1. Happy Midterms! Here Are Some Popular Republican & Democrat Musicians

    November 04, 2014 10:10 AM EST It's midterm elections today in the United States!  After you've voted (seriously, go vote), read through this list of five Republican and five Democrat musicians. Anyone surprise you?  Important caveat:  This information is taken from their statements about recent elections, but…

  2. Billboard and Nielsen Announce Expanded, Multi-Year Relationship

    November 04, 2014 9:00 AM EST Billboard will look to Nielsen for years to come to provide crucial music consumption data for its top charts. The companies today announced a multi-year extension of their current agreement as well as an expanded relationship to include the co-development of new initiatives for the music…

  3. Listen to Kurt Cobain's Unearthed 'Montage of Heck' Mixtape

    November 03, 2014 9:43 PM EST A mixtape Kurt Cobain created in 1988 has been given some new life online, offering fans another glimpse into the Nirvana frontman's psyche with a strange but enjoyable collection of music and sounds.  Courtney Love on Kurt Cobain 'Doping' Note: 'Obviously I Wrote It&…

  4. Director Russell Mulcahy and Duran Duran's John Taylor Look Back on Their Classic Music Videos

    November 03, 2014 6:24 PM EST Chances are, if you turned on MTV in the early 1980s, you watched dozens of videos directed by Russell Mulcahy . He's the Australian visionary that brought the world more than 80 videos in all, including most of Duran Duran 's classic early clips, plus memorable shorts for the…

  5. Chart Highlights: Tove Lo's 'Habits' Hits No. 1 'High' on Pop Songs

    November 03, 2014 5:35 PM EST 'Habits (Stay High)' is the seventh Pop Songs leader by a rookie this year. Plus, Taylor Swift's 'Blank Space' debuts and Imagine Dragons fire back with 'I Bet My Life.' Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every…

  6. Meghan Trainor, Idina Menzel & More Set for Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

    November 03, 2014 3:42 PM EST Sting , Idina Menzel and the cast of Sesame Street will be among the stars celebrating at Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Macy's announced Monday (Nov. 3) that Kiss , Meghan Trainor , Quvenzhane Wallis and Renee Fleming also will be part of the lineup on Nov. 27. Joan Jett Removed…

  7. Ex-New Radicals Frontman Gregg Alexander on Return to the Limelight With 'Begin Again': 'I'm In'

    November 03, 2014 2:06 PM EST Singer-songwriter shares ultimate Spotify playlist, plus songs that changed his life. In the 15 years following Gregg Alexander 's run in the Billboard Hot 100 with New Radicals ' ebullient pop gem "You Get What You Give" -- which peaked at No. 36 but hung in for 20…

  8. This Week in Billboard Chart History: Eminem's 'Lose Yourself' Begins 12-Week Hot 100 Reign

    November 03, 2014 8:05 AM EST This week in 2002, the rap god began his longest chart rule. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Mary J. Blige, Roxette and the Beach Boys. Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history Nov. 3, 2001 Nine years after her…

  9. Can Red Bull Break a Band? Sound Select's 30 Days in L.A. Kicks Off

    November 02, 2014 9:42 AM EST Yesterday marked the launch of 30 Days in LA, the biggest initiative yet by Red Bull's two-year old Sound Select program to develop emerging artists. The month-long program features a daily live music event for the month of November most often with a mid-level headliner dripping…

  10. John Denver Bust Goes Missing After Halloween Party

    November 01, 2014 10:56 AM EDT A Denver radio station that sponsored a heavy-metal Halloween ball is pleading for the return of a bust of John Denver that went missing during the party. John Denver Gets Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame Someone at KBPI-FM’s Saints and Sinners ball Tuesday night (Oct. 28) pried the bronze…

