1. CMA Noms Lift Miranda Lambert's 'Platinum' Back to No. 1

    September 11, 2014 5:45 PM EDT The set scores a sixth week at No. 1 on Top Country Albums. Plus, moves for Garth Brooks, Kenny Chesney and Frank Foster. Leading all acts with nine nominations for the 2014 CMA Awards (announced Sept. 3), Miranda Lambert flies 7-1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart with Platinum .…

  2. Watch Janelle Monae's 'Power'-ful 'Sesame Street' Visit

    September 11, 2014 5:29 PM EDT Billboard was on the set when the singer taped the show earlier this year. On Tuesday, Janelle Monae is coming to Sesame Street . It's the 45th anniversary of the famous show, and honoring that kind of longevity requires the right performer -- someone grounded in both past and present,…

  3. Carlos Vives to Play for 200,000+ Fans During Five-City Colombia Tour

    September 11, 2014 4:25 PM EDT Two years ago, Colombian folk/pop fusion master Carlos Vives had no label, no tour and hadn't released an album in nearly a decade. What a difference a year makes. Carlos Vives & Marc Anthony Team for Tropical No. 1 In 2013, Vives released Corazón Profundo under a new label, Sony…

  4. The 20 Best Songs About Friendships -- Good, Bad and With Benefits

    September 11, 2014 2:00 PM EDT Friendship is a complicated thing. It can save your life -- like when a good buddy gets you through a bad breakup -- or it can drive you absolutely nuts. After all, some friends lie and let you down, and if they’re not secretly plotting your demise, they might be harboring romantic feelings…

  5. Listen: Lil' Kim Releases Jadakiss-Assisted Song, 'Real Sick'

    September 11, 2014 1:49 PM EDT "The Queen's back, bitches." Lil' Kim kicks off her new song, "Real Sick," strong: "Lil' Kim, the one they all love and hate / The Queen's back bitches, regurgitate / I got these hos real sick like a stomach ache." "Real Sick" --…

  6. Dispute Over Duke Ellington Royalties in Court

    September 11, 2014 12:22 PM EDT New York's highest court is set to hear arguments by jazz composer Duke Ellington 's heirs to reinstate their lawsuit against publisher EMI seeking half the royalties from foreign sales of his music. The 2010 suit alleges breach of the 1961 standard songwriter royalty contract the…

  7. 2. 5 Seconds of Summer: 21 Under 21 (2014)

    September 11, 2014 11:56 AM EDT Under 21 Main Page Birthdates: Michael Clifford: November 20, 1995 (Age: 18); Luke Hemmings: July 16, 1996 (Age: 18); Calum Hood: January 25, 1996 (Age: 18); Ashton Irwin: July 7, 1994 (Age: 20) Last Year’s Rank: N/A Why They’re Hot: Some would say the boys of 5 Seconds of Summer are hot…

  8. Godsmack Premieres Exclusive Behind the Scenes Rockstar Energy Uproar Festival Video Tour Diary

    September 11, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Also, drummer Shannon Larkin shares an exclusive tour diary entry The members of Godsmack are Ozzfest veterans, so they definitely know how to have a good time on tour. Billboard has some video evidence. Currently on the Rockstar Energy Uproar tour, Godsmack has been filming video diaries,…

  9. 'The Simpsons' Set to Take Over the Hollywood Bowl

    September 11, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Conan O'Brien, 'Weird Al' Yankovic & more will bring Springfield to Hollywood. "Weird Al" Yankovic , Conan O'Brien and Beverly D'Angelo are among the voices of Simpsons characters who will perform songs they sang on the long-running animated series at…

  10. Portishead's Geoff Barrow Accuses Phantogram of Drumbeat Theft

    September 10, 2014 8:51 PM EDT Portishead drummer Geoff Barrows has accused Phantogram of stealing one of his beats on the electro-pop duo's 2010 song "When I'm Small."  Barrows confronted the band Friday, writing "Just wondering why I'm playing the drums on one of your tracks? Any thoughts?…

