1. Paul McCartney’s Out There Tour Has Grossed $165 Million (And Counting…)

    October 23, 2014 8:44 PM EDT Paul McCartney owns this week's No. 1 Hot Tours ranking (see list, below) with $10.6 million in box office revenue from five of the final U.S. performances on his world tour. Now in its home stretch, his Out There tour will close its final trek through North America on Oct. 30 after…

  2. Animal Collective’s Panda Bear 'Meets the Grim Reaper' on New Album, Shares New Songs

    October 23, 2014 11:59 AM EDT About time for a new Animal Collective -related project, isn’t it? The unpredictable act used to release new albums almost every year, and since it’s been two years since AnCo released a new LP, it's about time for one of its members to step up to the plate. That member is Noah Lennox …

  3. Jessie Ware, Courtney Barnett, Ben Kweller on SXSW's First Round Artist List

    October 22, 2014 11:05 AM EDT Courtney Barnett , Carl Barat and The Jackals , Ben Kweller , The Big Pink , Jessie Ware and Scott Weiland and The Wildabouts will all be headed to Austin, Texas, in March for the South by Southwest Music Conference and Festival, the annual industry gathering announced Wednesday.  SXSW…

  4. Universal Music Mulling Action Against American Airlines Over In-Flight Music

    October 20, 2014 3:48 AM EDT American Airlines is buckling up to defend a copyright lawsuit that could come as soon as next month from Universal Music Group. On Friday, attorneys for the airline told a Texas judge that it anticipates being a defendant when a "standstill agreement" with the record giant…

  5. Barbra Streisand Calls on Democrats to Donate Cash to Midterm Campaigns

    October 19, 2014 11:06 AM EDT In an email Saturday to Democratic voters, Streisand wrote: "Have you seen Congress lately? It’s a mess." Barbra Streisand sent out an email Saturday asking Democrats to donate money immediately to candidates facing stiff opposition in the November midterm elections. Barbra…

  6. Rascal Flatts Playing NFL Pre-Game Show to Promote Carnival Cruise Lines Concert Series

    October 18, 2014 3:14 PM EDT Look for Rascal Flatts to entertain Dallas Cowboys fans at AT&T Stadium Sunday (Oct. 19) in a special pre-game Carnival Live concert before the Cowboys take on the New York Giants. Martina McBride Dazzles with Hits, R&B Standards During Carnival Cruise Concert Series Carnival has…

  7. 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?"…

  8. 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…

  9. New Honda Civic Tour Dates Feature First Latin Acts 3BallMTY, Los Rakas

    October 16, 2014 7:34 PM EDT The last leg of the tour continues through December. The third and final dates of the Honda Civic Tour featuring Mexico's electronic trio 3BallMTY and hip-hop Panamanian group Los Rakas will take the acts throughout the country in 20 shows with stops in cities such as Houston, Miami,…

  10. Garth Brooks Breaks His N. American Ticket Sales Record (That He Set Last Month)

    October 15, 2014 4:52 PM EDT The hits just keep coming for Garth Brooks , who has now broken his own North American ticket sales record for a single city, moving more than 188,000 tickets sold from 11 shows at the Target Center in Minneapolis between Nov. 6 and 15.   The personal best Brooks just beat was from his…

  11. Ricardo Arjona Brings His Viaje Tour to the U.S.

    October 15, 2014 8:00 AM EDT Tickets go on sale Friday; tour kicks off in February. After selling more than 500,000 tickets in South America alone as part of his Viaje (Voyage) tour, singer/songwriter Ricardo Arjona will kick off his U.S. dates Feb. 27 at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Billboard has learned. As…

  12. Exclusive: Afroman Remixes 'Because I Got High' in Support of Marijuana Legalization

    October 15, 2014 7:30 AM EDT Remember "Because I Got High," Afroman 's 2001 smash about failing to clean his room and graduate high school while managing to lose his wife and children and start sleeping on the sidewalk just because he, you know, got high? Some of you probably (cough) don't, but that…

  13. Black Flag Founder Greg Ginn Accused of Abusing His Daughters

    October 14, 2014 10:40 AM EDT On Oct. 10, Greg Ginn's ex-wife Marina went to court suggesting that the founder of seminal hardcore band Black Flag is mistreating his daughters. This is the latest in a series of legal situations for Ginn, who plays lead guitar, wrote many of the band's songs, and owned the…

  14. Rage Against the Machine's Zack de la Rocha Teams with Run the Jewels on New Track

    October 14, 2014 7:23 AM EDT If Zack de la Rocha's ability to rage against the machine ever seemed diminished after he split with his band in 2000, it's been sparked back up by a guest spot on a new Run the Jewels track. Titled "Close Your Eyes (And Count to F--k)," the song features rap titans El-P…

  15. Stoney LaRue Ready to Take Flight With 'Aviator'

    October 10, 2014 7:50 PM EDT Acclaimed singer-songwriter Stoney LaRue will release his fourth studio album, Aviator , on Oct. 28, and he says the recording process was an incredible experience. "Everything about the process was absolutely wonderful. Now, we're just waiting for everybody else to get it in…

  16. Why 1998 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 . If there&…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. Rachel Holder Talks 'Shining Now' EP & Patience

    October 09, 2014 8:17 PM EDT Curb recording artist Rachel Holder has been waiting for a certain day her whole career -- and over the summer, it finally happened: The rising country songstress released her first EP. Holder tells Billboard that actually having a physical product to promote -- Shining Now , released…

  20. Skid Row Singer Johnny Solinger Returns to His Country Roots on New EP

    October 08, 2014 6:10 PM EDT Scrappy Smith is the forthcoming country EP from Johnny Solinger. Yes, the Johnny Solinger who has been lead vocalist with Skid Row since 1999. And no, it's not his first country rodeo. "I had a break from Skid Row back in 2008. I was in Texas, and had a chance to do a project for…

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