1. Chance the Rapper's 'No Better Blues' Helps Launch Twitter Audio Card Feature

    October 16, 2014 9:31 PM EDT For iOS and Android users, listening to music and discussing it just became a whole lot easier. While on a fall college tour, Chance the Rapper and the Social Experiment debuted a new track, "No Better Blues," via Soundcloud on Thursday (Oct. 16) and, as is common, posted the link…

  2. Billy Bob Thornton's Boxmasters Go 'Somewhere' With 101 Records

    October 16, 2014 8:30 PM EDT Some artists may battle a bit of writer's block when prepping for a new release, but that's definitely not an issue for the Boxmasters ' principal songwriters Billy Bob Thornton and J.D. Andrew , who have delivered a double-album, Somewhere Down the Road , for the band's…

  3. 10 Things We Learned From Neil Diamond's Reddit AMA

    October 16, 2014 7:20 PM EDT Neil Diamond is a certifiable legend. And with a half century of in the music business behind him, he still has no intension of slowing down. His new album, Melody Road , is out out later this month, led by the single "Something Blue," and next year he will embark on…

  4. Ray Scott Talks Self-Titled Album, Brandy Clark & Tijuana Jail

    October 16, 2014 6:28 PM EDT Ray Scott has always marched to the beat of his own drummer. He tells Billboard that for him to be true to himself artistically, that's the way it has to be. "I have to do it that way. There's no need for me to even try to attempt to chase trends. I wouldn't do it anyway…

  5. Tory Lanez Channels the Classics in First NYC Headlining Show

    October 16, 2014 5:37 PM EDT "I believe in keeping sh-- classic" announced Tory Lanez during the middle his show at Webster Hall on Wednesday night -- his first headlining show in New York City. Lanez, who hails from Toronto, wasn't lying: He sang Bell Biv DeVoe during the performance; his Chixtape II…

  6. Tyler, the Creator's Freestyle About Bacon & Grandmas Peaks At No. 2 on Trending 140 Chart

    October 16, 2014 5:13 PM EDT Tyler, the Creator stopped by LA Leakers' "Lift Off" show on L.A.'s Power 106 on Wednesday, and the rapper/producer treated listeners to a round of "Open Bar," on which he freestyled about four given topics: grandmas, pregnant women, bacon and groupies. No…

  7. Looks Like Samuel L. Jackson Had a Blast at Ed Sheeran’s Concert

    October 16, 2014 4:11 PM EDT Well, here’s a bromance we’d love to see progress. The poignant ballads, the red hair, the charming demeanor -- how can you resist Ed Sheeran ? His fan base continues to go well beyond the tweens, as 65-year old tween-at-heart Samuel L. Jackson can attest to. Judging by his Twitter feed, it…

  8. Dr. Luke's Lawyer Calls Kesha Lawsuit 'a Spectacular and Outrageous Fiction'

    October 16, 2014 1:33 PM EDT Dr. Luke's  (real name Lukasz Gottwald) attorney Christine Lepera has released a new statement regarding the  lawsuit Kesha filed against the producer for alleged emotional abuse and sexual assault. Gottwald subsequently  filed a defamation lawsuit  against Kesha, her mother Pebe , …

  9. Exclusive Premiere: Watch Singer-Songwriter's Halsey's Gritty 'Hurricane' Video From Her Visual 'Room 93' EP

    October 16, 2014 1:27 PM EDT The singer Halsey's life changed suddenly earlier this year. She had been playing acoustic shows as a matter of necessity, to pay her bills, and she ended up in the studio one day with a friend of a friend to record one song, "Ghost." That track has been streamed more than…

  10. 'South Park' Releases Full Lorde Parody Song (Probably Sung by Sia)

    October 16, 2014 12:50 PM EDT Lorde got us excited with her new Hunger Games anthem “Yellow Flicker Beat,” but alas, there’s still no release date for her highly anticipated sophomore album. But we’re in luck! There’s new “Lorde” music, thanks to South Park and Sia . Watch Lorde Return to 'South Park' &…

