1. The Game Wins Sixth No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

    October 23, 2014 7:20 PM EDT Also making waves: Hoodie Allen, DJ Quik, Bobby Shmurda, Mila J Rapper The Game collects his sixth No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, as his latest release, Blood Moon: Year of the Wolf , opens atop the chart. The set sold 33,000 copies in the week ending Oct. 19, according to Nielsen…

  2. Revisionist History, Part 2: Jimi Hendrix Beats the Beatles! Year-End Hits of Yesterday, Re-Analyzed

    October 23, 2014 11:07 AM EDT Since 1958, when Billboard's Hot 100 began tracking the hits every week, any song that's earned year-end No. 1 was surely built to last, right? Not necessarily. To test that theory, we’ve done a "do-over" for year-end charts prior to 2004, when digital downloads became…

  3. Meghan Trainor Rules Hot 100, Ed Sheeran Hits Top 10, Glen Campbell Returns

    October 22, 2014 2:11 PM EDT 'All About That Bass' leads for a seventh week, matching a record set by Michael Jackson; Campbell's back after 33 years; and Taylor Swift debuts atop Digital Songs. Meghan Trainor 's "All About That Bass" leads the Billboard Hot 100 for a seventh week, tying a…

  4. Hear Sia Sing 'You're Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile' From New 'Annie' Soundtrack

    October 22, 2014 12:20 PM EDT So here's a sentence that once seemed impossible: Sia has released her version of the Annie hit "You're Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile," featuring some new lyrics and a modern pop vibe.  Sia will be featured in two other songs on the soundtrack: "Opportunity…

  5. Anatomy of a Hit: How Bobby Shmurda's 'Hot Boy' Came to Life

    October 21, 2014 12:57 PM EDT In March, Bobby Shmurda ’s “Hot Boy” (explicit version: “Hot N—a”) video hit YouTube. But it wasn’t until June, when Vine user Vladimir Francois looped the rapper’s Shmoney Dance move in the clip, that the song blew up. Now, Shmurda, 20, is signed to Epic Records, and “Hot Boy” rises 12-10…

  6. Bobby Brackins' 'Hot Box,' Featuring G-Eazy & Mila J: Exclusive Video Premiere

    October 20, 2014 1:00 PM EDT Bobby Brackins is behind a few hits dominating the R&B/hip-hop charts. He helped write Chris Brown 's "Loyal" and Tinashe 's "2 On," both top 5's on the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. Now Brackins has his own name on a successful tune: "Hot Box,…

  7. Hot 100 Chart Moves: Ed Sheeran, Ariana Grande, Fergie Debut

    October 17, 2014 4:35 PM EDT The duo arrives with 'Love Me Harder,' while Fergie enters with 'L.A.LOVE (la la).' As previously reported , Meghan Trainor leads an all-female top five on the Billboard Hot 100 for a record-extending sixth week with "All About That Bass." Plus, Bobby…

  8. Female Artists Ruling the Charts: A Movement or Just a Moment?

    October 17, 2014 11:43 AM EDT It’s an unprecedented week six of women ruling the top 5, as one exec says when this happens en masse... “there’s something going on culturally.” Taylor , Iggy , Katy , Nicki , Charli , Jessie , Ariana -- there’s no question that women are dominating the singles chart and leading the…

  9. Bridges for Music: How Nonprofit is Harnessing EDM’s Power for Positive Change

    October 17, 2014 6:31 AM EDT When twenty-five cyclists arrived in Amsterdam this week, their focus was not on the long trek from London, but what it would mean for the township of Langa. At time of press, the riders had raised more than £95,000 ($152,000) to build a music school in the impoverished South African…

  10. Hank Williams Biopic 'I Saw the Light' Casts Four New Roles

    October 17, 2014 4:51 AM EDT Hank Williams biopic I Saw the Light has rounded out its cast, adding David Krumholtz, Josh Pais, James DuMont and Wrenn Schmidt . The RatPac Entertainment and Bron Studios film will star Tom Hiddleston and Elizabeth Olsen as the famed musician and his wife Audrey Mae Williams . Marc…

