1. The Case for Inducting The Oak Ridge Boys Into the Country Music Hall of Fame

    October 21, 2014 6:24 PM EDT Three months ago, we gave you our thoughts on why Don Rich should be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2015 in the musicians' category. This month, we take a look at what is known as the Modern Era category. Open to acts that have been involved in the business for between…

  2. Watch El-P Audition Cats For Run the Jewels’ Meow Remix Album

    October 21, 2014 3:19 PM EDT El-P has been reading angry messages from Taylor Swift superfans ever since he dissed her new song “Welcome to New York” yesterday (Oct. 20), but we think we’ve found one thing they could agree on -- cats. Back on Oct. 15, El and Killer Mike’s keep-it-real hip-hip collaboration Run the…

  3. Album Review: Neil Diamond Resists Resting on His Laurels With 'Melody Road'

    October 21, 2014 3:13 PM EDT At 73, the only reason for a national treasure like Neil Diamond to still be making albums -- let alone entirely self-written ones -- is because he wants to. He already has pulled the nest-egg moves: His last four releases were a covers LP, his third Christmas album, his seventh live…

  4. Anatomy of a Hit: How Bobby Shmurda's 'Hot Boy' Came to Life

    October 21, 2014 12:57 PM EDT In March, Bobby Shmurda ’s “Hot Boy” (explicit version: “Hot N—a”) video hit YouTube. But it wasn’t until June, when Vine user Vladimir Francois looped the rapper’s Shmoney Dance move in the clip, that the song blew up. Now, Shmurda, 20, is signed to Epic Records, and “Hot Boy” rises 12-10…

  5. Alan Cumming Explains Shia LaBeouf's 'Cabaret' Freakout

    October 21, 2014 11:56 AM EDT Alan Cumming stopped by Conan on Monday night and the host had to ask the Cabaret star for his version of what the heck happened when Shia LaBeouf was arrested during a performance. Cumming was certainly quite forgiving to the actor (who told Jimmy Kimmel he was pretty messed up when he…

  6. Brooklyn's Glasslands Closing: Another Iconic Williamsburg Venue Bites the Dust

    October 21, 2014 11:27 AM EDT A little over a month after Brooklyn venue Death by Audio revealed that it would be closing its doors in November, its neighboring performance space Glasslands has announced its closure as well.  It's Megaclub Mania in Williamsburg, Brooklyn "Dearest friends," begins the post…

  7. Watch FKA Twigs Make Google Glass Look Really, Really Cool in New Commercial

    October 21, 2014 11:15 AM EDT What’s the deal with Google Glass? Is it too wonky for the public? Suspiciously addicting? The wave of the future? FKA Twigs’ mesmerizing 2014 debut certainly sounds like a sexy, stylish future, so for the folks at Google, bringing the singer/dancer/artist on for an ad was a smooth move. In…

  8. 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…

  9. Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross to Speak at Billboard & Hollywood Reporter Conference

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  10. Exclusive Video: Lorde Shares Details About Her 'Vision' for Curating the 'Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' Soundtrack

    October 21, 2014 10:56 AM EDT Now that the incredible tracklist for the  Lorde -curated  The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1   soundtrack is out , Billboard is excited to share an exclusive video interview with the New Zealand singer-songwriter that finds her telling the story of how the whole project came together. …

  11. Exclusive Q&A: Irving Azoff on the Bidding War for L.A.'s Iconic Greek Theatre

    October 21, 2014 10:45 AM EDT The longtime Angelino and former Live Nation chairman puts the battle for the Greek in perspective The world's two largest promoters, Live Nation and AEG in partnership with the Nederlander, are on pins and needles and then some. They await word from the LA Department of Recreation and…

  12. Taylor Swift’s ‘Welcome to New York’ Makes El-P Want to Leave New York

    October 21, 2014 10:24 AM EDT El-P was born in Brooklyn and has more or less resided in New York City ever since. Even when he’s rapping about drones over his hometown, he’s been content to take the good with the bad and stick around. But it looks like Taylor Swift’s latest 1989 offering , "Welcome to New York,…

  13. Swedish Newcomer Seinabo Sey Premieres Haunting 'Pistols at Dawn' Video

    October 21, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Tove Lo , Icona Pop , Robyn -- it’s no secret we’ve got a thing for Swedish pop singers here at Billboard. We’ve got another one you should be paying attention to, but aside from sharing a homeland, she’s on a different creative wavelength entirely. Meet Seinabo Sey (pronounced Say-na-bo…

  14. Ice Cube Says N.W.A Biopic 'Straight Outta Compton' Does a 'Hell of a Job' at Depicting the Group

    October 21, 2014 8:57 AM EDT "We just wrapped principal photography on Straight Outta Compton ," Ice Cube told Jimmy Kimmel on Monday night. "My son is in it, he plays me in the movie, so I'm extremely proud of that, that's cool." (Even if watching his son play himself was eerily Back to…

  15. Lorde's 'Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Pt. 1' Soundtrack to Feature Kanye West, Chvrches, Charli XCX

    October 21, 2014 6:42 AM EDT Over the summer, we heard that Lorde would be curating the soundtrack for the third Hunger Games movie, Mockingjay, Part One , hitting theaters November 21. And now, on the heels of Monday's release of the Chemical Brothers and Miguel's contribution, "This Is Not a Game,"…

  16. Fashion Designer Oscar De La Renta Dead At 82

    October 20, 2014 10:17 PM EDT Oscar de la Renta, the legendary Dominican-American fashion designer, has died at age 82, ABC News has confirmed. De la Renta had been battling cancer.  His work became the preferred wear for such first ladies as Nancy Reagan, Hillary Clinton and Laura Bush, and he designed the dress worn…

  17. Sia Doesn’t Turn Her Back on Joni Mitchell and More Insider Scoop

    October 20, 2014 6:00 PM EDT Sia Faces Forward Australian singer-songwriter Sia (Furler) didn't turn her back on Joni Mitchell when she honored the Laurel Canyon icon at the Hammer Museum's annual Gala in the Garden on Oct. 11 in Los Angeles. Although Sia has promoted her current album, 1000 Forms of Fear ,…

  18. 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…

  19. 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,…

  20. Record Store Day Black Friday Exclusives: The Shopping List Is In!

    October 20, 2014 4:40 PM EDT Yes, even 5 Seconds of Summer is down with Record Store Day. Record Store Day 2015 won’t be here until April 18, but plenty of collectible vinyl exclusives are just around the corner. Record Store Day just announced its hit list for Nov. 28 -- aka Black Friday -- and there are dozens of…

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