1. PJ Harvey Covers Nick Cave for 'Overly American' BBC Show

    October 30, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Even with a name like Peaky Blinders , the BBC historical drama was getting accused of seeming “overly American.” So Flood , the show’s music producer, set out to fix that with some good ol’ British musical lore. PJ Harvey covering the Australian Nick Cave ? Well, at least he’s not American…

  2. Rap Superduo Run the Jewels Talk Keeping Their Momentum and Why Cat Remixes Are in Their Future (Seriously)

    October 30, 2014 10:52 AM EDT In 2013, Run the Jewels, the superduo consisting of veterans Killer Mike and El-P , released its self-titled debut, a confrontational barrage of rap ruthlessness. For follow-up RTJ2 (Oct. 27, Mass Appeal Records), they have doubled down on the aggression and injected more of the…

  3. Sam Smith Brings Out Ed Sheeran for Surprise 'Stay With Me' Duet

    October 30, 2014 10:01 AM EDT Here's your daily dose of feelings: At a concert in Manchester's Albert Hall Wednesday night, Sam Smith brought Ed Sheeran up on stage with him to sing "Stay With Me." Naturally, it was beautiful (and the crowd was thrilled ).  Later that night, after the surprise…

  4. Happy Birthday, Matthew Morrison! Check out 5 of His Best 'Glee' Musical Moments

    October 30, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Happy Birthday, Matthew Morrison ! The Glee choir teacher to us all/solo recording artist turns 36 today, which is the perfect opportunity to re-watch some old Glee videos, if that's something you're into. We rounded up five of his best performances from six seasons of the Fox…

  5. Tim Cook: 'I'm Proud to Be Gay'

    October 30, 2014 8:34 AM EDT Apple CEO Tim Cook says he's proud to be gay. The public declaration, in an essay written for Bloomberg Businessweek , makes Cook the highest-profile business CEO to come out as gay. Cook said that while he never denied his sexuality, he never publicly acknowledged it, either. The…

  6. Craig Aaronson, A&R Exec Who Signed Chemical Romance, Reportedly Dies

    October 30, 2014 4:53 AM EDT Craig Aaronson, the veteran music biz executive who was involved in the signing and A&R development of such acts as My Chemical Romance , The Used , Avenged Sevenfold , Taking Back Sunday , Mastodon , Serj Tankian , and Against Me! , has reportedly died after a long battle with cancer.…

  7. Taylor Swift on Her Love of Reading & Writing: 'What If I End Up Writing a Script or a Book?'

    October 29, 2014 11:19 PM EDT Who says kids don't read? Not Taylor Swift . The superstar made a stop Tuesday night on her busy tour promoting her new album to share her passion for reading and writing with a gaggle of New York City public school kids -- and 100 more giggling on computer screens via Skype from…

  8. Ray Johnston Band Aiming for 'No Bad Days' With New Album

    October 29, 2014 7:40 PM EDT Defying the odds -- that's what the story of the Ray Johnston Band has long been about. The namesake of the Texas-based band has enjoyed a multi-faceted career so far -- playing some of the more prestigious stages in the Lone Star State as well as donning a basketball jersey for the…

  9. Exclusive: Enrique Iglesias Talks Record-Breaking No. 1 Run for 'Bailando'

    October 29, 2014 7:00 PM EDT 'This one just felt special,' Iglesias tells Billboard after setting Hot Latin Songs record. "The song to me was always a special song, but you never really know," Enrique Iglesias tells Billboard exclusively about "Bailando." "You don't know how…

  10. Must-Hear Music Podcast: Iggy Azalea, Imagine Dragons, Ellie Goulding & Calvin Harris

    October 29, 2014 6:09 PM EDT On this week's Must-Hear Music podcast, Billboard staffers Erika Ramirez and Joe Lynch apologize to Jason Lipshutz for not attending his Halloween karaoke party. After that, we talk about Iggy Azalea 's new song featuring Danish pop singer MØ , which the two of them performed (…

