1. Demi Lovato Announces Unusual Opening Act for Her Tour

    September 19, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Demi Lovato has always been commited to various social causes. But for her upcoming tour, she's taking things a step further and eschewing a traditional opening act in favor of something a bit more inspiring. She's asking a man named Spencer West, an "author, motivational…

  2. Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett, Jamie Foxx & Nick Jonas: Real-Time Twitter Chart Rewind Ep. 16

    September 19, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Welcome to Billboard's weekly video show "Real-Time Rewind," which recaps the past week's hottest action on the new Billboard Real-Time Twitter Charts -- Trending 140 and Emerging Artists -- and the news that's driving the action. Hosted by Billboard's Joe Levy…

  3. Jennifer Hudson on Why She’s Not Her Son’s Favorite Singer and Her ‘Dream Role’ Playing Aretha Franklin

    September 19, 2014 10:59 AM EDT Since her star-making turn as Effie in 2006's Dreamgirls , which took her from American Idol also-ran to Academy Award winner, Jennifer Hudson has left no doubt that she could crush a big ballad. Now on her third album, JHUD (Sept. 23, RCA), the singer-actress flips the script, hitting…

  4. 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…

  5. Chris Brown Returns to Top 10 on Social 50 Chart After Two Years

    September 19, 2014 7:00 AM EDT On the Social 50 chart, Chris Brown continues his rise on the tally, climbing 22-10 to reach the chart’s top 10 for the first time since July 2012. The Social 50 ranks the most popular artists on YouTube, Vevo, Facebook, Twitter, SoundCloud, Wikipedia, Myspace and Instagram. The chart'…

  6. The Veronicas Return With Twisted Ballet Video for 'You Ruin Me': Watch

    September 19, 2014 5:47 AM EDT The Veronicas are back, and they're all grown up.   The sibling duo has released the full-length music video for "You Ruin Me," the first track lifted from their upcoming third studio album.  It's an intense breakup ballad which comes from an altogether different place…

  7. 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…

  8. Led Zeppelin Aims to Send 'Stairway to Heaven' Lawsuit to Hell

    September 18, 2014 3:40 PM EDT British rockers wonder: Why Pennsylvania? It took 43 years for the heirs of songwriter Randy Craig Wolfe to sue Jimmy Page , Robert Plant and other Led Zeppelin parties for allegedly stealing the 1971 song "Stairway to Heaven," and when the lawsuit finally came, it happened in…

  9. Darrell Hammond Named 'SNL' Announcer After Don Pardo's Death

    September 18, 2014 10:56 AM EDT "It can't be what it was, but it could sort of be in the same tradition," Lorne Michaels tells USA Today. Darrell Hammond is rejoining Saturday Night Live as the show's new announcer, after longtime voice Don Pardo passed away in August at 96. Hammond will introduce the…

  10. 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…

  11. Iggy Azalea Sues Ex-Boyfriend for Releasing Early Music, Forging Contract

    September 17, 2014 6:00 PM EDT The pop superstar claims that the guy who has come forward with a purported sex tape copied the contents of her computer when they were living together. Being a celebrity isn't always a pleasant experience. One issue that arises is how to deal with acquaintances who predate the fame.…

  12. Hear Anthemic New Imagine Dragons Song 'Warriors'

    September 17, 2014 5:58 PM EDT "Pleased to announce a surprise," Imagine Dragons posted on their Facebook page on Wednesday (Sept. 17). No, it's not a new album from the Billboard Hot 100 record-breakers , but it's new music, nonetheless. The band shared "Warriors," a new song made for the…

  13. Ty Bates Talks Self-Titled EP, Classic Country...and 'Saved by the Bell'

    September 17, 2014 5:29 PM EDT Country newcomer Ty Bates says that on the road with his band and crew, some very interesting conversations come up. "We are on the road a lot, so we talk about a lot of different topics. I think Saved by the Bell came up last week, along with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles ," the…

  14. Reggaeton Star Don Omar Arrested in Puerto Rico

    September 17, 2014 4:27 PM EDT Puerto Rico reggaeton star Don Omar was arrested Wednesday (Sept. 17) in the U.S. territory on suspicion of domestic violence. Authorities said in a statement that 36-year-old William Omar Landron Rivera was detained early Wednesday at a house in the northern coastal town of Vega Alta.…

  15. Ariana Grande Swears She's Not A Diva

    September 17, 2014 1:55 PM EDT Ariana Grande swears she's not a diva. There have been several reports recently suggesting otherwise --  Buzzfeed has a good run down of the alleged behavior, which involves being rude to contest winners and also (Paging Mariah Carey!) being highly controlling about how and when she is…

  16. Watch Ariana Grande's Big Brother Find Out His 'Big Brother' Fate

    September 17, 2014 10:47 AM EDT Frankie Grande finally met a problem he couldn't talk his way out of.  The YouTube star -- and Ariana Grande 's big brother -- was eliminated on the reality show Big Brother Tuesday night, coming in fifth place. Although it was Frankie's big emotional moment, when he got out…

  17. Paul Kelly Awarded Doctorate From Australian University

    September 17, 2014 5:37 AM EDT Legendary Australian singer songwriter Paul Kelly has received an honorary doctorate from the University of Adelaide for his contribution to the country’s music culture.  Kelly, who was awarded a Doctor of Arts during a ceremony on Tuesday, was also acknowledged for his "…

  18. The New Pornographers Drummer Kurt Dahle Leaves the Band

    September 15, 2014 6:38 PM EDT The New Pornographers founding drummer Kurt Dahle is leaving the band after 15 years. The news was announced Monday in a Facebook post on the indie rock group's page.   Post by The New Pornographers .   The New Pornographers released its sixth studio album, Brill Bruisers , Aug. 26, and…

  19. 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…

  20. Listen: Jennifer Hudson & Iggy Azalea Make Sure 'He Ain't Goin' Nowhere'

    September 15, 2014 3:43 PM EDT Pharrell produced the track from Hudson's upcoming 'JHud' album. Disco has been going strong since last year, when Daft Punk 's "Get Lucky" and Robin Thicke 's "Blurred Lines" ruled the summer. Of course, the genre has a strong history of powerful…

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