1. Nicki Minaj Shades CBS Following Fashion Rocks Performance

    September 10, 2014 12:26 PM EDT Nicki Minaj wasn’t happy about how CBS handled the broadcast of her Sept. 9 Fashion Rocks performance at Brooklyn's Barclays Center, and she wants them to know it.   Following the show, Nicki took to social media to criticize the CBS producers for allegedly cutting out parts of her …

  2. 'Saturday Night Live' Announces Two Hosts & Musical Guests For Season 40

    September 10, 2014 11:46 AM EDT Saturday Night Live is kicking off its 40th (!) season with a bang (bang). Guardians of the Galaxy star Chris Pratt will host the premiere episode Sept. 27 with musical guest Ariana Grande . The pairing of the two SNL newbies isn't exactly a surprise -- they both dominated pop culture…

  3. Pharrell Talks Ferguson on CNN: 'The President Needs to Go Down There'

    September 10, 2014 11:10 AM EDT In a recent interview on CNN, Pharrell proved he isn’t about to let the injustices of Ferguson blow over. Speaking with CNN’s Don Lemon , Pharrell criticized the news channel for putting too much emphasis on the violent outliers, rather than the majority of Ferguson protestors who remained…

  4. Megadeth Pulls Out of Motorhead's Motorboat Cruise

    September 10, 2014 10:58 AM EDT Most cruises are relaxing. Motörhead's upcoming Motörboat cruise -- advertised as "the Loudest Boat in the World" -- will not be one of them. Unfortunately, one headlining group won't be able to add to the din: Megadeth has pulled out of the event because frontman Dave…

  5. Watch The Replacements Play 'Fallon' After Three-Decade NBC Ban

    September 10, 2014 10:13 AM EDT Twenty eight years ago, the Replacements drunkenly stumbled through one of the worst musical performances in SNL history (at least from NBC’s perspective) and were famously banned from ever playing 30 Rock again. Well, Lorne Michaels be damned -- the ‘Mats returned to NBC on Sept. 9 for a…

  6. Crystal Gayle Says Country Hall of Fame Exhibit Gives Her a Chance to 'Look Back'

    September 09, 2014 6:36 PM EDT 'When I Dream' runs through Nov. 3 in Nashville. It's not too often that an artist nails a song on the first take. However, that's exactly what happened in 1977 when Crystal Gayle hit the studio to record the song that would become her signature tune, "Don't It…

  7. Watch Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon's Very Hands-On iPhone 6 Ad

    September 09, 2014 4:55 PM EDT U2 wasn't the music world's only voice to be heard at Tuesday's (Sept. 9) show-stopping, product-unveiling event in Cupertino, Calif. Justin Timberlake and his pal Jimmy Fallon also made a cameo via a pair of commercials for the brand-new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus. Apple…

  8. Listen: Sam Smith Recruits A$AP Rocky for 'I'm Not the Only One' Remix

    September 09, 2014 4:43 PM EDT Sam Smith has recruited A$AP Rocky for the official "I'm Not the Only One" remix. The rapper kicks off the remix of the In the Lonely Hour single with a verse laced with Beyoncé references: "Like Beyoncé , to getting by or to 'Get Embodied'/ So Sasha Fierce/ A…

  9. Interpol's 'El Pintor': Track-by-Track Album Review

    September 09, 2014 12:50 PM EDT If you’re Interpol , you must be hearing the words “return to form” a great deal these days. You’ve played the major label game, and retreated back to your original indie home, Matador Records. You lost your iconic bass player, and have struggled to prove you’re still the same band fans fell…

  10. Watch The Cure Cover 'Hello, Goodbye' for Star-Studded Paul McCartney Tribute Album

    September 09, 2014 9:55 AM EDT Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Alice Cooper, Brian Wilson, KISS, The Who and more fete the former Beatle A Paul McCartney tribute album of epic proportions -- Billy Joel, The Who, Brian Wilson, Alice Cooper and more are involved -- is on the way, and the first cover song is already here! It's…

