1. Album Review: Former My Chemical Frontman Gerard Way Graduates to Glossy Britpop on ‘Hesitant Alien’

    September 30, 2014 4:53 PM EDT Those looking for a "Helena," or a return to the opera-rock of My Chemical Romance 's 2006 winner The Black Parade , on former MCR lead singer Gerard Way 's solo debut, Hesitant Alien , should keep the receipt. On the LP, which comes in the wake of My Chemical Romance&…

  2. Dave Matthews Band’s ‘Under the Table and Dreaming’ at 20: Classic Track-by-Track Review

    September 27, 2014 2:10 PM EDT For many, the idea of a “classic” Dave Matthews Band album is laughable, if not perverse. That goes for fans and non-fans alike. On one side, you’ve got hardcore Daveheads, who generally prefer stretched-out, heavily improvised live versions of songs to their more compact studio…

  3. Code Picks of the Week: Kaskade vs. Patric la Funk & DBN, Dimond Saints & More

    September 26, 2014 5:49 PM EDT Each week, CODE curates a diverse selection of the most noteworthy new tunes in dance music. Take a listen for a fitting soundtrack to your weekend. Kaskade vs. Patric la Funk & DBN, “Please Say Quick Quack” [Audio Arkade] Largely owing to popular demand, this much-heralded mash-up from…

  4. Alesso Advances, Cash Cash Debuts on Dance/Electronic Charts

    September 26, 2014 5:05 PM EDT Alesso accelerates on Billboard's Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart with "Heroes (We Could Be)" (27-13), taking Digital Gainer honors. The track also enters Dance/Electronic Digital Songs (No. 9) with 16,000 units sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan, as well as Dance/Mix Show…

  5. 'X' Marks the No. 1 Spot: Chris Brown Rules Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

    September 26, 2014 2:30 PM EDT Chris Brown 's X scores the singer his fifth No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums , entering with 145,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The sales sum is his best debut sales week since F.A.M.E arrived at No. 1 with 270,000 units in 2011. Chris Brown Bound to the Top of Artist…

  6. Stevie Nicks Admits Past Pregnancy With Don Henley and More About Her Wild History

    September 26, 2014 10:48 AM EDT In the ’80s, a doctor warned Stevie Nicks that if she did one more line of cocaine, she’d have a brain hemorrhage. Three decades later, she's still here -- and she has plenty of stories to tell. Stevie Nicks was sitting in her den in Los Angeles' Pacific Palisades recently,…

  7. Chart Highlights: Meghan Trainor Tops Pop Songs With 'All About That Bass'

    September 22, 2014 5:15 PM EDT Her debut smash is the chart's record-tying fifth consecutive leader by a rookie act. Plus, new No. 1s for Iggy Azalea, Trey Songz, Tito 'El Bambino' & more. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top…

  8. Flashback Friday: 'The O.C.' Had All the Best Music

    September 19, 2014 4:05 PM EDT Show of hands: Who, at one point or another, had a  Music From The O.C. CD? I sure did. In fact, I had four (there were a total of six released over the run of the show from 2003-07, including a Chrismukkah one).  The O.C. introduced so many indie bands -- like  Death Cab for Cutie , …

  9. Chris Brown's Highs & Lows: Top 10 Career Moments

    September 19, 2014 3:25 PM EDT Since his self-titled debut album almost 10 years ago, Chris Brown has crested mountains, but he's also dipped into the deepest valleys. The last year has been tough for the 25-year old, culminating in a jail stint earlier this summer. However, the talented singer-songwriter never…

  10. Is It Still Possible To Enjoy Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines'?

    September 18, 2014 4:23 PM EDT One writer bravely listens to the biggest song of last summer following the latest piece of controversy, and jots down his many thoughts. (The song starts. Pharrell Williams hollers ‘E’erybody get up!’ after four beats, and the rest of the percussion kicks in at 0:03.) Oh, hey, I…

  11. 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…

  12. Remember When... Destiny's Child (With Solange!) Performed the 'Proud Family' Theme Song?

    September 16, 2014 2:11 PM EDT Is Beyonce pregnant? It's really one of the big questions of Our Time, or at least this On The Run-heavy week. First there were rumors Jay Z allegedly dropped a clue and said "pregnant with another one" in concert, but then Beyonce posted some photos of her drinking champagne,…

  13. Nas, Kendrick Lamar, Redman & Method Man Perform At One Music Fest 2014: Live Review

    September 15, 2014 2:45 PM EDT On Saturday, Sept. 13, music fans flocked to Atlanta's Aaron's Amphitheatre for One Music Fest. The day-long festival featured three stages: Zeus (main stage), Hercules (small stage) and the DJ stage, Soulection. After Atlanta's own Cody ChesnuTT kicked off the afternoon,…

  14. U2's Surprise 'Songs of Innocence': Album Review

    September 09, 2014 5:52 PM EDT Had Apple not been readying the launch of its new iPhone 6, U2 might have had to invent the thing itself. In a bold move only this band could pull off, Bono and the gang hijacked the tech giant's Sept. 9 unveiling and announced the release -- free to all 500 million iTunes users --…

  15. Curren$y, P. Reign & Lil Bibby: Free Music Round Up

    September 05, 2014 5:45 PM EDT This week's free music includes an EP from Curren$y , who is currently sitting at No. 13 on Billboard's Trending 140 chart, a mixtape from Drake 's friend P. Reign and Lil Bibby 's follow-up to his acclaimed mixtape Free Crack . Curren$y, Saturday Night Car Tunes (EP) In…

  16. Billboard Cover: Chris Brown Opens Up About Rihanna, Jail & Accepting Life as a 'Learning Experience'

    September 05, 2014 9:00 AM EDT On Aug. 13, a high spirited Chris Brown gave Billboard his first formal interview since leaving jail in June. Kicked back in front of a control board at Hollywood’s hot Chalice Recording Studios, a vintage-gear-stuffed space favored by young artists, the 25-year-old was taking a…

  17. Berner, 'All In A Day' Feat. YG, Young Thug & Vital: Exclusive Video Premiere

    September 03, 2014 12:31 PM EDT Two months after releasing " All in A Day ," Berner premieres its accompanied music video. Check it out below, premiered here on The Juice: Berner, who is signed to Wiz Khalifa 's Taylor Gang Records, took to major regions for the visual (London, France, California and Atlanta)…

  18. Chart Highlights: Charli XCX's 'Boom Clap' Thunders To Top Of Pop Songs

    September 01, 2014 4:15 PM EDT She scores her first No. 1 as a lead act. Plus, new leaders for Jennifer Lopez, the Pretty Reckless, Lady Antebellum & more Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys…

  19. Ask Billboard: Taylor Swift Out-'Shake's Mariah Carey

    September 01, 2014 10:05 AM EDT A song called 'Shake It Off' tops the Hot 100 at last. Plus, Swift's place in pop/country crossover history, Christina Aguilera's career sales and more As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com .…

  20. 3 Convicted in Death of Georgia Rapper Lil Phat

    August 29, 2014 7:19 PM EDT A jury has convicted three men in the shooting death of an Atlanta rapper known as Lil Phat . Rapper Lil Phat Killed in Atlanta Shooting Melvin Vernell III was shot and killed in June 2012 outside a hospital where he was awaiting the birth of his child. On Friday, prosecutors said the…

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