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. 'The Voice,' 'Idol' & 'X Factor': All 26 Judges, Ranked

    September 22, 2014 2:52 PM EDT As Gwen Stefani & Pharrell Williams join 'The Voice,' we rank the coaches who came before them. Starting Monday night (Sept. 22), there are two new kids on the singing-competition block: Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams , who will make their debut as coaches on The Voice .…

  4. Watch the Replacements Cover a Michael Jackson Song at NYC Reunion Show

    September 22, 2014 12:08 PM EDT Hey! Looks like the Replacements played a new song at their Sept. 19 show at Forest Hills Stadium in Queens, NY. Well, it's “new” if the term implies a song they don’t normally play that wasn’t written by Westerberg and company. Watch The Replacements Play 'Fallon' After…

  5. News Roundup: Everything Happening This Morning

    September 22, 2014 11:30 AM EDT Nude Leaks Continue:  Two alleged nude pictures of Rihanna appeared on 4chan and Reddit  early Sunday (Sept. 21) morning . The photos appear to have been taken during a fitting, according to TMZ.  Bummer for Bowie Fans:  It's mostly been a good few weeks for fans of the Thin White Duke…

  6. Jennifer Hudson, 'JHUD': Track-by-Track Review

    September 22, 2014 11:00 AM EDT It's a difficult time for female R&B singers -- right now, Tinashe , Beyoncé and Jhené Aiko are the only three in the top 25 on the R&B/Hip-Hop charts -- and veterans face an especially tough market. Ashanti released an album earlier this year that sold 28,000 copies in its…

  7. 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…

  8. Watch Lil Wayne's Drake-Featuring Tour Video for 'Grindin''

    September 19, 2014 9:26 PM EDT Lil Wayne dropped a new video for his new Drake -assisted single "Grindin'" Friday, documenting the YMCMB duo's Drake vs. Lil Wayne tour from the audience, onstage and behind the scenes.  Drake & Lil Wayne Team Up for Big Chart Move The Tha Carter V track was…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. Chris Brown's Highs & Lows: Top 10 Career Moments

    September 19, 2014 3:25 PM EDT Since his self-titled debut album almost 10 years ago, Chris Brown has crested mountains, but he's also dipped into the deepest valleys. The last year has been tough for the 25-year old, culminating in a jail stint earlier this summer. However, the talented singer-songwriter never…

  12. Jennifer Hudson on Why She’s Not Her Son’s Favorite Singer and Her ‘Dream Role’ Playing Aretha Franklin

    September 19, 2014 10:59 AM EDT Since her star-making turn as Effie in 2006's Dreamgirls , which took her from American Idol also-ran to Academy Award winner, Jennifer Hudson has left no doubt that she could crush a big ballad. Now on her third album, JHUD (Sept. 23, RCA), the singer-actress flips the script, hitting…

  13. Ferguson Rapper Tef Poe: 'Americans Don't Tear Gas Other Americans'

    September 19, 2014 10:55 AM EDT The rapper Tef Poe -- real name Kareem Jackson -- from Ferguson, Mo., published an essay in Time this week on the events that took place after police officer Darren Wilson shot and killed Mike Brown on Aug. 9. Read the piece here. Op-Ed: Killer Mike on the Problems Underlying the Chaos in…

  14. Listen to Michael Jackson & Queen's Unreleased 'There Must Be More To Life Than This'

    September 19, 2014 10:20 AM EDT is a wonderful year indeed if it can bring fans "new" Queen and Michael Jackson music. Okay, the song isn't exactly new. "There Must Be More To Life Than This" was recorded some time around 1982/3 and wasn't released, and then Freddie Mercury  wound up…

  15. Tomorrow's Hits: Zhu, Panama Wedding & Flight Facilities

    September 19, 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. Zhu Zhu 's chill house track "Faded" (Mind of a Genius/Th3rd Brain) bullets at No. 15 on Dance/Mix Show Airplay. The song's U.S…

  16. Michael Jackson Hologram Lawsuit: Judge Dismisses False Advertising Claim Against Alki David

    September 19, 2014 12:44 AM EDT The fighting over who owns rights to resurrect deceased artists like Michael Jackson and Marilyn Monroe through holographic-like projection technology is far from over, but billionaire Alki David scored a legal success on Wednesday when he convinced a California federal judge to reject a…

  17. 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,…

  18. Led Zeppelin Aims to Send 'Stairway to Heaven' Lawsuit to Hell

    September 18, 2014 3:40 PM EDT British rockers wonder: Why Pennsylvania? It took 43 years for the heirs of songwriter Randy Craig Wolfe to sue Jimmy Page , Robert Plant and other Led Zeppelin parties for allegedly stealing the 1971 song "Stairway to Heaven," and when the lawsuit finally came, it happened in…

  19. Perry Farrell Takes a Walk Down L.A. Memory Lane Before Sunset Strip Music Fest

    September 18, 2014 3:24 PM EDT Jane's Addiction will perform 'Nothing's Shocking' in its entirety on Friday. This weekend, Jane's Addiction will be the focal point of the Sunset Strip Music Festival, a two-day long event celebrating the legendary strip's long musical heritage. On Friday…

  20. Jimmy Jam Remembers the Making of Janet Jackson's 'Rhythm Nation 1814': Exclusive Q&A

    September 18, 2014 2:25 PM EDT In 1989, as the world was going to hell, Janet Jackson was coming into her own. The pop star's ascent and the planet's downward slide intersected neatly on Rhythm Nation 1814 , a socially conscious, sonically adventurous, commercially massive album released 25 years ago…

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