1. 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…

  2. Songwriter-Producer Rodney Jerkins: Mary J. Blige Is in ‘The Best Place She Has Been in a Long Time’

    September 29, 2014 6:06 PM EDT The year 2015 will mark songwriter-producer Rodney Jerkins' 20th in the music business. His first 19 have seen him produce or co-produce 16 top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 for the likes of Michael Jackson , Whitney Houston , Mariah Carey and others, including four No. 1s. And next…

  3. Niykee Heaton Heats Up, With Assistance From Russell Simmons

    September 29, 2014 5:52 PM EDT Niykee Heaton 's debut EP, Bad Intentions , was released last Tuesday to noteworthy buzz, topping the Billboard + Twitter Trending 140 chart (and quickly nestling into the top 10 in the iTunes Store). But if you haven't heard one of the EP's six tracks on the radio, don&…

  4. Alt-J Nabs U.K. No. 1 with 'This Is All Yours'

    September 29, 2014 6:44 AM EDT British band Alt-J converted their status as critical indie favorites into mainstream crossover by debuting at No. 1 yesterday (Sept. 28) with their  This Is All Yours  album (Infectious Music). Meanwhile, Jessie J’s collaboration with Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj , “Bang Bang” (Lava…

  5. Global Citizen Festival 2014: Beyonce Duets With Jay Z, Sting Joins No Doubt & 8 More Highlights

    September 28, 2014 1:27 AM EDT Now in its third year, the Global Citizen Festival took its ambitious name to heart during its Sept. 27 gathering on the Great Lawn of New York’s Central Park. In addition to show-stopping performances from Jay Z (with a two-song finale cameo from Beyonce ), No Doubt (who were at one point…

  6. Nu-Blu Talk Collaborative Effort of 'All the Way'

    September 26, 2014 7:58 PM EDT Nu-Blu 's Carolyn Routh is a very humble and modest person. You find that out just seconds into a conversation with her. But she's very confident when it comes to the band's just-released disc, All the Way . "The new album is good, if I'm allowed an opinion,"…

  7. Alesso Advances, Cash Cash Debuts on Dance/Electronic Charts

    September 26, 2014 5:05 PM EDT Alesso accelerates on Billboard's Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart with "Heroes (We Could Be)" (27-13), taking Digital Gainer honors. The track also enters Dance/Electronic Digital Songs (No. 9) with 16,000 units sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan, as well as Dance/Mix Show…

  8. Stevie Nicks Admits Past Pregnancy With Don Henley and More About Her Wild History

    September 26, 2014 10:48 AM EDT In the ’80s, a doctor warned Stevie Nicks that if she did one more line of cocaine, she’d have a brain hemorrhage. Three decades later, she's still here -- and she has plenty of stories to tell. Stevie Nicks was sitting in her den in Los Angeles' Pacific Palisades recently,…

  9. The New Classics: 10 Genius 'Saturday Night Live' Sketches With Musicians

    September 26, 2014 10:28 AM EDT From Justin Timberlake to Adam Levine, these are the funniest musicians on 'SNL' in recent years. Saturday Night Live  kicks off its 40th season on Saturday, with host Chris Pratt and musical guest  Ariana Grande . In addition to Grande belting out "Break Free," it'…

  10. Gridiron Grooves: Fans of Every NFL Team Reveal Their Favorite Artists

    September 26, 2014 8:00 AM EDT Football season is in full swing, and as always, music is playing a big part, blaring in stadiums to pump up home crowds (and keep the "Gangnam Style" horsey dance alive and well). To find out what each fan base was bumping, Billboard hit up Facebook's data crunchers, who…

  11. 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…

  12. Watch Mary J. Blige Perform New Songs 'Therapy' & 'Right Now'

    September 24, 2014 5:36 PM EDT Mary J. Blige has released two songs in advance of her upcoming album The London Sessions , due Dec. 3. She performed both on Later...With Jools Holland supported by a lean, efficient four-piece band. "Right Now" is built around a tricky beat, and the glitchy, uptempo…

  13. Meghan Trainor No. 1 On Hot 100, Jeremih Hits Top 10, Jennifer Lopez Debuts

    September 24, 2014 2:35 PM EDT 'All About That Bass' leads an all-female top five for a third week and takes over atop Radio Songs. Plus, Jeremih's 'Don't Tell 'Em' jumps 12-10 and Jennifer Lopez blasts in at No. 18 with 'Booty.' Meghan Trainor's ode to booty…

  14. Must-Hear Music Podcast: Kendrick Lamar, Jessie J, Britney Demos, Azealia Banks & More

    September 24, 2014 2:00 PM EDT This week's Must-Hear Music podcast kicks off with a detailed dissection of Kendrick Lamar's "i," the first full taste of his sophomore album. While everyone ( Jason Lipshutz , Erika Ramirez  and Joe Lynch ) agrees it was far from what we expected, the Billboard staff…

  15. SiriusXM Copyright Battle: What Does the Latest Ruling Mean for Digital Music?

    September 23, 2014 7:04 PM EDT The U.S. Federal Court decision that SiriusXM violated the Turtles ' pre-1972 master copyrights by playing their music without licensing it or paying performance royalties is a big win for the music industry, but does it have meaning beyond California where the legal battle took place?…

  16. Wonder.fm, New Site By a We Are Hunted Co-Founder, Simplifies Music Discovery

    September 23, 2014 8:54 AM EDT A new music discovery site called Wonder.fm  is proving the problem of music discovery, an emphasis of streaming sites in recent years, is far from solved. Wonder.fm was created by We Are Hunted co-founder Stephen Phillips. We Are Hunted was acquired by Twitter in April 2013 and morphed…

  17. Chart Highlights: Meghan Trainor Tops Pop Songs With 'All About That Bass'

    September 22, 2014 5:15 PM EDT Her debut smash is the chart's record-tying fifth consecutive leader by a rookie act. Plus, new No. 1s for Iggy Azalea, Trey Songz, Tito 'El Bambino' & more. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top…

  18. Mary J. Blige Releases New Song Co-Written by Sam Smith

    September 22, 2014 3:54 PM EDT Mary J. Blige has made a career out of tough, resilient ballads, songs like "Not Gon' Cry," "No More Drama" and "Be Without You." Lately she's been in the studio with a group of English artists -- notably Disclosure and Naughty Boy , who are better…

  19. 'The Voice,' 'Idol' & 'X Factor': All 26 Judges, Ranked

    September 22, 2014 2:52 PM EDT As Gwen Stefani & Pharrell Williams join 'The Voice,' we rank the coaches who came before them. Starting Monday night (Sept. 22), there are two new kids on the singing-competition block: Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams , who will make their debut as coaches on The Voice .…

  20. The Script Beats Barbra Streisand To U.K. No. 1

    September 22, 2014 4:48 AM EDT Dublin pop-rock trio the Script have made it three U.K. No. 1s from four albums, after their new set No Sound Without Silence debuted at the top yesterday (Sept. 21). On the singles chart, British drum ‘n’ bass duo Sigma achieved their second No. 1 single with “Changing” (3 Beat/All Around…

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