1. Run the Jewels' El-P Calls 'Meow' Kickstarter 'An Opportunity to Do Something Good in a Fun Way' (Update)

    September 17, 2014 8:31 PM EDT UPDATE: Meow the Jewels has been officially funded with only 10 days left! MEOW THE JEWELS HAS OFFICIALLY BEEN FUNDED WITH MORE THAN 10 DAYS LEFT! — el-p (@therealelp) October 15, 2014 A few days ago, Run the Jewels announced a number of just slightly ludicrous pre-order packages in…

  2. Eric Bellinger's 'Awkward' Reaches Top of Trending 140

    September 17, 2014 5:34 PM EDT On Tuesday Sept.16, Eric Bellinger debuted a new song from his upcoming mixtape, Choose Up Season , titled"Awkward." The track, which features rapper The Game , dons a smooth piano-based melody on which Bellinger's laments a failed relationship. Shortly after its release, …

  3. Don't Fear the Reaper: The 20 Best Songs About Death

    September 17, 2014 4:15 PM EDT For a group of people obsessed with immortality, pop stars sure do sing a lot about death. Maybe it's not that surprising. It's a deliciously rich topic ripe for all kinds of songs: From murder ballads and tender tributes to nihilistic hip-hop jams, there’s a killer canon of…

  4. Bogota Music Market Highlights New Platforms, Burgeoning Colombian Music Scene

    September 15, 2014 3:00 PM EDT Salsa laced with rap, rock-edged blues, Andean countryside music played with drums and electric guitars, a symphony orchestra, and a singer of folk/rock fusion whose moves overshadow Shakira 's. It was an eclectic group of performers who took the stage before an audience of more than 1…

  5. Jazz Pianist Joe Sample Dies at 75

    September 13, 2014 4:14 PM EDT Joe Sample, a jazz pianist who had a successful solo career and also performed with numerous high-profile musicians, died Friday in Houston. He was 75. The news was announced on Sample's Facebook page, although the cause of death was not mentioned. Variety had previously reported the…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. Artist Development Case Study: Brantley Gilbert

    September 11, 2014 5:47 PM EDT Trailblazing superstar-in-the-making Brantley Gilbert has taken a unique path to stardom, significantly impacting musical trends and, in effect, broadening country’s audience through his compelling blend of rock and urban influences with traditional country themes and musicality. On the…

  9. Vanessa Hudgens Is Coming to Broadway

    September 10, 2014 4:08 PM EDT Thank heaven for this girl. Vanessa Hudgens is moving from high school musicals to the big leagues. Producers announced Wednesday (Sept. 10) that the High School Musical star will take on the title role in the new production of Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe 's Gigi , which will…

  10. Linkin Park’s Joe Hahn Makes Directorial Debut with ‘Mall’: Watch An Exclusive Clip

    September 09, 2014 12:01 PM EDT Mall may be Linkin Park DJ Joe Hahn's feature film directorial debut, but he's certainly been ramping up for this since the band started. Watch an exclusive clip of Mall below: Hahn, who co-founded Linkin Park while studying at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, has…

  11. This Week In Billboard Chart History: Justin Timberlake Brings 'SexyBack' To No. 1

    September 08, 2014 8:05 AM EDT This week in 2006, JT topped the Billboard Hot 100. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Fergie, Mariah Carey and Eric Clapton Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history Sept. 8, 2007 On break from the Black Eyed…

  12. Inside Lorde's 'Hunger Games' Recording Session

    September 05, 2014 5:50 PM EDT Lorde spent her Labor Day weekend in Asbury Park, N.J., but it was a working vacation. The 17-year-old New Zealand singer recorded the first single from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 at Lakehouse Recording Studios . Could it be the artist got a referral from Asbury Park'…

  13. Exclusive: Aloe Blacc, Foster The People Lead Lineup For 'Culinary Beats' Season 2

    September 05, 2014 1:46 PM EDT Aloe Blacc , Alex & Sierra , Magic Man , Ella Henderson , Walk Off The Earth and Foster The People are indulging their kitchen ambitions as the stars of Culinary Beats , a six-part web series that returns for its second season toady (Sept. 5) on Yahoo! Screen and Citibank’s YouTube…

  14. Jeezy on Ferguson: '13-Year-Olds Holding Molotovs? That's Not Supposed to Happen'

    September 05, 2014 12:00 PM EDT On Aug. 24, rapper Jeezy , born Jay Jenkins , and five associates were arrested on felony gun charges after -authorities found an AK-47 on his tour bus. The police were investigating the death of an attendee of Jeezy and Wiz Khalifa ’s Under the Influence of Music Tour ( Eric Johnson , 38),…

  15. NFL Players Talk Music: What's On Their Pre-Game Playlists?

    September 04, 2014 5:00 PM EDT A brand new NFL season kicks off tonight, as the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks host the Super Bowl-contending Green Bay Packers in a nationally-televised game. There will be plenty of live music in and around Seattle’s CenturyLink Field -- Pharrell Williams and Soundgarden…

  16. Brothers Osborne Talk 'Rum,' Growing Up Musical & Opening for Eric Church

    September 04, 2014 4:59 PM EDT With their self-titled debut EP dropping Sept. 9 and "Rum" climbing the Billboard Country Songs chart, newcomers Brothers Osborne are sporting smiles these days. "To work so long on the music and to finally have something that people can listen to is great," T.J. Osborne…

  17. SOJA and the American Reggae Movement: D.C. Band Makes 'Noise' With Highest Debut

    September 04, 2014 1:22 PM EDT "I wanted to be Bob Marley since the first time I saw a picture of him and I still do; what I mean by that is conscious music needs to have a spotlight on it and he did that bigger than anyone who ever lived," explained Jacob Hemphill , lead singer/songwriter of the Washington D.C.…

  18. 2014 CMA Noms: Dierks Bentley & Miranda Lambert Score Big, Jason Aldean Gets Snubbed

    September 03, 2014 12:45 PM EDT Wednesday morning on Good Morning America, the nominations for the 48th Annual Country Music Association Awards were announced by Darius Rucker and Little Big Town -- and, as usual, there were a few surprises. The biggest head-scratcher of all was the omission of Jason Aldean -- who headlined…

  19. 2014 CMA Awards Nominations Revealed on 'GMA'

    September 03, 2014 8:23 AM EDT Check out the full list of CMA nominees On Wednesday morning in Times Square, Little Big Town and Darius Rucker took over ABC's Good Morning America to reveal the 2014 Country Music Association Awards nominees. As you might expect, the CMA nominees are some of the absolute biggest names…

  20. Episode, 'Hold On': Exclusive EP Premiere

    September 02, 2014 12:13 PM EDT After turning heads with singles as "Hold On," featuring Stefan Weiner , Episode debuts their EP of the same name. Episode Feat. Stefan Weiner, "Hold On" Song Premiere: Listen On the 4-song EP, the alt-pop/R&B band and production collective -- consisting of Daniel…

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