1. Billboard Cover Sneak Peek: 5 Things That Piss Off Jason Aldean

    September 18, 2014 7:03 PM EDT With "Burnin' It Down" sitting pretty at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and his sixth album, Old Boots, New Dirt, coming out Oct. 7, life is pretty good for Jason Aldean . But that doesn't mean the country star isn't as fired up as ever. In his new…

  2. Lee Brice Does No. 1 'Dance' on Top Country Albums Chart

    September 18, 2014 5:31 PM EDT Brice scores his first leader on the list. Plus, moves for Dustin Lynch, Jason Aldean, Brantley Gilbert and Easton Corbin. Singer/songwriter Lee Brice scores his first No. 1 in four tries on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart, as I Don't Dance , his third full-length album,…

  3. Is It Still Possible To Enjoy Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines'?

    September 18, 2014 4:23 PM EDT One writer bravely listens to the biggest song of last summer following the latest piece of controversy, and jots down his many thoughts. (The song starts. Pharrell Williams hollers ‘E’erybody get up!’ after four beats, and the rest of the percussion kicks in at 0:03.) Oh, hey, I know this…

  4. Jason Isbell Sweeps, Sturgill Simpson Wins Big at Americana Awards

    September 18, 2014 11:52 AM EDT Singer-songwriter Jason Isbell swept the major awards Wednesday night at the Americana Honors & Awards, creating another special moment with his wife, Amanda Shires . Isbell won artist, album and song of the year during the 13th annual awards show Wednesday night at Ryman Auditorium in…

  5. Pop Shop Podcast: Fall Music Preview! (Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj, One Direction & More)

    September 18, 2014 10:40 AM EDT Listen to the latest episode of Billboard.com's weekly charts breakdown. Welcome to the latest episode of the Billboard.com Pop Shop Podcast , Billboard's weekly half-hour audio breakdown of the Billboard charts, hottest music news and year's biggest musical events. Casual…

  6. Instagram Co-Founder Kevin Systrom Joins KCRW Board of Directors

    September 18, 2014 9:28 AM EDT Instagram co-founder and CEO Kevin Systrom has joined the board of directors of Los Angeles-area community radio station KCRW . His appointment is effective immediately and brings the total number of board members for the venerable station to 25. KCRW general manager Jennifer Ferro…

  7. Don't Fear the Reaper: The 20 Best Songs About Death

    September 17, 2014 4:15 PM EDT For a group of people obsessed with immortality, pop stars sure do sing a lot about death. Maybe it's not that surprising. It's a deliciously rich topic ripe for all kinds of songs: From murder ballads and tender tributes to nihilistic hip-hop jams, there’s a killer canon of…

  8. Must-Hear Music Podcast: Tove Lo, The Preatures, Blake Mills, Mapei & More

    September 17, 2014 3:34 PM EDT It's (unofficial) Swedish pop appreciation week on the Must-Hear Music podcast, with new songs from Tove Lo (yes, there's much more to her than "Habits"), Erik Hassle and Mapei all getting love from the Billboard staff. We also talk about new tracks from Blake Mills …

  9. Sir Sly Talks Drake, Speedy Recording & Debut Album 'You Haunt Me'

    September 17, 2014 3:04 PM EDT The indie-pop group just released a debut album full of "incredibly personal moments." Modern rock bands often cite other, often canonical rock acts as their fundamental inspirations, but talking to Landon Jacobs, lead singer of the group Sir Sly, you hear a different story. “I…

  10. Meghan Trainor Leads Hot 100's All-Female Top Five For Second Week

    September 17, 2014 2:10 PM EDT 0 For a second straight week, women shut out men in the top five, led by Trainor's debut hit 'All About That Bass.' It's all about women in the Billboard Hot 100 's top five again, as Meghan Trainor 's "All About That Bass" heads up an all…

  11. What Is Jay Z and Beyonce’s Best Collaboration? Vote Now!

    September 17, 2014 12:42 PM EDT "Crazy in Love," "Drunk in Love" or another one that you love even more? Cast your vote in our new poll. On Tuesday night (Sept. 16), rumors began to swirl that Jay Z and Beyonce, better known as music’s most groundbreaking power couple, are working on a new…

  12. Lecrae Earns First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200

    September 17, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Meanwhile, new albums by Jhene Aiko and Ryan Adams start in the Top 5. Rapper Lecrae collects his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as his new Anomaly opens atop the list. It sold 88,000 copies in the week ending Sept. 14, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's also the first…

  13. Republic Records Restructures Media Department With New Executive Hires

    September 16, 2014 9:00 PM EDT Republic Records announced a restructuring of its media department Tuesday that includes new executive hires.  Beau Benton joins the record label as vice president, media, following nearly a decade at the independent public relations firm 42 West, working press for notables Rihanna , Lady…

  14. KCRW Online Station Eclectic24 Finds a Home in Santa Barbara

    September 16, 2014 8:44 PM EDT Santa Monica, Calif., public radio station KCRW has landed a terrestrial home in Santa Barbara for its online Eclectic24 . Jason Bentley Talks About His 5 Years as KCRW Music Director The all-music station began broadcasting Sept. 15 at 106.9 FM in Santa Barbara, about 90 miles north of KCRW&…

  15. Shawn Mendes Exclusive: Watch Episode 1 of His ‘Life on the Road’ Series

    September 16, 2014 4:59 PM EDT The "Life of the Party" singer invites fans backstage in his new tour diary. Shawn Mendes, the 16-year-old rising pop artist who has turned Vine stardom into full-blown stardom, has decided to document the ongoings of his first major tour with a video diary capturing all of the…

  16. Tim McGraw, ‘Sundown Heaven Town’: Track-by-Track Album Review

    September 16, 2014 1:14 PM EDT Tim McGraw has scored more than 50 top 10 hits on Billboard's Country Airplay chart during the last 20 years. On Sept. 16, the singer rolls out Sundown Heaven Town , his 13th studio album. On the disc,  co-produced by McGraw and longtime collaborator  Byron Gallimore,  the singer…

  17. Barbra Streisand Returns To Late Night: Watch Her Top TV Performances

    September 15, 2014 6:20 PM EDT Barbra Streisand will at long last return to late-night television on Monday night (Sept. 16) with an appearance (and performance!) on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon . Although Babs has stopped by The Late Show with David Letterman and chatted on the long-defunct Rosie O’Donnell Show ,…

  18. Chart Highlights: Nico & Vinz Ascend To No. 1 On Adult Contemporary With 'Am I Wrong'

    September 15, 2014 5:50 PM EDT The pair is the first duo to lead the list with a debut hit since 1998. Plus, new No. 1s for Milky Chance, Dustin Lynch and 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 the surveys listed…

  19. Exclusive: Listen to PROM's ‘Flickers,’ First Single From Ghost Beach's Crazy Heart Records

    September 15, 2014 5:09 PM EDT Electronic pop duo Ghost Beach memorably took to Times Square last year to ignite a debate on music piracy . Now, they’re teaming with indie-music distributor The Orchard for their own label, Crazy Heart Records, which will release its first single Sept. 16, PROM’s “Flickers.” Billboard has…

  20. Fergie Working on New Album for 2015 Release

    September 15, 2014 4:42 PM EDT Mike WiLL Made-It is also involved with the project, sources tell Billboard. Fergie has not released an album in a little over eight years, but the Black Eyed Peas singer may finally be finishing a sequel to The Dutchess . Sources tell Billboard that Fergie is indeed working on new…

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