1. Beast Celebrate 5 Years in K-Pop With New Ballad '12:30'

    October 21, 2014 9:58 PM EDT The boy band give the public a heartbreaking ballad... but with a refreshing twist. Ahead of their two most recent releases, Beast  released ballads as buzz tracks to preview their upcoming material. The boy band previewed 2013 LP Hard to Love, How to Love with the ballad "Will You Be…

  2. Reba McEntire Becomes Nash Icon Music Label's Inaugural Signing

    October 21, 2014 9:48 PM EDT Reba McEntire is about to hit the comeback trail. The Country Music Hall of Fame member signed a new recording pact earlier this morning with Nash Icon Music, a joint venture between Big Machine Label Group and Cumulus Media -- for which the prolific McEntire will be the flagship artist.…

  3. Kesha Previously Denied Dr. Luke Made Sexual Advances in 2011 Deposition

    October 21, 2014 8:43 PM EDT The pop star's mother also gave sworn testimony about what her daughter didn't tell her On Tuesday, a judge ordered the unsealing of a deposition given by pop star Kesha in prior litigation with her former managers at DAS Communications. The sworn testimony appears to undercut…

  4. Exclusive: Art Department Talk New Album, Premiere 'Cruel Intentions' ft. Seth Troxler

    October 21, 2014 7:18 PM EDT The underground Canadian duo dish on late night emails from Seth Troxler and how bands and DJs differ Since joining forces as Art Department in 2009, veteran Toronto producers and DJs Kenny Glasgow and Jonny White have emerged as a true double threat. From enthralling fans with their…

  5. 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…

  6. Exclusive: Nick Hakim Announces Vinyl Release & Premieres Two Songs

    October 21, 2014 2:25 PM EDT After touring the U.K., Nick Hakim is prepping the release of Where Will We Go Pt.1 & 2, a vinyl compilation of his two previous EPs. Hakim will release Where Will We Go Pt. 1 & 2 on Nov. 18 through his own imprint, Earseed Records. In honor of the new 12", Billboard is…

  7. Gwen Stefani Stays Trippy in ‘Baby Don’t Lie’ Music Video

    October 21, 2014 2:08 PM EDT Gwen Stefani is back with a new single, “Baby Don’t Lie,” that updates the elastic pop sound of her first two solo albums. After being previewed on last night’s episode of The Voice , the official music video for “Baby Don’t Lie” has arrived, with a whole lot of funky shapes and…

  8. Album Review: Little Big Town Finally Ready for the Big Time With Tour De Force 'Pain Killer'

    October 21, 2014 2:04 PM EDT There's a reason Little Big Town gets compared to Fleetwood Mac , and it's not just because two of the bandmates are married to each other or that the quartet performs a spirited take on "The Chain" in concert. It's also because the coed Alabama foursome…

  9. Why Taylor Swift Would Never ‘Pull a Beyonce’ with an Album

    October 21, 2014 1:21 PM EDT Waiting for Taylor to release an out-of-nowhere album someday? Keep waiting. When Beyonce surprise-released her self-titled fifth album exclusively on iTunes last December, the sneak-attack tactic left the industry with a lot of questions once the dust settled. The strategy was undeniably…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

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

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  14. Neil Diamond Almost Changed His Name to Ice Charry

    October 21, 2014 10:59 AM EDT In an alternate universe somewhere, Neil Diamond is touring under the name "Ice Charry." Before the release of Diamond's debut, The Feel of Neil Diamond,  in 1966, the singer thought long and hard about changing his name. He told Jimmy Fallon he came up with two options: Noah…

  15. Deeper & Better: Reaccessing Sleater-Kinney's Material Girls

    October 21, 2014 10:55 AM EDT For around a decade starting in 1995 or 1996, the best rock band in America was an all-female trio out of the indie-rock hothouse of Olympia, Wash.'s Evergreen College. And now, around a decade after they went on hiatus in the wake of 2005's heavy-roiling The Woods , Sleater…

  16. 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…

  17. Fighting for the Greek: Behind Nederlander/AEG and Live Nation’s War for the Iconic L.A. Theater

    October 21, 2014 10:30 AM EDT A modern day Trojan War is underway in Los Angeles as the world's largest promoters, Live Nation and AEG Live in partnership with the Nederlander Organization, battle for possession of a trophy itself inspired by antiquity: the city's iconic Greek Theatre. At stake is a…

  18. 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…

  19. Watch Taylor Swift Dance to the Naked Chef's 'Bake It Off,' a 'Shake It Off' Parody

    October 21, 2014 8:11 AM EDT Taylor Swift recently visited England to sing "Shake It Off" on The X-Factor ,  and now she's returned to the U.K. for a guest appearance in Jamie "The Naked Chef" Oliver's kitchen . Despite Oliver's nasty handstand dance moves, Taylor wasn't…

  20. Paul McCartney Shares His Unreleased Recording with John Bonham

    October 21, 2014 5:07 AM EDT Paul McCartney is back in release-mode, with the reissue of Wings’ ‘70s albums Venus and Mars  and At The Speed Of Sound  due out next month.  Among the newly unearthed works and bonus content is a previously unreleased take of album track “Beware My Love.” What’s particularly noteworthy is…

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