1. 'The Voice' Recap: Can Pharrell Break Blake Shelton's Country Music Reign?

    October 01, 2014 12:33 AM EDT Over the past six seasons, it's been very hard for any coach on The Voice to drag a potential country star away of Blake Shelton's inherent pull, but can the enigmatic Pharrell Williams finally do it? At one point in Tuesday night's episode, the new mentor gave it a shot. …

  2. Album Review: Prince's First Two Albums In Four Years Are a Mixed Bag

    September 30, 2014 9:20 AM EDT During the first phase of his career, while under contract with Warner Bros., Prince released 18 albums in as many years. Four are absolute masterpieces; two or three others are damn close. Over the next 18 years, after emancipating himself from the label's "slave masters" in…

  3. Alt-J Nabs U.K. No. 1 with 'This Is All Yours'

    September 29, 2014 6:44 AM EDT British band Alt-J converted their status as critical indie favorites into mainstream crossover by debuting at No. 1 yesterday (Sept. 28) with their  This Is All Yours  album (Infectious Music). Meanwhile, Jessie J’s collaboration with Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj , “Bang Bang” (Lava…

  4. Alesso Advances, Cash Cash Debuts on Dance/Electronic Charts

    September 26, 2014 5:05 PM EDT Alesso accelerates on Billboard's Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart with "Heroes (We Could Be)" (27-13), taking Digital Gainer honors. The track also enters Dance/Electronic Digital Songs (No. 9) with 16,000 units sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan, as well as Dance/Mix Show…

  5. 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…

  6. 21 Under 21’s Next Class: Vote For 2015’s Best Bet

    September 24, 2014 2:35 PM EDT Is 2015 the year of Raury, Ella Henderson, Gabi Wilson or someone else? Cast your vote! This year’s edition of our annual 21 Under 21 rankings includes pop mainstays, rising EDM stars, hip-hop heroes and, perhaps most importantly, lots of new talent, as artists like 5 Seconds of Summer…

  7. Hear Unreleased Britney Spears Demos Written by Blood Orange

    September 22, 2014 7:25 PM EDT Britney Spears ' Britney Jean album from last year had a long list of notable producers and songwriters to its credit — will.i.am executive produced it, with assistance from Dr. Luke, David Guetta , Diplo , Katy Perry , Sia and many others. But one name was missing from the final…

  8. Chart Highlights: Meghan Trainor Tops Pop Songs With 'All About That Bass'

    September 22, 2014 5:15 PM EDT Her debut smash is the chart's record-tying fifth consecutive leader by a rookie act. Plus, new No. 1s for Iggy Azalea, Trey Songz, Tito 'El Bambino' & more. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top…

  9. Angaleena Presley Represents the 'American Middle Class' on Debut Solo Album

    September 19, 2014 7:00 PM EDT If someone asks Angaleena Presley about coming from Beauty, it might not exactly be a pickup line. The singer-songwriter -- also a member of the Pistol Annies -- says she actually does come from Beauty: a small town in the eastern corner of Kentucky. "I came from a tiny town in…

  10. Why the Replacements Went Home to Minneapolis After 23 Years

    September 19, 2014 5:19 PM EDT When the front desk person at the Marriott hotel in downtown Minneapolis asked, "What brings you to town?," I would have won instant acceptance, or at least comprehension, if I had answered "a secret Prince concert." Or better yet: "The Vikings game. Hurts about…

  11. Listen to Alex & Sierra's New Song 'Here We Go'

    September 17, 2014 3:16 AM EDT Just before the plug was pulled on Fox's X Factor in February, boyfriend-girlfriend duo Alex & Sierra made history as the only group to win the U.S. version of the singing competition. Now, seven months later, the couple is about to release its Columbia/Syco debut, It’s About Us on…

  12. Bruce Springsteen & Louis C.K. to Headline NYC's Stand Up for Heroes

    September 16, 2014 7:51 PM EDT John Mulaney, John Oliver & Brian Williams also on the lineup for comedy & music event benefiting wounded vets. Bruce Springsteen , Louis C.K. , John Mulaney , John Oliver and Brian Williams will headline the eighth edition of Stand Up for Heroes, being held Nov. 5 at the Theater at…

  13. Kiss Raises $1M for Oregon Military Museum

    September 15, 2014 6:43 PM EDT The band Kiss shed the makeup and pulled out acoustic guitars to raise money for the renovation of the Oregon Military Museum. Kiss' Gene Simmons Gets Behind New 'Coliseum' Reality TV Format The Oregonian reports the $2,500-a-ticket gala Sunday night in Lake Oswego raised more…

  14. Riot Fest Chicago 2014: 10 Best Performances

    September 15, 2014 5:21 PM EDT To celebrate its 10th anniversary, Chicago’s Riot Fest threw a blowout bash at Humboldt Park, bringing in over 100 bands from all generations of punk and rock, from Patti Smith and Cheap Trick to Social Distortion to La Dispute . As is to be expected with such a stellar lineup, there were…

  15. 'Funeral' Turns 10: The Untold Story of Arcade Fire's Album Art & Brooklyn Mural

    September 15, 2014 10:15 AM EDT That Arcade Fire mural that popped up in Brooklyn? Tracy Maurice was behind that, too. Sept. 14 marked the 10-year anniversary of Arcade Fire’s Funeral , an album that changed alternative music as we know it. Billboard already gushed about its greatness in this classic track-by-track review ,…

  16. New Zealand Underground Icon Peter Gutteridge Dies

    September 15, 2014 5:58 AM EDT Peter Gutteridge , a singer and multi-intrumentalist who was a founding member of New Zealand indie bands the Clean, the Chills and the Great Unwashed and is synonymous with the influential Kiwi label they were signed to, Flying Nun, died Monday morning of unknown causes. According to various…

  17. The Replacements Rock Homecoming Concert at Minnesota Stadium

    September 14, 2014 2:50 PM EDT The Replacements played 31 songs at its first hometown appearance in 23. The Replacements took the stage Saturday (Sept. 13) night at Midway Stadium in St. Paul, Minn., clad in identical matching plaid suits, as the final notes of “Surfin’ Bird” by the Trashmen faded out. Watch The…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 9/11 Concert Tributes: Nine Unforgettable Performances

    September 11, 2014 10:48 AM EDT In the days and weeks following the World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, many Americans turned to music to soothe, pacify, heal, rouse and distract. It was a time when people were faced with unprecedented surges of emotion and looked, in part, to songwriters to help…

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