1. Blake Shelton, 'Bringing Back The Sunshine': Track-by-Track Review

    September 30, 2014 4:40 PM EDT On Bringing Back The Sunshine , the eighth studio disc from Blake Shelton , there are plenty of songs that will go hand in hand with weekend parties and celebrations, but if you look a little deeper into the album, you will see another side of the four-time CMA Male Vocalist of the Year.…

  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. 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…

  6. Lee Ann Womack, 'The Way I'm Livin': Track-by-Track Review

    September 23, 2014 6:06 PM EDT For Lee Ann Womack fans, the six-year wait comes to an end Tuesday with  The Way I'm Livin' -- the singer's first album since 2008's Call Me Crazy . Was it worth the wait or has Womack stayed away from music-making too long? The answer is a very definitive one, as the…

  7. 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…

  8. Ruby Dee to Be Memorialized By Alicia Keys, Harry Belafonte & Others at Memorial

    September 20, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Ruby Dee will be remembered in poetry and song this weekend as the actress and civil rights activist is memorialized by admirers including Alicia Keys , Audra McDonald , Harry Belafonte and Angela Bassett. Legendary Actress Ruby Dee Dies at 91 The celebration of Dee's life will be…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. Jason Isbell Sweeps, Sturgill Simpson Wins Big at Americana Awards

    September 18, 2014 11:52 AM EDT Singer-songwriter Jason Isbell swept the major awards Wednesday night at the Americana Honors & Awards, creating another special moment with his wife, Amanda Shires . Isbell won artist, album and song of the year during the 13th annual awards show Wednesday night at Ryman Auditorium in…

  13. 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, …

  14. 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…

  15. What Does Radio Think Of U2's New Single?

    September 16, 2014 1:05 PM EDT 'The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)' receives a largely warm welcome at rock formats following its first week Following the surprise release of U2's new album Songs of Innocence as a free download to iTunes and Beats Music account holders on Sept. 9, first single "The…

  16. Common's Father Dies at 71

    September 16, 2014 9:26 AM EDT Lonnie Lynn, known to hip-hop fans for his soulful spoken-word poems on rapper son Common 's albums, has died. Lynn died at age 71 on Friday, Common said in an interview Monday in Los Angeles. He gave no further details. Lynn was a star high school basketball player in Chicago and played…

  17. 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 iTunes…

  18. Lecrae Leads Busy Week for New Album Releases

    September 12, 2014 9:41 PM EDT Lecrae's new 'Anomaly' album could be one of eight debuts in the Billboard 200's top 10 next week. Rapper Lecrae is not only aiming to nab his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 next week with Anomaly , but his album could be one of up to eight debuts in the top 10.…

  19. London Richards Talks 'Will You Wait' Single, Covering Justin Timberlake & Dream Collabos

    September 12, 2014 3:30 PM EDT At age 17, London Richards can’t vote nor drink. What he can do, however, is conquer the world of R&B, a goal which the singer has his sights set on.   Richards, who moved to the United States from London six years ago, released his debut single, "Will You Wait," on Wednesday,…

  20. 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…

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