1. Kendrick Lamar Lays Down a Series of Freestyles for L.A.'s Power 106

    September 24, 2014 1:30 PM EDT Following the release of his new single, "i," Kendrick Lamar dropped by L.A.'s Power 106 to show off his off-the-cuff lyrical prowess. Watch the video below to see him freestyling over a variety of different beats. Kendrick Lamar Releases New Song 'I': Listen "…

  2. Guest Post: What Will the Music Business Look Like in Five Years?

    September 23, 2014 3:27 PM EDT From the dawn of the digital era in 1999, with the introduction of Napster, the U.S. recording industry has seen a cataclysmic decline in income, from $14.5 billion at its peak to less than $7 billion in 2013 (accounting for inflation, a decline of over 65%). In the last three years,…

  3. Male Country Singers Search For Openings In a Crowded Field

    September 23, 2014 2:16 PM EDT Much has been written in the last year about the paucity of female voices on contemporary country radio. What's gone unspoken in that debate is the density it creates for the other gender. There are so many men in the field that establishing a unique brand is a major challenge. Nine of…

  4. Luke James Talks Self-Titled Album & Reminisces on 2013 Grammy Nomination

    September 23, 2014 1:30 PM EDT In 2013, Luke James ' "I Want You" was nominated for a Grammy in the Best R&B performance category. Every one of James' fellow nominees -- Usher , Miguel , Estelle , Robert Glasper and Ledisi -- had already released albums. On top of that, Usher and Estelle had…

  5. Bob Dylan Named MusiCares Person of the Year

    September 23, 2014 12:29 PM EDT Bob Dylan has been chosen as the 2015 MusiCares Person of the Year by the Recording Academy. The Grammy winner will be honored at the 25th annual benefit gala dinner and concert, set to be held Friday, Feb. 6, two days before the Grammy Awards. More MusiCares Sober Ozzy Osbourne Honored By…

  6. Lady Gaga's 7 Best Live Performances

    September 23, 2014 9:00 AM EDT A.K.A. those times she left us speechless. It's time we got back to focusing on  Lady Gaga 's voice. The release of  Cheek to Cheek , her standards duet album with Tony Bennett, which dropped Tuesday (Sept. 23), points the camera away from her antics and back on her incredible…

  7. Kendrick Lamar Releases New Song 'I': Listen

    September 23, 2014 8:13 AM EDT Close two years after the release of his major label debut, good kid, m.A.A.d. city , Kendrick Lamar returns with his new single, "i." The rapper’s  first single, produced by Rahki, features the TDE rapper proclaiming self love. "I've been through a whole lot/ Trials and…

  8. Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga's 'Cheek to Cheek': Track-by-Track Album Review

    September 22, 2014 4:34 PM EDT After years of running from normalcy as fast as her stiletto-clad feet would carry her, Lady Gaga is pulling a Rod Stewart and digging into the Great American Songbook. It just might save her career. This most mainstream of musical moves follows a difficult couple of years for pop’s chief…

  9. '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 .…

  10. 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" -…

  11. Lady Gaga Talks Manager Split, Tel Aviv Concert and Media Treatment of Celebrities

    September 20, 2014 12:32 PM EDT Lady Gaga also touched on being unhappy and her under-selling "ARTPOP" album. After hip surgery and parting ways with her longtime manager, Lady Gaga says things are looking up. "I've very centered now. I meditate a lot. I'm happy. I am more sober than I&…

  12. 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…

  13. 'Into The Woods' Announces Big (Disney-Inspired!) Changes For Movie

    September 19, 2014 2:15 PM EDT UPDATE: The official website for the film has changed their cast list information after this story was originally posted. A rep notes that the cast names were posted in error, and that information about the film isn't accurate.  We know things now , and they aren't all good when…

  14. 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…

  15. Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett, Jamie Foxx & Nick Jonas: Real-Time Twitter Chart Rewind Ep. 16

    September 19, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Welcome to Billboard's weekly video show "Real-Time Rewind," which recaps the past week's hottest action on the new Billboard Real-Time Twitter Charts -- Trending 140 and Emerging Artists -- and the news that's driving the action. Hosted by Billboard's Joe Levy…

  16. Lady Gaga Fondles Hunks in Ad for Her Unisex Perfume

    September 19, 2014 9:32 AM EDT Lady Gaga is getting sexy in her new perfume ad. Set against her own music -- a duet with Tony Bennett of "I Can't Give You Anything But Love" -- the Steven Klein-directed commercial for Gaga's latest perfume finds her rolling around (in a gorgeous gown!) with some hunky…

  17. Watch Jennifer Lopez & Iggy Azalea Celebrate the 'Booty' in New Video

    September 18, 2014 9:15 PM EDT Jennifer Lopez 's celebration of the backside has arrived. Her "Booty" video -- featuring a verse (and bonus booty) from Iggy Azalea -- delivers exactly what the song promises. The video mostly features glamour shots of Lopez and her famous assets, though she gets some…

  18. 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…

  19. 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.…

  20. 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…

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