1. Joel Whitburn, Chart Historian: On Books, Music & the 'Weekly Thrill' of Billboard (Exclusive Q&A)

    November 01, 2014 10:05 AM EDT For nearly a half-century, Whitburn and his company, Record Research, have joined Billboard as the most prominent trackers of the hits. Certain names are synonymous with Billboard charts. Elvis. The Beatles. Elton. Madonna. Mariah. More recently, Rihanna, Gaga, Adele, Katy and Taylor. …

  2. Lily Allen Dresses as Dr. Luke for Halloween Party

    October 31, 2014 7:25 PM EDT Lily Allen got some attention for her outfit at a Halloween party hosted by Kate Hudson Thursday night. Her costume? A doctor -- Dr. Luke to be more specific. Wardrobe Malfunctions: Lily Allen, Beyonce & More In light of the recent sexual assault allegations by Kesha included in a…

  3. New Signings: Jackie Boyz Team with Razor & Tie, Son Lux to Glassnote, OWSLA Grabs Carmada and More

    October 31, 2014 3:39 PM EDT A look at the latest artist signings across the music industry, including record labels, artist management firms, publishing companies, booking agencies and more.  RECORD LABELS -- America's Got Talent finalist Emily West signs to Sony Music Masterworks imprint, Portrait . She will…

  4. Sheppard on Keith Urban, Playing Ball with ‘the Dream Team’, & Dining at Ariana Grande’s Home

    October 30, 2014 11:50 PM EDT Sheppard’s flock is fast growing, and its going global.  Just 18 months ago, the band was riding a wave of buzz back home in Brisbane, Australia, when their breezy singalong song “Let Me Down Easy” took flight and was certified platinum. Now, the six-piece is one of the hottest new indie…

  5. Taylor Swift's '1989' Surging Toward 1.2 Million Debut

    October 29, 2014 6:31 PM EDT Taylor Swift 's 1989 continues to rack up monster sales, as industry forecasters now say the album could sell 1.2 million copies in its first week (ending Nov. 2). It's thus nearing the 1.21 million bow of her last album, 2012's Red (which was also the last release to…

  6. Music Stars Look Back at 1984: Ricky Martin on Being 'Spoiled' in Menudo, Melle Mel on the Irony of 'White Lines,' Joe Perry on Reuniting With Aerosmith and More

    October 29, 2014 6:04 PM EDT "I didn't go around the world, I went around the world on a private jet. I didn't have a hotel room, we had an entire floor. We were spoiled." -- Ricky Martin on the "exhilarating" experience of being a member of Latin teenybopper group Menudo at age 12. The…

  7. Who Dominated the Country Charts in 1984? The Top 5 Acts -- From Willie Nelson to George Strait

    October 29, 2014 5:49 PM EDT By 1984, country music had begun to regain the stylistic focus it had surrendered to the brief and artistically confused Urban Cowboy period. Nearly as quickly as they had arrived, the new audience that the 1980 film had brought to country music moved on, leaving the genre with a restless,…

  8. Taylor Swift Unites Republicans & Democrats: Facebook Study

    October 29, 2014 5:20 PM EDT Facebook releases new data on the musicians, books & television shows that unite or polarize along partisan lines. Facebook can be a political minefield of polarized opinions, especially leading up to the midterm elections. For those looking to keep the peace, it turns out steering the…

  9. Former Minutemen Bassist Mike Watt on Why Their Pivotal Album ‘Double Nickels’ Mocked Sammy Hagar

    October 29, 2014 4:33 PM EDT " Double Nickels , even though it came about kind of by accident, is still the most focused statement of the band," says former Minutemen bassist Mike Watt . Double Nickels on the Dime influenced virtually any American punk-funk band one can name, but it inspired thousands more…

  10. Jimmy Page’s Latest Led Zeppelin Interview: 5 Things We Learned

    October 29, 2014 12:30 PM EDT On Oct. 28, Led Zeppelin continued to revisit its legendary catalog, releasing remastered deluxe editions of 1971's Led Zeppelin IV and 1973's Houses of the Holy . Each reissue contains a bounty of unreleased bonus tracks, which Jimmy Page has been meticulously curating. The…

  11. Exclusive: Mad Decent's Toy Selectah & Camilo Lara Reveal Star-Studded 'Compass' Album

    October 29, 2014 10:30 AM EDT Due in early 2015, the album features Boy George, Toots & the Maytals, Kool A.D., Sly & Robbie, and more. Billboard is excited to announce a hyper-collaborative new project featuring more than 80 collaborations from over four continents. Mad Decent's Toy Selectah has…

  12. New York Gets Its First Country Music Festival

    October 29, 2014 9:34 AM EDT The inaugural FarmBorough fest will be held June 26-28 on Randall's Island. Already booked acts include Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley, Brad Paisley, Brandy Clark and Randy Houser. Live Nation Entertainment and Founders Entertainment will partner for the first time in presenting…

  13. Watch Conan O'Brien and Max Weinberg Reunite After Almost 5 Years on 'Conan'

    October 28, 2014 10:06 PM EDT A few years in the making. The gang's back together. Conan O'Brien reunited with former bandleader Max Weinberg for the first time since making the move from NBC to TBS on Tuesday's episode of Conan , when Weinberg sat in as the drummer after James Wormworth suddenly…

  14. Boy George Laments Culture Club's '80s Videos: 'I Never Really Liked Any of Them'

    October 28, 2014 1:28 PM EDT The bouncy second single off the band's second album, Colour by Numbers , Culture Club 's "Karma Chameleon" was the English's group only No. 1 in America, topping the Billboard Hot 100 on Feb. 4, 1984 and remaining there for three weeks. Cross-dressing frontman Boy…

  15. How Run-D.M.C. Changed the Rap Game in 1984

    October 28, 2014 1:22 PM EDT Though rap had been selling records and denting the lower reaches of the Billboard charts since 1979, it can be argued that Run-D.M.C. 's self-titled debut -- which peaked at No. 53 on the Billboard 200 on June 23 -- was the first time that real hip-hop was pressed to vinyl.  Most rap…

  16. SiriusXM Sees Growth in Earnings, Subscribers in Third Quarter

    October 28, 2014 8:32 AM EDT Sirius ‎XM Radio on Tuesday reported improved third-quarter earnings as it continued to grow its subscriber base. The satellite radio giant, led by CEO Jim Meyer , added 432,817 net new subscribers in the period to end September with a total of 26.7 million. In comparison, Netflix as of the…

  17. Enrique Iglesias to Perform at MTV EMAs

    October 27, 2014 10:25 PM EDT Enrique Iglesias has joined the lineup of performers at the MTV EMAs in Glasgow next month, organizers said Monday. Following the performance, Iglesias will embark on the European leg of his Sex and Love world tour. At the EMAs, he is nominated in the Best World Stage category. After being…

  18. Annie Lennox Looks Back at The Eurythmics' Hyper-Productive Heyday: 'It Exhausts Me Just Thinking About It Now'

    October 27, 2014 4:10 PM EDT Perhaps no other musical act defines the year 1984 quite like the  Eurythmics . Not only did the trailblazing synth-pop duo score its highest-charting album ( Touch , a No. 7 peak on the Billboard 200) during the week ending April 7, 1984 that spawned a hit with top 10 single "Here…

  19. 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…

  20. Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett to Play Hollywood Bowl, Radio City Music Hall

    October 27, 2014 10:20 AM EDT Following the immediate sell-out of a recently announced special event at The Wiltern in L.A. on Feb. 8, live-event promoter Live Nation on Monday announced two more "once in a lifetime" concerts with Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga . The music stars will play The Hollywood Bowl on May…

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