1. Taylor Swift's '1989' May Sell 1.25 Million in Debut Week

    October 31, 2014 9:26 PM EDT Taylor Swift 's unstoppable new album, 1989 , may sell 1.25 million copies in its first week, so suggest industry forecasters. The album could even approach 1.3 million, if the weekend is especially kind to the release. The album is the singer/songwriter's fifth studio effort and…

  2. Willow Smith Releases ‘3’ EP

    October 31, 2014 3:22 PM EDT One week after tearing up the FADER Fort with new music during the CMJ Music Marathon, Willow Smith has unleashed her new EP, 3 , featuring a trio of new tracks and a collaboration with SZA. The EP is being offered as a free download for a limited time via Google Play . The release finds…

  3. The Big Names in Booking Bands for Television Share Their Secrets

    October 31, 2014 1:11 PM EDT Scott Igoe, Jimmy Kimmel Live! Title: Music executive Held since: 2002 Age: 46 Previous job: Assistant to former Interscope Records co-founder Jimmy Iovine Artists booked in 2014: Pharrell Williams, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Iggy Azalea, Sam Smith and Disclosure, Taylor Swift…

  4. Beats President Nabs the Most Expensive House in Silver Lake, Warner Music Exec Ditches the Upper E. Side

    October 31, 2014 10:35 AM EDT Nothing beats a futuristic hilltop home overlooking canyons, mountains and the bright lights of Los Angeles. At least that was the case for Beats Electronics president Luke Wood who recently put some of that Apple cash to work in order to win a bidding war for the most expensive home in L.A…

  5. Iggy Azalea, the Most-Nominated 2014 AMAs Artist, Will Also Perform

    October 31, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Make way, Lorde, One Direction, and Fergie: Iggy Azalea is hitting the American Music Awards stage, too. The news arrived Friday morning in a press release. In addition to being the night's newest performer, Azalea is also the AMA's most-nominated artist, with six chances to win.…

  6. Ed Sheeran's First U.S. Arena Tour Doing Big Business

    October 30, 2014 7:26 PM EDT Ed Sheeran heads up the weekly slate of Hot Tours (see list, below) with $8.1 million in ticket sales reported from his first arena headlining tour in North America. On the road behind the June release of his most recent album, x , the British singer-songwriter kicked off the tour Aug. 21…

  7. Taylor Swift Returns to No. 1 on Billboard Artist 100

    October 30, 2014 4:02 PM EDT Swift returns to the top for what could be a lengthy stay. Plus, Neil Diamond shines in the top 10 and Gwen Stefani & Fergie debut. In what shouldn't come as a surprise, Taylor Swift is the top music act in the U.S., rising 2-1 on the Billboard Artist 100 . What might be more…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. Suge Knight & Katt Williams Charged With Robbery

    October 29, 2014 8:23 PM EDT Suge Knight and comedian Katt Williams were arrested and charged with robbery Wednesday (Oct. 29) after a celebrity photographer reported the men stole her camera last month. Prosecutors say Williams and Knight, who founded Death Row Records, were arrested Wednesday. Knight has a prior…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. Meghan Trainor Tops Hot 100 For Eighth Week, Hozier Hits Top 10

    October 29, 2014 2:44 PM EDT 'All About That Bass' rules for an eighth week, becoming the longest-leading No. 1 ever on Epic Records. Plus, singer/songwriter Hozier soars 33-9 with 'Take Me to Church.' Meghan Trainor 's "All About That Bass" commands the Billboard Hot 100 for an…

  14. Watch FKA Twigs Dance Beside Death in New 'Video Girl' Music Video

    October 29, 2014 2:38 PM EDT The spellbinding FKA Twigs videos keep coming. Just after introducing her self-produced music video/elegantly-branded ad for Google Glass, she’s dropped a brand new music video for “Video Girl.” In “Video Girl,” Twigs sings about wanting to be known for more than her past as a dancer in…

  15. Morrissey's 'Autobiography': Censored Sentences on Intimate Relationship With Jake Walters Reinstated in U.S. Paperback

    October 29, 2014 1:38 PM EDT Great news for Smiths fans who don't blush at innocuous descriptions of homosexual relationships -- the uncensored version of Morrissey 's Autobiography  is now available in the United States. When Moz's memoir saw its U.S. release last December (less than two months after…

  16. Slipknot Scores Second No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart

    October 29, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Rock band Slipknot crowns the Billboard 200 chart for a second time, as their new album, .5: The Gray Chapter , debuts atop the list. The album sold 132,000 copies in the week ending Oct. 26, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It was released through Roadrunner Records, and is the group's…

  17. 2015 Grammys Best New Artist Contenders: Whose Stock Is Rising?

    October 28, 2014 6:21 PM EDT Iggy Azalea and Sam Smith look like safe bets, while artists like Vance Joy and Tove Lo are making late pushes. Don’t look now, but Grammy season is fast approaching. The nominees will be revealed in a mere 38 days, when the Grammy Nominations Concert touches down on Dec. 5 to…

  18. Fifth Harmony Sing the Praises of Their 'Best Friend': MTV

    October 28, 2014 3:51 PM EDT It's official: Fifth Harmony and MTV are BFFs. The relationship between the rising pop group and veteran entertainment company started in mid-January of this year when Fifth Harmony was included on MTV's Artist to Watch list of 2014, alongside such up-and-comers as Echosmith ,…

  19. How Run-D.M.C. Changed the Rap Game in 1984

    October 28, 2014 1:22 PM EDT Though rap had been selling records and denting the lower reaches of the Billboard charts since 1979, it can be argued that Run-D.M.C. 's self-titled debut -- which peaked at No. 53 on the Billboard 200 on June 23 -- was the first time that real hip-hop was pressed to vinyl.  Most rap…

  20. Leak Peek: Mary J. Blige's 'The London Sessions'

    October 28, 2014 1:00 PM EDT With more than a month until Mary J. Blige 's thirteenth studio album The London Sessions was slated to hit stores, the 12-track LP has leaked to the Internet. On Sunday, Oct. 26, the project hit the web well ahead of its U.K. Nov. 24 and U.S. Dec. 2 release date. While leaks this far…

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