1. 10 Things We Learned From Andrew W.K.'s Reddit AMA

    October 04, 2014 2:59 PM EDT On Saturday (Oct. 4) afternoon, we joined Andrew W.K. on Reddit for his second ask me anything (AMA). Andrew W.K. Ready to Party Hard and Premiere Children's Show 'Meet Me at the Reck' The "king of partying" is the brains behind new children's show on Maker.tv…

  2. Kings of Leon Joined by Chris Martin at Hollywood Bowl: Concert Review

    October 04, 2014 4:34 AM EDT Coldplay frontman hits the stage for two songs in L.A. Kings of Leon have been riding the Mechanical Bull tour since February, and when they made their second-to-last U.S. stop Friday (Oct. 3) at the Hollywood Bowl, they couldn't settle for the same-old. Kings of Leon Talk Writing…

  3. Mary J. Blige & Disclosure Perform 'F For You' on 'Jimmy Kimmel'

    October 03, 2014 10:20 AM EDT Mary J. Blige has been releasing songs and doing interviews at a steady clip since she announced a new album, The London Sessions , is coming this fall.   Not long ago, she performed two new songs on Later With... Jools Holland.  On Thursday night, she performed a slightly older song, "…

  4. Billboard Cover: Charli XCX on the Pop-Music ‘Machine,’ Girl Power and Her ‘Raw’ New Album

    October 03, 2014 9:00 AM EDT "Have you seen when they put the man in the box?" Charli XCX , 22, is poolside at West Hollywood's Standard Hotel, taking a drag from a Marlboro Light. The fast-rising British pop star and seasoned songwriter is in town on this Friday, Aug. 22, ahead of Sunday's…

  5. 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…

  6. That Super Mario! How Two Teenagers Who Never Met Created Vine's Latest Dance Trend

    October 02, 2014 1:50 PM EDT With the entry barrier for video production lower than ever due to technology and social networks, cultural trends spread faster than ever before. Every day on Vine, song and dance come together in unprecedented ways, six seconds at a time. That's how Eugene Maima (or Eugene The Dream …

  7. Throwback Thursday: Look Back at Underrated Gems From Taylor Swift's First Album

    October 02, 2014 9:00 AM EDT 'Invisible' no longer. In the lead-up  to  1989,  I'm listening to a lot of Taylor Swift (to be honest,  most  days I'm listening to a lot of Swift). As part of that, I'm rediscovering her debut album,  Taylor Swift,  released in 2006. Guys, it's so…

  8. Tom Morello Honored for Activism: ‘Feed the Poor, Fight the Power, Rock the F—k Out’

    October 02, 2014 3:21 AM EDT Tom Morello has earned Grammys with Rage Against the Machine , but it's his work "that kicks ass and sticks it to the man" that got him honored Wednesday. Morello received The Spirit of Courage Award, which the Courage Campaign presents to someone for fighting for a more fair…

  9. Hear Mary J. Blige's Club-Ready 'Nobody But You'

    October 01, 2014 5:49 PM EDT Mary J. Blige doesn't need to wait for a DJ to remix her latest song; the R&B singer went ahead and remixed it from the start. "Nobody But You" features the yearning, soulful lyrics we're used to from Blige, but this time it comes with a pulsing dance beat.…

  10. Was 1994 the Best Year for Movie Soundtracks?

    October 01, 2014 5:16 PM EDT Part of grunge's golden era and a crucial turning point for hip-hop, 1994 is often lauded as one of the best years for music, ever. And from cult favorites like Pulp Fiction and The Shawshank Redemption to blockbusters like Forrest Gump and The Lion King , 1994 is also recognized as a…

  11. Exclusive: Rapsody Crushes Villas on New Track 'Godzilla,' Produced by 9th Wonder

    October 01, 2014 1:37 PM EDT Today Billboard premieres a new track from Rapsody, "Godzilla," produced by the acclaimed 9th Wonder . Rapsody has worked with everyone from rappers -- Kendrick Lamar , Big K.R.I.T. -- to R&B singers like Raheem Devaughn and Erykah Badu . Check out the song below: 9th Wonder,…

  12. Kenny Rogers to Play Country Classics & Yuletide-Themed Songs on Christmas Tour

    October 01, 2014 4:18 AM EDT Kenny Rogers will bring his own brand of Christmas cheer to audiences across North America later this year. The Country Music Hall of Fame member has announced a 25-date yuletide tour, starting Nov. 12 in Niagara Falls, Ontario and wrapping Dec. 23 at Westbury, New York. Special guest…

  13. Mary Lambert: ‘I Want to Be a Catalyst for Someone’s Healing’

    September 30, 2014 2:07 PM EDT Mary Lambert , 25, is best known for providing vocals on Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ' "Same Love." The Seattle native is now ready to step out on her own, following up two EPs with her debut album Heart on My Sleeve , due Oct. 14 on Capitol Records. Her single "Secrets…

  14. Chart Highlights: Taylor Swift Tops Adult Pop Songs, Sam Smith Rules Adult R&B

    September 29, 2014 7:45 PM EDT 'Shake It Off' ties a record, while 'Stay With Me' conquers yet another format. Plus, new No. 1s for Milky Chance, Cole Swindell and more. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest…

  15. Songwriter-Producer Rodney Jerkins: Mary J. Blige Is in ‘The Best Place She Has Been in a Long Time’

    September 29, 2014 6:06 PM EDT The year 2015 will mark songwriter-producer Rodney Jerkins' 20th in the music business. His first 19 have seen him produce or co-produce 16 top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 for the likes of Michael Jackson , Whitney Houston , Mariah Carey and others, including four No. 1s. And next…

  16. Corner Office: Andre Harrell, Vice Chairman of Revolt, on Working for Diddy and Discovering Robin Thicke

    September 29, 2014 10:01 AM EDT The former head of Motown on working for Diddy, discovering Robin Thicke and trading records for the tough terrain of cable TV. When Andre Harrell first met Sean Combs , the future Puff Daddy was but a wide-eyed intern at Uptown Records, the urban label Bronx native Harrell, 54, founded in…

  17. 'Downton Abbey's' Elizabeth McGovern Ready Readies Tour with Sadie & the Hotheads

    September 29, 2014 12:04 AM EDT Downton Abbey  won't be the only place fans can see Elizabeth McGovern this winter: The show's star is heading on a tour with her folk-rock band in December. McGovern is the lead singer for Sadie and the Hotheads , which embarks on its first U.S. tour Dec. 4 in Washington. The…

  18. Tina Turner Exhibit Opens at Old Tennessee School

    September 26, 2014 5:35 PM EDT A restored one-room schoolhouse where Tina Turner attended classes opened Friday (Sept. 26) as a museum honoring the singer's career and recalling her childhood in this small West Tennessee town. 'Happily Retired' Tina Turner Readies 'Love Songs' Album  More than…

  19. 'Motown 25' Comes To DVD: See Exclusive Clips From The Box Set

    September 26, 2014 1:48 PM EDT The mantra for bringing 1983's iconic Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever NBC special to DVD is: better (a little bit) late than never. Yes, 30 years would have been the optimal target for the StarVista Entertainment/Time Life set, which comes out Sept. 30 in a single-disc package, a…

  20. Rape Charge From Keith Urban Concert Dropped

    September 25, 2014 9:06 PM EDT Prosecutors have dropped the case against an 18-year-old Boston man accused of raping a 17-year-old girl at a Keith Urban concert at which dozens of people were treated for excessive drinking. Keith Urban 'Horrified' by Alleged Rape at Concert The Sun Chronicle reports that…

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