1. Sleater-Kinney Announce First Album in 10 Years, North American Reunion Tour

    October 20, 2014 9:01 AM EDT It's official: the Sleater-Kinney reunion we started daring to hope for on Friday is really, seriously happening. The announcement is paired with the October 21 box set Start Together and the brand new song that arrived over the weekend, "Bury Our Friends." The 10-track album…

  2. This Week in Billboard Chart History: In 2008, Britney Spears' 'Womanizer' Ruled Hot 100

    October 20, 2014 8:05 AM EDT This week six years ago, Spears scored her first No. 1 in a decade. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Elton John and Santana and the premiere of Billboard's first R&B ranking. Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart…

  3. Code Picks of the Week: Kill Frenzy, Deadmau5, Damian Lazarus & More

    October 19, 2014 8:00 AM EDT Each Friday, CODE curates a diverse selection of the most noteworthy new tunes in dance music. Take a listen for a fitting soundtrack to your weekend. Kill Frenzy -- "All Night Long" [dirtybird] Sporting an enchanting groove, appealing hook and a patient arrangement approach, this…

  4. Lance Bass Sets Wedding Date And 'N Sync Reunion?

    October 18, 2014 8:52 PM EDT Lance Bass liked it, so he put a ring on it. And now the former 'N Sync singer has set a date for his upcoming wedding to model Michael Turchin.   The singer/radio host and Turchin will tie the knot on Dec. 20, he confirmed to People . And, yes, his former boy bandmates will be there…

  5. Happy Birthday, Zac Efron: Here are 7 of His Best Musical Moments

    October 18, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Show of hands: Who would purchase a Zac Efron album? Everyone who saw the High School Musical films or  Hairspray knows what a great idea this is for the actor. In honor of Efron's 27th birthday today, Billboard is looking back over some of our favorite musical moments in those films,…

  6. U2 and Madonna Manager Guy Oseary Is Trying to Reinvent the Music Biz

    October 17, 2014 2:46 PM EDT THE MASTER PLANNER This profile is part of Billboard's Oct. 25 cover story package on the launch of Maverick, a new music-management consortium. You can find our full coverage right here . AGE: 42 TITLE: Principal, Maverick; co-founder, A-Grade Investments; co-founder, Untitled…

  7. Billboard Cover: Managers of U2, Pharrell, Madonna & More Unite to Revolutionize the Music Industry

    October 17, 2014 8:00 AM EDT Guy Oseary is unveiling the new Maverick: music’s biggest, most fiercely protected secret of the year, in which he’s rallying eight other top artist managers to partner with Live Nation and potentially reinvent a broken industry Guy Oseary has proven, if nothing else, that he can keep a…

  8. Hank Williams Biopic 'I Saw the Light' Casts Four New Roles

    October 17, 2014 4:51 AM EDT Hank Williams biopic I Saw the Light has rounded out its cast, adding David Krumholtz, Josh Pais, James DuMont and Wrenn Schmidt . The RatPac Entertainment and Bron Studios film will star Tom Hiddleston and Elizabeth Olsen as the famed musician and his wife Audrey Mae Williams . Marc…

  9. 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…

  10. Lorde Targets Steve Carell As New Best Friend

    October 16, 2014 10:23 AM EDT Sorry, Taylor Swift . Lorde now has her eye on another A-list star.  On Twitter, home of late-night musings, Lorde tweeted , "i didn't really know about @SteveCarell until this year when I watched the entirety of The Office and now I WANT TO BE HIS FRIEND SO BAD. @SteveCarell…

  11. Exclusive: Pepsi Names Emma Quigley First North American Head of Music

    October 16, 2014 9:35 AM EDT Pepsi has named Emma Quigley its first North American head of music, a new position for the beverage company. Quigley most recently served as VP of global marketing at Capitol Music Group, having previously spent three years as VP-international of Capitol parent EMI Music and another four…

  12. Lorde & Sol3 Mio Lead NZ Music Awards Nominations

    October 16, 2014 5:23 AM EDT With five nominations each, Lorde and classical-crossover trio Sol3 Mio lead the pack heading into the 49th annual New Zealand Music Awards. Rapper David Dallas and soul singer Ladi6 are close behind with four nods each. Vodafone is once again sponsoring the country's premier music…

  13. 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…

  14. Haley & Michaels Ready to Break Out With 'One More Night to Break'

    October 15, 2014 7:14 PM EDT They grew up only 3 miles apart in Northern California -- though Shannon Haley and Ryan Michaels didn't know each other until well after each had embarked on their musical career in Nashville. Over the past few years, the duo -- now Haley & Michaels -- have quietly gone about…

  15. How Taylor Swift Got Mark Romanek to Direct 'Shake It Off'

    October 15, 2014 6:11 PM EDT In the most recent video of outtakes revealing the process behind Taylor Swift 's "Shake It Off" video, Swift focuses her attention on the video's director, Mark Romanek . Romanek has a star-studded resume, directing for Madonna , David Bowie , Janet Jackson , Jay Z and…

  16. MLB Playoffs: All the Intro Songs Revealed

    October 15, 2014 4:15 PM EDT What are players rocking when they step to the plate? There’s a lot more than organ music at baseball games these days. Unless we’re talking Chicago’s Wrigley Field (the only stadium that sticks to the classic organ sounds), every MLB player has the opportunity to step to the plate with his…

  17. Exclusive Video: Inside the Making of the Doobie Brothers 'Southbound' Album Featuring Blake Shelton, Zac Brown Band and More

    October 15, 2014 3:49 PM EDT If the Doobie Brothers had gotten their start today instead of four decades ago, they -- like the Eagles -- they might very well be considered more country than pop. Their music influenced many of today's biggest stars in the format, who join the iconic band for the Nov. 4 release of …

  18. Watch Dave Grohl & Perry Farrell Cover Bob Dylan & Rolling Stones at New York Party

    October 15, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Courtney Love, Michael Stipe, and Zac Brown were in the crowd. Dave Grohl sure gets around these days. Foo Fighters are in the middle of a weeklong residency on  Late Show With David Letterman , but Grohl and drummer Taylor Hawkins still found time for some late night covers of rock and…

  19. Aretha Franklin, 'Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics': Track-by-Track Album Review

    October 15, 2014 10:40 AM EDT Aretha Franklin and Clive Davis' relationship began in 1980, when the Queen of Soul signed with the mogul's Arista Records. "And 20 years later, I made the right decision," Franklin tells Billboard of agreeing to that union. She had plenty of hits during that era, most…

  20. Rewinding the Charts: 20 Years Ago, R.E.M. Had A 'Monster' Smash

    October 15, 2014 10:05 AM EDT On Oct. 15, 1994, the Athens, Ga., band scored its only No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200. As alternative became mainstream in the early- to mid-'90s, thanks largely to grunge acts like Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Soundgarden, R.E.M. likewise rode the wave with its more jangly-pop-leaning…

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