1. Chart Highlights: Taylor Swift Tops Adult Pop Songs, Sam Smith Rules Adult R&B

    September 29, 2014 7:45 PM EDT 'Shake It Off' ties a record, while 'Stay With Me' conquers yet another format. Plus, new No. 1s for Milky Chance, Cole Swindell and more. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest…

  2. Niykee Heaton Heats Up, With Assistance From Russell Simmons

    September 29, 2014 5:52 PM EDT Niykee Heaton 's debut EP, Bad Intentions , was released last Tuesday to noteworthy buzz, topping the Billboard + Twitter Trending 140 chart (and quickly nestling into the top 10 in the iTunes Store). But if you haven't heard one of the EP's six tracks on the radio, don&…

  3. Hear Aretha Franklin Cover Adele's 'Rolling in the Deep'

    September 29, 2014 5:31 PM EDT The Queen is back, and she has her sights set on reworking one of the biggest hits of the decade. On Monday (Sept. 29), Aretha Franklin debuted her cover of Adele 's "Rolling in the Deep" on YouTube, her first single since 2011. The Queen of Soul's version is the lead…

  4. Emerging Picks of the Week: Bipolar Sunshine Sees Bright 'Future'

    September 26, 2014 2:15 PM EDT Just in time for the weekend, Billboard brings you another set of artists who secured noteworthy debuts on our Billboard + Twitter Emerging Artists chart this week. These are all tracks that preview new releases. Give them a listen below, and be sure to look out for their upcoming projects.…

  5. One Direction Fans Blast 'Daily Show' After 1D Terrorist Joke

    September 26, 2014 11:11 AM EDT Say this for  One Direction  fans: They're always ready to defend those guys -- maybe even when they don't really need to. On Tuesday night's  Daily Show , Jon Stewart aired a segment about the United States' escalating conflict against ISIS and how people are going…

  6. Are Brands Music’s New Bank? Lars Ulrich and Top Execs on the $1.3 Billion Up for Grabs

    September 26, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Six visionaries talk about what's working, what's not, why a Coke Zero concert in Antarctica makes sense and how the industry can catch up to sports' $12 billion gold mine. The day after he joins Billboard in New York for a discussion on music and branding, Lars Ulrich will…

  7. The New Classics: 10 Genius 'Saturday Night Live' Sketches With Musicians

    September 26, 2014 10:28 AM EDT From Justin Timberlake to Adam Levine, these are the funniest musicians on 'SNL' in recent years. Saturday Night Live  kicks off its 40th season on Saturday, with host Chris Pratt and musical guest  Ariana Grande . In addition to Grande belting out "Break Free," it'…

  8. Rixton Announces 'Let the Road' LP, Will Open for Ariana Grande

    September 22, 2014 5:53 PM EDT Pop-rock group Rixton has made a splash in the U.K., and now, they're aiming to conquer the other side of the pond. The four-member group announced on Twitter that their debut album will be titled Let the Road and will be released in the United States on Jan. 5. The quartet's…

  9. iHeartRadio Fest Saturday Highlights: Iggy Azalea Pulls Double Duty, Lorde Inspires Hair Envy

    September 21, 2014 6:28 AM EDT Check out all the action from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday night! The iHeartRadio Music Festival may be over after just two days, but the musical extravaganza packed a whirlwind of far-ranging talent that made the experience feel much, much longer than 36 hours.…

  10. iHeartRadio Festival: Calvin Harris Debuts 'Blame' Single Live with John Newman

    September 21, 2014 4:25 AM EDT Calvin Harris became the iHeartRadio Music Festival's first EDM headliner in its fourth year on Saturday night (Sept. 20), and the Scottish producer gave the audience at Las Vegas' MGM Grand Garden Arena a special treat to send them home: the live debut of new single "…

  11. 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…

  12. Chris Brown Set for Sixth Straight Top 10 Album

    September 19, 2014 8:39 PM EDT Also heading for the Billboard 200's top 10: Barbra Streisand, Tim McGraw, George Strait, Train & Slash. Chris Brown is on the verge of earning his sixth consecutive top 10 album on the Billboard 200 chart -- his entire output of releases. Chris Brown's Highs & Lows: Top…

  13. Emerging Picks of the Week: Death From Above 1979, James Bay & More

    September 19, 2014 2:36 PM EDT As we move into autumn, we've rounded up our favorite tracks that have gained on the Billboard + Twitter Emerging Artists chart. Our first three picks capture an international scope, featuring performers from Canada, Australia and Great Britain (with Scotland still intact). And, just…

  14. Fader Appoints New Editor-In-Chief, Preps Global Expansion Plan

    September 19, 2014 1:52 PM EDT In an increasingly challenging period for music media, with SpinMedia and Myspace among the recent outlets making major slashes in editorial staff, The Fader is doubling down on its investments. On Sept. 19, the company announced former editor Naomi Zeichner would be returning to the…

  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. Lecrae Thanks Fans for No. 1 Album With New Song 'Non-Fiction'

    September 18, 2014 5:25 PM EDT It's a one-two punch from Lecrae this week. The Christian rapper's latest album, Anomaly , debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart this week, becoming the first album to top both the Gospel Albums and Billboard 200. As a thank you to fans, the rapper's label, Reach…

  17. Eric Bellinger's 'Awkward' Reaches Top of Trending 140

    September 17, 2014 5:34 PM EDT On Tuesday Sept.16, Eric Bellinger debuted a new song from his upcoming mixtape, Choose Up Season , titled"Awkward." The track, which features rapper The Game , dons a smooth piano-based melody on which Bellinger's laments a failed relationship. Shortly after its release, …

  18. Musiq Soulchild Explains His Rap Alter Ego The Husel

    September 17, 2014 3:30 PM EDT After a decade of R&B success, Musiq Soulchild aims to conquer rap. The hitmaker revealed his rap alter ego, The Husel, in July during a NYC live performance. Last week, Aug. 11, he shared with Madame Noir that the choice to reinvent his music was the result of music listeners clamoring…

  19. Here's National Treasure Bill Murray Dancing to 'Turn Down for What'

    September 15, 2014 4:19 PM EDT Automatic way to spice up your party: Invite Bill Murray. This weekend, Murray attended a bash in the suburbs of Charleston, South Carolina (where he primarily lives), and was totally the life of the party, culminating in dancing to DJ Snake and Lil Jon 's "Turn Down for What."…

  20. Apple Shows You How to Remove That Free U2 Album

    September 15, 2014 3:27 PM EDT It’s a beautiful day for iTunes users who were upset to find a U2 album in their library last week. Apple has launched a one-click support website allowing dissatisfied users to permanently remove U2’s Songs of Innocence less than a week after the company gifted the set to 500 million…

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