1. One Direction's 'Four' Offers Fans a 'Window' Into The Group

    September 20, 2014 7:00 PM EDT Much to the delight of Directioners everywhere, One Direction unexpectedly announced the release of their fourth album, aptly titled Four , earlier this month. It's set to hit retailers on Nov. 17, just in time for the holiday season. It's a "window into how they're…

  2. U2's The Edge Given Permission to Build Five Malibu Homes

    September 20, 2014 3:52 PM EDT The musician has been trying to obtain the permits since 2006. U2 guitarist The Edge has been granted permission by the California Coastal Commission to build five homes on the Malibu coast. U2: When Art Becomes the Ad (Guest Column) Report: Apple and U2 to Debut New Music File…

  3. Exclusive: Zac Brown’s Label Partners With John Varvatos Records, Republic & Big Machine

    September 20, 2014 1:41 PM EDT After spending the last year as a free agent, Zac Brown ’s Southern Ground Artists has found a new label home -- a strategic partnership with Universal’s John Varvatos Records, Big Machine Label Group and Republic Records. iHeartRadio Fest 2014: Photos Live from Las Vegas! The deal will…

  4. Green Day's 'American Idiot' Turns 10: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    September 20, 2014 10:00 AM EDT For Green Day , George W. Bush's administration wasn't much fun, but it did inspire a career revival most acts would (metaphorically) kill for. 2000's Warning was the punk band's most disappointing effort (both critically and commercially) since breaking through with…

  5. Exclusive Premiere: Joe Bonamassa's 'Never Give All Your Heart'

    September 19, 2014 6:01 PM EDT During the past 25 years, Joe Bonamassa has established a solid reputation as a guitarist, singer, bandleader, producer and song interpreter. And on the new Different Shades of Blue , his 11th solo studio album, he stakes an even stronger claim as a songwriter. The diverse 11-song set, due…

  6. U2: When Art Becomes the Ad (Guest Column)

    September 19, 2014 3:23 PM EDT 'They might as well be selling Buicks,' writes the host of KCSN's morning show. U2 has always been about messages. In the band's early days in Dublin, beginning with the 1980 album Boy and its hit single "I Will Follow," they openly addressed Bono and the Edge…

  7. Happy Release Day! Now Watch a Dude Drop His Brand-New iPhone 6

    September 19, 2014 2:14 PM EDT "It was a bit scary." It's being called the iPhone fumble seen 'round the world.* In less than a day, millions have watched 18-year-old Jack Cooksey drop the first purchased iPhone 6 outside an Apple store in Perth, Australia. The excruciating moment occurred moments…

  8. Conan's New Apple Service Will 'Remove Any Memory of the Band U2'

    September 19, 2014 9:41 AM EDT Apple was quick to offer iTunes users a one-click way to rid their digital libraries of the new (and very free) U2 album earlier this week. But for some anti-U2ites that just isn't enough and Conan O'Brien and team have imagined a rather more extreme service from Apple that can…

  9. Morning Roundup: 11 Things to Start Your Day

    September 19, 2014 8:24 AM EDT Leonard Cohen’s Birthday Present:  The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Leonard Cohen was full of good cheer  as he spoke about  his upcoming album  Popular Problems . The release of the new album isn’t the only big thing happening next week for Cohen: he also turns 80, and he’s planning to take…

  10. Beyonce and Jay Z's Rumor-Filled Summer: A Timeline

    September 18, 2014 3:50 PM EDT It’s been one crazy (in love?) summer for  Beyonce  and  Jay Z . For a long time, they had been pros at keeping their six-year marriage mostly out of the public spotlight, but summer 2014 will be remembered in the pop culture world as the moment the whole thing almost came tumbling down.…

  11. 27-Year-Old Sharon Osbourne Cut Her Wrists to Show Love for Ozzy

    September 18, 2014 1:40 PM EDT Needless to say, don't try this at home. Sharon Osbourne -- one of the five hosts of the daytime television series The Talk -- reported that she once cut her wrists in an effort to prove how much she loved (her then-boyfriend, now-husband)  Black Sabbath frontman  Ozzy Osbourne .…

  12. Scooter Braun and Tiesto Invest in Splice, a Cloud-Based Music Creation Platform

    September 18, 2014 1:10 PM EDT Splice announces it has raised $4.5 million in series A funding from a range of investors including Braun and ex-Swedish House Mafia member Steve Angello Splice, a cloud-based music creation and collaboration platform, announced yesterday that it has raised $4.5 million in a Series A round…

  13. Jason Isbell Sweeps, Sturgill Simpson Wins Big at Americana Awards

    September 18, 2014 11:52 AM EDT Singer-songwriter Jason Isbell swept the major awards Wednesday night at the Americana Honors & Awards, creating another special moment with his wife, Amanda Shires . Isbell won artist, album and song of the year during the 13th annual awards show Wednesday night at Ryman Auditorium in…

  14. Maroon 5 No. 1 On Billboard Artist 100 Again; Lecrae Debuts, Jhene Aiko Soars

    September 18, 2014 11:40 AM EDT Maroon 5 is the biggest act in the U.S. for a second week, while Lecrae debuts at No. 7 and Aiko rockets 88-9. Maroon 5 tops the Billboard Artist 100 for a second week. Meanwhile, Lecrae debuts at No. 7 and Jhene Aiko blasts 88-9 as their new albums debut on the Billboard 200. Plus, two…

  15. Pop Shop Podcast: Fall Music Preview! (Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj, One Direction & More)

    September 18, 2014 10:40 AM EDT Listen to the latest episode of Billboard.com's weekly charts 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…

  16. Report: Apple and U2 to Debut New Music File Format

    September 18, 2014 10:28 AM EDT Updated: 10:26 A.M., Sept. 18. Those hints that U2 dropped last week -- "We’re collaborating with Apple on some cool stuff over the next couple of years, innovations that will transform the way music is listened to and viewed" -- seem to be more than just a promotional posture.…

  17. Katy Perry Promises iPhone 6 Comes With Free Katy Perry Selfie

    September 18, 2014 10:05 AM EDT A new Teenage Dream! Katy Perry sure knows how to make an announcement. After the hullabaloo over the free Apple-sponsored U2 album, Perry dropped a little Apple announcement of her own on Twitter Wednesday night.  FYI to all new IPHONE 6 buyers, there will also be a free selfie of me…

  18. James Brown's Daughter Details Domestic Abuse, Son Alleges Murder in Dueling New Memoirs

    September 17, 2014 4:45 PM EDT Yamma Brown offers chilling details of how her father beat her mother and Daryl Brown writes he has a "gut feeling" the singer was murdered. A pair of new books about James Brown by two of his children offer a disturbing look into the world of the Godfather of Soul, with graphic…

  19. Must-Hear Music Podcast: Tove Lo, The Preatures, Blake Mills, Mapei & More

    September 17, 2014 3:34 PM EDT It's (unofficial) Swedish pop appreciation week on the Must-Hear Music podcast, with new songs from Tove Lo (yes, there's much more to her than "Habits"), Erik Hassle and Mapei all getting love from the Billboard staff. We also talk about new tracks from Blake Mills …

  20. Musiq Soulchild Explains His Rap Alter Ego The Husel

    September 17, 2014 3:30 PM EDT After a decade of R&B success, Musiq Soulchild aims to conquer rap. The hitmaker revealed his rap alter ego, The Husel, in July during a NYC live performance. Last week, Aug. 11, he shared with Madame Noir that the choice to reinvent his music was the result of music listeners clamoring…

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