1. PJ Harvey Covers Nick Cave for 'Overly American' BBC Show

    October 30, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Even with a name like Peaky Blinders , the BBC historical drama was getting accused of seeming “overly American.” So Flood , the show’s music producer, set out to fix that with some good ol’ British musical lore. PJ Harvey covering the Australian Nick Cave ? Well, at least he’s not American…

  2. Anna Kendrick Says the Music Industry ‘Seems Like the Wild, Wild West’

    October 27, 2014 12:09 AM EDT Anna Kendrick is in the holiday spirit. "I want it to be Christmas already! I just want to throw a soiree," the bubbly actress said during a recent interview. Kendrick certainly looked the part, wearing a red, sleeveless party dress with a big, silk bow on the back. The outfit…

  3. One Direction, Ed Sheeran, Coldplay to Perform at Inaugural BBC Music Awards

    October 24, 2014 4:10 AM EDT One Direction , Ed Sheeran , Coldplay , Calvin Harris , Paloma Faith and Clean Bandit will perform at the inaugural BBC Music Awards in London on Dec. 11, the U.K. public broadcaster announced on Friday. The U.K. public broadcaster first unveiled the new awards show, which will compete with…

  4. Kate Bush Shares Heartwarming Open Letter to Fans After Performance Comeback

    October 22, 2014 11:15 AM EDT This year, the ever-enchanting Kate Bush returned to the stage following a 35-year absence from live music. Now that her Before the Dawn tour is all over, the British singer decided to open her heart and share a delightful letter with her fans. “Now all the shows are over, it's pretty…

  5. 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 …

  6. How Caron Veazey Architected Pharrell's Epic Year

    October 17, 2014 2:46 PM EDT PHARRELL'S RIGHT-HAND WOMAN This profile is part of Billboard's Oct. 25 cover story package on the launch of Maverick, a new music-management consortium. You can find our full coverage right here . TITLE: GM, I Am Other Entertainment STAFF : 15 CITY: New York COMPANY FOUNDED IN:…

  7. 14 New Zealand Acts You Need to Know About

    October 17, 2014 5:17 AM EDT New Zealand has been punching well above its weight in recent years. Think Lorde . Think The Naked and the Famous , Broods , Gin Wigmore , Ladyhawke   and  Kimbra (oh, and don't forget   Flight of the Conchords ). If you figured that’s it, think again. With the nominations announced…

  8. Billy Bob Thornton's Boxmasters Go 'Somewhere' With 101 Records

    October 16, 2014 8:30 PM EDT Some artists may battle a bit of writer's block when prepping for a new release, but that's definitely not an issue for the Boxmasters ' principal songwriters Billy Bob Thornton and J.D. Andrew , who have delivered a double-album, Somewhere Down the Road , for the band's…

  9. Tyler, the Creator's Freestyle About Bacon & Grandmas Peaks At No. 2 on Trending 140 Chart

    October 16, 2014 5:13 PM EDT Tyler, the Creator stopped by LA Leakers' "Lift Off" show on L.A.'s Power 106 on Wednesday, and the rapper/producer treated listeners to a round of "Open Bar," on which he freestyled about four given topics: grandmas, pregnant women, bacon and groupies. No…

  10. Lucinda Williams Revels In Creative Freedom: 'I'm An Optimist'

    October 14, 2014 3:08 AM EDT Lucinda Williams had considered releasing a double CD at least once before, but her record company argued against it. Now the veteran singer-songwriter is putting music out on her own label. Problem solved. Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone , with 20 songs on two CDs, is available now. …

  11. Former ‘Gossip Girl’ Star Leighton Meester on Her Debut Album: ‘I Learned How to Do It My Way’

    October 13, 2014 4:46 PM EDT After a run as a TV teen queen and a brush with pop fame, Leighton Meester is giving fans something new to gossip about: her debut album. Fresh off her role in Of Mice and Men on Broadway , which wrapped in July, the 28-year-old is releasing Heartstrings on Oct. 28, on her own Hotly…

  12. Debbie Harry to Headline John Lennon Tribute Concert

    October 08, 2014 10:50 PM EDT Debbie Harry will perform at the 34th annual John Lennon charity tribute concert in New York City in December. The announcement Wednesday by the nonprofit Theatre Within came a day before what would have been Lennon's 74th birthday. Instant Karma: John Lennon's Full Catalog Now…

  13. Stagecoach 2015 Lineup: Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton & Tim McGraw to Headline

    October 06, 2014 3:42 PM EDT The Stagecoach festival announced its 2015 lineup Monday (Oct. 6). The festival -- in its 9th year -- is a huge showcase for country music. Check out the lineup below: Stagecoach Festival 2015 lineup is here! On sale next Tues, Oct 14 @ 10am. info http://t.co/OWo67ynX3O #yeehaw pic.twitter…

  14. Why 1991 Was the Best Musical Year of the '90s

    October 06, 2014 2:15 PM EDT After focusing on 1994 last week, now, we're wondering what the best year for music was of the '90s. Monday, we make a case for 1990 and 1991 . POP SHOP HOMEPAGE The first musical year of a decade is usually transitional at best -- listening to the most notable releases from a…

  15. Our 10 Favorite 'Saturday Night Live' Songs

    October 03, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Justin Timberlake clearly had his moments, but everyone from Michael Bolton to T-Pain helped give fans catchy -- and hilarious -- songs. Maroon 5 will join Sarah Silverman on Saturday Night Live this weekend. Will the band -- or at least Adam Levine -- appear in a music-based sketch?  Fans…

  16. Celebs Threaten Google With $100 Million Lawsuit Over Leaked Nude Photos

    October 02, 2014 2:42 PM EDT Marty Singer , representing over a dozen celebrities whose iCloud accounts were hacked and whose nude photos were stolen in late August, is excoriating Google in a letter that threatens a $100 million lawsuit. "Google’s 'Don’t be evil' motto is a sham," he writes. The…

  17. Vérité Song Premiere: Hear ‘Echo’ From the Rising Pop Artist

    September 30, 2014 12:02 PM EDT New York singer-songwriter Vérité has only released a handful of songs in her young career, but those entrancing indie-pop tracks have made quite an impression, with praise coming from Buzzfeed, Neon Gold, Pigeons & Planes and more. “Echo,” the title track from her debut EP, is her…

  18. '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…

  19. Britney Spears Plans to Send Kate Middleton Her Lingerie Line

    September 26, 2014 1:08 PM EDT Britney Spears ' latest prerogotive? Making sure Kate Middleton receives her entire lingerie line. The singer is in London promoting her Intimate Britney Spears collection, and when asked about her dream consumer, Spears went with the same woman that nearly every designer envisions.  …

  20. Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Garth Brooks' 'Ultimate' Returns

    September 25, 2014 3:28 PM EDT Also: Cannibal Corpse scores its highest charting album ever. On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart, Barbra Streisand made history with her 10th No. 1 album : Partners . With the arrival, she became the first act to achieve No. 1 albums in each of the last six decades. Streisand led a…

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