1. Paul Simon Cooperating for Planned Biography

    November 04, 2014 3:58 PM EST After decades of telling his story through music, Paul Simon is ready to rely on words alone. The celebrated singer-songwriter has agreed to cooperate with author and music critic Robert Hilburn for a planned biography. Simon & Schuster, winner of a recent six-publisher auction,…

  2. Album Review: Calvin Harris' 'Motion' Plays It Safe With Radio-Ready Cuts and It-Girl Guest Stars

    November 04, 2014 3:22 PM EST Somewhere along the line, "EDM" became a dirty word. What began as an umbrella term for the new wave of electronic dance music now carries the weight of the genre's oft-criticized commercialization. If a dance track features a pop vocalist singing a melodic hook, it's…

  3. Happy Birthday, 'Spiceworld': It's Time to Re-Watch Some Cheesy Spice Girls Music Videos

    November 04, 2014 9:00 AM EST Hai Si Ja, hold tight! It's time to spice up your life once again! Spiceworld  the album -- not the must-see movie -- dropped 17 years ago today, on Nov. 4, 1997. The sophomore effort by the Spice Girls debuted at No. 1 in the U.K., and premiered at No. 8 on the Billboard 200 albums…

  4. HARD Day of the Dead: 10 Standout Performances

    November 03, 2014 6:26 PM EST Over the weekend, some of the most talented emissaries from all corners of the dance-music world descended on Pomona, Calif., for HARD's annual Day of the Dead festival. Live Nation's HARD has made its name on curation, consistently showcasing credible talents while excavating and…

  5. Why Australia's The Preatures Are on the Verge of Breaking Out (Hint: The Rolling Stones Are Fans)

    November 03, 2014 3:45 PM EST What happens when one of the best rock albums of the year arrives and only Australia notices? That has been the case for The Preatures, a Sydney quintet whose debut, Blue Planet Eyes , bowed at No. 4 on the Australian album chart. In America, the LP was a digital-only release (Sept. 30,…

  6. Want to Buy a Piece of Queensryche? Now You Can

    November 03, 2014 3:11 PM EST Rock act Queensryche is giving fans a chance to share in profits that the band generates through such avenues as merchandise and record sales. For a minimum investment of $50,000, fans who pass an independent accreditation process can purchase an equity ownership stake from a private…

  7. Big Machine Label Group, Taylor Swift’s Label Home, Reportedly Considering a Sale

    November 01, 2014 10:02 PM EDT Within the same week that Big Machine and Taylor Swift are on the verge of reaping their greatest sales accomplishment, comes word that label, founded by Scott Borchetta, is up on the sales block.   According to sources, Borchetta is testing the waters to see what kind of offer the Big…

  8. Will Fox Score Another 'Glee' With 'Dynasty'-Style Hip-Hop Soap Opera 'Empire'?

    October 31, 2014 3:01 PM EDT The network that launched 'American Idol' and the studio that birthed 'Glee' team up with Columbia Records and Timbaland for a 'Dynasty'-inspired hip-hop soap, but will it produce stars and sales? "Once I picked my mouth up off the floor, the idea of…

  9. Radio DJ Angie Martinez on Running the NYC Marathon: 'It Was Time to Conquer It'

    October 31, 2014 1:28 PM EDT What's cooler than being cool? Ice cold -- as in literally submerging your body in a pool of ice water. It's something Sean " Puff Daddy " Combs recommended to Angie Martinez recently when he called the DJ on her popular New York City radio show. Martinez, who is…

  10. Little Big Town Leaps Onto Top Country Albums

    October 30, 2014 6:02 PM EDT The harmony-focused foursome claims its fourth top 10, as 'Pain Killer' bows at No. 3; Plus, chart moves for Keith Urban, Billy Currington, RaeLynn & Carrie Underwood. Harmony-focused foursome Little Big Town claims its fourth top 10, all tallied consecutively, on Billboard&…

  11. Revisionist History, Part 3: Michael Jackson Gets Revenge on Prince! Year-End Hits of the Past, Re-Analyzed

    October 30, 2014 12:15 PM EDT If you've been following our ongoing look at what happens when Billboard's No. 1 song for each of the Hot 100 's first 46 years is re-figured to reflect Nielsen SoundScan-measured digital song sales since 2004, weighted fairly equally with Nielsen BDS airplay since 2010, you…

  12. Report: Chris Brown Settles Two Lawsuits, Including Frank Ocean Incident

    October 30, 2014 10:30 AM EDT Recent Billboard cover star Chris Brown is a couple steps closer to getting out of legal trouble. According to TMZ , the singer recently settled a pair of lawsuits, doling out nearly $120,000.  First off, Brown’s Jan. 2013 scuffle with Frank Ocean and his posse outside a Hollywood recording…

  13. Allman Brothers Band Puts Focus on Duane Allman at Final Beacon Theatre Show

    October 29, 2014 6:04 PM EDT When guitarists Derek Trucks and Warren Haynes announced in January that they would no longer perform with the Allman Brothers Band after this year, it wasn't clear what that meant. This iteration of the group had been together almost 15 years, longer than any other since the band'…

  14. Exclusive: Mad Decent's Toy Selectah & Camilo Lara Reveal Star-Studded 'Compass' Album

    October 29, 2014 10:30 AM EDT Due in early 2015, the album features Boy George, Toots & the Maytals, Kool A.D., Sly & Robbie, and more. Billboard is excited to announce a hyper-collaborative new project featuring more than 80 collaborations from over four continents. Mad Decent's Toy Selectah has…

  15. Chart Highlights: Gwen Stefani Returns, Foo Fighters Fly to No. 1

    October 27, 2014 3:55 PM EDT Stefani scores her first solo airplay hit since 2007, while Foo Fighters crown Rock Airplay and Mainstream Rock Songs. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys listed below.…

  16. Kenny Chesney and Jason Aldean Announce Joint Tour

    October 27, 2014 10:10 AM EDT Kenny Chesney will merge tours with Jason Aldean for a run of megashows in 2015, as Chesney's Big Revival tour melds with Aldean's Burn It Down for 10 stadium dates. The first shows to go on sale are New England’s Gillette Stadium on Aug. 28, 2015m and San Francisco's Levi’s…

  17. Ask Billboard: World Series Edition

    October 26, 2014 8:05 AM EDT In the latest mailbag, more baseball hits, John Legend's history-making week and Glen Campbell's touching return. As always, submit questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as…

  18. Pepe Aguilar, 'MTV Unplugged': Track by Track

    October 24, 2014 6:52 PM EDT The Ranchero Star Goes pop/rock with guests Miguel Bose, Reyli, Saul Hernandez, Meme del Real and more Ranchera star Pepe Aguilar is a rocker at heart. Back in his teens, he even fronted a rock back in Mexico before turning his full attention to ranchera music, his path to stardom. Now,…

  19. Jack White to Speak at Yale University Panel

    October 23, 2014 10:13 AM EDT Next up… Patrick Carney speaks at Dartmouth? Jack White is indulging his audiophile/music historian side with an appearance at an upcoming panel at Yale University about the early 20th century jazz and blues label Paramount Records. The panel, titled “ Exploring the Rise and Fall of…

  20. Jimmy Iovine Talks Birth of Beats, 'Cool' Steve Jobs and Music's 'Sterile' Distribution Systems at Revolt Conference

    October 22, 2014 2:07 PM EDT Jimmy Iovine used his acceptance speech for a special award at Sean Combs ' inaugural Revolt Music Conference this week to talk about Beats, Apple and the changing landscape of the music business, or as he prefers, the business of music. Iovine, the former chairman of Interscope and co…

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