1. Tim McGraw's 'Sundown' Shines at No. 1 on Top Country Albums

    September 25, 2014 4:21 PM EDT Tim McGraw fortifies his No. 2 standing on the list of artists with the most Nielsen SoundScan-era No. 1s on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart, as he collects his 15th leader with Sundown Heaven Town . The new set arrives with 71,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. McGraw is…

  2. 'Peter Pan': See Christopher Walken as Captain Hook

    September 24, 2014 6:33 PM EDT What has NBC done to Christopher Walken 's Captain Hook ? 'Girls' Goes Neverland: What Allison Williams' 'Peter Pan' Will Look Like Peter Pan Live! executive producer Neil Meron posted a first-look photo of Walken on set as Captain Hook, and the Oscar winner…

  3. 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…

  4. Chart Highlights: Meghan Trainor Tops Pop Songs With 'All About That Bass'

    September 22, 2014 5:15 PM EDT Her debut smash is the chart's record-tying fifth consecutive leader by a rookie act. Plus, new No. 1s for Iggy Azalea, Trey Songz, Tito 'El Bambino' & more. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top…

  5. '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 .…

  6. Meghan Trainor: ‘I Don’t Consider Myself a Feminist’

    September 22, 2014 1:10 PM EDT How Meghan Trainor, an “insecure, straight-up tomboy,” took her self-acceptance message to No. 1 Nestled on the northwest coast of Nantucket Island is an unassuming boutique named Jewel of the Isle that has been experiencing a business boom of late. Owners Gary and Kelli Trainor's…

  7. 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…

  8. The Script Beats Barbra Streisand To U.K. No. 1

    September 22, 2014 4:48 AM EDT Dublin pop-rock trio the Script have made it three U.K. No. 1s from four albums, after their new set No Sound Without Silence debuted at the top yesterday (Sept. 21). On the singles chart, British drum ‘n’ bass duo Sigma achieved their second No. 1 single with “Changing” (3 Beat/All Around…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. Ole-Bluestone Announces Co-Publishing Deals with Ok Mayday, David Bratton, Others

    September 19, 2014 6:30 AM EDT The joint venture music publishing company formed by Timbaland and ole is on the move with a bunch of co-publishing signings: alternative rock band  Ok Mayday ; gospel songwriter David Bratton ; hip-hop/R&B producer/songwriter Maurice "Velly" Conway ; and rapper Justin "…

  12. Is It Still Possible To Enjoy Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines'?

    September 18, 2014 4:23 PM EDT One writer bravely listens to the biggest song of last summer following the latest piece of controversy, and jots down his many thoughts. (The song starts. Pharrell Williams hollers ‘E’erybody get up!’ after four beats, and the rest of the percussion kicks in at 0:03.) Oh, hey, I…

  13. 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…

  14. Iggy Azalea Sues Ex-Boyfriend for Releasing Early Music, Forging Contract

    September 17, 2014 6:00 PM EDT The pop superstar claims that the guy who has come forward with a purported sex tape copied the contents of her computer when they were living together. Being a celebrity isn't always a pleasant experience. One issue that arises is how to deal with acquaintances who predate the fame.…

  15. Ty Bates Talks Self-Titled EP, Classic Country...and 'Saved by the Bell'

    September 17, 2014 5:29 PM EDT Country newcomer Ty Bates says that on the road with his band and crew, some very interesting conversations come up. "We are on the road a lot, so we talk about a lot of different topics. I think Saved by the Bell came up last week, along with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles ," the…

  16. Meghan Trainor Leads Hot 100's All-Female Top Five For Second Week

    September 17, 2014 2:10 PM EDT 0 For a second straight week, women shut out men in the top five, led by Trainor's debut hit 'All About That Bass.' It's all about women in the Billboard Hot 100 's top five again, as Meghan Trainor 's "All About That Bass" heads up an all…

  17. Paul Kelly Awarded Doctorate From Australian University

    September 17, 2014 5:37 AM EDT Legendary Australian singer songwriter Paul Kelly has received an honorary doctorate from the University of Adelaide for his contribution to the country’s music culture.  Kelly, who was awarded a Doctor of Arts during a ceremony on Tuesday, was also acknowledged for his "…

  18. Before Stage Fall, August Alsina Commands Crowd in NYC

    September 16, 2014 3:44 PM EDT While performing his song "Numb" at New York's Irving Plaza on Monday night, August Alsina tottered and fell of the edge of the stage . The band might've thought it was an accident, because they kept playing for a minute. After some confusion, the DJ came back on to play a…

  19. Remember When... Destiny's Child (With Solange!) Performed the 'Proud Family' Theme Song?

    September 16, 2014 2:11 PM EDT Is Beyonce pregnant? It's really one of the big questions of Our Time, or at least this On The Run-heavy week. First there were rumors Jay Z allegedly dropped a clue and said "pregnant with another one" in concert, but then Beyonce posted some photos of her drinking champagne,…

  20. Robert Christgau: Iggy Azalea's 'New Classic' Is Plenty Authentic -- and Damn Good to Boot

    September 16, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Iggy Azalea 'New Classic' Review, Robert Christgau I come not to remind you, in case it's somehow slipped your mind, that Australian-born rapper Iggy Azalea is the first artist to place his, her or their first Hot 100 singles at Nos. 1 and 2 simultaneously since the damn…

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