1. Producer Melo-X Gives Inside Look at Beyonce & Jay Z's On the Run Tour

    September 20, 2014 4:20 PM EDT Not many have what it takes to impress Beyonce and Jay Z, except if you're Melo-X . The Brooklyn-based multimedia artist was called to produce the music featured in the interlude visual sections played throughout Beyoncé and Jay Z’s On the Run tour. Beyonce was drawn to Melo’s…

  2. iHeartRadio Fest Friday Highlights: Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj Grab Guests, J-Law Watches Coldplay

    September 20, 2014 6:11 AM EDT The hottest names in popular music once again came together for the iHeartRadio Music Festival , a spectacle that continues to create must-discuss moments in its fourth year. From rising rock artists like Bastille to hip-hop pros like Nicki Minaj , from Coldplay 's stage return to…

  3. Exclusive Premiere: Joe Bonamassa's 'Never Give All Your Heart'

    September 19, 2014 6:01 PM EDT During the past 25 years, Joe Bonamassa has established a solid reputation as a guitarist, singer, bandleader, producer and song interpreter. And on the new Different Shades of Blue , his 11th solo studio album, he stakes an even stronger claim as a songwriter. The diverse 11-song set, due…

  4. Luke James, 'Options': Live Video Premiere

    September 19, 2014 1:55 PM EDT In anticipation of his forthcoming self-titled album, Luke James premieres a live performance video of his song "Options" exclusively on Billboard Friday, Sept. 19. This is the first of a 3-part video series from the singer called "Midnight Roses: The Luke James Experience.…

  5. 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…

  6. Billboard Cover: Jason Aldean on the Curse of Nashville, 'Baby-Making Music' and Dealing With Tabloid Scandals

    September 19, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Let's get one thing clear: Jason Aldean is not your bro. "This whole bro-country thing, whoever coined that ridiculous phrase, it's about beer or trucks or whatever," says the 37-year-old singer, agitation creeping into his otherwise laconic Georgia accent as he gets…

  7. Billboard Cover Sneak Peek: 5 Things That Piss Off Jason Aldean

    September 18, 2014 7:03 PM EDT With "Burnin' It Down" sitting pretty at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and his sixth album, Old Boots, New Dirt, coming out Oct. 7, life is pretty good for Jason Aldean . But that doesn't mean the country star isn't as fired up as ever. In his new…

  8. 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,…

  9. 'Nashville' Star Connie Britton on Why Her Country Queen Character Is as 'Confused as Ever' in the Show's New Season

    September 17, 2014 6:07 PM EDT Starring on ABC's Nashville  -- which returns for its third season on Sept. 24 -- has not only given star Connie Britton an opportunity to get up close and personal with the country music world, it's also made Music City her second home.  “All of us on the cast and crew have…

  10. 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…

  11. Watch How Awkward 'Star Wars' Is Without John Williams' Score

    September 14, 2014 11:56 PM EDT Move over, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford -- the most important person involved in Star Wars: Episode IV:  A New Hope is definitely John Williams . A newly uploaded clip of the final scene of A New Hope shows the value of the film composer's vital contribution of his song …

  12. 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),…

  13. 'Gilmore Girls' on Netflix: Here Are the Show's 8 Best Musical Moments

    September 11, 2014 7:15 PM EDT With Gilmore Girls making its Netflix debut on Oct. 1, we run down the top musical moments from the series. 8. The Shins made an appearance in the season four episode "Girls in Bikinis, Boys Doin' the Twist," playing at a club in Florida, where Rory (Alexis Bledel) and Paris …

  14. CMA Noms Lift Miranda Lambert's 'Platinum' Back to No. 1

    September 11, 2014 5:45 PM EDT The set scores a sixth week at No. 1 on Top Country Albums. Plus, moves for Garth Brooks, Kenny Chesney and Frank Foster. Leading all acts with nine nominations for the 2014 CMA Awards (announced Sept. 3), Miranda Lambert flies 7-1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart with Platinum .…

  15. Ne-Yo Releases New Single 'She Knows' With Juicy J

    September 09, 2014 5:21 PM EDT A lot of today's hits are led by horns -- Jason Derulo 's "Talk Dirty," Ariana Grande 's "Problem," Taylor Swift 's "Shake It Off" -- and Ne-Yo wants in on the action. The singer-songwriter's latest song, "She Knows," centers…

  16. How Lee Brice Turned His Own Wedding Song Into a Country Smash

    September 09, 2014 12:25 PM EDT If there’s one thing Lee Brice has learned during the course of his career, it’s patience. In 2003, the country singer-songwriter-producer, who’s now 35, signed to Curb Records. But after the release of his debut album stalled, he tried a different approach: penning hits for Jason Aldean and…

  17. Watch Garth Brooks Expertly Handle an Onstage Spill

    September 09, 2014 9:50 AM EDT After turning an onstage spill into an acrobatic moment, Garth Brooks has proven he still has it. The country star is in the middle of a comeback after more than a decade away from music (for the most part), so there's understandably some rust he has to shake off. On Sept. 12, in a show…

  18. Simone Battle's Death Ruled a Suicide

    September 08, 2014 3:25 PM EDT The death of girl group singer Simone Battle was ruled a suicide by hanging, authorities said. G.R.L.'s Simone Battle Remembered by Pitbull & Simon Cowell The cause of death was determined two days after the 25-year-old Battle was found dead in her West Hollywood home, Los Angeles…

  19. G.R.L.’s Simone Battle Remembered by Pitbull, Simon Cowell

    September 06, 2014 7:27 PM EDT In the wake of the news of G.R.L.'s Simon Battle's death, many of those closest to her have expressed their sadness over her reported suicide . Everyone from her fellow G.R.L. members to music producers to fellow performers have taken to social media to react to her death. Two of…

  20. G.R.L.’s Simone Battle Dies at 25

    September 06, 2014 10:39 AM EDT Law enforcement sources reportedly say she was found hanging and the death appears to be suicide. G.R.L. member Simone Battle has died at the age of 25, Billboard has confirmed. G.R.L. Drops 'Ugly Heart' Single: Listen Battle was found in her Los Angeles home on Sept. 5. A…

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