1. Exclusive: Dorothy Premieres Rockin' 'Wicked Ones,' Is Ready For a Wild Night

    October 27, 2014 11:25 AM EDT When a band is named after its frontperson, you’re going to have some high hopes for that special someone. Meet Dorothy , named after its lightning rod frontwoman’s first name -- not last -- so rest assured this isn’t '80s pop-metal. The Los Angeles quartet is the sort of band that’s…

  2. Corner Office: Nashville Mayor Karl Dean on Jack White, TV’s ‘Nashville’ Effect and Running the 'It' City

    October 27, 2014 10:14 AM EDT With the CMAs coming to town, Music City’s chief executive talks tax incentives, TV’s 'Nashville' effect and why Jack White matters. Karl Dean , 59, can spit out music business stats like nobody’s business. He’ll tell you, for example, that the city he has governed since 2007…

  3. Taylor Swift's '1989' Liner Note Messages & Reference Guide

    October 27, 2014 2:45 AM EDT It's (finally) here!  Taylor Swift 's fifth studio album, 1989 , officially dropped in the dead of night at midnight on Monday (Oct. 27). Anticipation had been rapidly building for quite some time: Besides lead single "Shake It Off," Swift also teased album songs "…

  4. Anna Kendrick Says the Music Industry ‘Seems Like the Wild, Wild West’

    October 27, 2014 12:09 AM EDT Anna Kendrick is in the holiday spirit. "I want it to be Christmas already! I just want to throw a soiree," the bubbly actress said during a recent interview. Kendrick certainly looked the part, wearing a red, sleeveless party dress with a big, silk bow on the back. The outfit…

  5. Robin Williams' Son Throws Out First Pitch to Billy Crystal at World Series

    October 26, 2014 9:56 PM EDT The San Francisco Giants remembered Robin Williams with an emotional tribute prior to game 5 of the 2014 World Series. Robin Williams' Life Celebrated at San Francisco Tribute Williams' three children -- Zak, Zelda and Cody Williams -- took to the mound before the team's home…

  6. Hancock Honored at Jazz Benefit Concert at Apollo

    October 26, 2014 7:18 PM EDT Herbie Hancock enjoyed "A Great Night in Harlem" with a look to the past and the future as the legendary jazz pianist received a lifetime achievement award from the Jazz Foundation of America at a benefit concert at the historic Apollo Theater. Herbie Hancock Reveals Crack-Addict…

  7. R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe on Being Queer for 20 Years: 'Love Isn’t Just Black and White, or Simple, At All'

    October 26, 2014 6:58 PM EDT To commemorate the 20 years after coming out as queer, Michael Stipe has published a piece in The Guardian reflecting on the changes in his life this has brought and how he as seen society progress over the past two decades.  R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe Teaching NYU Art Class About the…

  8. Nicki Minaj Shares Artwork for New Single ‘Only’ Featuring Drake, Lil Wayne & Chris Brown

    October 26, 2014 2:31 PM EDT With less than a month remaining before the release of her third studio album, The Pinkprint , Nicki Minaj has shared the artwork for her new single “Only.” Nicki Minaj Takes Over the World in Promo for MTV EMA Hosting Gig "Only" will be released on Tuesday (Oct. 28) and features…

  9. Jenny Lewis Talks Insomnia, Being Force-Fed Creed for New Album 'Voyager'

    October 26, 2014 12:52 PM EDT The singer credits rocker Ryan Adams as a "really important figure" in her life. Jenny Lewis played an intimate show at KCRW’s Apogee Sessions in Santa Monica on Oct. 24, performing songs from The Voyager , her third solo album released in July, then participated in a Q&A…

  10. Jazz Singer Jimmy Scott Remembered at Harlem Memorial

    October 26, 2014 9:00 AM EDT A respectful and loving crowd filled the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem on Saturday afternoon (Oct. 25) for a memorial service celebrating the life of Jimmy Scott . Jimmy Scott, Iconic Jazz Stylist, Dead at 88 The beloved jazz singer, who passed away on June 12, 2014, at the age of 89,…

