1. Billboard Cover: Usher on Getting Tough With Justin Bieber, Why He’s Not Ready for a New Album and Life as a Single Dad

    October 24, 2014 9:00 AM EDT There Are Segways, and then there's Usher Raymond IV 's Segway. Usher's scooter is a custom-built, gold-plated number with rims that look like they were lifted from Rick Ross ' Maybach. It shines like Louis the XIV's jewels as he zips through the hallways of the…

  2. Glam Rock Giant Alvin Stardust Dies at 72

    October 24, 2014 2:37 AM EDT British glam rocker Alvin Stardust , one of the biggest pop stars of his era, has died at the age of 72. He had recently been diagnosed with metastatic prostate cancer.  Stardust, born Bernard Jewry on Sept. 27, 1942 in London, enjoyed a long line of top 10 hits in the ‘70s and early ‘80s,…

  3. Taylor Swift Shuts Down Hollywood Boulevard for Electrifying 'Jimmy Kimmel' Performance: Watch

    October 24, 2014 12:04 AM EDT Nearly 15,000 screaming fans lined Hollywood Boulevard on Thursday night to see Taylor Swift light up Jimmy Kimmel Live!’s outdoor concert stage. The concert served as a kickoff to a promotional tour for her new album, 1989 , and Swift shared a taste of what some are calling a more…

  4. 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…

  5. Album Review: Taylor Swift’s Pop Curveball Pays Off With ‘1989’

    October 24, 2014 12:01 AM EDT Any Nashville insider will tell you that Taylor Swift started breaking up with country music long before she first stepped out with hitmakers Max Martin and Shellback for three pop-leaning songs on 2012's blockbuster Red . But if her new single, "Shake It Off," was the…

  6. Billboard Cover Sneak Peak: 5 People (and Things) That Inspire Usher -- From Picasso to Puff Daddy

    October 23, 2014 7:55 PM EDT Usher 's career stats are astounding. He's sold close to 24 million records in the United States and taken home eight Grammys. His 2004 album Confessions sold more than any other album in the '00s. His recent single "Good Kisser" was his 13th No. 1 on…

  7. Hilary Duff: 'It Was Pretty Big' to Be on the Charts

    October 23, 2014 5:00 PM EDT Hilary Duff  first hit the hot 100 in October of 2003 with 'So Yesterday' and she remembers how she got the news. Hot 100 Firsts:  Jennifer Hudson  |  Iggy Azalea  |  Train  |  Hilary Duff  |  5 Seconds of Summer  |  Artists Remember "I can't recall the exact time,"…

  8. Watch Shia LaBeouf Applaud Cannibalism in Rob Cantor Video

    October 23, 2014 4:50 PM EDT Shia LaBeouf haters, eat your hearts out -- the sometimes-violent actor is down with cannibalism and he’s got a new music video to prove it. All kidding aside, it seems like actor/director has capitalized on his recent troubles (like being charged with disorderly conduct outside a…

  9. Exclusive: Carnage, Erick Morillo and Harry Romero Join Forces on 'Let the Freak Out'

    October 23, 2014 4:20 PM EDT While their marriage may seem unlikely, Carnage, Erick Morillo and Harry Romero were a match made in Miami. After being put in touch by mutual friend Dave Grutman, founder of Miami Marketing Group, Carnage dropped by Morillo's sprawling Miami home to preview tracks for a potential…

  10. Florida Georgia Line Leaps to No. 1 on Billboard Artist 100 Chart

    October 23, 2014 3:30 PM EDT As its album 'Anything Goes' debuts atop the Billboard 200, FGL continues the succession of country acts ruling the Artist 100. Plus, Tove Lo reaches the top 10. Florida Georgia Line is the top music act in the U.S., vaulting 6-1 on the Billboard Artist 100 . The jump makes the…

  11. Taylor Swift on 'Ellen': Her Biggest Fears and Adam Levine's Big Weakness

    October 23, 2014 12:48 PM EDT Taylor Swift is happy to perform in front of sold-out arenas, but don't put her close to a sea-urchin. The singer will appear on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Monday, October 27th -- the same day her new album 1989 hits stores. A couple clips from her interview with Ellen have been…

  12. Pop Shop Podcast: Kiesza Interview, Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran & More

    October 23, 2014 10:19 AM EDT Listen to the latest episode of Billboard.com's weekly charts breakdown. Welcome to the latest episode of the Billboard.com Pop Shop Podcast , Billboard's weekly half-hour audio breakdown of the Billboard charts, hottest music news and year's biggest musical events. Casual…

  13. Becky G Talks iHeartRadio Fiesta, Pitbull in Video Interview

    October 23, 2014 9:50 AM EDT The 17-year-old gets to show off her raps and moves where she grew up. Becky G 's tias , or -- en Inglés  --  aunties, are pretty excited right about now.  Not only will their niece be performing in her hometown of Inglewood, Calif., but the 17-year-old rapper will be on the same bill…

  14. Wilko Johnson Says He’s ‘Cured’ of Cancer

    October 23, 2014 12:30 AM EDT Wilko Johnson , an alumnus of Dr. Feelgood and Ian Dury's Blockheads , has announced he’s “cured” of terminal pancreatic cancer.  The British guitar hero had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in late 2012 and was given 10 months to live after deciding to reject chemotherapy. But…

  15. Director of Met Opera's 'Death of Klinghoffer' on Protests: 'It Invites an Audience to Think'

    October 22, 2014 11:09 PM EDT When director Peter Sellars and composer John Adams’ The Death of Klinghoffer had its initial runs in Brussels and New York in 1991, it caused a sensation and a furor. The subject matter, still fresh in the public consciousness, was the 1985 hijacking of the Italian cruise ship Achille…

  16. Jackie Lee Scores a Touchdown With First Single, 'She Does,' Prepping Debut Album

    October 22, 2014 8:44 PM EDT The Alcoa Tornadoes are one of America's most successful high school football programs. Located in East Tennessee, the team has won 13 state titles -- including a staggering seven in a row between 2004 and 2010. You would be hard pressed to find anyone who would leave such a program,…

  17. Exclusive Video: 'Voice' Alum Tony Lucca Premieres Acoustic Video for His Song 'Delilah'

    October 22, 2014 2:51 PM EDT Tony Lucca has moved easily between music and acting throughout his life. He got his first break on The Mickey Mouse Club alongside fellow future pop stars Christina Aguilera , Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake  and not long after that show ended, Lucca started a musical career. It'…

  18. Flaming Lips, 'With a Little Help From My Fwends': Track-By-Track Review

    October 22, 2014 2:00 PM EDT The Lips tap Miley Cyrus, My Morning Jacket, Tegan & Sara and more for a loving deconstruction of the Beatles' 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.' Given it's a frequent contender for the 'Greatest Album Ever Made' title, it almost seems like there…

  19. Florida Georgia Line Scores First No. 1 Album

    October 22, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Bob Seger, The Game, U2 and Hoodie Allen also score Top 10 debuts on the Billboard 200 chart. Country duo Florida Georgia Line nabs its first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart with the arrival of Anything Goes . The set was released on Republic Nashville and sold 197,000 copies in the…

  20. Drake, Avicii, the Prodigy Confirmed to Play Australia's Future Music Fest

    October 22, 2014 4:39 AM EDT Drake will tour Australia for the first time next February and March as a headliner on the dance-oriented Future Music Festival.  Drizzy, whose third album Nothing Was the Same  opened on the ARIA chart last year at No. 2, his highest charting release here, will join the likes of performers…

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