1. Male Country Singers Search For Openings In a Crowded Field

    September 23, 2014 2:16 PM EDT Much has been written in the last year about the paucity of female voices on contemporary country radio. What's gone unspoken in that debate is the density it creates for the other gender. There are so many men in the field that establishing a unique brand is a major challenge. Nine of…

  2. Luke James Talks Self-Titled Album & Reminisces on 2013 Grammy Nomination

    September 23, 2014 1:30 PM EDT In 2013, Luke James ' "I Want You" was nominated for a Grammy in the Best R&B performance category. Every one of James' fellow nominees -- Usher , Miguel , Estelle , Robert Glasper and Ledisi -- had already released albums. On top of that, Usher and Estelle had…

  3. Exclusive: 'Fantasia' Video Game Soundtrack Set for Release

    September 23, 2014 9:39 AM EDT Nile Rodgers ' Sumthing Else Music Works will release a score album to accompany the new video game based on the 1940 Disney animated classic Fantasia . Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved Original Soundtrack , featuring new performances of classical masterpieces recorded with the London…

  4. Rita Ora to Replace Kylie Minogue as Coach on U.K.'s 'The Voice'

    September 23, 2014 5:16 AM EDT Rita Ora , who has worked with such brands as Adidas, is joining the BBC's U.K. version of singing competition The Voice as the fourth coach on the upcoming fourth season. Kylie Minogue this year had filled that spot, but was widely expected not to continue on the show and quit this…

  5. Rixton Announces 'Let the Road' LP, Will Open for Ariana Grande

    September 22, 2014 5:53 PM EDT Pop-rock group Rixton has made a splash in the U.K., and now, they're aiming to conquer the other side of the pond. The four-member group announced on Twitter that their debut album will be titled Let the Road and will be released in the United States on Jan. 5. The quartet's…

  6. 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,…

  7. Apple Says iPhone 6 Sales Top 10 Million

    September 22, 2014 10:52 AM EDT Record numbers scoop up new iPhones on opening weekend; Meanwhile, Samsung eyes debut of its first Tizen-based device Apple says it sold more than 10 million iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models, a record for a new model, in the three days after the phones went on sale. A year ago, Apple Inc. said it…

  8. Watch: Arcade Fire, Bon Iver & The Strokes Members Form Supergroup for Charity

    September 21, 2014 2:30 PM EDT Members of Arcade Fire , Bon Iver and the Strokes joined forces on stage at the third annual Pop Vs. Jock charity basketball game on Saturday (Sept. 20) at the  McGill Sports Complex in Montreal. 'Funeral' Turns 10: The Untold Story of Arcade Fire's Album Art & Brooklyn…

  9. Green Day's 'American Idiot' Turns 10: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    September 20, 2014 10:00 AM EDT For Green Day , George W. Bush's administration wasn't much fun, but it did inspire a career revival most acts would (metaphorically) kill for. 2000's Warning was the punk band's most disappointing effort (both critically and commercially) since breaking…

  10. Billboard 200 Chart Moves: 'Frozen' Exits Top 10 After 39 Weeks

    September 19, 2014 9:19 PM EDT Also: Katy Perry's PRISM rebounds, U2 & the Beatles score a combined 11 charting albums. On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart, Lecrae scored his first No. 1 with Anomaly -- the only album to top both the Billboard 200 and Gospel Albums chart. It debuted with 88,000 copies…

  11. After Hitting Bottom, Scott Storch Is Taking Another Shot at the Top

    September 19, 2014 6:20 PM EDT Ten years ago, the hip-hop producer had one of the hottest streaks in music history. Then he acquired an epic cocaine habit and bankrupted himself. Now he’s mounting a modest comeback using the one resource he never completely squandered: Chutzpah. On a scorching Wednesday in Augustin…

  12. Happy Release Day! Now Watch a Dude Drop His Brand-New iPhone 6

    September 19, 2014 2:14 PM EDT "It was a bit scary." It's being called the iPhone fumble seen 'round the world.* In less than a day, millions have watched 18-year-old Jack Cooksey drop the first purchased iPhone 6 outside an Apple store in Perth, Australia. The excruciating moment occurred moments…

  13. Ariana Grande, Katy Perry, And More: Who Had The Best Social Media Moment of the Week?

    September 19, 2014 2:11 PM EDT From Ariana Grande  to  Lady Gaga , some of pop's biggest stars are the best at highlighting the goofy, serious and most WTF moments in their crazy life on social media. But it can be hard to keep track of all your favorites; that's where Billboard comes in.  Each week, we'll…

  14. Are Changes Coming to Sony and What Will They Mean for Artists Like Barbra Streisand and Adele?

    September 19, 2014 11:33 AM EDT As the Sony CEO's contract winds down, and insiders mull future leadership at the house of Adele, Barbra, Bruce and Miley, the "don't fix what's not broken belief" gains steam. Sony Entertainment's music division, which encompasses the 125-year-old Columbia…

  15. Happy Birthday, Jimmy Fallon! Watch His 5 Best 'Tonight Show' Music Moments

    September 19, 2014 9:00 AM EDT It's no secret that former Saturday Night Live star Jimmy Fallon is great at impressions. Over his years on SNL and Late Night With Jimmy Fallon , he debuted perfect musical imitations of everyone from Bruce Springsteen to Neil Young . When he wasn't imitating one of the greats,…

  16. Chris Brown Returns to Top 10 on Social 50 Chart After Two Years

    September 19, 2014 7:00 AM EDT On the Social 50 chart, Chris Brown continues his rise on the tally, climbing 22-10 to reach the chart’s top 10 for the first time since July 2012. The Social 50 ranks the most popular artists on YouTube, Vevo, Facebook, Twitter, SoundCloud, Wikipedia, Myspace and Instagram. The chart'…

  17. 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 "…

  18. Lee Brice Does No. 1 'Dance' on Top Country Albums Chart

    September 18, 2014 5:31 PM EDT Brice scores his first leader on the list. Plus, moves for Dustin Lynch, Jason Aldean, Brantley Gilbert and Easton Corbin. Singer/songwriter Lee Brice scores his first No. 1 in four tries on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart, as I Don't Dance , his third full-length album,…

  19. 'The Voice' Winner Josh Kaufman to Star in Broadway's 'Pippin'

    September 18, 2014 4:31 PM EDT The soul man makes the unprecedented move to the stage after coaching from Usher. Sure, The Voice has yet to launch a Top 40 chart-topper , but what about a Broadway star?   Josh Kaufman , the soul man who won the most recent season under Usher's wing , is set to front Pippin for a…

  20. Is It Still Possible To Enjoy Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines'?

    September 18, 2014 4:23 PM EDT One writer bravely listens to the biggest song of last summer following the latest piece of controversy, and jots down his many thoughts. (The song starts. Pharrell Williams hollers ‘E’erybody get up!’ after four beats, and the rest of the percussion kicks in at 0:03.) Oh, hey, I…

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