1. Taylor Swift to the Haters: 'If You’re Upset That I’m Just Being Myself, I’m Going to Be Myself More'

    October 24, 2014 12:01 AM EDT Taylor Swift named her fifth album after her birth year, 1989 , but 2014 is the year of her rebirth. After wooing the mainstream with four albums of her pop-flavored brand of country, Swift waves goodbye to Nashville with 1989 , ditching guitars for new wave-y synths, courtesy of hitmakers…

  2. Album Review: Taylor Swift’s Pop Curveball Pays Off With ‘1989’

    October 24, 2014 12:01 AM EDT Any Nashville insider will tell you that Taylor Swift started breaking up with country music long before she first stepped out with hitmakers Max Martin and Shellback for three pop-leaning songs on 2012's blockbuster Red . But if her new single, "Shake It Off," was the…

  3. Exclusive: Carnage, Erick Morillo and Harry Romero Join Forces on 'Let the Freak Out'

    October 23, 2014 4:20 PM EDT While their marriage may seem unlikely, Carnage, Erick Morillo and Harry Romero were a match made in Miami. After being put in touch by mutual friend Dave Grutman, founder of Miami Marketing Group, Carnage dropped by Morillo's sprawling Miami home to preview tracks for a potential…

  4. Beatport Scoops Up Social Sharing App Listn

    October 23, 2014 1:39 PM EDT Social music app Listn will shut down at the end of the month and be absorbed by SFX Entertainment's Beatport, the startup's founder and CEO announced this week. Details of the deal were not disclosed. "When we first started Listn we set out to change and improve the way the…

  5. Must-Hear Music Podcast: Gwen Stefani, Taylor Swift, Sleater-Kinney, Foo Fighters & More

    October 23, 2014 1:00 PM EDT It's a week of comebacks on the Must-Hear Music podcast. Gwen Stefani returns to her solo career with a nice but lackluster single , while Sleater-Kinney drop their (awesome) first new song since reuniting after a nine-year break. We also chat about Foo Fighters' first single from…

  6. Brad Pitt Admits He Loves The 'Friends' Theme Song to Zach Galifianakis

    October 23, 2014 11:55 AM EDT How old were you when you lost your virginity? Zero? What's your tolerance for awkwardness? If you thrive on it, you're going to want to check out the latest episode of Between Two Ferns, Zach Galifianakis ' Funny or Die web talk show. Bradley Pitts Brad Pitt stops by, and…

  7. One Direction Fan Fiction Author Calls Her Story 'Vanilla Fifty Shades of Grey'

    October 23, 2014 10:46 AM EDT Paging Harry Styles! Last year, the One Direction star and his bandmates were the inspiration for a viral online fan fiction story, the After series, and the real-life book version of the tale was released this week. "Tessa is a girl in college. It's not me, but I've realized…

  8. Jessie Ware, 'Tough Love': Track-by-Track Review

    October 23, 2014 10:10 AM EDT Jessie Ware is likely still riding high from exchanging nuptials over the summer. Considering her 2012 debut album Devotion was a chapter-by-chapter chronicle on matters of her heart -- pitfalls and all -- one might make the assumption that now that she's a Mrs. her new release, Tough…

  9. Ariana Grande: Love for My Gay Brother Made Me Question Catholicism

    October 23, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Ariana Grande has one less problem without the Catholic Church. In a new interview, the singer discussed how she grew up Catholic, but when her big brother Frankie (who was a contestant this past summer on  Big Brother ) came out, she was far from thrilled with the Church's response. …

  10. Kill the Noise & Feed Me Share ‘Far Away’ Collab: Exclusive Listen

    October 23, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Kill the Noise and Feed Me know how to press each other’s buttons. They should do; the electronic music producers have been making tunes together for close to a decade.  Kill the Noise (aka Jake Stanczak) and Feed Me (aka Jon Gooch) have written under various guises and labels, and “we…

  11. Publishing Briefs: Sony/ATV Promotions, Rich Conlon's New Firm, Mike & Keys Join Atlas

    October 23, 2014 8:47 AM EDT Billboard's Ed Christman rounds-up all the big news happening in the music publishing world. -- Sony/ATV Music Publishing has promoted Rich Christina to the role of senior VP, head of East Coast A&R, based in the company’s New York office. He will report to Sony/ATV U.S. co…

  12. Watch a Croatian Cello Duo Nail Iron Maiden's 'The Trooper'

    October 23, 2014 8:32 AM EDT YouTube's latest unexpected, and unexpectedly amazing, amateur tribute to a classic song … isn't exactly amateur. It comes from 2Cellos , a Croatian duo that knows how to absolutely shred (and gallop, and solo) on their beautiful classical instruments.   So they made an Iron…

  13. Charli XCX Gives Surprise Performance at High School Dance

    October 23, 2014 5:16 AM EDT Charli XCX took a break from touring Wednesday night to perform at an unlikely venue: a high school gymnasium. The chart-topping 22-year-old pop star delivered the tunes "I Love It," "Fancy" and "Boom Clap" to a crowd of excited high school students at Aspire…

  14. James Blunt Confesses: ‘You’re Beautiful’ Became ‘Annoying’

    October 23, 2014 3:19 AM EDT James Blunt offered a mea culpa for his biggest hit "You're Beautiful," admitting after all these years that the treacly love song "was force-fed down people's throats" and that "it became annoying." In the latest issue of Hello! magazine, Blunt says…

  15. ILoveMakonnen Attacked On Stage in New York: Watch

    October 23, 2014 2:38 AM EDT ILoveMakonnen has been assaulted on stage while performing his breakout hit “Tuesday.” The Atlanta rapper was performing the track in New York’s SOBs club on Tuesday (naturally), when he took a punch from a member of the audience. The artist (real name Makonnen Sheran ) shared footage on…

  16. 'Back to The Future' 30th Anniversary Reissue to Include Live Orchestra Accompaniment

    October 23, 2014 1:55 AM EDT Where they’re going, they don’t need roads — but, as it turns out, full orchestral accompaniment is a whole other story. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the much-loved time travel adventure Back to the Future , the Robert Zemeckis -directed film is headed back in a way most would never…

  17. Neil Diamond on His Walk Down 'Melody Road': 'I Was...Under the Spell Of Love'

    October 22, 2014 11:33 PM EDT Neil Diamond wrote and recorded his first studio album of new material in six years floating in the heady glow of new love. The 73-year-old entertainer, who married for the third time in 2012, says happiness with his new bride fueled his work on "Melody Road," out Tuesday. Neil…

  18. Let Super Junior Color Your World With 'This Is Love' Video

    October 22, 2014 9:49 PM EDT The veteran boy band is bringing fans even more new music and videos with a repackaged version of their latest chart-topping album. Last month, Super Junior 's Mamacita album sold enough copies to top Billboard 's World Albums chart with just three days of sales . With the…

  19. Jackie Lee Scores a Touchdown With First Single, 'She Does,' Prepping Debut Album

    October 22, 2014 8:44 PM EDT The Alcoa Tornadoes are one of America's most successful high school football programs. Located in East Tennessee, the team has won 13 state titles -- including a staggering seven in a row between 2004 and 2010. You would be hard pressed to find anyone who would leave such a program,…

  20. Tyga: I Don't Really Get Along With Drake or Nicki Minaj

    October 22, 2014 5:40 PM EDT Tyga isn't biting his tongue. The rapper opened up about his relationship with fellow Young Money artists, Drake and Nicki Minaj  in a recent interview with Vibe , saying: "I don't really get along with Drake. I don't really get along with Nicki . " "I…

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