1. 40 Under 40: Music's Young Power Players

    September 12, 2014 8:00 AM EDT They’re young, they’re innovative, they’re disruptive. From monetizing bite-sized streams to selling out massive stadiums, these are the progressive leaders reshaping the music industry. The honorees on Billboard’s annual 40 Under 40 Power Players list were chosen by Billboard editors from…

  2. What Are Taylor Swift and Katy Perry Fighting About? 5 (Silly!) Theories!

    September 10, 2014 2:09 PM EDT Don't you think 24 is too young to be messed with? Red alert:  Taylor Swift and Katy Perry are fighting -- or, at least, shading the hell out of each other. Wednesday, the NY Post said the feud, which Swift was careful to point out was mostly professional, not personal, notes that…

  3. Meghan Trainor Tops Hot 100 With 'All About That Bass'

    September 10, 2014 1:31 PM EDT The pop newcomer's debut hit dethrones Taylor Swift's 'Shake It Off' after two weeks on top. It's all about Meghan Trainor on this week's Billboard Hot 100 , as her debut hit "All About That Bass" crowns the tally with a 2-1 climb. The positive-body…

  4. U2's 'Songs of Innocence' & 12 Other Unexpected Album Releases

    September 09, 2014 5:35 PM EDT From David Bowie to Beyonce, see who else dropped LPs without a ton of warning. Over the past half-decade, artists have dropped full-lengths with zero, or very little, advance notice, shocking their fans and setting forth some unexpected listening delights. Check out 11 instances of…

  5. The Offspring Have ‘A Couple’ of New Songs Done, Reflect on ‘Smash’ 20th Anniversary

    September 08, 2014 4:53 PM EDT “It took what was our hobby and made it our career,” guitarist Kevin “Noodles” Wasserman says of the band’s 1994 album. While it's traipsing around the country celebrating its past -- specifically the 20th anniversary of its best-selling Smash album -- the Offspring also has an eye on…

  6. Curren$y, P. Reign & Lil Bibby: Free Music Round Up

    September 05, 2014 5:45 PM EDT This week's free music includes an EP from Curren$y , who is currently sitting at No. 13 on Billboard's Trending 140 chart, a mixtape from Drake 's friend P. Reign and Lil Bibby 's follow-up to his acclaimed mixtape Free Crack . Curren$y, Saturday Night Car Tunes (EP) In…

  7. Gustavo Cerati RIP: Shakira, Zeta Bosio, Ricky Martin Pay Tribute to Legendary Rocker

    September 04, 2014 6:14 PM EDT Legendary rocker Gustavo Cerati is mourned by his musical peers. The news of the death of iconic Argentine rocker Gustavo Cerati flooded social feeds this afternoon, with many of his musical colleagues expressing their sorrow. After a stroke in 2010, the Soda Stereo front man, and revered…

  8. Hear Robyn Cover Arthur Russell's Loose Joints Disco Track 'Tell You (Today)'

    September 03, 2014 9:28 PM EDT Robyn's in good company paying tribute to the late Arthur Russell , on the upcoming covers album Master Mix: Red Hot + Arthur Russell . But even alongside Hot Chip , Sufjan Stevens , Blood Orange and José González , standing in the shadow of a musical giant, the Swedish pop singer shines…

  9. Watch Keith Urban & Jimmy Barnes Cover ‘Good Times’

    September 03, 2014 2:11 AM EDT Aussie rock legend Jimmy Barnes can do pretty well as he wants in his homeland. So, when it came to recording his 15th studio album, 30:30 Hindsight , he decided to share the love -- and the spotlight -- with some of Australia’s biggest stars of the last 20 years.  The likes of Keith Urban ,…

  10. Exclusive Premiere: Listen to Better Than Ezra's New Album 'All Together Now'

    September 02, 2014 10:35 AM EDT Frontman Kevin Griffin tells Billboard about the prank-filled recording sessions for their new album. Better Than Ezra , the New Orleans-based rock trio behind such '90s hits as “Good” and “Desperately Wanting,” are back with a new studio album, and it's streaming exclusively on…

