1. R5 Finished Second Album, Set For Spring 2015 Release

    October 31, 2014 4:27 PM EDT "We have all sorts of different things on the record, but we like that," says frontman Ross Lynch. In the wake of its Heart Made Up On You EP earlier this year, pop-rockers R5 are planning a spring 2015 release for their second full-length album, the follow-up to 2013's…

  2. New Signings: Jackie Boyz Team with Razor & Tie, Son Lux to Glassnote, OWSLA Grabs Carmada and More

    October 31, 2014 3:39 PM EDT A look at the latest artist signings across the music industry, including record labels, artist management firms, publishing companies, booking agencies and more.  RECORD LABELS -- America's Got Talent finalist Emily West signs to Sony Music Masterworks imprint, Portrait . She will…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. Billboard Cover: Lorde on Her ‘Hero’ Kanye West, the ‘Hunger Games’ Soundtrack and Hype-Proofing Her Career

    October 31, 2014 9:00 AM EDT On this mid-October Friday, San Diego State University's campus looks like a certain kind of college-goer's paradise: guys in flip-flops and their tanned female counterparts lounge in the sunbaked quad, chatting about weekend plans, while dudes practice mixed martial arts moves on…

  6. Public Enemy Gets Deluxe Reissues of 'It Takes A Nation' & 'Fear Of A Black Planet'

    October 30, 2014 9:37 PM EDT Def Jam is continuing its 30th anniversary celebrations with plans to reissue Public Enemy 's 1988 breakthrough album It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back and their follow up Fear of a Black Planet in multi disc deluxe sets. The reissues will include the classic hip-hop albums…

  7. Billboard Cover Sneak Peek: 5 Things You Didn't Know About Lorde Before She Was Famous

    October 30, 2014 7:30 PM EDT With the Lorde -curated Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 soundtrack coming out Nov. 17, the soon-to-be-18-year-old pop singer is proving her taste in collaborators -- Kanye West , Chemical Brothers , Miguel and more -- are just as cool as her own music. Speaking to Billboard for our latest…

  8. Gregg Allman Dismissed From 'Midnight Rider' Lawsuit

    October 30, 2014 3:56 PM EDT Sarah Jones' family drops lawsuit against three defendants. Lawyers for Sarah Jones ' family are dropping  Gregg Allman , Midnight Rider executive producer  Michael Lehman and the unfinished film's distributor Open Road Films from the civil lawsuit stemming from Jones'…

  9. Nas Previews J Dilla-Produced Song at Run the Jewels' Album Release Party

    October 30, 2014 12:26 PM EDT Nas made a surprise appearance at Run the Jewel s' ( Killer Mike and El-P )  album release celebration for RTJ2 on Wednesday, Oct. 29. "I came here to support the brother son an incredible project. I've been watching them do their thing, even feeling like this is something…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. Allman Brothers Band Puts Focus on Duane Allman at Final Beacon Theatre Show

    October 29, 2014 6:04 PM EDT When guitarists Derek Trucks and Warren Haynes announced in January that they would no longer perform with the Allman Brothers Band after this year, it wasn't clear what that meant. This iteration of the group had been together almost 15 years, longer than any other since the band'…

  13. Who Dominated the Country Charts in 1984? The Top 5 Acts -- From Willie Nelson to George Strait

    October 29, 2014 5:49 PM EDT By 1984, country music had begun to regain the stylistic focus it had surrendered to the brief and artistically confused Urban Cowboy period. Nearly as quickly as they had arrived, the new audience that the 1980 film had brought to country music moved on, leaving the genre with a restless,…

  14. CODE Guest Playlist: Martin Buttrich

    October 29, 2014 2:07 PM EDT Few artists can equal the behind-the-scenes impact that Martin Buttrich has made on underground dance music. A widely revered producer, writer and engineer, Buttrich has left his sonic mark on seminal tracks with collaborators Loco Dice and Timo Maas, as well as remixes for the likes of…

  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. Exclusive: Mad Decent's Toy Selectah & Camilo Lara Reveal Star-Studded 'Compass' Album

    October 29, 2014 10:30 AM EDT Due in early 2015, the album features Boy George, Toots & the Maytals, Kool A.D., Sly & Robbie, and more. Billboard is excited to announce a hyper-collaborative new project featuring more than 80 collaborations from over four continents. Mad Decent's Toy Selectah has…

  17. Linda Komorsky Liker, Music Industry Veteran, Dies at 70

    October 28, 2014 9:58 PM EDT She worked with Graham Nash, Randy Newman, Danny Elfman & Sting. Linda Komorsky Liker , a music publishing executive and adviser, died Sunday after being struck by a car as she crossed a street in Los Angeles. She was 70. Liker served as senior vp and GM at Dimensional Music Publishing,…

  18. The Top 20 Billboard Hot 100 Hits of the 1970s

    October 28, 2014 3:00 PM EDT In honor of Billboard magazine's 120th anniversary on Nov. 1, we're revealing the top 20 Billboard Hot 100 hits from each decade since the 1960s (for a total of 120 songs). One family dominated the Billboard Hot 100 in the '70s: The Gibbs. The three brothers in the Bee Gees…

  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. Exclusive: Major League Premieres Revealing New Album 'There's Nothing Wrong With Me'

    October 28, 2014 10:30 AM EDT New Jersey pop-punk kids Major League are back with a new frontman and a new album. On sophomore effort There’s Nothing Wrong With Me (out Nov. 4 on No Sleep Records), some things remain the same, like the band’s raw energy and driving guitar riffs. What’s new is guitarist Brian Joyce…

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