1. Exclusive: Lyor Cohen's 300 Unveils New Direction, Content, Artists

    October 21, 2014 10:00 AM EDT When a tombstone appeared on the Twitter feed and website of Lyor Cohen 's 300 Entertainment , along with the words "R.I.P." and "He is not busy being born / is busy dying" and the hashtag #ItsANewDay -- all dropping the same day as the launch of MADE Music --…

  2. Swedish Newcomer Seinabo Sey Premieres Haunting 'Pistols at Dawn' Video

    October 21, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Tove Lo , Icona Pop , Robyn -- it’s no secret we’ve got a thing for Swedish pop singers here at Billboard. We’ve got another one you should be paying attention to, but aside from sharing a homeland, she’s on a different creative wavelength entirely. Meet Seinabo Sey (pronounced Say-na-bo…

  3. TuneCore Unveils 'YouTube Money' to Help Artists Monetize Tracks

    October 21, 2014 9:22 AM EDT Digital distributor TuneCore has announced the launch of YouTube Money, a new service that gives all TuneCore-associated artists a way to further monetize their recordings on YouTube. According to TuneCore, artists choose which tracks they want to monitor, and the company collects a…

  4. Exclusive: Tsu Launches as First Social & Payment Platform Where Users Own Their Content

    October 21, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Facebook ,  Twitter , and their investors may be profiting from user-generated content, but there's one person that's not: the user himself, who sees all the money from targeted ads (how did they know I was looking at those Ugg boots on Zappos?) go directly to those companies. But…

  5. Ice Cube Says N.W.A. Biopic 'Straight Outta Compton' Does a 'Hell of a Job' at Depicting the Group

    October 21, 2014 8:57 AM EDT "We just wrapped principal photography on Straight Outta Compton ," Ice Cube told Jimmy Kimmel on Monday night. "My son is in it, he plays me in the movie, so I'm extremely proud of that, that's cool." (Even if watching his son play himself was eerily Back to…

  6. Watch Taylor Swift Dance to the Naked Chef's 'Bake It Off,' a 'Shake It Off' Parody

    October 21, 2014 8:11 AM EDT Taylor Swift recently visited England to sing "Shake It Off" on The X-Factor ,  and now she's returned to the U.K. for a guest appearance in Jamie "The Naked Chef" Oliver's kitchen . Despite Oliver's nasty handstand dance moves, Taylor wasn't…

  7. 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,"…

  8. Paul McCartney Shares His Unreleased Recording with John Bonham

    October 21, 2014 5:07 AM EDT Paul McCartney is back in release-mode, with the reissue of Wings’ ‘70s albums Venus and Mars  and At The Speed Of Sound  due out next month.  Among the newly unearthed works and bonus content is a previously unreleased take of album track “Beware My Love.” What’s particularly noteworthy is…

  9. 'The Voice' Recap: Battles Continue, But Gwen Stefani Can't Steal Singers

    October 21, 2014 4:12 AM EDT The second week of battles began on The Voice on Monday, filled with matches not only of the singers, but also the coaches. Particularly, Gwen Stefani . The No Doubt breakout (who previewed the music video for her latest single, "Baby Don't Lie," after the episode) previously…

  10. Watch 'American Idol' Alum Clay Aiken's New Campaign Ad

    October 21, 2014 3:54 AM EDT American Idol and congressional candidate Clay Aiken is going after Republican Renee Ellmers in a new television advertisement aimed at North Carolina's Second District. The commercial, which began airing in the entire Second District in both the Raleigh and Greensboro markets, takes…

  11. Lisa Mitchell Discusses Her New 'F--k It' Song ‘Wah Ha’: Listen

    October 21, 2014 1:24 AM EDT Lisa Mitchell has never been one to take the obvious route. The Australian singer-songwriter is back in the groove after taking time out to travel and work on a bio-dynamic vegetable farm. The experience of getting her hands dirty on the Victorian site proved to be a creatively fertile one.…

  12. Fashion Designer Oscar De La Renta Dead At 82

    October 20, 2014 10:17 PM EDT Oscar de la Renta, the legendary Dominican-American fashion designer, has died at age 82, ABC News has confirmed. De la Renta had been battling cancer.  His work became the preferred wear for such first ladies as Nancy Reagan, Hillary Clinton and Laura Bush, and he designed the dress worn…

  13. Exclusive: French Super-Trio Apollonia Premiere "El Señor Vador" Off Debut Album

    October 20, 2014 8:18 PM EDT Comprised of Dan Ghenacia , Dyed Soundorom and Shonky , each a respected solo artist in their own right, the French super-trio Apollonia  made its name on relentless groovy deep house productions and marathon back-to-back-back DJ sets in hallowed underground halls like Circoloco Ibiza and…

  14. Ringo Starr to Star in 2015 Skechers Ads

    October 20, 2014 7:58 PM EDT Ringo Starr and Skechers announced a new partnership Monday that will have the former Beatles drummer appearing in the footwear company's global marketing campaign for their "Relaxed Fit" line, starting spring 2015.   Ringo Starr Looks Back On 'A Hard Day's Night&…

  15. Jhené Aiko Says Staff Member's Assualt Caused Her to Miss Def Jam's 30th Anniversary Concert

    October 20, 2014 6:57 PM EDT As Def Jam celebrated its 30-year anniversary Thursday with a massive Barclays Center blowout featuring performances by Rick Ross , 2 Chainz , Fabolous , DMX , Foxy Brown and many others, one promised guest failed to grace the stage. Jhené Aiko 's absence was noticed, as the young up…

  16. Chart Highlights: Iggy Azalea, MAGIC! Score New No. 1s, Foo Fighters Return

    October 20, 2014 6:35 PM EDT 'Black Widow' nets Azalea a Pop Songs honor last earned by Lady Gaga. Plus, MAGIC! tops AC and Foo Fighters storm multiple rock charts and more. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and…

  17. Taylor Swift Packs Her Bags on ‘Welcome To New York’: Song Review

    October 20, 2014 6:14 PM EDT Admittedly, Taylor Swift’s experience of moving to New York is probably a bit different than those of us out-of-staters who have had to make the post-college pilgrimage to the big city; while Swift perkily admires how “the Village is aglow,” she doesn’t remark on the subway rats or waking…

  18. Sia Doesn’t Turn Her Back on Joni Mitchell and More Insider Scoop

    October 20, 2014 6:00 PM EDT Sia Faces Forward Australian singer-songwriter Sia (Furler) didn't turn her back on Joni Mitchell when she honored the Laurel Canyon icon at the Hammer Museum's annual Gala in the Garden on Oct. 11 in Los Angeles. Although Sia has promoted her current album, 1000 Forms of Fear ,…

  19. Happy Birthday Tom Petty! Celebrate By Revisiting 10 Classic Tracks

    October 20, 2014 5:57 PM EDT In honor of Tom Petty 's 64th birthday, we're revisiting some of his hits! "Don't Come Around Here No More" It's been documented that the inspiration for this 1985 song was a romantic encounter that co-writer David A. Stewart ( Eurythmics ) had with Stevie…

  20. 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…

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