1. Global Citizen Festival's Co-Founder Explains Its Birth & Mission

    September 26, 2014 2:30 PM EDT Prior to the launch of the Global Citizen Festival in 2012, co-founder Ryan Gall spent his time filming documentaries and hosting small charity events. Now he’s now helping organize one of the world’s largest single-day charity concerts, thanks to an inspirational moment during a Texas…

  2. Five Takeaways from the RIAA's Mid-Year Report

    September 26, 2014 2:24 PM EDT There are a number of stories within the RIAA's release on Thursday of mid-year numbers for the U.S. recording industry. The industry as a whole was down about 5 percent. Within that slight decline are gains, losses, subplots and trends that deserve more analysis. Let's take a…

  3. Emerging Picks of the Week: Bipolar Sunshine Sees Bright 'Future'

    September 26, 2014 2:15 PM EDT Just in time for the weekend, Billboard brings you another set of artists who secured noteworthy debuts on our Billboard + Twitter Emerging Artists chart this week. These are all tracks that preview new releases. Give them a listen below, and be sure to look out for their upcoming projects.…

  4. 'Motown 25' Comes To DVD: See Exclusive Clips From The Box Set

    September 26, 2014 1:48 PM EDT The mantra for bringing 1983's iconic Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever NBC special to DVD is: better (a little bit) late than never. Yes, 30 years would have been the optimal target for the StarVista Entertainment/Time Life set, which comes out Sept. 30 in a single-disc package, a…

  5. 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…

  6. Even With a Successful Fest, It's Still High-Stakes for the ‘New’ iHeartMedia

    September 26, 2014 1:06 PM EDT Once seen as a stodgy, market-gobbling, don't-mess-with-Texas boys' club, the radio giant formerly known as Clear Channel attempts to forge a new identity. On the morning of sept. 16, as Clear Channel was three days out from the iHeartRadio Music Festival held at Las Vegas’ MGM…

  7. Brandy, 'Brandy' at 20: Classic Track-by-Track Review

    September 26, 2014 1:05 PM EDT In 1994, the biggest worry in Brandy 's small world was an unrequited crush. For those of us coming of age in the mid-'90s, life was similarly low-strung. Silly boys and stupid cliques ran our conscience. But these were things that were achingly tragic to a teenager. Four months…

  8. 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,…

  9. One Direction Fans Blast 'Daily Show' After 1D Terrorist Joke

    September 26, 2014 11:11 AM EDT Say this for  One Direction  fans: They're always ready to defend those guys -- maybe even when they don't really need to. On Tuesday night's  Daily Show , Jon Stewart aired a segment about the United States' escalating conflict against ISIS and how people are going…

  10. Are Brands Music’s New Bank? Lars Ulrich and Top Execs on the $1.3 Billion Up for Grabs

    September 26, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Six visionaries talk about what's working, what's not, why a Coke Zero concert in Antarctica makes sense and how the industry can catch up to sports' $12 billion gold mine. The day after he joins Billboard in New York for a discussion on music and branding, Lars Ulrich will…

  11. Stevie Nicks Admits Past Pregnancy With Don Henley and More About Her Wild History

    September 26, 2014 10:48 AM EDT In the ’80s, a doctor warned Stevie Nicks that if she did one more line of cocaine, she’d have a brain hemorrhage. Three decades later, she's still here -- and she has plenty of stories to tell. Stevie Nicks was sitting in her den in Los Angeles' Pacific Palisades recently,…

  12. Billboard Cover: Andre 3000 Talks Playing Jimi Hendrix, His Seven-Year Disappearing Act and Outkast’s Future

    September 26, 2014 9:00 AM EDT André Benjamin is stressed. "I am, I really am," he says. Benjamin -- André 3000 to the fans who idolize him as the visionary half of Outkast , Atlanta’s hugely influential, recently reunited hip-hop duo -- is sitting at a glass conference table at Milk Studios in Hollywood,…

  13. 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…

  14. Will Nick Oliveri Join Queens of the Stone Age On Stage in L.A.?

    September 26, 2014 3:22 AM EDT Nick Oliveri is set to reunite with Queens of the Stone Age on stage at their Halloween-themed show Oct. 31 at The Forum in L.A. The bald, bearded badboy bass player is on the bill for the show, and he's told reporters he will join his former band for a six-song encore. Speaking to NME…

  15. Ailee Comes Back More Confident Than Ever in 'Don't Touch Me'

    September 25, 2014 7:26 PM EDT The American-bred star wows in a dozen different looks in the video for her bold new single. After dropping the empowering power ballad "Singing Got Better" in January, Ailee 's confidence has only grown. The New Jersey native returned to the K-pop scene with a new gospel…

  16. Lady Antebellum Talk Soaring to a New Sound on '747'

    September 25, 2014 6:19 PM EDT If you think there's a little something different about 747 , the new disc from Capitol Nashville's Lady Antebellum , Charles Kelley says you are very much spot-on. Lady Antebellum's '747' Track List Revealed "We were working with a new producer, so I think…

  17. New Zealand Musician's Political Satire Banned From Radio & iTunes

    September 25, 2014 6:16 PM EDT It's been suggested that pop songs aren't as political  as they used to be, and it seems like the New Zealand Electoral Commission would like to keep it that way -- at least when it comes to blues musician Darren Watson 's "Planet Key."  Released in August, the song…

  18. Billboard Cover Sneak Peek: 5 Revelations From Andre 3000 About His Career Crossroads

    September 25, 2014 5:53 PM EDT With Outkast 's reunion tour coasting along smoothly and his Jimi Hendrix biopic All Is By My Side set for a national release on Sept. 26, Andre 3000 spoke with Billboard for our new cover story. Over the course of an alternately candid and cagey interview, the bohemian rapper (born…

  19. 'Laguna Beach' at 10: Remember Its 'Don't Stop Believin'' Moment

    September 25, 2014 3:54 PM EDT Ten years ago, Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County premiered on MTV. Following the high school drama of L.C., her BFF Lo and her frenemy Kristin, the series lasted three years, and morphed into several other successful spinoffs -- including The Hills , and The City . But it wasn't…

  20. Kele On His ‘Intimate, Immersive’ New Album & The Future of Bloc Party

    September 25, 2014 3:07 PM EDT “I don’t think I ever want to make a record completely in isolation,” says the U.K. artist. Trick is the second solo album from Bloc Party frontman Kele Okereke, and the second full-length in which the 32-year-old singer-songwriter-DJ-producer deviates from Bloc Party’s guitar-packed…

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