1. Billboard 200 Chart Moves: '5 Seconds of Summer' Hits Half-Million in Sales

    October 24, 2014 9:19 PM EDT On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart, Florida Georgia Line claimed its first No. 1 with Anything Goes . The set, released through Republic Nashville Records, sold 197,000 in the week ending Oct. 19, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It was the third consecutive country album to top the…

  2. Bret Easton Ellis Regrets Linking Huey Lewis and the News to 'American Psycho'

    October 24, 2014 5:05 PM EDT Since Bret Easton Ellis made the protagonist of his 1991 novel American Psycho , Patrick Bateman, an investment banker serial killer with a fondness for Huey Lewis and the News , the association has taken on a life of its own. The 2000 film adaptation of the book, which was directed and co…

  3. New York Ebola Patient Visited Bowling Alley Music Venue Before Being Hospitalized

    October 23, 2014 9:54 PM EDT A doctor in New York City who has tested positive for Ebola visited Brooklyn bowling alley The Gutter before he was hospitalized Wednesday night, the New York Daily News has reported . Dr. Craig Spencer had recently returned to New York from West Africa, where he was treating Ebola patients…

  4. Which Musicians Are Up For Logo TV’s NewNowNext Awards?

    October 23, 2014 3:15 PM EDT Logo TV -- the LGBT-centric cable channel -- has announced the nominees for its lucky seventh annual NewNowNext Awards, set to air Dec. 7. There’s no old timers here; the awards serve to “celebrate the now and introduce fans to what's on the horizon,” according to a press release.…

  5. 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…

  6. Inside Grammy U Competition Winner Kirkland Lynch's Incredible Day at the Capitol Records Tower

    October 22, 2014 1:59 PM EDT After winning Grammy U's music business plan competition, Kirkland Lynch found himself in Los Angeles, getting picked up by the chairman of Capitol Records. October 9, 2014 marked the best day of my life thus far. That was the day that Grammy U introduced me to Steve Barnett , CEO of…

  7. Executive Turntable: New Faces, Promotions at Beggars, Republic Records, Capitol & More

    October 21, 2014 1:11 PM EDT -- The Beggars Group announced the following expansion and promotions within the radio department: Risa Matsuki was promoted to VP, Promotions; Brien Terranova joined as Sr. Director, Promotions; and Hector Montes rose to National Director, Promotions.  -- Republic Records announced the…

  8. Ask Billboard: The Weird Connections Between Mary Lambert & Madonna

    October 21, 2014 11:05 AM EDT In this week's reader mailbag, yet more odd coincidences connecting Mary Lambert and Madonna; a look at the longest-leading No. 1s ever on Billboard song charts; and hit songs with quirky time signatures. As always, submit questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music…

  9. Happy Birthday Tom Petty! Celebrate By Revisiting 10 Classic Tracks

    October 20, 2014 5:57 PM EDT In honor of Tom Petty 's 64th birthday, we're revisiting some of his hits! "Don't Come Around Here No More" It's been documented that the inspiration for this 1985 song was a romantic encounter that co-writer David A. Stewart ( Eurythmics ) had with Stevie…

  10. Female Artists Ruling the Charts: A Movement or Just a Moment?

    October 17, 2014 11:43 AM EDT It’s an unprecedented week six of women ruling the top 5, as one exec says when this happens en masse... “there’s something going on culturally.” Taylor , Iggy , Katy , Nicki , Charli , Jessie , Ariana -- there’s no question that women are dominating the singles chart and leading the…

  11. Tory Lanez Channels the Classics in First NYC Headlining Show

    October 16, 2014 5:37 PM EDT "I believe in keeping sh-- classic" announced Tory Lanez during the middle his show at Webster Hall on Wednesday night -- his first headlining show in New York City. Lanez, who hails from Toronto, wasn't lying: He sang Bell Biv DeVoe during the performance; his Chixtape II…

  12. SiriusXM Dealt Fresh Blow in RIAA's Lawsuit Over Older Music

    October 15, 2014 11:55 PM EDT It's getting worse for SiriusXM in the ongoing strife over pre-1972 music. Last month, a California judge granted summary judgment to Flo & Eddie of The Turtles who alleged that the satellite radio giant was misappropriating their songs without authorization and compensation. The…

  13. Chart Highlights: Taylor Swift 'Shake's to Top of Pop Songs, Iggy Azalea Rules Rhythmic Songs

    October 13, 2014 4:15 PM EDT The divas take over a pair of radio charts, while Nickelback and Florida Georgia Line also add new No. 1s. Plus, AC/DC blasts back onto Mainstream Rock Songs. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers…

  14. 'Downton Abbey' Christmas Album Is Coming

    October 13, 2014 2:51 PM EDT This is the best news since the last time the Dowager Countess spoke :  Downton Abbey  will be releasing a Christmas album this year.  Christmas at Downton Abbey  will feature a festive version of the show's theme song as well as traditional hymns and carols, according to ITV , which…

  15. Iggy Azalea Leads American Music Awards With Six Nominations

    October 13, 2014 9:00 AM EDT With six nominations, Iggy Azalea is at the front of the pack leading into next month’s 2014 American Music Awards .  The Hot 100 chart-topping, Australian-born performer is up for artist of the year, new artist of the year, single of the year, favorite female artist - pop/rock, and she’s…

  16. Iggy Azalea Will Debut New Single 'Beg For It' on 'SNL'

    October 13, 2014 7:06 AM EDT As we predicted just before Saturday Night Live 's 40th season kicked off three weekends ago, Iggy Azalea is set to make her first appearance at Studio 8H on Oct. 25, the night Jim Carrey returns as host. It'll be more than a regular musical guest spot, though, as Iggy will debut…

  17. Ask Billboard: Baseball Hits, Gwen Stefani's Delay & Demi Lovato's Best-Selling Songs

    October 12, 2014 8:05 AM EDT As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. Or, Tweet questions to Gary Trust: @gthot20 HIT RUNS AND ERAS Hi Gary…

  18. Happy National Coming Out Day! Artists Celebrate on Social Media

    October 11, 2014 4:17 PM EDT Numerous artists took to social media on Saturday (Oct. 11) to recognize National Coming Out Day, which celebrates its 26th anniversary this year. 25 Great Gay Moments In Music National Coming Out Day annually celebrates individuals who publicly come out as lesbian, gay, bisexual,…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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