  11. Justin Bieber's Return to Beverly Hills Party Broken Up By Police

    October 16, 2014 10:44 AM EDT Justin Bieber just got back to America from his European vacation, and he’s picking up right where he left off. This time, though, he smartened up before things got too out of control. Upon arriving home, Bieber marked the occasion by throwing a party Tuesday night in his Beverly Hills…

  12. Exclusive: Pepsi Names Emma Quigley First North American Head of Music

    October 16, 2014 9:35 AM EDT Pepsi has named Emma Quigley its first North American head of music, a new position for the beverage company. Quigley most recently served as VP of global marketing at Capitol Music Group, having previously spent three years as VP-international of Capitol parent EMI Music and another four…

  13. Publishing Briefs: Imagem Music Signs Admin Deal With PRMD Publishing (Exclusive), Warner Chappell Music Teams With Mike Dean

    October 16, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Imagem Music has just signed a global administration deal with PRMD Publishing , the company formed by EDM impressario Ash Pournouri . As part of the deal, Imagem will now represent the publishing catalog of Cazzette , and any future signings made by PRMD (pronounced "pyramid").…

  14. Merlin to Open U.S. Office, Taps A2IM's Jim Mahoney to Lead

    October 16, 2014 8:00 AM EDT Merlin, the indie label global rights agency, has hired Jim Mahoney to open and head its U.S. office as gm. “Merlin prides itself on being a truly global operation, so to open a permanent office in the world’s largest music market was a logical step," Merlin CEO Charles Caldas said in…

  15. Lorde & Sol3 Mio Lead NZ Music Awards Nominations

    October 16, 2014 5:23 AM EDT With five nominations each, Lorde and classical-crossover trio Sol3 Mio lead the pack heading into the 49th annual New Zealand Music Awards. Rapper David Dallas and soul singer Ladi6 are close behind with four nods each. Vodafone is once again sponsoring the country's premier music…

  16. Kesha's Camp Speaks Out on Dr. Luke Abuse Allegations

    October 15, 2014 8:05 PM EDT Following the news Tuesday of Kesha 's lawsuit against her longtime producer Dr. Luke for alleged emotional and sexual assault, the pop star's lawyer says his client wants to get Dr. Luke out of her life for good.  "Only after extensive therapy and rehab has she…

  17. Science Fiction Fantasy... or will.i.am Reality?

    October 15, 2014 3:55 PM EDT It's somewhat surprising, in 2014, that will.i.am isn't just a cloud of nanobots floating from keynote to keynote, proselytizing on the future of things from the very recent past. Unfortunately, the angle-coiffed singer and investor's current corporeality will have to do for…

  18. Jimmy Fallon Hits Hot 100 With 'Ew!,' Featuring will.i.am

    October 15, 2014 2:45 PM EDT 0 The host of 'The Tonight Show' fulfills his dream to reach the chart: 'I'm freaking out right now!' "Oh my goodness. I'm, like, freaking out right now. This is unbelievable! No. 26? I'd be happy with 99!" Jimmy Fallon could hardly…

  19. Aretha Franklin, 'Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics': Track-by-Track Album Review

    October 15, 2014 10:40 AM EDT Aretha Franklin and Clive Davis' relationship began in 1980, when the Queen of Soul signed with the mogul's Arista Records. "And 20 years later, I made the right decision," Franklin tells Billboard of agreeing to that union. She had plenty of hits during that era, most…

  20. Exclusive: Hear Justin Bieber Hop On Maejor Ali's 'All About That Bass' Remix

    October 15, 2014 10:31 AM EDT “I’m all about that bass, no treble/We gonna take it to a whole ‘nother level,” the Biebs proclaims on this new version of Maejor Ali's remix. Meghan Trainor ’s “All About That Bass” has reigned atop the Hot 100 chart for five weeks, and its smash hit status has invited a slew of viral…

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