1. Ian Fraser, Famed Composer for TV and Film, Dies at 81

    October 31, 2014 5:38 PM EDT He won 11 Emmys from 32 nominations and collaborated often with Julie Andrews. Ian Fraser , whose 11 Emmy Awards and 32 nominations for outstanding music direction made him the most honored composer/conductor in the history of television, has died. He was 81. The British native, who was…

  2. Deerhoof Celebrates 20 Years With Release of Madonna-Inspired 'La Isla Bonita' Album

    October 31, 2014 1:55 PM EDT Deerhoof celebrates 20 years as a band this year, a feat that astounds founding member Greg Saunier. Not because time has flown by for the uber-influential cult band, but mostly because Deerhoof was never intended to last more than two weeks when it was formed, much less two decades. With…

  3. Billboard Cover: Lorde on Her ‘Hero’ Kanye West, the ‘Hunger Games’ Soundtrack and Hype-Proofing Her Career

    October 31, 2014 9:00 AM EDT On this mid-October Friday, San Diego State University's campus looks like a certain kind of college-goer's paradise: guys in flip-flops and their tanned female counterparts lounge in the sunbaked quad, chatting about weekend plans, while dudes practice mixed martial arts…

  4. Craig Aaronson, A&R Exec Who Signed Chemical Romance, Reportedly Dies

    October 30, 2014 4:53 AM EDT Craig Aaronson, the veteran music biz executive who was involved in the signing and A&R development of such acts as My Chemical Romance , The Used , Avenged Sevenfold , Taking Back Sunday , Mastodon , Serj Tankian , and Against Me! , has reportedly died after a long battle with cancer.…

  5. Foo Fighters Announce Stadium Shows Down Under

    October 29, 2014 10:40 PM EDT The Foo Fighters’ world tour has added a string of stadium dates across Australia and New Zealand.  Dave Grohl’s rock outfit will play eight concerts in the region early next year, starting Feb. 18 in Christchurch, before visiting Auckland, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Hobart, Adelaide and…

  6. Taylor Swift's 10 Most Underrated Songs

    October 28, 2014 10:45 AM EDT "Enchanted," "Better Than Revenge," "Ronan" and more: it's time to talk T-Swift deep cuts. All Taylor Swift obsessives have their favorite deep cuts — the songs that those who only know her radio smashes might not be aware of, but the hardcore fans…

  7. Life Is Beautiful 2014's 10 Best Performances

    October 27, 2014 6:46 PM EDT Combining amazing music, world-class food, breathtaking art and iconic public speakers, the Life Is Beautiful festival is a welcome departure from the manufactured spectacle of Sin City’s over-the-top casinos and nightclubs. Transforming downtown Las Vegas into a unique, multi-stage jubilee…

  8. 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 "…

  9. Ask Billboard: World Series Edition

    October 26, 2014 8:05 AM EDT In the latest mailbag, more baseball hits, John Legend's history-making week and Glen Campbell's touching return. As always, submit questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as…

  10. Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande, Pharrell Shine at We Can Survive Concert in L.A.

    October 25, 2014 10:40 AM EDT Befitting a huge spectacle featuring many of 2014’s biggest pop hitmakers -- from Iggy Azalea and Ariana Grande to Taylor Swift and Sia -- CBS Radio breast cancer benefit We Can Survive at Los Angeles’ Hollywood Bowl on Friday (Oct. 24) featured many finely produced and expertly polished…

  11. 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 …

  12. After Selena Gomez's Exit and a Thawing 'Frozen,' Is Disney Headed for a Cold Spell?

    October 24, 2014 1:00 PM EDT The 'Frozen' soundtrack may have helped the company’s music division achieve its highest market share in years, but will a recent exodus of pop stars bring on a new ice age? Thanks to the blockbuster sales of Frozen and its beyond-ubiquitous hit “Let It Go,” Disney’s music…

  13. Billboard Cover: Usher on Getting Tough With Justin Bieber, Why He’s Not Ready for a New Album and Life as a Single Dad

    October 24, 2014 9:00 AM EDT There Are Segways, and then there's Usher Raymond IV 's Segway. Usher's scooter is a custom-built, gold-plated number with rims that look like they were lifted from Rick Ross ' Maybach. It shines like Louis the XIV's jewels as he zips through the hallways…

  14. 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…

  15. Flaming Lips, 'With a Little Help From My Fwends': Track-By-Track Review

    October 22, 2014 2:00 PM EDT The Lips tap Miley Cyrus, My Morning Jacket, Tegan & Sara and more for a loving deconstruction of the Beatles' 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.' Given it's a frequent contender for the 'Greatest Album Ever Made' title, it almost seems like there…

  16. Hear New Taylor Swift Song in Target Commercial

    October 22, 2014 10:10 AM EDT Taylor Swift is in a new ad for Target, advertising the special deluxe version of 1989  (exclusively available at Target). Even more exciting: The new ad features a clip of a previously unheard 1989 track. The Target commercial is out, and features a brand new song you haven't heard…

  17. Album Review: Neil Diamond Resists Resting on His Laurels With 'Melody Road'

    October 21, 2014 3:13 PM EDT At 73, the only reason for a national treasure like Neil Diamond to still be making albums -- let alone entirely self-written ones -- is because he wants to. He already has pulled the nest-egg moves: His last four releases were a covers LP, his third Christmas album, his seventh live…

  18. Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross to Speak at Billboard & Hollywood Reporter Conference

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  19. Exclusive Video: Lorde Shares Details About Her 'Vision' for Curating the 'Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' Soundtrack

    October 21, 2014 10:56 AM EDT Now that the incredible tracklist for the  Lorde -curated  The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1   soundtrack is out , Billboard is excited to share an exclusive video interview with the New Zealand singer-songwriter that finds her telling the story of how the whole project came together. …

  20. Lorde's 'Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Pt. 1' Soundtrack to Feature Kanye West, Chvrches, Charli XCX

    October 21, 2014 6:42 AM EDT Over the summer, we heard that Lorde would be curating the soundtrack for the third Hunger Games movie, Mockingjay, Part One , hitting theaters November 21. And now, on the heels of Monday's release of the Chemical Brothers and Miguel's contribution, "This Is Not a Game,"…

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