1. 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…

  2. Chris Webby, 'Chemically Imbalanced': Exclusive Album Premiere

    October 23, 2014 3:23 PM EDT Chris Webby was expelled from college in 2009, but this was just a small obstacle for the rapper: two years later, There Goes The Neighborhood , which he put out on his own label, debuted on top of the iTunes Hip-Hop charts. Today, Oct. 23, Webby premieres his latest album, Chemically…

  3. Which Musicians Are Up For Logo TV’s NewNowNext Awards?

    October 23, 2014 3:15 PM EDT Logo TV -- the LGBT-centric cable channel -- has announced the nominees for its lucky seventh annual NewNowNext Awards, set to air Dec. 7. There’s no old timers here; the awards serve to “celebrate the now and introduce fans to what's on the horizon,” according to a press release.…

  4. Santana's 'Smooth' Began Its 12-Week No. 1 Run 15 Years Ago Today

    October 23, 2014 3:10 PM EDT Fifteen years ago today, Santana 's Rob Thomas -featuring single "Smooth" crashed into the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 , a position it would maintain for an astounding 12 straight weeks. When 1999 gave way to the 21st century, this was the song dominating the U.S.…

  5. Beatport Scoops Up Social Sharing App Listn

    October 23, 2014 1:39 PM EDT Social music app Listn will shut down at the end of the month and be absorbed by SFX Entertainment's Beatport, the startup's founder and CEO announced this week. Details of the deal were not disclosed. "When we first started Listn we set out to change and improve the way the…

  6. Must-Hear Music Podcast: Gwen Stefani, Taylor Swift, Sleater-Kinney, Foo Fighters & More

    October 23, 2014 1:00 PM EDT It's a week of comebacks on the Must-Hear Music podcast. Gwen Stefani returns to her solo career with a nice but lackluster single , while Sleater-Kinney drop their (awesome) first new song since reuniting after a nine-year break. We also chat about Foo Fighters' first single from…

  7. Animal Collective’s Panda Bear 'Meets the Grim Reaper' on New Album, Shares New Songs

    October 23, 2014 11:59 AM EDT About time for a new Animal Collective -related project, isn’t it? The unpredictable act used to release new albums almost every year, and since it’s been two years since AnCo released a new LP, it's about time for one of its members to step up to the plate. That member is Noah Lennox …

  8. Revisionist History, Part 2: Jimi Hendrix Beats the Beatles! Year-End Hits of Yesterday, Re-Analyzed

    October 23, 2014 11:07 AM EDT Since 1958, when Billboard's Hot 100 began tracking the hits every week, any song that's earned year-end No. 1 was surely built to last, right? Not necessarily. To test that theory, we’ve done a "do-over" for year-end charts prior to 2004, when digital downloads became…

  9. One Direction Fan Fiction Author Calls Her Story 'Vanilla Fifty Shades of Grey'

    October 23, 2014 10:46 AM EDT Paging Harry Styles! Last year, the One Direction star and his bandmates were the inspiration for a viral online fan fiction story, the After series, and the real-life book version of the tale was released this week. "Tessa is a girl in college. It's not me, but I've realized…

  10. Jack White to Speak at Yale University Panel

    October 23, 2014 10:13 AM EDT Next up… Patrick Carney speaks at Dartmouth? Jack White is indulging his audiophile/music historian side with an appearance at an upcoming panel at Yale University about the early 20th century jazz and blues label Paramount Records. The panel, titled “ Exploring the Rise and Fall of…

  11. Demi Lovato Defends Taylor Swift: 'Don't F--- With Me'

    October 23, 2014 10:10 AM EDT Taylor Swift has been taking some heat lately: Several critics didn't care for "Welcome to New York," and the singer had to defend her songwriting process -- which sometimes draws on experiences from relationships -- during an interview in Australia. Demi Lovato came to a…

  12. Jessie Ware, 'Tough Love': Track-by-Track Review

    October 23, 2014 10:10 AM EDT Jessie Ware is likely still riding high from exchanging nuptials over the summer. Considering her 2012 debut album Devotion was a chapter-by-chapter chronicle on matters of her heart -- pitfalls and all -- one might make the assumption that now that she's a Mrs. her new release, Tough…

  13. 5 Seconds of Summer Tweet Shirtless Calum Hood Photo

    October 23, 2014 10:05 AM EDT "I'm still just a teenage kid learning from mistakes :)" tweeted Calum Hood from 5 Seconds of Summer earlier this year. What was his mistake? A naked Snapchat of the bassist ended up all over the Internet. What did he learn? To keep his pants on in photos, at least for the…

  14. Ariana Grande: Love for My Gay Brother Made Me Question Catholicism

    October 23, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Ariana Grande has one less problem without the Catholic Church. In a new interview, the singer discussed how she grew up Catholic, but when her big brother Frankie (who was a contestant this past summer on  Big Brother ) came out, she was far from thrilled with the Church's response. …

  15. 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…

  16. Sam Smith, 5 Seconds of Summer & Mary J. Blige Set to Perform at AMAs

    October 23, 2014 9:45 AM EDT Breakthrough newcomers Sam Smith and 5 Seconds of Summer will take the stage at the 2014 American Music Awards. Dick Clark Productions announced Thursday that Mary J. Blige will join the British pop crooner and Australian boy band at the Nov. 23 event at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live. It will air…

  17. Microsoft Nixes Free Version of Xbox Music Pass

    October 23, 2014 9:45 AM EDT Microsoft has announced plans to shut down the free version of its music streaming service Xbox Music Pass in December. The ad-supported free version, which is essentially Microsoft's attempt to compete with Spotify, will be retired so that Xbox Music can "deliver the ultimate…

  18. Toronto Fashion Week Includes Paper Dolls of Drake

    October 23, 2014 9:42 AM EDT In honor of Toronto Fashion Week, CBC Radio designed a paper doll version of Drake . This one can go on the shelf next to your Drake lint-roller. Print out your very own doll here . Tyga: I Don't Really Get Along With Drake or Nicki Minaj Doll owners can choose to dress Drake in a…

  19. Kill the Noise & Feed Me Share ‘Far Away’ Collab: Exclusive Listen

    October 23, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Kill the Noise and Feed Me know how to press each other’s buttons. They should do; the electronic music producers have been making tunes together for close to a decade.  Kill the Noise (aka Jake Stanczak) and Feed Me (aka Jon Gooch) have written under various guises and labels, and “we…

  20. Publishing Briefs: Sony/ATV Promotions, Rich Conlon's New Firm, Mike & Keys Join Atlas

    October 23, 2014 8:47 AM EDT Billboard's Ed Christman rounds-up all the big news happening in the music publishing world. -- Sony/ATV Music Publishing has promoted Rich Christina to the role of senior VP, head of East Coast A&R, based in the company’s New York office. He will report to Sony/ATV U.S. co…

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