1. 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…

  2. Keith Richards on His New Gig...as a Children's Book Author

    September 12, 2014 4:00 PM EDT Rock legend Keith Richards already counts grandfathers as fans -- now 70, he's hoping to win over grandkids with his first children's book, Gus & Me (Little, Brown), an unexpected follow-up to his acclaimed 2010 tell-all autobiography, Life . Illustrated with whimsical drawings…

  3. 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,…

  4. 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…

  5. 'Simpsons' Producer Al Jean Dishes on Show's Best Musical Moments

    September 12, 2014 3:00 PM EDT To close out The Simpsons binge-fest of all 552 episodes on FXX last month, the Hollywood Bowl is dedicating three nights to the beloved animated series. From Sept. 12-14, the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles will be accompanied by stars like Conan O'Brien , “Weird Al” Yankovic ,…

  6. The Juice Podcast: Nicki Minaj, Chris Brown, Usher, Lil Wayne & More 'Ask The Juice'

    September 12, 2014 1:20 PM EDT On this week’s episode of The Juice Podcast, Pop Shop editor Jason Lipshutz joins me to answer fan questions related to R&B and hip-hop. We cover topics as Nicki Minaj , Chris Brown 's stage presence, Usher 's forthcoming album, Lupe Fiasco 's current relationship with…

  7. Chris Brown Shares Some Advice For Ray Rice: 'I've Made My Mistakes Too'

    September 12, 2014 1:03 PM EDT When you're in a horrible situation (of your own making) it may be helpful to look at how others have handled things. That must be the reasoning behind MTV asking Chris Brown for his thoughts on Ray Rice , who of course is back making headlines this week after video of him assualting his…

  8. 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…

  9. 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 "…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. INFINITE Become First Korean Act to Top Twitter Emerging Artist Chart, Enter Top Tracks

    September 11, 2014 9:47 PM EDT The K-pop boy band kept conversations going thanks to a slick dance video. INFINITE  earn their first Billboard No. 1 this week with "Last Romeo."  The K-pop boy band's '80s-inspired single tops the  Billboard Twitter Emerging Artists chart and also hits No. 33 on…

  13. CBS Cuts NFL Segment With Rihanna Before Thursday Night Football Game

    September 11, 2014 6:53 PM EDT CBS seemed pretty excited when it announced a new segment that would open each NFL Thursday Night Football game this year with Jay-Z 's Rihanna -featuring track "Run This Town" and narration by Don Cheadle. But now it has cut the segment seemingly because Rihanna has been a…

  14. Chris Brown Rebounds on Social 50 Chart

    September 11, 2014 6:11 PM EDT Plus, Flying Lotus flies onto the chart, thanks to a little help from Kendrick Lamar. Chris Brown re-enters the Social 50 chart at No. 22 after a one-week hiatus from the tally, thanks to a flurry of promotion tied to the upcoming release of his sixth studio album, X . Chris Brown's Full…

  15. Michael Jackson Immortal Tour Wraps With Eighth-Best Gross of All Time

    September 11, 2014 5:56 PM EDT Cirque du Soleil's Michael Jackson the Immortal World Tour has wrapped after its three-year run, earning the No. 8 slot on the list of the top-grossing tours of all time with $360 million, based on Billboard Boxscore. The tour played its final performance on Aug. 31 in Guadalajara,…

  16. CMA Noms Lift Miranda Lambert's 'Platinum' Back to No. 1

    September 11, 2014 5:45 PM EDT The set scores a sixth week at No. 1 on Top Country Albums. Plus, moves for Garth Brooks, Kenny Chesney and Frank Foster. Leading all acts with nine nominations for the 2014 CMA Awards (announced Sept. 3), Miranda Lambert flies 7-1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart with Platinum .…

  17. Musicians Remember 9/11 on Social Media

    September 11, 2014 2:28 PM EDT Many musicians documented the the anniversary of  9/11 on Twitter today, offering prayers and support for the families of attack victims. Taylor Swift remembered her visit to the 9/11 memorial, and Snoop Dogg encouraged people to help "someone else 2day." See more tweets below:  …

  18. The 20 Best Songs About Friendships -- Good, Bad and With Benefits

    September 11, 2014 2:00 PM EDT Friendship is a complicated thing. It can save your life -- like when a good buddy gets you through a bad breakup -- or it can drive you absolutely nuts. After all, some friends lie and let you down, and if they’re not secretly plotting your demise, they might be harboring romantic feelings…

  19. Sway Calloway Explains Why He's Starting Overdeliver Entertainment Label, Talks First Signing

    September 11, 2014 1:15 PM EDT Sway Calloway (known to the world as simply just "Sway") has conquered every medium in entertainment -- from terrestrial radio to television and back around to satellite radio. Now, with the help of business partner Kelly L. Jackson , the two have launched Overdeliver Entertainment.…

  20. Karen O Brings ‘Crush Songs’ to Life at New York's Manderley Bar

    September 11, 2014 12:43 PM EDT A neon sign shone through the smoke-filled haze of the Manderley Bar at the McKittrick Hotel, where a small standing crowd, with smartphones at the ready, awaited the evening’s headliner, Karen O . Crush Palace, the heart-shaped sign read, a nod to Karen O’s first solo album, Crush Songs ,…

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