1. An Emotional Beyonce, Jay Z End Tour In Paris

    September 13, 2014 9:40 PM EDT PARIS (AP) -- An emotional Beyonce was in tears as she and husband Jay Z wrapped up their "On the Run" stadium tour Saturday night in Paris, where the duo said they got engaged years ago. The performers told the audience at Stade de France that Paris was also where their 2-year-old…

  2. Does Ellie Goulding Have Royal Baby Fever?

    September 13, 2014 6:39 PM EDT Ellie Goulding's next gig just might turn into a royal affair. Just days after Prince William and Kate Middleton announced they are going to be parents again, Goulding opened up about the news. "I sent my congratulations already because I'm friends with Harry," she told Us…

  3. Hear Miley Cyrus' Gritty Cover of Led Zeppelin’s ‘Babe I’m Gonna Leave You’

    September 13, 2014 11:44 AM EDT Miley Cyrus continues to explore her inner rock star. Miley Cyrus Covers Beatles' 'Lucy In the Sky' at Billboard Music Awards After teaming with the Flaming Lips for a cover of the Beatles ’ “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds” at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards, the pop singer has…

  4. Ask Billboard: It's All About Women In The Hot 100's Top Five

    September 12, 2014 6:30 PM EDT Women control the chart's top five this week, led by Meghan Trainor's 'All About That Bass.' How uncommon is a top-five male lockout? As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your…

  5. Sir Mix-A-Lot on Nicki Minaj's 'Anaconda,' Booty Fever & New Music

    September 12, 2014 4:15 PM EDT Sir Mix-A-Lot didn't think he'd still be talking about his classic hit "Baby Got Back" decades after its release. Since the anthem impacted back in 1992, the 51-year old rapper has become the godfather of booty records, which have recently made a mainstream comeback thanks…

  6. Arcade Fire's 'Funeral' Turns 10: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    September 12, 2014 1:11 PM EDT Arcade Fire's sprawling set-up is like a small community onstage, but at its core, the band is the songwriting duo of husband and wife Win Butler and Régine Chassagne . Both lost a grandparent during the recording of their debut album, and the theme of death dominates Funeral , released…

  7. The Notorious B.I.G.'s 'Ready to Die' at 20: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    September 12, 2014 12:50 PM EDT Excuse Christopher Wallace -- aka the Notorious B.I.G. and aka Biggie Smalls -- for not sounding more enthused. While recording his debut album, Ready to Die -- released 20 years ago this week, on September 13, 1994 -- the 22-year old former drug dealer had a sick mom to care for and a baby…

  8. Ladies First: Meghan Trainor & 20 Females Who Topped the Hot 100 With Their First Entry

    September 12, 2014 10:20 AM EDT Lorde, Fergie, Mariah Carey and more: these ladies took their first Hot 100 hits all the way to the top. On this week’s Hot 100 chart , Meghan Trainor ’s “All About That Bass” climbs to No. 1 in its ninth week on the chart , giving the 20-year-old her first No. 1 single on the chart with her…

  9. Billboard Cover: 'The Voice' Hasn't Created an Actual Star — But Is Making Bigger Stars of Its Judges

    September 12, 2014 9:30 AM EDT "The girl’s on time, right?" says Gwen Stefani to Blake Shelton . The 44-year-old No Doubt singer looks femme fatale-radiant in a black-and-white polka dot Saint Laurent blouse. "Well, you’re not the biggest girl here," Blake Shelton, 38, dead-pans in his Oklahoma drawl,…

  10. The 20 Best Songs About Friendships -- Good, Bad and With Benefits

    September 11, 2014 2:00 PM EDT Friendship is a complicated thing. It can save your life -- like when a good buddy gets you through a bad breakup -- or it can drive you absolutely nuts. After all, some friends lie and let you down, and if they’re not secretly plotting your demise, they might be harboring romantic feelings…

  11. Paging 2004: Hilary Duff Comments on Aaron Carter's Attempts To Win Her Back

    September 11, 2014 1:04 PM EDT Why not? As a crew of back-up singers once sang : "Aaron, oh Aaron, What are we going to do with you?" For millennials who spent their pre-teen years watching Lizzie McGuire , teen pop star Aaron Carter and Hilary Duff were a match made in early-aughts heaven -- or at least a…

  12. Karen O Brings ‘Crush Songs’ to Life at New York's Manderley Bar

    September 11, 2014 12:43 PM EDT A neon sign shone through the smoke-filled haze of the Manderley Bar at the McKittrick Hotel, where a small standing crowd, with smartphones at the ready, awaited the evening’s headliner, Karen O . Crush Palace, the heart-shaped sign read, a nod to Karen O’s first solo album, Crush Songs ,…

  13. 9/11 Concert Tributes: Nine Unforgettable Performances

    September 11, 2014 10:48 AM EDT In the days and weeks following the World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, many Americans turned to music to soothe, pacify, heal, rouse and distract. It was a time when people were faced with unprecedented surges of emotion and looked, in part, to songwriters to help…

  14. Seth MacFarlane Announces Release Date for 'Holiday For Swing'

    September 11, 2014 10:00 AM EDT It's time for the holidays for Ted, or rather, Seth MacFarlane . MacFarlane announced today that his holiday album, Holiday for Swing , will drop Sept. 30. This follows his 2011 debut, Music Is Better Than Words , and a 2013 Oscar Nomination for co-writing "Everybody Needs a Best…

  15. Get Ready for a Simpsons Music Marathon

    September 10, 2014 5:21 PM EDT Not even two weeks after FXX wrapped its record-breaking Every Simpsons Ever Marathon, the fledging network is heading back to Springfield's well with a music-themed Simpsons marathon. No, they're not spotlighting the series' diverse music guest roster -- although if you'…

  16. Taylor Swift vs. Katy Perry: Our Fake Diss Tracks

    September 10, 2014 3:55 PM EDT We re-imagined Taylor’s “Shake It Off” and Katy’s “This Is How We Do” as personal takedowns — read the custom diss track lyrics. By all accounts, a storm is brewing between pop superstars Taylor Swift and Katy Perry . In a new interview with Rolling Stone , Swift calls out an unnamed…

  17. Nicki Minaj Reveals 'The Pinkprint' Album Release Date

    September 10, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Nicki Minaj has set a date for her highly anticipated album, The Pinkprint . Her forthcoming third studio album will be released on Nov. 24. She took to Twitter on Tuesday night to announce the release date. 11.24 The Pinkprint — Anaconda (@NICKIMINAJ) September 10, 2014 The announcement…

  18. Neil Finn On Songwriters' Struggle, Learning to Dance & Miley Cyrus' Brand of Feminism

    September 10, 2014 5:47 AM EDT Submit to the struggle, to existential crisis. And make sure to put in the hours. Those are some of Neil Finn’s tips for tackling the songwriting process. Finn shared sound advice and took his standing-room audience on a trip through his earliest musical years during a keynote conversation…

  19. U2's Surprise 'Songs of Innocence': Album Review

    September 09, 2014 5:52 PM EDT Had Apple not been readying the launch of its new iPhone 6, U2 might have had to invent the thing itself. In a bold move only this band could pull off, Bono and the gang hijacked the tech giant's Sept. 9 unveiling and announced the release -- free to all 500 million iTunes users --…

  20. U2's 'Songs of Innocence' & 12 Other Unexpected Album Releases

    September 09, 2014 5:35 PM EDT From David Bowie to Beyonce, see who else dropped LPs without a ton of warning. Over the past half-decade, artists have dropped full-lengths with zero, or very little, advance notice, shocking their fans and setting forth some unexpected listening delights. Check out 11 instances of…

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