1. Decision on L.A.'s Greek Theatre Postponed

    October 09, 2014 5:36 PM EDT Rival promotions companies Live Nation and Nederlander/AEG Live, who are bidding against each other on a ten-year contract to operate L.A.'s iconic Greek Theatre will have to spend another two weeks on pins and needles. Today, the Department of Recreation and Parks, the agency that…

  2. Pop Shop Podcast: Ask The Pop Shop, Carrie Underwood, Lorde, Adele

    October 09, 2014 11:55 AM EDT Listen to the latest episode of Billboard.com's weekly audio breakdown. Welcome to the latest episode of the Billboard.com Pop Shop Podcast , Billboard's weekly half-hour audio breakdown of the Billboard charts, hottest music news and year's biggest musical events. Casual pop…

  3. Aretha Franklin Notches Milestone 100th Hit on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart

    October 08, 2014 5:26 PM EDT Aretha Franklin becomes the first female, and just the fourth artist overall, to place 100 career titles on Billboard 's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart (since it became a multi-metric ranking in 1958), as "Rolling in the Deep (The Aretha Version)" debuts at No. 47.…

  4. Lecrae Breaks New Ground as Christian Rapper, Looks to Kanye West for Inspiration

    October 07, 2014 12:01 AM EDT Lecrae is dubbed a Christian rapper, but he considers himself a rapper who happens to be Christian. The Grammy-winning artist (his album Gravity  won for best gospel album last year) is trying to avoid being boxed into one genre. "I didn't really fit in either world," said…

  5. One Direction, Lorde, Fergie & Aretha Franklin: Real-Time Twitter Chart Rewind Ep. 18

    October 03, 2014 12:42 PM EDT Welcome back to Billboard's weekly video show "Real-Time Rewind," which recaps the past week's hottest action on the new Billboard Real-Time Twitter Charts -- Trending 140 and Emerging Artists -- and the news that's driving the action. Hosted by Billboard's Joe…

  6. Aretha Franklin Dishes on Covering 'Rolling in the Deep': 'It's What Contemporary Music Needs More Of'

    October 02, 2014 1:50 PM EDT On Wednesday night, Aretha Franklin and longtime collaborator and mogul Clive Davis sat down with veteran music journalist Anthony DeCurtis at New York City's 92Y for a lengthy discussion and preview of her upcoming covers album, Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics (due out…

  7. Aretha Franklin Covers 'Rolling in the Deep' on 'Letterman'

    September 30, 2014 3:27 PM EDT If you've already heard Aretha Franklin ' s cover of  Adele 's "Rolling in the Deep," then you know why you need to watch the below performance of the legend singing it live on Monday night's  Late Show with David Letterman. For the rest of you: Prepare to fall…

  8. 'Midnight Rider' Assistant Director Charged With Involuntary Manslaughter

    September 29, 2014 6:01 PM EDT Hillary Schwartz is set to be arraigned Tuesday morning. The criminal case involving the death of Midnight Rider camera assistant Sarah Jones has been expanded to include first assistant director Hillary Schwartz . Schwartz has been charged with involuntary manslaughter and criminal…

  9. Hear Aretha Franklin Cover Adele's 'Rolling in the Deep'

    September 29, 2014 5:31 PM EDT The Queen is back, and she has her sights set on reworking one of the biggest hits of the decade. On Monday (Sept. 29), Aretha Franklin debuted her cover of Adele 's "Rolling in the Deep" on YouTube, her first single since 2011. The Queen of Soul's version is the lead…

  10. Aretha Franklin’s ‘Great Diva Classics’ Due Oct. 21

    September 28, 2014 10:21 PM EDT Aretha Franklin is showing some R-E-S-P-E-C-T to her fellow divas: The Queen of Soul will release an album Oct. 21 covering classic songs from other female singers. Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics will include songs such as Gladys Knight's "Midnight Train to Georgia,…

  11. Exclusive: Brandy Breaks Down the Songs of Her Self-Titled Debut 20 Years Later

    September 27, 2014 2:16 PM EDT Brandy gives Billboard a song-by-song breakdown of her first album, released Sept. 27, 1994. Like many of her fans 20 years later, Brandy can still remember the first time she heard her debut single “I Wanna Be Down” on the radio in the late summer of 1994. Brandy, 'Brandy' at 20:…

  12. Brandy, 'Brandy' at 20: Classic Track-by-Track Review

    September 26, 2014 1:05 PM EDT In 1994, the biggest worry in Brandy 's small world was an unrequited crush. For those of us coming of age in the mid-'90s, life was similarly low-strung. Silly boys and stupid cliques ran our conscience. But these were things that were achingly tragic to a teenager. Four months…

  13. Billboard Cover: Andre 3000 Talks Playing Jimi Hendrix, His Seven-Year Disappearing Act and Outkast’s Future

    September 26, 2014 9:00 AM EDT André Benjamin is stressed. "I am, I really am," he says. Benjamin -- André 3000 to the fans who idolize him as the visionary half of Outkast , Atlanta’s hugely influential, recently reunited hip-hop duo -- is sitting at a glass conference table at Milk Studios in Hollywood,…

  14. Billboard Cover Sneak Peek: 5 Revelations From Andre 3000 About His Career Crossroads

    September 25, 2014 5:53 PM EDT With Outkast 's reunion tour coasting along smoothly and his Jimi Hendrix biopic All Is By My Side set for a national release on Sept. 26, Andre 3000 spoke with Billboard for our new cover story. Over the course of an alternately candid and cagey interview, the bohemian rapper (born…

  15. Jennifer Hudson Introduces New Sound, Look at 'JHUD' Release Party in NYC

    September 24, 2014 12:06 AM EDT Hours before the release of her third studio album, JHUD , Jennifer Hudson greeted an audience on New York City's Gramercy Park Hotel rooftop for an intimate Q&A and listening session, hosted by Gilt City. Fans funneled into the swanky rooftop terrace for an evening with the singer…

  16. Patti Labelle’s Team Wins Cadet-Beating Lawsuit

    September 23, 2014 10:11 PM EDT A former West Point cadet has lost his multimillion-dollar lawsuit against staff members for R&B singer Patti LaBelle over a beating received while waiting outside a Houston airport terminal for a ride home. Patti LaBelle Had Bodyguard Beat Cadet, Attorney Says The federal jury in…

  17. Gladys Knight 'On Top of the World' With New Album & TV Movie

    September 19, 2014 3:47 PM EDT The singer talks gospel album, Lifetime movie, 'DWTS' and dream collaborators Missy Elliott & Kanye West. "I'm just on top of the world," says Gladys Knight . And the legendary singer has every right to be. Where My Heart Belongs -- her new gospel album on…

  18. 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…

  19. Exclusive: Clive Davis Says Aretha Franklin Is 'On Fire' on New Album of Diva Classics

    September 18, 2014 7:10 PM EDT Following news Aretha Franklin is preparing a new album for release before the end of the month with Clive Davis overseeing production, there's great anticipation over what the legendary soul singer has put together with the help of Clive Davis' oversight.  Aretha Franklin Album…

  20. Aretha Franklin Album Coming This Month

    September 17, 2014 9:59 PM EDT A rep for Clive Davis has confirmed to  Billboard a new album with Aretha Franklin will be released Sept. 30.  Aretha Franklin Feeling Fit, Ready To Impress at Ohio State Fair According to a Showbiz 411 report Wednesday the album is nearly finished, with Franklin's vocals done and…

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