1. 'Simpsons' Producer Al Jean Dishes on Show's Best Musical Moments

    September 12, 2014 3:00 PM EDT To close out The Simpsons binge-fest of all 552 episodes on FXX last month, the Hollywood Bowl is dedicating three nights to the beloved animated series. From Sept. 12-14, the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles will be accompanied by stars like Conan O'Brien , “Weird Al” Yankovic ,…

  2. The Juice Podcast: Nicki Minaj, Chris Brown, Usher, Lil Wayne & More 'Ask The Juice'

    September 12, 2014 1:20 PM EDT On this week’s episode of The Juice Podcast, Pop Shop editor Jason Lipshutz joins me to answer fan questions related to R&B and hip-hop. We cover topics as Nicki Minaj , Chris Brown 's stage presence, Usher 's forthcoming album, Lupe Fiasco 's current relationship with…

  3. Arcade Fire's 'Funeral' Turns 10: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    September 12, 2014 1:11 PM EDT Arcade Fire's sprawling set-up is like a small community onstage, but at its core, the band is the songwriting duo of husband and wife Win Butler and Régine Chassagne . Both lost a grandparent during the recording of their debut album, and the theme of death dominates Funeral ,…

  4. Chris Brown Shares Some Advice For Ray Rice: 'I've Made My Mistakes Too'

    September 12, 2014 1:03 PM EDT When you're in a horrible situation (of your own making) it may be helpful to look at how others have handled things. That must be the reasoning behind MTV asking Chris Brown for his thoughts on Ray Rice , who of course is back making headlines this week after video of him assualting his…

  5. 40 Under 40: Music's Young Power Players

    September 12, 2014 8:00 AM EDT They’re young, they’re innovative, they’re disruptive. From monetizing bite-sized streams to selling out massive stadiums, these are the progressive leaders reshaping the music industry. The honorees on Billboard’s annual 40 Under 40 Power Players list were chosen by Billboard editors from…

  6. Cosimo Matassa, Hall of Fame Inducted New Orleans R&B Musician, Dies at 88

    September 12, 2014 1:56 AM EDT Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Cosimo Matassa , who recorded New Orleans rock and rhythm and blues from the 1950s to the 1970s, has died. He was 88. Matassa, who had been ailing since suffering a stroke in 2009, died on Thursday, granddaughter Mia Matassa told The Associated Press.…

  7. INFINITE Become First Korean Act to Top Twitter Emerging Artist Chart, Enter Top Tracks

    September 11, 2014 9:47 PM EDT The K-pop boy band kept conversations going thanks to a slick dance video. INFINITE  earn their first Billboard No. 1 this week with "Last Romeo."  The K-pop boy band's '80s-inspired single tops the  Billboard Twitter Emerging Artists chart and also hits No. 33 on…

  8. CBS Cuts NFL Segment With Rihanna Before Thursday Night Football Game

    September 11, 2014 6:53 PM EDT CBS seemed pretty excited when it announced a new segment that would open each NFL Thursday Night Football game this year with Jay-Z 's Rihanna -featuring track "Run This Town" and narration by Don Cheadle. But now it has cut the segment seemingly because Rihanna has been a…

  9. Chris Brown Rebounds on Social 50 Chart

    September 11, 2014 6:11 PM EDT Plus, Flying Lotus flies onto the chart, thanks to a little help from Kendrick Lamar. Chris Brown re-enters the Social 50 chart at No. 22 after a one-week hiatus from the tally, thanks to a flurry of promotion tied to the upcoming release of his sixth studio album, X . Chris Brown's Full…

  10. 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 .…

  11. Musicians Remember 9/11 on Social Media

    September 11, 2014 2:28 PM EDT Many musicians documented the the anniversary of  9/11 on Twitter today, offering prayers and support for the families of attack victims. Taylor Swift remembered her visit to the 9/11 memorial, and Snoop Dogg encouraged people to help "someone else 2day." See more tweets below:  …

  12. Karen O Brings ‘Crush Songs’ to Life at New York's Manderley Bar

    September 11, 2014 12:43 PM EDT A neon sign shone through the smoke-filled haze of the Manderley Bar at the McKittrick Hotel, where a small standing crowd, with smartphones at the ready, awaited the evening’s headliner, Karen O . Crush Palace, the heart-shaped sign read, a nod to Karen O’s first solo album, Crush Songs ,…

  13. Godsmack Premieres Exclusive Behind the Scenes Rockstar Energy Uproar Festival Video Tour Diary

    September 11, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Also, drummer Shannon Larkin shares an exclusive tour diary entry The members of Godsmack are Ozzfest veterans, so they definitely know how to have a good time on tour. Billboard has some video evidence. Currently on the Rockstar Energy Uproar tour, Godsmack has been filming video diaries,…

  14. Hear Neil Young Protest Fracking & Corporate America in ‘Who’s Gonna Stand Up’

    September 11, 2014 10:01 AM EDT Neil Young has posted a live recording of a new song to his official site. It’s an impassioned protest song in the tradition of his classic late 60s and early 70s work called “Who’s Gonna Stand Up.” Check out the live recording below, which was recorded at Liverpool’s Echo Arena on July 13…

  15. Who Got Nominated For the 2014 Mercury Prize?

    September 10, 2014 7:11 PM EDT If you're a U.K. musician making alternative music, the Mercury Prize is one of the greatest honors you can achieve. The annual award celebrates the best full-length from a British Isles-based artist and regularly goes to a dark horse, a left-field candidate largely ignored by the…

  16. Chris Brown's 'Autumn Leaves' Collabo With Kendrick Lamar Leaks

    September 10, 2014 5:26 PM EDT As the release of Chris Brown 's X (Sept. 16) approaches, a new song surfaces, titled, "Autumn Leaves." The X collaboration with Kendrick Lamar is featured on MissInfo.tv, Nah Right, 2DopeBoyz and other sites. On the slow-tempo track, the singer-songwriter opens up about his…

  17. Paolo Nutini Shares New Album 'Caustic Love' Early & Talks Breaking Though in America

    September 10, 2014 4:23 PM EDT Paolo Nutini is a bona fide superstar in his native United Kingdom. The Scottish soul singer's third studio album, Caustic Love , has already topped the U.K. Albums Chart , and now Nutini is setting his sights on America. But the 2014 Glastonbury headliner knows taking on a new market…

  18. Must-Hear Music Podcast: Mary J. Blige & Disclosure, Fall Out Boy, Willow Smith & More

    September 10, 2014 1:45 PM EDT On this week's Must-Hear Music podcast, strange musical crossovers seem to be the unofficial theme. We chat about British dance duo Disclosure producing a song for Mary J. Blige, Fall Out Boy sampling folkie Suzanne Vega and former hair-whipper Willow Smith covering indie fave King Krule…

  19. Meghan Trainor Tops Hot 100 With 'All About That Bass'

    September 10, 2014 1:31 PM EDT The pop newcomer's debut hit dethrones Taylor Swift's 'Shake It Off' after two weeks on top. It's all about Meghan Trainor on this week's Billboard Hot 100 , as her debut hit "All About That Bass" crowns the tally with a 2-1 climb. The positive-body…

  20. Shadow Lanes, 'Sea and Back': Exclusive Video Premiere

    September 10, 2014 12:31 PM EDT Pairing diverse strengths to achieve a distinct sound, Shadow Lanes is a collaborative fusion that almost makes too much sense. Versatile house producer Chris Manik (known to the deep house world as MANIK ) teamed up with accomplished engineer Alex Hamadey (aka N’Conduit ) to form a band that…

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