1. Jimmy Jam Remembers the Making of Janet Jackson's 'Rhythm Nation 1814': Exclusive Q&A

    September 18, 2014 2:25 PM EDT In 1989, as the world was going to hell, Janet Jackson was coming into her own. The pop star's ascent and the planet's downward slide intersected neatly on Rhythm Nation 1814 , a socially conscious, sonically adventurous, commercially massive album released 25 years ago…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. We Predicted Every ‘SNL’ Musical Guest For Season 40

    September 18, 2014 12:23 PM EDT Ariana Grande, Maroon 5 and Hozier have already been confirmed. We predicted the rest... because we're crazy. A new season of Saturday Night Live is nearly upon us, and that means a slew of musical guest announcements. For big music fans, an irresistible pick can make the difference…

  5. Maroon 5 No. 1 On Billboard Artist 100 Again; Lecrae Debuts, Jhene Aiko Soars

    September 18, 2014 11:40 AM EDT Maroon 5 is the biggest act in the U.S. for a second week, while Lecrae debuts at No. 7 and Aiko rockets 88-9. Maroon 5 tops the Billboard Artist 100 for a second week. Meanwhile, Lecrae debuts at No. 7 and Jhene Aiko blasts 88-9 as their new albums debut on the Billboard 200. Plus, two…

  6. Exclusive: Listen to Premiere of Niia's 'David's House'

    September 18, 2014 11:00 AM EDT You may not have heard of Niia just yet, but you've probably already heard her voice on at least one occasion. As a guest vocalist on Wyclef Jean 's 2007 single "Sweetest Girl (Dollar Bill)," she scored her first top 10 hit at the age of 19 alongside Akon and Lil…

  7. Darrell Hammond Named 'SNL' Announcer After Don Pardo's Death

    September 18, 2014 10:56 AM EDT "It can't be what it was, but it could sort of be in the same tradition," Lorne Michaels tells USA Today. Darrell Hammond is rejoining Saturday Night Live as the show's new announcer, after longtime voice Don Pardo passed away in August at 96. Hammond will introduce the…

  8. Pop Shop Podcast: Fall Music Preview! (Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj, One Direction & More)

    September 18, 2014 10:40 AM EDT Listen to the latest episode of Billboard.com's weekly charts breakdown. Welcome to the latest episode of the Billboard.com Pop Shop Podcast , Billboard's weekly half-hour audio breakdown of the Billboard charts, hottest music news and year's biggest musical events. Casual…

  9. Watch Ylvis' Latest Viral Video 'Trucker’s Hitch'

    September 17, 2014 11:42 PM EDT Last year, Bard and Vegard Ylvisaker , now known internationally as Ylvis , created a promo music video titled “The Fox” for the third season of their variety show Tonight With Ylvis on TVNorge. Ironically, the brothers wrote the song with the intention of making it an anti-hit, a song so…

  10. Gimme Five: Girls' Generation's Tiffany's Favorite Pop Songs Right Now

    September 17, 2014 9:16 PM EDT The big diva vocals, the subtle shifts in harmonies, the on-trend horn-laden production ...not to mention the replay-worthy video: "Holler," the just-released single from Girls' Generation-TTS , is making a play to be one of fall's most addictive K-pop tracks. But what…

  11. Run the Jewels' El-P Calls 'Meow' Kickstarter 'An Opportunity to Do Something Good in a Fun Way'

    September 17, 2014 8:31 PM EDT A few days ago, Run the Jewels announced a number of just slightly ludicrous pre-order packages in support of their forthcoming LP, Run the Jewels 2 . To name a few:  "I'm on the F---ing List, Asshole"  ($7,500) allows you entry plus one to up to 10 RTJ shows, "The Self…

  12. Hear Anthemic New Imagine Dragons Song 'Warriors'

    September 17, 2014 5:58 PM EDT "Pleased to announce a surprise," Imagine Dragons posted on their Facebook page on Wednesday (Sept. 17). No, it's not a new album from the Billboard Hot 100 record-breakers , but it's new music, nonetheless. The band shared "Warriors," a new song made for the…

  13. Exclusive: Coachella and Firefly Founders Team Up on Joint Venture

    September 17, 2014 5:43 PM EDT The deal brings together Goldenvoice, the U.S.' most successful festival producer, with Red Frog, the company behind our fastest-growing fest. Goldenvoice, creators of Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in Indio, Calif., has entered into a joint venture with Red Frog Events to…

  14. Ty Bates Talks Self-Titled EP, Classic Country...and 'Saved by the Bell'

    September 17, 2014 5:29 PM EDT Country newcomer Ty Bates says that on the road with his band and crew, some very interesting conversations come up. "We are on the road a lot, so we talk about a lot of different topics. I think Saved by the Bell came up last week, along with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles ," the…

  15. James Brown's Daughter Details Domestic Abuse, Son Alleges Murder in Dueling New Memoirs

    September 17, 2014 4:45 PM EDT Yamma Brown offers chilling details of how her father beat her mother and Daryl Brown writes he has a "gut feeling" the singer was murdered. A pair of new books about James Brown by two of his children offer a disturbing look into the world of the Godfather of Soul, with graphic…

  16. NOFX's Fat Mike Talks Punk, Drugs & 'Backstage Passport 2'

    September 17, 2014 4:21 PM EDT 'I'm not gonna stop doing coke. Are you crazy?' Fat Mike tells Billboard. There are varying degrees of truthfulness in interviews. There's honest, then there's revealing, then "wow," and finally, "Holy sh--, did they just say that?" NOFX frontman…

  17. 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 …

  18. Musiq Soulchild Explains His Rap Alter Ego The Husel

    September 17, 2014 3:30 PM EDT After a decade of R&B success, Musiq Soulchild aims to conquer rap. The hitmaker revealed his rap alter ego, The Husel, in July during a NYC live performance. Last week, Aug. 11, he shared with Madame Noir that the choice to reinvent his music was the result of music listeners clamoring…

  19. Sir Sly Talks Drake, Speedy Recording & Debut Album 'You Haunt Me'

    September 17, 2014 3:04 PM EDT The indie-pop group just released a debut album full of "incredibly personal moments." Modern rock bands often cite other, often canonical rock acts as their fundamental inspirations, but talking to Landon Jacobs, lead singer of the group Sir Sly, you hear a different story. “I…

  20. Jewel Talks Public Housing, Homelessness & Miley Cyrus' VMAs Date

    September 17, 2014 2:22 PM EDT It's been almost 20 years since Jewel 's iconic debut, Pieces of You, introduced the world to her singular talent. But the singer-songwriter hasn't forgotten her roots, and she's certainly never forgotten the struggles she endured while attempting to make her way in the…

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