1. Train's Pat Monahan: I Sell My Billboard 'Plaques on eBay' for Money to Buy Vintage Cars

    October 23, 2014 5:00 PM EDT Train 's Pat Monahan is not too sentimental about his Billboard chart history. "I sell all my plaques and awards on eBay and buy vintage cars," he jokes. Hot 100 Firsts:  Jennifer Hudson  |  Iggy Azalea  |  Train  |  Hilary Duff  |  5 Seconds of Summer  |  Artists Remember…

  2. 5 Seconds of Summer: 'Can We Make the Billboard Charts Into Pie Charts?'

    October 23, 2014 5:00 PM EDT Seconds of Summer have no problem remembering when they first showed up on the Billboard charts: their first hit, "She Looks So Perfect," came out earlier this year. The song spent 20 weeks on the Hot 100 and peaked at No. 24. The band still seems slightly shocked about the…

  3. Billboard's New Hot 100 Online Look: More Informative, Interactive & Intuitive

    October 23, 2014 2:21 PM EDT Today, Billboard is excited to unveil the revamped online look for the Billboard Hot 100 , the most-referenced music chart on the planet. With an improved layout and more intuitive functionality, the Hot 100 is more engaging than even before. Check Out the Revamped Hot 100 The new Hot 100…

  4. Iggy Azalea Brings Big Boasts On New Song 'Iggy SZN'

    October 23, 2014 12:29 PM EDT Iggy Azalea keeps the momentum going with the re-release of her debut, The New Classic , titled Re-Classified , to be released Nov. 24, will feature five new songs, including her upcoming single, "Beg For It," featuring Mø , new collaborations with Ellie Goulding ("Heavy…

  5. Rascal Flatts Playing NFL Pre-Game Show to Promote Carnival Cruise Lines Concert Series

    October 18, 2014 3:14 PM EDT Look for Rascal Flatts to entertain Dallas Cowboys fans at AT&T Stadium Sunday (Oct. 19) in a special pre-game Carnival Live concert before the Cowboys take on the New York Giants. Martina McBride Dazzles with Hits, R&B Standards During Carnival Cruise Concert Series Carnival has…

  6. MLB Playoffs: All the Intro Songs Revealed

    October 15, 2014 4:15 PM EDT What are players rocking when they step to the plate? There’s a lot more than organ music at baseball games these days. Unless we’re talking Chicago’s Wrigley Field (the only stadium that sticks to the classic organ sounds), every MLB player has the opportunity to step to the plate with his…

  7. Chris Brown & Beyonce Lead Soul Train Award Nominations

    October 13, 2014 3:56 PM EDT Team Breezy will be very happy about this. Chris Brown leads with seven nominations for the 2014 Soul Train Awards. Brown is followed by six nods for Beyonce and five for Pharrell . Hosted by Wendy Williams , this year’s show will take place at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas on Nov. 7 and…

  8. Exclusive: Bethany Mota Premieres 'Need You Right Now' Lyric Video

    October 13, 2014 3:00 PM EDT Bethany Mota, the 18-year-old YouTube beauty and lifestyle sensation from California, has released her first single “Need You Right Now” featuring Mike Tompkins. Following its midnight release on iTunes, Mota is premiering the track’s official lyric video exclusively on Billboard.com: “Need…

  9. Gorgon City, BJ the Chicago Kid & Gregory Porter: Billboard Twitter Emerging Picks of the Week

    October 10, 2014 6:38 PM EDT Heading into autumn, Billboard brings you three tracks from our Billboard + Twitter Emerging Artists chart with one theme in mind: feeling good. Whether an inspiring DJ-backed beat, a slow R&B groove, or a lively jazz tune, this week's selections are certain to relax and enliven.…

  10. Ciara Is Back in the Studio

    October 08, 2014 7:43 AM EDT Thanks to a new Instagram post, we now know Ciara is back in the studio , likely working on her follow-up to her 2013 self-titled album. In the photo, CiCi is hanging with producer Polow da Don, who did Ciara's " Promise ," one of her biggest singles, back in 2006. Polow da…

  11. Why Big Artists Are Banking on Year-End Covers Albums

    October 07, 2014 2:53 PM EDT Aretha, Streisand, Manilow and more are banking on old favorites this holiday season. On deck for the fourth quarter: a virtual avalanche of all-covers albums. From the divas (see chart, below) to the showmen ( Barry Manilow ’s My Dream Duets , out Sept. 16), rock radio vets ( Bryan Adams ’…

  12. Lupe Fiasco-Produced Sports Doc 'Little Ballers' to Air in November

    October 06, 2014 11:50 PM EDT Nickelodeon has set an airdate for Little Ballers . The sports documentary -- centering on a group of 11-year-old basketball players in New York City's Amateur Athletic Union, an inner-city springboard for potential NBA talent -- will air on Nicktoons on Nov. 26 at 9 p.m., during the…

  13. Gorgon City & LIV Cover Drake's 'Doing It Wrong': Exclusive Premiere

    October 06, 2014 7:20 PM EDT With their debut album Sirens set to drop this week, U.K. house duo Gorgon City decided to lend their talents to one of Drake 's more underappreciated tunes. Reinterpreted through Gorgon City's smooth and soulful studio lens, "Doing It Wrong" takes on new life with a…

  14. Exclusive: 'Pop Nation' Musical Celebrates '90s Boy Bands & Bubblegum Divas

    October 06, 2014 6:18 PM EDT If you've ever had a long argument about which band was better,  Backstreet Boys  or *NSYNC ,  Pop Nation  is your theatrical experience. The new show, merging music, theater and the nightclub experience, will begin performances at Hudson in New York City on Nov. 14.  Pop Nation …

  15. Jennifer Hudson Jumps Onto Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

    October 02, 2014 5:35 PM EDT Jennifer Hudson returns to Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with 'JHud'; meanwhile, Kendrick Lamar scores his highest debut on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs with 'i.' Jennifer Hudson debuts at No. 2 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with her third album  JHud  (24,000 copies sold in…

  16. Watch Jennifer Hudson Talk 'JHUD,' Hair & EGOT Chances

    October 02, 2014 3:34 PM EDT Jennifer Hudson stopped by Billboard recently to talk about her new album, her new haircut and what awards she's planning to win next. Watch the interview below: JHUD , released Sept. 23, is currently sitting at No. 10 on the Billboard 200 . Hudson calls it "an album full of…

  17. SXSW Probably Isn't Going Anywhere – But Big Changes Loom

    October 02, 2014 2:17 PM EDT A new report suggests implementing "clean zones," a way to control the massive crowds by restricting areas of the fest's downtown footprint. Updated, 3:10pm ET : SXSW's official statement on the report can be found in full at the bottom of this article. A new report,…

  18. 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…

  19. Pop Shop Podcast: Tove Lo on ‘Habits’ Hot 100 Run, Katy Perry’s Dancing & Refusing To Censor Lyrics

    October 02, 2014 10:55 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. Casual…

  20. Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga's 'Cheek To Cheek' Debuts at No. 1

    October 01, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Bennett and Gaga edges out Kenny Chesney, who debuts at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart. Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga's jazzy new duets album, Cheek To Cheek , debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. It's the second No. 1 for Bennett and the third for Gaga. The standards album,…

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