1. Chart Highlights: Taylor Swift Tops Adult Pop Songs, Sam Smith Rules Adult R&B

    September 29, 2014 7:45 PM EDT 'Shake It Off' ties a record, while 'Stay With Me' conquers yet another format. Plus, new No. 1s for Milky Chance, Cole Swindell and more. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers…

  2. Led Zeppelin Shares Rare Alternate Version of 'The Rain Song'

    September 29, 2014 11:05 AM EDT Led Zeppelin is re-releasing its classic albums Led Zeppelin IV and Houses of the Holy on Oct. 27, and rarities from these sets are beginning to trickle out. Earlier this month, we shared an alternate version of the IV cut “Black Dog” and now a sampling of Houses of the Holy ’s deluxe…

  3. Black Sabbath Planning Final Album & Tour For Next Year

    September 29, 2014 10:20 AM EDT When Black Sabbath dropped the album 13 in 2013, they left fans wondering the album would be their last. Turns out, Ozzy Osbourne and company have more in store. In an interview with Metal Hammer , Osbourne announced that Sabbath will begin working on a new studio album in early 2015 with…

  4. Morning Roundup: 10 Things To Start Your Day

    September 29, 2014 9:09 AM EDT Happy Prince Day : Prince fans rejoice: the famous artist is releasing not one, but two albums today . Beyonce Will Not Give Away Free Album : In an interview with the Financial Times , Beyonce's manager Jim Sabey said Beyonce will not release a free album in the manner of U2 . "I…

  5. Atlas Music Group Acquires Combustion Music Catalog, Forms JV

    September 29, 2014 3:08 AM EDT In its first acquisition, Atlas Music Group has bought the catalog of Combustion Music , the Nashville-based music publishing firm. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. As part of the deal, Atlas Music and Combustion Music are also forming a joint venture, Combustion Atlas , which has a…

  6. 5 Questions with Steve Nieve, Elvis Costello's World-Class Sideman

    September 29, 2014 2:02 AM EDT There’s a case to be made for Steve Nieve as rock 'n' roll’s greatest keyboardist, at least as an accompanist. Ebony and ivory have lived together not just in perfect harmony but frenzied excitement as Nieve has been the dominant instrumental force in Elvis Costello’ s Attractions…

  7. Robin Williams' Life Celebrated at San Francisco Tribute

    September 28, 2014 11:49 AM EDT Family and famous industry friends of  Robin Williams ' gathered to celebrate his legendary life Saturday in San Francisco,  The Hollywood Reporter  has learned. The private tribute – held at the Curran Theatre – drew hundreds of guests and included music and video tributes as well as…

  8. 'Saturday Night Live' recap: Chris Pratt Raps & Ariana Grande Acts

    September 28, 2014 11:04 AM EDT Anyone who watches Parks and Recreation  already knew Chris Pratt was musical, but while there wasn't a Mouse Rat reunion during the Saturday Night Live season premiere Saturday night (huge sigh of disappointment), there were plenty of music moments including a shout out to the latest…

  9. Ariana Grande Reveals Special Guest For 'SNL' Performance

    September 27, 2014 7:13 PM EDT Live from New York, it's Saturday Night! And  this week's "Saturday Night Live" musical guest, ponytail-enthusiast Ariana Grande , will be joined by a very special guest. Hours before the show aired, the "Problem" singer tweeted that The Weeknd will take the…

  10. Get Ready For Ariana Grande on 'Saturday Night Live' With Our 6 Predictions

    September 27, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Ariana Grande  will make her debut as the musical guest on  Saturday Night Live  this weekend. Here's what we're hoping to see from the singer (along with hilarious skits by Chris Pratt , duh).  The New Classics: 10 Genius 'Saturday Night Live' Sketches With…

  11. From Kendrick Lamar to Garth Brooks, the Best and Worst Singles of the Week

    September 26, 2014 5:23 PM EDT Kendrick Lamar "I" Interscope/TDE Kendrick Lamar conquered rap with his eye-to-mouth rhymes during the past two years, documenting his Compton, Calif., streets on the impervious Good Kid, M.a.a.d City . The grim extrospection persists on "I," the first peek at his…

  12. 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…

  13. '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…

  14. Five Questions with BitTorrent's Chief Content Guy About Thom Yorke's Surprise Record

    September 26, 2014 1:41 PM EDT About two hours ago at the time of this writing, BitTorrent and Thom Yorke foisted a surprise upon us in the form of a new solo record,  Tomorrow's Modern Boxes (which has been downloaded 34,800 times in that period), from the ever-shimmying (in our minds, at least) musician. The…

  15. Melissa Etheridge Op-Ed: Why Auto-Tune Has No Soul

    September 26, 2014 12:34 PM EDT Cutting-edge technology makes the human touch -- and sound -- even more vital, writes the singer, who releases new album 'M.E.' on Sept. 30. Ever since technology gave us the ability to put an endless number of tracks on a recording and to manipulate a voice into perfect pitch,…

  16. The New Classics: 10 Genius 'Saturday Night Live' Sketches With Musicians

    September 26, 2014 10:28 AM EDT From Justin Timberlake to Adam Levine, these are the funniest musicians on 'SNL' in recent years. Saturday Night Live  kicks off its 40th season on Saturday, with host Chris Pratt and musical guest  Ariana Grande . In addition to Grande belting out "Break Free," it'…

  17. Gridiron Grooves: Fans of Every NFL Team Reveal Their Favorite Artists

    September 26, 2014 8:00 AM EDT Football season is in full swing, and as always, music is playing a big part, blaring in stadiums to pump up home crowds (and keep the "Gangnam Style" horsey dance alive and well). To find out what each fan base was bumping, Billboard hit up Facebook's data crunchers, who…

  18. Watch Ariana Grande & Chris Pratt's 'SNL' Season Premiere Promos

    September 25, 2014 9:10 PM EDT As reported earlier this month , Ariana Grande will be the musical guest on the Saturday Night Live  season premiere that airs this weekend on Sept. 27. The episode will be hosted by Guardians of the Galaxy star Chris Pratt. We Predicted Every ‘SNL’ Musical Guest For Season 40 Thursday the…

  19. In Honor of One-Hit Wonder Day, Check Out Some of Our Favorites

    September 25, 2014 6:15 PM EDT What do "Baby Got Back," "I Can't Wait," and "Stacy's Mom" have in common? They're all one-hit wonders. In honor of "One-Hit Wonder Day," Billboard staff each selected their favorite track that qualifies -- loosely -- as a one-hit…

  20. Amber Rose: Wiz Khalifa Cheated On Me

    September 25, 2014 3:47 PM EDT On Wednesday, news surfaced that Amber Rose had filed for divorce from her husband of one year, Wiz Khalifa . On Thursday (Sept. 25), via Twitter, Rose confirmed rumors that the rapper's infidelity was a reason for the "irreconcilable differences" mentioned in the filing. She…

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