1. Kasey Chambers Diagnosed with Vocal Cord Nodules, Postpones Tour

    October 23, 2014 4:09 AM EDT Australian country singer Kasey Chambers has been told to quieten things down for a while after she was diagnosed with small nodules and inflammation on her vocal cords.  Over the next few months, Chambers will undergo vocal therapy to repair the damage and, ultimately, avoid surgery. As a…

  2. Report: Four Die During Amsterdam Dance Event

    October 22, 2014 4:21 PM EDT Four people reportedly died while attending last week’s Amsterdam Dance Event. According to Dutch paper de Volkskrant , two ADE attendees died after taking ill in unrelated incidents over the weekend. A 21-year-old Dutch man reportedly died on Sunday, Oct. 19 th , after being hospitalized…

  3. Flaming Lips, 'With a Little Help From My Fwends': Track-By-Track Review

    October 22, 2014 2:00 PM EDT The Lips tap Miley Cyrus, My Morning Jacket, Tegan & Sara and more for a loving deconstruction of the Beatles' 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.' Given it's a frequent contender for the 'Greatest Album Ever Made' title, it almost seems like there…

  4. 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…

  5. Can Anyone (Even Taylor Swift) Hit the First-Week Million-Selling Mark Anymore?

    October 17, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Candidates include Taylor Swift, whose 1989 arrives Oct. 27, Adele and... well...? Will the U.S. music industry ever see another first-week million-selling album? That was an open question even as the CD suffered double-digit sales declines for the last seven years. But with digital sales…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. Michelle Obama's New Single? 'Turnip for What'

    October 15, 2014 8:13 AM EDT Surprise: Lil Jon and DJ Snake are a hit in the White House. On Vine on Tuesday, actor Iman Crosson posed a question to First Lady Michelle Obama: "How many calories do you burn every time you 'turn up'?!" Hours later, Mrs. Obama did exactly what any health-minded, diet…

  11. After Ariel Pink Disses Madonna's Career, Her Manager Says They've Never Heard of Him

    October 14, 2014 8:33 PM EDT Ariel Pink may have been working on Madonna 's new album, that is until he opened his mouth and tried to explain why she might want him in a recent interview.  Ariel Pink Says He's Working on Madonna's New Album, Dismisses Most of Her Career Speaking with Faster Louder , the…

  12. Dr. Luke Claims in Defamation Lawsuit That Kesha Is Extorting Him

    October 14, 2014 5:01 PM EDT The star producer files his own lawsuit in New York, claiming that her 'false' sexual abuse allegations arise from a contract dispute. As pop superstar Kesha lobbed a bombshell lawsuit alleging disturbing sexual abuse on the part of her producer, Lukasz "Dr. Luke"…

  13. Chris Brown & Beyonce Lead Soul Train Award Nominations

    October 13, 2014 3:56 PM EDT Team Breezy will be very happy about this. Chris Brown leads with seven nominations for the 2014 Soul Train Awards. Brown is followed by six nods for Beyonce and five for Pharrell . Hosted by Wendy Williams , this year’s show will take place at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas on Nov. 7 and…

  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. Which Metal Legend Is Getting the MTV EMAs Global Icon Award?

    October 13, 2014 10:25 AM EDT Former recipients include Eminem, Whitney Houston and Bon Jovi. British rock legend Ozzy Osbourne will be honored with the Global Icon Award at the MTV EMAs in Glasgow, Scotland in November. The MTV EMAs will air live on MTV channels around the world from the SSE Hydro in Glasgow on Sunday…

  16. Dan Nevin Appointed CEO of Australia's Indies Trade Body AIR

    October 12, 2014 10:00 PM EDT Dan Nevin is the new CEO of Australia's independent music companies trade body AIR.  With effect from November, Nevin joins the Melbourne-based association from JB Hi-Fi, the country’s runaway market-leader in CD sales, where he’s served in recent years as digital music manager. At JB,…

  17. 17 Years Ago, Elton John's 'Candle In the Wind 1997' Started Its 14-Week No. 1 Run

    October 11, 2014 10:45 AM EDT "Goodbye England's rose, may you ever grow in our hearts / You were the grace that placed itself where lives were torn apart." With those words, Elton John rechristened "Candle in the Wind" from 1973's Goodbye Yellow Brick Road as "Candle In the Wind 1997,…

  18. 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…

  19. Exclusive: Kill Frenzy Premieres 'No Panties' From 'Taylr Swft'

    October 10, 2014 2:38 PM EDT Kill Frenzy has never shied away from sexy topics. In fact, ever since rising to prominence with bawdy breakout hit "Make That Booty Clap," the Belgian Dirtybird staple has fully embraced the salacious on racy releases ranging from "Big Breasted Beauties" to "Warm…

  20. Billboard Cover: Florida Georgia Line on Being ‘Professional Partiers,’ Haters and Hip-Hop

    October 10, 2014 9:00 AM EDT The banjo player has magenta highlights in his hair. The drummer is wearing sunglasses and a Motley Crue T-shirt. In the first song, there's a bass drop: The sound briefly stops, and when it storms back in, a meter at the sound board spikes to 120 decibels. Welcome to the 2014 version…

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