1. Jennifer Hudson, 'JHUD': Track-by-Track Review

    September 22, 2014 11:00 AM EDT It's a difficult time for female R&B singers -- right now, Tinashe , Beyoncé and Jhené Aiko are the only three in the top 25 on the R&B/Hip-Hop charts -- and veterans face an especially tough market. Ashanti released an album earlier this year that sold 28,000 copies in its…

  2. Sir Mix-a-Lot: 'I Love' Nicki Minaj's 'Anaconda'

    September 22, 2014 10:52 AM EDT Hits sometimes have unintended consequences: Nicki Minaj 's "Anaconda" is No. 3 on the Hot 100 , and because that song samples Sir Mix-a-Lot 's "Baby Got Back," Mix-a-Lot is enjoying a level of attention he probably hasn't received since the 1990s. Mr. Mix…

  3. Watch Alicia Keys Discuss New Album: It’s the ‘Best Music I've Ever Done’

    September 22, 2014 12:50 AM EDT Alicia Keys is hoping her new album will help shed some light on the world, and she’s assembled just the right team for the job. The record, she told Billboard ahead of the iHeartRadio Music Festival, was “done by what we call ourselves ‘Illuminaries’. It’s actually the four of us: myself,…

  4. Kacey Musgraves Talks Hanging With Katy Perry, New Music At iHeartRadio Fest

    September 21, 2014 7:58 PM EDT Kacey Musgraves brought her candid country charm to the scorching-hot iHeartRadio Fan Village in Las Vegas on Saturday (Sept. 20), where she also doubled as an unlikely opening act for the day's biggest draw, 5 Seconds of Summer. But she's also fresh from wrapping a month'…

  5. Beyonce & Jay Z On The Run HBO Special: What Was The Best Moment?

    September 21, 2014 10:08 AM EDT The whole thing was pretty ***Flawless, to be honest. Saturday night's On The Run tour special on HBO had something for everyone. In the two-and-a-half-hour show, Beyonce and Jay Z powered through seemingly all of their hits -- from "Big Pimpin" to "Single Ladies" -…

  6. Exclusive: Zac Brown’s Label Partners With John Varvatos Records, Republic & Big Machine

    September 20, 2014 1:41 PM EDT After spending the last year as a free agent, Zac Brown ’s Southern Ground Artists has found a new label home -- a strategic partnership with Universal’s John Varvatos Records, Big Machine Label Group and Republic Records. iHeartRadio Fest 2014: Photos Live from Las Vegas! The deal will…

  7. Green Day's 'American Idiot' Turns 10: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    September 20, 2014 10:00 AM EDT For Green Day , George W. Bush's administration wasn't much fun, but it did inspire a career revival most acts would (metaphorically) kill for. 2000's Warning was the punk band's most disappointing effort (both critically and commercially) since breaking…

  8. iHeartRadio Fest Friday Highlights: Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj Grab Guests, J-Law Watches Coldplay

    September 20, 2014 6:11 AM EDT The hottest names in popular music once again came together for the iHeartRadio Music Festival , a spectacle that continues to create must-discuss moments in its fourth year. From rising rock artists like Bastille to hip-hop pros like Nicki Minaj , from Coldplay 's stage return to…

  9. Gimme Five: Girls' Generation's Taeyeon's Tips to Make Fall 2014 Great

    September 19, 2014 8:31 PM EDT As leader of Girls' Generation and its splinter trio Girls' Generation-TTS , Taeyeon has spent more than seven years acting as a guide to her eight band members. When Billboard met up with her in New York , the "And One" singer was happy to share her tips to…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. Exclusive Premiere: Joe Bonamassa's 'Never Give All Your Heart'

    September 19, 2014 6:01 PM EDT During the past 25 years, Joe Bonamassa has established a solid reputation as a guitarist, singer, bandleader, producer and song interpreter. And on the new Different Shades of Blue , his 11th solo studio album, he stakes an even stronger claim as a songwriter. The diverse 11-song set, due…

  13. Why the Replacements Went Home to Minneapolis After 23 Years

    September 19, 2014 5:19 PM EDT When the front desk person at the Marriott hotel in downtown Minneapolis asked, "What brings you to town?," I would have won instant acceptance, or at least comprehension, if I had answered "a secret Prince concert." Or better yet: "The Vikings game. Hurts about…

  14. The Juice Podcast: Chris Brown's 'X,' Robin Thicke & Musiq Soulchild as The Husel

    September 19, 2014 5:00 PM EDT Chris Brown has been going hard, promoting his sixth studio album, X , since it was released on Tuesday, Sept. 16. The singer-songwriter will likely earn a Billboard 200 No. 2 album, selling around 130,000 copies first week according to industry forecasters. Chris Brown's Highs &…

  15. Flashback Friday: 'The O.C.' Had All the Best Music

    September 19, 2014 4:05 PM EDT Show of hands: Who, at one point or another, had a  Music From The O.C. CD? I sure did. In fact, I had four (there were a total of six released over the run of the show from 2003-07, including a Chrismukkah one).  The O.C. introduced so many indie bands -- like  Death Cab for Cutie , …

  16. 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…

  17. U2: When Art Becomes the Ad (Guest Column)

    September 19, 2014 3:23 PM EDT 'They might as well be selling Buicks,' writes the host of KCSN's morning show. U2 has always been about messages. In the band's early days in Dublin, beginning with the 1980 album Boy and its hit single "I Will Follow," they openly addressed Bono and the Edge…

  18. Watch Pitbull's Hot Night Out in 'Fireball' Video

    September 19, 2014 2:49 PM EDT Can anyone watch Pitbull 's new video for "Fireball" and honestly tell us they don't want to be at that party? The first single from Mr. Worldwide's upcoming album Globalization , featuring John Ryan , is a Latin dance explosion, and the just-released video…

  19. Emerging Picks of the Week: Death From Above 1979, James Bay & More

    September 19, 2014 2:36 PM EDT As we move into autumn, we've rounded up our favorite tracks that have gained on the Billboard + Twitter Emerging Artists chart. Our first three picks capture an international scope, featuring performers from Canada, Australia and Great Britain (with Scotland still intact). And, just…

  20. Ariana Grande, Katy Perry, And More: Who Had The Best Social Media Moment of the Week?

    September 19, 2014 2:11 PM EDT From Ariana Grande  to  Lady Gaga , some of pop's biggest stars are the best at highlighting the goofy, serious and most WTF moments in their crazy life on social media. But it can be hard to keep track of all your favorites; that's where Billboard comes in.  Each week, we'll…

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