1. MLB Playoffs: All the Intro Songs Revealed

    October 15, 2014 4:15 PM EDT What are players rocking when they step to the plate? There’s a lot more than organ music at baseball games these days. Unless we’re talking Chicago’s Wrigley Field (the only stadium that sticks to the classic organ sounds), every MLB player has the opportunity to step to the plate with his…

  2. Fall Out Boy Shares 'Immortals' Video From Disney's 'Big Hero 6'

    October 14, 2014 10:05 AM EDT We’ve got another new Fall Out Boy song on our hands. Following up September’s “Centuries,” the quartet has released another new single with an epic title, this one for Disney’s forthcoming animated robot film, Big Hero 6 (due Nov. 7). “Immortals” comes via a new video, which you can watch…

  3. Lucinda Williams Revels In Creative Freedom: 'I'm An Optimist'

    October 14, 2014 3:08 AM EDT Lucinda Williams had considered releasing a double CD at least once before, but her record company argued against it. Now the veteran singer-songwriter is putting music out on her own label. Problem solved. Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone , with 20 songs on two CDs, is available now. …

  4. Ask Billboard: Baseball Hits, Gwen Stefani's Delay & Demi Lovato's Best-Selling Songs

    October 12, 2014 8:05 AM EDT As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. Or, Tweet questions to Gary Trust: @gthot20 HIT RUNS AND ERAS Hi Gary…

  5. Violent Soho, Courtney Barnett & Sheppard Among Winners at Australia’s Independent Music Awards

    October 08, 2014 11:49 PM EDT Violent Soho , Courtney Barnett , Sheppard and Remi were among the big winners Wednesday night (Oct. 8) when the trophies were handed out at Australia’s Independent Music Awards. There was no glory for either Sia or Chet Faker, however, who each had three nominations but failed to win a…

  6. Lorde Leaps Onto Radio With 'Yellow Flicker Beat'

    October 08, 2014 9:05 AM EDT The song from the 'Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1' soundtrack makes the highest Alternative Songs bow by a female artist since 1995 Lorde logs the highest launch by a female artist on Billboard's Alternative Songs chart since 1995, as "Yellow Flicker Beat"…

  7. Betty Who Walks You Through Her Debut Album 'Take Me When You Go' Track-by-Track

    October 07, 2014 12:45 PM EDT Betty nails it on her first album, and we've got a firsthand account of all its songs. Look at Betty Who -- all grown up! Here at Billboard, we’ve followed her from baby pop star to fresh major label signee to today, the day she drops her first full-length album. Back in April 2013,…

  8. Meghan Trainor's 'All About That Bass' Hits No. 1 in U.K.

    October 06, 2014 5:53 AM EDT In its first week of full release, Meghan Trainor’s U.S. chart-topper “All About That Bass” (Epic/Sony) has mirrored the feat in the U.K. While on the new album chart, breakthrough Columbia/Sony singer-songwriter George Ezra’s   Wanted On Voyage  hit the top for the first time, in its 14th…

  9. Jessica Lange is Covering Lana Del Rey on 'American Horror Story'

    October 01, 2014 5:07 PM EDT American Horror Story knows its way around a shocking moment, but some things still manage to elicit gasps: For example, Jessica Lange singing Lana Del Rey . That's what fans can look forward to in the upcoming fourth season, according to creator Ryan Murphy .  @ttbradley Tina, don&…

  10. Blake Shelton, 'Bringing Back The Sunshine': Track-by-Track Review

    September 30, 2014 4:40 PM EDT On Bringing Back The Sunshine , the eighth studio disc from Blake Shelton , there are plenty of songs that will go hand in hand with weekend parties and celebrations, but if you look a little deeper into the album, you will see another side of the four-time CMA Male Vocalist of the Year.…

  11. Does One Direction's 'Steal My Girl' Rip Off New Found Glory, Journey, or Both?

    September 30, 2014 10:32 AM EDT Is "Steal My Girl" basically "Steal Your Song"? With a new One Direction album on the horizon , allegations that the boy band are ripping off someone else's songs couldn't be far behind. And here we are again. Less than 24 hours after 1D's new song "…

  12. Niykee Heaton Heats Up, With Assistance From Russell Simmons

    September 29, 2014 5:52 PM EDT Niykee Heaton 's debut EP, Bad Intentions , was released last Tuesday to noteworthy buzz, topping the Billboard + Twitter Trending 140 chart (and quickly nestling into the top 10 in the iTunes Store). But if you haven't heard one of the EP's six tracks on the radio, don&…

  13. Guest Post: What Will the Music Business Look Like in Five Years?

    September 23, 2014 3:27 PM EDT From the dawn of the digital era in 1999, with the introduction of Napster, the U.S. recording industry has seen a cataclysmic decline in income, from $14.5 billion at its peak to less than $7 billion in 2013 (accounting for inflation, a decline of over 65%). In the last three years,…

  14. Album Review: Weezer’s ‘Everything Will Be Alright in the End’ Attempts Return to Peak Power-Pop Condition

    September 23, 2014 3:03 PM EDT Everything Will Be Alright in the End  may be  Weezer 's best album since 2002's Maladroit , but its competition within the band's catalog isn't exactly steep. Weezer Talks New Music at iHeartRadio Fest: 'We Wanted To Make a Very Deep Album' Instead of…

  15. Lady Gaga's 7 Best Live Performances

    September 23, 2014 9:00 AM EDT A.K.A. those times she left us speechless. It's time we got back to focusing on  Lady Gaga 's voice. The release of  Cheek to Cheek , her standards duet album with Tony Bennett, which dropped Tuesday (Sept. 23), points the camera away from her antics and back on her incredible…

  16. Lorde Dazzles at New York City's Pier 97, Covers Kanye West & Bon Iver

    September 15, 2014 1:53 PM EDT Lorde is at a crossroads. A lot of kids her age are drifting between high school and college; Ella Yelich-O'Connor likely fancies herself sort of like Kanye West between College Dropout and Late Registration . On tour with Majical Cloudz, she’s in a space where she can still bask in the…

  17. Hear Empires Exclusively Premiere Epic New Alt-Rock Album ‘Orphan’

    September 15, 2014 1:48 PM EDT The story of Empires’ new album is the story of what a great producer can do for an already-promising band. For their sweeping new album Orphan (out Sept. 23), the Chicago group enlisted veteran rock producer John Congleton to explore untapped expansive potential. With bandleader Sean Van…

  18. New Trailer for 'Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' Arrives: Four Songs We Hope Lorde Chooses To Accompany It

    September 15, 2014 1:11 PM EDT Grab your bow and arrow and get ready to watch Jennifer Lawrence kick ass (and, mini-spoiler alert, shoot down a plane!) -- the new trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 is here. The 107-second clip teases all the big plot points that fans of the franchise know they'll…

  19. From Oasis to Led Zeppelin, Remastered Reissues Are Blockbuster Business

    September 09, 2014 1:25 PM EDT The Beatles go back to mono with a $400 vinyl set as Oasis, Shelby Lynne and others take advantage of new digital technology. Is anyone listening? In these digital times, when most people hear music through tiny, tinny earbuds, does the average music fan appreciate or even seek out a…

  20. Exclusive: Go Behind the Scenes of Billy Idol's 'Kings & Queens of the Underground'

    September 09, 2014 11:37 AM EDT With his first new album in nearly a decade coming up fast, Billy Idol is giving Billboard (and fans) an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the recording process for  Kings & Queens of the Underground . "It's my life put into words," Idol says of the upcoming album, out…

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