1. Billboard 200 Chart Moves: 'Guardians' & 'Frozen' Make Up Almost 40% of 2014 Soundtrack Sales

    September 12, 2014 6:49 PM EDT Also: Miranda Lambert gains thanks to sale pricing, Johnny Winter earns his highest charting album ever & the WOW series continues to rack up big sales. On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart, Maroon 5 nabbed its second chart-topping album as V debuted atop the list, selling 164,000…

  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. Sir Mix-A-Lot on Nicki Minaj's 'Anaconda,' Booty Fever & New Music

    September 12, 2014 4:15 PM EDT Sir Mix-A-Lot didn't think he'd still be talking about his classic hit "Baby Got Back" decades after its release. Since the anthem impacted back in 1992, the 51-year old rapper has become the godfather of booty records, which have recently made a mainstream comeback thanks…

  4. Bob Crewe, Singer/Songwriter Behind Many Four Seasons Hits, Dies at 83

    September 12, 2014 4:05 PM EDT He also discovered Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels and wrote disco classics including 'Lady Marmalade.' Bob Crewe -- the singer, songwriter, producer and label owner who created many of the Four Seasons ' hits, discovered Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels and was…

  5. Watch: Jack White Unveils Slick New Look in ‘Would You Fight for My Love?’ Video

    September 12, 2014 3:35 PM EDT Donning a classic blue suit and a slick new haircut, Jack White opens up about the struggles over a drink at a hip art deco-styled bar in his new video for the Lazaretto track "Would You Fight for My Love?" Jack White Offered to Produce The Libertines Reunion Album The crisp blue…

  6. London Richards Talks 'Will You Wait' Single, Covering Justin Timberlake & Dream Collabos

    September 12, 2014 3:30 PM EDT At age 17, London Richards can’t vote nor drink. What he can do, however, is conquer the world of R&B, a goal which the singer has his sights set on.   Richards, who moved to the United States from London six years ago, released his debut single, "Will You Wait," on Wednesday,…

  7. Sergio Mendes & will.i.am Make 'Magic' on New Album: A Joint Q&A

    September 12, 2014 3:10 PM EDT As a 17-year-old, will.i.am fell in love with the music of Sergio Mendes after a fellow crate-digger turned him on to Equinox , Mendes' 1967 album with the Brazil 66. That appreciation led to the Black Eyed Peas leader buying all of Mendes' albums, tapping the pianist to play on the…

  8. Rita Ora Discusses New Album & Calvin Harris: 'I Don't Control Other People's Minds'

    September 12, 2014 2:00 PM EDT It's nearly 3 p.m. on the second day of the inaugural Los Angeles edition of Made in America Festival, and a big crowd has gathered to catch Rita Ora 's main-stage performance. It's a major upgrade -- two years ago, Ora played to a side-stage crowd three rows deep at the fest&…

  9. Watch Cute Frat Guys Lip-Sync to Taylor Swift's 'Shake It Off'

    September 12, 2014 1:38 PM EDT They never miss a beat. So, it turns out, just about  everyone  loves  Taylor Swift 's pop foray -- even college frat guys. Members of the Delta Sigma Phi Beta Mu fraternity at Transylvania University in Kentucky recently uploaded their own lip-syncing music video for "Shake It Off,…

  10. Arcade Fire's 'Funeral' Turns 10: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    September 12, 2014 1:11 PM EDT Arcade Fire's sprawling set-up is like a small community onstage, but at its core, the band is the songwriting duo of husband and wife Win Butler and Régine Chassagne . Both lost a grandparent during the recording of their debut album, and the theme of death dominates Funeral , released…

  11. 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…

  12. 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:…

  13. 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 "…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. Robin Gibb Song Premiere: Hear ‘Days of Wine and Roses’ from His Final LP

    September 12, 2014 10:45 AM EDT Robin Gibb is gone more than two years now. But his widow, Dwina, and son R-John Gibb are making sure he didn’t go without a final word. Gibb’s 50 St. Catherine’s Drive comes out Sept. 30, featuring what was intended to be his final solo album. The 17-track set, named after the home Gibb –…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. Tomorrow's Hits: Kalin and Myles, Jamie Scott & Native Run

    September 12, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Each Friday, Billboard presents Tomorrow's Hits, a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Kalin and Myles Bay Area hip-pop duo Kalin and Myles inch closer to Billboard's Rhythmic airplay chart with "Love Robbery" (Republic),…

  20. 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,…

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