1. Watch Kendrick Lamar Perform New Song 'I' Live For First Time

    October 03, 2014 3:56 PM EDT We don't have details on Kendrick Lamar 's highly-anticipated new album just yet, but the prelude continues to trickle out. On Thursday, Kendrick made a surprise appearance at "We Day Toronto" in the Air Canada Centre and performed his new song "i" live for the…

  2. ACL 2014 Weekend 2 Ticket Giveaway

    October 03, 2014 3:21 PM EDT Ready to rock? Enter to win two passes to weekend two of the Austin festival The first weekend of the 13th annual ACL Music Festival is already underway. Austin, TX once again plays host to the mammoth music festival that will draw more than more than 450,000 music fans to the Zilker Park…

  3. Our 10 Favorite 'Saturday Night Live' Songs

    October 03, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Justin Timberlake clearly had his moments, but everyone from Michael Bolton to T-Pain helped give fans catchy -- and hilarious -- songs. Maroon 5 will join Sarah Silverman on Saturday Night Live this weekend. Will the band -- or at least Adam Levine -- appear in a music-based sketch?  Fans…

  4. Check Out Kanye West Balling With an NBA Star

    October 03, 2014 9:42 AM EDT Kanye West and Kobe Bryant are just a couple veterans looking to stay on top of their game. In that spirit, they hit the court on Oct. 1 to flex their brands, pose for the camera, and maybe shoot some hoops, too. Front row seats all summer long. Excited to see the Black Mamba return to the…

  5. Sarah Silverman, Louis C.K. Laugh All the Way to Billboard's Comedy Albums Chart

    October 03, 2014 9:05 AM EDT The stars soar onto the survey with audio versions of their recent stand-up specials. Two of comedy's brightest stars (and longtime friends), Sarah Silverman and Louis C.K., soar onto Billboard's Comedy Albums chart. The former's We Are Miracles starts at No. 2 – marking her…

  6. Avicii on His Health Struggles: 'I Needed to Take a Break' (Exclusive)

    October 03, 2014 12:01 AM EDT Listen to new single 'The Days' below. If everything had gone as planned, on Sept. 29, Tim Bergling, otherwise known as 25-year-old EDM superstar Avicii , would have been making his way from a headlining gig at TomorrowWorld in Atlanta to another at Storm Festival in Shanghai.…

  7. Big Pun's Mother May be a Bank Robber

    October 02, 2014 7:05 PM EDT Late rapper Christopher " Big Pun " Rios' mother may be a repeat bank robber. A 63-year-old woman named Gail Simpson who was arrested in Miami in September after robbing a Wells Fargo is believed to be Gail Tirado, according to  online people searches  -- Big Rios'…

  8. Lip-Sync Battle Boosts Blake Shelton on Social 50 Chart

    October 02, 2014 4:19 PM EDT Blake Shelton re-enters the Social 50 chart for the first time in nearly a year due to the promotional efforts surrounding the release of his latest album, Bringing Back the Sunshine , released Sept. 30. Shelton last appeared on the chart dated Nov. 23, 2013, and steps back onto the list at…

  9. Watch Jennifer Hudson Talk 'JHUD,' Hair & EGOT Chances

    October 02, 2014 3:34 PM EDT Jennifer Hudson stopped by Billboard recently to talk about her new album, her new haircut and what awards she's planning to win next. Watch the interview below: JHUD , released Sept. 23, is currently sitting at No. 10 on the Billboard 200 . Hudson calls it "an album full of…

  10. Raul Midon Returns With 'Don't Hesitate'

    October 01, 2014 7:40 PM EDT Set includes Bill Withers co-write; cover of Who classic 'I Can See for Miles.' At one point in the insightful 2009 film Still Bill , the legendary Bill Withers is shown co-writing a song with fellow singer/songwriter/musician Raul Midón . Now the pair's collaboration is…

