering fans another glimpse into the Nirvana frontman's psyche with a strange but enjoyable collection of music and sounds.  Courtney Love on Kurt Cobain 'Doping' Note: 'Obviously I Wrote It&…

  2. Drake & Frank Sinatra, Kanye West & Nina Simone and More Dream Duets

    November 03, 2014 3:05 PM EST Barry Manilow 's new album, titled Dream Duets , is built around an interesting and possibly creepy premise: the singer duets with famous dead singers. This type of thing has happened before -- sort of. Justin Timberlake 's duet with Michael Jackson , "Love Never Felt So Good…

  3. Acker Bilk, Jazz Clarinetist Behind 'Stranger on the Shore,' Dead At 85

    November 02, 2014 5:34 PM EST English clarinet player Acker Bilk , who beat the Beatles and other British rockers to the top of the U.S. music charts with the instrumental "Stranger on the Shore," has died at the age of 85. Manager Pamela Sutton said Bilk died Sunday at a hospital in Bath, southwestern England…

  4. Billboard Celebrates 120th Anniversary: A Look Back at the Rich History

    November 01, 2014 1:41 PM EDT I was 14 when I discovered Billboard . For a high school student who wanted to be a writer and who was interested in music, it was a window into a business I knew little about. But that quickly changed, as I became familiar with the names of industry leaders and the ever-changing…

  5. The First Billboard: All That Was 'New, Bright and Interesting on the Boards'

    October 31, 2014 4:00 PM EDT On Nov. 1, 1894, an eight-page, 10-cent issue arrived, marking the debut of what has grown into today's multi-platform Billboard brand On Nov. 1 1894, Billboard published its first issue … one that's vastly different from today's magazine (and Billboard 's expanded…

  6. Details on the (Literally) Explosive Set of Calvin Harris' 'Open Wide' Video & More Insider Scoop

    October 31, 2014 3:22 PM EDT GBV Broke Up: Have A Beer   Guided By Voices fans bereft over its abrupt September breakup can soon drown their sorrows in a beer inspired by the Robert Pollard-led indie band and the 20th anniversary of its classic 1994 album Bee Thousand . On Nov. 17,  Delaware microbrewer Dogfish Head…

  7. Bob Dylan Releasing Frank Sinatra Covers Album 'Shadows In the Night' in 2015

    October 31, 2014 2:22 PM EDT There's already plenty of "new" Bob Dylan releases at hand -- a six-disc set of Basement Tapes recordings hits Nov. 4 and the star-studded Lost on the River collection drops Nov. 11 -- but next year, it looks like we're getting the real deal. Stereogum reports  a note…

  8. Orlando Jones, 'Sleepy Holloween Vol. 1': Exclusive Mixtape Premiere

    October 31, 2014 2:16 PM EDT Orlando Jones never ceases to surprise. In celebration of Halloween, the actor has releasesd his first mixtape, Sleepy Holloween Vol. 1. He collaborates with his DriveBy Entertainment partner, writer/producer Noam Dromi to create a 20-song project laced with relationship-heavy songs and…

  9. Prince on 'Saturday Night Live': Look Back at Past Impressions

    October 31, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Maybe you've heard that Prince (along with 3rdEyeGirl ) will be the music guest on  Saturday Night Live  this weekend. Host Chris Rock certainly knows what a big deal this is: In the latest promos, Rock notes, "Any time you say the word 'Prince,' a woman will scream…

  10. Man Punched by Chris Brown Settles Lawsuit

    October 30, 2014 8:38 PM EDT The lawyer for a man who was punched by Chris Brown outside a Washington hotel says he has settled a lawsuit against the singer. The Washington Post reports that John C. Hayes, the attorney for Parker Adams, confirmed Thursday (Oct. 30) that a settlement had been reached. He did not say how…

