1. Pharrell Releases Anime & Video Game Inspired 'It Girl' Video

    September 30, 2014 10:45 AM EDT The clip premiered exclusively in Times Square before hitting the Internet. Before it hit the Internet,  Pharrell  exclusively premiered the new video for his single "It Girl" in a very public space -- Sony's billboard in Times Square. "It Girl" is the final track…

  2. Could 'Weird Al' Yankovic’s Silent Film Short Be an Oscar Contender?

    September 30, 2014 10:43 AM EDT The comedian plays an actor playing Jesus in silent film 'The Moving Picture Co. 1914.' “Weird Al” Yankovic , who resurrected his recording career with a No. 1 album in July, has long resembled Jesus, and now he’s playing him in The Moving Picture Co. 1914 , a 22-minute silent…

  3. 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…

  4. Watch Adam Levine Become an American Psycho in Maroon 5's 'Animals' Video

    September 29, 2014 7:08 PM EDT Halloween comes early for Adam Levine & Victoria's Secret model wife Behati Prinsloo. Is it Halloween already? In Maroon 5 's just-released "Animals" video, frontman Adam Levine stalks his new wife, Victoria's Secret model Behati Prinsloo , in between…

  5. Gwen Stefani Finishing New Solo Album With Pharrell

    September 29, 2014 6:35 PM EDT She will perform her lead single on 'The Voice,' manager Irving Azoff says. It's been eight years since Gwen Stefani 's last solo album, 2006's The Sweet Escape , but the wait may soon be over for new music from the newly minted Voice coach. In a panel at…

  6. 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…

  7. Vaporwave ‘Ambassador’ Saint Pepsi Admits His Obsession With ‘Degrassi’ and Drake

    September 29, 2014 3:35 PM EDT Saint Pepsi has somewhat of a thing for Degrassi . Inspired by Drake 's stint as Wheelchair Jimmy on the teen soap and his subsequent (and highly successful) transition into music, the 21-year-old is facing a trying shift as well. Raised in Long Island, N.Y., Pepsi, whose real name is…

  8. Private Jet? No Problem. VIP Packages for Superfans Are Big Business for Tours & Festivals

    September 29, 2014 2:54 PM EDT Since the live event business rebounded in 2010, VIP programs, which offer seats closer to the stage, meet-and-greets with the artist and, in one extreme case, a private jet to the festival grounds (see story, below), increasingly have become big business. “We’re at a point where most tours…

  9. Outkast's #ATLast Hometown Blowout Brings Erykah Badu, Bun B and More to Atlanta

    September 29, 2014 1:30 PM EDT Janelle Monae, 2 Chainz and a host of Southern rap pioneers were also guests at Outkast's 3-day homecoming concert "One for the money, yes sir, two for the show/A couple of years ago on Headland and Delowe/Was the start of something good" — Outkast, “Elevators (Me & You)”…

  10. Kelly Clarkson Wants Her Baby To Be Lady Gaga's Opening Act

    September 29, 2014 11:50 AM EDT Is Lady Gaga getting a new opening act?  Kelly Clarkson uploaded a super cute picture of her new baby, River Rose, on Twitter, with the three-month-old baby dressed up in one fancy-pants bib that looked like it may have come straight off Mother Monster. "Watch out Lady Gaga!! River…

  11. 'Saturday Night Live' recap: Chris Pratt Raps & Ariana Grande Acts

    September 28, 2014 11:04 AM EDT Anyone who watches Parks and Recreation  already knew Chris Pratt was musical, but while there wasn't a Mouse Rat reunion during the Saturday Night Live season premiere Saturday night (huge sigh of disappointment), there were plenty of music moments including a shout out to the latest…

  12. 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…

  13. Hot 100 Chart Moves: Echosmith's 'Cool' Climbs, Jason Derulo Hits Top 40

    September 27, 2014 6:05 PM EDT The family band's debut single rises, while Derulo's 'Trumpets' sounds a new high note. Plus, moves for Maroon 5, Childish Gambino and the Script. As previously reported , Meghan Trainor leads an all-female Billboard Hot 100 for a third week with "All About That…

  14. Brandy, 'Brandy' at 20: Classic Track-by-Track Review

    September 26, 2014 1:05 PM EDT In 1994, the biggest worry in Brandy 's small world was an unrequited crush. For those of us coming of age in the mid-'90s, life was similarly low-strung. Silly boys and stupid cliques ran our conscience. But these were things that were achingly tragic to a teenager. Four months…

  15. Are Brands Music’s New Bank? Lars Ulrich and Top Execs on the $1.3 Billion Up for Grabs

    September 26, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Six visionaries talk about what's working, what's not, why a Coke Zero concert in Antarctica makes sense and how the industry can catch up to sports' $12 billion gold mine. The day after he joins Billboard in New York for a discussion on music and branding, Lars Ulrich will…

  16. 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…

  17. Morrissey Launches Merch Store, Sells ‘I Will Kill You’ T-Shirt

    September 26, 2014 4:39 AM EDT Morrissey’s next big hit might be a t-shirt.  The former Smiths frontman is selling a range of “official Morrissey” apparel through his new online merch store, which launched Thursday (Sept. 25) in the U.K . and Friday in the U.S . Moz’ inventory includes a range of shirts emblazoned with…

  18. Hasbro Freezes Out Mattel With New Disney Toy Deal

    September 25, 2014 11:11 PM EDT The toy wars just got a bit colder thanks to Disney's Frozen, with Hasbro wrestling the rights for dolls from the hit movie away from its rival Mattel. Hasbro Inc. announced Wednesday that its new deal with Disney Consumer Products will give it global rights -- with the exception of…

  19. New Zealand Musician's Political Satire Banned From Radio & iTunes

    September 25, 2014 6:16 PM EDT It's been suggested that pop songs aren't as political  as they used to be, and it seems like the New Zealand Electoral Commission would like to keep it that way -- at least when it comes to blues musician Darren Watson 's "Planet Key."  Released in August, the song…

  20. Watch this Ukrainian Band's Animated Music Video Live Sequenced Through 14 Apple Devices

    September 24, 2014 9:03 PM EDT Ukranian indie rock band Brunettes Shoot Blondes is getting some deserved attention for a music video posted a week ago that uses 14 Apple devices -- iPhones, iPads and an iPod nano -- to live sequence an animated narrative over its sweet and folksy song "Knock Knock." Apple…

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