1. Pepe Aguilar, 'MTV Unplugged': Track by Track

    October 24, 2014 6:52 PM EDT The Ranchero Star Goes pop/rock with guests Miguel Bose, Reyli, Saul Hernandez, Meme del Real and more Ranchera star Pepe Aguilar is a rocker at heart. Back in his teens, he even fronted a rock back in Mexico before turning his full attention to ranchera music, his path to stardom. Now,…

  2. Joan Jett Rocks Out With Billie Joe Armstrong, Alice Cooper & More at Charity Show

    October 24, 2014 4:20 PM EDT When the pioneering all-female hard rock band the Runaways broke up in early 1979, no one took the prospects of a 20-year-old Joan Jett 's solo career seriously. To state the obvious, the industry underestimated her. Thirty-five years and numerous top 40 Hot 100 hits later, Jett is…

  3. Why 1984 Was Pop Music’s Best Year Ever

    October 24, 2014 2:18 PM EDT If the dystopian warnings in George Orwell's visionary novel Nineteen Eighty-Four hadn't entirely come to pass, there was plenty of alienation, disillusionment and despair to go around in 1984. Fear of nuclear destruction was at an all-time high. The AIDS epidemic continued to…

  4. 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…

  5. 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 of the…

  6. Billboard Cover Sneak Peak: 5 People (and Things) That Inspire Usher -- From Picasso to Puff Daddy

    October 23, 2014 7:55 PM EDT Usher 's career stats are astounding. He's sold close to 24 million records in the United States and taken home eight Grammys. His 2004 album Confessions sold more than any other album in the '00s. His recent single "Good Kisser" was his 13th No. 1 on…

  7. Watch Ariana Grande Rap Nicki Minaj's 'Bang Bang' Verse

    October 21, 2014 12:08 PM EDT Ariana Grande is trying her hand at rapping. Over the weekend at the BBC Radio 1 Teen Awards, Grande was on hand to perform "Bang Bang" -- but Nicki Minaj wasn't there to rap her verse. Not a problem! Grande just did it herself (with an assist from Minaj's pre-taped…

  8. ‘Guardians of the Galaxy,’ ‘Frozen’ and 'Hunger Games,' Oh My! How This Was the Year of the Soundtrack

    October 17, 2014 4:00 PM EDT Frozen was just the tip of the iceberg at a time where music triumphed at the movies Not since "Greased Lightnin'" and "Night Fever" electrified the movies in 1978 have soundtracks proven to be such an indomitable force in the music industry. Triple-platinum sales…

  9. 14 New Zealand Acts You Need to Know About

    October 17, 2014 5:17 AM EDT New Zealand has been punching well above its weight in recent years. Think Lorde . Think The Naked and the Famous , Broods , Gin Wigmore , Ladyhawke   and  Kimbra (oh, and don't forget   Flight of the Conchords ). If you figured that’s it, think again. With the nominations announced…

  10. ‘Hideaway’ Singer Kiesza: Dyslexia 'Makes You More Creative’

    October 16, 2014 6:16 PM EDT Put Kiesza on a rooftop with a rifle and she could probably shoot you down from a block away -- not that she's planning to. Prior to her amazing one-take video for her debut single, "Hideaway," going viral (to the tune of 132 million-plus views since February), the dance-pop…

  11. Foo Fighters Release 'Something From Nothing': Dave Grohl Explains What Inspired It

    October 16, 2014 4:20 PM EDT Twenty years into their career and the fighters/chart"> Foo Fighters are as hard as ever. The band released their new single, "Something From Nothing," on Thursday (Oct. 16). "Something From Nothing," the lead single off the band's Nov. 10 album Sonic…

  12. Must-Hear Music Podcast: Taylor Swift, Fall Out Boy, Childish Gambino & More

    October 16, 2014 2:56 PM EDT Big week on the Must-Hear Music podcast! We tackle Taylor Swift's "Out of the Woods" -- her epic synth-pop anthem with Bleachers' Jack Antonoff -- as well as Fall Out Boy's hair metal-esque contribution to a Disney movie, Big Hero 6 . And it just gets weirder from…

  13. Exclusive Premiere: Watch Singer-Songwriter's Halsey's Gritty 'Hurricane' Video From Her Visual 'Room 93' EP

    October 16, 2014 1:27 PM EDT The singer Halsey's life changed suddenly earlier this year. She had been playing acoustic shows as a matter of necessity, to pay her bills, and she ended up in the studio one day with a friend of a friend to record one song, "Ghost." That track has been streamed more than…

  14. Lorde's 'Yellow Flicker Beats' Soundtracks New 'Hunger Games' Trailer: Watch

    October 16, 2014 12:15 AM EDT Lorde’s  “Yellow Flicker Beats” is put to some dark images in the new trailer for  The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1. The new clip follows the cinematic heroine Katniss Everdeen  (played by Jennifer Lawrence ) as she makes her return to the now-wasteland that is her homeland, District…

  15. Jimmy Fallon Hits Hot 100 With 'Ew!,' Featuring will.i.am

    October 15, 2014 2:45 PM EDT 0 The host of 'The Tonight Show' fulfills his dream to reach the chart: 'I'm freaking out right now!' "Oh my goodness. I'm, like, freaking out right now. This is unbelievable! No. 26? I'd be happy with 99!" Jimmy Fallon could hardly…

  16. Lorde Crashes Time’s 25 Most Influential Teens List

    October 13, 2014 10:15 PM EDT A year after debuting with the hit track "Royals," Lorde's reign as queen continues. The singer (and Hunger Games: Mockingjay soundtrack curator) is among those highlighted in Time's 25 Most Influential Teens of 2014, an unranked list that was released Monday morning and…

  17. Former ‘Gossip Girl’ Star Leighton Meester on Her Debut Album: ‘I Learned How to Do It My Way’

    October 13, 2014 4:46 PM EDT After a run as a TV teen queen and a brush with pop fame, Leighton Meester is giving fans something new to gossip about: her debut album. Fresh off her role in Of Mice and Men on Broadway , which wrapped in July, the 28-year-old is releasing Heartstrings on Oct. 28, on her own Hotly…

  18. Who’s the Next Enrique? Five Latin Artists on the Verge of Stardom

    October 13, 2014 2:30 PM EDT From Luis Coronel to brothers Rio Roma, find out about the Latin performers on the verge of stardom.  Farruko , 23 The featured act (and co-writer) on J B alvin ’s hit “6 AM,” this Puerto Rican reggaetonero is already in high demand to perform shows here and in Europe as his single “Passion…

  19. 1990s Poll: What Was The Best Musical Year of the Decade?

    October 13, 2014 1:30 PM EDT Vote now to tell us which year from the 1990s contained the most essential music! Last week, Billboard.com dove deep into the 1990s to analyze the various minutiae of one of the most colorful decades ever in pop music history. Ten different writers made arguments as to why each year of…

  20. From Panic Attacks to Family Estrangement, Reggaeton Star J Balvin’s Struggle to Make It to the Top

    October 10, 2014 1:00 PM EDT Two years ago, J Balvin should have been on top of the world. A steady stream of tracks that mixed tropical lightness with the heavy beat of reggaeton had made him a star at home in Colombia. Girls climbed the walls of his house in Medellin to get a picture with him. The stars of the…

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