1. Lucinda Williams Song Premiere: Hear a Cover of JJ Cale's ‘Magnolia’ From Her New Double Album

    September 12, 2014 1:02 PM EDT Lucinda Williams has raised some eyebrows by coming up with her first-ever double album, Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone , due Sept. 30. The kicker? There's more where that came from. "We recorded enough stuff for three albums, actually," Williams tells Billboard. "…

  2. The Notorious B.I.G.'s 'Ready to Die' at 20: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    September 12, 2014 12:50 PM EDT Excuse Christopher Wallace -- aka the Notorious B.I.G. and aka Biggie Smalls -- for not sounding more enthused. While recording his debut album, Ready to Die -- released 20 years ago this week, on September 13, 1994 -- the 22-year old former drug dealer had a sick mom to care for and a baby…

  3. Hot 100 Chart Moves: Jeremih Jumps With 'Don't Tell 'Em,' Mary Lambert Shares 'Secrets'

    September 12, 2014 12:02 PM EDT Jeremih's hit nears the top 10, while Mary Lambert makes her first visit on her own. As previously reported , Meghan Trainor takes over atop the Billboard Hot 100 with "All About That Bass." Who else is all about making moves on the chart this week? Hot 100 Chart Moves: Eminem…

  4. 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 "…

  5. Sonia Leigh Calls Support From Jake Owen & More 'Humbling'

    September 12, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Critically acclaimed singer-songwriter Sonia Leigh has returned with a new single, "Put It in Your Pocket," and she tells Billboard that getting to share new music with her fans is a very rewarding feeling. "I love sharing how I've grown as an artist, and sharing new music…

  6. Grandmaster Flash Keeps Getting Tagged By Grandparents on Facebook

    September 12, 2014 10:51 AM EDT Unintended downside to having a name that begins with 'Grand': People who don't know what they're doing on Facebook (old people) will keep accidentally tagging you in photos when they mean to type 'Grandma' or 'Grandpa.' That's what's…

  7. Exclusive: Guy Oseary on U2's $100 Million Deal With Apple, And What's Next for the Group

    September 12, 2014 10:30 AM EDT It has been a whirlwind nine months for Guy Oseary since he took the reins of U2 ’s management after longtime manager Paul McGuinness announced his retirement last fall. That includes a Golden Globe , an Oscar nomination , a big Super Bowl campaign and the premiere of The Tonight Show in…

  8. Nicki Minaj's High School Won't Let Her Come Back and Talk to Students

    September 12, 2014 10:23 AM EDT People that "don't want none" of Nicki Minaj : Nicki Minaj's high school. According to the rapper, her old high school in NYC doesn't want her coming back to speak to students. "I wanted to go back to my HS and speak to the students but the new principal declined…

  9. Live Nation's Ticketmaster Buys Eventjoy, Says More Acquisitions Likely

    September 12, 2014 10:20 AM EDT Live Nation said Thursday its Ticketmaster unit has acquired Eventjoy for an undisclosed sum, and Live Nation CEO Michael Rapino touted the purchase at an investor conference in New York, where he also said more acquisitions are likely. "On a global basis, there's obviously…

  10. 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…

  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. 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…

  13. Neil Young Is Back on the 'Human Highway' With Recut Film

    September 11, 2014 8:08 PM EDT The rocker addressed a Toronto Film Festival audience at 'Director's Cut' premiere. "Boy, did I go for a big trip," says Neil Young 's character at one point in the film Human Highway , a line that just about sums up the viewing experience of the singer's…

  14. 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…

  15. Gloria Estefan Tribute Planned at Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame Gala

    September 11, 2014 5:23 PM EDT When Gloria Estefan is inducted into the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame on Oct. 18, her peers, including Ednita Nazario and Jon Secada , will pay tribute to the Latin superstar. Gloria Estefan Among 2014 Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame Inductees Nazario and Secada will celebrate Estefan in a…

  16. Taylor Swift Says She's Never Been In Love

    September 11, 2014 5:11 PM EDT Sorry, Harry Styles , John Mayer , et al: Taylor Swift says she's never been in love.  The romance revelation comes from additional reporting courtesy of  Rolling Stone 's current cover story on the star. Looking back over her ex-boyfriends, Swift told the magazine, "Looking…

  17. Primal Scream's Robert 'Throb' Young Dies at 49

    September 11, 2014 5:08 PM EDT The guitarist was with the band from 1984 until 2006. Former Primal Scream guitarist Robert "Throb" Young was found dead at age 49 in his home in England on Tuesday, The Guardian reports. His cause of death has yet to be determined. Primal Scream Turns Up 'Heat' on North…

  18. The 20 Best Songs About Friendships -- Good, Bad and With Benefits

    September 11, 2014 2:00 PM EDT Friendship is a complicated thing. It can save your life -- like when a good buddy gets you through a bad breakup -- or it can drive you absolutely nuts. After all, some friends lie and let you down, and if they’re not secretly plotting your demise, they might be harboring romantic feelings…

  19. Paging 2004: Hilary Duff Comments on Aaron Carter's Attempts To Win Her Back

    September 11, 2014 1:04 PM EDT Why not? As a crew of back-up singers once sang : "Aaron, oh Aaron, What are we going to do with you?" For millennials who spent their pre-teen years watching Lizzie McGuire , teen pop star Aaron Carter and Hilary Duff were a match made in early-aughts heaven -- or at least a…

  20. Dispute Over Duke Ellington Royalties in Court

    September 11, 2014 12:22 PM EDT New York's highest court is set to hear arguments by jazz composer Duke Ellington 's heirs to reinstate their lawsuit against publisher EMI seeking half the royalties from foreign sales of his music. The 2010 suit alleges breach of the 1961 standard songwriter royalty contract the…

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