1. London Richards Talks 'Will You Wait' Single, Covering Justin Timberlake & Dream Collabos

    September 12, 2014 3:30 PM EDT At age 17, London Richards can’t vote nor drink. What he can do, however, is conquer the world of R&B, a goal which the singer has his sights set on.   Richards, who moved to the United States from London six years ago, released his debut single, "Will You Wait," on Wednesday,…

  2. 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,…

  3. 40 Under 40: Music's Young Power Players

    September 12, 2014 8:00 AM EDT They’re young, they’re innovative, they’re disruptive. From monetizing bite-sized streams to selling out massive stadiums, these are the progressive leaders reshaping the music industry. The honorees on Billboard’s annual 40 Under 40 Power Players list were chosen by Billboard editors from…

  4. Exclusive: UMG Reveals U2 Bonus Package Release Plan for Retailers

    September 11, 2014 10:07 PM EDT It’s a given that merchants would be annoyed that the new U2 album Songs Of Innocence  is being offered free to a half billion iTunes consumers for an exclusive five-week window. But in the days after the Sept. 9 announcement, those same retailers were in hot pursuit of details about what…

  5. Maroon 5 Moves to Top of Billboard Artist 100

    September 11, 2014 4:28 PM EDT The band is the biggest act in the U.S. this week, spurred by the debut of its album 'V.' Maroon 5 tops the Billboard Artist 100 for the first time, vaulting 7-1. The surge is fueled by the band's No. 1 debut atop the Billboard 200 with its fifth album, V . Maroon 5 Tops…

  6. Musicians Remember 9/11 on Social Media

    September 11, 2014 2:28 PM EDT Many musicians documented the the anniversary of  9/11 on Twitter today, offering prayers and support for the families of attack victims. Taylor Swift remembered her visit to the 9/11 memorial, and Snoop Dogg encouraged people to help "someone else 2day." See more tweets below:  …

  7. 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…

  8. Inaugural iHeartRadio Australia Fest is Canceled

    September 11, 2014 2:32 AM EDT The Miley Cyrus -headlined iHeartRadio Australia Music Festival has been canned. The event, which was scheduled to take place Oct. 18 at Sydney’s 20,000-plus capacity Allphones Arena, has been nixed after promoters said the booking of a mystery headliner fell through. “As a consequence of…

  9. U2 Album Downloads Off To Decent Start

    September 10, 2014 7:05 PM EDT Sources tell Billboard that, following Apple's press event on Sept. 9, when the company announced it was giving away U2 's new album Songs of Innocence to all 500 million iTunes account holders, the collection was downloaded about 200,000 times in the United States. A Universal…

  10. Guest Post: Dept. of Justice Consent Decree Comments Reveal Real Friends, Foes of Songwriters

    September 09, 2014 10:26 AM EDT The Department of Justice's (DOJ)  review of the ASCAP and BMI consent decrees that currently govern compensation for songwriters has several benefits. Foremost, it presents an opportunity for these decades-old decrees to be modernized for the digital era. Perhaps equally important, it…

  11. Billboard Touring Conference Panel Will Explore Venue Options

    September 08, 2014 4:19 PM EDT As competition among venues for booking live shows continues to increase, with more options for live performance to choose from than ever, the upcoming Billboard Touring Conference will feature a panel that drills down into how venue decisions are made, featuring those who make those…

  12. Ryan Adams on His New Album: It Has 'Sexuality, Trouble and a Little Bit of Danger’

    September 08, 2014 3:51 PM EDT Cynically speaking, the best Tom Petty album to come out this year may be the one by prolific singer-songwriter-guitarist-producer Ryan Adams . Full of crunchy chords, undeniable melodies and high-flying harmonies, the self-titled effort (out Sept. 9 on his own Pax Am label through Capitol’s…

  13. 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…

  14. Sam Smith Reclaims U.K. No. 1 with 'In The Lonely Hour'

    September 08, 2014 4:51 AM EDT Sam Smith’s In The Lonely Hour (Capitol/Universal) regained the top spot on the U.K. album chart, where it debuted in June, as the Official Charts Company unveiled its new sales data Sunday (Sept. 7). Lilly Wood and Robin Schulz’s “Prayer In C” (Atlantic/Warner Music) withstood the challenge…

  15. 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 …

  16. 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…

  17. Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Brad Paisley & The Ever-Elusive No. 1 Album

    September 05, 2014 8:42 PM EDT Paisley, who has yet to earn a No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, nets his fifth No. 2 set. Also: Sam Smith's 'In the Lonely Hour' sells a half-million & Ed Sheeran's new EP debuts. On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart, Ariana Grande 's My Everything debuted…

  18. Hot 100 Chart Moves: Eminem Enters With Sia Collab, Beyonce's 'Flawless' Debuts

    September 05, 2014 1:36 PM EDT The rapper bows with his newly released track featuring Sia, while Beyonce bows after her VMAs performance. Plus, moves for Tove Lo, Ed Sheeran and Usher. As previously reported, Taylor Swift spends a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Shake It Off." Who else moves…

  19. Exclusive: Sony Music Forms Disruptor With Chainsmokers Manager

    September 05, 2014 9:52 AM EDT Sony Music Entertainment CEO Doug Morris has signed a joint venture artistic development deal with the Chainsmokers ' manager Adam Alpert that will see the formation of Disruptor Management. In addition to a management firm, the new company will field Disruptor Records, an imprint that…

  20. Paisley Opens 'Trunk' At No. 1 on Top Country Albums

    September 04, 2014 5:14 PM EDT Plus: Rucker's 'Honey' sweetens Songs chart, Jason Aldean’s No. 1 reign continues & Lady A tops Airplay chart Brad Paisley  claims his eighth No. 1 on Top Country Albums (all of which have debuted at the summit), as his 10th studio set,  Moonshine in the Trunk , bows with…

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