1. Craig Aaronson, A&R Exec Who Signed Chemical Romance, Reportedly Dies

    October 30, 2014 4:53 AM EDT Craig Aaronson, the veteran music biz executive who was involved in the signing and A&R development of such acts as My Chemical Romance , The Used , Avenged Sevenfold , Taking Back Sunday , Mastodon , Serj Tankian , and Against Me! , has reportedly died after a long battle with cancer.…

  2. Taylor Swift on Her Love of Reading & Writing: 'What If I End Up Writing a Script or a Book?'

    October 29, 2014 11:19 PM EDT Who says kids don't read? Not Taylor Swift . The superstar made a stop Tuesday night on her busy tour promoting her new album to share her passion for reading and writing with a gaggle of New York City public school kids -- and 100 more giggling on computer screens via Skype from…

  3. Young Fathers Beat Out Damon Albarn, FKA Twigs for 2014 Mercury Prize

    October 29, 2014 7:18 PM EDT Scottish hip-hop group Young Fathers have beat out Damon Albarn , Anna Calvi , FKA Twigs and others for this year's Mercury Prize for the best British or Irish record of the last 12 months.  Who Got Nominated For the 2014 Mercury Prize? The trio's 2014 record, Dead -- which was…

  4. Exclusive: Enrique Iglesias Talks Record-Breaking No. 1 Run for 'Bailando'

    October 29, 2014 7:00 PM EDT 'This one just felt special,' Iglesias tells Billboard after setting Hot Latin Songs record. "The song to me was always a special song, but you never really know," Enrique Iglesias tells Billboard exclusively about "Bailando." "You don't know how…

  5. Allman Brothers Band Puts Focus on Duane Allman at Final Beacon Theatre Show

    October 29, 2014 6:04 PM EDT When guitarists Derek Trucks and Warren Haynes announced in January that they would no longer perform with the Allman Brothers Band after this year, it wasn't clear what that meant. This iteration of the group had been together almost 15 years, longer than any other since the band'…

  6. From Diddy to Alanis Morissette, These Musicians Have Turned Marathon Runners

    October 29, 2014 5:35 PM EDT Pop music and distance running aren't so different. Both reward tenacity, hard work, and the willingness to wear skimpy clothing and push your body to its physical limits. No wonder so many rock stars have done marathons. There are few athletic contests more badass than the 26.2-mile…

  7. Krist Novoselic: ‘Meat Puppets II’ Inspired Me Because ‘There Were No Barriers’

    October 29, 2014 4:48 PM EDT Former Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic, on Meat Puppets II , the second album by Phoenix rock band Meat Puppets . It is considered one of the most influential albums of the '80s even though it did not chart. A Look Back at 1984: Full Coverage "I first heard that album at [ The…

  8. How Music Video Pioneer Russell Mulcahy Killed the Radio Star

    October 29, 2014 4:42 PM EDT Russell Mulcahy is the man behind an endless string of iconic music videos, dating back to the first that aired on MTV in 1981: The Buggles ' "Video Killed the Radio Star." From Duran Duran sailing on a yacht in "Rio," to Bonnie Tyler’s bizarro "Total Eclipse…

  9. Future Doesn't Shy Away From Rumors on 'Monster' Mixtape: Listen

    October 29, 2014 4:21 PM EDT Monster , the latest mixtape from Future , comes during a tumultuous year for the rapper. The highs: He put out Honest in April, an acclaimed album that will likely end up on year-end lists, and Ciara gave birth to his son not long after. The lows: Within months, Future split up with ex…

  10. The Top 20 Billboard Hot 100 Hits of the 1980s

    October 29, 2014 3:20 PM EDT In the '80s, disco's popularity decreased, and the top 20 Hot 100 hits present a more complicated picture than it did a decade before. Not that disco completely disappeared: Diana Ross 's "Upside Down," produced with the help of Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards from…

  11. CODE Guest Playlist: Martin Buttrich

    October 29, 2014 2:07 PM EDT Few artists can equal the behind-the-scenes impact that Martin Buttrich has made on underground dance music. A widely revered producer, writer and engineer, Buttrich has left his sonic mark on seminal tracks with collaborators Loco Dice and Timo Maas, as well as remixes for the likes of…

  12. Jimmy Page’s Latest Led Zeppelin Interview: 5 Things We Learned

    October 29, 2014 12:30 PM EDT On Oct. 28, Led Zeppelin continued to revisit its legendary catalog, releasing remastered deluxe editions of 1971's Led Zeppelin IV and 1973's Houses of the Holy . Each reissue contains a bounty of unreleased bonus tracks, which Jimmy Page has been meticulously curating. The…

  13. Slipknot Scores Second No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart

    October 29, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Rock band Slipknot crowns the Billboard 200 chart for a second time, as their new album, .5: The Gray Chapter , debuts atop the list. The album sold 132,000 copies in the week ending Oct. 26, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It was released through Roadrunner Records, and is the group's…

  14. Calvin Harris & Haim Join Forces to 'Pray to God'

    October 29, 2014 9:40 AM EDT Calvin Harris 's new album, Motion , is dropping on Election Day (Nov. 4), but songs have been sneaking out this week. Earlier this week he released the guns, blood, and ballet video for "Open Wide," with Big Sean . His latest collaboration, "Pray to God," features…

  15. 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…

  16. A$AP Rocky & Chanel Iman Reportedly Split

    October 29, 2014 4:10 AM EDT A$AP Rocky and Chanel Iman are no longer an item. The rapper and his model girlfriend had been dating for a year and were splashed in the press as one of the hottest young Hollywood couples. But their hectic careers apparently pushed them apart.  ASAP Rocky in Topman and Chanel Iman in…

  17. Pitbull Developing Two Reality Series for The Weinstein Co.

    October 29, 2014 3:28 AM EDT Pitbull has his sights on expanding his TV presence. The Miami rapper, whose real name is Armando Christian Perez , has teamed with The Weinstein Co. via his Honey I'm Home shingle to produce two unscripted series, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Pitbull: The Lyfe will offer a…

  18. Diplo, Girls' Generation-TTS, 4Minute, CL & More Shine at 2014 Style Icon Awards

    October 28, 2014 9:38 PM EDT Nana, Soyou, g.o.d, WINNER and more were honored at Korea's foremost awards ceremony for fashion. A slew of the most stylish stars hit the 2014 Style Icon Awards in Seoul. The internationally broadcast event, commonly known as SIA, celebrates fashion while honoring South Korea's…

  19. Dillon Francis Gets a Little Help From His 'Friends' on Debut Album

    October 28, 2014 8:55 PM EDT Dance music's class clown graduates from moombahton past on diverse full-length debut. Leaning on a candy-cane tree at TomorrowWorld , Dillon Francis admits his new album is nothing but an elaborate ruse. "It's a lie," he jests. "We've been lying to the whole…

  20. Johnny Cash's Son John Carter Cash Arrested in Canada

    October 28, 2014 6:17 PM EDT John Carter Cash , son of the late Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash , was arrested Monday at an airport in Newfoundland, Canada, after allegedly stripping down to his underwear. According to the St. John's Telegram , Carter Cash was on his way home from a hunting trip when he was…

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