1. Big K.R.I.T. Releases 'See Me On Top Vol. 4' Mixtape: Listen

    September 16, 2014 6:20 PM EDT Big K.R.I.T. , who hardly ever abandons his style, shows the virtues of persistence and consistency. He's been releasing mixtapes since 2005 -- some of these, like 2011's Return of 4 Eva , are potent -- carrying the torch for an older tradition of southern rap that draws its…

  2. Before Stage Fall, August Alsina Commands Crowd in NYC

    September 16, 2014 3:44 PM EDT While performing his song "Numb" at New York's Irving Plaza on Monday night, August Alsina tottered and fell of the edge of the stage . The band might've thought it was an accident, because they kept playing for a minute. After some confusion, the DJ came back on to play a…

  3. Robert Christgau: Iggy Azalea's 'New Classic' Is Plenty Authentic -- and Damn Good to Boot

    September 16, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Iggy Azalea 'New Classic' Review, Robert Christgau I come not to remind you, in case it's somehow slipped your mind, that Australian-born rapper Iggy Azalea is the first artist to place his, her or their first Hot 100 singles at Nos. 1 and 2 simultaneously since the damn…

  4. Kris Allen Talks Fall Tour, New Video & Covers Sia's 'Chandelier': Watch

    September 16, 2014 5:22 AM EDT Fans planning to see Kris Allen on tour this year may want to remember to wear a pair of comfortable dancing shoes. “We have done some Soul Train lines,” says the American Idol season eight winner. “How can I not do a Soul Train line?” Allen is talking specifically about boogying down to the…

  5. Barbra Streisand Duets With Jimmy Fallon For First Late Night Appearance in 50 Years

    September 16, 2014 1:16 AM EDT It’s not often that an entire episode of The Tonight Show is dedicated to one guest. But for a legend like Barbra Streisand , Jimmy Fallon can certainly make an exception. Streisand carried the Sept. 15 episode by herself, as she hyped her upcoming duets album Partners , out Sept. 16 via…

  6. iHeartRadio Fest Preview: Producers Discuss Whether EDM Will Get Its Own Weekend

    September 15, 2014 12:56 PM EDT Note: This article was conducted prior to Clear Channel's corporate renaming to iHeartMedia , which was announced earlier today (Sept. 16). It's less than 10 days until the fourth iHeartRadio Festival hits the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, and Clear Channel -- now…

  7. Watch How Awkward 'Star Wars' Is Without John Williams' Score

    September 14, 2014 11:56 PM EDT Move over, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford -- the most important person involved in Star Wars: Episode IV:  A New Hope is definitely John Williams . A newly uploaded clip of the final scene of A New Hope shows the value of the film composer's vital contribution of his song …

  8. Christian Rapper Lecrae on Hip-Hop's 'Inconsistency' and Ferguson

    September 12, 2014 12:00 PM EDT And on the eighth day, God created air conditioning. Biblically speaking this may not be true, but on this sweltering late-August morning in Atlanta, any cool breeze feels heaven-sent. Out in the heat, 34-year-old rapper Lecrae and a six-person video crew are filming a music video for "…

  9. Ladies First: Meghan Trainor & 20 Females Who Topped the Hot 100 With Their First Entry

    September 12, 2014 10:20 AM EDT Lorde, Fergie, Mariah Carey and more: these ladies took their first Hot 100 hits all the way to the top. On this week’s Hot 100 chart , Meghan Trainor ’s “All About That Bass” climbs to No. 1 in its ninth week on the chart , giving the 20-year-old her first No. 1 single on the chart with her…

  10. Tomorrow's Hits: Kalin and Myles, Jamie Scott & Native Run

    September 12, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Each Friday, Billboard presents Tomorrow's Hits, a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Kalin and Myles Bay Area hip-pop duo Kalin and Myles inch closer to Billboard's Rhythmic airplay chart with "Love Robbery" (Republic),…

  11. Billboard Cover: 'The Voice' Hasn't Created an Actual Star — But Is Making Bigger Stars of Its Judges

    September 12, 2014 9:30 AM EDT "The girl’s on time, right?" says Gwen Stefani to Blake Shelton . The 44-year-old No Doubt singer looks femme fatale-radiant in a black-and-white polka dot Saint Laurent blouse. "Well, you’re not the biggest girl here," Blake Shelton, 38, dead-pans in his Oklahoma drawl,…

  12. Exclusive: UMG Reveals U2 Bonus Package Release Plan for Retailers

    September 11, 2014 10:07 PM EDT It’s a given that merchants would be annoyed that the new U2 album Songs Of Innocence  is being offered free to a half billion iTunes consumers for an exclusive five-week window. But in the days after the Sept. 9 announcement, those same retailers were in hot pursuit of details about what…

  13. 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 .…

  14. Kem Says He's 'Keeping the Light On for R&B'

    September 11, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Motown artist will tour with Charlie Wilson in 2015; scores third week at No. 1 with 'It's You.' Fresh off scoring a third week at No. 1 on Billboard's Adult R&B chart with "It's You" -- not to mention debuting a week before at No. 3 on the Billboard 200…

  15. U2 Album Downloads Off To Decent Start

    September 10, 2014 7:05 PM EDT Sources tell Billboard that, following Apple's press event on Sept. 9, when the company announced it was giving away U2 's new album Songs of Innocence to all 500 million iTunes account holders, the collection was downloaded about 200,000 times in the United States. A Universal…

  16. The Pfeiffer Twins on Their Eclectic Influences & Making Music From Tragedy

    September 10, 2014 5:51 PM EDT To say that The Pfeiffer Twins took their time on their debut disc, Nobody's Puppet, would be an understatement. According to Carrie, doing it all themselves meant they had no choice but to go slow. "It took us a little under three years from start to finish," she tells…

  17. 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…

  18. 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 ,…

  19. David Bowie Announces New Song 'Sue' for Career-Spanning Album Release

    September 10, 2014 2:08 AM EDT David Bowie promised new music, and he's about to deliver on his word. The Thin White Duke will issue a new song "Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime)" as part of the release this November of a career-spanning collection, titled Nothing Has Changed (The Definitive Collection) . "…

  20. Queensryche Is 'Making a New Record Right Now,' Eyeing Early 2015 Releease

    September 09, 2014 4:30 PM EDT “It feels like we've been set free,” says drummer Scott Rockenfield of splitting with former singer Geoff Tate. Its lengthy and bitter legal battle with former frontman Geoff Tate ended, Queensryche is putting the throttle down on moving past the problems and getting its future in full…

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