1. Prince Talks Tech, Talent & His Own Slice of Musical 'Heaven'

    September 30, 2014 12:13 AM EDT Nightfall is fast approaching at Paisley Park. There are few lights on in the cavernous compound, and unseen doves (of course there would be doves) are cooing up a racket before twilight fades to darkness. But even their collective noise takes a back seat once Prince -- sitting in the…

  2. 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 Gainers…

  3. Gwen Stefani Finishing New Solo Album With Pharrell

    September 29, 2014 6:35 PM EDT She will perform her lead single on 'The Voice,' manager Irving Azoff says. It's been eight years since Gwen Stefani 's last solo album, 2006's The Sweet Escape , but the wait may soon be over for new music from the newly minted Voice coach. In a panel at…

  4. Tracy Morgan Wasn't Wearing a Seatbelt in Crash, Walmart Says

    September 29, 2014 5:53 PM EDT Actor-comedian Tracy Morgan and other people in a limousine struck from behind by a Walmart truck on a highway in June weren't wearing seatbelts, the company said in a court filing Monday (Sept. 29). Tracy Morgan Still Struggling After Crash The filing was made in federal court in…

  5. Hear Tinashe's New Song 'Bet' With Dev Hynes

    September 29, 2014 5:34 PM EDT Tinashe , whose "2 On" is currently No. 9 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart , released a new song on Monday (Sept. 29). Check out "Bet," which features Dev Hynes , known for his work in Blood Orange and for collaborating with Sky Ferreira and Solange , below:…

  6. Hear Aretha Franklin Cover Adele's 'Rolling in the Deep'

    September 29, 2014 5:31 PM EDT The Queen is back, and she has her sights set on reworking one of the biggest hits of the decade. On Monday (Sept. 29), Aretha Franklin debuted her cover of Adele 's "Rolling in the Deep" on YouTube, her first single since 2011. The Queen of Soul's version is the lead…

  7. Urban Outfitters Doesn't Sell the Most Vinyl

    September 29, 2014 3:42 PM EDT While Urban Outfitters may be telling the world that it is the world's premier seller of vinyl, record label executives tell Billboard that Amazon is the largest retailer selling the format. Reportedly, Urban Outfitters chief administrative officer Calvin Hollinger made that claim to…

  8. Vaporwave ‘Ambassador’ Saint Pepsi Admits His Obsession With ‘Degrassi’ and Drake

    September 29, 2014 3:35 PM EDT Saint Pepsi has somewhat of a thing for Degrassi . Inspired by Drake 's stint as Wheelchair Jimmy on the teen soap and his subsequent (and highly successful) transition into music, the 21-year-old is facing a trying shift as well. Raised in Long Island, N.Y., Pepsi, whose real name is…

  9. Annie Lennox: Celebrity Culture ‘Makes Me Cringe’

    September 29, 2014 3:30 PM EDT Though she has kept a low profile in recent years, Annie Lennox is one of pop music's greatest chameleons, from her trailblazing run with The Eurythmics to a thriving solo career to her recent involvement in human rights activism. For Nostalgia (Blue Note/Capitol), her first non…

  10. Beyonce & Jay Z Moving to L.A.? 6 Reasons We Hope It's True

    September 29, 2014 3:11 PM EDT Jay Z is New York through and through, growing up in Brooklyn and writing "Empire State of Mind," an epic ode to his hometown. And even though Beyonce started out in Houston, she's made NY her home since marrying Jay in 2008 -- and her initials are even BK. The Los Angeles…

  11. Private Jet? No Problem. VIP Packages for Superfans Are Big Business for Tours & Festivals

    September 29, 2014 2:54 PM EDT Since the live event business rebounded in 2010, VIP programs, which offer seats closer to the stage, meet-and-greets with the artist and, in one extreme case, a private jet to the festival grounds (see story, below), increasingly have become big business. “We’re at a point where most tours…

  12. Judas Priest Is Back With a Vengeance With a Tour, Which Marks Their 40th Anniversary

    September 29, 2014 2:23 PM EDT Even the heavy metal gods have to do their laundry. Judas Priest 's Rob Halford is calling from his home in England to talk about the upcoming tour by the veteran metal act, and he notes that he's busy washing his underwear at the moment. Thanks for that, Rob. Of course, his…

  13. Outkast's #ATLast Hometown Blowout Brings Erykah Badu, Bun B and More to Atlanta

    September 29, 2014 1:30 PM EDT Janelle Monae, 2 Chainz and a host of Southern rap pioneers were also guests at Outkast's 3-day homecoming concert "One for the money, yes sir, two for the show/A couple of years ago on Headland and Delowe/Was the start of something good" — Outkast, “Elevators (Me & You)”…

  14. Why Did R&B Singer Jhene Aiko Roll Out Her New Album at a Pot Dispensary?

    September 29, 2014 1:22 PM EDT In the week her first full-length album, Souled Out , debuted, singer Jhene Aiko cooked up a novel idea for its rollout: She performed for a crowd of 80 at the popular -- and legal -- West Hollywood pot shop The Farmacy. Jhene Aiko, 'Souled Out': Track-by-Track Review Aiko…

  15. ‘Habits (Stay High)’ Singer Tove Lo Dishes About Her 5 Real-Life Habits

    September 29, 2014 12:30 PM EDT On her hit record, the upstart Swedish singer says she uses drugs to ease the pain. But in reality, she’s hooked on coffee, sleep and love. Tove Lo is breaking out with her hazy pop jam "Habits (Stay High)" -- which moves 16-13 on the Oct. 4 Billboard Hot 100 -- from debut album…

  16. Report: Universal Music Group Calls for Summary Judgment Against Grooveshark

    September 29, 2014 12:26 PM EDT Four years after Universal Music Group sued Grooveshark for copyright violations concerning its pre-1972 back catalog, the company has moved for a summary judgment against the music streaming service,  Torrentfreak is reporting . T-Mobile Adds Rdio, Songza Grooveshark to Free Data Program…

  17. Marvel, Jack Kirby Estate Settlement Brings End to High-Stakes Copyright Battle

    September 29, 2014 11:56 AM EDT On Friday, Marvel ended a long and bitter feud with the estate of comic book legend Jack Kirby , announcing a settlement just days before the U.S. Supreme Court had scheduled a conference to discuss whether to take up a case with potentially billions on the line. "Marvel and the family…

  18. Lorde Unleashes 'Yellow Flicker Beat' from 'Hunger Games: Mockingjay' Soundtrack

    September 29, 2014 11:51 AM EDT What a difference a year makes: on this week in 2013, Lorde leapt to No. 1 on the Hot 100 chart with her debut single “Royals,” and the New Zealand teenager has never looked back. Tapped as the curator of the soundtrack to The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 , Lorde has shared the lead…

  19. Fergie Returns with Globe-Trotting ‘L.A. Love (La La)’ Single: Listen

    September 29, 2014 10:52 AM EDT Fergie has not released a solo album in eight years, but the Fergalicious One is finally back — with a well-traveled suitcase and tales from across the globe, no less! Listen to “L.A. Love (La La)” below: Produced by the ubiquitous DJ Mustard, “L.A. Love (La La)” sounds like it could have…

  20. Test Your 1994 Music Knowledge With Our Quiz

    September 29, 2014 10:30 AM EDT was one of the greatest years for music, ever. Not only was it a banner year for grunge and the beginning of the Britpop explosion, it was a watershed year in hip-hop history, with numerous game-changing acts dropping their debuts. As part of our celebration of 1994's lasting…

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