1. Neil Diamond Aiming for 18th Top 10 Album

    October 24, 2014 8:41 PM EDT Pop great  Neil Diamond  is on course for his 18th top 10 album on the Billboard 200 chart. Industry forecasters suggest the Billboard Icon Award winning-artist's new release, Melody Road , could sell around 75,000 copies in the week ending Oct. 26. The set was released Oct. 21 on…

  2. Glen Campbell to Receive Lifetime Honor at Hollywood Music in Media Awards

    October 24, 2014 8:30 PM EDT Glen Campbell is being honored with the lifetime achievement award at the 5th Annual Hollywood Music in Media Awards, set for Nov. 4 at the Fonda Theater in Hollywood, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Glen Campbell Notches Highest Rank on Hot Country Songs in 25 Years Campbell recently…

  3. 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…

  4. Norwegian DJ Kygo Is On the Verge of Becoming Dance Music's Next Superstar

    October 24, 2014 4:02 PM EDT With a huge label deal, sellout tours, a signature sound and co-signs from Diplo and Coldplay, Kygo is primed to become the next EDM superstar. The world is full of bedroom producers who dream of being the next Avicii . So how did a 23-year-old DJ from Norway find himself in the middle of a…

  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. Taylor Swift to the Haters: 'If You’re Upset That I’m Just Being Myself, I’m Going to Be Myself More'

    October 24, 2014 12:01 AM EDT Taylor Swift named her fifth album after her birth year, 1989 , but 2014 is the year of her rebirth. After wooing the mainstream with four albums of her pop-flavored brand of country, Swift waves goodbye to Nashville with 1989 , ditching guitars for new wave-y synths, courtesy of hitmakers…

  7. Pandora Revenue Up 40 Percent, Listening Growth Softens

    October 23, 2014 5:25 PM EDT Pandora, the world's biggest Internet radio company, achieved big revenue gains in the third quarter in spite of a softening in its listener metrics. The company posted a $2 million net loss, an improvement from the $4.1 million loss a year earlier, on record revenue of $239.6 million,…

  8. Taylor Swift's '1989' Sales Forecast Grows

    October 23, 2014 5:00 PM EDT How much will Taylor Swift 's 1989 sell in its first week? It's still too early to know if it could hit the milestone million-sold mark, but its forecast is rising notably. At present, industry sources are forecasting that 1989 (due Oct. 27 on Big Machine Records) could sell…

  9. Exclusive: Carnage, Erick Morillo and Harry Romero Join Forces on 'Let the Freak Out'

    October 23, 2014 4:20 PM EDT While their marriage may seem unlikely, Carnage, Erick Morillo and Harry Romero were a match made in Miami. After being put in touch by mutual friend Dave Grutman, founder of Miami Marketing Group, Carnage dropped by Morillo's sprawling Miami home to preview tracks for a potential…

  10. Demi Lovato Defends Taylor Swift: 'Don't F--- With Me'

    October 23, 2014 10:10 AM EDT Taylor Swift has been taking some heat lately: Several critics didn't care for "Welcome to New York," and the singer had to defend her songwriting process -- which sometimes draws on experiences from relationships -- during an interview in Australia. Demi Lovato came to a…

  11. Publishing Briefs: Sony/ATV Promotions, Rich Conlon's New Firm, Mike & Keys Join Atlas

    October 23, 2014 8:47 AM EDT Billboard's Ed Christman rounds-up all the big news happening in the music publishing world. -- Sony/ATV Music Publishing has promoted Rich Christina to the role of senior VP, head of East Coast A&R, based in the company’s New York office. He will report to Sony/ATV U.S. co…

  12. Slipknot Heading for Second No. 1 Album

    October 22, 2014 9:04 PM EDT Rock band Slipknot is on course for its second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart. Industry forecasters say the act’s new album, .5: The Gray Chapter , which was released on Oct. 21 through Roadrunner Records, could sell a little over 100,000 copies in the week ending Oct. 26. It's…

  13. Tyga: I Don't Really Get Along With Drake or Nicki Minaj

    October 22, 2014 5:40 PM EDT Tyga isn't biting his tongue. The rapper opened up about his relationship with fellow Young Money artists, Drake and Nicki Minaj  in a recent interview with Vibe , saying: "I don't really get along with Drake. I don't really get along with Nicki . " "I…

  14. Exclusive: Logic Breaks Down 6 Things to Know About Him

    October 22, 2014 4:45 PM EDT Logic , born Sir Robert bryson Hall II, is one of 2014's biggest surprises. Under Pressure (Def Jam, Oct. 21), the debut LP from the 24-year-old Maryland native, is a gem, with a mix of earnest raps and lush beats reminiscent of Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole . Logic, 'Driving Ms.…

  15. Report: Four Die During Amsterdam Dance Event

    October 22, 2014 4:21 PM EDT Four people reportedly died while attending last week’s Amsterdam Dance Event. According to Dutch paper de Volkskrant , two ADE attendees died after taking ill in unrelated incidents over the weekend. A 21-year-old Dutch man reportedly died on Sunday, Oct. 19 th , after being hospitalized…

  16. Jimmy Iovine Talks Birth of Beats, 'Cool' Steve Jobs and Music's 'Sterile' Distribution Systems at Revolt Conference

    October 22, 2014 2:07 PM EDT Jimmy Iovine used his acceptance speech for a special award at Sean Combs ' inaugural Revolt Music Conference this week to talk about Beats, Apple and the changing landscape of the music business, or as he prefers, the business of music. Iovine, the former chairman of Interscope and co…

  17. Inside Grammy U Competition Winner Kirkland Lynch's Incredible Day at the Capitol Records Tower

    October 22, 2014 1:59 PM EDT After winning Grammy U's music business plan competition, Kirkland Lynch found himself in Los Angeles, getting picked up by the chairman of Capitol Records. October 9, 2014 marked the best day of my life thus far. That was the day that Grammy U introduced me to Steve Barnett , CEO of…

  18. Jessie Ware, Courtney Barnett, Ben Kweller on SXSW's First Round Artist List

    October 22, 2014 11:05 AM EDT Courtney Barnett , Carl Barat and The Jackals , Ben Kweller , The Big Pink , Jessie Ware and Scott Weiland and The Wildabouts will all be headed to Austin, Texas, in March for the South by Southwest Music Conference and Festival, the annual industry gathering announced Wednesday.  SXSW…

  19. Pandora Now Sharing Listener Data With Artists

    October 22, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Starting Wednesday, Pandora will provide artists with data and visualization tools to provide insight into their audiences. Called Pandora AMP , the suite of tools is intended to provide artists with the data for such tasks as picking singles, crafting set lists and routing tours. "…

  20. 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…

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