1. The Elaborate High-Security Tactics Behind Taylor Swift's Album Release

    October 31, 2014 10:39 AM EDT Special iPads and Sharkey the security guard kept album leaks (almost) in check. The prerelease security plan around Taylor Swift 's 1989 was not a complete success -- the album leaked three days before its Oct. 27 street date -- but it may have been the most elaborate, at least for an…

  2. Gloriana Had No 'Trouble' Picking a Feisty Lead Single

    October 30, 2014 10:01 PM EDT Warning: Don't mess around with Gloriana 's Rachel Reinert. On the trio's explosive new single "Trouble" -- which she co-wrote with fellow member Mike Gossin (as well as Ross Copperman and Jon Nite) and sings -- she gets a chance to express a little bit of angst…

  3. Shawn Mendes Exclusive: Watch Episode II of His ‘Life On The Road’ Series

    October 30, 2014 5:00 PM EDT Also: a new single, "Something Big," is due out on November 10. Last month, Billboard.com premiered the first episode of Shawn Mendes’ video diary , dubbed Life On The Road , which chronicled the 16-year-old’s experiences on his first major tour. At long last, the second…

  4. Revisionist History, Part 3: Michael Jackson Gets Revenge on Prince! Year-End Hits of the Past, Re-Analyzed

    October 30, 2014 12:15 PM EDT If you've been following our ongoing look at what happens when Billboard's No. 1 song for each of the Hot 100 's first 46 years is re-figured to reflect Nielsen SoundScan-measured digital song sales since 2004, weighted fairly equally with Nielsen BDS airplay since 2010, you…

  5. Dave Grohl Slams TV Talent Shows

    October 29, 2014 1:39 AM EDT If Dave Grohl had auditioned for American Idol , would he have snagged a golden ticket to the Hollywood rounds (coincidentally taking place this week)? Not a chance, the Foo Fighters frontman told CBS' 60 Minutes on Sunday night. “I would never make it." In a candid interview…

  6. Jane Lynch & Wife Finalize Divorce

    October 28, 2014 10:40 PM EDT A judge has finalized Jane Lynch's divorce from her wife more than four years after the couple were married. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Ralph C. Hofer approved the pair's divorce judgment on Monday. The agreement calls for Dr. Lara Embry, a clinical psychologist, to receive…

  7. Dillon Francis Gets a Little Help From His 'Friends' on Debut Album

    October 28, 2014 8:55 PM EDT Dance music's class clown graduates from moombahton past on diverse full-length debut. Leaning on a candy-cane tree at TomorrowWorld , Dillon Francis admits his new album is nothing but an elaborate ruse. "It's a lie," he jests. "We've been lying to the whole…

  8. 2015 Grammys Best New Artist Contenders: Whose Stock Is Rising?

    October 28, 2014 6:21 PM EDT 0 Iggy Azalea and Sam Smith look like safe bets, while artists like Vance Joy and Tove Lo are making late pushes. Don’t look now, but Grammy season is fast approaching. The nominees will be revealed in a mere 38 days, when the Grammy Nominations Concert touches down on Dec. 5 to…

  9. Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran Added to Rock in Rio USA Line-up

    October 28, 2014 5:03 AM EDT MGM Resorts International and the organizers of Rock in Rio USA announced additions to the music festival's lineup Monday and offered a glimpse of what to expect when the event comes to Las Vegas next year. Bruno Mars and Ed Sheeran will join Taylor Swift , Metallica and No Doubt…

  10. 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…

  11. Ryn Weaver's Semi-Charmed Life: Why The Internet Is Infatuated with the 'OctaHate' Singer

    October 27, 2014 4:05 PM EDT Benny Blanco thinks she’s a sure thing. Charli XCX is working with her on a top-secret project. She cries easily, loves Samuel Beckett and blew up the Web with her debut single. Inside the rise and inevitable takeover of Ryn Weaver. Ryn Weaver is sprawled out on the bed in the cluttered…

  12. Foo Fighters Close Life Is Beautiful Festival With Hit-Fueled Set

    October 27, 2014 12:20 PM EDT After three days and some 70 performances -- which included stand-out sets by Friday and Saturday headliners Kanye West and Outkast -- the Foo Fighters had their work cut out for them as they closed the 2nd annual Life Is Beautiful festival in downtown Las Vegas on Sunday (Oct. 26). At 9:45…

  13. Chris Cornell Announced as Keynote Q&A for Billboard Touring Conference

    October 27, 2014 12:01 PM EDT Industry leaders Geiger, Light, Rotella and Roux also set for Q&As at premier touring confab Chris Cornell , the legendary front man for pioneering bands Soundgarden and Audioslave , will be featured as the Keynote Q&A at the 11th annual Billboard Touring Conference, set for Nov.…

  14. Go-Betweens Launch ‘Grant McLennan Book Club’ Ahead of Anthology Release

    October 27, 2014 4:06 AM EDT The Go-Betweens’ classic catalog and the scholarly pursuits of its co-founder Grant McLennan will be remembered through a novel campaign. Quite literally.  The master songwriter’s lofty collection of books had been gathering dust since he passed away in May 2006 at the age of just 48. While…

  15. Watch Benedict Cumberbatch (Almost) Nail Beyonce’s ‘Crazy In Love’ Strut

    October 26, 2014 3:16 PM EDT British actor Benedict Cumberbatch unleashed a pretty convincing impression of Beyonce ’s “Crazy In Love” strut during a recent appearance on The Graham Norton Show . The Sherlock and Star Trek: Into Darkness star was encouraged to show off his moves by comedienne Miranda Hart, who was in…

  16. Jack Bruce, Bassist for Cream, Dies at 71

    October 25, 2014 12:04 PM EDT British musician Jack Bruce , best known as the bassist from the 1960s group Cream , has died. He was 71. Jack Bruce, 'Reach for the Night': Song Premiere From Cream Star's First Album in a Decade Publicist Claire Singers said Saturday Bruce died at his home in Suffolk,…

  17. 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,…

  18. 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…

  19. Tomorrow's Hits: Eden xo, Glass Animals, Jon Guerra

    October 24, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Each Friday, Billboard presents Tomorrow's Hits, a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Eden xo After fronting Jessie and the Toy Boys, who tallied two Dance Club Songs hits in 2011-12, pop singer/songwriter (and former Britney…

  20. Taylor Swift to the Haters: 'If You’re Upset That I’m Just Being Myself, I’m Going to Be Myself More'

    October 24, 2014 12:01 AM EDT Taylor Swift named her fifth album after her birth year, 1989 , but 2014 is the year of her rebirth. After wooing the mainstream with four albums of her pop-flavored brand of country, Swift waves goodbye to Nashville with 1989 , ditching guitars for new wave-y synths, courtesy of hitmakers…

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