1. Neil Diamond Aiming for 18th Top 10 Album

    October 24, 2014 8:41 PM EDT Pop great  Neil Diamond  is on course for his 18th top 10 album on the Billboard 200 chart. Industry forecasters suggest the Billboard Icon Award winning-artist's new release, Melody Road , could sell around 75,000 copies in the week ending Oct. 26. The set was released Oct. 21 on…

  2. Pepe Aguilar, 'MTV Unplugged': Track by Track

    October 24, 2014 6:52 PM EDT The Ranchero Star Goes pop/rock with guests Miguel Bose, Reyli, Saul Hernandez, Meme del Real and more Ranchera star Pepe Aguilar is a rocker at heart. Back in his teens, he even fronted a rock back in Mexico before turning his full attention to ranchera music, his path to stardom. Now,…

  3. Who Were 1984’s One-Hit Wonders?

    October 24, 2014 6:27 PM EDT So, what was the "Macarena" of 1984? The better question is -- what wasn't? Sexy talk and German anti-war protest songs ruled in the fight to be forgotten. Below, you can hear tracks from lesser-known Jackson siblings and listen to Clint Eastwood in a country song. A Look…

  4. Joan Jett Rocks Out With Billie Joe Armstrong, Alice Cooper & More at Charity Show

    October 24, 2014 4:20 PM EDT When the pioneering all-female hard rock band the Runaways broke up in early 1979, no one took the prospects of a 20-year-old Joan Jett 's solo career seriously. To state the obvious, the industry underestimated her. Thirty-five years and numerous top 40 Hot 100 hits later, Jett is…

  5. Dolly Parton Q&A: The Country Legend on 50 Years in Nashville and Why She Supports Her Gay Fans

    October 24, 2014 2:08 PM EDT This year marks the 50th Anniversary since 68-year-old international icon Dolly Parton came to Nashville. The fourth of 12 siblings who shared a one-room cabin, the East Tennessee native was so poor growing up that her father paid the doctor who delivered her with a bag of cornmeal. The day…

  6. Taylor Swift's 13 Best Liner Note Secret Messages -- So Far

    October 24, 2014 10:58 AM EDT We know these all too well. Gather round,  Taylor Swift  fans. We're in the home stretch until her new album, 1989 , drops Monday (Oct. 27), which means we are likely also just a few days away from the official reveal of more Taylor Swift Secret Message Liner Notes, a most joyous…

  7. Flashback Friday: Ranking All 12 'High School Musical 3: Senior Year' Songs

    October 24, 2014 10:35 AM EDT We're all in this together. Is it always the right time to talk about High School Musical ? Bet on it. But it's especially apropos today (Oct. 24), because it's the anniversary of the debut of the third and final film in the franchise, High School Musical 3: Senior Year -- …

  8. Billboard Cover: Usher on Getting Tough With Justin Bieber, Why He’s Not Ready for a New Album and Life as a Single Dad

    October 24, 2014 9:00 AM EDT There Are Segways, and then there's Usher Raymond IV 's Segway. Usher's scooter is a custom-built, gold-plated number with rims that look like they were lifted from Rick Ross ' Maybach. It shines like Louis the XIV's jewels as he zips through the hallways of the…

  9. Run the Jewels Can't Stop Putting Albums Online for Free

    October 24, 2014 8:09 AM EDT Run the Jewels , the rap duo comprised of Atlanta's Killer Mike and Brooklyn's El-P , just dropped its second album on the world. And like the original Run the Jewels , RTJ2 is free and downloadable. Go ahead and grab it , via the middle-man-eliminating direct link both Mike and…

  10. Nicki Minaj Takes Over the World in Promo for MTV EMA Hosting Gig

    October 24, 2014 7:09 AM EDT Nicki Minaj has been on fire this year, releasing tons of varied new music leading up to the Nov. 24 release of her third album, The Pinkprint . Recently she added a hosting and performing double-duty gig at MTV's Europe Music Awards, set to go down Nov. 9, and now there's a…

