1. Exclusive: The Harvard Business School Report on Beyonce

    September 30, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Last week, Billboard reported that the Harvard Business School had taken a close look at the release of Beyonc e 's surprise, self-titled album, dropped upon an unprepared world last December. At the time of Beyonce's midnight release, Billboard covered the event in depth,…

  2. Kenny Chesney Brings 'American Kids' to 'Conan'

    September 30, 2014 11:30 AM EDT Kenny Chesney, who recently released his new album The Big Revival , stopped by Conan last night to play his latest hit, "American Kids." Watch the video below: "American Kids" peaked at No. 23 on the Hot 100 , and it's currently No. 3 on Hot Country Songs . Chesney…

  3. Sam Smith's 'Restart' Video Takes You on a Tour of His Tour

    September 30, 2014 10:55 AM EDT If Sam Smith 's Restart" video is any indication, going on tour with the U.K. soul singer seems like a good time. The video starts with footage of Smith on a bus with his backup singers, who are all gleefully singing along to  Beyonce 's "Flawless" remix. This…

  4. 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 Gainers…

  5. Songwriter-Producer Rodney Jerkins: Mary J. Blige Is in ‘The Best Place She Has Been in a Long Time’

    September 29, 2014 6:06 PM EDT The year 2015 will mark songwriter-producer Rodney Jerkins' 20th in the music business. His first 19 have seen him produce or co-produce 16 top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 for the likes of Michael Jackson , Whitney Houston , Mariah Carey and others, including four No. 1s. And next…

  6. 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&…

  7. Private Jet? No Problem. VIP Packages for Superfans Are Big Business for Tours & Festivals

    September 29, 2014 2:54 PM EDT Since the live event business rebounded in 2010, VIP programs, which offer seats closer to the stage, meet-and-greets with the artist and, in one extreme case, a private jet to the festival grounds (see story, below), increasingly have become big business. “We’re at a point where most tours…

  8. Alt-J Nabs U.K. No. 1 with 'This Is All Yours'

    September 29, 2014 6:44 AM EDT British band Alt-J converted their status as critical indie favorites into mainstream crossover by debuting at No. 1 yesterday (Sept. 28) with their  This Is All Yours  album (Infectious Music). Meanwhile, Jessie J’s collaboration with Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj , “Bang Bang” (Lava…

  9. Global Citizen Festival 2014: Beyonce Duets With Jay Z, Sting Joins No Doubt & 8 More Highlights

    September 28, 2014 1:27 AM EDT Now in its third year, the Global Citizen Festival took its ambitious name to heart during its Sept. 27 gathering on the Great Lawn of New York’s Central Park. In addition to show-stopping performances from Jay Z (with a two-song finale cameo from Beyonce ), No Doubt (who were at one point…

  10. It's a Three-Way Race for No. 1 on Billboard 200

    September 26, 2014 7:45 PM EDT Kenny Chesney, Barbra Streisand and Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga are battling for No. 1 Two days ago, on Sept. 24, it seemed like Kenny Chesney 's new The Big Revival album was likely heading for No. 1 on next week's Billboard 200 chart. But now, he's in a dead heat with…

  11. Marty Stuart Talks Mixing Country & Gospel on New Double Album

    September 26, 2014 6:32 PM EDT 'Saturday Night and Sunday Morning' comes out Tuesday. 2014 has been a creative watershed year for Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives . The band continues to play for packed houses across America, and they're working on an upcoming all-instrumental album. Earlier…

  12. Quotes of the Week: Madonna and Nicki Werk It, Lorde’s Makeup Mishap and More

    September 26, 2014 5:35 PM EDT "We go hard or we go home we gon' do this all night long! #werk" Madonna hit the town with rap's reigning queen Nicki Minaj , posting an Instagram of their adventures and captioning the pic with a hashtag that suggests a possible collabo. "I can’t stop farting today…

  13. Morrissey Launches Merch Store, Sells ‘I Will Kill You’ T-Shirt

    September 26, 2014 4:39 AM EDT Morrissey’s next big hit might be a t-shirt.  The former Smiths frontman is selling a range of “official Morrissey” apparel through his new online merch store, which launched Thursday (Sept. 25) in the U.K . and Friday in the U.S . Moz’ inventory includes a range of shirts emblazoned with…

  14. Tim McGraw's 'Sundown' Shines at No. 1 on Top Country Albums

    September 25, 2014 4:21 PM EDT Tim McGraw fortifies his No. 2 standing on the list of artists with the most Nielsen SoundScan-era No. 1s on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart, as he collects his 15th leader with Sundown Heaven Town . The new set arrives with 71,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. McGraw is…

  15. Morning Roundup: Mary J. Blige Performs New Songs & 9 More Stories to Know

    September 25, 2014 10:18 AM EDT PornHub Records reveals itself: Not content with helping to briefly boost Coolio’s admittedly flaccid career a couple months ago, PornHub is launching its own record label , debuting with a talent contest open to all comers, from flute-based folk to classic hardcore. Kendrick Respects His…

  16. Hello Strangers Talk Self-Titled Debut, Tour & Doris Day

    September 24, 2014 6:19 PM EDT You might take a listen to the folkish harmonies of sister duo the Hello Strangers and put them in the Americana brand. That would be the correct classification, given today's musical climate. However, if you listen very closely, you will hear a sound that is similar to that of Emmylou…

  17. Watch Mary J. Blige Perform New Songs 'Therapy' & 'Right Now'

    September 24, 2014 5:36 PM EDT Mary J. Blige has released two songs in advance of her upcoming album The London Sessions , due Dec. 3. She performed both on Later...With Jools Holland supported by a lean, efficient four-piece band. Mary J. Blige - Right Now (Later..... by BhamUrbanNewsUK "Right Now" is built…

  18. Kenny Chesney Heading for Eighth No. 1 Album

    September 24, 2014 5:00 PM EDT Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga’s new duets album may debut at No. 2. Country superstar Kenny Chesney is heading for his eighth No. 1 album next week on the Billboard 200 chart. Industry forecasters suggest his new set, The Big Revival , may sell around 125,000 to 135,000 copies in the week…

  19. Meghan Trainor No. 1 On Hot 100, Jeremih Hits Top 10, Jennifer Lopez Debuts

    September 24, 2014 2:35 PM EDT 'All About That Bass' leads an all-female top five for a third week and takes over atop Radio Songs. Plus, Jeremih's 'Don't Tell 'Em' jumps 12-10 and Jennifer Lopez blasts in at No. 18 with 'Booty.' Meghan Trainor's ode to booty…

  20. Must-Hear Music Podcast: Kendrick Lamar, Jessie J, Britney Demos, Azealia Banks & More

    September 24, 2014 2:00 PM EDT This week's Must-Hear Music podcast kicks off with a detailed dissection of Kendrick Lamar's "i," the first full taste of his sophomore album. While everyone ( Jason Lipshutz , Erika Ramirez  and Joe Lynch ) agrees it was far from what we expected, the Billboard staff…

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