1. Rihanna's 'Sun' Shines on Twitter Top Tracks

    March 06, 2015 7:59 PM EST Two weeks before Rihanna stars in the animated film Home (Mar. 27), the singer earns a No. 8 bow on the Billboard + Twitter Top Tracks chart with the soundtrack's first single "Towards the Sun." Hours after its Feb. 24 debut online, "Sun" burst to No. 1 on the real…

  2. 'Lip Sync Battle': Watch Stephen Merchant Strut to Christina Aguilera

    March 06, 2015 5:14 PM EST Stephen Merchant is getting "Dirrty." In the first clip for Spike TV's Lyp Sync Battle , the British comedian gives his all to  Christina Aguilera 's 2002 hit, strutting like he is in it to win it.  The series is based on Jimmy Fallon's regular late-night bit  in…

  3. Justin Bieber, Jack Ü, Selena Gomez, Ariana Grande & Carly Rae Jepsen: Real-Time Twitter Chart Rewind Ep. 39

    March 06, 2015 2:50 PM EST Welcome back to Billboard's weekly video show "Real-Time Rewind," which recaps the past week's hottest action on the new Billboard Real-Time Twitter Charts -- Trending 140 and Emerging Artists -- and the news that's driving the action. Joe Levy back in the studio in…

  4. 'Empire' Recap, Episode 9: 'Unto the Breach'

    March 05, 2015 1:45 PM EST The ninth episode of Empire proved the Lyons family can achieve a lot, such as take down a common enemy, if they stick together. The brood has rallied around each other against a foe they can all agree on, Billy Beretti. But like the refrain on "You're So Beautiful" goes, the…

  5. No Doubt, Usher & Mary J. Blige to Headline D.C.'s Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day Event

    March 05, 2015 8:00 AM EST Fall Out Boy, Train & My Morning Jacket also on the bill for April 18 event. After three years of rocking New York's Central Park, the Global Citizen Festival is expanding to Washington, D.C., for Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day , a free event to be held Saturday, April 18, on the…

  6. Missy Elliott, Usher Join Essence Fest Lineup

    March 04, 2015 3:05 PM EST Missy Elliott 's post-Super Bowl XLIX comeback marches forward as the rapper will make her Essence Festival debut when the annual event returns to New Orleans on July 2-5. Also just added to the lineup is fellow Grammy Award-winner Usher , who last headlined the festival's main…

  7. Big Sean Scores His First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200

    March 04, 2015 11:00 AM EST Rapper Big Sean scores his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart as Dark Sky Paradise bounds in atop the tally. The artist's third album was released through G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam Records on Feb. 24 and moved 173,000 units in the week ending March 1, according to Nielsen…

  8. Guest Post: Without Transparency in Music, Artists, Fans and Services Will Lose

    March 03, 2015 11:55 AM EST Imagine you went to your ATM and tried to take out $60 dollars. The machine makes you wait for a half hour then spits out 40 dollars and no receipt. You don't know where the extra money went, why it took so long or what's left in your account. For most people, this would be…

  9. John Legend Says a Just Society Is 'Built on Love' at Controversial Bahrain Concert

    March 02, 2015 5:58 PM EST Award-winning American singer and songwriter John Legend took to the stage in Bahrain on Monday night (March 2), performing to a sold-out crowd of more than 2,000 people despite calls by some activists to cancel the concert due to concerns over human rights abuses in the Gulf Arab nation. …

  10. Chart Highlights: Mark Ronson, Bruno Mars Top Adult Pop Songs, Nate Ruess Debuts Solo

    March 02, 2015 5:25 PM EST 'Uptown Funk!' takes over atop another tally, while Ruess arrives on his own with 'Nothing Without Your Love.' Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. (All charts below are based on radio airplay except for Dance Club Songs,…

  11. Jack & Jack, John Legend, Common & Rihanna: Real-Time Twitter Chart Rewind Ep. 38

    February 27, 2015 1:30 PM EST Welcome back to Billboard's weekly video show "Real-Time Rewind," which recaps the past week's hottest action on the new Billboard Real-Time Twitter Charts -- Trending 140 and Emerging Artists -- and the news that's driving the action. Joe Levy is joined by Jack &…

  12. Aussie MC Remi Discusses His Music 'Education,' New Tunes & Mike Tyson

    February 27, 2015 3:39 AM EST Remi Kolawole might just be the artist to prove Australia is more than a one hip-hop wonder. The charismatic 23-year-old MC (he performs as Remi ) is one of Australia's hottest properties right now, and that's no hype. The Melbourne artist earned the "next big thing" tag…

  13. Kacey Musgraves, Keith Urban, Eric Church Debut New Music at UMG Nashville's Country Radio Seminar Showcase

    February 26, 2015 6:18 PM EST What's country music going to sound like for the rest of 2015? Universal Music Nashville's sixth annual showcase at the Country Radio Seminar, held Feb. 26 at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium, gave a pretty convincing indication that the genre could be moving away from "bro…

  14. Guest Post: Here's a Plan to Achieve Equal and Transparent Streaming for All

    February 26, 2015 12:38 PM EST Legal streaming is something I had been awaiting for years as a music fan. It took our industry over a decade to finally release platforms that are seamless for consumer use as opposed to suing fans in the Napster era. As I'm all about things that make sense, as a fan, I couldn't…

  15. Billy Corgan Declares War on Pop Music, Compares It to Pornography

    February 26, 2015 11:00 AM EST Billy Corgan -- definitely not on the #poptimism bandwagon. Smashing Pumpkins are playing Australia this weekend, so Billy Corgan stopped by a local morning show, where he was in the mood to drop some good sound bites. The Morning Show hosts Larry Emdur and Kylie Gillies prodded him about…

  16. Martin Mills and Brian Message Take On Major Labels, Billboard 200 in Launch of Plan to Save Music Retail

    February 26, 2015 7:57 AM EST Less than a week after umbrella trade body UK Music launched a five-point policy plan to develop the music business, Britain's Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA) has followed suit with its own manifesto for growth. Supported by Beggars Group founder and chairman Martin Mills and…

  17. SFX Chairman Robert Sillerman Offers Plan to Take Company Private

    February 25, 2015 12:32 PM EST SFX Entertainment chairman and CEO Robert F.X. Sillerman has proposed taking the EDM-focused music promotion company private by buying out all of the outstanding shares not already owned by him for $4.75 per share in cash. According to Bloomberg, the company has 90.57 million shares…

  18. Academy Awards-Related Music Sales Up by 184 Percent In Wake of Oscars

    February 25, 2015 11:00 AM EST Oscar-winner 'Glory' gains by 82 percent for its best sales week yet. Music featured in the 87th Academy Awards (Feb. 22) earned a 184 percent sales gain in the week ending the day of the awards, according to Nielsen Music. Collectively, the nominees for best original song (and…

  19. Kanye West Accepts 2015 BET Honors Visionary Award

    February 24, 2015 11:30 AM EST Kanye West was one of the few creatives honored at the eight annual 2015 BET Honors -- taped in January, and aired on February 23, 2015. Aside from West, the honoree list included Usher , actress Phylicia Rashad, director of the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of African Art Dr…

  20. Watch Kenny G and Warren G Combine Smooth Jazz & G-Funk on 'Kimmel'

    February 24, 2015 10:00 AM EST Jimmy Kimmel's #MashUpMonday series continued last night (Feb. 24) with a most unlikely pair -- smooth jazz wizard Kenny G and 90s G-Funk rapper Warren G . And you thought the only thing they had in common was their last initial! That's probably the only reason the Kimmel  producers…

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