  11. Justin Bieber's 100th Week at No. 1 on Social 50 Chart

    October 24, 2014 1:56 AM EDT Justin Bieber has reached a new Billboard chart milestone: his 100 th week at No. 1 on the Social 50 chart . The pop star’s Instagram-shared pictures of his training session with boxing legend Floyd Mayweather caused an 87 percent jump in reaction on the platform (and a 119 percent jump in…

  12. Mick Jagger Talks James Brown, Elvis & Making Movies

    October 23, 2014 10:53 PM EDT Song credits won't be the latest place to feature Mick Jagger's name. Instead, look to upcoming films and TV shows. The Rolling Stones frontman has been busy producing projects, from this year's James Brown biopic "Get on Up" to a not-yet-titled HBO series directed…

  13. Paul McCartney’s Out There Tour Has Grossed $165 Million (And Counting…)

    October 23, 2014 8:44 PM EDT Paul McCartney owns this week's No. 1 Hot Tours ranking (see list, below) with $10.6 million in box office revenue from five of the final U.S. performances on his world tour. Now in its home stretch, his Out There tour will close its final trek through North America on Oct. 30 after…

  14. Revisionist History, Part 2: Jimi Hendrix Beats the Beatles! Year-End Hits of Yesterday, Re-Analyzed

    October 23, 2014 11:07 AM EDT Since 1958, when Billboard's Hot 100 began tracking the hits every week, any song that's earned year-end No. 1 was surely built to last, right? Not necessarily. To test that theory, we’ve done a "do-over" for year-end charts prior to 2004, when digital downloads became…

  15. Ariana Grande: Love for My Gay Brother Made Me Question Catholicism

    October 23, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Ariana Grande has one less problem without the Catholic Church. In a new interview, the singer discussed how she grew up Catholic, but when her big brother Frankie (who was a contestant this past summer on  Big Brother ) came out, she was far from thrilled with the Church's response. …

  16. Becky G Talks iHeartRadio Fiesta, Pitbull in Video Interview

    October 23, 2014 9:50 AM EDT The 17-year-old gets to show off her raps and moves where she grew up. Becky G 's tias , or -- en Inglés  --  aunties, are pretty excited right about now.  Not only will their niece be performing in her hometown of Inglewood, Calif., but the 17-year-old rapper will be on the same bill…

  17. Sam Smith, 5 Seconds of Summer & Mary J. Blige Set to Perform at AMAs

    October 23, 2014 9:45 AM EDT Breakthrough newcomers Sam Smith and 5 Seconds of Summer will take the stage at the 2014 American Music Awards. Dick Clark Productions announced Thursday that Mary J. Blige will join the British pop crooner and Australian boy band at the Nov. 23 event at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live. It will air…

  18. Kill the Noise & Feed Me Share ‘Far Away’ Collab: Exclusive Listen

    October 23, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Kill the Noise and Feed Me know how to press each other’s buttons. They should do; the electronic music producers have been making tunes together for close to a decade.  Kill the Noise (aka Jake Stanczak) and Feed Me (aka Jon Gooch) have written under various guises and labels, and “we…

  19. Kasey Chambers Diagnosed with Vocal Cord Nodules, Postpones Tour

    October 23, 2014 4:09 AM EDT Australian country singer Kasey Chambers has been told to quieten things down for a while after she was diagnosed with small nodules and inflammation on her vocal cords.  Over the next few months, Chambers will undergo vocal therapy to repair the damage and, ultimately, avoid surgery. As a…

  20. Slipknot Heading for Second No. 1 Album

    October 22, 2014 9:04 PM EDT Rock band Slipknot is on course for its second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart. Industry forecasters say the act’s new album, .5: The Gray Chapter , which was released on Oct. 21 through Roadrunner Records, could sell a little over 100,000 copies in the week ending Oct. 26. It's…

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