1. Jeezy on Ferguson: '13-Year-Olds Holding Molotovs? That's Not Supposed to Happen'

    September 05, 2014 12:00 PM EDT On Aug. 24, rapper Jeezy , born Jay Jenkins , and five associates were arrested on felony gun charges after -authorities found an AK-47 on his tour bus. The police were investigating the death of an attendee of Jeezy and Wiz Khalifa ’s Under the Influence of Music Tour ( Eric Johnson , 38),…

  2. Must-Hear Music Podcast: New Songs From Kendrick, Jessie Ware, TV on the Radio & More

    September 04, 2014 5:59 PM EDT Maybe it's because the summer is coming to a close, but this week's Must-Hear Music Podcast happens to spotlight a few melancholy gems courtesy of Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman Karen O, startling newcomer Nick Hakim and others. But it's not all weepy bedroom balladry -- the…

  3. Paisley Opens 'Trunk' At No. 1 on Top Country Albums

    September 04, 2014 5:14 PM EDT Plus: Rucker's 'Honey' sweetens Songs chart, Jason Aldean’s No. 1 reign continues & Lady A tops Airplay chart Brad Paisley  claims his eighth No. 1 on Top Country Albums (all of which have debuted at the summit), as his 10th studio set,  Moonshine in the Trunk , bows with…

  4. NFL Players Talk Music: What's On Their Pre-Game Playlists?

    September 04, 2014 5:00 PM EDT A brand new NFL season kicks off tonight, as the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks host the Super Bowl-contending Green Bay Packers in a nationally-televised game. There will be plenty of live music in and around Seattle’s CenturyLink Field -- Pharrell Williams and Soundgarden…

  5. What Pressure? Lee Brice Is Ready for 'I Don't Dance' to Top 'Hard 2 Love'

    September 04, 2014 3:50 PM EDT Lee Brice loves hearing stories about how his music has affected his fans -- although sometimes, those stories can tug on his emotions a bit too hard. "With 'I Drive Your Truck,' there's story after story after story," Brice tells Billboard of his Billboard Country…

  6. The 10 Best NFL Fight Songs

    September 04, 2014 2:30 PM EDT Professional football finally returns on Thursday night (Sept. 4) when the Seattle Seahawks and Green Bay Packers square off in the first game of the regular season. Football season means that the weather is getting cooler, school is back in session, and of course, it's time to shout…

  7. Behind Radio's Country/Pop Convergence in Charleston, West Virginia

    September 04, 2014 1:24 PM EDT “No. They didn’t legalize marijuana in West Virginia. We’re doing this on purpose.” That's a WKAZ (Tailgate 107.3) Charleston, W. Va., liner anticipating some of the likely responses of any radio people who might be listening to this new country/pop hybrid. If you were familiar with …

  8. Pop Shop Podcast: Martin Kierszenbaum Talks New Madonna, Summer's Winners & Losers, Ariana Grande Hits No. 1 & More

    September 04, 2014 10:58 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. Country Newcomer Danika Portz Talks Eclectic Influences: Katy Perry, Dolly Parton & The Circus

    September 03, 2014 6:02 PM EDT Danika Portz's debut single "Greatest Show On Earth" definitely qualifies as one of the most unique country singles this summer. The dramatic, haunting melody is underscored by the fact that the Iowa native simply sounds like nobody else in Nashville these days, especially on a…

  10. 20 Best High School Music Videos

    September 03, 2014 3:45 PM EDT If high school had existed in Shakespeare’s day, he’d have set every battle on a football field, each stolen kiss under the bleachers. That’s because when it comes to drama, neither rotten Denmark nor fair Verona holds a candle to the modern American high school. While the Bard missed out on…

  11. Sleeper Agent Covers Bleachers' 'I Wanna Get Better': Video Premiere

    September 03, 2014 12:46 PM EDT Kentucky indie rockers Sleeper Agent released its anthemic new album About Last Night in March, and now the group has decided to tackle another sing-along from its RCA Records labelmate, Bleachers. Watch Sleeper Agent cover Bleachers' alternative hit "I Wanna Get Better,"…

  12. 2014 CMA Noms: Dierks Bentley & Miranda Lambert Score Big, Jason Aldean Gets Snubbed

    September 03, 2014 12:45 PM EDT Wednesday morning on Good Morning America, the nominations for the 48th Annual Country Music Association Awards were announced by Darius Rucker and Little Big Town -- and, as usual, there were a few surprises. The biggest head-scratcher of all was the omission of Jason Aldean -- who headlined…

  13. Exclusive Premiere: King Tuff's 'Danger in the Dark'

    September 03, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Ahoy, Tuffy! King Tuff , that is: the Vermont garage-rocker has released his new single, "Danger in the Dark," created for rum giant Captain Morgan 's new advertising campaign, the Tavern Series. Kendrick Lamar-Inspired Short Film to Debut at Sundance's Next Fest Despite…

  14. Ariana Grande Nabs Second No. 1 Album In Less Than A Year

    September 03, 2014 10:50 AM EDT Meanwhile, Brad Paisley and Kem enjoy Top 5 debuts below "My Everything." As reported earlier , Ariana Grande has scored her second No. 1 album in less than a year, as her new release, My Everything , opens atop the Billboard 200 .   The album, which was released Aug. 25, sold…

  15. Sofi de la Torre's 'Vermillion' is a Pop Song You Need to Embrace

    September 02, 2014 4:48 PM EDT The Spanish singer-songwriter talks about traveling the world and finding her sound with the electro-pop track. Sofi de la Torre's single "Vermillion" has not yet appeared on any Billboard charts, has sold a negligible amount of downloads and has only been viewed 22,000…

  16. The Black Keys Considering January Studio Return

    September 02, 2014 2:20 PM EDT "I don't want to go somewhere too pre-planned. We always want to go somewhere different," says the group's Patrick Carney. The Black Keys are certainly looking forward to getting their North American tour underway on Sept. 5 in Columbus, Ohio. But given their druthers, Dan…

  17. Maroon 5 Tightens Up on 'V': Track-By-Track Review

    September 02, 2014 1:06 PM EDT The guys of Maroon 5 have the art of making pop records down pat. They've been sneaking into ear canals and embedding seemingly irremovable songs in four minutes flat for more than a decade. And lately, they've been doing it spite of lead singer Adam Levine, who's wrestled with…

  18. Sleater-Kinney's 'Start Together' Box Set Out in October

    September 02, 2014 10:54 AM EDT Sleater-Kinney will get the box set treatment next month when Start Together , a 3,000-copy limited edition deluxe release, will be issued on Oct. 21 through Sub Pop. The box set will include remastered editions of the punk rock trio's seven studio albums, all pressed on colored vinyl…

  19. Chart Highlights: Charli XCX's 'Boom Clap' Thunders To Top Of Pop Songs

    September 01, 2014 4:15 PM EDT She scores her first No. 1 as a lead act. Plus, new leaders for Jennifer Lopez, the Pretty Reckless, Lady Antebellum & more Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys…

  20. 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…

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