1. 'The Voice' Recap: Blind & Burned Artists Turn Coaches' Chairs

    September 30, 2014 1:13 AM EDT The blind auditions continued on The Voice on Monday night with the series' first-ever blind singer, a survivor of third-degree burns, a Family Guy impression master, a very good looking shipping employee and a repeat auditionee from season 3. 'The Voice' Recap: Blake Shelton…

  2. Andy Grammer, Martina McBride & More to Perform at Vital IEBA Conference

    September 26, 2014 6:14 PM EDT With countless developing artists competing for concert dates around the country, getting on the radar of the talent buyers who book those shows is crucial to launching a successful touring career. Indeed, as most musical acts continue to rely on touring as their primary source of income,…

  3. 21 Under 21’s Next Class: Vote For 2015’s Best Bet

    September 24, 2014 2:35 PM EDT Is 2015 the year of Raury, Ella Henderson, Gabi Wilson or someone else? Cast your vote! This year’s edition of our annual 21 Under 21 rankings includes pop mainstays, rising EDM stars, hip-hop heroes and, perhaps most importantly, lots of new talent, as artists like 5 Seconds of Summer…

  4. Exclusive: Pornhub Launches Pornhub Records Label

    September 24, 2014 1:05 PM EDT This summer's news that Coolio had signed a deal with Pornhub may have come prematurely, so to speak -- but rumors that the pornography site was penetrating the music industry (it's just too easy) with a shiny new record label are, in fact, true. Today marks the launch of Pornhub…

  5. Barbra Streisand Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200, Chris Brown at No. 2

    September 24, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Tim McGraw, George Strait and Train all notch Top 5 debuts as well. As reported yesterday , Barbra Streisand earns her 10th No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart with the debut of Partners . The all-star collaborations set sold 196,000 copies in the week ending Sept. 21, according to…

  6. Idris Elba Taps Mumford & Sons, James Blake for Nelson Mandela-Inspired Album

    September 24, 2014 9:21 AM EDT Idris Elba has announced plans for a November release of mi Mandela, an album inspired by his experience playing late South African anti-Apartheid leader Nelson Mandela in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. ‎ Elba, also known as the star of Luther , said the release will include South African…

  7. 'The Voice' Recap: Blake Shelton Pulls Out a Parody of Pharrell's Hat

    September 24, 2014 1:51 AM EDT If Monday night's lackluster season 7 premiere of The Voice was all about the coaches -- old and new -- then Tuesday night's episode put the spotlight back on the auditionees with big voices, creative takes and visible potential. (Thank goodness, because this singing show is still…

  8. 'Voice' Coaches Join Gwen Stefani for 'Hella Good' Performance

    September 23, 2014 3:27 PM EDT In the year 2014,  Blake Shelton , of all people, is assisting in a  No Doubt  cover. This is what happens when  Gwen Stefani  joins  The Voic e, apparently. On Monday night's premiere of the NBC reality show, Stefani -- as well as Shelton, Adam Levine   and  Pharrell Williams   (who…

  9. 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…

  10. What's The Best 'The Voice' Coach Collaboration? Vote Now!

    September 22, 2014 6:52 PM EDT “The Voice” at long last returns on Monday night (Sept. 22) with a pair of new superstars, Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams, joining incumbent coaches Adam Levine and Blake Shelton. Since the show launched in the U.S. in 2011, one of the more exciting aspects has been the collaborations…

  11. The Country Rebel-Meter: From Mild (Blake Shelton!) to Wild (Yes, You, Jason Aldean)

    September 22, 2014 3:53 PM EDT For decades, country music has been defined by two opposite camps. On one side, there's a wholesome, clean-cut crew that toe the Nashville line. On the other end of the spectrum, there's an edgier group that sees themselves as outsiders rebelling against a restrictive system. Both…

  12. '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 .…

  13. Katy Perry's Prismatic Tour Doing Big Business

    September 19, 2014 5:29 PM EDT Katy Perry takes her Prismatic World Tour to No. 1 on Billboard's weekly Hot Tours recap with $31 million in ticket sales from the tour's North American leg that began in June. The tally includes concerts that occurred in a two-month span beginning on July 15. Katy Perry, Ariana…

  14. Lee Brice Does No. 1 'Dance' on Top Country Albums Chart

    September 18, 2014 5:31 PM EDT Brice scores his first leader on the list. Plus, moves for Dustin Lynch, Jason Aldean, Brantley Gilbert and Easton Corbin. Singer/songwriter Lee Brice scores his first No. 1 in four tries on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart, as I Don't Dance , his third full-length album,…

  15. Beyonce and Jay Z's Rumor-Filled Summer: A Timeline

    September 18, 2014 3:50 PM EDT It’s been one crazy (in love?) summer for  Beyonce  and  Jay Z . For a long time, they had been pros at keeping their six-year marriage mostly out of the public spotlight, but summer 2014 will be remembered in the pop culture world as the moment the whole thing almost came tumbling down.…

  16. Pharrell Williams Wants to Follow in Blake Shelton's Footsteps on 'The Voice'

    September 18, 2014 11:57 AM EDT Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams are the new faces to the coaching staff, but don't expect any major format changes. The Voice returns on Sept. 22 and for new judge  Pharrell Williams , it's more than just another gig.  “I don’t want to call it a job," Williams said at a…

  17. Watch Gwen Stefani & Blake Shelton's Lip-Sync Battle on 'Tonight Show'

    September 18, 2014 9:45 AM EDT Tonight Show Lip-Sync Battles returned Wednesday night with two especially qualified contenders: Gwen Stefani and (a champagne-carrying) Blake Shelton . The Voice coaches came ready to win against Jimmy Fallon, and all three chose particularly good songs: "Puttin' On The Ritz,…

  18. Barbra Streisand Set for Historic No. 1 Album

    September 17, 2014 6:15 PM EDT 'Partners' could make her the first artist with No. 1 albums in each of the past six decades. Barbra Streisand may collect her 10th No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart next week with the arrival of her new all-star duets album, Partners . Barbra Duets With Jimmy Fallon for…

  19. 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 …

  20. Lesley Ann Warren, Star of TV's 'Cinderella', To Attend Broadway Version

    September 17, 2014 12:12 AM EDT The Cinderella onstage on Broadway next Tuesday will have another Cinderella in the audience -- Lesley Ann Warren . Warren, who starred in the 1965 television version of "Cinderella," is slated to attend the Sept. 23 production of "Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella…

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