1. Juan Luis Guerra Crowns Top Latin Albums

    November 20, 2014 7:15 PM EST The singer scores his third No. 1 album with 'Todo Tiene Su Hora' Top Latin Albums greets a new No. 1 as Juan Luis Guerra arrives with Todo Tiene Su Hora (6,000 copies sold in the week ending Nov. 16, according to Nielsen SoundScan). It's the third No. 1 set for the Dominican…

  2. Billboard Cover Sneak Peek: Mary J. Blige Reveals 5 Important Life Lessons

    November 20, 2014 6:52 PM EST " alt="" width="510"> Mary J. Blige has plenty of reasons to celebrate. She's marking two years of sobriety and set to release her crazily anticipated new album The London Sessions, a thrilling new LP featuring contributions from soul newcomer Sam Smith and…

  3. Foo Fighters Take 'Highways' To No. 1 on Top Rock Albums Chart

    November 20, 2014 6:24 PM EST Foo Fighters notch their third No. 1 on Billboard's Top Rock Albums chart with Sonic Highways , selling 190,000 first-week copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The lofty sales also help Foo Fighters debut at No. 2 on this week's Billboard Artist 100 chart. The band's…

  4. Mike Nichols' Marriage of Music & Movies: Nine Significant Moments

    November 20, 2014 6:15 PM EST Mike Nichols , the celebrated director, writer and comedian who died Wednesday at the age of 83, left a considerable mark in the marriage of music, musicians and visual images. He cast musicians as actors, giving several prominent ones their first major roles; opened two of his films to…

  5. Taylor Swift No. 1, Pentatonix Jingles Up Artist 100

    November 20, 2014 4:35 PM EST Swift stays atop the tally, while the vocal act surges thanks to its hit holiday album. No surprise here: Taylor Swift tallies a record-extending fifth week at No. 1 on the Billboard Artist 100 chart. The Artist 100 provides the first weekly ranking dedicated to measuring artist activity…

  6. Exclusive: RiFF RAFF Wants to Be the 'EDM Justin Bieber'

    November 20, 2014 3:00 PM EST RiFF RAFF is going EDM. The eccentric Houston rapper confirms with Billboard that he'll be joining Golden Hare Management Group, home to rising tropical house artists Kygo and Thomas Jack . After meeting Kygo, Jack and manager Myles Shear at Mad Decent Boat Party over the weekend, the…

  7. Super-Humanizing: Virtual Reality, Music and the Coming Revolution

    November 20, 2014 2:55 PM EST On Monday morning I drove by Candlestick Park as the first demolition crews set to work on the grand old thing. I was on my way to the Palo Alto office of a company called Jaunt, to strap an Oculus headset to my face and watch a fabulously newfangled live concert video from Paul McCartney &…

  8. John Cameron Mitchell Returning to 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch'

    November 20, 2014 2:32 PM EST Actor will reprise the transgender rocker role he created for a limited eight-week engagement in the hit Broadway revival, starting Jan. 21. Hedwig fans rejoice. Mama's coming home. John Cameron Mitchell , co-creator and original star of Hedwig and the Angry Inch , will return to his…

  9. EDM Magnate Pasquale Rotella Talks Further Expanding Insomniac in 2015, Festival Safety

    November 19, 2014 6:56 PM EST At Billboard's Touring Conference & Awards, Rotella says deals have been closed to host 'pop-up theme parks' in new markets. During a panel Wednesday (Nov. 19) at Billboard 's Touring Conference & Awards in New York, Insomniac CEO Pasquale Rotella talked about…

  10. Taylor Swift's '1989' No. 1 for Third Week on Billboard 200

    November 19, 2014 4:36 PM EST Taylor Swift 's 1989 album spends a third consecutive week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, making it only the second album to spend three weeks atop the list in 2014. Only the Frozen soundtrack, which racked 13 nonconsecutive weeks at No. 1, spent longer at the top. 1989 sold 312…

  11. 'Midnight Rider' Case: Settlement Reached in Sarah Jones' Parents' Civil Lawsuit

    November 19, 2014 4:02 PM EST Richard & Elizabeth Jones have reached confidential agreements with some of the defendants. The parents of Sarah Jones , the camera assistant who was struck and killed by a train on the Midnight Rider film set , have reached a confidential settlement agreement with several of the…

  12. Motown Singer Jimmy Ruffin Dies at Age 78

    November 19, 2014 3:40 PM EST 'What Becomes of the Brokenhearted' was a top 10 hit for the singer. Jimmy Ruffin , the Motown singer whose hits include "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted" and "Hold on to My Love," died Monday in a Las Vegas hospital. He was 78. Philicia Ruffin and Jimmy Lee…

  13. Praise! Zayn Malik Reunites With One Direction On Stage

    November 19, 2014 10:15 AM EST Our (not long at all) national nightmare is over! Zayn Malik is back appearing with One Direction -- and Twitter couldn't be more thrilled, with #ZaynisBack trending all last night (Nov. 18). It was a really hard 36 hours, apparently.  One Direction Went to the Wizarding World of Harry…

  14. One Direction Went to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter & Pretended to be Wizards

    November 18, 2014 5:56 PM EST Everything about this is what makes them beautiful. One-hundred points to Gryffindor! (Clearly, all the prank-loving 1D dudes would be in Gryffindor). After stopping by Universal Orlando resort Monday to perform on the Today show , the guys of One Direction   decided to have some serious…

  15. Ticketfly Launches Mobile Tool for Promoters

    November 18, 2014 5:36 PM EST Ticketfly is trying to make life easier for promoters that use its ticketing platform. Its new Ticketfly Pulse product is a mobile tool that gives easy access to real-time event stats, allowing promoters to quickly see an event's total tickets sold, tickets sold that day, the number of…

  16. Madonna Movie 'Adé: A Love Story' Finds Its Writer

    November 18, 2014 5:00 PM EST Dianne Houston ('Take the Lead') has signed on to adapt Rebecca Walker’s memoir for a film that is now seeking financial backers. The Madonna movie Adé: A Love Story has found its writer. Dianne Houston ( Take the Lead ) has signed on to adapt Rebecca Walker ’s memoir for the big…

  17. Prague's John Lennon Wall Painted Over

    November 18, 2014 4:07 PM EST Prague's colorful wall dedicated to the memory of John Lennon has been painted over, leaving just a single message: "Wall is over!" The wall, located at the heart of the Czech capital in the picturesque Little Quarter neighborhood, began to be painted with Lennon's…

  18. Meet Fickle Friends, A Great New Pop Band Blowing Up The U.K. Blogs

    November 18, 2014 2:30 PM EST Three ace singles, including the new "For You," points to a promising future for the Brighton group. Never heard of Fickle Friends? If you’re in the U.S., that’s understandable: the pop quintet has yet to play a stateside show, and debut single “Swim” hasn’t popped up on any…

  19. AXS TV to Televise AEG Festivals in 2015

    November 18, 2014 12:50 PM EST AXS TV and AEG have announced a partnership that will see the former broadcasting footage from festivals owned and thrown by the latter. The partnership will begin in April 2015, when AXS will broadcast from the second weekend of Coachella (April 17-19), as they did earlier this year .…

  20. Nirvana's 'MTV Unplugged' 20 Years Later: Meat Puppets' Curt Kirkwood Looks Back

    November 18, 2014 12:15 PM EST Twenty years ago, Nirvana released MTV Unplugged in New York , an unintentionally posthumous album recorded on this day (Nov. 18) in 1993. Kurt Cobain died five months after its taping, so its place in rock star lore was all but assured by the time it hit shelves. Nirvana played almost none…

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