1. Lucinda Williams Honors Ailing Dad By Putting Music to His Poem

    October 12, 2014 11:00 PM EDT Lucinda Williams says that during a recent visit her father, acclaimed poet Miller Williams, calmly told her that Alzheimer's disease had robbed him of his ability to write poetry. Her 84-year-old father's increased frailty lent new urgency to Williams' effort to pay tribute…

  2. 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…

  3. Ask Billboard: Baseball Hits, Gwen Stefani's Delay & Demi Lovato's Best-Selling Songs

    October 12, 2014 8:05 AM EDT As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. Or, Tweet questions to Gary Trust: @gthot20 HIT RUNS AND ERAS Hi Gary…

  4. City Winery Finds a New Home in Nashville

    October 10, 2014 8:19 PM EDT There's no shortage of performance venues in Nashville -- it is Music City, after all -- but Michael Dorf, owner of the just-opened City Winery , says he feels his establishment will offer fans a unique opportunity when watching live entertainment that will keep them coming back for…

  5. Kanye West's Private Shopping Trip (With His Own Music as the Soundtrack) & More Insider Scoop

    October 10, 2014 7:17 PM EDT Kanye West Shops Alone Kanye West  took the idea of private showroom shopping to an extreme during Paris Fashion Week. An informed source says the rapper checked out designer lines while in the City of Light, but insisted that he spend time with the fashions completely alone -- and…

  6. One Direction's Where We Are Tour Attended by 3.4 Million Fans

    October 10, 2014 6:44 PM EDT Justin Timberlake 's 20/20 Experience world tour leads the pack in this week’s ranking of Hot Tours (see list, below) based on $48.4 million in ticket sales reported from concerts in North America, Europe and Australia. Don't Look Now, But One Direction Is Making Great Rock Music…

  7. SoundScan's Third-Quarter Numbers in One Word: Bleak

    October 10, 2014 4:00 PM EDT Bad news keeps mounting with the roll of the tape. So far this year, 60 digital songs have sold over 1 million units as compared to 83 last year. And after nine months, not one artist-album has yet to hit the million-unit mark, although the Frozen  soundtrack is the year's best…

  8. Jimmy Fallon, Ed Sheeran, Pharrell Williams & Flying Lotus Real-Time Twitter Chart Rewind Ep. 19

    October 10, 2014 3:15 PM EDT Welcome back to Billboard's weekly video show "Real-Time Rewind," which recaps the past week's hottest action on the new Billboard Real-Time Twitter Charts -- Trending 140 and Emerging Artists -- and the news that's driving the action. Joe Levy takes a visit to…

  9. Steve Aoki, Iggy Azalea, Enrique Iglesias Net New Dance/Electronic No. 1s

    October 10, 2014 2:00 PM EDT The stars score new leaders on three surveys. Plus, David Guetta, Jack U (aka Diplo and Skrillex) and Avicii debut. Steve Aoki earns his best sales week for an album as Neon Future . I starts at No. 1 on Dance/Electronic Albums , selling 10,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen…

  10. Lucinda Williams Tops Folk Albums Chart, U2 Hits Alternative Songs Milestone

    October 10, 2014 12:53 PM EDT Rocker Lucinda Williams leads the Folk Albums chart for the first time. Plus, chart action for Prince, Eddie Vedder, Spoon and U2. As previously reported , Prince scores his first entry, and first No. 1, on Billboard 's Top Rock Albums chart , with the debut album from his funk-n-roll…

  11. NBC Reality Chief Touts 'Voice' Longevity

    October 10, 2014 11:36 AM EDT NBC's victory lap this fall has been a relatively quiet one. After kicking off the previous two years with ratings victory among the sought-after audience of adults 18-49, wins for the first two weeks of the 2014-15 season have been greeted as a bit of a given. But Paul Telegdy ,…

  12. Why 1999 Was the Best Musical Year of the '90s

    October 10, 2014 10:45 AM EDT After focusing on 1994 last week, now, we're wondering what the best year for music was of the '90s. We've already made a case for  1990 ,  1991 ,  1992 ,  1993 ,  1994 ,  1995 ,  1996  and  1997 . Now here are the final two years of the decade --  1998  and  1999 . POP SHOP…

  13. Iggy Azalea Denies Marriage After Ex Files for Divorce

    October 10, 2014 10:02 AM EDT According to TMZ, a man in Texas recently filed to divorce Iggy Azalea . Apparently, Azalea's alleged marriage came as a surprise not only to the world but to the Australian rapper herself. Hefe Wine aka Maurice Williams -- who you may remember is the man claiming to have an Azalea sex…

  14. Inside Garth Brooks' Master Plan to Launch the Biggest Tour of All Time

    October 10, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Garth Brooks has long been the biggest-selling act of the Nielsen SoundScan era, with 69.6 million albums sold in the United States alone since 1991. And insiders say that for the recently launched tour in support of his new album, Man Against Machine (due Nov. 11), he has got an even…

  15. Billboard Cover: Florida Georgia Line on Being ‘Professional Partiers,’ Haters and Hip-Hop

    October 10, 2014 9:00 AM EDT The banjo player has magenta highlights in his hair. The drummer is wearing sunglasses and a Motley Crue T-shirt. In the first song, there's a bass drop: The sound briefly stops, and when it storms back in, a meter at the sound board spikes to 120 decibels. Welcome to the 2014 version…

  16. Take That Announces New Album, Shares First Song ‘These Days’: Listen

    October 10, 2014 3:28 AM EDT No Robbie Williams . No Jason Orange . No problem.   British boy band Take That is getting to grips with life as a trio. The pop hitmakers have announced a new album , appropriately titled III , which will drop Dec. 1 in the U.K. via Polydor. The first single, "These Days," has…

  17. Ariana Grande's 'SNL' Performance Prompts Twitter Chart Rise

    October 09, 2014 6:23 PM EDT Ariana Grande soars on the weekly Billboard Twitter Top Tracks chart, along with her collaborator The Weeknd , as "Love Me Harder" rises 22-5. The jump in position comes after a full week of online buzz following the duo's Sept. 27 appearance on NBC's Saturday Night…

  18. 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…

  19. Jingle Ball 2014 Announces A-List Lineups for Two Dates

    October 09, 2014 12:20 PM EDT Even though Halloween isn't quite here, it's already time to start thinking about iHeartRadio's annual Jingle Ball concerts. Lineups for the KIIS Jingle Ball in Los Angeles and the KDWB Jingle Ball in Minneapolis are here, and they are seriously packed with stars. When Jingle…

  20. 'New York Is Music' Coalition Aims to Stimulate Empire State's Ailing Music Industry

    October 09, 2014 10:30 AM EDT About a year ago on a routine trip to Los Angeles, Downtown Music Publishing CEO Justin Kalifowitz noticed the music industry members he talked to out there -- managers, clients, lawyers -- said they hadn't been to New York in a while because they didn't need to. "The music…

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