1. Why Taylor Swift Would Never ‘Pull a Beyonce’ with an Album

    October 21, 2014 1:21 PM EDT Waiting for Taylor to release an out-of-nowhere album someday? Keep waiting. When Beyonce surprise-released her self-titled fifth album exclusively on iTunes last December, the sneak-attack tactic left the industry with a lot of questions once the dust settled. The strategy was undeniably…

  2. Met Opera Premiere Greeted With Protests, Accusations of Anti-Semitism

    October 21, 2014 12:26 PM EDT John Adams' 'The Death of Klinghoffer' has been accused of being anti-Israel and anti-Semitic. The New York Metropolitan Opera's first performance of The Death of Klinghoffer was met with vociferous protests Monday as demonstrators, including former New York City mayor…

  3. Ask Billboard: The Weird Connections Between Mary Lambert & Madonna

    October 21, 2014 11:05 AM EDT In this week's reader mailbag, yet more odd coincidences connecting Mary Lambert and Madonna; a look at the longest-leading No. 1s ever on Billboard song charts; and hit songs with quirky time signatures. As always, submit questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music…

  4. Exclusive Q&A: Irving Azoff on the Bidding War for L.A.'s Iconic Greek Theatre

    October 21, 2014 10:45 AM EDT The longtime Angelino and former Live Nation chairman puts the battle for the Greek in perspective The world's two largest promoters, Live Nation and AEG in partnership with the Nederlander, are on pins and needles and then some. They await word from the LA Department of Recreation and…

  5. Exclusive: Tsu Launches as First Social & Payment Platform Where Users Own Their Content

    October 21, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Facebook ,  Twitter , and their investors may be profiting from user-generated content, but there's one person that's not: the user himself, who sees all the money from targeted ads (how did they know I was looking at those Ugg boots on Zappos?) go directly to those companies. But…

  6. Paul McCartney Shares His Unreleased Recording with John Bonham

    October 21, 2014 5:07 AM EDT Paul McCartney is back in release-mode, with the reissue of Wings’ ‘70s albums Venus and Mars  and At The Speed Of Sound  due out next month.  Among the newly unearthed works and bonus content is a previously unreleased take of album track “Beware My Love.” What’s particularly noteworthy is…

  7. 20 Things We Learned From Paul McCartney's Twitter Chat

    October 20, 2014 5:26 PM EDT In advance of two Wings reissues -- Venus and Mars and At The Speed Of Sound in November -- Paul McCartney took to Twitter to answer questions from fans young and old. Venus and Mars (1975) and At The Speed Of Sound (1976) are the fourth and fifth albums released by Wings. Both peaked at…

  8. Record Store Day Black Friday Exclusives: The Shopping List Is In!

    October 20, 2014 4:40 PM EDT Yes, even 5 Seconds of Summer is down with Record Store Day. Record Store Day 2015 won’t be here until April 18, but plenty of collectible vinyl exclusives are just around the corner. Record Store Day just announced its hit list for Nov. 28 -- aka Black Friday -- and there are dozens of…

  9. Jessie Ware Admits Her New Album, 'Tough Love,' 'Is Like a Therapy Session'

    October 20, 2014 3:20 PM EDT After Jessie Ware broke through with her 2012 debut, Devotion , everyone wanted a piece of her. For the British singer's sophomore set, Tough Love (Oct. 21, PMR/Friends Keep Secrets/Interscope), Ed Sheeran came from Saturday Night Live rehearsals to work on the soaring "Say You…

  10. Bob Seger Addresses Talk of His Retirement: 'I Don't Want to Overstay My Welcome'

    October 20, 2014 2:16 PM EDT A lot can happen between Bob Seger albums: changes in presidential administrations, a few iPhone generations, a third of Derek Jeter's baseball career. “I’m so fast,” the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer says with a hearty laugh. Ride Out -- his 17th studio album, and first in eight years …

  11. Watch Drake Completely Airball a Three-Point Shot

    October 20, 2014 10:20 AM EDT We know we’re giving Drake a hard time here, but we think he can take a little teasing. The 2014 ESPYs host was on court with the University of Kentucky basketball team doing a little pre game shoot-around before a preseason game. Unfortunately for him, ESPN’s camera caught him at the worst…

  12. Sleater-Kinney Announces First Album in 10 Years, North American Reunion Tour

    October 20, 2014 9:01 AM EDT It's official: the Sleater-Kinney reunion we started daring to hope for on Friday is really, seriously happening. The announcement is paired with the October 21 box set Start Together and the brand new song that arrived over the weekend, "Bury Our Friends." The 10-track album…

  13. Pitbull to Host the 2014 American Music Awards

    October 20, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Pitbull will make his presence felt at the American Music Awards, again. The high-profile rapper will host the Nov. 23 ceremony, and he’ll perform a song from his upcoming album release Globalization . "World, who would have thought Pitbull hosting the AMAs two years in a row,"…

  14. CMJ, Despite the Internet, Logistics, and Few Brands, Keeps Kicking Out the Jams

    October 20, 2014 8:27 AM EDT Everything you need to know about CMJ Music Marathon naysayers can be found in Brooklyn Vegan 's endlessly infuriating, occasionally informative comments section. Last August, when the initial lineup for New York City's 33rd annual festival and conference was announced , the…

  15. This Week in Billboard Chart History: In 2008, Britney Spears' 'Womanizer' Ruled Hot 100

    October 20, 2014 8:05 AM EDT This week six years ago, Spears scored her first No. 1 in a decade. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Elton John and Santana and the premiere of Billboard's first R&B ranking. Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart…

  16. Led Zeppelin Loses First Round in 'Stairway to Heaven' Lawsuit

    October 20, 2014 5:38 AM EDT Led Zeppelin is stuck in Pennsylvania at the moment, forced to confront claims the band stole its biggest hit "Stairway to Heaven" from Randy Craig Wolfe , founding member of the band Spirit. Wolfe's heirs sued Led Zeppelin, Jimmy Page , Robert Plant and their music…

  17. Sting Reflects on Life at 63, His Own Mortality and a ‘Possible Third Act’

    October 20, 2014 1:39 AM EDT "I wouldn't normally do this," said Sting , grinning mischievously as he ambled onstage following the curtain call at the Oct. 2 preview performance of his new Broadway musical, The Last Ship . "But it's my birthday, and I always sing on my birthday." To the…

  18. Gwen Stefani’s New Single ‘Baby Don’t Lie’ Is Here: Listen

    October 20, 2014 12:58 AM EDT Gwen Stefani’s new single “Baby Don’t Lie” has arrived overnight. Fans, however, will have to wait until Monday night’s edition of The Voice for a glimpse of the music video. Stefani’s new song, released digitally  through Mad Love/Interscope Records and co-written with its producers…

  19. See Gwen Stefani's 'Baby Don't Lie' Artwork

    October 18, 2014 5:43 PM EDT She's back! Well, almost. Gwen Stefani is prepping the release of her new solo single, "Baby Don't Lie," by giving fans the eye-popping artwork. The coverart is a colorful piece of pop art. Stefani appears on it, in front of a clear blue sky, with bright yellow hair and…

  20. Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Piano Guys, Jackson Browne Hit High Notes

    October 17, 2014 9:45 PM EDT On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart, Jason Aldean notched the third-largest sales week of the year with the arrival of his new album, Old Boots, New Dirt , at No. 1. The set, released through Broken Bow Records, sold 278,000 in the week ending Oct. 12, according to Nielsen SoundScan…

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