1. Taylor Swift's '1989' Liner Note Messages & Reference Guide

    October 27, 2014 2:45 AM EDT It's (finally) here!  Taylor Swift 's fifth studio album, 1989 , officially dropped in the dead of night at midnight on Monday (Oct. 27). Anticipation had been rapidly building for quite some time: Besides lead single "Shake It Off," Swift also teased album songs "…

  2. Who Were 1984’s One-Hit Wonders?

    October 24, 2014 6:27 PM EDT So, what was the "Macarena" of 1984? The better question is -- what wasn't? Sexy talk and German anti-war protest songs ruled in the fight to be forgotten. Below, you can hear tracks from lesser-known Jackson siblings and listen to Clint Eastwood in a country song. A Look…

  3. Clean Bandit No. 1 on Dance Chart: No Place They'd 'Rather Be'

    October 24, 2014 2:33 PM EDT Clean Bandit crowns Hot Dance/Electronic Songs with 'Rather Be,' featuring Jess Glynne. Plus, moves for Calvin Harris, David Guetta, Olivia Somerlyn and more. Clean Bandit crowns Billboard 's Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart with "Rather Be," featuring Jess Glynne …

  4. T.I. Signs Publishing Deal With Sony/ATV Music

    October 24, 2014 9:20 AM EDT Rapper and songwriter T.I. has signed a worldwide deal with Sony/ATV Music Publishing, the company announced Friday. The agreement covers all future works, as well as his just-released studio album and his share of the cut for Robin Thicke 's "Blurred Lines," the biggest hit…

  5. One Direction, Ed Sheeran, Coldplay to Perform at Inaugural BBC Music Awards

    October 24, 2014 4:10 AM EDT One Direction , Ed Sheeran , Coldplay , Calvin Harris , Paloma Faith and Clean Bandit will perform at the inaugural BBC Music Awards in London on Dec. 11, the U.K. public broadcaster announced on Friday. The U.K. public broadcaster first unveiled the new awards show, which will compete with…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. Paul McCartney’s Out There Tour Has Grossed $165 Million (And Counting…)

    October 23, 2014 8:44 PM EDT Paul McCartney owns this week's No. 1 Hot Tours ranking (see list, below) with $10.6 million in box office revenue from five of the final U.S. performances on his world tour. Now in its home stretch, his Out There tour will close its final trek through North America on Oct. 30 after…

  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. 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…

  11. Meet One Direction's Newest Member, a Chimp

    October 23, 2014 7:33 AM EDT Ready to get acquainted with the sixth member of your favorite band, One Direction fans? His name's Eli, he's got the beautiful hair and smile to match his bandmates, and ... he's a chimpanzee. So there's a chimp in the #StealMyGirlVideo - and his name is Eli. https://t…

  12. One Direction Tops U.K. Under 30 Rich List

    October 22, 2014 5:39 AM EDT One Direction were named the U.K.'s richest entertainers under 30, but don't tell second placed Daniel Radcliffe who wasn't too amused by the result.  Heat Magazine released its annual rich list of young British stars on Tuesday, and for the second year in a row, global pop…

  13. Why Taylor Swift Would Never ‘Pull a Beyonce’ with an Album

    October 21, 2014 1:21 PM EDT Waiting for Taylor to release an out-of-nowhere album someday? Keep waiting. When Beyonce surprise-released her self-titled fifth album exclusively on iTunes last December, the sneak-attack tactic left the industry with a lot of questions once the dust settled. The strategy was undeniably…

  14. Fighting for the Greek: Behind Nederlander/AEG and Live Nation’s War for the Iconic L.A. Theater

    October 21, 2014 10:30 AM EDT A modern day Trojan War is underway in Los Angeles as the world's largest promoters, Live Nation and AEG Live in partnership with the Nederlander Organization, battle for possession of a trophy itself inspired by antiquity: the city's iconic Greek Theatre. At stake is a…

  15. 20 Things We Learned From Paul McCartney's Twitter Chat

    October 20, 2014 5:26 PM EDT In advance of two Wings reissues -- Venus and Mars and At The Speed Of Sound in November -- Paul McCartney took to Twitter to answer questions from fans young and old. Venus and Mars (1975) and At The Speed Of Sound (1976) are the fourth and fifth albums released by Wings. Both peaked at…

  16. Kiesza, Wilkinson & Years and Years: Billboard Twitter Emerging Picks of the Week

    October 20, 2014 12:40 PM EDT For your listening pleasure, Billboard has compiled some of our favorite tracks that debuted on this week’s Billboard + Twitter Emerging Artists chart. All of these tracks chronicle a stage in the experience of love -- excitement, risk, or pure desire. Check out the love(ly) tracks below,…

  17. Calvin Harris & Ellie Goulding Reteam for 'Outside'

    October 20, 2014 6:45 AM EDT A couple weeks ago, Calvin Harris -- the top-earning DJ of 2014 -- announced Motion , his fourth studio album. The starry  guest list included Big Sean, Gwen Stefani, Haim, Tinashe, and Ellie Goulding . The track with Goulding, a follow-up to the 2012 collaboration "I Need Your Love,…

  18. 'American Idol' Is Allowing Fans to Award a Golden Ticket to Hollywood

    October 19, 2014 11:31 PM EDT For the first time ever, American Idol fans will have the chance to tell a hopeful "you’re going to Hollywood!" Producers of the Fox singing series have added a new wrinkle, allowing viewers to have a say in which contestant will receive a coveted golden ticket to the show's…

  19. Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler Encourages Maui Drug Court Graduates

    October 19, 2014 12:38 PM EDT Although he performed before a crowd of 20,000 a few nights ago, rock 'n' roll superstar Steven Tyler admitted to a touch of nerves as he addressed 11 Maui Drug Court graduates and their families Thursday afternoon in 2nd Circuit Court. Steven Tyler Signs With Larry Rudolph for…

  20. Tim Hauser, Founder and Singer of Manhattan Transfer, Dies at 72

    October 18, 2014 11:13 AM EDT Tim Hauser , the founder and singer of the Grammy-winning vocal troupe The Manhattan Transfer , died Thursday (Oct. 16) from cardiac arrest, band representative JoAnn Geffen said Friday. He was 72. Hauser founded Manhattan Transfer, who released their debut album in the early 1970s and…

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