1. The Game Wins Sixth No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

    October 23, 2014 7:20 PM EDT Also making waves: Hoodie Allen, DJ Quik, Bobby Shmurda, Mila J Rapper The Game collects his sixth No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, as his latest release, Blood Moon: Year of the Wolf , opens atop the chart. The set sold 33,000 copies in the week ending Oct. 19, according to Nielsen…

  2. Must-Hear Music Podcast: Gwen Stefani, Taylor Swift, Sleater-Kinney, Foo Fighters & More

    October 23, 2014 1:00 PM EDT It's a week of comebacks on the Must-Hear Music podcast. Gwen Stefani returns to her solo career with a nice but lackluster single , while Sleater-Kinney drop their (awesome) first new song since reuniting after a nine-year break. We also chat about Foo Fighters' first single from…

  3. 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…

  4. Jessie Ware, 'Tough Love': Track-by-Track Review

    October 23, 2014 10:10 AM EDT Jessie Ware is likely still riding high from exchanging nuptials over the summer. Considering her 2012 debut album Devotion was a chapter-by-chapter chronicle on matters of her heart -- pitfalls and all -- one might make the assumption that now that she's a Mrs. her new release, Tough…

  5. Publishing Briefs: Sony/ATV Promotions, Rich Conlon's New Firm, Mike & Keys Join Atlas

    October 23, 2014 8:47 AM EDT Billboard's Ed Christman rounds-up all the big news happening in the music publishing world. -- Sony/ATV Music Publishing has promoted Rich Christina to the role of senior VP, head of East Coast A&R, based in the company’s New York office. He will report to Sony/ATV U.S. co…

  6. Meghan Trainor Rules Hot 100, Ed Sheeran Hits Top 10, Glen Campbell Returns

    October 22, 2014 2:11 PM EDT 'All About That Bass' leads for a seventh week, matching a record set by Michael Jackson; Campbell's back after 33 years; and Taylor Swift debuts atop Digital Songs. Meghan Trainor 's "All About That Bass" leads the Billboard Hot 100 for a seventh week, tying a…

  7. Hear Sia Sing 'You're Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile' From New 'Annie' Soundtrack

    October 22, 2014 12:20 PM EDT So here's a sentence that once seemed impossible: Sia has released her version of the Annie hit "You're Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile," featuring some new lyrics and a modern pop vibe.  Sia will be featured in two other songs on the soundtrack: "Opportunity…

  8. Justin Bieber Tweets Another Shirtless Pic, This Time In the Bathtub

    October 22, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Not long ago, Justin Bieber announced on Instagram that he'd been on vacation too long, and that it was time to get back to music: "#newmusic #back2work #vacationtimesup #longoverdue." How does he get the necessary R&R and remain productive at the same time? Take baths.…

  9. Conan Gets 'Exclusive' Video of Bieber vs. Mayweather Fight

    October 22, 2014 9:02 AM EDT Justin Bieber 's been hanging with Floyd Mayweather, Jr., for a few years now , and Justin Bieber's been interested in boxing just as long . But Bieber training with Mayweather is a new thing , and Conan O'Brien was lucky enough to get a video of the two*** training together.…

  10. 'Motown the Musical' Feels the Love Back in the Motor City

    October 22, 2014 1:58 AM EDT "The Motown family cannot NOT love each other," Berry Gordy, Jr. recently told Billboard. And there was certainly plenty of love in the room on Tuesday night when Gordy and dozens of Motown alumni -- artists, musicians executives, recording engineers, secretaries and more --…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. Bobby Brackins' 'Hot Box,' Featuring G-Eazy & Mila J: Exclusive Video Premiere

    October 20, 2014 1:00 PM EDT Bobby Brackins is behind a few hits dominating the R&B/hip-hop charts. He helped write Chris Brown 's "Loyal" and Tinashe 's "2 On," both top 5's on the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. Now Brackins has his own name on a successful tune: "Hot Box,…

  15. 'American Idol' Is Allowing Fans to Award a Golden Ticket to Hollywood

    October 19, 2014 11:31 PM EDT For the first time ever, American Idol fans will have the chance to tell a hopeful "you’re going to Hollywood!" Producers of the Fox singing series have added a new wrinkle, allowing viewers to have a say in which contestant will receive a coveted golden ticket to the show's…

  16. Quotes of the Week: Selena Gomez Is Happy to Bare It All, Nicki Minaj Wants to Rule the World and More

    October 17, 2014 6:10 PM EDT "I can, like, walk around naked now!" -- SELENA GOMEZ The pop star  during an appearance on Ellen , speaking about the benefits of living solo in her new apartment. "I want to build my empire. I have always seen men do it -- from Diddy to Dr. Dre to Jay Z . Now it's a…

  17. The Best and Worst Singles of the Week -- From Taylor Swift to David Bowie

    October 17, 2014 5:00 PM EDT Taylor Swift "Out Of The Woods" Big Machine/Republic The vast chorus of Taylor Swift's new single combusts like the closing sequence of a 1980s action movie, a muscular chant that finds Swift asking, "Are we out of the woods yet? Are we in the clear yet?"…

  18. Hot 100 Chart Moves: Ed Sheeran, Ariana Grande, Fergie Debut

    October 17, 2014 4:35 PM EDT The duo arrives with 'Love Me Harder,' while Fergie enters with 'L.A.LOVE (la la).' As previously reported , Meghan Trainor leads an all-female top five on the Billboard Hot 100 for a record-extending sixth week with "All About That Bass." Plus, Bobby…

  19. Female Artists Ruling the Charts: A Movement or Just a Moment?

    October 17, 2014 11:43 AM EDT It’s an unprecedented week six of women ruling the top 5, as one exec says when this happens en masse... “there’s something going on culturally.” Taylor , Iggy , Katy , Nicki , Charli , Jessie , Ariana -- there’s no question that women are dominating the singles chart and leading the…

  20. Bridges for Music: How Nonprofit is Harnessing EDM’s Power for Positive Change

    October 17, 2014 6:31 AM EDT When twenty-five cyclists arrived in Amsterdam this week, their focus was not on the long trek from London, but what it would mean for the township of Langa. At time of press, the riders had raised more than £95,000 ($152,000) to build a music school in the impoverished South African…

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