1. Rewinding The Charts: 35 Years Ago, Robin Williams Laughed All The Way To The Top 10

    September 15, 2014 11:05 AM EDT On this date in 1979, the comedy legend wowed with 'Reality ... What a Concept' In 1979, 27-year-old Robin Williams was comedy's darling. As the first-season finale of his smash ABC series Mork & Mindy aired, he showcased the range of his talent on an April cover of Time…

  2. This Week In Billboard Chart History: Madonna's 'Music' Tops Hot 100

    September 15, 2014 8:05 AM EDT This week in 2000, the Material Girl scored her 12th, and most recent, No. 1. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Adele, Katy Perry and Michael Jackson Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history Sept. 15, 1990 Following their…

  3. 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…

  4. Lucinda Williams Song Premiere: Hear a Cover of JJ Cale's ‘Magnolia’ From Her New Double Album

    September 12, 2014 1:02 PM EDT Lucinda Williams has raised some eyebrows by coming up with her first-ever double album, Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone , due Sept. 30. The kicker? There's more where that came from. "We recorded enough stuff for three albums, actually," Williams tells Billboard. "…

  5. Hot 100 Chart Moves: Jeremih Jumps With 'Don't Tell 'Em,' Mary Lambert Shares 'Secrets'

    September 12, 2014 12:02 PM EDT Jeremih's hit nears the top 10, while Mary Lambert makes her first visit on her own. As previously reported , Meghan Trainor takes over atop the Billboard Hot 100 with "All About That Bass." Who else is all about making moves on the chart this week? Hot 100 Chart Moves:…

  6. Christian Rapper Lecrae on Hip-Hop's 'Inconsistency' and Ferguson

    September 12, 2014 12:00 PM EDT And on the eighth day, God created air conditioning. Biblically speaking this may not be true, but on this sweltering late-August morning in Atlanta, any cool breeze feels heaven-sent. Out in the heat, 34-year-old rapper Lecrae and a six-person video crew are filming a music video for "…

  7. Robin Gibb Song Premiere: Hear ‘Days of Wine and Roses’ from His Final LP

    September 12, 2014 10:45 AM EDT Robin Gibb is gone more than two years now. But his widow, Dwina, and son R-John Gibb are making sure he didn’t go without a final word. Gibb’s 50 St. Catherine’s Drive comes out Sept. 30, featuring what was intended to be his final solo album. The 17-track set, named after the home Gibb –…

  8. Exclusive: Guy Oseary on U2's $100 Million Deal With Apple, And What's Next for the Group

    September 12, 2014 10:30 AM EDT It has been a whirlwind nine months for Guy Oseary since he took the reins of U2 ’s management after longtime manager Paul McGuinness announced his retirement last fall. That includes a Golden Globe , an Oscar nomination , a big Super Bowl campaign and the premiere of The Tonight Show in…

  9. 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…

  10. 9/11 Concert Tributes: Nine Unforgettable Performances

    September 11, 2014 10:48 AM EDT In the days and weeks following the World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, many Americans turned to music to soothe, pacify, heal, rouse and distract. It was a time when people were faced with unprecedented surges of emotion and looked, in part, to songwriters to help…

  11. UPDATE: Exclusive: Man Jailed for Posting Lyrics to Facebook Says 'It's Pretty Worrisome'

    September 10, 2014 4:10 PM EDT James Evans didn't think twice about posting song lyrics to his Facebook wall on Aug. 24, as he often does while listening to music. This time, however, the verse he chose -- "Student bodies lying dead in the halls, a blood splattered treatise of hate / Class dismissed is my…

  12. ACM Honors: Carrie Underwood Cries, Kelly Clarkson Belts It Out and More

    September 10, 2014 2:12 PM EDT The Academy of Country Music paid a visit to Music City Tuesday night for the 8 th Annual ACM Honors, an evening of special tributes to the honorees and winners of awards that are not a part of the yearly CBS awards-show telecast. Held at the Ryman Auditorium, the program’s host, Jake Owen ,…

  13. Meghan Trainor Tops Hot 100 With 'All About That Bass'

    September 10, 2014 1:31 PM EDT The pop newcomer's debut hit dethrones Taylor Swift's 'Shake It Off' after two weeks on top. It's all about Meghan Trainor on this week's Billboard Hot 100 , as her debut hit "All About That Bass" crowns the tally with a 2-1 climb. The positive-body…

  14. Why Benjamin Booker’s ‘Blues Punk’ Sound Got Him Recruited By Jack White

    September 09, 2014 6:08 PM EDT Artist on the Verge: Benjamin Booker From: Tampa, Fla. Age: 24 Soundalikes:  With a voice as smooth as a sun-dried bone and riffs ripped from a Delta blues playbook, Booker sings like  Ray LaMontagne  and shreds with the intensity of  Gary Clark Jr . Influences: Booker’s “blues punk” mixes…

  15. Queensryche Is 'Making a New Record Right Now,' Eyeing Early 2015 Releease

    September 09, 2014 4:30 PM EDT “It feels like we've been set free,” says drummer Scott Rockenfield of splitting with former singer Geoff Tate. Its lengthy and bitter legal battle with former frontman Geoff Tate ended, Queensryche is putting the throttle down on moving past the problems and getting its future in full…

  16. Exclusive: Listen to Oliver's 'Light Years Away'

    September 09, 2014 1:54 PM EDT Oliver is an electronic production duo from Los Angeles that, perhaps more than any rising DJ outfit, is poised to have an utterly explosive fall. Made up of Vaughn Oliver (U-Tern) and Oliver Goldstein (Oligee), their sound is funky, menacing, and fiercely energetic, and a cool alternative…

  17. Garth Brooks' 'People' Debuts In Country Airplay Chart's Top 20

    September 09, 2014 1:05 PM EDT The star returns with 'People Loving People,' which soars in at No. 19 Garth Brooks surges back onto Billboard 's Country Airplay chart, as "People Loving People," his first proper radio single in six years, debuts at No. 19. The country/rock track, which starts…

  18. 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…

  19. Rewinding The Charts: 25 Years Ago, New Kids On The Block Were 'Hangin' ' At No. 1

    September 09, 2014 11:05 AM EDT The Boston boy band topped the Billboard 200 and Hot 100 with its breakthrough album and the set's title cut, respectively In every era of pop music, boy bands have elicited irrepressible shrieks from adoring female fans. In the '60s, it was the Beatles. In the '70s, the…

  20. Spoon Might Take a Break for Another Divine Fits Record

    September 08, 2014 5:21 PM EDT “If that happens we're probably not going to do another Spoon record for two years,” predicts Jim Eno. he four years leading up to Spoon's new They Want My Soul was the longest gap between any of the group's eight albums and came after some dedicated time off for the band…

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