1. From Alicia Keys to Fall Out Boy, the Best and Worst Singles of the Week

    September 19, 2014 6:45 PM EDT Alicia Keys "We Are Here" RCA Records Never mind the simplistic chord progressions: A pregnant Keys ' latest move to effect social change through song would hit if it weren't such an overwrought exercise in cliche. The midtempo cut attempts to unify, but its earnestness…

  2. Where to Live Stream the iHeart Radio Music Festival This Weekend

    September 19, 2014 6:30 PM EDT Taylor Swift ,  Ed Sheeran   and Nicki Minaj are all headed to Las Vegas this weekend for the iHeartRadio Music Festival. But you don't have to travel to Sin City to catch the show, it's available for live stream online.  iHeartRadio Fest Preview: Producers Discuss Whether EDM…

  3. Big & Rich Look Back on 10 Years as They Go Indie for New Album 'Gravity'

    September 19, 2014 6:10 PM EDT has been a year of renewed energy for Big & Rich . As their current single, "Look At You," sits at No. 20 on the Hot Country Songs chart , they're not only gearing up for the release of their fifth studio album, Gravity -- they're looking back on 10 years of Big…

  4. 'Love & Mercy' Stars John Cusack & Paul Dano on How They Became Brian Wilson

    September 19, 2014 4:50 PM EDT The film about the Beach Boys mastermind premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. It wasn't just the script that got actors John Cusack and Paul Dano excited about playing Beach Boys singer-songwriter Brian Wilson in director Bill Pohlad 's new film, Love & Mercy …

  5. Code Picks of the Week: Gorgon City, Michael Calfan & More

    September 19, 2014 4:30 PM EDT Each week, CODE curates a diverse selection of the most noteworthy new tunes in dance music. Take a listen for a fitting soundtrack to your weekend. Gorgon City ft. Katy Menditta, “Imagination” [Virgin EMI] Between its sexy bass line and chills inducing refrain, the latest cut off the UK…

  6. Chris Brown's Highs & Lows: Top 10 Career Moments

    September 19, 2014 3:25 PM EDT Since his self-titled debut album almost 10 years ago, Chris Brown has crested mountains, but he's also dipped into the deepest valleys. The last year has been tough for the 25-year old, culminating in a jail stint earlier this summer. However, the talented singer-songwriter never…

  7. Australia's Music Streaming Market Is Jam-Packed – But Likely Not for Long

    September 19, 2014 1:53 PM EDT There's a rumble going on Down Under. Over the last few years, Australia has become one of the world's most competitive markets for music streaming services. A few companies could strike it rich, but the sparsely populated country could be trouble for many more. Australia is the…

  8. Jennifer Hudson on Why She’s Not Her Son’s Favorite Singer and Her ‘Dream Role’ Playing Aretha Franklin

    September 19, 2014 10:59 AM EDT Since her star-making turn as Effie in 2006's Dreamgirls , which took her from American Idol also-ran to Academy Award winner, Jennifer Hudson has left no doubt that she could crush a big ballad. Now on her third album, JHUD (Sept. 23, RCA), the singer-actress flips the script, hitting…

  9. 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…

  10. Adam Lambert Signs With New Label for Third Album

    September 19, 2014 10:20 AM EDT When Adam Lambert hit Ryan Seacrest's radio show to chat about his temporary American Idol judging gig  on Thursday, the Glammy One let it slip that he's already teamed up with a new label for his third album after parting ways with RCA a year ago. “I’m not going to say too much…

  11. 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…

  12. Conan's New Apple Service Will 'Remove Any Memory of the Band U2'

    September 19, 2014 9:41 AM EDT Apple was quick to offer iTunes users a one-click way to rid their digital libraries of the new (and very free) U2 album earlier this week. But for some anti-U2ites that just isn't enough and Conan O'Brien and team have imagined a rather more extreme service from Apple that can…

  13. 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…

  14. Johnny Rotella, Songwriter for Frank Sinatra, Dies at 93

    September 18, 2014 11:20 PM EDT Johnny Rotella , an accomplished instrumentalist and songwriter who wrote the Frank Sinatra standard “Nothing but the Best” and recorded with Neil Diamond , Frank Zappa , Steely Dan and others, has died. He was 93. Rotella, a highly sought-after session man who played with marquee artists…

  15. Jhene Aiko Shines at No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

    September 18, 2014 5:53 PM EDT Jhene Aiko crowns Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with her first full-length set  Souled Out , selling 70,000 units in its opening week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The R&B songstress emerged in 2013 on the chart with  Sail Out , a seven-song EP that debuted at No. 2 (with 34,000 copies)…

  16. Listen to Meghan Trainor Mash Up 'All About That Bass' & 'Shake It Off'

    September 18, 2014 4:50 PM EDT Meghan Trainor  is shaking off that bass. The singer stopped by an Australian radio show earlier this week, where the hosts asked her to sing a bit of  Taylor Swift 's hit "Shake It Off" set to the music of her own hit, "All About That Bass." The results aren't…

  17. Beyonce and Jay Z's Rumor-Filled Summer: A Timeline

    September 18, 2014 3:50 PM EDT It’s been one crazy (in love?) summer for  Beyonce  and  Jay Z . For a long time, they had been pros at keeping their six-year marriage mostly out of the public spotlight, but summer 2014 will be remembered in the pop culture world as the moment the whole thing almost came tumbling down.…

  18. Perry Farrell Takes a Walk Down L.A. Memory Lane Before Sunset Strip Music Fest

    September 18, 2014 3:24 PM EDT Jane's Addiction will perform 'Nothing's Shocking' in its entirety on Friday. This weekend, Jane's Addiction will be the focal point of the Sunset Strip Music Festival, a two-day long event celebrating the legendary strip's long musical heritage. On Friday…

  19. Janet Jackson's 'Rhythm Nation 1814' Revisited By Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis: Track-by-Track Review

    September 18, 2014 1:50 PM EDT If Janet Jackson 's third album, 1986's Control , was a declaration of independence, the follow-up, Rhythm Nation 1814 , was a constitution -- a blueprint for the kind of country that this confident, sexy and newly independent 23-year old woman wanted to live in. At least…

  20. 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…

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