  11. Who Dominated the Country Charts in 1984? The Top 5 Acts -- From Willie Nelson to George Strait

    October 29, 2014 5:49 PM EDT By 1984, country music had begun to regain the stylistic focus it had surrendered to the brief and artistically confused Urban Cowboy period. Nearly as quickly as they had arrived, the new audience that the 1980 film had brought to country music moved on, leaving the genre with a restless,…

  12. Lionel Richie Laughs About the Video for His Classic Hit ‘Hello’ (Remember That Sculpture?)

    October 29, 2014 5:43 PM EDT Lionel Richie 's "Hello" topped the Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks beginning May 12, helped along by a much-derided video in which a blind woman sculpts an amateurish bust of the singer. "It was going to be a story about someone seeing someone else across the room and…

  13. From Diddy to Alanis Morissette, These Musicians Have Turned Marathon Runners

    October 29, 2014 5:35 PM EDT Pop music and distance running aren't so different. Both reward tenacity, hard work, and the willingness to wear skimpy clothing and push your body to its physical limits. No wonder so many rock stars have done marathons. There are few athletic contests more badass than the 26.2-mile…

  14. Bruce Springsteen Surprises Fans at Box-Set Listening Party

    October 29, 2014 4:44 PM EDT Bruce Springsteen surprised fans when he slinked in like a spirit in the night to check out a New Jersey listening party previewing his upcoming box set, Bruce Springsteen: The Album Collection Vol. 1 1973-1984. The Boss snuck his way in through the back entrance of Jack's Music Shoppe…

  15. Future Doesn't Shy Away From Rumors on 'Monster' Mixtape: Listen

    October 29, 2014 4:21 PM EDT Monster , the latest mixtape from Future , comes during a tumultuous year for the rapper. The highs: He put out Honest in April, an acclaimed album that will likely end up on year-end lists, and Ciara gave birth to his son not long after. The lows: Within months, Future split up with ex…

  16. Taylor Swift's 'Welcome to New York' Proceeds Going to NYC Public Schools

    October 29, 2014 4:04 PM EDT Now this is something  everyone  can get excited about. On  The View  Wednesday morning (Oct. 29), Taylor Swift talked about her recent move to New York and how that move inspired her 1989 track "Welcome to New York." "The fans were wonderful enough to make it No. 1 on iTunes…

  17. Lil Wayne Releases New Song 'Gotti,' Announces 'Tha Carter V' Release Date

    October 29, 2014 3:29 PM EDT Lil Wayne has some good and bad news. Bad news first: Lil Wayne has pushed back Tha Carter V to December 9th… The first part at least. The good news is that Tha Carter V will now be a two-part album. Weezy is breaking up the album since he recorded "too much." He flashed a track…

  18. The Top 20 Billboard Hot 100 Hits of the 1980s

    October 29, 2014 3:20 PM EDT In the '80s, disco's popularity decreased, and the top 20 Hot 100 hits present a more complicated picture than it did a decade before. Not that disco completely disappeared: Diana Ross 's "Upside Down," produced with the help of Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards from…

  19. Book Review: Billy Joel Biography Contains Lots of Juice But Many Skeletons Stay Closeted

    October 29, 2014 2:00 PM EDT One of the most anticipated rock bios of the year, Billy Joel comes with a backstory almost as complicated as the 65-year-old hitmaker 's life. Joel originally brought in Fred Schruers , a respected Rolling Stone alum, to co-author a memoir with him, for which the singer got a reported…

  20. Taylor Swift to Appear in Video for Scholastic: See a Photo Here

    October 29, 2014 11:50 AM EDT Taylor Swift isn't done appearing just about everywhere to promote 1989 yet. Today (Oct. 29), Swift will appear in a 30-minute exclusive video on Scholastic.com. Swift will discuss her love of reading and writing, as well as show a never-before-seen clip from behind the scenes of a…

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