1. Fighting for the Greek: Behind Nederlander/AEG and Live Nation’s War for the Iconic L.A. Theater

    October 21, 2014 10:30 AM EDT A modern day Trojan War is underway in Los Angeles as the world's largest promoters, Live Nation and AEG Live in partnership with the Nederlander Organization, battle for possession of a trophy itself inspired by antiquity: the city's iconic Greek Theatre. At stake is a…

  2. Kelly Clarkson Covers Sam Smith's 'Stay With Me'

    October 20, 2014 4:01 PM EDT Performing over the weekend in Chicago, Kelly Clarkson decided to bring her formidable voice to bear on a cover of Sam Smith 's "Stay With Me." "I just like the word 'stay' in songs," she joked, unveiling her version of Smith's hit after singing …

  3. Jessie Ware Admits Her New Album, 'Tough Love,' 'Is Like a Therapy Session'

    October 20, 2014 3:20 PM EDT After Jessie Ware broke through with her 2012 debut, Devotion , everyone wanted a piece of her. For the British singer's sophomore set, Tough Love (Oct. 21, PMR/Friends Keep Secrets/Interscope), Ed Sheeran came from Saturday Night Live rehearsals to work on the soaring "Say You…

  4. Aretha Franklin, 'Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics': Track-by-Track Album Review

    October 15, 2014 10:40 AM EDT Aretha Franklin and Clive Davis' relationship began in 1980, when the Queen of Soul signed with the mogul's Arista Records. "And 20 years later, I made the right decision," Franklin tells Billboard of agreeing to that union. She had plenty of hits during that era, most…

  5. Stream Aretha Franklin's New Album, Featuring Adele & Alicia Keys Covers

    October 14, 2014 5:39 PM EDT Back on Sept. 29, Aretha Franklin got music fans young and old talking via her rendition of Adele's "Rolling in the Deep" on The Late Show With David Letterman . That performance previewed Aretha's new album, Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics ; now you listen…

  6. Watch Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett's 'But Beautiful' Studio Video

    October 13, 2014 1:49 PM EDT Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett have released another video for  Cheek to Cheek . Their latest is a studio recording of "But Beautiful," which allows both Gaga and Bennett to show off in solo sections. The song has been covered by everyone from Billie Holiday to Bing Crosby to Aretha…

  7. Ask Billboard: Baseball Hits, Gwen Stefani's Delay & Demi Lovato's Best-Selling Songs

    October 12, 2014 8:05 AM EDT As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. Or, Tweet questions to Gary Trust: @gthot20 HIT RUNS AND ERAS Hi Gary…

  8. City Winery Finds a New Home in Nashville

    October 10, 2014 8:19 PM EDT There's no shortage of performance venues in Nashville -- it is Music City, after all -- but Michael Dorf, owner of the just-opened City Winery , says he feels his establishment will offer fans a unique opportunity when watching live entertainment that will keep them coming back for…

  9. Ariana Grande's 'SNL' Performance Prompts Twitter Chart Rise

    October 09, 2014 6:23 PM EDT Ariana Grande soars on the weekly Billboard Twitter Top Tracks chart, along with her collaborator The Weeknd , as "Love Me Harder" rises 22-5. The jump in position comes after a full week of online buzz following the duo's Sept. 27 appearance on NBC's Saturday Night…

  10. Decision on L.A.'s Greek Theatre Postponed

    October 09, 2014 5:36 PM EDT Rival promotions companies Live Nation and Nederlander/AEG Live, who are bidding against each other on a ten-year contract to operate L.A.'s iconic Greek Theatre will have to spend another two weeks on pins and needles. Today, the Department of Recreation and Parks, the agency that…

  11. Pop Shop Podcast: Ask The Pop Shop, Carrie Underwood, Lorde, Adele

    October 09, 2014 11:55 AM EDT Listen to the latest episode of Billboard.com's weekly audio breakdown. Welcome to the latest episode of the Billboard.com Pop Shop Podcast , Billboard's weekly half-hour audio breakdown of the Billboard charts, hottest music news and year's biggest musical events. Casual pop…

  12. Aretha Franklin Notches Milestone 100th Hit on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart

    October 08, 2014 5:26 PM EDT Aretha Franklin becomes the first female, and just the fourth artist overall, to place 100 career titles on Billboard 's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart (since it became a multi-metric ranking in 1958), as "Rolling in the Deep (The Aretha Version)" debuts at No. 47.…

  13. Lecrae Breaks New Ground as Christian Rapper, Looks to Kanye West for Inspiration

    October 07, 2014 12:01 AM EDT Lecrae is dubbed a Christian rapper, but he considers himself a rapper who happens to be Christian. The Grammy-winning artist (his album Gravity  won for best gospel album last year) is trying to avoid being boxed into one genre. "I didn't really fit in either world," said…

  14. One Direction, Lorde, Fergie & Aretha Franklin: Real-Time Twitter Chart Rewind Ep. 18

    October 03, 2014 12:42 PM EDT 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. Hosted by Billboard's Joe…

  15. Aretha Franklin Dishes on Covering 'Rolling in the Deep': 'It's What Contemporary Music Needs More Of'

    October 02, 2014 1:50 PM EDT On Wednesday night, Aretha Franklin and longtime collaborator and mogul Clive Davis sat down with veteran music journalist Anthony DeCurtis at New York City's 92Y for a lengthy discussion and preview of her upcoming covers album, Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics (due out…

  16. Aretha Franklin Covers 'Rolling in the Deep' on 'Letterman'

    September 30, 2014 3:27 PM EDT If you've already heard Aretha Franklin ' s cover of  Adele 's "Rolling in the Deep," then you know why you need to watch the below performance of the legend singing it live on Monday night's  Late Show with David Letterman. For the rest of you: Prepare to fall…

  17. 'Midnight Rider' Assistant Director Charged With Involuntary Manslaughter

    September 29, 2014 6:01 PM EDT Hillary Schwartz is set to be arraigned Tuesday morning. The criminal case involving the death of Midnight Rider camera assistant Sarah Jones has been expanded to include first assistant director Hillary Schwartz . Schwartz has been charged with involuntary manslaughter and criminal…

  18. Hear Aretha Franklin Cover Adele's 'Rolling in the Deep'

    September 29, 2014 5:31 PM EDT The Queen is back, and she has her sights set on reworking one of the biggest hits of the decade. On Monday (Sept. 29), Aretha Franklin debuted her cover of Adele 's "Rolling in the Deep" on YouTube, her first single since 2011. The Queen of Soul's version is the lead…

  19. Aretha Franklin’s ‘Great Diva Classics’ Due Oct. 21

    September 28, 2014 10:21 PM EDT Aretha Franklin is showing some R-E-S-P-E-C-T to her fellow divas: The Queen of Soul will release an album Oct. 21 covering classic songs from other female singers. Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics will include songs such as Gladys Knight's "Midnight Train to Georgia,…

  20. Exclusive: Brandy Breaks Down the Songs of Her Self-Titled Debut 20 Years Later

    September 27, 2014 2:16 PM EDT Brandy gives Billboard a song-by-song breakdown of her first album, released Sept. 27, 1994. Like many of her fans 20 years later, Brandy can still remember the first time she heard her debut single “I Wanna Be Down” on the radio in the late summer of 1994. Brandy, 'Brandy' at 20:…

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