  11. Five Acts Who Were Snubbed for This Year's Latin Grammy Nominations

    October 01, 2014 6:05 PM EDT Rap duo Calle 13 received nine Latin Grammy nominations for their alt/rap album Multi_Viral when nominees for the nominees for the 15th annual Latin Grammy Awards were announced on Sept. 24. That Calle 13 would get tons of nods wasn't really surprising; the duo always does, and in fact…

  12. Watch: Dillon Francis Talks About Why He's 'Not Selling Out' With His Pop-Friendly Debut Album, 'Money Sucks, Friends Rule'

    October 01, 2014 5:33 PM EDT The L.A. DJ's first album straddles dance and pop, and has a laundry list of guest stars including Twista, Major Lazer and Martin Garrix. Dillon Francis ’ debut studio album is out on Oct. 27, and the Los Angeles DJ is anticipating a bit of backlash. Titled Money Sucks, Friends Rule …

  13. Kenny Rogers to Play Country Classics & Yuletide-Themed Songs on Christmas Tour

    October 01, 2014 4:18 AM EDT Kenny Rogers will bring his own brand of Christmas cheer to audiences across North America later this year. The Country Music Hall of Fame member has announced a 25-date yuletide tour, starting Nov. 12 in Niagara Falls, Ontario and wrapping Dec. 23 at Westbury, New York. Special guest…

  14. The Massive Highs and Lows of Prince's Paisley Park Live Stream Celebration

    October 01, 2014 1:31 AM EDT Prince celebrated his release of two albums Tuesday -- Art Official Age  and  PlectrumElectrum  with 3rdEyeGirl -- with a live-streaming event that night, taking viewers inside his Paisley Park estate for a tour and much anticipated concert. The one-and-a-half hour program streamed on…

  15. Exclusive: The Harvard Business School Report on Beyonce

    September 30, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Last week, Billboard reported that the Harvard Business School had taken a close look at the release of Beyonc e 's surprise, self-titled album, dropped upon an unprepared world last December. At the time of Beyonce's midnight release, Billboard covered the event in depth,…

  16. Which Superstar Is Hosting the 2014 MTV EMAs?

    September 30, 2014 9:56 AM EDT The star will also perform at the 20th anniversary of the big European show. Nicki Minaj will host the 20th anniversary edition of the MTV EMAs in Glasgow, Scotland this November. MTV made the announcement on Tuesday. Minaj, who performed at the MTV VMAs with Usher , will release her third…

  17. Neil Diamond Goes Back to High School for First-Ever Brooklyn Show: Review

    September 30, 2014 3:02 AM EDT After more than 50 years in the business, with over 100 million albums sold and a slew of hits that are heard everywhere from bars to weddings to ballparks, Neil Diamond decided it was finally time to play a concert in his native Brooklyn. And rather than perform at one of the borough'…

  18. Urban Outfitters Doesn't Sell the Most Vinyl

    September 29, 2014 3:42 PM EDT While Urban Outfitters may be telling the world that it is the world's premier seller of vinyl, record label executives tell Billboard that Amazon is the largest retailer selling the format. Reportedly, Urban Outfitters chief administrative officer Calvin Hollinger made that claim to…

  19. Private Jet? No Problem. VIP Packages for Superfans Are Big Business for Tours & Festivals

    September 29, 2014 2:54 PM EDT Since the live event business rebounded in 2010, VIP programs, which offer seats closer to the stage, meet-and-greets with the artist and, in one extreme case, a private jet to the festival grounds (see story, below), increasingly have become big business. “We’re at a point where most tours…

  20. Outkast's #ATLast Hometown Blowout Brings Erykah Badu, Bun B and More to Atlanta

    September 29, 2014 1:30 PM EDT Janelle Monae, 2 Chainz and a host of Southern rap pioneers were also guests at Outkast's 3-day homecoming concert "One for the money, yes sir, two for the show/A couple of years ago on Headland and Delowe/Was the start of something good" — Outkast, “Elevators (Me & You)”…

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