1. Found Star: New Radicals' Gregg Alexander Grants First Interview in 15 Years

    October 14, 2014 10:21 PM EDT The frontman of the 1990s band behind the hit single 'You Get What You Give' was lured back into the business, after a long self-imposed exile, to write the songs for 'Begin Again,' including best original song Oscar contender 'Lost Stars' t couldn't…

  2. Drake, DJ Mustard Take Top Honors at 2014 BET Hip Hop Awards: Full Winners List

    October 14, 2014 9:33 PM EDT The 2014 BET Hip Hop Awards aired Tuesday night, showing Drake , DJ Mustard and Kendrick Lamar take home some of the annual event's highest honors. Snoop Dogg hosted the night, which was originally filmed Sept. 20 at Atlanta’s Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center. Pioneering rapper,…

  3. Stream T.I.'s 'Paperwork' Album Now

    October 14, 2014 5:03 PM EDT T.I. is a rapper with impressive longevity. Trap Muzik was his first release to go platinum, more than a decade ago. Many of his peers who came up around the same time enjoyed a brief moment in the spotlight -- Lil' Flip , Chamillionaire , Mike Jones -- but they've struggled to…

  4. Australia’s Music Retailers Assn Backs Friday Release Date: ‘It Makes Sense’

    October 14, 2014 1:31 AM EDT Australia’s entertainment retail trade association has weighed in on the debate surrounding the IFPI-sanctioned global release date. Friday, according to the Australian Music Retailers Association (AMRA), is good for business. And the Aussies have history on the subject. In the U.K., the…

  5. Denis Handlin Celebrates 30 Years Leading Sony Aus with Star-Studded Fundraiser

    October 14, 2014 12:01 AM EDT Denis Handlin’s 30 years in charge of Sony Music’s Australia operations was celebrated in style with an action-packed charity fundraising party last Friday (Oct. 10) at Sydney’s The Star venue.  Celebrities from the worlds of sport, music and TV were in the house while a mind-boggling line…

  6. Country the Focus of Billboard Touring Conference Panel

    October 13, 2014 8:44 PM EDT Top Country Touring Execs Break Down Genre's Success Several of the key players behinds the unprecedented success of country music touring will take part in discussion of the genre's live business in a Nov. 19 panel at the Billboard Touring Conference titled "Are You Ready…

  7. Which Metal Legend Is Getting the MTV EMAs Global Icon Award?

    October 13, 2014 10:25 AM EDT Former recipients include Eminem, Whitney Houston and Bon Jovi. British rock legend Ozzy Osbourne will be honored with the Global Icon Award at the MTV EMAs in Glasgow, Scotland in November. The MTV EMAs will air live on MTV channels around the world from the SSE Hydro in Glasgow on Sunday…

  8. Meghan Trainor’s 'All About That Bass' Beats Nicki Minaj’s 'Anaconda' to U.K. No. 1

    October 13, 2014 3:48 AM EDT Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass” (Epic/Sony) stayed ahead of Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda” (Cash Money/Republic/Universal) to start a second week atop the U.K. singles chart yesterday (Oct. 12), as British singer-songwriter George Ezra’s   Wanted On Voyage  moved into a second week at No.…

  9. 17 Years Ago, Elton John's 'Candle In the Wind 1997' Started Its 14-Week No. 1 Run

    October 11, 2014 10:45 AM EDT "Goodbye England's rose, may you ever grow in our hearts / You were the grace that placed itself where lives were torn apart." With those words, Elton John rechristened "Candle in the Wind" from 1973's Goodbye Yellow Brick Road as "Candle In the Wind 1997,…

  10. Adele's '21' Surpasses 11 Million In U.S. Sales

    October 10, 2014 5:25 PM EDT Adele 's mega-selling second studio album, 21 , has surpassed the 11 million sales mark in the U.S., according to Nielsen Soundscan. The set, released in 2011 on XL/Columbia Records, is only the 12th album to sell at least that many copies since SoundScan started tracking sales in…

