1. Exclusive Premiere: Jerome LOL ft. Sara Z's 'All That I Am'

    October 21, 2014 1:00 PM EDT Los Angeles-based producer Jerome LOL , a.k.a. Jerome Potter , might have a meme-worthy (dare we say lolworthy ?) name, but his output is very much rooted in classic house beats and vocal samples. "All That I Am," a new track featuring his sometime collaborator, the understated…

  2. Ask Billboard: The Weird Connections Between Mary Lambert & Madonna

    October 21, 2014 11:05 AM EDT In this week's reader mailbag, yet more odd coincidences connecting Mary Lambert and Madonna; a look at the longest-leading No. 1s ever on Billboard song charts; and hit songs with quirky time signatures. As always, submit questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music…

  3. Taylor Swift Packs Her Bags on ‘Welcome To New York’: Song Review

    October 20, 2014 6:14 PM EDT Admittedly, Taylor Swift’s experience of moving to New York is probably a bit different than those of us out-of-staters who have had to make the post-college pilgrimage to the big city; while Swift perkily admires how “the Village is aglow,” she doesn’t remark on the subway rats or waking…

  4. 20 Things We Learned From Paul McCartney's Twitter Chat

    October 20, 2014 5:26 PM EDT In advance of two Wings reissues -- Venus and Mars and At The Speed Of Sound in November -- Paul McCartney took to Twitter to answer questions from fans young and old. Venus and Mars (1975) and At The Speed Of Sound (1976) are the fourth and fifth albums released by Wings. Both peaked at…

  5. Little Big Town Talk Separate Guys' & Girls' Songwriting Sessions for 'Pain Killer'

    October 20, 2014 5:15 PM EDT It's safe to say that back in 2012, Jimi Westbrook and Karen Fairchild of Little Big Town had no idea how the success of "Pontoon" was about to change their lives. Watch Little Big Town Get Invited to Join the Grand Ole Opry by Reba McEntire "It's been incredible,…

  6. Taylor Swift's 'Welcome To New York' Coming Tuesday: Listen to a Preview Now

    October 20, 2014 8:55 AM EDT Swiftober is continuing along nicely. Taylor Swift announced Monday morning (Oct. 20) that the song "Welcome to New York," off 1989 , will be available for download on iTunes Tuesday (Oct. 21). "Welcome to New York" follows last week's "Out of the Woods"…

  7. Gwen Stefani’s New Single ‘Baby Don’t Lie’ Is Here: Listen

    October 20, 2014 12:58 AM EDT Gwen Stefani’s new single “Baby Don’t Lie” has arrived overnight. Fans, however, will have to wait until Monday night’s edition of The Voice for a glimpse of the music video. Stefani’s new song, released digitally  through Mad Love/Interscope Records and co-written with its producers…

  8. The Best and Worst Singles of the Week -- From Taylor Swift to David Bowie

    October 17, 2014 5:00 PM EDT Taylor Swift "Out Of The Woods" Big Machine/Republic The vast chorus of Taylor Swift's new single combusts like the closing sequence of a 1980s action movie, a muscular chant that finds Swift asking, "Are we out of the woods yet? Are we in the clear yet?"…

  9. Alleged Track List for Taylor Swift's '1989' Hits Twitter

    October 17, 2014 4:25 PM EDT It's difficult to keep a secret from the Internet. With 10 days to go until Taylor Swift 's hotly anticipated fifth studio album 1989 drops, Twitter is circulating an alleged leaked copy (below) of the 1989 track list. We've reached out to Swift's rep to confirm if it&…

  10. Ron Laffitte Is the 'Secret Weapon’ for Mega-Management Co. Maverick

    October 17, 2014 2:46 PM EDT METALHEAD GOES POP This profile is part of Billboard's Oct. 25 cover story package on the launch of Maverick, a new music-management consortium. You can find our full coverage right here . AGE: 47 TITLE: Founder, Laffitte Management Group STAFF : 14 CITY: Los Angeles COMPANY FOUNDED IN…

  11. Jimmy Fallon Turns Viral 'Ew!' Single into Viral Fan-Made Video

    October 16, 2014 8:54 AM EDT Well, that was fast. Hours after Wednesday's announcement that Jimmy Fallon and will.i.am had entered the Billboard Hot 100 with their made-to-go-viral single "Ew!" -- No. 26! -- the Tonight Show host responded. "That means Ryan Seacrest has to play it on his radio show;…

  12. Haley & Michaels Ready to Break Out With 'One More Night to Break'

    October 15, 2014 7:14 PM EDT They grew up only 3 miles apart in Northern California -- though Shannon Haley and Ryan Michaels didn't know each other until well after each had embarked on their musical career in Nashville. Over the past few years, the duo -- now Haley & Michaels -- have quietly gone about…

  13. MLB Playoffs: All the Intro Songs Revealed

    October 15, 2014 4:15 PM EDT What are players rocking when they step to the plate? There’s a lot more than organ music at baseball games these days. Unless we’re talking Chicago’s Wrigley Field (the only stadium that sticks to the classic organ sounds), every MLB player has the opportunity to step to the plate with his…

  14. Neil Young Readies Pono Store, Says Partnerships With Lincoln, Tesla in Works

    October 15, 2014 12:02 PM EDT Neil Young is making the media rounds this week to hype his Toblerone-sized Pono music player and its updated website, which now has a preview of how the service's music store will function when launched. The PonoMusic.com store is comprised of a simple search bar and a selection of…

  15. Simon Cowell Celebrates Being Named Personality of the Year at MIPCOM

    October 15, 2014 1:45 AM EDT If you think the deepest thing about Simon Cowell are his signature V-necks, a different man accepted MIPCOM's Personality of the Year award Tuesday night in Cannes. Cowell, who was honored for changing both the music and the TV industries when he reinvented the talent show and format…

  16. Colbie Caillat on Revealing Her Insecurities on Hit Song 'Try': 'I Feel Like This Barrier Is Broken Down'

    October 14, 2014 6:24 PM EDT For Colbie Caillat 's fifth studio album, Gypsy Heart (Sept. 30, Republic), the singer-songwriter enhances her California cool by moving in a decidedly modern direction. Though Caillat initially started out with a '70s-leaning set, the "Bubbly" singer's music…

  17. Nile Rodgers, Ellie Goulding Honored at BMI London Awards

    October 14, 2014 12:02 PM EDT Legendary lyricist Tim Rice was honored, Nile Rodgers took top prize and Ellie Goulding was a three-time winner at the BMI London Awards , held Monday night at London's Dorchester Hotel. The annual gala is held to honor the U.K./Euro/Caribbean songwriters, producers and publishers of…

  18. Denis Handlin Celebrates 30 Years Leading Sony Aus with Star-Studded Fundraiser

    October 14, 2014 12:01 AM EDT Denis Handlin’s 30 years in charge of Sony Music’s Australia operations was celebrated in style with an action-packed charity fundraising party last Friday (Oct. 10) at Sydney’s The Star venue.  Celebrities from the worlds of sport, music and TV were in the house while a mind-boggling line…

  19. Ryan Adams, Conor Oberst to Headline KCSN Benefit Concerts

    October 13, 2014 12:43 PM EDT Los Angeles public radio station KCSN will hold its annual benefit concert on two consecutive weekends in December. On the bill: Sarah McLachlan , with special guest  Laura Marling , on Dec. 5; Ryan Adams , Conor Oberst and David Gray on Dec. 12. More Radio News All-Beyonce Radio Station…

  20. 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…

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