1. So, Ariana Grande & Imogen Heap Had Dinner Together

    October 22, 2014 9:38 AM EDT Well, here's some unexpected news: Ariana Grande and Imogen Heap had dinner recently. We know this because they both had such a delightful time they blogged about. Grande took to her home away from home, Instagram, and shared, "most surreal night of my life. thank you so much…

  2. Kanye West Wishes a Happy Birthday to Kim Kardashian, the Dopest Wife and Mom of All Time

    October 22, 2014 6:36 AM EDT There are three kinds of people in this world: people who forget your birthday, people who call at midnight to wake you up and tell you that you're now old, and people who shoot you an amazing message in the final hours of your big day. Kanye West is the last type, and he made his…

  3. 'Motown the Musical' Feels the Love Back in the Motor City

    October 22, 2014 1:58 AM EDT "The Motown family cannot NOT love each other," Berry Gordy, Jr. recently told Billboard. And there was certainly plenty of love in the room on Tuesday night when Gordy and dozens of Motown alumni -- artists, musicians executives, recording engineers, secretaries and more --…

  4. Beast Celebrate 5 Years in K-Pop With New Ballad '12:30'

    October 21, 2014 9:58 PM EDT The boy band give the public a heartbreaking ballad... but with a refreshing twist. Ahead of their two most recent releases, Beast  released ballads as buzz tracks to preview their upcoming material. The boy band previewed 2013 LP Hard to Love, How to Love with the ballad "Will You Be…

  5. Reba McEntire Becomes Nash Icon Music Label's Inaugural Signing

    October 21, 2014 9:48 PM EDT Reba McEntire is about to hit the comeback trail. The Country Music Hall of Fame member signed a new recording pact earlier this morning with Nash Icon Music, a joint venture between Big Machine Label Group and Cumulus Media -- for which the prolific McEntire will be the flagship artist.…

  6. Giants vs. Royals: Who Has the Better Intro Music?

    October 21, 2014 6:00 PM EDT Tonight, the San Francisco Giants visit Kansas City’s Kauffman Stadium to take on the Royals in Game One of the 2014 World Series. The Giants are gunning for their third ring in five years, while the Royals -- who have yet to lose this postseason -- are looking to continue an 11-game…

  7. Why SoulCycle Is the Hot New Way to Break a Hit

    October 21, 2014 5:26 PM EDT Nicole Scherzinger (right) previewed her new album at a SoulCycle ride in New York on Oct. 2 On a recent Thursday night in New York, the scene inside SoulCycle's Leroy Street studio was a departure from the usual 45-minute spinning class: Singer Nicole Scherzinger was hosting a private…

  8. Exclusive: Chance the Rapper Reveals New Album 'Surf,' Working With Frank Ocean & J. Cole

    October 21, 2014 3:30 PM EDT 0 Chance and the Social Experiment are aiming to drop 'Surf' for free by the end of the year. In the year and a half since he released his breakout mixtape, Acid Rap , Chance the Rapper has charted a remarkable course. Forgoing signing with a major label, the Chicago…

  9. 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…

  10. Gwen Stefani Stays Trippy in ‘Baby Don’t Lie’ Music Video

    October 21, 2014 2:08 PM EDT Gwen Stefani is back with a new single, “Baby Don’t Lie,” that updates the elastic pop sound of her first two solo albums. After being previewed on last night’s episode of The Voice , the official music video for “Baby Don’t Lie” has arrived, with a whole lot of funky shapes and…

  11. Album Review: Little Big Town Finally Ready for the Big Time With Tour De Force 'Pain Killer'

    October 21, 2014 2:04 PM EDT There's a reason Little Big Town gets compared to Fleetwood Mac , and it's not just because two of the bandmates are married to each other or that the quartet performs a spirited take on "The Chain" in concert. It's also because the coed Alabama foursome…

  12. Why Taylor Swift Would Never ‘Pull a Beyonce’ with an Album

    October 21, 2014 1:21 PM EDT Waiting for Taylor to release an out-of-nowhere album someday? Keep waiting. When Beyonce surprise-released her self-titled fifth album exclusively on iTunes last December, the sneak-attack tactic left the industry with a lot of questions once the dust settled. The strategy was undeniably…

  13. Anatomy of a Hit: How Bobby Shmurda's 'Hot Boy' Came to Life

    October 21, 2014 12:57 PM EDT In March, Bobby Shmurda ’s “Hot Boy” (explicit version: “Hot N—a”) video hit YouTube. But it wasn’t until June, when Vine user Vladimir Francois looped the rapper’s Shmoney Dance move in the clip, that the song blew up. Now, Shmurda, 20, is signed to Epic Records, and “Hot Boy” rises 12-10…

  14. Ask Billboard: The Weird Connections Between Mary Lambert & Madonna

    October 21, 2014 11:05 AM EDT In this week's reader mailbag, yet more odd coincidences connecting Mary Lambert and Madonna; a look at the longest-leading No. 1s ever on Billboard song charts; and hit songs with quirky time signatures. As always, submit questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music…

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

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  16. 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. …

  17. Deeper & Better: Reaccessing Sleater-Kinney's Material Girls

    October 21, 2014 10:55 AM EDT For around a decade starting in 1995 or 1996, the best rock band in America was an all-female trio out of the indie-rock hothouse of Olympia, Wash.'s Evergreen College. And now, around a decade after they went on hiatus in the wake of 2005's heavy-roiling The Woods , Sleater…

  18. 'Welcome To New York': Listen to a Playlist of Other Songs About New York

    October 21, 2014 10:02 AM EDT Already listened to Taylor Swift 's "Welcome to New York" on repeat since it was released Monday night?  Then take a listen to this (non-comprehensive) playlist of some of our other favorite odes to New York -- both new and classic. Does Swift's latest addition top your…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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