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. SoundCloud Has Reached Critical Mass – Now It Has to Make Money

    October 24, 2014 5:00 PM EDT The world’s biggest audio-streaming service is coping with the biggest growing pain of all: how to make a buck. Like many digital start-ups, SoundCloud -- the world’s largest audio-streaming service -- built a seamless user experience before figuring out how to make money with it. Now the…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. Let Super Junior Color Your World With 'This Is Love' Video

    October 22, 2014 9:49 PM EDT The veteran boy band is bringing fans even more new music and videos with a repackaged version of their latest chart-topping album. Last month, Super Junior 's Mamacita album sold enough copies to top Billboard 's World Albums chart with just three days of sales . With the…

  6. Watch Crayon Pop's K-Pop Hit 'Bar Bar Bar' Get the ABC Sitcom 'Selfie' Dancing

    October 22, 2014 8:53 PM EDT The K-Pop Hot 100 No. 1 single made a surprising (and hilarious) cameo in the sitcom. While hearing new K-pop on U.S. radio might be sending fans into a tizzy, there's another area the infectious music genre has invaded: sitcoms. On the Oct. 21 episode of ABC show  Selfie ,  Crayon Pop…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. Raphael Ravenscroft, Man Behind Most Iconic Sax Riff in Pop Music, Dies at 60

    October 21, 2014 12:49 PM EDT Saxophone player Raphael Ravenscroft -- the man behind the most recognizable sax riff in pop music history -- has passed away of a suspected heart attack . He was 60. Ravenscroft provided the sax hook on Gerry Rafferty 's "Baker Street," a fairly typical slice of '70s…

  10. 2NE1's K-Pop Hit 'I Am the Best' Gains Spins at U.S. Radio Stations

    October 20, 2014 9:35 PM EDT New York and Boston stations have adopted the Korean banger into their playlists. 2NE1 's "I Am the Best" continues making impressions in America as it begins picking up spins on stateside radio. In the week ending Oct. 19, the electronic/hip-hop hybrid single was played 24…

  11. Sia Doesn’t Turn Her Back on Joni Mitchell and More Insider Scoop

    October 20, 2014 6:00 PM EDT Sia Faces Forward Australian singer-songwriter Sia (Furler) didn't turn her back on Joni Mitchell when she honored the Laurel Canyon icon at the Hammer Museum's annual Gala in the Garden on Oct. 11 in Los Angeles. Although Sia has promoted her current album, 1000 Forms of Fear ,…

  12. Happy Birthday Tom Petty! Celebrate By Revisiting 10 Classic Tracks

    October 20, 2014 5:57 PM EDT In honor of Tom Petty 's 64th birthday, we're revisiting some of his hits! "Don't Come Around Here No More" It's been documented that the inspiration for this 1985 song was a romantic encounter that co-writer David A. Stewart ( Eurythmics ) had with Stevie…

  13. Foo Fighters Explore Chicago’s Storied Musical History in ‘Sonic Highways’ Premiere

    October 18, 2014 12:13 PM EDT The premiere features interviews from Buddy Guy, Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen, producer Steve Albini, and more. Finally, near the end of a two-and-a-half hour set at the wildly intimate Cubby Bear in Chicago on Friday (Oct. 17) night, the Foo Fighters played a new song. Foo Fighters Release &…

  14. Alleged Track List for Taylor Swift's '1989' Hits Twitter

    October 17, 2014 4:25 PM EDT It's difficult to keep a secret from the Internet. With 10 days to go until Taylor Swift 's hotly anticipated fifth studio album 1989 drops, Twitter is circulating an alleged leaked copy (below) of the 1989 track list. We've reached out to Swift's rep to confirm if it&…

  15. Gee Roberson: 'I Made a Hell of a Detour' on the Way to Managing Nicki Minaj

    October 17, 2014 2:47 PM EDT NICKI'S BRANDING BOSS This profile is part of Billboard's Oct. 25 cover story package on the launch of Maverick, a new music-management consortium. You can find our full coverage right here . AGE: 40 TITLE: Co-CEO, The Blueprint Group STAFF : 12 CITY: New York and Los Angeles…

  16. Gimme Five: B1A4's Biggest Musical Inspirations

    October 16, 2014 11:30 PM EDT Earlier this month, U.S. fans got to see  B1A4  up close with their first set of headlining concerts in America. From the tour's kickoff in New York , the K-pop quintet saw their super-supportive stateside fanbase hollering for them whether they were belting, rapping or showcasing a…

  17. Billy Bob Thornton's Boxmasters Go 'Somewhere' With 101 Records

    October 16, 2014 8:30 PM EDT Some artists may battle a bit of writer's block when prepping for a new release, but that's definitely not an issue for the Boxmasters ' principal songwriters Billy Bob Thornton and J.D. Andrew , who have delivered a double-album, Somewhere Down the Road , for the band's…

  18. K-Pop Superstar CL to Enter America With Scooter Braun

    October 16, 2014 5:59 AM EDT The multilingual leader of girl group 2NE1 has teamed up with the man behind Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande. CL , the rapper/singer that acts as leader of K-pop phenomenons 2NE1 , is eyeing the global music market and  Scooter Braun will help her achieve her goal. YG Entertainment, the…

  19. 2PM Add Four U.S. Dates for 'Go Crazy' World Tour

    October 15, 2014 8:54 PM EDT The boy band will play the New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Dallas areas in their first solo U.S. shows since 2010. 2PM are ready to "Go Crazy!" with their American fans next month. The K-pop boy band has announced four major concerts in the U.S. as part of their "Go Crazy!…

  20. Watch F.T. Island's Track-by-Track Review of Personal 'All About' Album

    October 15, 2014 5:45 PM EDT The K-pop/rock group recall fans, ex-girlfriends and 'dark periods' while writing their latest LP. After sharpening their skills on the touring circuit playing festivals and arena shows in Japan this year,   F.T. Island  made their long-awaited comeback in Korea with the release…

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