1. 35 Years Ago, Sugarhill Gang's 'Rapper's Delight' Made Its First Chart Appearance

    October 13, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Several years after hip-hop culture began to take shape at parties in the Bronx and Queens, Sugarhill Gang's "Rapper's Delight" was released via Sugar Hill Records on Sept. 16, 1979. Nearly one month after its release, the watershed single made its first appearance on a…

  2. Billboard Cover: Florida Georgia Line on Being ‘Professional Partiers,’ Haters and Hip-Hop

    October 10, 2014 9:00 AM EDT The banjo player has magenta highlights in his hair. The drummer is wearing sunglasses and a Motley Crue T-shirt. In the first song, there's a bass drop: The sound briefly stops, and when it storms back in, a meter at the sound board spikes to 120 decibels. Welcome to the 2014 version…

  3. Rachel Holder Talks 'Shining Now' EP & Patience

    October 09, 2014 8:17 PM EDT Curb recording artist Rachel Holder has been waiting for a certain day her whole career -- and over the summer, it finally happened: The rising country songstress released her first EP. Holder tells Billboard that actually having a physical product to promote -- Shining Now , released…

  4. Jason Aldean & Sam Hunt Chart New Path With R&B-Influenced Country

    October 07, 2014 3:00 PM EDT Billboard speaks with the genre-smashing songwriters behind bold new country hits. Mainstream country music is not always known for being sonically daring, but Jason Aldean' s "Burnin' It Down" and Sam Hunt' s “Break Up In A Small Town” represent something genuinely…

  5. Montgomery Gentry Tease Early 2015 Release for New Album

    October 06, 2014 6:15 PM EDT With "Headlights" giving Montgomery Gentry their first chart appearance since 2012, the duo's Troy Gentry tells Billboard it's good to be back. "It's been a while, and it's great to hear some Montgomery Gentry back on the radio. We’ve got a new deal with…

  6. A Pregnant Kelly Rowland Poses Nude for 'Elle': See a Photo

    October 06, 2014 5:17 PM EDT Kelly Rowland recently did a photo shoot with Elle magazine that shows off her fashion sense and her baby bump. Check out one of the barer pics below: Lance Gross for Elle Kelly Rowland Marries Manager Tim Witherspoon Earlier this year, the former member of Destiny's Child and…

  7. Stagecoach 2015 Lineup: Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton & Tim McGraw to Headline

    October 06, 2014 3:42 PM EDT The Stagecoach festival announced its 2015 lineup Monday (Oct. 6). The festival -- in its 9th year -- is a huge showcase for country music. Check out the lineup below: Stagecoach Festival 2015 lineup is here! On sale next Tues, Oct 14 @ 10am. info http://t.co/OWo67ynX3O #yeehaw pic.twitter…

  8. Who Will Dominate Country Music’s Packed Year-End?

    October 06, 2014 12:45 PM EDT Jason Aldean, Little Big Town and Garth Brooks bring firepower to an already beefy fall release schedule. The fourth quarter is looking robust, with big releases ranging from Kanye West to Barry Manilow , but its secret weapon is an unusually strong slate from the country sector. “It’s the…

  9. Avicii on His Health Struggles: 'I Needed to Take a Break' (Exclusive)

    October 03, 2014 12:01 AM EDT Listen to new single 'The Days' below. If everything had gone as planned, on Sept. 29, Tim Bergling, otherwise known as 25-year-old EDM superstar Avicii , would have been making his way from a headlining gig at TomorrowWorld in Atlanta to another at Storm Festival in Shanghai.…

  10. Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldean No. 1; Carrie Underwood Debuts on Country Charts

    October 02, 2014 4:56 PM EDT Chesney bows atop Top Country Albums, Aldean logs a milestone reign on Hot Country Songs & expectant mom Underwood's 'Water' breaks. Nearly 20 years after first gracing the list, Kenny Chesney collects his lucky 13th No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart, as…

  11. Tim Rice Keen to Relaunch 'From Here to Eternity' on Broadway

    October 02, 2014 2:31 AM EDT Tim Rice is hoping his musical From Here to Eternity doesn't take an eternity to get to Broadway. The celebrated lyricist is hoping a filmed version of the West End production broadcast this month will generate some interest in America. The ambitious adaptation of James Jones'…

  12. We've Been Hacked: Artist Sells Satirical Ad Space and Fake iPhones to Question Our Boxed-In World

    September 30, 2014 11:57 AM EDT Tim Fite realized he had become too dependent on his iPhone when the Brooklyn artist, songwriter, and comedian started feeling phantom vibrations in his pants pocket. "When I realized my physical body was being compromised by the physical phone, I was like, 'Oh man, I'm…

  13. Could 'Weird Al' Yankovic’s Silent Film Short Be an Oscar Contender?

    September 30, 2014 10:43 AM EDT The comedian plays an actor playing Jesus in silent film 'The Moving Picture Co. 1914.' “Weird Al” Yankovic , who resurrected his recording career with a No. 1 album in July, has long resembled Jesus, and now he’s playing him in The Moving Picture Co. 1914 , a 22-minute silent…

  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. 'Whiplash': J.K. Simmons, Damien Chazelle on Whether Torment Leads to Talent

    September 27, 2014 12:36 PM EDT "I was there to push people beyond what's expected of them," J.K. Simmons tells Miles Teller at one point in Whiplash , the film festival favorite that follows aspiring jazz drummer Andrew Neyman who is berated by his performing arts professor, Terence Fletcher. But even if…

  16. Faith Hill Signs With Sandbox Entertainment For New Management

    September 26, 2014 8:09 AM EDT Faith Hill is now playing in the same Sandbox as Kacey Musgraves , Little Big Town , Dan + Shay and Shania Twain , having signed a freshly inked management deal with Nashville's Sandbox Entertainment. The country superstar had most recently been repped by Red Light Management alongside…

  17. New Zealand Musician's Political Satire Banned From Radio & iTunes

    September 25, 2014 6:16 PM EDT It's been suggested that pop songs aren't as political  as they used to be, and it seems like the New Zealand Electoral Commission would like to keep it that way -- at least when it comes to blues musician Darren Watson 's "Planet Key."  Released in August, the song…

  18. Tim McGraw's 'Sundown' Shines at No. 1 on Top Country Albums

    September 25, 2014 4:21 PM EDT Tim McGraw fortifies his No. 2 standing on the list of artists with the most Nielsen SoundScan-era No. 1s on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart, as he collects his 15th leader with Sundown Heaven Town . The new set arrives with 71,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. McGraw is…

  19. Chris Brown Bounds to Top of Billboard Artist 100

    September 25, 2014 2:09 PM EDT As their albums arrive, Brown narrowly rules the Artist 100 over runner-up Barbra Streisand. Chris Brown blasts 25-1 for his first week atop the Billboard Artist 100 , winning a close race over the iconic Barbra Streisand , who roars in at No. 2. Meanwhile, Tim McGraw rockets 70-10, with…

  20. Iconic Club CBGB Hires Rep for Global Brand Expansion

    September 24, 2014 12:52 PM EDT The New York club that made the Ramones famous tries to go global with the team behind Kiss' Rock & Brews. Tim Hayes , president of CBGB , the New York club that made The Ramones and Blondie famous, has named Epic Rights as its global branding, licensing and rights management…

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