1. Keith Richards on His New Gig...as a Children's Book Author

    September 12, 2014 4:00 PM EDT Rock legend Keith Richards already counts grandfathers as fans -- now 70, he's hoping to win over grandkids with his first children's book, Gus & Me (Little, Brown), an unexpected follow-up to his acclaimed 2010 tell-all autobiography, Life . Illustrated with whimsical drawings…

  2. Madonna Aiming for 2015 Album Release, 'Having a Lot of Fun' With Diplo

    September 12, 2014 1:13 PM EDT Madonna 's been hard at work on her upcoming new album -- as evidenced by her prolific posts on Instagram -- and is planning for it to be released in 2015, according to a representative. Among those she's working with is super-producer Diplo , who has turned up in multiple…

  3. The Notorious B.I.G.'s 'Ready to Die' at 20: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    September 12, 2014 12:50 PM EDT Excuse Christopher Wallace -- aka the Notorious B.I.G. and aka Biggie Smalls -- for not sounding more enthused. While recording his debut album, Ready to Die -- released 20 years ago this week, on September 13, 1994 -- the 22-year old former drug dealer had a sick mom to care for and a baby…

  4. 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),…

  5. Artist Development Case Study: Brantley Gilbert

    September 11, 2014 5:47 PM EDT Trailblazing superstar-in-the-making Brantley Gilbert has taken a unique path to stardom, significantly impacting musical trends and, in effect, broadening country’s audience through his compelling blend of rock and urban influences with traditional country themes and musicality. On the…

  6. 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 .…

  7. 10. Chief Keef: 21 Under 21 (2014)

    September 11, 2014 12:39 PM EDT Under 21 Main Page Birthdate: Aug. 15, 1995 (Age: 19) Last Year's Rank: 12 Why He's Hot: After Kanye West remixed his single "I Don't Like" in 2012, many wondered if Chief Keef was a one-hit wonder. But the Chicago rapper (real name Keith Cozart) has proved his…

  8. Pop Shop Podcast: U2 Returns, Nick & Knight Interview, Meghan Trainor Hits No. 1 & More

    September 11, 2014 10:56 AM EDT Listen to the latest episode of Billboard.com's weekly charts 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.…

  9. Lecrae vs. Jhene Aiko for No. 1 on Next Week's Billboard 200

    September 10, 2014 8:53 PM EDT Rapper Lecrae is battling R&B singer Jhene Aiko for the top slot on the albums chart. Grammy-winning rapper Lecrae and rising R&B star Jhene Aiko are both on course for the No. 1 position on next week's Billboard 200 chart. Jhene Aiko's 'Souled Out': Track-by-Track…

  10. U2 Album Downloads Off To Decent Start

    September 10, 2014 7:05 PM EDT Sources tell Billboard that, following Apple's press event on Sept. 9, when the company announced it was giving away U2 's new album Songs of Innocence to all 500 million iTunes account holders, the collection was downloaded about 200,000 times in the United States. A Universal…

  11. One Direction's Free 'Fireproof' Scores 1.1 Million Downloads

    September 10, 2014 6:23 PM EDT When One Direction announced the title and release date of their fourth album, FOUR (due Nov. 17 on SYCO/Columbia Records), they did so with a twist. To celebrate the occasion on Monday, the pop group gifted their fans with a free download song, "Fireproof," from the upcoming album.…

  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. Maroon 5 Tops Billboard 200 With 'V'

    September 10, 2014 11:00 AM EDT 0 Jeezy starts at No. 2 on the chart, while Bob Marley earns his highest-charting album ever. Pop band Maroon 5 nabs its second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, as its fifth studio release -- appropriately named V -- debuts atop the list. It sold 164,000 copies in the week…

  14. Watch The Replacements Play 'Fallon' After Three-Decade NBC Ban

    September 10, 2014 10:13 AM EDT Twenty eight years ago, the Replacements drunkenly stumbled through one of the worst musical performances in SNL history (at least from NBC’s perspective) and were famously banned from ever playing 30 Rock again. Well, Lorne Michaels be damned -- the ‘Mats returned to NBC on Sept. 9 for a…

  15. U2's 'Songs of Innocence' Not Eligible For Next Grammys

    September 09, 2014 7:54 PM EDT The iTunes-exclusive album's 'commercial' release date misses the 57th Grammy Awards' Sept. 30 eligibility period deadline. Despite the introduction at Tuesday's iPhone unveiling as the most Grammy Award-winning band in history, U2 's surprise album Songs of…

  16. U2's 'Songs' Arrives, But Giveaway Model Will Push Back Its Billboard 200 Debut

    September 09, 2014 6:57 PM EDT While U2 surprised the music world by releasing its new album, Songs of Innocence , today as a free download to iTunes Store account holders and for streaming on Beats Music, you won't see it on the Billboard 200 albums chart for another month and a half. U2's Surprise '…

  17. NBC's 'Peter Pan' Casts Tony Nominee as Mrs. Darling

    September 09, 2014 5:56 PM EDT Kelli O'Hara joins Allison Williams in live TV event. NBC has found Peter Pan Live 's Mrs. Darling. Five-time Tony nominee Kelli O'Hara has been tapped to play the wife to George Darling and the mother to Wendy, John and Michael, the network announced Tuesday (Sept. 9). First…

  18. Dustin Lynch Talks New Album 'Where It's At,' Career Tips From Garth Brooks

    September 09, 2014 5:45 PM EDT With his second album Where It's At dropping this week, Dustin Lynch admits he was worried about the sophomore slump -- at least, until he started writing songs for his new album. "For me, this album was easy to make. I was always afraid of album two because you always hear about…

  19. Ashley Tisdale Marries Christopher French

    September 09, 2014 3:22 PM EDT Ashley Tisdale, best known as Sharpay in the  High School Musical  franchise, got married on Monday.  The actress married Christopher French (the lead singer of  Annie Automatic ) after less than two years of dating. Tisdale's  High School Musical  co-star Vanessa Hudgens was among the…

  20. Keith Richards On Writing, Jetlag & His Next Solo Project

    September 09, 2014 12:05 AM EDT There's one person who knew Keith Richards would become Keith Richards: his grandfather. The Rolling Stone  member said Augustus Theodore Dupree introduced him to the guitar and taught him about music as a child growing up in England. "I think in a way he sort of had plans for me I…

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