1. 'The Voice' Recap: Playoffs Pay Off for Stripped-Down Ballads

    November 11, 2014 10:12 AM EST Adam Levine and Blake Shelton's singers took the stage for their first live, viewer-voted performances of the season. The Voice 's season-seven playoffs began on Monday, which has teams trimmed down from five to three: two picked by America, and one more saved by each coach. The…

  2. Billboard Cover: Nicki Minaj on Her Sex Life, Love for Larry David and Girl Crush on Beyonce

    November 07, 2014 9:00 AM EST Nicki Minaj appears to be in full relaxation mode: The Los Angeles-based rapper, 31, sits cross-legged on a leather sofa inside the closet-sized green room at Hollywood's Siren Studios, having just wrapped a photo shoot that stretched past 3:30 a.m. She's wearing lavender…

  3. Sam Smith Leads 2015 People's Choice Awards Nominees

    November 04, 2014 5:23 PM EST Sam Smith , along with actress Shailene Woodley , are the leading nominees for the 2015 People's Choice Awards, with four nods apiece. Nominees in 58 categories were announced Tuesday (Nov. 4) in Los Angeles. Smith is nominated for male artist, breakthrough artist, favorite song for …

  4. Meghan Trainor Tops Hot 100 For Eighth Week, Hozier Hits Top 10

    October 29, 2014 2:44 PM EDT 'All About That Bass' rules for an eighth week, becoming the longest-leading No. 1 ever on Epic Records. Plus, singer/songwriter Hozier soars 33-9 with 'Take Me to Church.' Meghan Trainor 's "All About That Bass" commands the Billboard Hot 100 for an…

  5. Slipknot Scores Second No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart

    October 29, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Rock band Slipknot crowns the Billboard 200 chart for a second time, as their new album, .5: The Gray Chapter , debuts atop the list. The album sold 132,000 copies in the week ending Oct. 26, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It was released through Roadrunner Records, and is the…

  6. Meghan Trainor Rules Hot 100, Ed Sheeran Hits Top 10, Glen Campbell Returns

    October 22, 2014 2:11 PM EDT 'All About That Bass' leads for a seventh week, matching a record set by Michael Jackson; Campbell's back after 33 years; and Taylor Swift debuts atop Digital Songs. Meghan Trainor 's "All About That Bass" leads the Billboard Hot 100 for a seventh week, tying a…

  7. Drake vs. Mac DeMarco? An Inside Look at How the Winner of the Polaris Prize Is Named

    September 22, 2014 1:01 PM EDT Behind the unique, alcohol-fueled (and potentially violent) debate that determines the annual prize for Canada's top album. The Polaris Prize will be announced this evening, with our sister to the north's top album being named after what is, apparently, a unique system for…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. Hear Jessie Ware's New Dev Hynes Collaboration, 'Want Your Feeling'

    September 01, 2014 8:30 PM EDT With Jessie Ware prepping the release of her sophomore LP, Tough Love , next month, Monday the British singer dropped a new song she worked on with Blood Orange 's Dev Hynes called "Want Your Feeling." Ryan Adams, Jessie Ware & More Added to London iTunes Festival The…

  12. Must-Hear Music Podcast: Katy Perry, Riff Raff, Usher, Raury & More

    August 27, 2014 5:19 PM EDT On this week's Must-Hear Music podcast, the Billboard staff talks about everything from Katy Perry working with eccentric MC Riff Raff to Brad Paisley 's make-out song to insanely promising newcomers like Raury and Sofi de la Torre . We don't always agree with each other -- and…

  13. Ask Billboard: If Taylor Swift Hits No. 1 ...

    August 26, 2014 11:05 AM EDT A look at chart feats that could await Swift tomorrow. Plus, women are dominating the Digital Songs chart As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city,…

  14. Aloe Blacc & JC Chasez Talk Making of Smokey Robinson's 'My Girl' Remake

    August 22, 2014 7:24 PM EDT Smokey Robinson 's new album Smokey & Friends is an R&B/soul masterpiece that features new duet versions of some of the singer/songwriter's most memorable songs, including remakes of tracks written by Robinson for himself and his group the Miracles , as well as other acts…

  15. FKA Twigs Is a Woman of Mystery -- And She Likes It That Way

    August 18, 2014 1:57 PM EDT FKA Twigs has just released one of the year’s most bold, idiosyncratic and deeply personal debuts -- LP1 (Young Turks), an exploration of warped beauty ideals, gender politics, romantic power dynamics and raw sexuality. But she isn’t really interested in explaining the person behind her…

  16. Chart Highlights: Sam Smith Settles In For A No. 1 'Stay' On Adult Contemporary

    August 11, 2014 3:50 PM EDT The British singer/songwriter's 'Stay With Me' makes a quick climb to the top. Plus, new No. 1s for Nico & Vinz, Royksopp & Robyn, Milky Chance, Godsmack and more Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out…

  17. Smokey Robinson & CeeLo Green Reinvent 'The Way You Do (The Things You Do)': Song Premiere

    August 08, 2014 9:55 AM EDT Hear the new duet from Robinson's upcoming album, launching exclusively on Billboard.com. "Let me tell you something," Smokey Robinson explains. "As a songwriter, my fondest dream is that someone records my songs … And most of the people who have recorded my songs have…

  18. No 'Lie' - Lucy Hale Makes Big Social 50 Chart Gain

    August 08, 2014 9:50 AM EDT Plus: Ed Sheeran has The Vamps to thank for a big chart gain, while "Bang Bang" makes a booming debut on the Streaming Songs chart. ABC's Pretty Little Liars star Lucy Hale continues to forge ahead in her music career with the release of her new music video for "Lie A…

  19. Tom Petty Scores First No. 1 Album On Billboard 200

    August 06, 2014 11:14 AM EDT After a nearly 37-year wait, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers earn their first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 . The band's new Hypnotic Eye arrives atop the chart, selling 131,000 copies in the week ending Aug. 3, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the best debut sales…

  20. James Mercer's Pre-Shins Band Getting a Reissue

    July 29, 2014 6:48 PM EDT Flake Music's debut is the Shins album you've never heard. Before the Shins, there was Flake Music. No, it's not a great name for a band by any stretch of the imagination, but don't let that throw you. Their sole album, 1997's  When You Land Here, It's Time to…

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