1. U2's Surprise 'Songs of Innocence': Album Review

    September 09, 2014 5:52 PM EDT Had Apple not been readying the launch of its new iPhone 6, U2 might have had to invent the thing itself. In a bold move only this band could pull off, Bono and the gang hijacked the tech giant's Sept. 9 unveiling and announced the release -- free to all 500 million iTunes users --…

  2. Families Attempting to Settle Jenni Rivera Lawsuit

    September 09, 2014 5:22 PM EDT Attorneys for singer Jenni Rivera 's company and relatives of some of those killed alongside her in a plane crash told a judge on Tuesday (Sept. 9) that they are trying to settle a lawsuit against the late Mexican-American superstar's company. Jenni Rivera's Second Life: The…

  3. Linkin Park’s Joe Hahn Makes Directorial Debut with ‘Mall’: Watch An Exclusive Clip

    September 09, 2014 12:01 PM EDT Mall may be Linkin Park DJ Joe Hahn's feature film directorial debut, but he's certainly been ramping up for this since the band started. Watch an exclusive clip of Mall below: Hahn, who co-founded Linkin Park while studying at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, has…

  4. Mary J Blige Announces Sam Smith, Disclosure & Emeli Sande for 'London Sessions'

    September 09, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Mary J Blige's upcoming album release will be a best of British affair. The R&B Queen will collaborate with the likes of Sam Smith , Disclosure and Emeli Sande on The London Sessions , a collection of recordings inspired by the spectacular output of London's music scene. …

  5. Watch The Cure Cover 'Hello, Goodbye' for Star-Studded Paul McCartney Tribute Album

    September 09, 2014 9:55 AM EDT Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Alice Cooper, Brian Wilson, KISS, The Who and more fete the former Beatle A Paul McCartney tribute album of epic proportions -- Billy Joel, The Who, Brian Wilson, Alice Cooper and more are involved -- is on the way, and the first cover song is already here! It's…

  6. Broadway Won't Dim Lights for Joan Rivers

    September 08, 2014 7:25 PM EDT Late comedian was nominated for a Tony in 1994. Despite being a long champion of New York theater, Joan Rivers will not be memorialized by the dimming of Broadway's lights. Hear One of Joan Rivers' Final Interviews The Broadway League, which represents theater owners and producers,…

  7. Glen Campbell Sets Release Date for Final Recorded Song

    September 08, 2014 5:56 PM EDT 'I'm Not Gonna Miss You' will appear on the soundtrack to 'Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me.' A 2011 Alzheimer's diagnosis hasn't stopped Glen Campbell 's prolific music career, with the album See You There arriving just last year. But in a press…

  8. Chart Highlights: Maroon 5's 'Maps' Leads To No. 1

    September 08, 2014 4:50 PM EDT The band rewrites the record for the most No. 1s on Adult Pop Songs. Plus, new leaders for Linkin Park, Kenny Chesney, MercyMe & more Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on…

  9. Joel Embiid Sounds Off: Philadelphia 76ers Rookie Talks Nicki Minaj, Rick Ross & The Shmoney Dance

    September 08, 2014 3:39 PM EDT The NBA rookie discusses his crazy Twitter account, Rick Ross grunts, Nicki Minaj's butt and bonding over Bobby Shmurda. On June 20, six days before being selected by the Philadelphia 76ers as the third overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, Joel Embiid had two screws inserted into the…

  10. Jhene Aiko, 'Souled Out': Track-by-Track Review

    September 08, 2014 10:45 AM EDT Jhené Aiko 's songs are intimate conversations, which have flourished since the release of her 2011 mixtape Sailing Soul(s ). Her vocals are lithe enough to seduce, while her sharp lyricism and wordplay are tools to knife through a man's crap. On Aiko's major label debut,…

  11. Placido Domingo’s L.A. Opera Contract Extended

    September 06, 2014 7:30 AM EDT Placido Domingo 's contract as general director of the Los Angeles Opera has been extended through the 2018-19 season. Placido Domingo to Close-Out London's iTunes Festival The 73-year-old tenor became artistic consultant to the company in 1984 and was artistic director from 2001-03…

  12. Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Brad Paisley & The Ever-Elusive No. 1 Album

    September 05, 2014 8:42 PM EDT Paisley, who has yet to earn a No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, nets his fifth No. 2 set. Also: Sam Smith's 'In the Lonely Hour' sells a half-million & Ed Sheeran's new EP debuts. On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart, Ariana Grande 's My Everything debuted…

  13. Juanes Reflects on His Past, Plots His Future

    September 05, 2014 4:20 PM EDT The Latin superstar discusses his earliest L.A. memories, new album plans and more For Colombian superstar Juanes , playing the first Los Angeles edition of the Budwesier Made In America festival last weekend brought back a lot of memories. “Here my solo career started, so for me to come back…

  14. Man Spends 8 Days in Jail for Posting Metal Lyrics on Facebook

    September 05, 2014 12:50 PM EDT Last month, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled that violent rap lyrics cannot be used as evidence in trials, except for special situations when those lyrics are closely connected to the case in question. "One would not presume that Bob Marley, who wrote the well-known song 'I Shot…

  15. The Top 5 Best Selling 'SNL' Digital Downloads of All Time

    September 05, 2014 11:30 AM EDT In the Sept. 13 issue of Billboard , readers can find an exclusive excerpt of the newly updated Saturday Night Live book Live From New York . In it, Andy Samberg , Justin Timberlake , and other key players break down two of the most iconic musical moments in the show’s history: “Lazy Sunday”…

  16. The Secrets Behind 'Dick in a Box' & More: Andy Samberg, Justin Timberlake on the Viral Hits of 'SNL'

    September 05, 2014 11:00 AM EDT In an exclusive excerpt from the newly updated  Saturday Night Live  book  Live From New York , Justin Timberlake, Andy Samberg and other key players break down two of the most iconic musical moments in the show’s history. 'LAZY SUNDAY' The first breakthrough Digital Short featured…

  17. Exclusive: Sony Music Forms Disruptor With Chainsmokers Manager

    September 05, 2014 9:52 AM EDT Sony Music Entertainment CEO Doug Morris has signed a joint venture artistic development deal with the Chainsmokers ' manager Adam Alpert that will see the formation of Disruptor Management. In addition to a management firm, the new company will field Disruptor Records, an imprint that…

  18. Waylon Jennings' Collectibles to be Sold at Auction, Including Buddy Holly's Motorcycle & Willie Nelson's Hair

    September 04, 2014 7:42 PM EDT A collection of outlaw country singer Waylon Jennings ' belongings will go on public auction this fall, including a rare 1958 motorcycle originally owned by Buddy Holly and locks of Willie Nelson 's braided hair. Waylon Jennings' Widow Talks 'Last Recordings' &…

  19. Must-Hear Music Podcast: New Songs From Kendrick, Jessie Ware, TV on the Radio & More

    September 04, 2014 5:59 PM EDT Maybe it's because the summer is coming to a close, but this week's Must-Hear Music Podcast happens to spotlight a few melancholy gems courtesy of Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman Karen O, startling newcomer Nick Hakim and others. But it's not all weepy bedroom balladry -- the…

  20. Hear Aphex Twin’s Fantastic, Absurdly Titled New Song

    September 04, 2014 5:50 PM EDT The first new Aphex Twin album in 13 years is finally becoming a reality. Richard D. James just released the first track from new LP Syro , the cryptically titled, five-minute song "minipops 67 [120.2][source field mix]." Musically, the new song aligns with the "classic"…

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