1. Taylor Swift Teases New Announcement on Instagram

    October 09, 2014 11:51 AM EDT Get ready for the next confessional. Taylor Swift  is teasing a new puzzle on Instagram. Alongside the message, Swift posted a photo with "5" and "Woods" with a pinterest-worthy picture of a forest with many fans speculating that means that the next tune would be the…

  2. Why 1996 Was the Best Musical Year of the '90s

    October 09, 2014 10:45 AM EDT After focusing on 1994 last week, now, we're wondering what the best year for music was of the '90s. We've already made a case for  1990 ,  1991 ,  1992 ,  1993 ,  1994  and  1995 . Now it's time for 1996 and 1997 . POP SHOP HOMEPAGE When critics go about naming the best…

  3. Taylor Swift Shocks Fans In New 'Shake It Off' Outtakes Video

    October 09, 2014 10:40 AM EDT 'It hurts how adorable it is.' Taylor Swift loves to shake, but she also loves to surprise fans. In the latest outtake video (the seventh) from her "Shake It Off" video shoot, Swift combines her loves, announcing to a group of excited fans that they would actually get to…

  4. UK Artists Swarm Spotify, Account for 19% of Tracks Streamed Worldwide

    October 09, 2014 9:40 AM EDT The British Invasion continues, only this time it's on streaming services. New data released by Spotify (via BPI ) shows that 19 percent -- or one in five -- of all songs streamed around the world were recorded by UK artists, including Clean Bandit , Sam Smith , Coldplay and One…

  5. Celebrate John Lennon's Birthday With Our 7 Favorite Covers

    October 09, 2014 9:20 AM EDT Seventy-four years ago today, with her husband away at sea and her country in the midst of World War II, Julia Lennon gave birth to a baby who would grow up to be one of rock music's most successful, iconic and inspirational figures -- John Lennon . From the Beatles to Yoko Ono to his…

  6. iHeartRadio Soon Available on Android Wear Smartwatches

    October 08, 2014 9:31 PM EDT Taylor Swift , Ariana Grande , Calvin Harris and all the other favorite iHeartRadio artists will soon be available on your watch.  The digital radio service announced Wednesday it will have an app on Android Wear smartwatches next week on Oct. 15. This is the company's first move into…

  7. Watch James Marsden Sing Garth Brooks With Lady Antebellum

    October 08, 2014 8:58 PM EDT Get this man a country contract ASAP. We knew he was from Oklahoma, but we had no idea James Marsden could sing country like this. Exclusive Premiere: 'The Best of Me' Soundtrack Goes Country When the actor and his Best of Me co-stars stopped by On Air With Ryan Seacrest on…

  8. Aretha Franklin Notches Milestone 100th Hit on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart

    October 08, 2014 5:26 PM EDT Aretha Franklin becomes the first female, and just the fourth artist overall, to place 100 career titles on Billboard 's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart (since it became a multi-metric ranking in 1958), as "Rolling in the Deep (The Aretha Version)" debuts at No. 47.…

  9. Meghan Trainor Leads Hot 100's Record-Setting All-Female Top Five

    October 08, 2014 1:59 PM EDT Headed up by Trainor's 'All About That Bass,' women monopolize the top five for a record-breaking fifth consecutive week. Plus, Maroon 5's 'Animals' roars into the top 10 and One Direction debuts at No. 13. It's all about girl power high atop the Billboard…

  10. Nikki Sixx Focusing on Sixx:A.M.'s First Headlining Tour as Motley Crue Comes to a Close

    October 08, 2014 11:15 AM EDT After seven years and three albums, Sixx:A.M. will do its first tour as a headliner -- though fans will have to wait another six months for the experience. Wrestling Nikki Sixx's commitments to Mötley Crüe 's farewell tour and Guns N' Roses' demands for DJ Ashba, Sixx:A…

