1. The Elaborate High-Security Tactics Behind Taylor Swift's Album Release

    October 31, 2014 10:39 AM EDT Special iPads and Sharkey the security guard kept album leaks (almost) in check. The prerelease security plan around Taylor Swift 's 1989 was not a complete success -- the album leaked three days before its Oct. 27 street date -- but it may have been the most elaborate, at least for an…

  2. Billboard Cover: Lorde on Her ‘Hero’ Kanye West, the ‘Hunger Games’ Soundtrack and Hype-Proofing Her Career

    October 31, 2014 9:00 AM EDT On this mid-October Friday, San Diego State University's campus looks like a certain kind of college-goer's paradise: guys in flip-flops and their tanned female counterparts lounge in the sunbaked quad, chatting about weekend plans, while dudes practice mixed martial arts…

  3. Gregg Allman Dismissed From 'Midnight Rider' Lawsuit

    October 30, 2014 3:56 PM EDT Sarah Jones' family drops lawsuit against three defendants. Lawyers for Sarah Jones ' family are dropping  Gregg Allman , Midnight Rider executive producer  Michael Lehman and the unfinished film's distributor Open Road Films from the civil lawsuit stemming from Jones'…

  4. Nas Previews J Dilla-Produced Song at Run the Jewels' Album Release Party

    October 30, 2014 12:26 PM EDT Nas made a surprise appearance at Run the Jewel s' ( Killer Mike and El-P )  album release celebration for RTJ2 on Wednesday, Oct. 29. "I came here to support the brother son an incredible project. I've been watching them do their thing, even feeling like this is something…

  5. Revisionist History, Part 3: Michael Jackson Gets Revenge on Prince! Year-End Hits of the Past, Re-Analyzed

    October 30, 2014 12:15 PM EDT If you've been following our ongoing look at what happens when Billboard's No. 1 song for each of the Hot 100 's first 46 years is re-figured to reflect Nielsen SoundScan-measured digital song sales since 2004, weighted fairly equally with Nielsen BDS airplay since 2010, you…

  6. Elton John Loves Pope Francis: 'He Is My Hero'

    October 29, 2014 8:47 AM EDT For Sir Elton John , his An Enduring Vision benefit in New York City on Tuesday night was an opportunity to not only raise money for his AIDS Foundation, but also to celebrate marriage equality.  Wearing a sequined black blazer and sitting down often since he was recovering from knee…

  7. Taylor Swift's Entire '1989' Album Selling for 99 Cents

    October 28, 2014 7:13 PM EDT While Taylor Swift 's new 1989 isn't available on streaming sites like Spotify, there is one place the Internet can get it for a pretty good deal.  Taylor Swift's '1989' Heading for 1 Million Sales Debut Microsoft’s new Music Deals app that launched last week is…

  8. How Run-D.M.C. Changed the Rap Game in 1984

    October 28, 2014 1:22 PM EDT Though rap had been selling records and denting the lower reaches of the Billboard charts since 1979, it can be argued that Run-D.M.C. 's self-titled debut -- which peaked at No. 53 on the Billboard 200 on June 23 -- was the first time that real hip-hop was pressed to vinyl.  Most rap…

  9. Beyonce Biography in the Works

    October 27, 2014 10:40 PM EDT What's being billed as the first comprehensive biography of pop diva Beyonce Knowles will be released in the fall of 2015, publisher Grand Central Books announced. The untitled book by J. Randy Taraborrelli will “explore all facets of Knowles’ life” beginning with her childhood…

  10. Watch Benedict Cumberbatch (Almost) Nail Beyonce’s ‘Crazy In Love’ Strut

    October 26, 2014 3:16 PM EDT British actor Benedict Cumberbatch unleashed a pretty convincing impression of Beyonce ’s “Crazy In Love” strut during a recent appearance on The Graham Norton Show . The Sherlock and Star Trek: Into Darkness star was encouraged to show off his moves by comedienne Miranda Hart, who was in…

  11. After Romeo Gets 'Love' on Billboard + Twitter Charts

    October 24, 2014 4:30 PM EDT Look out, One Direction and 5 Seconds of Summer -- there’s a new group ready to dominate the music scene. Los Angeles based quintet After Romeo arrived on the Billboard + Twitter Trending 140 this week with “LOL (Love on Lock)” an energetic pop track laced with R&B influences…

  12. Jay Sean Leaves Cash Money and Premieres 'Tears in the Ocean' Video

    October 24, 2014 2:43 PM EDT Jay Sean , the best selling Urban artist in the history of the UK, is leaving Cash Money Records and independently releasing a mixtape, Mistress II , in November. Today Billboard premieres a new video for the song "Tears in the Ocean," which will appear on the tape next month.…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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.…

  16. Gregg Alexander to Perform 'Begin Again' Song at Hollywood Music in Media Awards

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  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. Roc Nation Sports Signs Red Sox Star Yoenis Cespedes

    October 21, 2014 1:00 PM EDT Red Sox slugger Yoenis Cespedes has joined Jay Z 's burgeoning sports agency Roc Nation Sports, the company announced  this week. Roc Nation Sports' roster also includes fellow MLB stars C.C. Sabathia , Robinson Cano and Rusney Castillo , as well as NFL players Victor Cruz and…

  20. Little Big Town Talk Separate Guys' & Girls' Songwriting Sessions for 'Pain Killer'

    October 20, 2014 5:15 PM EDT It's safe to say that back in 2012, Jimi Westbrook and Karen Fairchild of Little Big Town had no idea how the success of "Pontoon" was about to change their lives. Watch Little Big Town Get Invited to Join the Grand Ole Opry by Reba McEntire "It's been incredible,…

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