1. Kem's 'Promise' Tops R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart

    September 04, 2014 6:59 PM EDT R&B singer Kem earns his second No. 1, while Eminem blasts onto Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs with 'Guts Over Glory,' featuring Sia. Kem collects his second No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums as  Promise to Love: Album IV  arrives with 52,000 units sold in the week ending Aug. 31,…

  2. 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…

  3. New Signings: Stevie Ray Vaughn's Estate, Shelby Lynne and Rounder, Spooky Black

    September 04, 2014 12:09 PM EDT Here’s a look at the latest artist signings across the music industry, including record labels, artist management firms, publishing companies, booking agencies and more.  RECORD LABELS -- Dutch singer Dotan signs to Republic Records , where he has released his new single “Home.” Additionally,…

  4. Exclusive: Kristin Chenoweth Signs With Concord Music Group

    September 04, 2014 11:51 AM EDT The one and only Kristin Chenoweth has signed a worldwide recording deal with Concord Music Group, Billboard can exclusively reveal. The Emmy and Tony Award-winning actress and singer will release a new album, Coming Home , on Nov. 18. "All of us are thrilled to have someone of Kristin&…

  5. U.K. Music Industry Sets Trade Mission to India

    September 04, 2014 11:49 AM EDT U.K. Trade & Investment (UKTI), in partnership with The Association of Independent Music (AIM) and British labels trade body BPI (British Phonographic Industry), has announced a week-long trade mission to be held this fall in the Indian capital city of Mumbai. The trade mission is…

  6. Exclusive: Diego Boneta Signs to Sony Music U.S. Latin

    September 04, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Diego Boneta may soon be known as the Latin Jared Leto : After making a name for himself in TV and film, Boneta has inked a recording deal with Sony Music U.S. Latin. The Mexican heartthrob is a rising star who has become somewhat of a fixture on U.S. TV with roles in MTV's Underemployed…

  7. Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj & Jessie J Hit Artist 100 With a 'Bang Bang'

    September 04, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Thanks to Grande's debut atop the Billboard 200 and the trio's hit song, the singers all surge on the Artist 100 chart. As Ariana Grande , Nicki Minaj and Jessie J soar 9-4 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Bang Bang," and as Grande blasts onto the Billboard 200 at No. 1 with…

  8. Take That's Gary Barlow Vows to Settle U.K. Tax Issues

    September 04, 2014 3:30 AM EDT British music star Gary Barlow , known as a member of Take That and as a solo performer, has said on Twitter that he is working on settling U.K. tax issues. British media earlier this year reported that such stars as Barlow, Michael Caine, George Michael, David Beckham and others had…

  9. In Defense of Disney's Opposition to the Deadmau5 Trademark

    September 03, 2014 3:56 PM EDT The U.S. Trademark Office can sometimes resemble a cat-and-mouse game. Six months ago, we broke news that Disney was investigating a trademark registration filed by the company owned by EDM star Joel Zimmerman, better known as Deadmau5 (pronounced "dead mouse"). Providing notice of…

  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. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. Electric Zoo Overcomes 'Curse' – Of Drug-Related Deaths, At Least

    September 02, 2014 1:03 PM EDT While the fest was forced to end early again, at least everyone remained safe this year. Severe thunderstorms forced New York city's Electric Zoo festival to cancel it's final day on Sunday, Aug. 31. A flash flood warning was issued to the greater New York area around 4 p.m., and…

  14. Brad Paisley Still Stinging From 'Accidental Racist' Uproar

    September 01, 2014 12:31 AM EDT Brad Paisley is taking control of the conversation about Brad Paisley with the release of his new album, Moonshine in the Trunk . The unexpected criticism he and rapper LL Cool J received over the song "Accidental Racist, " which was leaked ahead of Paisley's 2013 album…

  15. Taylor Swift Reportedly Joining 'The Voice' as Advisor

    August 30, 2014 6:17 PM EDT Taylor Swift will advise contestants across all four teams. Taylor Swift will join The Voice as an advisor for the NBC competition show’s upcoming seventh season, according to US Weekly . Taylor Swift Tops Billboard Artist 100 The “Shake It Off” singer will be working with veteran…

  16. Made in America Concert Set to Rock Downtown L.A.

    August 30, 2014 2:37 PM EDT More than 40,000 people are expected to attend the multi-stage show. Downtown Los Angeles is ready for its inaugural outdoor music festival. The Budweiser Made in America concert starts at 2 p.m. Saturday in Grand Park. Rap mogul Jay Z launched the two-day festival in Philadelphia in 2012 and…

  17. Kings of Leon Ready for Stage After Drummer's Injury

    August 30, 2014 10:37 AM EDT Kings of Leon will headline the second night of the "Budweiser Made In America" on Aug. 31. A brotherly reunion is coming to the City of Brotherly Love: Family band Kings of Leon will play its first show Sunday in Philadelphia since drummer Nathan Followill injured his ribs. Kings…

  18. Brad Paisley & Kem Set For Top 10 Debuts on Billboard 200

    August 29, 2014 6:33 PM EDT Country star Brad Paisley is aiming for his ninth top 10 album. Country star Brad Paisley is set to collect his ninth top 10 album on the Billboard 200 chart, as his new release, Moonshine in the Trunk , is aiming for a high arrival on the chart. Industry sources forecast the new album,…

  19. CeeLo Green Enters No Contest Plea in Drug Case

    August 29, 2014 2:09 PM EDT CeeLo Green has pleaded no contest to one felony count of furnishing ecstasy to a woman during a 2012 dinner in Los Angeles. CeeLo Green & Smokey Robinson Song Premiere The Grammy-winning singer entered the plea during a brief court hearing on Friday. He also entered a special plea in…

  20. Oasis' 'Definitely Maybe' at 20: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    August 29, 2014 12:00 PM EDT If Blur hadn’t made it big, frontman Damon Albarn would’ve been A-OK. He’s a clever guy from a good family, and one way or another, this handsome, multi-talented Londoner was going to leave his mark on the world. The same is not necessarily true for Noel and Liam Gallagher, the brothers…

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