1. Billboard and CLIO Music's Top Commercials Powered by Shazam

    October 02, 2014 11:00 AM EDT For the 55 th annual CLIO Awards honoring creativity in advertising, Billboard and Shazam teamed up to create three charts that honor the best uses of music in advertising over the past year.  Using tagging data from Shazam, as well as sales, airplay and streaming tracked by Nielsen…

  2. Metric on Taking a Year Off, Songwriting & U2 Backlash

    October 01, 2014 3:03 PM EDT Most of Metric 's 2014, a year off save for seven shows, has been spent in Ibiza. Don't worry, Metric is not busting out some club bangers. Instead, the Toronto band has been getting in touch with nature. Metric, Tegan & Sara Make Polaris Music Prize Shortlist "I've…

  3. Watch Ben Affleck Ruin 'Let It Go' on 'Tonight Show'

    September 30, 2014 10:49 PM EDT Ben Affleck has many skills, but belting out Frozen tunes isn't one of them, much to his son's chagrin. The Gone Girl star and new Batman , who appeared on Monday's Tonight Show , said that his two-year-old son, Samuel, loves the hit Disney film. Affleck tries his best to…

  4. Album Review: Former My Chemical Frontman Gerard Way Graduates to Glossy Britpop on ‘Hesitant Alien’

    September 30, 2014 4:53 PM EDT Those looking for a "Helena," or a return to the opera-rock of My Chemical Romance 's 2006 winner The Black Parade , on former MCR lead singer Gerard Way 's solo debut, Hesitant Alien , should keep the receipt. On the LP, which comes in the wake of My Chemical Romance&…

  5. Sam Smith's 'Restart' Video Takes You on a Tour of His Tour

    September 30, 2014 10:55 AM EDT If Sam Smith 's Restart" video is any indication, going on tour with the U.K. soul singer seems like a good time. The video starts with footage of Smith on a bus with his backup singers, who are all gleefully singing along to  Beyonce 's "Flawless" remix. This…

  6. Apple Suing Headphones Entrepreneur for Claiming to Be a Beats Co-Founder

    September 29, 2014 6:47 PM EDT The story of how Beats Electronics was founded just got more interesting. Dr. Dre & Jimmy Iovine Dragged Into Beats Headphones Dispute On Friday, the new Apple subsidiary filed a false advertising and unfair competition lawsuit against Steve Lamar for holding himself out to be a co…

  7. Urban Outfitters Doesn't Sell the Most Vinyl

    September 29, 2014 3:42 PM EDT While Urban Outfitters may be telling the world that it is the world's premier seller of vinyl, record label executives tell Billboard that Amazon is the largest retailer selling the format. Reportedly, Urban Outfitters chief administrative officer Calvin Hollinger made that claim to…

  8. Vaporwave ‘Ambassador’ Saint Pepsi Admits His Obsession With ‘Degrassi’ and Drake

    September 29, 2014 3:35 PM EDT Saint Pepsi has somewhat of a thing for Degrassi . Inspired by Drake 's stint as Wheelchair Jimmy on the teen soap and his subsequent (and highly successful) transition into music, the 21-year-old is facing a trying shift as well. Raised in Long Island, N.Y., Pepsi, whose real name is…

  9. ‘Habits (Stay High)’ Singer Tove Lo Dishes About Her 5 Real-Life Habits

    September 29, 2014 12:30 PM EDT On her hit record, the upstart Swedish singer says she uses drugs to ease the pain. But in reality, she’s hooked on coffee, sleep and love. Tove Lo is breaking out with her hazy pop jam "Habits (Stay High)" -- which moves 16-13 on the Oct. 4 Billboard Hot 100 -- from debut album…

  10. Lady Gaga: 'The World View of Israel Is Just Not Reality'

    September 29, 2014 11:32 AM EDT After her buzzy shows in Tel Aviv, Lady Gaga has spoken out about the world's perception of Israel. "Tel Aviv was magnificent," the singer told The Independent . "The world view of Israel is just not reality. It’s in a beautiful place, the people are in good spirits. I…

