1. EDM A-Listers to Co-Headline Madison Square Garden on New Year's Eve

    September 15, 2014 5:13 PM EDT Move over, Phish -- Madison Square Garden is headed in a new, drop-friendly direction this New Year's Eve. Diplo and Skrillex , who recently teamed as the EDM power duo Jack U , will co-headline the Manhattan arena on Dec. 31, 2014. And there's plenty of reasons to expect…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. Seth MacFarlane Announces Release Date for 'Holiday For Swing'

    September 11, 2014 10:00 AM EDT It's time for the holidays for Ted, or rather, Seth MacFarlane . MacFarlane announced today that his holiday album, Holiday for Swing , will drop Sept. 30. This follows his 2011 debut, Music Is Better Than Words , and a 2013 Oscar Nomination for co-writing "Everybody Needs a Best…

  5. Kem's 'Promise' Tops R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart

    September 04, 2014 6:59 PM EDT R&B singer Kem earns his second No. 1, while Eminem blasts onto Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs with 'Guts Over Glory,' featuring Sia. Kem collects his second No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums as  Promise to Love: Album IV  arrives with 52,000 units sold in the week ending Aug. 31,…

  6. Taylor Swift's 'Shake It Off' Debuts At No. 1 On Hot 100

    August 27, 2014 12:03 PM EDT Swift's new single blasts in at No. 1, thanks to hefty sales, streaming and airplay. Plus, Nicki Minaj's 'Anaconda' vaults 39-2 following the premiere of its video. Taylor Swift rockets onto the Billboard Hot 100 chart at No. 1 with "Shake It Off."…

  7. Seth MacFarlane on Playing It Straight for His New ‘Holiday for Swing’ Album

    August 26, 2014 4:10 PM EDT Seth MacFarlane may be famous for creating irreverent comedies like Family Guy and  Ted , but he takes crooning very seriously.  Holiday For Swing , his Christmas-themed follow-up to 2011's Grammy-nominated  Music Is Better Than Words (due this fall via Republic Records), finds him…

  8. MTV VMAs 2014 Review: A Show That Distinguished Itself From Years Past

    August 25, 2014 1:19 AM EDT Glamor, humility and likeability gave the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards a unique flavor distinct from recent years in which the profane and the confused ruled alongside mediocrity. Lewdness, a hallmark of so many VMA telecasts, took a backseat on this night -- even Nicki Minaj's stripper…

  9. Why Don’t Today’s Hits Reflect The Times?

    August 21, 2014 3:22 PM EDT This week in 1965, the hottest debut on Billboard ’s Hot 100 was Barry McGuire ’s “Eve Of Destruction,” the lyrics of which were a wake-up call, from its opening shot of “The Eastern world, it is explodin’; violence flarin’, bullets loadin’,” to its warning of impending nuclear war (“If the…

  10. Listen: Eve, Madonna & Pharrell's 'The Beat Is Crazy' Leaks

    August 18, 2014 2:00 PM EDT A gem reportedly off Eve 's unreleased album, Here I Am , has leaked. "The Beat Is So Crazy," produced by Pharrell Williams , features Eve and Madonna moving on from failed relationships. "The beat is so crazy / It makes me want to let go / And totally forget today / I&…

  11. Broadway to Dim Lights for Lauren Bacall

    August 15, 2014 3:08 AM EDT The marquees of Broadway theaters will be dimmed on Friday, Aug. 15, at 7:45 p.m. for one minute, in honor of the stage and screen actress who died on Tuesday at age 89. Lauren Bacall's illustrious career includes two Tony Awards for best actress in a musical: in 1970 for Applause , the…

  12. 'American Idol' Champ Kris Allen Discusses New Album 'Horizons,' Remembers Michael Johns

    August 13, 2014 5:05 AM EDT It’s less than a week before the release date of his new album, Horizons , and American Idol season eight winner Kris Allen is like a kid on Christmas Eve. The 29-year old singer had just released a live stream of the collection on YouTube, and stayed up into the wee hours reading fan…

  13. Lauren Bacall Dies at 89

    August 12, 2014 8:09 PM EDT Hollywood's icon of cool won two Tonys for best actress in a musical. Lauren Bacall, the willowy actress whose husky voice, sultry beauty and all-too-short May-December romance with Humphrey Bogart made her an everlasting icon of Hollywood, has died, The Hollywood Reporter has…

  14. Exclusive: T.I. Talks Female Rappers & Executive Producing 'Sisterhood of Hip Hop'

    August 12, 2014 11:50 AM EDT T.I. has advanced from being in front of the reality TV cameras to going completely behind the scenes, as executive producer of  Sisterhood of Hip Hop debuting Tuesday, Aug. 12, on Oxygen. The eight-episode docu-series produced by 51 Minds ( T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle , Below Deck )…

  15. Iggy Azalea Closes In On Rap Chart Record With 'Fancy'

    August 07, 2014 5:47 PM EDT Iggy Azalea inches closer to Missy Elliott’s Rap Songs chart record, while PARTYNEXTDOOR debuts at No. 1 with latest album. Female rappers now hold the title for the two longest-running No. 1s on Hot Rap Songs in the chart’s 25-year history. Iggy Azalea 's "Fancy," featuring…

  16. M.I.A. Goes for 'Gold' on Partysquad Track

    July 24, 2014 8:40 PM EDT M.I.A. has emerged with a shiny new song. The rapper-singer partners with The Partysquad on "Gold," a relentless 1:47-long track off The Partysquad Summer Mixtape .  "Show me your gold, do what you're told / No time for games, put on your blindfold," she breathlessly…

  17. 'Fashion Rocks': Jennifer Lopez, Afrojack, Usher to Perform

    July 24, 2014 4:45 PM EDT Ryan Seacrest will host CBS' Sept. 9 spectacle at Brooklyn's Barclays Center, also featuring KISS, Pitbull and Miranda Lambert "Fashion Rocks" is back — this time, with Afrojack , Duran Duran , Jennifer Lopez , KISS , Miranda Lambert , Nico & Vinz , Pitbull , Rita Ora …

  18. Is There a Backlash Against Summer Songs?

    July 24, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Ross on Radio: The summer song is in danger of becoming more like New Year's Eve, a time of mandated enjoyment that feels forced to some people Remember when everybody loved "Blurred Lines"? It was barely more than a year ago. "Blurred Lines" was still exciting – not…

  19. Is Pitchfork Fest Cursed? President Chris Kaskie Talks Lineup Setbacks

    July 18, 2014 9:55 AM EDT Even before Death Grips announced their break up July 2, Pitchfork's ninth annual Music Festival in Chicago had already experienced a few unfortunate setbacks to its lineup. On April 26, Chicago footwork pioneer DJ Rashad passed away from an apparent blood clot, leaving his Hyperdub…

  20. The Persistence of Punk (Analysis)

    July 15, 2014 6:17 PM EDT The longevity of The Ramones, X, Nick Cave and New Order belies the genre's supposed short-lived appeal. It will be 40 years in December, 2015, since the release of Patti Smith's "Horses," on Clive Davis' Arista label, arguably the beginning of the punk movement,…

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