1. 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…

  2. Exclusive: Bethany Mota Premieres 'Need You Right Now' Lyric Video

    October 13, 2014 3:00 PM EDT Bethany Mota, the 18-year-old YouTube beauty and lifestyle sensation from California, has released her first single “Need You Right Now” featuring Mike Tompkins. Following its midnight release on iTunes, Mota is premiering the track’s official lyric video exclusively on Billboard.com: “Need…

  3. 35 Years Ago, Sugarhill Gang's 'Rapper's Delight' Made Its First Chart Appearance

    October 13, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Several years after hip-hop culture began to take shape at parties in the Bronx and Queens, Sugarhill Gang's "Rapper's Delight" was released via Sugar Hill Records on Sept. 16, 1979. Nearly one month after its release, the watershed single made its first appearance on a…

  4. 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,…

  5. Watch the Foo Fighters Tease New Songs, Explain 'Sonic Highways' Series in New Extended Trailer

    October 12, 2014 7:07 PM EDT With Foo Fighters ' HBO series Sonic Highways set to premiere Friday, Oct. 17, the network has released a five-minute extended trailer for the show with an interview of the band explaining what viewers can expect.  In it, band leader Dave Grohl explains the project's beginnings…

  6. Kiss’ Gene Simmons Slams Coddling TV Talent Show Judges at MIPCOM

    October 12, 2014 3:37 PM EDT "You can't sugarcoat shit, pardon me" Gene Simmons is not one to sugarcoat his opinions. Kiss' Gene Simmons Gets Behind New 'Coliseum' Reality TV Format Precious TV singing-competition show judges who coddle pop-star wannabes, rather than be brutally honest…

  7. What Would Happen If the Smiths Got Inducted Into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?

    October 10, 2014 4:45 PM EDT The Smiths were nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for the first time this week. There’s no way they could get in… right? So first thing’s first -- this year's set of Rock Hall nominations is the most “alt” ever. Green Day , Nine Inch Nails , Lou Reed , Joan Jett & the…

  8. British Lawmaker Publishes Detailed Report on Copyright Education

    October 10, 2014 3:30 PM EDT Mike Weatherley , the British Prime Minister's adviser on intellectual property, has published a comprehensive report on promoting copyright education and awareness. Entitled "Copyright Education and Awareness," the 29-page paper outlines eight recommendations that Weatherley…

  9. Exclusive Premiere: Prog Supergroup Flying Colors Shares 'A Place in Your World' Studio Video

    October 10, 2014 10:30 AM EDT The members of Flying Colors just want a place in your world -- and they’ve got the flashy riffs, drum fills and vocal harmonies to prove it. The prog-friendly supergroup released its sophomore album Second Nature on Sept. 30 and they're premiering the video for the catchy single “A…

  10. Rock Hall Nominees: The Locks, the Likelys & the Longshots

    October 09, 2014 6:00 PM EDT It's a little fun for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame watchers to predict who's going to be nominated each fall. It's a lot more fun to figure out which of the nominees will actually get in.  With Green Day , nine inch nails and N.W.A. on the ballot, this year's group of…

  11. Ciara Is Back in the Studio

    October 08, 2014 7:43 AM EDT Thanks to a new Instagram post, we now know Ciara is back in the studio , likely working on her follow-up to her 2013 self-titled album. In the photo, CiCi is hanging with producer Polow da Don, who did Ciara's " Promise ," one of her biggest singles, back in 2006. Polow da…

  12. AC/DC Reveals ‘Rock Or Bust’ Tracklist, Drops First Single ‘Play Ball’: Listen

    October 08, 2014 2:38 AM EDT AC/DC fans, it’s game on. The Aussie rock titans have served up "Play Ball," their first new recording in six years, and they've shared the tracklist and artwork for their upcoming album release.  The new single has debuted on radio Down Under and it's offered as an…

  13. On the Road Videos: On Tour and Backstage With Grouplove, Austin Mahone, Ellie Goulding & More

    October 07, 2014 5:05 PM EDT Ever wonder what life is really like for your favorite artists when they’re on tour? For the past year, Billboard’s On the Road series has invited you backstage to hang with the world’s biggest stars as they bring their music to fans across the globe. Our exclusive behind-the-scenes videos…

  14. 1980s White Rap Pioneers 3rd Bass Reveal the Stories Behind Their Music -- From Gang Hits to Beef With the Beastie Boys

    October 06, 2014 4:27 PM EDT When New York duo 3rd Bass -- MC Serch (real name Michael Berrin) and Prime Minister Pete Nice (born Peter Nash), now both 47 -- burst onto the scene in 1989 with the single "Steppin' to the A.M.," they were a revelation to the public. Serch's first single, "Melissa…

  15. Chart Highlights: Fergie Returns, Enrique Iglesias Hits No. 1

    October 06, 2014 4:05 PM EDT 'L.A.LOVE (la la)' brings Fergie back to Pop Songs, while Iglesias extends his Dance Club Songs record. Plus, new No. 1s for Drake, Luke Bryan, Spoon and more and splashy starts for Lorde and Carrie Underwood. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard…

  16. Is Pandora Finally Playing Nice with the Industry -- or Just Paying Lip Service?

    October 06, 2014 2:00 PM EDT The Internet radio giant moves from Capitol Hill to the coasts as it tries a different approach: listening. For the longest time, digital media executive Lars Murray didn’t know what to do with Pandora. As vp marketing at Columbia Records, he recognized that it was the top streaming radio…

  17. Former Bullying Victim Tinashe Gets Her Shot at R&B Stardom

    October 06, 2014 1:51 PM EDT On paper, Tinashe may come off like a former teen rebel: skipping prom and getting kicked out of her high school musical. And her slinky hit "2 On," a paean to the almighty "turn-up," teases out that narrative. But in reality, the R&B upstart -- who's releasing…

  18. 5 Roles Perfect for Nick Jonas and His Abs

    October 03, 2014 6:49 PM EDT After seeing Nick Jonas ' recent provocative photo shoot for  Flaunt  magazine, it got us thinking: After pulling a Marky Mark (see above), who else do we want the clearly now-adult pop star and his -- errrr, ummm -- hot bod to imitate? There are plenty of options, but here's a…

  19. Why Convicted Child-Sex Offender Gary Glitter’s ‘Hey Song’ Is Still Getting Played

    October 03, 2014 12:00 PM EDT The sex offender's "Rock and Roll Part 2" is quietly fading from play. Something was missing when the National Hockey League’s Nashville Predators played their first home game of the 2014-2015 season on Sept. 25: Gary Glitter . Previously, each time the team scored a goal,…

  20. George M. Roberts, 'Mr. Bass Trombone,' Dies at 86

    October 01, 2014 9:15 PM EDT He recorded for Nelson Riddle, Frank Sinatra, Stan Kenton and John Williams and can be heard on the soundtrack for 'Jaws.' George M. Roberts , the master musician known as "Mr. Bass Trombone" whose melodic sound can be heard on Nelson Riddle -arranged albums for Frank…

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