1. Chart Highlights: Meghan Trainor Tops Pop Songs With 'All About That Bass'

    September 22, 2014 5:15 PM EDT Her debut smash is the chart's record-tying fifth consecutive leader by a rookie act. Plus, new No. 1s for Iggy Azalea, Trey Songz, Tito 'El Bambino' & more. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs,…

  2. The Country Rebel-Meter: From Mild (Blake Shelton!) to Wild (Yes, You, Jason Aldean)

    September 22, 2014 3:53 PM EDT For decades, country music has been defined by two opposite camps. On one side, there's a wholesome, clean-cut crew that toe the Nashville line. On the other end of the spectrum, there's an edgier group that sees themselves as outsiders rebelling against a restrictive system. Both…

  3. U2's The Edge Given Permission to Build Five Malibu Homes

    September 20, 2014 3:52 PM EDT The musician has been trying to obtain the permits since 2006. U2 guitarist The Edge has been granted permission by the California Coastal Commission to build five homes on the Malibu coast. U2: When Art Becomes the Ad (Guest Column) Report: Apple and U2 to Debut New Music File…

  4. Jamie Foxx Sued Over New 2 Chainz-Featuring Song, 'Party Ain't a Party'

    September 19, 2014 9:46 PM EDT According to a Florida lawsuit, his "Party Ain't a Party" lyrics are identical to ones sung by another artist Less than a week after Jamie Foxx released his first new song in four years, the Oscar winning actor and musician is being dragged into court over the release. The…

  5. Where to Live Stream the iHeart Radio Music Festival This Weekend

    September 19, 2014 6:30 PM EDT Taylor Swift ,  Ed Sheeran   and Nicki Minaj are all headed to Las Vegas this weekend for the iHeartRadio Music Festival. But you don't have to travel to Sin City to catch the show, it's available for live stream online.  iHeartRadio Fest Preview: Producers Discuss Whether EDM…

  6. Big & Rich Look Back on 10 Years as They Go Indie for New Album 'Gravity'

    September 19, 2014 6:10 PM EDT has been a year of renewed energy for Big & Rich . As their current single, "Look At You," sits at No. 20 on the Hot Country Songs chart , they're not only gearing up for the release of their fifth studio album, Gravity -- they're looking back on 10 years of Big…

  7. Katy Perry's Prismatic Tour Doing Big Business

    September 19, 2014 5:29 PM EDT Katy Perry takes her Prismatic World Tour to No. 1 on Billboard's weekly Hot Tours recap with $31 million in ticket sales from the tour's North American leg that began in June. The tally includes concerts that occurred in a two-month span beginning on July 15. Katy Perry, Ariana…

  8. Record Store Day's Don VanCleave Joins Nashville-Based Tech Think Tank

    September 19, 2014 12:04 PM EDT Record Store Day co-founder Don VanCleave has joined FLO {thinkery} , a Nashville-based group that helps artists and entertainers dream up new companies at the intersection of music and technology. VanCleave's role will be to work with other senior executive advisors on new ideas, said…

  9. Ole-Bluestone Announces Co-Publishing Deals with Ok Mayday, David Bratton, Others

    September 19, 2014 6:30 AM EDT The joint venture music publishing company formed by Timbaland and ole is on the move with a bunch of co-publishing signings: alternative rock band  Ok Mayday ; gospel songwriter David Bratton ; hip-hop/R&B producer/songwriter Maurice "Velly" Conway ; and rapper Justin "…

  10. Watch Eric Prydz Talk 'Epic 3.0' & Playing Madison Square Garden at All Costs

    September 18, 2014 6:25 PM EDT Eric Prydz is losing money on his upcoming show at New York's Madison Square Garden on Sept. 27. But the Swedish producer swears it's worth it.  Eric Prydz Brings Epic Show to NYC in 2013: Review "Madison Square Garden is career-defining," he said. "And it's a…

  11. Jhene Aiko Shines at No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

    September 18, 2014 5:53 PM EDT Jhene Aiko crowns Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with her first full-length set  Souled Out , selling 70,000 units in its opening week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The R&B songstress emerged in 2013 on the chart with  Sail Out , a seven-song EP that debuted at No. 2 (with 34,000 copies)…

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

    September 17, 2014 8:31 PM EDT A few days ago, Run the Jewels announced a number of just slightly ludicrous pre-order packages in support of their forthcoming LP, Run the Jewels 2 . To name a few:  "I'm on the F---ing List, Asshole"  ($7,500) allows you entry plus one to up to 10 RTJ shows, "The Self…

  13. 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, …

  14. 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…

  15. Rihanna Song Pulled From Thursday Night Football For Good

    September 16, 2014 3:58 PM EDT Jay Z's 'Run This Town,' featuring Rihanna, was cut last week due to the Ray Rice controversy, leading to angry tweets from the singer. UPDATE: Roc Nation released a statement to Billboard on Tuesday indicating that "Run This Town" was pulled by the label, not by CBS.…

  16. 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…

  17. iHeartRadio Fest Preview: Producers Discuss Whether EDM Will Get Its Own Weekend

    September 15, 2014 12:56 PM EDT Note: This article was conducted prior to Clear Channel's corporate renaming to iHeartMedia , which was announced earlier today (Sept. 16). It's less than 10 days until the fourth iHeartRadio Festival hits the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, and Clear Channel -- now…

  18. Kim Dotcom, Pushing His 'Internet Mana' Party, Brings Snowden But Lacks Bombshell at 'Moment of Truth'

    September 15, 2014 11:16 AM EDT Kim Dotcom , founder of the shuttered MegaUpload and (currently) still-extant Mega file hosting services, assembled Edward Snowden and Julian Assange for his hyped "Moment of Truth" event on Monday, where a discussion about government mass surveillance in New Zealand was…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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