1. 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…

  2. Gimme Five: B1A4's Biggest Musical Inspirations

    October 16, 2014 11:30 PM EDT Earlier this month, U.S. fans got to see  B1A4  up close with their first set of headlining concerts in America. From the tour's kickoff in New York , the K-pop quintet saw their super-supportive stateside fanbase hollering for them whether they were belting, rapping or showcasing a…

  3. Free’s Paul Rodgers Tries His Hand at Memphis Soul, Admits 'I Was Intimidated'

    October 16, 2014 10:47 PM EDT Free and Bad Company frontman Paul Rodgers has performed among greats for most of his professional life, singing such classics as “All Right Now,” “Bad Company,” “Shooting Star,” “Feel Like Makin’ Love” and “Rock And Roll Fantasy,” joining Jimmy Page in The Firm in 1980 and members of Queen…

  4. Gayle Troberman Named iHeartMedia Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer

    October 16, 2014 8:24 PM EDT iHeartMedia Inc. has announced Gayle Troberman will be the global media and entertainment company's new executive vice president and chief marketing officer.  Under this newly created position, Troberman will develop strategies to connect the many iHeartMedia -- formerly Clear Channel …

  5. Inside Kesha & Dr. Luke's Dueling Lawsuits

    October 16, 2014 7:49 PM EDT The pop star alleges physical, verbal & sexual abuse, while the hit songwriter-producer claims it’s part of an extortion plot. Who’s telling the truth? Rape, verbal and physical abuse, indentured servitude and mental torment were but a few of the allegations put forth in a lawsuit…

  6. New Honda Civic Tour Dates Feature First Latin Acts 3BallMTY, Los Rakas

    October 16, 2014 7:34 PM EDT The last leg of the tour continues through December. The third and final dates of the Honda Civic Tour featuring Mexico's electronic trio 3BallMTY and hip-hop Panamanian group Los Rakas will take the acts throughout the country in 20 shows with stops in cities such as Houston, Miami,…

  7. 10 Things We Learned From Neil Diamond's Reddit AMA

    October 16, 2014 7:20 PM EDT Neil Diamond is a certifiable legend. And with a half century of in the music business behind him, he still has no intension of slowing down. His new album, Melody Road , is out out later this month, led by the single "Something Blue," and next year he will embark on…

  8. Ray Scott Talks Self-Titled Album, Brandy Clark & Tijuana Jail

    October 16, 2014 6:28 PM EDT Ray Scott has always marched to the beat of his own drummer. He tells Billboard that for him to be true to himself artistically, that's the way it has to be. "I have to do it that way. There's no need for me to even try to attempt to chase trends. I wouldn't do it anyway…

  9. ‘Hideaway’ Singer Kiesza: Dyslexia 'Makes You More Creative’

    October 16, 2014 6:16 PM EDT Put Kiesza on a rooftop with a rifle and she could probably shoot you down from a block away -- not that she's planning to. Prior to her amazing one-take video for her debut single, "Hideaway," going viral (to the tune of 132 million-plus views since February), the dance-pop…

  10. Trans-Siberian Orchestra Explains This Year's Trip to 'The Christmas Attic'

    October 16, 2014 6:12 PM EDT External pressure is what inspired Trans-Siberian Orchestra to perform its second holiday rock opera, 1998's The Christmas Attic , during its annual North American tour this year. "We never intended to do [1996's] Christmas Eve and Other Stories for 13 years in a row. It just…

  11. Taylor Swift's 'Riptide' Makes Waves on Social 50 & Twitter Charts

    October 16, 2014 5:58 PM EDT Beyonce and Lorde climb thanks to 'Flawless' and 'South Park,' respectively. Taylor Swift dominates the latest Billboard + Twitter Top Tracks chart, earning the top debut with her cover of Vance Joy 's "Riptide," a song from the singer/songwriter's…

  12. 'Peter Pan Live!': First Poster Featuring Christopher Walken & Allison Williams Is Here

    October 16, 2014 5:43 PM EDT Do you believe in fairies incredible posters? NBC has just released the first poster for its Dec. 4 network production of Peter Pan Live! starring Christopher Walken as Captain Hook and Girls ' Allison Williams as Peter, and it seems that the producers are leaning into the campy nature…

  13. Foo Fighters Release 'Something From Nothing': Dave Grohl Explains What Inspired It

    October 16, 2014 4:20 PM EDT Twenty years into their career and the fighters/chart"> Foo Fighters are as hard as ever. The band released their new single, "Something From Nothing," on Thursday (Oct. 16). "Something From Nothing," the lead single off the band's Nov. 10 album Sonic…

  14. Apple Debuts New iPad and iMac, Jokes with Stephen Colbert

    October 16, 2014 2:58 PM EDT Apple's presentation today was short on music-related news, surprise or otherwise (though a surprise appearance from Stephen Colbert helped to lighten the mood). From a presentation room markedly smaller than its iPhone announcement last month (if the echo of claps are to be trusted,…

  15. Black Keys' Patrick Carney Still Hates Spotify… And Now U2?

    October 16, 2014 2:37 PM EDT You won’t find either of the Black Keys’ last two albums on Spotify and their beefs with the streaming service have been well-documented. Drummer Patrick Carney hasn’t softened his stance, as evidenced by an Oct. 15 interview with The Seattle Times . But it wasn’t all about Spotify; he also…

  16. Lady Gaga Approves of Young Fan's 'Applause' Choreography

    October 16, 2014 1:59 PM EDT Live for the way that you cheer and scream for him. One young boy just received the best applause of all: A Twitter lovebomb from Lady Gaga . Mother Monster had to weigh in once she saw the already-viral video of young fan Brendan Jordan flawlessly executing the "Applause"…

  17. Exclusive Premiere: Watch Singer-Songwriter's Halsey's Gritty 'Hurricane' Video From Her Visual 'Room 93' EP

    October 16, 2014 1:27 PM EDT The singer Halsey's life changed suddenly earlier this year. She had been playing acoustic shows as a matter of necessity, to pay her bills, and she ended up in the studio one day with a friend of a friend to record one song, "Ghost." That track has been streamed more than…

  18. Stars Talk New Album 'No One Is Lost' + Exclusive Video Premiere

    October 16, 2014 11:15 AM EDT The Montreal alt band returns with its wide array of pop, dance and rock, weaved together by its knack for infectious choruses and hopeful upbeat lyrics. 'Music is my religion,' says co-founder Torquil Campbell. 'I was raised in the church of art.' Stars' new album…

  19. Rick Ross and Schoolboy Q Join The Weeknd for 'Often' Remix

    October 16, 2014 7:12 AM EDT The Weeknd is having an extended moment, and part of it now includes a remix with verses from Schoolboy Q and Rick Ross . The song is "Often," a one-off track that the Weeknd -- a.k.a. Abel Tesfaye -- threw online back in June . The new version is just as haunting and thumping,…

  20. Bob Geldof Blames Himself for Death of Daughter Peaches

    October 16, 2014 12:45 AM EDT Irish singer and charity activist Bob Geldof said he blames himself for the death of his daughter Peaches Geldof in a moving interview with ITV broadcast on Wednesday.  The Boomtown Rats frontman and the driving force behind the Band Aid and Live Aid concerts said he had spoken to Peaches…

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