1. Nicki Minaj Teases 'Only' Video With Sexy Instagram Photos

    November 17, 2014 9:44 PM EST Following the onslaught of negative criticism Nicki Minaj has received for employing what many have complained to be Nazi-like imagery in her "Only" lyric video, the hip-hop superstar is hard at work on a proper video for Drake , Lil Wayne and Chris Brown -featuring track. And…

  2. Tunde Adebimpe Considered Ending TV On the Radio Prior to New Album 'Seeds'

    November 17, 2014 6:50 PM EST In April of 2011, New York alternative heroes TV On The Radio released their fourth studio album, Nine Types Of Light . Just nine days later, bassist Gerard Smith passed away from lung cancer. Despite the tragedy, the band went out and completed a worldwide tour for the critically acclaimed…

  3. Chart Highlights: Maroon 5 Moves To No. 1 on Pop Songs With 'Animals'

    November 17, 2014 4:57 PM EST The group extends its record for the most leaders among groups. Plus, Idina Menzel's AC debut signals the start of the holidays. 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…

  4. AC/DC Drummer Phil Rudd Lives at Full Speed Among Retirees

    November 16, 2014 1:22 PM EST TAURANGA, New Zealand -- AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd was the toast of this quiet New Zealand coastal community when he celebrated the launch of his surprise solo album at his marina restaurant, Phil's Place. Even the mayor was there. AC/DC's Angus Young Says There Will Be a Drummer on…

  5. Quotes of the Week: Taylor Swift Defends Her Art, Taylor Hawkins Trashes U2 and More

    November 14, 2014 9:23 PM EST "I'd never condone Nazism in my art." -- NICKI MINAJ The rapper, apologizing on Twitter after the Anti-Defamation League said that the new lyric video for "Only" "disturbingly evokes Third Reich propaganda." Nicki Minaj's 'Only' Video…

  6. Throwback Thursday: The LOX vs. Diddy in 2005 Hot 97 Interview

    November 13, 2014 5:44 PM EST Nine years ago this month (November 2005), the LOX 's Jadakiss and Styles P turned it up on Diddy while being interviewed on NYC’s Hot 97. It feels like ages ago, doesn't it? I bet it doesn't for the LOX though. Diddy has a reputation for allegedly mistreating his artists. We…

  7. The Ultimate One Direction Playlist for Dads

    November 13, 2014 5:08 PM EST Want to get your dad into 1D without telling him that he’s listening to a boy band? Here’s how to turn pops into a Directioner. Say you’re a One Direction fan, like we are over here at Billboard. You talk about them with your friends, debate Zayn vs. Harry with your older sister, and sing…

  8. 'Cleaning Dancing Roommate' Takes Sheena Easton's 'Morning Train' Viral

    November 13, 2014 3:26 PM EST Easton calls the clip 'adorable.' Cleaning an entire apartment isn't the most exciting way to start your morning after a Halloween party. Luckily, the Internet has offered a solution: Sheena Easton . In a clip that has gone viral, Justin Chen secretly recorded his roommate…

  9. Bertelsmann Revenues Increase, Profits Drop Following Key Acquisitions

    November 13, 2014 11:06 AM EST The German media group Bertelsmann reported Thursday that revenues increased 4.3 percent to 11.82 billion euros (over the previous year's 11.33 billion euros) in the first nine months of 2014. At 1.48 billion euros ($1.84 billion), adjusted earnings before interest, tax, depreciation…

  10. Taylor Swift Still No. 1 on Hot 100, Ariana Grande & The Weeknd Hit Top 10

    November 12, 2014 2:25 PM EST Taylor Swift spends a personal-best fourth week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Shake It Off," which also reaches No. 1 on the Streaming Songs chart.   Plus, Ariana Grande and The Weeknd vault into the Hot 100's top 10 with "Love Me Harder," Tove Lo '…

  11. Pandora Founder's Vacation Home Riles Neighbors, Tree Lovers

    November 12, 2014 11:43 AM EST Some West Marin County residents are singing the blues over Pandora founder Tim Westergren 's plans for a sprawling vacation retreat on the wooded site of a former monastery near the town of Inverness, population 1,300. The Marin Independent Journal reports that Westergren has proposed…

  12. 'Into the Woods': Original Broadway Cast Reunites With No Mention of the Movie

    November 11, 2014 3:15 PM EST Woe is the superfan when the mainstream comes calling. We’re looking at you, pre-HBO Game of Thrones cosplayers, dance music fans before EDM, and anyone who wore neoprene prior to the Alexander Wang for H&M collection. Such exposure was imminent for the community theater hoofers and…

  13. Rihanna Pretended She Was On 'Scandal' at the White House

    November 11, 2014 10:02 AM EST The campaign to get Rihanna to guest on Scandal begins now. RiRi visited the White House this week, and, like any good Gladiator fan, pretended to be Scandal character Olivia Pope. As her Instagram photos from the day show, she totally nailed it -- and, thanks to some steamy captions, fans…

  14. Ghost Tunes, Garth Brooks' iTunes Alternative, Launches in Full

    November 11, 2014 8:18 AM EST When Ghost Tunes CEO Randy Bernard and COO Chris Webb first met with Garth Brooks to discuss an alternative digital and physical distribution platform, there was one thing they had to get out of the way. "We're going up against Google, Amazon, iTunes -- billion-dollar companies,…

  15. Chart Highlights: U2 Makes History Atop Adult Alternative Songs, Taylor Swift Tops AC

    November 10, 2014 4:05 PM EST U2 lands its record-breaking 12th Adult Alternative Songs leader with 'The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone),' while Swift's multi-format smash 'Shake It Off' rules another ranking. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday.…

  16. ‘Try Me’ Rapper Dej Loaf: ‘What I’m Doing Hasn’t Been Done’

    November 10, 2014 2:45 PM EST The Detroit rappers talks 'Try Me' remixes, her upcoming 'Sell Dole' project & women in rap. This past summer, rapper Dej Loaf (real name Deja Trimble) quit her janitorial job at the Chrysler plant in her native Detroit, unsure of the future. But after she uploaded…

  17. How Dance-Pop Act Zhu Scored a Major-Label Deal Using Just His Logo and His Music

    November 10, 2014 12:01 PM EST Dance-pop act Zhu scored a hit single, a major-label deal and a high-profile stateside debut using just his logo and music. In February, a mysterious Outkast medley surfaced on dance-music blogs, credited to an unknown artist who signed his work simply in white paint strokes. Less than…

  18. Corner Office: Spirit Music Group Chairman David Renzer on Scooter Braun, Pandora Problems and How to Spend $50 Million

    November 10, 2014 10:00 AM EST To look at him, publishing veteran David Renzer is just about the last person you'd expect to have co-written a song that reached No. 4 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart -- let alone one as funky as Con Funk Shun 's "Electric Lady." And in fact, "I…

  19. Mark Ronson Says New Single With Bruno Mars 'Uptown Funk' Is a Milestone for Both of Them

    November 10, 2014 9:00 AM EST Is Mark Ronson  the hardest-working producer in the music business? In pursuit of the perfect groove, the British/American DJ and guitarist helped launch the careers of Amy Winehouse , Lily Allen , and Wale . A star-studded fourth solo album,  Uptown Special , is due in January through RCA.…

  20. Adele's Manager: 'Streaming Is the Future’

    November 09, 2014 10:57 AM EST Adele ’s manager has spoken out in favor of music streaming, following high profile hold-outs such as Taylor Swift , whose decision to pull her entire catalog from Spotify has renewed debate about the economics of the streaming model. Adele's '21' Surpasses 11 Million In U.S.…

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