1. Billboard Women in Music Honoree Jessie J: Whitney Houston 'Gave Me So Much Courage to Be Loud and Bold'

    December 08, 2014 5:22 PM EST The Billboard Women in Music Powerhouse honoree talks about her girl crush on the legendary diva and the fierce female singers she admires. Jessie J started this year fearing she had already peaked. The 26-year-old British singer-songwriter's last top 10 U.S. single as a solo artist,…

  2. All About That Baste: Recipe for a Thanksgiving Soundtrack

    November 26, 2014 12:05 PM EST Never mind the meal. What's on the musical menu for Thanksgiving? Billboard has all the ingredients for a satisfying Turkey Day soundtrack. We trust that, at this point, you've planned the details of cooking your Thanksgiving dinner. (Or, perhaps smarter, that you've…

  3. Bob Dylan Plays 'Unbelievable' Show for One Superfan

    November 25, 2014 11:42 AM EST On Sunday (Nov. 23), Bob Dylan performed for just one person -- probably the smallest audience the singer has encountered since his days as Robert Zimmerman. Who was the lucky guy? Fredrik Wikingsson, a Swedish TV personality. He was told Dylan would play for him, but given the empty room,…

  4. Billboard Cover: Kenny Chesney on Bro-Country Songs That ‘Objectify the Hell Out Of’ Women, Reclaiming His Turf and Rattling His Fans’ Cages

    November 14, 2014 9:00 AM EST Let the younger bros sing about muddy pickups and babes in cutoffs. Country's legendary party starter returns to stadiums with a wised-up, grown-up new album and outlook. "It's about reclaiming your place in the world." Hatless, shoeless and dressed in loose-fitting…

  5. Jon Hopkins Talks Career Renaissance & Collaborating With Coldplay

    November 11, 2014 3:25 PM EST It's midafternoon in Berlin, and Jon Hopkins is already sound-checking. Surfacing for air from his self-described "weird maze of stuff" onstage, the lanky British producer greets me with a sheepish grin and a cordial handshake. "I hope people know where the show is,"…

  6. OK Go's Latest Video Triumph Impacts Hot Rock Songs Chart

    November 07, 2014 11:55 AM EST "We're that f---ing video band," OK Go frontman Damien Kulash said in a keynote speech at the Future of Music Policy Summit in Washington, D.C. on Oct. 27. Earlier that day, the group debuted its latest video, "I Won't Let You Down," on NBC's Today , and…

  7. Joel Whitburn, Chart Historian: On Books, Music & the 'Weekly Thrill' of Billboard (Exclusive Q&A)

    November 01, 2014 10:05 AM EDT For nearly a half-century, Whitburn and his company, Record Research, have joined Billboard as the most prominent trackers of the hits. Certain names are synonymous with Billboard charts. Elvis. The Beatles. Elton. Madonna. Mariah. More recently, Rihanna, Gaga, Adele, Katy and Taylor. …

  8. Tomorrow's Hits: Jonathan Jackson + Enation, Anna Calvi, Marwan (Soulflow)

    October 31, 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. Jonathan Jackson + Enation Jonathan Jackson, 32, has basked in the entertainment spotlight for more than 20 years: he joined ABC's General…

  9. Go-Betweens Launch ‘Grant McLennan Book Club’ Ahead of Anthology Release

    October 27, 2014 4:06 AM EDT The Go-Betweens’ classic catalog and the scholarly pursuits of its co-founder Grant McLennan will be remembered through a novel campaign. Quite literally.  The master songwriter’s lofty collection of books had been gathering dust since he passed away in May 2006 at the age of just 48. While…

  10. Animal Collective’s Panda Bear 'Meets the Grim Reaper' on New Album, Shares New Songs

    October 23, 2014 11:59 AM EDT About time for a new Animal Collective -related project, isn’t it? The unpredictable act used to release new albums almost every year, and since it’s been two years since AnCo released a new LP, it's about time for one of its members to step up to the plate. That member is Noah Lennox …