  11. 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…

  12. 11 Times Kanye West Smiled On Instagram

    October 25, 2014 7:55 PM EDT Yeezus! Who knew Kanye West smiled that much? Well if you need any proof, all you need to do is take a scroll through Kim Kardashian 's Instagram. Maybe she knows that she has the secret to make him smile since most of the time she's by his side when it's happening. In fact,…

  13. Jack Bruce Remembered by Fellow Bassists and Musicians on Social Media

    October 25, 2014 2:03 PM EDT As news broke of Cream bassist Jack Bruce ’s death on Saturday (Oct. 25) at the age of 71, the music world paid tribute to the virtuoso bassist, bandleader, songwriter and singer on social media. Jack Bruce, Cream Bassist, Bandleader and Solo Musician: An Appreciation “It is with great…

  14. Watch Willow Smith Play 'Whip My Hair,' Bring Out Jaden Smith & SZA in Brooklyn

    October 25, 2014 1:05 PM EDT Willow Smith's transition from a kiddie-pop princess to an oddball-R&B teen queen continued on Friday night (Oct. 24), as the 13-year-old singer took the stage at the FADER Fort Presented By Converse at the CMJ Music Marathon at 11:30 PM to unwrap a handful of sumptuous new tunes.…

  15. Jack Bruce, Bassist for Cream, Dies at 71

    October 25, 2014 12:04 PM EDT British musician Jack Bruce , best known as the bassist from the 1960s group Cream , has died. He was 71. Jack Bruce, 'Reach for the Night': Song Premiere From Cream Star's First Album in a Decade Publicist Claire Singers said Saturday Bruce died at his home in Suffolk,…

  16. Reba McEntire's Father Dies: He Was 'Born and Bred a Cowboy'

    October 24, 2014 6:27 PM EDT The father of country music star Reba McEntire has died in Oklahoma. A post on the singer's verified Twitter account Friday says Clark McEntire passed away Thursday night in Coalgate.   Daddy passed away last night in Coalgate, OK at 11 pm CST. http://t.co/cfapEw38r4 — Reba McEntire (…

  17. A Look Back at 1984: All of Our Coverage

    October 24, 2014 5:49 PM EDT The political and social disquiet of 1984 was reflected in a widespread sense that everything was up for grabs: gender identity ( Boy George , Annie Lennox ), sexual roles ( Madonna , Prince ), even the definition of rock and roll itself ( Van Halen adding synthesizers on the 1984 album,…

  18. Hot 100 Chart Moves: Sam Smith's 'I'm Not the Only One' Soars Into Top 20

    October 24, 2014 4:51 PM EDT Smith flies 25-20 with his new ballad. Plus, moves for Sam Hunt, Katy Perry, Colbie Caillat and Nico & Vinz. As previously reported , Meghan Trainor ties two Michael Jackson classics, "Billie Jean" and "Black or White," for the longest-leading Billboard Hot 100 No.…

  19. The Juice Podcast: Kehlani & BJ the Chicago Kid Talk Upcoming Projects & Career Start

    October 24, 2014 3:40 PM EDT Every October, rising artists take advantage of the Big Apple's annual CMJ Music Marathon to flex their talent to those outside their regional borders or simply late. I took advantage of the festival myself and invited two singer-songwriters in town to join me and my co-host Steven…

  20. Bob Seger, Hozier Top Rock Charts

    October 24, 2014 3:06 PM EDT Seger scores his first No. 1 on Top Rock Albums, while Hozier hits No. 1 on Hot Rock Songs. Plus, chart action for Milky Chance, the Black Keys, Fall Out Boy and Lorde. Bob Seger scores his first No. 1 on Billboard's Top Rock Albums chart (dating to the list's inception in 2006)…

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