1. IFPI Holds Conference on Global Friday Street Date While U.S. Opposition Mounts

    September 15, 2014 6:04 PM EDT While the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) is moving ahead with plans to establish a global new release street date that would see all new releases coming out on Friday, U.S. opposition to moving it from the long-established Tuesday release is mounting. In addition…

  2. Chart Highlights: Nico & Vinz Ascend To No. 1 On Adult Contemporary With 'Am I Wrong'

    September 15, 2014 5:50 PM EDT The pair is the first duo to lead the list with a debut hit since 1998. Plus, new No. 1s for Milky Chance, Dustin Lynch and more Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys listed…

  3. Yoko Ono Brings the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus to Harlem

    September 15, 2014 4:50 PM EDT "I love you and I'm so glad that I'm here today," Yoko Ono told an auditorium full of elementary schoolers, teachers, and special guests at New York City's Patrick Henry Prep this morning. The 81-year-old visited the East Harlem school along with the John Lennon…

  4. Robert Plant on What Inspires His New Band, and What He Still Finds Interesting About Led Zeppelin

    September 15, 2014 2:19 PM EDT Robert Plant has characterized the music he makes with his new backing band, The Sensational Space Shifters, as "country and eastern." It's a cheeky bit of stylistic recasting, but if anything, it doesn't go far enough in describing the wide scope of the rock legend's…

  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. Tomorrow's Hits: Kalin and Myles, Jamie Scott & Native Run

    September 12, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Each Friday, Billboard presents Tomorrow's Hits, a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Kalin and Myles Bay Area hip-pop duo Kalin and Myles inch closer to Billboard's Rhythmic airplay chart with "Love Robbery" (Republic),…

  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. Michael Jackson Immortal Tour Wraps With Eighth-Best Gross of All Time

    September 11, 2014 5:56 PM EDT Cirque du Soleil's Michael Jackson the Immortal World Tour has wrapped after its three-year run, earning the No. 8 slot on the list of the top-grossing tours of all time with $360 million, based on Billboard Boxscore. The tour played its final performance on Aug. 31 in Guadalajara,…

  9. 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…

  10. What Are Taylor Swift and Katy Perry Fighting About? 5 (Silly!) Theories!

    September 10, 2014 2:09 PM EDT Don't you think 24 is too young to be messed with? Red alert:  Taylor Swift and Katy Perry are fighting -- or, at least, shading the hell out of each other. Wednesday, the NY Post said the feud, which Swift was careful to point out was mostly professional, not personal, notes that…

  11. 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 --…

  12. Taylor Swift's Five Most Personal Lyrics

    September 09, 2014 3:30 PM EDT Your move, 'Bad Blood.' The Taylor Swift   Lyric Guessing Game for 1989 began in earnest Monday, when Swift talked to Rolling Stone about her new song "Bad Blood," which addresses an unidentified female celebrity who stabbed her in the back. The Internet zeroed in on Katy…

  13. Did Katy Perry Confirm Taylor Swift's 'Bad Blood' Song Is About Her?

    September 09, 2014 9:59 AM EDT If you're going to insult Katy Perry , expect some serious shade in return. A quick primer: Yesterday, Taylor Swift 's Rolling Stone  profile found her discussing a new song off 1989 called "Bad Blood," which is about an unnamed female celebrity who was, you know, "…

  14. The Wytches Invade The U.S. with Epic Hangovers & Couch-Surfing Strategy

    September 08, 2014 6:08 PM EDT “I ask after the loudest applause… ‘I hate to be that guy, but can we stay at your house?' says guitarist Kristian Bell. Midway through this interview with his bandmates, Wytches drummer Gianni Honey bursts through the door of Otto's Shrunken Head in lower Manhattan more than a…

  15. Joel Embiid Sounds Off: Philadelphia 76ers Rookie Talks Nicki Minaj, Rick Ross & The Shmoney Dance

    September 08, 2014 3:39 PM EDT The NBA rookie discusses his crazy Twitter account, Rick Ross grunts, Nicki Minaj's butt and bonding over Bobby Shmurda. On June 20, six days before being selected by the Philadelphia 76ers as the third overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, Joel Embiid had two screws inserted into the…

  16. Broadway's 'Newsies' Ready to Hit the Road

    September 08, 2014 2:06 AM EDT The North American tour of the Broadway hit "Newsies" is about to high-kick its way from coast to coast, led by a 22-year-old actor who'll make a triumphant homecoming in Pittsburgh just in time for Thanksgiving. Dan DeLuca will be playing leading man Jack Kelly in the Tony…

  17. The Top 5 Best Selling 'SNL' Digital Downloads of All Time

    September 05, 2014 11:30 AM EDT In the Sept. 13 issue of Billboard , readers can find an exclusive excerpt of the newly updated Saturday Night Live book Live From New York . In it, Andy Samberg , Justin Timberlake , and other key players break down two of the most iconic musical moments in the show’s history: “Lazy Sunday”…

  18. Florida Georgia Line to Perform Live on 'Nashville'

    September 05, 2014 1:49 AM EDT Country duo Florida Georgia Line is heading to Nashville. Composed of members Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard , the band will perform on the ABC musical drama's Sept. 24 premiere at 10 p.m. ET/PT, which will be presented live. Kelley and Hubbard will take the stage on separate occasions…

  19. Pretty Reckless Only Female-Fronted Band to Top Mainstream Rock With First 2 Hits

    September 04, 2014 6:04 PM EDT The Taylor Momsen-fronted group tops Mainstream Rock Songs for a second time. Plus, chart action from The New Pornographers, Hozier & Slipknot. As the Pretty Reckless ' "Messed Up World" hops 4-1 on the Mainstream Rock Songs airplay chart dated Sept. 13, the group becomes…

  20. The 10 Best NFL Fight Songs

    September 04, 2014 2:30 PM EDT Professional football finally returns on Thursday night (Sept. 4) when the Seattle Seahawks and Green Bay Packers square off in the first game of the regular season. Football season means that the weather is getting cooler, school is back in session, and of course, it's time to shout…

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