1. Exclusive: Sixx:A.M.'s 'Give Me a Love' Lyric Video Premieres, Nikki Sixx Talks Band's New Album

    October 10, 2014 4:00 PM EDT After more than 30 years in the music business, Nikki Sixx still gets a kick out of shocking people. He isn’t resorting to the extremes that horrified parents and defined his band Motley Crue in the ’80s and ’90s, but his methods are still effective. Just look at how Motley Crue signing a…

  2. SoundScan's Third-Quarter Numbers in One Word: Bleak

    October 10, 2014 4:00 PM EDT Bad news keeps mounting with the roll of the tape. So far this year, 60 digital songs have sold over 1 million units as compared to 83 last year. And after nine months, not one artist-album has yet to hit the million-unit mark, although the Frozen  soundtrack is the year's best…

  3. British Lawmaker Publishes Detailed Report on Copyright Education

    October 10, 2014 3:30 PM EDT Mike Weatherley , the British Prime Minister's adviser on intellectual property, has published a comprehensive report on promoting copyright education and awareness. Entitled "Copyright Education and Awareness," the 29-page paper outlines eight recommendations that Weatherley…

  4. Jimmy Fallon, Ed Sheeran, Pharrell Williams & Flying Lotus Real-Time Twitter Chart Rewind Ep. 19

    October 10, 2014 3:15 PM EDT Welcome back to Billboard's weekly video show "Real-Time Rewind," which recaps the past week's hottest action on the new Billboard Real-Time Twitter Charts -- Trending 140 and Emerging Artists -- and the news that's driving the action. Joe Levy takes a visit to…

  5. Mary Lambert on Same-Sex Marriage Decision: 'This Is a Total Win' (Guest Column)

    October 10, 2014 2:40 PM EDT Singer broke through with the hook on Macklemore's 'Same Love.' On Tuesday, we got some badass news. The Supreme Court told all the lower courts, "Yo, don't bother us with your gay marriage stuff." Which is actually great!! A tacit win! My favorite! Five states…

  6. Lucinda Williams Tops Folk Albums Chart, U2 Hits Alternative Songs Milestone

    October 10, 2014 12:53 PM EDT Rocker Lucinda Williams leads the Folk Albums chart for the first time. Plus, chart action for Prince, Eddie Vedder, Spoon and U2. As previously reported , Prince scores his first entry, and first No. 1, on Billboard 's Top Rock Albums chart , with the debut album from his funk-n-roll…

  7. New Signings: Kobalt Signs Pitbull, Orchard Adds Donna Summer, Blue Note Nabs Jamie Cullum

    October 10, 2014 12:25 PM EDT Here's a look at the latest artist signings across the music industry, including record labels, artist management firms, publishing companies, booking agencies and more.   RECORD LABELS  -- Olivia Holt , the star of Disney Channel's I Didn't Do It , joins the roster of…

  8. Watch LL Cool J Share a Story About Getting Arrested for Couch Humping

    October 10, 2014 12:10 PM EDT “It sounds wild… like I might start sweatin’ when I drive by a furniture store.” Back in 1987, LL Cool J showed rappers could get sensitive and lonely with the hit single “I Need Love.” Visiting Jimmy Kimmel Live on Thursday night, J shared the story of a sensual performance of the song he…

  9. Tinashe Brings ScHoolboy Q & '2 On' to 'Jimmy Kimmel'

    October 10, 2014 12:05 PM EDT Tinashe hit Jimmy Kimmel on Thursday to perform her slinky hit "2 On" with help from ScHoolboy Q . The R&B singer brought a crew to add to the fun: Four dancers, three back-up singers, a live drummer and a DJ. Watch the video below. Tinashe's 'Aquarius:' Track…

  10. NBC Reality Chief Touts 'Voice' Longevity

    October 10, 2014 11:36 AM EDT NBC's victory lap this fall has been a relatively quiet one. After kicking off the previous two years with ratings victory among the sought-after audience of adults 18-49, wins for the first two weeks of the 2014-15 season have been greeted as a bit of a given. But Paul Telegdy ,…

