1. Big & Rich Look Back on 10 Years as They Go Indie for New Album 'Gravity'

    September 19, 2014 6:10 PM EDT has been a year of renewed energy for Big & Rich . As their current single, "Look At You," sits at No. 20 on the Hot Country Songs chart , they're not only gearing up for the release of their fifth studio album, Gravity -- they're looking back on 10 years of Big…

  2. Katy Perry's Prismatic Tour Doing Big Business

    September 19, 2014 5:29 PM EDT Katy Perry takes her Prismatic World Tour to No. 1 on Billboard's weekly Hot Tours recap with $31 million in ticket sales from the tour's North American leg that began in June. The tally includes concerts that occurred in a two-month span beginning on July 15. Katy Perry, Ariana…

  3. Axwell /\ Ingrosso Sign Exclusive Contract with Universal Music

    September 19, 2014 5:03 PM EDT The duo Axwell /\ Ingrosso have signed an exclusive contract with Universal Music. Their music will be released by Def Jam Recordings in the U.S. and Virgin/EMI in the UK. Steve Bartels , CEO of Def Jam Recordings, is excited to be working with the group. "We are proud at Def Jam to…

  4. Quotes of the Week: What Did Jay Z Say About Conceiving Blue Ivy?

    September 19, 2014 5:00 PM EDT "It's special to us because we got engaged here and this is where baby Blue was conceived." The rapper Jay Z explaining what Paris, where he and wife Beyonce wrapped their On the Run Tour, means to them. "People ... always want to think we're in a boxing match, that…

  5. 'Love & Mercy' Stars John Cusack & Paul Dano on How They Became Brian Wilson

    September 19, 2014 4:50 PM EDT The film about the Beach Boys mastermind premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. It wasn't just the script that got actors John Cusack and Paul Dano excited about playing Beach Boys singer-songwriter Brian Wilson in director Bill Pohlad 's new film, Love & Mercy …

  6. Gladys Knight 'On Top of the World' With New Album & TV Movie

    September 19, 2014 3:47 PM EDT The singer talks gospel album, Lifetime movie, 'DWTS' and dream collaborators Missy Elliott & Kanye West. "I'm just on top of the world," says Gladys Knight . And the legendary singer has every right to be. Where My Heart Belongs -- her new gospel album on…

  7. Exclusive: Gary Numan's 'From Inside' Score Set for Release

    September 19, 2014 3:08 PM EDT Gary Numan 's first score for a film in 23 years, John Bergin 's From Inside , will be released in two editions in October. Lakeshore Records will release From Inside – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack on Oct. 7. Two weeks later, on Oct. 21, Lakeshore will release the DVD From…

  8. Watch Pitbull's Hot Night Out in 'Fireball' Video

    September 19, 2014 2:49 PM EDT Can anyone watch Pitbull 's new video for "Fireball" and honestly tell us they don't want to be at that party? The first single from Mr. Worldwide's upcoming album Globalization , featuring John Ryan , is a Latin dance explosion, and the just-released video…

  9. Hot 100 Chart Moves: Milky Chance Moves Up, Nick Jonas' 'Jealous' Debuts

    September 19, 2014 12:10 PM EDT The duo's debut hit rises, fueled by its 2-1 ascent on Alternative Songs, while Jonas previews his new album. Plus, moves for Katy Perry, Train and Sam Smith. As previously reported, Meghan Trainor leads an all-female top 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 for a second week with "All…

  10. Johnny Depp Makes Surprise Appearance During Ryan Adams' London Concert

    September 19, 2014 11:35 AM EDT Ryan Adams continued to celebrate the release of his new self-titled studio album with a fancy guest appearance at his Thursday night show in London. Playing at Shepherd's Bush Empire, he brought out Johnny Depp for some extra guitar on a pair of songs during the encore. Ryan Adams,…

