1. Jack Antonoff on Bruce Springsteen's 'Born in the U.S.A.': 'It's an Unbelievably Personal and Perfect Album'

    October 27, 2014 4:20 PM EDT Jack Antonoff -- the guitarist for Fun , frontman of Bleachers and co-writer/producer of Taylor Swift 's "Out of the Woods" -- grew up in a world defined by Born in the U.S.A. Not only is he a New Jersey native, he was only 3 months old when 34-year-old Springsteen 's…

  2. Here's Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' Sung in 20 Different Styles in 5 Minutes

    October 27, 2014 4:04 PM EDT What if we told you someone could perform Michael Jackson 's "Thriller" in 20 different styles in less than 5 minutes? Would you scoff and say, "It can't be done"? Probably not, because you've likely encountered the viral sensation 10 Second Songs aka…

  3. Chart Highlights: Gwen Stefani Returns, Foo Fighters Fly to No. 1

    October 27, 2014 3:55 PM EDT Stefani scores her first solo airplay hit since 2007, while Foo Fighters crown Rock Airplay and Mainstream Rock Songs. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys listed below.…

  4. Calvin Harris & Big Sean's 'Open Wide' Video: Guns, Blood & Ballet

    October 27, 2014 3:24 PM EDT With a week to go until Calvin Harris ' star-studded fourth studio album Motion hits, the Scottish superstar DJ has shared a new video for his Big Sean collaboration "Open Wide." "Open Wide" is essentially the same track as "C.U.B.A.," a demo he teased…

  5. Why 1984 Was Michael Jackson’s Defining Year -- and the Beginning of His Downfall

    October 27, 2014 1:35 PM EDT Although Michael Jackson 's Thriller was released in November 1982, the artist and the album's immense cultural impact solidified in early 1984. Thriller spent 17 of its 37 weeks atop the Billboard 200 during an uninterrupted streak that ran from Dec. 24, 1983 through…

  6. Notable Quotes: Paul McCartney Isn't Beyond Twerking, Justin Bieber Thinks He's a 'Sex Panther' and More

    October 27, 2014 1:13 PM EDT "The last time I twerked I was with @katyperry. She was rather good at it!" -- Paul McCartney The Beatles legend during a Twitter chat, replying to a fan who asked if he had ever twerked. Paul McCartney Shares His Unreleased Recording with John Bonham "I look like a sex…

  7. Exclusive: Dorothy Premieres Rockin' 'Wicked Ones,' Is Ready For a Wild Night

    October 27, 2014 11:25 AM EDT When a band is named after its frontperson, you’re going to have some high hopes for that special someone. Meet Dorothy , named after its lightning rod frontwoman’s first name -- not last -- so rest assured this isn’t '80s pop-metal. The Los Angeles quartet is the sort of band that’s…

  8. Lorde, One Direction & Fergie Playing 2014 American Music Awards

    October 27, 2014 11:20 AM EDT Lorde may never become a royal, but at the 2014 American Music Awards, she's set to share the same stage as Britain's most popular band and The Dutchess . The soon-to-be-18-year-old singer will headline this year's AMAs along with One Direction and Fergie , both of…

  9. This Week in Billboard Chart History: 50 Years Ago, the Supremes Reigned With 'Baby Love'

    October 27, 2014 8:05 AM EDT This week in 1964, the Motown classic 'Baby Love' took over atop the Hot 100. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Janet Jackson, Elton John and No Doubt. Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history Oct. 27, 1990…

  10. Sting and His 'The Last Ship' Cast Prep for Broadway Opening

    October 26, 2014 1:07 PM EDT "I'm at the back there every night, mouthing every syllable," Sting says. The actors in Sting 's musical The Last Ship have plenty of pressure these days. The show is making its Broadway debut. There are last-minute changes. And Sting is pacing in the darkness. "I&…

  11. Jazz Singer Jimmy Scott Remembered at Harlem Memorial

    October 26, 2014 9:00 AM EDT A respectful and loving crowd filled the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem on Saturday afternoon (Oct. 25) for a memorial service celebrating the life of Jimmy Scott . Jimmy Scott, Iconic Jazz Stylist, Dead at 88 The beloved jazz singer, who passed away on June 12, 2014, at the age of 89,…

  12. Ask Billboard: World Series Edition

    October 26, 2014 8:05 AM EDT In the latest mailbag, more baseball hits, John Legend's history-making week and Glen Campbell's touching return. As always, submit questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as…

  13. Who Were 1984’s One-Hit Wonders?

    October 24, 2014 6:27 PM EDT So, what was the "Macarena" of 1984? The better question is -- what wasn't? Sexy talk and German anti-war protest songs ruled in the fight to be forgotten. Below, you can hear tracks from lesser-known Jackson siblings and listen to Clint Eastwood in a country song. A Look…

  14. A Look Back at 1984: All of Our Coverage

    October 24, 2014 5:49 PM EDT The political and social disquiet of 1984 was reflected in a widespread sense that everything was up for grabs: gender identity ( Boy George , Annie Lennox ), sexual roles ( Madonna , Prince ), even the definition of rock and roll itself ( Van Halen adding synthesizers on the 1984 album,…

  15. Hot 100 Chart Moves: Sam Smith's 'I'm Not the Only One' Soars Into Top 20

    October 24, 2014 4:51 PM EDT Smith flies 25-20 with his new ballad. Plus, moves for Sam Hunt, Katy Perry, Colbie Caillat and Nico & Vinz. As previously reported , Meghan Trainor ties two Michael Jackson classics, "Billie Jean" and "Black or White," for the longest-leading Billboard Hot 100 No.…

  16. 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…

  17. Why 1984 Was Pop Music’s Best Year Ever

    October 24, 2014 2:18 PM EDT If the dystopian warnings in George Orwell's visionary novel Nineteen Eighty-Four hadn't entirely come to pass, there was plenty of alienation, disillusionment and despair to go around in 1984. Fear of nuclear destruction was at an all-time high. The AIDS epidemic continued to…

  18. Taylor Swift's 13 Best Liner Note Secret Messages -- So Far

    October 24, 2014 10:58 AM EDT We know these all too well. Gather round,  Taylor Swift  fans. We're in the home stretch until her new album, 1989 , drops Monday (Oct. 27), which means we are likely also just a few days away from the official reveal of more Taylor Swift Secret Message Liner Notes, a most joyous…

  19. Taylor Swift, Gwen Stefani & Fall Out Boy: Real-Time Twitter Chart Rewind Ep. 21

    October 24, 2014 10:51 AM EDT Welcome back to Billboard's weekly video show "Real-Time Rewind," which recaps the past week's hottest action on the new Billboard Real-Time Twitter Charts -- Trending 140 and Emerging Artists -- and the news that's driving the action. Joe Levy is back in the studio…

  20. Flashback Friday: Ranking All 12 'High School Musical 3: Senior Year' Songs

    October 24, 2014 10:35 AM EDT We're all in this together. Is it always the right time to talk about High School Musical ? Bet on it. But it's especially apropos today (Oct. 24), because it's the anniversary of the debut of the third and final film in the franchise, High School Musical 3: Senior Year -- …

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