1. SoundCloud Has Reached Critical Mass – Now It Has to Make Money

    October 24, 2014 5:00 PM EDT The world’s biggest audio-streaming service is coping with the biggest growing pain of all: how to make a buck. Like many digital start-ups, SoundCloud -- the world’s largest audio-streaming service -- built a seamless user experience before figuring out how to make money with it. Now the…

  2. Dolly Parton Q&A: The Country Legend on 50 Years in Nashville and Why She Supports Her Gay Fans

    October 24, 2014 2:08 PM EDT This year marks the 50th Anniversary since 68-year-old international icon Dolly Parton came to Nashville. The fourth of 12 siblings who shared a one-room cabin, the East Tennessee native was so poor growing up that her father paid the doctor who delivered her with a bag of cornmeal. The day…

  3. Billboard Cover: Usher on Getting Tough With Justin Bieber, Why He’s Not Ready for a New Album and Life as a Single Dad

    October 24, 2014 9:00 AM EDT There Are Segways, and then there's Usher Raymond IV 's Segway. Usher's scooter is a custom-built, gold-plated number with rims that look like they were lifted from Rick Ross ' Maybach. It shines like Louis the XIV's jewels as he zips through the hallways of the…

  4. Glam Rock Giant Alvin Stardust Dies at 72

    October 24, 2014 2:37 AM EDT British glam rocker Alvin Stardust , one of the biggest pop stars of his era, has died at the age of 72. He had recently been diagnosed with metastatic prostate cancer.  Stardust, born Bernard Jewry on Sept. 27, 1942 in London, enjoyed a long line of top 10 hits in the ‘70s and early ‘80s,…

  5. Taylor Swift to the Haters: 'If You’re Upset That I’m Just Being Myself, I’m Going to Be Myself More'

    October 24, 2014 12:01 AM EDT Taylor Swift named her fifth album after her birth year, 1989 , but 2014 is the year of her rebirth. After wooing the mainstream with four albums of her pop-flavored brand of country, Swift waves goodbye to Nashville with 1989 , ditching guitars for new wave-y synths, courtesy of hitmakers…

  6. Billboard Cover Sneak Peak: 5 People (and Things) That Inspire Usher -- From Picasso to Puff Daddy

    October 23, 2014 7:55 PM EDT Usher 's career stats are astounding. He's sold close to 24 million records in the United States and taken home eight Grammys. His 2004 album Confessions sold more than any other album in the '00s. His recent single "Good Kisser" was his 13th No. 1 on…

  7. Enrique Iglesias Ties Record for Most Weeks at No. 1 on Hot Latin Songs

    October 23, 2014 6:11 PM EDT Enrique Iglesias ties the record for the most weeks spent at No. 1 on Billboard 's Hot Latin Songs chart (which launched in the Oct. 4, 1986, issue), as "Bailando" (featuring Descemer Bueno  and Gente de Zona ) reigns for a 25th week. The song matches the command of Shakira &…

  8. Santana's 'Smooth' Began Its 12-Week No. 1 Run 15 Years Ago Today

    October 23, 2014 3:10 PM EDT Fifteen years ago today, Santana 's Rob Thomas -featuring single "Smooth" crashed into the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 , a position it would maintain for an astounding 12 straight weeks. When 1999 gave way to the 21st century, this was the song dominating the U.S.…

  9. Revisionist History, Part 2: Jimi Hendrix Beats the Beatles! Year-End Hits of Yesterday, Re-Analyzed

    October 23, 2014 11:07 AM EDT Since 1958, when Billboard's Hot 100 began tracking the hits every week, any song that's earned year-end No. 1 was surely built to last, right? Not necessarily. To test that theory, we’ve done a "do-over" for year-end charts prior to 2004, when digital downloads became…

  10. Jack White to Speak at Yale University Panel

    October 23, 2014 10:13 AM EDT Next up… Patrick Carney speaks at Dartmouth? Jack White is indulging his audiophile/music historian side with an appearance at an upcoming panel at Yale University about the early 20th century jazz and blues label Paramount Records. The panel, titled “ Exploring the Rise and Fall of…

  11. Inside Grammy U Competition Winner Kirkland Lynch's Incredible Day at the Capitol Records Tower

    October 22, 2014 1:59 PM EDT After winning Grammy U's music business plan competition, Kirkland Lynch found himself in Los Angeles, getting picked up by the chairman of Capitol Records. October 9, 2014 marked the best day of my life thus far. That was the day that Grammy U introduced me to Steve Barnett , CEO of…

  12. 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…

  13. Giants vs. Royals: Who Has the Better Intro Music?

    October 21, 2014 6:00 PM EDT Tonight, the San Francisco Giants visit Kansas City’s Kauffman Stadium to take on the Royals in Game One of the 2014 World Series. The Giants are gunning for their third ring in five years, while the Royals -- who have yet to lose this postseason -- are looking to continue an 11-game…

  14. Exclusive: Chance the Rapper Reveals New Album 'Surf,' Working With Frank Ocean & J. Cole

    October 21, 2014 3:30 PM EDT 0 Chance and the Social Experiment are aiming to drop 'Surf' for free by the end of the year. In the year and a half since he released his breakout mixtape, Acid Rap , Chance the Rapper has charted a remarkable course. Forgoing signing with a major label, the Chicago…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. Chart Highlights: Iggy Azalea, MAGIC! Score New No. 1s, Foo Fighters Return

    October 20, 2014 6:35 PM EDT 'Black Widow' nets Azalea a Pop Songs honor last earned by Lady Gaga. Plus, MAGIC! tops AC and Foo Fighters storm multiple rock charts and more. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and…

  18. 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 ,…

  19. Foo Fighters Release ‘Something From Nothing’ Lyric Video

    October 20, 2014 11:50 AM EDT On Oct. 17, Foo Fighters fans got their first taste of the band’s HBO documentary series Sonic Highways , which follows the creation of their new album of the same name. And like clockwork, Dave Grohl and company have just shared the studio version of Sonic Highways ’ lead single, …

  20. Corner Office: Afo Verde, Head of Sony Latin, on Ricky Martin, His Producer Roots and Argentine Pride

    October 20, 2014 11:46 AM EDT The 50 or so ­employees at Sony Music Entertainment’s Miami headquarters are used to seeing Afo Verde walk briskly, fitting for a part-time soccer player. But today, he limps, still recovering from a 3-month-old ankle fracture sustained during his company’s weekly soccer match. “I’d love…

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