1. Tove Lo Falls Into Fame: On ‘Habits,’ Opening for Katy Perry & Using Music as Therapy

    September 22, 2014 5:00 PM EDT “Everything that I don’t really dare to say or speak about, I can sing about,” says the Swedish phenom. Tove Lo is still trying to figure out how to mentally ready herself for her quickly approaching arena shows opening for Katy Perry , but in terms of physical preparation, the…

  2. Wu-Tang Clan & Lil’ Kim Reign in Brooklyn: Live Review

    September 22, 2014 4:00 PM EDT Nostalgia was the selling point at Brooklyn's Barclays Center on Sept. 19, when hip-hop magazine The Source held its inaugural SOURCE360 variety concert to commemorate its 25th anniversary. While relative newcomers Curren$y and Dom Kennedy opened the evening, it was the electric sets…

  3. Mary J. Blige Releases New Song Co-Written by Sam Smith

    September 22, 2014 3:54 PM EDT Mary J. Blige has made a career out of tough, resilient ballads, songs like "Not Gon' Cry," "No More Drama" and "Be Without You." Lately she's been in the studio with a group of English artists -- notably Disclosure and Naughty Boy , who are better…

  4. 'The Voice,' 'Idol' & 'X Factor': All 26 Judges, Ranked

    September 22, 2014 2:52 PM EDT As Gwen Stefani & Pharrell Williams join 'The Voice,' we rank the coaches who came before them. Starting Monday night (Sept. 22), there are two new kids on the singing-competition block: Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams , who will make their debut as coaches on The Voice .…

  5. Meghan Trainor: ‘I Don’t Consider Myself a Feminist’

    September 22, 2014 1:10 PM EDT How Meghan Trainor, an “insecure, straight-up tomboy,” took her self-acceptance message to No. 1 Nestled on the northwest coast of Nantucket Island is an unassuming boutique named Jewel of the Isle that has been experiencing a business boom of late. Owners Gary and Kelli Trainor's…

  6. 'I Feel a Little Weird About It': What 2014's Polaris Prize Short-Listers Think About the Voting Process

    September 22, 2014 1:03 PM EDT “They can just listen to the same thing we’ve listened to a bunch of times and they’ll probably hate it just as much.” Billboard told each artist about Polaris’ grand jury duty -- then asked: How does it make you feel knowing that, behind closed doors, while the gala is happening, that the…

  7. Jennifer Hudson, 'JHUD': Track-by-Track Review

    September 22, 2014 11:00 AM EDT It's a difficult time for female R&B singers -- right now, Tinashe , Beyoncé and Jhené Aiko are the only three in the top 25 on the R&B/Hip-Hop charts -- and veterans face an especially tough market. Ashanti released an album earlier this year that sold 28,000 copies in its…

  8. Sir Mix-a-Lot: 'I Love' Nicki Minaj's 'Anaconda'

    September 22, 2014 10:52 AM EDT Hits sometimes have unintended consequences: Nicki Minaj 's "Anaconda" is No. 3 on the Hot 100 , and because that song samples Sir Mix-a-Lot 's "Baby Got Back," Mix-a-Lot is enjoying a level of attention he probably hasn't received since the 1990s. Mr. Mix…

  9. Corner Office: Island Records President David Massey on His Hot Streak of Hits, Betting on Shawn Mendes

    September 22, 2014 10:24 AM EDT The label exec on his hot streak of hits (Iggy Azalea, Kiesza), learning from his mom and betting on Shawn Mendes. The history of the music industry may yet be written by David Massey , 56, who has filled 35 volumes of his diaries with experiences that go back to swinging London. In 1962…

  10. This Week in Billboard Chart History: 25 Years Ago, Milli Vanilli's 'Miss' Hits Top of Hot 100

    September 22, 2014 8:05 AM EDT This week in 1989, the duo scored its second of three No. 1s. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Madonna, Luther Vandross and the Beatles Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history Sept. 22, 2007 Alicia Keys ' "…

  11. Meghan Trainor Hints at Album, Talks Taylor Swift Cover Backstage at iHeartRadio Music Fest: Watch

    September 21, 2014 10:55 PM EDT “It’s still not real. It’s not real, but it’s amazing.” That’s how Meghan Trainor sees the view from the top. Pop music’s newest star is No. 1 at both ends of the planet right now, and she’s nearly ready to take the next big step -- dropping an album.   Trainor’s “All About The Bass”…

  12. Watch 50 Cent and G-Unit Talk Music & Chart Success Backstage at iHeartRadio

    September 21, 2014 8:56 PM EDT G-Unit didn't wast any time delivering new material after reuniting at Hot 97's Summer Jam in May. The collective is prepping to release a new EP, The Beast Is G-Unit , in October, two months after the surprise release of their 6-song EP, The Beauty of Independence . After the rap…

  13. Kacey Musgraves Talks Hanging With Katy Perry, New Music At iHeartRadio Fest

    September 21, 2014 7:58 PM EDT Kacey Musgraves brought her candid country charm to the scorching-hot iHeartRadio Fan Village in Las Vegas on Saturday (Sept. 20), where she also doubled as an unlikely opening act for the day's biggest draw, 5 Seconds of Summer. But she's also fresh from wrapping a month'…

  14. Watch: Ed Sheeran on His Surprise iHeartRadio Performance of 'Same Love' With Macklemore

    September 21, 2014 6:49 PM EDT An Ed Sheeran - Macklemore collabo at the 2014 iHeartRadio Music Festival on Saturday was destined to happen -- one way or another. The rapper had originally asked the British singer to sit in with him but ended up not performing his own set. So, instead, Sheeran asked the Seattle-based…

  15. The Big Parade Music Conference Debuts in Tokyo: Billboard Charts, Streaming Services, and Steve Lillywhite

    September 21, 2014 1:43 PM EDT Japan has hosted a major music conference with significant international players for the first time in recent memory. The Big Parade, held September 12th-15th, was packed with line-up of live showcases (of strictly Japanese bands) buttressing three days of talks, speeches and panels. The…

  16. Rewinding the Charts: 40 Years Ago, Mamma Mia! ABBA-Mania Began

    September 21, 2014 9:05 AM EDT On Sept. 21, 1974, the Swedish pop quartet's debut U.S. album, 'Waterloo,' peaked at No. 145 on the Billboard 200, but its title track became a smash single. The world began to fall in love with ABBA in 1974, when the Swedish pop group, which began singing together on a beach…

  17. iHeartRadio Village: 5 Seconds of Summer, Iggy Azalea Highlight Day Festival

    September 20, 2014 9:50 PM EDT In between the two nights of the iHeartRadio Music Festival, the music extravaganza moved outside for the iHeartRadio Music Festival Village, in which a collection of pop's rising stars shared a stage in the sweltering Las Vegas heat. Although temperatures surpassed 95 degrees on…

  18. Gimme Five: Girls' Generation's Taeyeon's Tips to Make Fall 2014 Great

    September 19, 2014 8:31 PM EDT As leader of Girls' Generation and its splinter trio Girls' Generation-TTS , Taeyeon has spent more than seven years acting as a guide to her eight band members. When Billboard met up with her in New York , the "And One" singer was happy to share her tips to…

  19. 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…

  20. After Hitting Bottom, Scott Storch Is Taking Another Shot at the Top

    September 19, 2014 6:20 PM EDT Ten years ago, the hip-hop producer had one of the hottest streaks in music history. Then he acquired an epic cocaine habit and bankrupted himself. Now he’s mounting a modest comeback using the one resource he never completely squandered: Chutzpah. On a scorching Wednesday in August in…

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