1. Private Jet? No Problem. VIP Packages for Superfans Are Big Business for Tours & Festivals

    September 29, 2014 2:54 PM EDT Since the live event business rebounded in 2010, VIP programs, which offer seats closer to the stage, meet-and-greets with the artist and, in one extreme case, a private jet to the festival grounds (see story, below), increasingly have become big business. “We’re at a point where most tours…

  2. Outkast's #ATLast Hometown Blowout Brings Erykah Badu, Bun B and More to Atlanta

    September 29, 2014 1:30 PM EDT Janelle Monae, 2 Chainz and a host of Southern rap pioneers were also guests at Outkast's 3-day homecoming concert "One for the money, yes sir, two for the show/A couple of years ago on Headland and Delowe/Was the start of something good" — Outkast, “Elevators (Me & You)”…

  3. Marvel, Jack Kirby Estate Settlement Brings End to High-Stakes Copyright Battle

    September 29, 2014 11:56 AM EDT On Friday, Marvel ended a long and bitter feud with the estate of comic book legend Jack Kirby , announcing a settlement just days before the U.S. Supreme Court had scheduled a conference to discuss whether to take up a case with potentially billions on the line. "Marvel and the family…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 'Big Brother' Finale: 6 Frankie Grande GIFs for All Outcomes

    September 24, 2014 8:35 PM EDT When the Big Brother finale airs Wednesday night (Sept. 24), you better be armed with the proper GIFs to express your emotions online. Let's go to the most expressive BB16 houseguest for some help: Ariana Grande 's big bro Frankie Grande . Ariana Grande Knew How Frankie Could Win …

  7. 21 Under 21’s Next Class: Vote For 2015’s Best Bet

    September 24, 2014 2:35 PM EDT Is 2015 the year of Raury, Ella Henderson, Gabi Wilson or someone else? Cast your vote! This year’s edition of our annual 21 Under 21 rankings includes pop mainstays, rising EDM stars, hip-hop heroes and, perhaps most importantly, lots of new talent, as artists like 5 Seconds of Summer…

  8. 21 Under 21 (2014): Music's Hottest Young Stars

    September 24, 2014 2:33 PM EDT What’s it like to become a music star with millions of fans before being able to legally order a beer to celebrate those achievements? These 21 artists know the feeling. Welcome to Billboard.com’s 2014 edition of 21 Under 21, our annual ranking of music’s most powerful minors, and perhaps…

  9. 'The Voice,' 'Idol' & 'X Factor': All 26 Judges, Ranked

    September 22, 2014 2:52 PM EDT As Gwen Stefani & Pharrell Williams join 'The Voice,' we rank the coaches who came before them. Starting Monday night (Sept. 22), there are two new kids on the singing-competition block: Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams , who will make their debut as coaches on The Voice .…

  10. This Week in Billboard Chart History: 25 Years Ago, Milli Vanilli's 'Miss' Hits Top of Hot 100

    September 22, 2014 8:05 AM EDT This week in 1989, the duo scored its second of three No. 1s. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Madonna, Luther Vandross and the Beatles Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history Sept. 22, 2007 Alicia Keys ' "…

  11. iHeartRadio Festival's 5 Best Performances

    September 21, 2014 4:51 PM EDT Each year, the iHeartRadio Music Festival collects nearly two dozen of music's biggest stars and lets them work their magic in the same Las Vegas casino as David Copperfield. This year's enthralling showcase at the MGM Grand Garden Arena had its fair share of mind-blowing…

  12. August Alsina Wakes From Three Day Coma Following Onstage Fall

    September 19, 2014 7:24 PM EDT After taking a nasty onstage spill during his show Monday night in New York, August Alsina Friday posted an image of himself to Instagram explaining he'd just awaken from a three day coma.  Before Stage Fall, August Alsina Commands Crowd in NYC He wrote:  This is a bit graphic but i…

  13. After Hitting Bottom, Scott Storch Is Taking Another Shot at the Top

    September 19, 2014 6:20 PM EDT Ten years ago, the hip-hop producer had one of the hottest streaks in music history. Then he acquired an epic cocaine habit and bankrupted himself. Now he’s mounting a modest comeback using the one resource he never completely squandered: Chutzpah. On a scorching Wednesday in August in…

  14. August Alsina Postpones Show in Cincinnati After Fainting Spell

    September 17, 2014 9:20 AM EDT After the singer August Alsina fainted and fell off the stage Monday night during a concert at Irving Plaza in New York City, he was forced to postpone a show he was slated to play in Cincinnati on Tuesday evening.  Last night, TMZ reported that Alsina suffered from seizures -- possibly…

  15. Elvis Presley History Celebrated at Tennessee's Bone Appetit Benefit

    September 16, 2014 5:36 PM EDT This weekend marks the Second Annual Bone Appetit -- an event that benefits Downtown Dogs Group, a no-kill animal rescue organization based in Jackson, Tenn. In addition to celebrating our furry friends, the event also features a lot of food and a lot of music. The event is catered by many of…

  16. Shawn Mendes Exclusive: Watch Episode 1 of His ‘Life on the Road’ Series

    September 16, 2014 4:59 PM EDT The "Life of the Party" singer invites fans backstage in his new tour diary. Shawn Mendes, the 16-year-old rising pop artist who has turned Vine stardom into full-blown stardom, has decided to document the ongoings of his first major tour with a video diary capturing all of the…

  17. 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…

  18. Teen Top Return a Little Sexier, Edgier on Emotional 'Missing' Single

    September 15, 2014 7:53 PM EDT The band's new song tells the story of a toxic relationship with a video that boasts drinking, baths and one shirtless member. At their debut New York concert in March , Teen Top told  Billboard ,   "now that we're getting older and more mature, we hope to show a very sexy and…

  19. 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,…

  20. Ask Billboard: It's All About Women In The Hot 100's Top Five

    September 12, 2014 6:30 PM EDT Women control the chart's top five this week, led by Meghan Trainor's 'All About That Bass.' How uncommon is a top-five male lockout? As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include…

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