  11. Inside Garth Brooks' Master Plan to Launch the Biggest Tour of All Time

    October 10, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Garth Brooks has long been the biggest-selling act of the Nielsen SoundScan era, with 69.6 million albums sold in the United States alone since 1991. And insiders say that for the recently launched tour in support of his new album, Man Against Machine (due Nov. 11), he has got an even…

  12. Last.fm Posts Further Loss as Revenues Slide

    October 10, 2014 9:40 AM EDT Last.fm recorded a loss of £2.1 million ($3.4 million) in 2013, as revenues slumped by more than 20 percent year-on-year from £6.4 million ($10.3 million) to £4.9 million ($7.9 million). In line with the fall in sales, staff numbers at the CBS-owned, London-based company fell from 61 to 35…

  13. Hozier Gets a Big Hug in New 'SNL' Promo

    October 10, 2014 6:58 AM EDT Hozier , the 24-year-old Irish singer-songwriter, has been buzzing online since his song "Take Me to Church" and its eponymous EP showed up in late 2013. But he just released his self-titled debut album, and he's about to get the Saturday Night Live stamp of approval this…

  14. Rachel Holder Talks 'Shining Now' EP & Patience

    October 09, 2014 8:17 PM EDT Curb recording artist Rachel Holder has been waiting for a certain day her whole career -- and over the summer, it finally happened: The rising country songstress released her first EP. Holder tells Billboard that actually having a physical product to promote -- Shining Now , released…

  15. Billboard Cover Sneak Peek: Florida Georgia Line Reveals 5 Surprising Facts About Their Music

    October 09, 2014 7:05 PM EDT   For a country duo that smokes up on Saturdays, goes to church on Sundays and mentions Eminem in the same breath as Garth Brooks , Anything Goes is the perfect title for their upcoming second album. In this week's Billboard cover story, Florida Georgia Line ( Brian Kelley and Tyler…

  16. Rock Hall Nominees: The Locks, the Likelys & the Longshots

    October 09, 2014 6:00 PM EDT It's a little fun for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame watchers to predict who's going to be nominated each fall. It's a lot more fun to figure out which of the nominees will actually get in.  With Green Day , nine inch nails and N.W.A. on the ballot, this year's group of…

  17. Carrie Underwood's 'Water' Splashes Onto Hot Country Songs, Hot Christian Songs Charts

    October 09, 2014 5:11 PM EDT Plus, moves for Blake Shelton, Lady Antebellum, Jason Aldean & more. Carrie Underwood 's "Something in the Water" boils on Billboard's Hot Country Songs and Hot Christian Songs charts. The Christian conversion theme is a new song to be included on her Greatest Hits:…

  18. Watch Lorde Return to 'South Park' & See Her Reaction

    October 09, 2014 4:44 PM EDT Also, 'South Park' has a little fun at Spin's expense. On Oct. 1, " Lorde " made a cameo on South Park via an unconvincingly costumed Randy Marsh. On the latest episode, Trey Parker and Matt Stone dove even deeper into the concept, thanks to the way one music…

  19. You're Going To Want To Watch This 'Stay With Me' Parody with A 'Mean Girls' Actor

    October 09, 2014 12:59 PM EDT It's Daniel Franzese's follow-up to "Beautiful." Some songs are just asking for a perfect parody version (*cough* Sam Smith 's gorgeous "Stay With Me"). Enter Franzese, who movies fans likely know as Damian from a little movie you may have heard of called …

  20. Allo Darlin' Talks Keeping Day Jobs, Writing Heartwarming New Indie Pop Record

    October 09, 2014 11:10 AM EDT We live in highly bloggable times where our favorite baby bands often grow up quickly. We Come From the Place (out Oct. 7 via Slumberland) is the third album from charming, still-under-the-radar indie poppers Allo Darlin’ making them old and grey in Internet years. Their sparkling sophomore…

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