  11. Blake Shelton Scores Second No. 1 Album on Billboard 200

    October 08, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Country king Blake Shelton earns his second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart as his new release, Bringing Back the Sunshine , debuts atop the list. It was released on Warner Bros. Nashville Records on Sept. 30, and sold 101,000 copies in the week ending Oct. 5, according to Nielsen…

  12. Taylor Swift Covers 'People': I'm 'Defining Life on My Own Terms'

    October 08, 2014 10:35 AM EDT Taylor Swift channels Mia Farrow's iconic  Great Gatsby  look on the cover of the 40th anniversary issue of People . In the accompanying cover story, excerpts of which are now online, Swift (unsurprisingly) is once again opening up about her single status and the unique challenges that…

  13. Selena Gomez Says Taylor Swift Is 'Begging' Her to Move to New York City

    October 08, 2014 9:59 AM EDT Taylor Swift 's plan to get one of her BFFs, Selena Gomez , to move to NYC may be working. "Taylor has been begging me to live there," Gomez told E! News . "She's like, 'It's the best decision I've ever made.' Everyone always says I'm more…

  14. Jimmy Fallon's 'Ew!' Hits Real-Time Trending 140 Chart -- Is Hot 100 Next?

    October 07, 2014 7:06 PM EDT Fallon's collab with will.i.am blasts onto the real-time Trending 140, and 'Tonight Show' host has his eye on Hot 100 next. Could Jimmy Fallon 's dream to hit, if not conquer, the Billboard Hot 100 come true? On Monday, the host of NBC's The Tonight Show Starring…

  15. Taylor Swift Tweets Love to Fan's 'Shake It Off' Grocery Store Dance

    October 07, 2014 4:03 PM EDT Want Taylor Swift to acknowledge you? Start taping yourself dancing to "Shake It Off," stat. Following up on her praise for the group of Kentucky frat guys who weren't afraid to bust a move to Swift's latest, on Tuesday (Oct. 7), Swift tweeted some love to a young fan…

  16. Jason Aldean & Sam Hunt Chart New Path With R&B-Influenced Country

    October 07, 2014 3:00 PM EDT Billboard speaks with the genre-smashing songwriters behind bold new country hits. Mainstream country music is not always known for being sonically daring, but Jason Aldean' s "Burnin' It Down" and Sam Hunt' s “Break Up In A Small Town” represent something genuinely…

  17. Audiam Signs Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers for Thorny Area of Digital Rights

    October 07, 2014 1:22 PM EDT Digital rights administrator Audiam has signed Metallica and Red Hot Chili Peppers for an exclusive North American representation of the bands' publishing catalogs across digital music services including YouTube, Spotify, Beats, Google Play, Rhapsody, Deezer, Amazon Prime and iTunes…

  18. Ed Sheeran Proves He Can Dance In 'Thinking Out Loud' Video

    October 07, 2014 12:20 PM EDT Ed Sheeran  -- singer-songwriter, occasional rapper and Taylor Swift BFF -- has finally learned to dance. And he wants the whole world to know. And when Sheeran says dance, he's talking dance in an old-school sense, the kind that requires guys to look dapper in a vest while executing…

  19. Why 1992 Was the Best Musical Year of the '90s

    October 07, 2014 11:30 AM EDT After focusing on 1994 last week, now, we're wondering what the best year for music was of the '90s. Monday, we made a case for  1990  and  1991 . Today, it's time for 1992 and 1993 . POP SHOP HOMEPAGE In 1992, BMG and Columbia's music subscriptions were still in full…

  20. Exclusive Premiere: Rufus Du Sol Gives Zhu's 'Paradise Awaits' a Euphoric Remix

    October 07, 2014 10:50 AM EDT Billboard is in a remix mood this morning, and we’re excited to present a pounding, propulsive new take on a song that already boasted strong dance floor vibes -- Zhu’s “Paradise Awaits,” re-imagined by the Australian indie-house trio Rüfüs Du Sol . Check it out below:   The original…

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