  11. Enrique Iglesias, Pitbull & J Balvin Extend U.S. Tour

    October 30, 2014 1:15 PM EDT The second leg of the tour begins in Texas this January. One of the biggest tours of the year -- headlined by Latin pop crooner Enrique Iglesias and rapper Pitbull -- has been extended with dates starting in Jan. 2015. Rising urban art J Balvin will continue as the opening act in shows…

  12. Gloria Trevi, Ricardo Montaner, Luis Fonsi & More to Perform at Amor a Nuestra Musica

    October 30, 2014 12:22 PM EDT Latin Pop extravaganza to take place Dec. 5 at Nassau Coliseum. Latin pop stars Luis Fonsi, Ricardo Montaner, Jesse & Joy, Gloria Trevi, Pablo Alborán and Natalia Jiménez, along with Dominican bachatero Frank Reyes, will headline Spanish Broadcasting Systems' annual Amor a Nuestra…

  13. Report: Chris Brown Settles Two Lawsuits, Including Frank Ocean Incident

    October 30, 2014 10:30 AM EDT Recent Billboard cover star Chris Brown is a couple steps closer to getting out of legal trouble. According to TMZ , the singer recently settled a pair of lawsuits, doling out nearly $120,000.  First off, Brown’s Jan. 2013 scuffle with Frank Ocean and his posse outside a Hollywood recording…

  14. Cyndi Lauper on Her Iconic 'She's So Unusual' Album: The Songs 'Were About Empowering All Us Freaks'

    October 28, 2014 1:44 PM EDT Women didn't always rule the Hot 100 . In 1984, female artists accounted for only four of the 20 songs to reach No. 1: Deniece Williams , Tina Turner , Madonna and Cyndi Lauper , a Queens-born singer with a four-octave range and a Day-Glo sense of style. Lauper's 1983 solo debut,…

  15. Why 'Footloose' Inspired 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Director James Gunn

    October 28, 2014 12:49 PM EDT In a key scene in 2014's top-grossing movie, Guardians of the Galaxy , Chris Pratt 's character Peter Quill tells the interstellar assassin and wallflower Gamora ( Zoe Saldana ) of a legend on Earth called Footloose , in which "a great hero named Kevin Bacon teaches an entire…

  16. Nick Jonas' 'Kingdom' Costar Frank Grillo Refused to Work With Him, At First

    October 28, 2014 7:39 AM EDT Actor Frank Grillo ( Warrior, The Purge: Anarchy ) has a new drama about mixed martial arts, Kingdom , airing on DirecTV. His costar, 22-year-old Nick Jonas , wasn't exactly welcome initially. "People are very surprised because there's a Jonas Brother in it and he fights,…

  17. Life Is Beautiful 2014's 10 Best Performances

    October 27, 2014 6:46 PM EDT Combining amazing music, world-class food, breathtaking art and iconic public speakers, the Life Is Beautiful festival is a welcome departure from the manufactured spectacle of Sin City’s over-the-top casinos and nightclubs. Transforming downtown Las Vegas into a unique, multi-stage jubilee…

  18. Documentary Director Alex Gibney Tackles Frank Sinatra Film & Mick Jagger-Produced James Brown Project

    October 27, 2014 6:00 PM EDT When The Eagles were looking for a documentary filmmaker for their History of the Eagles , guitarist Glenn Frey says they went with director Alex Gibney because his work "jumped off the [screen] ... It was so riveting." Rewinding The Charts: Eagles' 'Hotel California&…

  19. Here's Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' Sung in 20 Different Styles in 5 Minutes

    October 27, 2014 4:04 PM EDT What if we told you someone could perform Michael Jackson 's "Thriller" in 20 different styles in less than 5 minutes? Would you scoff and say, "It can't be done"? Probably not, because you've likely encountered the viral sensation 10 Second Songs aka…

  20. Ask Billboard: World Series Edition

    October 26, 2014 8:05 AM EDT In the latest mailbag, more baseball hits, John Legend's history-making week and Glen Campbell's touching return. As always, submit questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as…

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