1. Angaleena Presley Represents the 'American Middle Class' on Debut Solo Album

    September 19, 2014 7:00 PM EDT If someone asks Angaleena Presley about coming from Beauty, it might not exactly be a pickup line. The singer-songwriter -- also a member of the Pistol Annies -- says she actually does come from Beauty: a small town in the eastern corner of Kentucky. "I came from a tiny town in…

  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 Augustin…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. Fader Appoints New Editor-In-Chief, Preps Global Expansion Plan

    September 19, 2014 1:52 PM EDT In an increasingly challenging period for music media, with SpinMedia and Myspace among the recent outlets making major slashes in editorial staff, The Fader is doubling down on its investments. On Sept. 19, the company announced former editor Naomi Zeichner would be returning to the…

  6. Listen to Michael Jackson & Queen's Unreleased 'There Must Be More To Life Than This'

    September 19, 2014 10:20 AM EDT is a wonderful year indeed if it can bring fans "new" Queen and Michael Jackson music. Okay, the song isn't exactly new. "There Must Be More To Life Than This" was recorded some time around 1982/3 and wasn't released, and then Freddie Mercury  wound up…

  7. Tomorrow's Hits: Zhu, Panama Wedding & Flight Facilities

    September 19, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Each Friday, Billboard presents Tomorrow's Hits, a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Zhu Zhu 's chill house track "Faded" (Mind of a Genius/Th3rd Brain) bullets at No. 15 on Dance/Mix Show Airplay. The song's U.S…

  8. Six Iranian Youth Sentenced to Jail, Lashes for Dancing to Pharrell's 'Happy'

    September 19, 2014 9:36 AM EDT A defense lawyer in Iran says six young Iranian men and women videotaped dancing to Pharrell Williams' "Happy" and the video's director have been sentenced to suspended jail terms and lashes. Lawyer Farshid Rofugaran said Friday the seven have been sentenced to six…

  9. 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…

  10. Chris Brown Returns to Top 10 on Social 50 Chart After Two Years

    September 19, 2014 7:00 AM EDT On the Social 50 chart, Chris Brown continues his rise on the tally, climbing 22-10 to reach the chart’s top 10 for the first time since July 2012. The Social 50 ranks the most popular artists on YouTube, Vevo, Facebook, Twitter, SoundCloud, Wikipedia, Myspace and Instagram. The chart'…

  11. Ole-Bluestone Announces Co-Publishing Deals with Ok Mayday, David Bratton, Others

    September 19, 2014 6:30 AM EDT The joint venture music publishing company formed by Timbaland and ole is on the move with a bunch of co-publishing signings: alternative rock band  Ok Mayday ; gospel songwriter David Bratton ; hip-hop/R&B producer/songwriter Maurice "Velly" Conway ; and rapper Justin "…

  12. 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…

  13. Is It Still Possible To Enjoy Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines'?

    September 18, 2014 4:23 PM EDT One writer bravely listens to the biggest song of last summer following the latest piece of controversy, and jots down his many thoughts. (The song starts. Pharrell Williams hollers ‘E’erybody get up!’ after four beats, and the rest of the percussion kicks in at 0:03.) Oh, hey, I know this…

  14. Scooter Braun and Tiesto Invest in Splice, a Cloud-Based Music Creation Platform

    September 18, 2014 1:10 PM EDT Splice announces it has raised $4.5 million in series A funding from a range of investors including Braun and ex-Swedish House Mafia member Steve Angello Splice, a cloud-based music creation and collaboration platform, announced yesterday that it has raised $4.5 million in a Series A round…

  15. Pharrell Williams Wants to Follow in Blake Shelton's Footsteps on 'The Voice'

    September 18, 2014 11:57 AM EDT Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams are the new faces to the coaching staff, but don't expect any major format changes. The Voice returns on Sept. 22 and for new judge  Pharrell Williams , it's more than just another gig.  “I don’t want to call it a job," Williams said at a…

  16. Iggy Azalea Sues Ex-Boyfriend for Releasing Early Music, Forging Contract

    September 17, 2014 6:00 PM EDT The pop superstar claims that the guy who has come forward with a purported sex tape copied the contents of her computer when they were living together. Being a celebrity isn't always a pleasant experience. One issue that arises is how to deal with acquaintances who predate the fame.…

  17. Reggaeton Star Don Omar Arrested in Puerto Rico

    September 17, 2014 4:27 PM EDT Puerto Rico reggaeton star Don Omar was arrested Wednesday (Sept. 17) in the U.S. territory on suspicion of domestic violence. Authorities said in a statement that 36-year-old William Omar Landron Rivera was detained early Wednesday at a house in the northern coastal town of Vega Alta.…

  18. Must-Hear Music Podcast: Tove Lo, The Preatures, Blake Mills, Mapei & More

    September 17, 2014 3:34 PM EDT It's (unofficial) Swedish pop appreciation week on the Must-Hear Music podcast, with new songs from Tove Lo (yes, there's much more to her than "Habits"), Erik Hassle and Mapei all getting love from the Billboard staff. We also talk about new tracks from Blake Mills …

  19. Jamie Foxx Drops New Banger 'Party Ain't a Party' With 2 Chainz

    September 16, 2014 9:51 PM EDT It was late 2010 when Jamie Foxx last released any new songs, topping the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart with his melancholy Drake -featuring "Fall For Your Type." Now the Oscar-winner returns to music with a pumped up banger, "Party Ain't a Party" with some guest help…

  20. Republic Records Restructures Media Department With New Executive Hires

    September 16, 2014 9:00 PM EDT Republic Records announced a restructuring of its media department Tuesday that includes new executive hires.  Beau Benton joins the record label as vice president, media, following nearly a decade at the independent public relations firm 42 West, working press for notables Rihanna , Lady…

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