1. Must-Hear Music Podcast: Tove Lo, The Preatures, Blake Mills, Mapei & More

    September 17, 2014 3:34 PM EDT It's (unofficial) Swedish pop appreciation week on the Must-Hear Music podcast, with new songs from Tove Lo (yes, there's much more to her than "Habits"), Erik Hassle and Mapei all getting love from the Billboard staff. We also talk about new tracks from Blake Mills …

  2. Robert Christgau: Iggy Azalea's 'New Classic' Is Plenty Authentic -- and Damn Good to Boot

    September 16, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Iggy Azalea 'New Classic' Review, Robert Christgau I come not to remind you, in case it's somehow slipped your mind, that Australian-born rapper Iggy Azalea is the first artist to place his, her or their first Hot 100 singles at Nos. 1 and 2 simultaneously since the damn…

  3. Katy Perry Lands Seven Nominations for MTV Europe Music Awards

    September 16, 2014 6:00 AM EDT With seven nominations, Katy Perry leads the way for this year's MTV Europe Music Awards. Though the pop superstar can expect some stiff competition on the night from the likes of Ariana Grande (with six nominations), 5 Seconds of Summer and Pharrell Williams (five apiece). Katy is in…

  4. Willie Nelson's Farm Aid Heads South as Jack White, Gary Clark Jr. & Delta Rae Rock in Raleigh

    September 15, 2014 6:33 PM EDT Farm Aid, the annual benefit concert to support America's family farmers, headed south this year, drawing 20,000 fans to the Walnut Creek Amphitheatre in Raleigh, N.C., on Saturday, and the move shaped both the music and the message of the event. Now in it's 29th year, Farm Aid is…

  5. 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…

  6. Inside Pentatonix, 'Pitch Perfect' and the Pop-Culture Phenomenon of A Cappella Music

    September 15, 2014 4:19 PM EDT The band Pentatonix, already swimming in brand alignments and video views, is having a moment as instrumentless interest keeps swelling. Alongside needle-moving, genre-defying priority releases on the RCA Records slate -- Sia 's 1000 Forms of Fear and "Weird Al" Yankovic '…

  7. Lorde Dazzles at New York City's Pier 97, Covers Kanye West & Bon Iver

    September 15, 2014 1:53 PM EDT Lorde is at a crossroads. A lot of kids her age are drifting between high school and college; Ella Yelich-O'Connor likely fancies herself sort of like Kanye West between College Dropout and Late Registration . On tour with Majical Cloudz, she’s in a space where she can still bask in the…

  8. New Trailer for 'Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' Arrives: Four Songs We Hope Lorde Chooses To Accompany It

    September 15, 2014 1:11 PM EDT Grab your bow and arrow and get ready to watch Jennifer Lawrence kick ass (and, mini-spoiler alert, shoot down a plane!) -- the new trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 is here. The 107-second clip teases all the big plot points that fans of the franchise know they'll…

  9. Watch Lorde Cover Kanye West's ‘Flashing Lights’ & Bon Iver’s ‘Heavenly Father’

    September 15, 2014 2:58 AM EDT Lorde has added covers of Kanye West's "Flashing Lights" and Bon Iver's "Heavenly Father" to the setlist for her current U.S. tour. "Flashing Lights" isn't Lorde's first attempt at a Kanye classic. The rapper’s "Hold My Liquor" has…

  10. Ask Billboard: It's All About Women In The Hot 100's Top Five

    September 12, 2014 6:30 PM EDT Women control the chart's top five this week, led by Meghan Trainor's 'All About That Bass.' How uncommon is a top-five male lockout? As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include…

  11. The Notorious B.I.G.'s 'Ready to Die' at 20: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    September 12, 2014 12:50 PM EDT Excuse Christopher Wallace -- aka the Notorious B.I.G. and aka Biggie Smalls -- for not sounding more enthused. While recording his debut album, Ready to Die -- released 20 years ago this week, on September 13, 1994 -- the 22-year old former drug dealer had a sick mom to care for and a baby…

  12. Ladies First: Meghan Trainor & 20 Females Who Topped the Hot 100 With Their First Entry

    September 12, 2014 10:20 AM EDT Lorde, Fergie, Mariah Carey and more: these ladies took their first Hot 100 hits all the way to the top. On this week’s Hot 100 chart , Meghan Trainor ’s “All About That Bass” climbs to No. 1 in its ninth week on the chart , giving the 20-year-old her first No. 1 single on the chart with her…

  13. 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…

  14. Banks’ Gorgeously Gloomy Music Has Made Her a Breakout Star

    September 08, 2014 5:08 PM EDT Imagine the middle bit of a Venn diagram between socialite Olivia Palermo and 1990s model Bridget Hall -- if both were in mourning -- and you’d get breakout alt-pop star Banks . The 26-year-old singer, born Jillian Banks, is almost always shown in videos and photos dressed in all black,…

  15. Ryan Adams on His New Album: It Has 'Sexuality, Trouble and a Little Bit of Danger’

    September 08, 2014 3:51 PM EDT Cynically speaking, the best Tom Petty album to come out this year may be the one by prolific singer-songwriter-guitarist-producer Ryan Adams . Full of crunchy chords, undeniable melodies and high-flying harmonies, the self-titled effort (out Sept. 9 on his own Pax Am label through Capitol’s…

  16. Inside Lorde's 'Hunger Games' Recording Session

    September 05, 2014 5:50 PM EDT Lorde spent her Labor Day weekend in Asbury Park, N.J., but it was a working vacation. The 17-year-old New Zealand singer recorded the first single from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 at Lakehouse Recording Studios . Could it be the artist got a referral from Asbury Park'…

  17. Joan Rivers Dies at Age 81

    September 04, 2014 3:03 PM EDT Joan Rivers , the blunt, tart-tongued celebrity and talk show host who reconstructed her career time and time again en route to becoming one of the most memorable female comics of all time, has died. She was 81. The breakthrough standup comic, writer, actress, fashion critic, red-carpet…

  18. Jane's Addiction & Devo to Headline CBGB Festival

    September 04, 2014 12:01 AM EDT Jane's Addiction will perform their 1988 album Nothing's Shocking in its entirety during the third annual CBGB Music & Film Festival , taking place Oct. 8-12 in venues throughout New York City. Devo are going for a bit of double-duty: The band will perform and the film Hardcore…

  19. BMG Chrysalis Acquires Infectious Music Label, Home to Alt-J, These New Puritans

    September 02, 2014 11:15 AM EDT BMG Chrysalis U.K. has acquired British independent label Infectious Music for an undisclosed sum. As part of the deal, Infectious will move its operations into BMG Chrysalis U.K.'s central London offices with Infectious chairman and founder Korda Marshall reporting to BMG Chrysalis U.K.…

  20. Lorde Working in Studio, Has Instagram to Prove It

    September 02, 2014 10:49 AM EDT What’cha working’ on there, Lorde ? On Aug. 29, Lorde shared an Instagram shot of her in a recording studio with a candlelit soundboard. Her caption reads, “i always remind myself to bring a candle for the studio and finally i did today and ohhhhhhh.” Is Ella working on her new track for The…

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