1. Taylor Swift Shuts Down Hollywood Boulevard for Electrifying 'Jimmy Kimmel' Performance: Watch

    October 24, 2014 12:04 AM EDT Nearly 15,000 screaming fans lined Hollywood Boulevard on Thursday night to see Taylor Swift light up Jimmy Kimmel Live!’s outdoor concert stage. The concert served as a kickoff to a promotional tour for her new album, 1989 , and Swift shared a taste of what some are calling a more…

  2. Mick Jagger Talks James Brown, Elvis & Making Movies

    October 23, 2014 10:53 PM EDT Song credits won't be the latest place to feature Mick Jagger's name. Instead, look to upcoming films and TV shows. The Rolling Stones frontman has been busy producing projects, from this year's James Brown biopic "Get on Up" to a not-yet-titled HBO series directed…

  3. 14 New Zealand Acts You Need to Know About

    October 17, 2014 5:17 AM EDT New Zealand has been punching well above its weight in recent years. Think Lorde . Think The Naked and the Famous , Broods , Gin Wigmore , Ladyhawke   and  Kimbra (oh, and don't forget   Flight of the Conchords ). If you figured that’s it, think again. With the nominations announced…

  4. ‘Hideaway’ Singer Kiesza: Dyslexia 'Makes You More Creative’

    October 16, 2014 6:16 PM EDT Put Kiesza on a rooftop with a rifle and she could probably shoot you down from a block away -- not that she's planning to. Prior to her amazing one-take video for her debut single, "Hideaway," going viral (to the tune of 132 million-plus views since February), the dance-pop…

  5. Lorde & Sol3 Mio Lead NZ Music Awards Nominations

    October 16, 2014 5:23 AM EDT With five nominations each, Lorde and classical-crossover trio Sol3 Mio lead the pack heading into the 49th annual New Zealand Music Awards. Rapper David Dallas and soul singer Ladi6 are close behind with four nods each. Vodafone is once again sponsoring the country's premier music…

  6. 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…

  7. X Japan Takes Madison Square Garden By Rainstorm

    October 12, 2014 1:26 PM EDT 0 There was Yoshiki, principal songwriter, brutalizing percussionist and virtuosic pianist of X Japan , standing on his drum throne, casting a shadow that was, via the jumbotron behind him, framed with fluttering, demonic wings, like the final boss in a video game. The technical…

  8. 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…

  9. Exclusive: Sixx:A.M.'s 'Give Me a Love' Lyric Video Premieres, Nikki Sixx Talks Band's New Album

    October 10, 2014 4:00 PM EDT After more than 30 years in the music business, Nikki Sixx still gets a kick out of shocking people. He isn’t resorting to the extremes that horrified parents and defined his band Motley Crue in the ’80s and ’90s, but his methods are still effective. Just look at how Motley Crue signing a…

  10. From Panic Attacks to Family Estrangement, Reggaeton Star J Balvin’s Struggle to Make It to the Top

    October 10, 2014 1:00 PM EDT Two years ago, J Balvin should have been on top of the world. A steady stream of tracks that mixed tropical lightness with the heavy beat of reggaeton had made him a star at home in Colombia. Girls climbed the walls of his house in Medellin to get a picture with him. The stars of the…

  11. Jessie J on Digging Deep for Her New Album: ‘I’m Not Afraid of the Pain’

    October 10, 2014 10:58 AM EDT Jessie J is trying something new: not oversharing. On the phone from Hong Kong, where she recently wrapped a series of shows, the singer is expressing regrets about comments she made earlier this year to The Mirror about her bisexuality. ("It was a phase," she said then.) …

  12. Luke Bryan Opens Farm Tour With Hits-Filled Set, Signature Stage Moves In Tennessee

    October 04, 2014 3:42 PM EDT One of his early hits might have been titled “Rain Is A Good Thing,” but Wednesday (Oct. 1) night’s opening date of Luke Bryan ’s Farm Tour 2014 didn’t feature a single drop of precipitation. Luke Bryan's Tour Has Grossed $55.5 Million (And Counting) Instead, it was a perfect Autumn…

  13. VH1 Promotes Sandy Alouete to Head of Talent, Music Programming

    October 01, 2014 1:37 PM EDT Longtime VH1 exec Sandy Alouete has been promoted to senior vice president of talent and music programming at the network, effective immediately. She's taking over for Rick Krim , who left the company over the summer. Related Rick Krim, VH1's EVP of Talent & Music Programming,…

  14. Ticketmaster Enters Qatar, Site of World Cup

    September 30, 2014 2:32 PM EDT Live Nation's Ticketmaster has opened up an office in Qatar, its second entry into the Middle East in two years. The tiny nation of 2 million has a rapidly growing economy and was recently awarded the 2022 FIFA World Cup, an event it insists will happen despite concerns about the…

  15. 'Saturday Night Live' recap: Chris Pratt Raps & Ariana Grande Acts

    September 28, 2014 11:04 AM EDT Anyone who watches Parks and Recreation  already knew Chris Pratt was musical, but while there wasn't a Mouse Rat reunion during the Saturday Night Live season premiere Saturday night (huge sigh of disappointment), there were plenty of music moments including a shout out to the latest…

  16. Angaleena Presley Represents the 'American Middle Class' on Debut Solo Album

    September 19, 2014 7:00 PM EDT If someone asks Angaleena Presley about coming from Beauty, it might not exactly be a pickup line. The singer-songwriter -- also a member of the Pistol Annies -- says she actually does come from Beauty: a small town in the eastern corner of Kentucky. "I came from a tiny town in…

  17. 10 Taylor Swift Lyrics That Purr-fectly Encapsulate Her Cute Cat-Walking Photo

    September 16, 2014 6:34 PM EDT Olivia Benson hits the streets of NYC. Is  Taylor Swift  channeling a supervillain these days? Of course not, but the paparazzi "caught" Swift during a particularly cute moment earlier Tuesday (Sept. 16) when she walked out of her apartment with her sweet cat Olivia Benson. There&…

  18. 'Eden' Circles Daft Punk's Success in New Film About Struggle in the 1990s French Touch Scene

    September 14, 2014 6:54 PM EDT Daft Punk figures prominently in the French film Eden , but if it were about the French robot duo it would probably be a much happier tale.  Instead, the story which captures the burgeoning French touch/French house movement of the 1990s, centers around a DJ named Paul and his 20-year…

  19. From Oasis to Led Zeppelin, Remastered Reissues Are Blockbuster Business

    September 09, 2014 1:25 PM EDT The Beatles go back to mono with a $400 vinyl set as Oasis, Shelby Lynne and others take advantage of new digital technology. Is anyone listening? In these digital times, when most people hear music through tiny, tinny earbuds, does the average music fan appreciate or even seek out a…

  20. Made in America Philly Day 1 Highlights: The National, Steve Aoki, Kanye West & More

    August 31, 2014 2:22 PM EDT Here’s a minute-by-minute recap of Saturday’s Philly highlights. Now in its third year, Budweiser Made in America got off to an auspicious, business-as-usual start in Philadelphia on Saturday (Aug. 30), featuring headlining performances from The National , Steve Aoki and Kanye West . Made…

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