1. iHeartRadio Fest Friday Highlights: Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj Grab Guests, J-Law Watches Coldplay

    September 20, 2014 6:11 AM EDT The hottest names in popular music once again came together for the iHeartRadio Music Festival , a spectacle that continues to create must-discuss moments in its fourth year. From rising rock artists like Bastille to hip-hop pros like Nicki Minaj , from Coldplay 's stage return to…

  2. After Hitting Bottom, Scott Storch Is Taking Another Shot at the Top

    September 19, 2014 6:20 PM EDT Ten years ago, the hip-hop producer had one of the hottest streaks in music history. Then he acquired an epic cocaine habit and bankrupted himself. Now he’s mounting a modest comeback using the one resource he never completely squandered: Chutzpah. On a scorching Wednesday in August in…

  3. Big & Rich Look Back on 10 Years as They Go Indie for New Album 'Gravity'

    September 19, 2014 6:10 PM EDT has been a year of renewed energy for Big & Rich . As their current single, "Look At You," sits at No. 20 on the Hot Country Songs chart , they're not only gearing up for the release of their fifth studio album, Gravity -- they're looking back on 10 years of Big…

  4. Axwell /\ Ingrosso Sign Exclusive Contract with Universal Music

    September 19, 2014 5:03 PM EDT The duo Axwell /\ Ingrosso have signed an exclusive contract with Universal Music. Their music will be released by Def Jam Recordings in the U.S. and Virgin/EMI in the UK. Steve Bartels , CEO of Def Jam Recordings, is excited to be working with the group. "We are proud at Def Jam to…

  5. Quotes of the Week: What Did Jay Z Say About Conceiving Blue Ivy?

    September 19, 2014 5:00 PM EDT "It's special to us because we got engaged here and this is where baby Blue was conceived." The rapper Jay Z explaining what Paris, where he and wife Beyonce wrapped their On the Run Tour, means to them. "People ... always want to think we're in a boxing match, that…

  6. 'Love & Mercy' Stars John Cusack & Paul Dano on How They Became Brian Wilson

    September 19, 2014 4:50 PM EDT The film about the Beach Boys mastermind premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. It wasn't just the script that got actors John Cusack and Paul Dano excited about playing Beach Boys singer-songwriter Brian Wilson in director Bill Pohlad 's new film, Love & Mercy …

  7. Gladys Knight 'On Top of the World' With New Album & TV Movie

    September 19, 2014 3:47 PM EDT The singer talks gospel album, Lifetime movie, 'DWTS' and dream collaborators Missy Elliott & Kanye West. "I'm just on top of the world," says Gladys Knight . And the legendary singer has every right to be. Where My Heart Belongs -- her new gospel album on…

  8. Exclusive: Gary Numan's 'From Inside' Score Set for Release

    September 19, 2014 3:08 PM EDT Gary Numan 's first score for a film in 23 years, John Bergin 's From Inside , will be released in two editions in October. Lakeshore Records will release From Inside – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack on Oct. 7. Two weeks later, on Oct. 21, Lakeshore will release the DVD From…

  9. Watch Pitbull's Hot Night Out in 'Fireball' Video

    September 19, 2014 2:49 PM EDT Can anyone watch Pitbull 's new video for "Fireball" and honestly tell us they don't want to be at that party? The first single from Mr. Worldwide's upcoming album Globalization , featuring John Ryan , is a Latin dance explosion, and the just-released video…

  10. Luke James, 'Options': Live Video Premiere

    September 19, 2014 1:55 PM EDT In anticipation of his forthcoming self-titled album, Luke James premieres a live performance video of his song "Options" exclusively on Billboard Friday, Sept. 19. This is the first of a 3-part video series from the singer called "Midnight Roses: The Luke James Experience.…

  11. Hot 100 Chart Moves: Milky Chance Moves Up, Nick Jonas' 'Jealous' Debuts

    September 19, 2014 12:10 PM EDT The duo's debut hit rises, fueled by its 2-1 ascent on Alternative Songs, while Jonas previews his new album. Plus, moves for Katy Perry, Train and Sam Smith. As previously reported, Meghan Trainor leads an all-female top 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 for a second week with "All…

  12. Ryan Adams, Interpol, Fall Out Boy Return To Rock Charts

    September 19, 2014 11:30 AM EDT Adams lands his first Top Rock Albums No. 1, Interpol follows at No. 2 and Fall Out Boy blasts onto Hot Rock Songs. After a three-year hiatus, unusual for the typically hyper-productive Ryan Adams , the singer/songwriter's self-titled 14th solo album in 14 years marks his first No. 1…

  13. Tricky Debuts, Calvin Harris Soars On Dance/Electronic Charts

    September 19, 2014 10:54 AM EDT Tricky's latest arrives, while Calvin Harris bounds into the top five on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs. Plus, new No. 1s for Charli XCX and Erika Jayne. Tricky trots onto Billboard's Dance/Electronic Albums with Adrian Thaws at No. 9. The set starts with 1,000 copies sold, according…

  14. Leonard Cohen Says Touring Has 'Improved My Mood Considerably'

    September 19, 2014 10:47 AM EDT The late afternoon isn't the most appropriate hour to visit the rainy, alley-bound and lovelorn world of Leonard Cohen -- but if the man is going to show up, then to the venue you go. Here, the occasion was a listening party for Cohen's Popular Problems -- Cohen's 16th full…

  15. Billboard Cover: Jason Aldean on the Curse of Nashville, 'Baby-Making Music' and Dealing With Tabloid Scandals

    September 19, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Let's get one thing clear: Jason Aldean is not your bro. "This whole bro-country thing, whoever coined that ridiculous phrase, it's about beer or trucks or whatever," says the 37-year-old singer, agitation creeping into his otherwise laconic Georgia accent as he gets…

  16. Johnny Rotella, Songwriter for Frank Sinatra, Dies at 93

    September 18, 2014 11:20 PM EDT Johnny Rotella , an accomplished instrumentalist and songwriter who wrote the Frank Sinatra standard “Nothing but the Best” and recorded with Neil Diamond , Frank Zappa , Steely Dan and others, has died. He was 93. Rotella, a highly sought-after session man who played with marquee artists…

  17. BMI's Revenue Collections Grow to $977 Million, Royalty Distributions to $840 Million

    September 18, 2014 8:29 PM EDT Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI) saw revenue collections grow to $977 million in the past fiscal year, up 3.5 percent from the $944 million it gathered the year previously. Meanwhile, royalty distributions to publishers and songwriters grew 3.2 percent to $840 million from $814 million in the…

  18. Exclusive: Clive Davis Says Aretha Franklin Is 'On Fire' on New Album of Diva Classics

    September 18, 2014 7:10 PM EDT Following news Aretha Franklin is preparing a new album for release before the end of the month with Clive Davis overseeing production, there's great anticipation over what the legendary soul singer has put together with the help of Clive Davis' oversight.  Aretha Franklin Album…

  19. Perry Farrell Takes a Walk Down L.A. Memory Lane Before Sunset Strip Music Fest

    September 18, 2014 3:24 PM EDT Jane's Addiction will perform 'Nothing's Shocking' in its entirety on Friday. This weekend, Jane's Addiction will be the focal point of the Sunset Strip Music Festival, a two-day long event celebrating the legendary strip's long musical heritage. On Friday…

  20. 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…

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