  11. Bobby Shmurda's Mother/Manager Explains His Rant About Not Getting Paid

    October 16, 2014 6:50 PM EDT Bobby Shmurda -- one of this year's biggest breakout stories in hip-hop -- went on an Instagram rant Tuesday, complaining he wasn't getting paid for his concerts and threatening to cease touring. The 20-year-old Brooklyn rapper pulled down his Instagram posts, but not before the…

  12. Tory Lanez Channels the Classics in First NYC Headlining Show

    October 16, 2014 5:37 PM EDT "I believe in keeping sh-- classic" announced Tory Lanez during the middle his show at Webster Hall on Wednesday night -- his first headlining show in New York City. Lanez, who hails from Toronto, wasn't lying: He sang Bell Biv DeVoe during the performance; his Chixtape II…

  13. Pop Shop Podcast: Special Co-Host Darren Criss & Special Guest Jimmy Fallon!

    October 16, 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.…

  14. Tom Petty, Cyndi Lauper, Elvis Costello Among Nominees for Songwriters Hall of Fame

    October 16, 2014 2:57 AM EDT Tom Petty, Vince Gill , Cyndi Lauper , Elvis Costello and Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds are among the performing songwriters being considered for the Songwriters Hall of Fame . The organization announced its 2015 nominees Wednesday. Other performers up for the honor are Gloria…

  15. B.o.B, Bun B & 2 Chainz Take Over 2014 A3C Festival

    October 15, 2014 5:19 PM EDT Hip-hop fans flocked to Atlanta this past week for the 10th annual A3C Festival, which proved to be bigger than ever. Over the course of five days (Oct. 8 through 12), the festival held keynote interviews, panels, showcases and tribute shows across the city. The festival started off strong…

  16. Meghan Trainor Tops Hot 100; Tove Lo Joins All-Female Top Five, Bobby Shmurda Hits Top 10

    October 15, 2014 2:45 PM EDT Led up by Trainor's 'All About That Bass,' women monopolize the top five for a record-extending sixth consecutive week, with Tove Lo's 'Habits (Stay High)' entering the region. Plus, Bobby Shmurda's 'Hot Boy' dances into the top 10. Another week,…

  17. Ariana Grande Lands a Big Voice Acting Role in Animated Film 'Underdogs'

    October 15, 2014 9:08 AM EDT Ariana Grande has been going nonstop since her new album My Everything debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in early September. The latest bump in her career is a leading voice-acting role in Underdogs , an animated family film happening at the Weinstein Company. According to The Wrap ,…

  18. Nile Rodgers, Ellie Goulding Honored at BMI London Awards

    October 14, 2014 12:02 PM EDT Legendary lyricist Tim Rice was honored, Nile Rodgers took top prize and Ellie Goulding was a three-time winner at the BMI London Awards , held Monday night at London's Dorchester Hotel. The annual gala is held to honor the U.K./Euro/Caribbean songwriters, producers and publishers of…

  19. Bryan Adams Talks Tackling The Beatles and The Beach Boys on New Covers Album ‘Tracks of My Years’

    October 07, 2014 3:22 PM EDT For Tracks of My Years (Verve), Bryan Adams ' first record in six years, the Canadian pop-rock star, 54, says he "fumbled my way through a bunch of covers." The LP, which also includes one original, is an homage to the classics that influenced the hitmaker -- whose legacy…

  20. Vine Stars Us the Duo Earn Oprah’s Seal of Approval (Plus, a Label Deal and Movie Too)

    October 07, 2014 10:06 AM EDT A song by husband-and-wife team Us the Duo is featured twice in the Fox animated feature The Book of Life : Placido Domingo sings “No Matter Where You Are” with Zoe Saldana , and it’s reprised over the end credits. The placement is the latest in a string of recent successes by Michael and…

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