  11. Merlin to Open U.S. Office, Taps A2IM's Jim Mahoney to Lead

    October 16, 2014 8:00 AM EDT Merlin, the indie label global rights agency, has hired Jim Mahoney to open and head its U.S. office as gm. “Merlin prides itself on being a truly global operation, so to open a permanent office in the world’s largest music market was a logical step," Merlin CEO Charles Caldas said in…

  12. Jessie J on Digging Deep for Her New Album: ‘I’m Not Afraid of the Pain’

    October 10, 2014 10:58 AM EDT Jessie J is trying something new: not oversharing. On the phone from Hong Kong, where she recently wrapped a series of shows, the singer is expressing regrets about comments she made earlier this year to The Mirror about her bisexuality. ("It was a phase," she said then.) …

  13. The Beatles' Abbey Road Turns 45: Classic Track-By-Track Review

    September 26, 2014 2:45 PM EDT On Sept. 26, 1969, 45 years ago today, the Beatles ' Abbey Road entered the world and closed the recording career of rock's most celebrated band. The existence of Abbey Road is practically a miracle -- when the Beatles emerged from the Let It Be sessions, the group was fraught…

  14. Cosimo Matassa, Hall of Fame Inducted New Orleans R&B Musician, Dies at 88

    September 12, 2014 1:56 AM EDT Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Cosimo Matassa , who recorded New Orleans rock and rhythm and blues from the 1950s to the 1970s, has died. He was 88. Matassa, who had been ailing since suffering a stroke in 2009, died on Thursday, granddaughter Mia Matassa told The Associated Press.…

  15. Arctic Monkeys, Domino Records Take Home High Honors at AIM Independent Music Awards

    September 02, 2014 6:55 PM EDT At this year's Association of Independent Music's Independent Music Awards held Tuesday in London, Arctic Monkeys walked away with the Independent Album of the Year honor, while Domino Records earned the Independent Label of the Year award.  Arctic Monkeys Conquer America: Alex…

  16. MTV VMAs: Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj Open Show with a 'Bang Bang'

    August 24, 2014 9:14 PM EDT "Bang Bang" by Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj is one of the most high-profile singles of this summer, and the three ladies performed the combustible pop single for the first time ever at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards. The trio opened this year's VMAs ceremony by…

  17. London Grammar Leads Nominations for AIM Independent Awards

    August 13, 2014 9:28 AM EDT Electro-pop band London Grammar leads the pack with four nominations at the 4th annual AIM Independent Awards. The list of indie music's brightest artists and advocates was revealed at Red Bull Studios London on Wednesday with winners to be announced at an event on Sept. 2. London…

  18. MAGIC! Maintains No. 1 Perch on Hot 100; 'Bang Bang,' Meghan Trainor Soar Into Top 10

    August 06, 2014 3:14 PM EDT While "Rude" rules for a fourth week and Sam Smith's "Stay With Me" jumps to No. 2, the top 10 is shaken up by the arrival of a super-trio and a chart newcomer. "Rude's" ride atop the Billboard Hot 100 continues for a fourth week as MAGIC!'…

  19. Johnny Winter, Blues Torchbearer: An Appreciation

    July 17, 2014 2:36 PM EDT From the moment Johnny Winter made his national debut on the stage at Woodstock until his death Wednesday in Zurich, Switzerland, he played the role of blues proselytizer. Winter, who had turned 70 in February, was drawing on the same well in 2014 – early rock 'n' roll hits of the…

  20. Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj, Jessie J: Whose New Album Are You Most Excited For?

    July 01, 2014 3:58 PM EDT Vote now! On Tuesday (July 1), it was announced that Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj are combining for a new single , "Bang Bang," that is sure to be one of the high-wattage pop singles of the summer when it's released on July 29. "Bang Bang" will be the lead…

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