1. Randy Jackson Exits 'American Idol'

    November 11, 2014 7:12 PM EST He's been with the show for all 13 seasons. American Idol is losing one of its last remaining original players. Randy Jackson , who has been with the Fox series since its start, will exit the singing competition, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. Top 100 'American Idol'…

  2. Waddy Wachtel Documentary Draws Lawsuit from Investors

    November 11, 2014 3:13 PM EST Gary Simson allegedly abandoned a project about the session musician, then decided to raise funds himself online. For more than five years, Gary Simson has been attempting to make a documentary about Waddy Wachtel , a noted session musician who has worked with such musical stars as Keith…

  3. Music Legend Glyn Johns Recounts Mick Jagger's Close Call With Cops in His New Memoir

    November 11, 2014 2:16 PM EST By now it was quite normal to have sessions go all night, a habit started by The Rolling Stones in 1966 while we were making Between the Buttons , with almost every session starting at 8 p.m. and going till 7:30 or 8 the following morning. On a Sunday afternoon in studio one at Olympic …

  4. Luke Bryan Leads Nominees For 2014 American Country Countdown Awards

    November 11, 2014 10:00 AM EST Newly-crowned CMA Entertainer of the Year Luke Bryan leads the upcoming American Country Countdown Awards with seven nominations. The ACCA awards celebrate the best in country radio. Following Bryan, Florida Georgia Line earned six nominations. The American Country Countdown Awards will air…

  5. Taylor Swift's '1989' May Sell 400,000 in Second Week

    November 07, 2014 10:07 PM EST She'll likely beat the No. 2 album by more than 300,000. Taylor Swift 's monster 1989 album is so big, it seems that the music business decided to mostly avoid releasing any albums that would have to compete with its second week on sale. Why? Industry sources suggest 1989 may…

  6. Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Jerry Lee Lewis Returns

    November 07, 2014 5:45 PM EST Also: Ryan Adams' four-song 7-inch vinyl EP debuts. On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart, Taylor Swift dominated the tally, as her new 1989 album crashed in at No. 1. It sold 1.287 million copies in the week ending Nov. 2, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Roadmap to Taylor Swift…

  7. Robin Williams Autopsy Confirms Death by Suicide

    November 07, 2014 4:47 PM EST Robin Williams ' death was ruled a suicide, Marin County officials confirmed on Friday. Official autopsy results revealed Williams' death was caused by asphyxia and hanging. Williams died at 63  on Aug. 11  at his home in Tiburon, Calif.  in Marin County. Toxicology reports reveal…

  8. The Roadmap to Taylor Swift's Record-Breaking Week in 6 (Not So Easy) Steps

    November 07, 2014 10:19 AM EST The singer and her hard-charging label defied the odds by brilliantly influencing everything from fans' emotions to lowered expectations to hit almost 1.3 million in sales. Here's a head-scratcher for the digital era: even though U.S. album sales have plummeted 20 percent…

  9. Taylor Swift's '1989' Heading for Second Week at No. 1

    November 06, 2014 4:19 PM EST Taylor Swift 's 1989 should easily lock up a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart next week. Industry sources suggest the album could sell more than 350,000 copies in the week ending Nov. 9. The Big Machine Records release blasted in at No. 1 , selling 1.287 million…

  10. Pop Shop Podcast: Taylor Swift’s Huge Week, Beyonce’s Platinum Edition, Calvin Harris & More

    November 06, 2014 10:45 AM EST Listen to the latest episode of Billboard.com's weekly charts breakdown. Welcome to the latest episode of the Billboard.com Pop Shop Podcast , Billboard's weekly half-hour audio breakdown of the Billboard charts, hottest music news and year's biggest musical events. Casual…

  11. Howard Shore, Billboard/THR Maestro Award Honoree, Talks Legendary Film Scores (and Naps)

    November 06, 2014 6:31 AM EST To hear Maestro Award winner Howard Shore tell it at the 2014 Billboard and Hollywood Reporter Film & TV Music Conference, you might think he was the inspiration behind the film Forrest Gump  -- which is surprisingly not among the 80-plus films he's scored. Shore, who spoke at the…

  12. CMA Awards 2014 Recap: Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert Win Big

    November 05, 2014 11:40 PM EST Luke Bryan took home top honors at the 48th annual Country Music Association Awards on Wednesday night (Nov. 5), winning for Entertainer of the Year. "I've never met Garth Brooks before," the singer said of the man who presented him with the trophy. "Can I have another…

  13. CMA Awards 2014: And the Winners Are ...

    November 05, 2014 8:00 PM EST The 2014 CMA Awards have begun! Check back here for an updated winners list all night! CMA Awards 2014: Who Should Win/Who Will Win | Producers Give Scoop on the Show  | Live Blog Entertainer of the Year: Luke Bryan -- WINNER Miranda Lambert Blake Shelton George Strait Keith Urban Female…

  14. Clay Aiken Loses Congressional Race

    November 05, 2014 3:01 PM EST American Idol alumn Clay Aiken lost his congressional race to Republican Renee Ellmers. Aiken was hoping to be elected the Democratic representative for North Carolina's 2nd congressional district, but it was not a particularly close race -- Ellmers, who first gained the seat in 2010,…

  15. Taylor Swift Collects Fourth No. 1 Album, 'Now 52' Debuts at No. 2

    November 05, 2014 11:35 AM EST As reported earlier , Taylor Swift's 1989 debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, with the largest sales week in over 12 years. 1989 sold 1.287 million copies in the week ending Nov. 2, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That's the largest week for any album since Eminem&…

  16. Official: Taylor Swift's '1989' Debuts With 1.287 Million Sold In First Week

    November 04, 2014 10:00 PM EST 0 Swift earns the largest sales week for an album since 2002. It’s official: Taylor Swift 's 1989 debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart with the largest sales week for an album since 2002. 1989 sold 1.287 million copies in the week ending Nov. 2, according to…

  17. CMA Awards 2014 Predictions: Who Will Win?

    November 04, 2014 3:40 PM EST On Wednesday night, ABC will broadcast the 48th annual Country Music Association Awards from Nashville's Bridgestone Arena. For the seventh consecutive year, the broadcast will be hosted by Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley , and will feature performances from many of the biggest stars…

  18. Leland Video Premiere: Watch The Clip for 'Aware'

    November 04, 2014 12:55 PM EST 0 Leland’s debut single “Aware” has been making waves ever since tastemaking program We Found New Music discovered the track back in July. Soon, the cut began racking up the spins on Soundcloud (over 60,000 to date), drawing notice on Hype Machine and garnering plays on…

  19. Sam Hunt First Rookie Since Florida Georgia Line to Top Country Airplay Chart

    November 04, 2014 11:05 AM EST The newcomer's 'Leave the Night On' rises 2-1. Plus, moves for Big & Rich and Tim McGraw. Sam Hunt becomes the first act in almost two years to reach No. 1 on Billboard 's Country Airplay chart with a debut single, as "Leave the Night On" rises 2-1. No…

  20. 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…

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