  11. Exclusive: U2 Manager Guy Oseary Talks 'Songs of Innocence' Rollout & Strategy Shift

    September 10, 2014 6:48 PM EDT Tuesday's release of U2 's Songs of Innocence was a surprise for numerous reasons, starting with the fact that it was given away as a free download to all of Apple's 500 million iTunes customers for the next five weeks. But its track list raised the eyebrows of a few U2 die…

  12. Paolo Nutini Shares New Album 'Caustic Love' Early & Talks Breaking Though in America

    September 10, 2014 4:23 PM EDT Paolo Nutini is a bona fide superstar in his native United Kingdom. The Scottish soul singer's third studio album, Caustic Love , has already topped the U.K. Albums Chart , and now Nutini is setting his sights on America. But the 2014 Glastonbury headliner knows taking on a new market…

  13. UPDATE: Exclusive: Man Jailed for Posting Lyrics to Facebook Says 'It's Pretty Worrisome'

    September 10, 2014 4:10 PM EDT James Evans didn't think twice about posting song lyrics to his Facebook wall on Aug. 24, as he often does while listening to music. This time, however, the verse he chose -- "Student bodies lying dead in the halls, a blood splattered treatise of hate / Class dismissed is my…

  14. Vanessa Hudgens Is Coming to Broadway

    September 10, 2014 4:08 PM EDT Thank heaven for this girl. Vanessa Hudgens is moving from high school musicals to the big leagues. Producers announced Wednesday (Sept. 10) that the High School Musical star will take on the title role in the new production of Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe 's Gigi , which will…

  15. ACM Honors: Carrie Underwood Cries, Kelly Clarkson Belts It Out and More

    September 10, 2014 2:12 PM EDT The Academy of Country Music paid a visit to Music City Tuesday night for the 8 th Annual ACM Honors, an evening of special tributes to the honorees and winners of awards that are not a part of the yearly CBS awards-show telecast. Held at the Ryman Auditorium, the program’s host, Jake Owen ,…

  16. Must-Hear Music Podcast: Mary J. Blige & Disclosure, Fall Out Boy, Willow Smith & More

    September 10, 2014 1:45 PM EDT On this week's Must-Hear Music podcast, strange musical crossovers seem to be the unofficial theme. We chat about British dance duo Disclosure producing a song for Mary J. Blige, Fall Out Boy sampling folkie Suzanne Vega and former hair-whipper Willow Smith covering indie fave King Krule…

  17. Meghan Trainor Tops Hot 100 With 'All About That Bass'

    September 10, 2014 1:31 PM EDT The pop newcomer's debut hit dethrones Taylor Swift's 'Shake It Off' after two weeks on top. It's all about Meghan Trainor on this week's Billboard Hot 100 , as her debut hit "All About That Bass" crowns the tally with a 2-1 climb. The positive-body…

  18. Nicki Minaj Shades CBS Following Fashion Rocks Performance

    September 10, 2014 12:26 PM EDT Nicki Minaj wasn’t happy about how CBS handled the broadcast of her Sept. 9 Fashion Rocks performance at Brooklyn's Barclays Center, and she wants them to know it.   Following the show, Nicki took to social media to criticize the CBS producers for allegedly cutting out parts of her …

  19. Maroon 5 Tops Billboard 200 With 'V'

    September 10, 2014 11:00 AM EDT 0 Jeezy starts at No. 2 on the chart, while Bob Marley earns his highest-charting album ever. Pop band Maroon 5 nabs its second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, as its fifth studio release -- appropriately named V -- debuts atop the list. It sold 164,000 copies in the week…

  20. Watch The Replacements Play 'Fallon' After Three-Decade NBC Ban

    September 10, 2014 10:13 AM EDT Twenty eight years ago, the Replacements drunkenly stumbled through one of the worst musical performances in SNL history (at least from NBC’s perspective) and were famously banned from ever playing 30 Rock again. Well, Lorne Michaels be damned -- the ‘Mats returned to NBC on Sept. 9 for a…

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