  11. Britney Spears Addresses Boyfriend Split On Stage at Las Vegas Show

    September 01, 2014 3:33 PM EDT Britney Spears also brought Perez Hilton onto the stage during the Aug. 31 show. Britney Spears reportedly took a moment during her Piece Of Me residency show at Las Vegas’ Planet Hollywood to address her recent split with boyfriend David Lucado. Britney Spears is Single Again, Confirmed by…

  12. Hip-Hop Moves As Strong Force for Michael Brown

    August 30, 2014 2:17 PM EDT Rappers are making their voices heard in song and on the ground in Ferguson, Mo., in the wake of Michael Brown's shooting death, channeling hip-hop's earlier roots when the genre worked as a voice for the oppressed and spoke out against injustice. Op-Ed: Killer Mike on the…

  13. The MusicCares Challenge Emerges to Benefit Artists (and Show Off Great Music)

    August 29, 2014 4:08 PM EDT Last Saturday Tom DeSavia , head of creative services at Songs Music Publishing, was sick of the naysaying from detractors of the now-ubiquitous Ice Bucket Challenge which, according to Forbes , has increased donations to the ALS Association by 3,500% over last year, from $2.8 million to over…

  14. Britney Spears is Single Again, Confirmed by Rep

    August 28, 2014 8:15 PM EDT Following a tweet from Britney Spears this afternoon declaring, "Ahhhh the single life!" Spears' publicist has confirmed the "Perfume" singer and Las Vegas starlet has split with boyfriend David Lucado. "Yes, she's single," he said.   Britney Spears…

  15. SiriusXM Has Good Week in Important Legal Battle Over Pre-1972 Music

    August 28, 2014 2:25 PM EDT A judge is leaning toward rejecting jury instructions proposed by Warner, Universal and Sony. SiriusXM could be on the verge of fending off the first major challenge in an ongoing lawsuit brought by major record labels over its royalty-free broadcasting of pre-1972 music. Pitbull Given Own…

  16. 'Glee' Final Season Details Revealed

    August 27, 2014 3:19 PM EDT Who's a series regular? Why is Rachel back in Ohio? Glee 's sixth and final season premise has been revealed. According to Fox, the truncated season will again revolve around Lea Michele 's Rachel Berry, who returns to Ohio after a "humiliating failure" as a TV…

  17. Rdio Partners With Toronto Film Festival, Announces Free Ellie Goulding Show

    August 27, 2014 1:42 PM EDT Next month's  Toronto International Film Festival has an official music partner. Streaming service Rdio has announced it is setting up a music hub at the 11-day event with giveaways, a listening station and live music, starting with a free Ellie Goulding show at the iconic Massey Hall.…

  18. Brooklyn Rapper Bobby Shmurda Goes From Vine Star to Major-Label Player

    August 26, 2014 4:44 PM EDT Brooklyn rapper Bobby Shmurda’s rise has been almost as fast as the Web connections that fueled it. In March, he released his raw, homemade debut video for his aggressive breakout single “Hot N---a.” At one point in the clip, the Jamaican-American rapper tosses his hat in the air and hits his…

  19. Catey Shaw Video Premiere: Watch The 'Brooklyn Girls' Follow-Up 'Human Contact'

    August 26, 2014 12:30 PM EDT In the middle of July, Catey Shaw's "Brooklyn Girls" became (for better or worse) the talk of the Internet, as the hipster salute went viral and scooped up over 300,000 YouTube views. Her follow-up single is titled "Human Contact" and previews the aptly titled The…

  20. LL Cool J Lends a Hand For New York Schoolkids

    August 26, 2014 12:23 AM EDT LL Cool J says it is important to help out kids in need. The "NCIS" actor and hip-hop star handed out backpacks with school supplies to children in Jamaica, Queens, on Sunday. LL Cool J & Russell Simmons Visit NYC Jail He notes that a relatively small contribution can have a big…

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