  11. Led Zeppelin Shares Rare Alternate Version of 'The Rain Song'

    September 29, 2014 11:05 AM EDT Led Zeppelin is re-releasing its classic albums Led Zeppelin IV and Houses of the Holy on Oct. 27, and rarities from these sets are beginning to trickle out. Earlier this month, we shared an alternate version of the IV cut “Black Dog” and now a sampling of Houses of the Holy ’s deluxe…

  12. 15 TomorrowWorld 2014 Day 2 Highlights: Skrillex, Dillon Francis, Bob Moses & More

    September 28, 2014 5:43 PM EDT On Saturday (Sept. 27), TomorrowWorld entered its second sunny day in Georgia’s Chattahoochee Hills. With OWSLA, Mad Decent and Pete Tong’s All Gone stage showcases on deck, the day featured some of the festival’s finest assembled talent. Billboard takes you to back down South to recap all…

  13. 'Saturday Night Live' recap: Chris Pratt Raps & Ariana Grande Acts

    September 28, 2014 11:04 AM EDT Anyone who watches Parks and Recreation  already knew Chris Pratt was musical, but while there wasn't a Mouse Rat reunion during the Saturday Night Live season premiere Saturday night (huge sigh of disappointment), there were plenty of music moments including a shout out to the latest…

  14. Happy Birthday, Hilary Duff: Here Are 7 of Our Favorite Videos

    September 28, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Happy Birthday,  Hilary Duff !   The  Lizzie McGuire  star-turned-recording artist is 27 today, and to celebrate, we rounded up some of our favorite of her music videos from both a decade ago and now. Duff is having a bit of a resurgence lately  (kind of  a metamorphosis , if you will) with…

  15. Global Citizen Festival 2014: Beyonce Duets With Jay Z, Sting Joins No Doubt & 8 More Highlights

    September 28, 2014 1:27 AM EDT Now in its third year, the Global Citizen Festival took its ambitious name to heart during its Sept. 27 gathering on the Great Lawn of New York’s Central Park. In addition to show-stopping performances from Jay Z (with a two-song finale cameo from Beyonce ), No Doubt (who were at one point…

  16. Nu-Blu Talk Collaborative Effort of 'All the Way'

    September 26, 2014 7:58 PM EDT Nu-Blu 's Carolyn Routh is a very humble and modest person. You find that out just seconds into a conversation with her. But she's very confident when it comes to the band's just-released disc, All the Way . "The new album is good, if I'm allowed an opinion,"…

  17. The New Classics: 10 Genius 'Saturday Night Live' Sketches With Musicians

    September 26, 2014 10:28 AM EDT From Justin Timberlake to Adam Levine, these are the funniest musicians on 'SNL' in recent years. Saturday Night Live  kicks off its 40th season on Saturday, with host Chris Pratt and musical guest  Ariana Grande . In addition to Grande belting out "Break Free," it'…

  18. Gridiron Grooves: Fans of Every NFL Team Reveal Their Favorite Artists

    September 26, 2014 8:00 AM EDT Football season is in full swing, and as always, music is playing a big part, blaring in stadiums to pump up home crowds (and keep the "Gangnam Style" horsey dance alive and well). To find out what each fan base was bumping, Billboard hit up Facebook's data crunchers, who…

  19. Tove Lo Brings ‘Habits’ to ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’: Watch

    September 24, 2014 11:33 AM EDT “Habits (Stay High)” by Tove Lo keeps rising on the Hot 100 chart , reaching a new peak at No. 16 on last week’s tally, and the Swedish singer-songwriter is making the promotional rounds performing the track ahead of her debut album release next week. Watch her perform “Habits” on Tuesday’s…

  20. Barbra Streisand Makes History at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart

    September 23, 2014 8:11 PM EDT Streisand is the only act with No. 1 albums in each of the last six decades. It's official: Barbra Streisand 's Partners album debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, making the icon the first act to achieve No. 1 albums in each of the last six decades. Barbra Streisand&…

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