  11. Ryan Adams, Interpol, Fall Out Boy Return To Rock Charts

    September 19, 2014 11:30 AM EDT Adams lands his first Top Rock Albums No. 1, Interpol follows at No. 2 and Fall Out Boy blasts onto Hot Rock Songs. After a three-year hiatus, unusual for the typically hyper-productive Ryan Adams , the singer/songwriter's self-titled 14th solo album in 14 years marks his first No. 1…

  12. Tricky Debuts, Calvin Harris Soars On Dance/Electronic Charts

    September 19, 2014 10:54 AM EDT Tricky's latest arrives, while Calvin Harris bounds into the top five on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs. Plus, new No. 1s for Charli XCX and Erika Jayne. Tricky trots onto Billboard's Dance/Electronic Albums with Adrian Thaws at No. 9. The set starts with 1,000 copies sold, according…

  13. Leonard Cohen Says Touring Has 'Improved My Mood Considerably'

    September 19, 2014 10:47 AM EDT The late afternoon isn't the most appropriate hour to visit the rainy, alley-bound and lovelorn world of Leonard Cohen -- but if the man is going to show up, then to the venue you go. Here, the occasion was a listening party for Cohen's Popular Problems -- Cohen's 16th full…

  14. Adam Lambert Signs With New Label for Third Album

    September 19, 2014 10:20 AM EDT When Adam Lambert hit Ryan Seacrest's radio show to chat about his temporary American Idol judging gig  on Thursday, the Glammy One let it slip that he's already teamed up with a new label for his third album after parting ways with RCA a year ago. “I’m not going to say too much…

  15. Billboard Cover: Jason Aldean on the Curse of Nashville, 'Baby-Making Music' and Dealing With Tabloid Scandals

    September 19, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Let's get one thing clear: Jason Aldean is not your bro. "This whole bro-country thing, whoever coined that ridiculous phrase, it's about beer or trucks or whatever," says the 37-year-old singer, agitation creeping into his otherwise laconic Georgia accent as he gets…

  16. Johnny Rotella, Songwriter for Frank Sinatra, Dies at 93

    September 18, 2014 11:20 PM EDT Johnny Rotella , an accomplished instrumentalist and songwriter who wrote the Frank Sinatra standard “Nothing but the Best” and recorded with Neil Diamond , Frank Zappa , Steely Dan and others, has died. He was 93. Rotella, a highly sought-after session man who played with marquee artists…

  17. BMI's Revenue Collections Grow to $977 Million, Royalty Distributions to $840 Million

    September 18, 2014 8:29 PM EDT Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI) saw revenue collections grow to $977 million in the past fiscal year, up 3.5 percent from the $944 million it gathered the year previously. Meanwhile, royalty distributions to publishers and songwriters grew 3.2 percent to $840 million from $814 million in the…

  18. Perry Farrell Takes a Walk Down L.A. Memory Lane Before Sunset Strip Music Fest

    September 18, 2014 3:24 PM EDT Jane's Addiction will perform 'Nothing's Shocking' in its entirety on Friday. This weekend, Jane's Addiction will be the focal point of the Sunset Strip Music Festival, a two-day long event celebrating the legendary strip's long musical heritage. On Friday…

  19. Jimmy Jam Remembers the Making of Janet Jackson's 'Rhythm Nation 1814': Exclusive Q&A

    September 18, 2014 2:25 PM EDT In 1989, as the world was going to hell, Janet Jackson was coming into her own. The pop star's ascent and the planet's downward slide intersected neatly on Rhythm Nation 1814 , a socially conscious, sonically adventurous, commercially massive album released 25 years ago…

  20. Pharrell Williams Wants to Follow in Blake Shelton's Footsteps on 'The Voice'

    September 18, 2014 11:57 AM EDT Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams are the new faces to the coaching staff, but don't expect any major format changes. The Voice returns on Sept. 22 and for new judge  Pharrell Williams , it's more than just another gig.  “I don’t want to call it a job," Williams said at a…

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