  11. The Best and Worst Singles of the Week -- From Dierks Bentley to David Guetta

    October 10, 2014 4:35 PM EDT AlunaGeorge "Supernatural" Vagrant/Island London duo Aluna Francis and George Reid tesase their upcoming sophomore release with "Supernatural," a dancefloor-ready jam that reels their future-soul sound back to the 1980s. Francis coos over synths that seem mined from…

  12. New Signings: Kobalt Signs Pitbull, Orchard Adds Donna Summer, Blue Note Nabs Jamie Cullum

    October 10, 2014 12:25 PM EDT Here's 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  -- Olivia Holt , the star of Disney Channel's I Didn't Do It , joins the roster of…

  13. Nas Celebrates 20 Years of 'Illmatic' at Toronto Concert & Documentary Screening

    October 09, 2014 3:20 PM EDT Nas performed all of his breakthrough album after a screening of 'Nas: Time Is Illmatic.' Those who filled Toronto's Queen Elizabeth Theatre on Wednesday night to watch Nas ' documentary and witness the rapper perform Illmatic from front to back left the concert with new…

  14. John Lennon's 10 Biggest Billboard Hits

    October 09, 2014 10:05 AM EDT Today (Oct. 9) marks what would have been John Lennon’s 74th birthday. A masterful songwriter, Lennon quickly converted the powerful creative momentum of his Beatles days into a flourishing solo career that produced iconic Hot 100 smashes, from 1970's "Instant Karma" and…

  15. Meghan Trainor Leads Hot 100's Record-Setting All-Female Top Five

    October 08, 2014 1:59 PM EDT Headed up by Trainor's 'All About That Bass,' women monopolize the top five for a record-breaking fifth consecutive week. Plus, Maroon 5's 'Animals' roars into the top 10 and One Direction debuts at No. 13. It's all about girl power high atop the Billboard…

  16. Film Review: ‘Time Is Illmatic’ Documentary Pays Homage to Nas’ Seminal 1994 Hip-Hop Classic

    October 07, 2014 5:00 PM EDT Few albums in hip-hop history are as universally celebrated as Nasir " Nas " Jones' 1994 debut, Illmatic . But the story behind the LP's creation -- the concepts, production process and societal influences that put Nas at the forefront of the rap vanguard -- is subject…

  17. Jason Aldean & Sam Hunt Chart New Path With R&B-Influenced Country

    October 07, 2014 3:00 PM EDT Billboard speaks with the genre-smashing songwriters behind bold new country hits. Mainstream country music is not always known for being sonically daring, but Jason Aldean' s "Burnin' It Down" and Sam Hunt' s “Break Up In A Small Town” represent something genuinely…

  18. Exclusive Premiere: Rufus Du Sol Gives Zhu's 'Paradise Awaits' a Euphoric Remix

    October 07, 2014 10:50 AM EDT Billboard is in a remix mood this morning, and we’re excited to present a pounding, propulsive new take on a song that already boasted strong dance floor vibes -- Zhu’s “Paradise Awaits,” re-imagined by the Australian indie-house trio Rüfüs Du Sol . Check it out below:   The original…

  19. Instant Karma: John Lennon's Full Catalog Now on Spotify

    October 07, 2014 10:43 AM EDT Imagine all the streaming... Spotify has snagged its elusive fourth Beatle , with today's (Oct. 7) announcement of John Lennon 's solo catalog on the popular streaming music service. From 1970's John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band to 1984's posthumous Milk and Honey , Spotify…

  20. Montgomery Gentry Tease Early 2015 Release for New Album

    October 06, 2014 6:15 PM EDT With "Headlights" giving Montgomery Gentry their first chart appearance since 2012, the duo's Troy Gentry tells Billboard it's good to be back. "It's been a while, and it's great to hear some Montgomery Gentry back on the radio. We’ve got a new deal with…

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