  11. Joel Whitburn, Chart Historian: On Books, Music & the 'Weekly Thrill' of Billboard (Exclusive Q&A)

    November 01, 2014 10:05 AM EDT For nearly a half-century, Whitburn and his company, Record Research, have joined Billboard as the most prominent trackers of the hits. Certain names are synonymous with Billboard charts. Elvis. The Beatles. Elton. Madonna. Mariah. More recently, Rihanna, Gaga, Adele, Katy and Taylor. …

  12. Ian Fraser, Famed Composer for TV and Film, Dies at 81

    October 31, 2014 5:38 PM EDT He won 11 Emmys from 32 nominations and collaborated often with Julie Andrews. Ian Fraser , whose 11 Emmy Awards and 32 nominations for outstanding music direction made him the most honored composer/conductor in the history of television, has died. He was 81. The British native, who was…

  13. Hot 100 Chart Moves: Mr. Probz Makes 'Waves,' Gwen Stefani, Iggy Azalea Debut

    October 31, 2014 4:24 PM EDT Mr. Probz dances 27-22, while Stefani scores the top new entry with 'Baby Don't Lie' and Azalea enters with 'Beg for It.' Plus, moves for Pitbull and an 'emotional' Alesso. As previously reported , Meghan Trainor's "All About That Bass"…

  14. Calvin Harris Sets Dance/Electronic Chart Records

    October 31, 2014 4:10 PM EDT Calvin Harris becomes the first act to place three songs simultaneously in the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs top 10, as "Outside," featuring Ellie Goulding , debuts at No. 7. It joins "Blame," featuring John Newman (No. 2) and "Summer" (No. 9) in the upper tier. …

  15. Executive Turntable: Apollo Theater Appoints Pharrell, NAB Ups Curtis LeGeyt, Rich Christina at Sony/ATV and More

    October 31, 2014 3:07 PM EDT -- APA promoted Joshua Rittenhouse to agent in their concerts division in Beverly Hills, while also developing the agency’s Urban roster. Rittenhouse began his career as a contemporary talent buyer at the Sherman Theater before seguing to marketing director for Stan Levinstone at SLP…

  16. The Big Names in Booking Bands for Television Share Their Secrets

    October 31, 2014 1:11 PM EDT Scott Igoe, Jimmy Kimmel Live! Title: Music executive Held since: 2002 Age: 46 Previous job: Assistant to former Interscope Records co-founder Jimmy Iovine Artists booked in 2014: Pharrell Williams, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Iggy Azalea, Sam Smith and Disclosure, Taylor Swift…

  17. Bruce Springsteen Admits He Wrote a Song About a Book Before Reading It

    October 31, 2014 11:55 AM EDT Bruce Springsteen recently chatted with The New York Times about his favorite writers and what books he's been reading recently (he's promoting his children's book Outlaw Pete ) . Amid a high-minded discussion of Philip Roth, Moby-Dick and Flannery O'Connor, Springsteen…

  18. Beats President Nabs the Most Expensive House in Silver Lake, Warner Music Exec Ditches the Upper E. Side

    October 31, 2014 10:35 AM EDT Nothing beats a futuristic hilltop home overlooking canyons, mountains and the bright lights of Los Angeles. At least that was the case for Beats Electronics president Luke Wood who recently put some of that Apple cash to work in order to win a bidding war for the most expensive home in L.A…

  19. Iggy Azalea, the Most-Nominated 2014 AMAs Artist, Will Also Perform

    October 31, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Make way, Lorde, One Direction, and Fergie: Iggy Azalea is hitting the American Music Awards stage, too. The news arrived Friday morning in a press release. In addition to being the night's newest performer, Azalea is also the AMA's most-nominated artist, with six chances to…

  20. Man Punched by Chris Brown Settles Lawsuit

    October 30, 2014 8:38 PM EDT The lawyer for a man who was punched by Chris Brown outside a Washington hotel says he has settled a lawsuit against the singer. The Washington Post reports that John C. Hayes, the attorney for Parker Adams, confirmed Thursday (Oct. 30) that a settlement had been reached. He did not say how…

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