  11. Who Just Became the U.K.'s Top Solo Artist on Spotify?

    September 08, 2014 4:47 PM EDT As of Sept. 8, Calvin Harris is a member of Spotify’s 1 billion streams club. Spotify announced that the 30-year-old Scottish DJ-producer has reached his 1 billionth play, making him the first U.K. solo artist ever to reach that milestone. Yes, that’s right -- ahead of Adele , Amy Winehouse…

  12. Joel Embiid Sounds Off: Philadelphia 76ers Rookie Talks Nicki Minaj, Rick Ross & The Shmoney Dance

    September 08, 2014 3:39 PM EDT The NBA rookie discusses his crazy Twitter account, Rick Ross grunts, Nicki Minaj's butt and bonding over Bobby Shmurda. On June 20, six days before being selected by the Philadelphia 76ers as the third overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, Joel Embiid had two screws inserted into the…

  13. Hear Pink Go Folk in New Project You & Me With City and Colour's Dallas Green

    September 08, 2014 1:00 PM EDT Looks like She & Him won’t be the only pronoun-friendly duo folkin’ around with a new album in the coming months! File this one under “collaborations you’d never expect” -- P!nk , Billboard’s 2013 Woman of the Year -- is teaming with City & Colour’s Dallas Green to release a folk…

  14. Exclusive: Johnny Marr Drops North American Tour Dates, Talks New Solo Album ‘Playland’

    September 08, 2014 12:29 PM EDT The former Smiths guitarist also gives an update on his forthcoming autobiography. American fans will soon get a chance to watch the venerable Johnny Marr perform tracks from his forthcoming solo album, as well as some classic tracks from the Smiths and beyond. Playland , Marr’s new solo…

  15. Exclusive: Usher Taking His Time With 'UR'

    September 08, 2014 12:28 PM EDT The singer-songwriter's upcoming album will feature Chris Brown, as well as Drake, Skrillex, Ed Sheeran and more. Usher is taking back his album, UR , and "taking my time." The singer-songwriter tells Billboard that the "album isn’t scheduled anymore." UR was…

  16. Watch Tom Morello Premiere His Michael Brown Protest Song 'Marching on Ferguson'

    September 08, 2014 10:45 AM EDT Performing as the Nightwatchman , Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello premiered his Michael Brown -inspired protest song “Marching on Ferguson” on a Sept. 5 show at Los Angeles' Ford Theatre. Check out the video below to see Morello rock out the bluesy, two-minute track with his three…

  17. Ask Billboard: Summer Songs, More Taylor Swift & Remembering Survivor's Jimi Jamison

    September 07, 2014 9:05 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 HOW I DIDN'T QUITE GET …

  18. Late Kris Kross Rapper Chris Kelly to Receive Honor at Hip-Hop Gala

    September 06, 2014 1:00 PM EDT Proceeds will go to music scholarships for students at the Atlanta Institute of Music and Media. Former Kriss Kross rapper Chris Kelly will be honored at the first annual Live and Die for Hip-Hop Black Out gala. Chris Kelly of Kris Kross Died of Drug Overdose: Medical Examiner The event will…

  19. G.R.L.’s Simone Battle Dies at 25

    September 06, 2014 10:39 AM EDT Law enforcement sources reportedly say she was found hanging and the death appears to be suicide. G.R.L. member Simone Battle has died at the age of 25, Billboard has confirmed. G.R.L. Drops 'Ugly Heart' Single: Listen Battle was found in her Los Angeles home on Sept. 5. A…

  20. Inside Martin Garrix's Lights-Out Set at West Hollywood's 1OAK

    September 05, 2014 7:05 PM EDT L.A.-area club was the site of Suge Knight's shooting almost two weeks ago. There wasn't much of an introduction for Martin Garrix at 1OAK in West Hollywood on Thursday night. The 18-year-old Dutch DJ, who's considered one of EDM's most promising young stars under Scooter…

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