1. Sinead O’Connor on Band Aid 30 Criticism: ‘Everyone Should Shut the F--- Up’

    November 25, 2014 11:42 PM EST Lily Allen has called it “smug.” Emeli Sande has apologized if its lyrics “caused offence.” Adele is rumored to have snubbed the sessions. But Sinead O’Connor isn’t having any of it. The sharp-tongued Irish singer has hit back at critics of the latest version of the Band Aid all-star…

  2. Big K.R.I.T. Claims No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

    November 20, 2014 5:53 PM EST Meanwhile, Eminem lands on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs & O.T. Genasis debuts with 'CoCo.' Big K.R.I.T. scores his second No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with the entrance of Cadillactica , moving 44,000 in first-week sales (his best week ever), according to Nielsen SoundScan…

  3. Nirvana's 'MTV Unplugged' 20 Years Later: Meat Puppets' Curt Kirkwood Looks Back

    November 18, 2014 12:15 PM EST Twenty years ago, Nirvana released MTV Unplugged in New York , an unintentionally posthumous album recorded on this day (Nov. 18) in 1993. Kurt Cobain died five months after its taping, so its place in rock star lore was all but assured by the time it hit shelves. Nirvana played almost none…

  4. Chart Highlights: Maroon 5 Moves To No. 1 on Pop Songs With 'Animals'

    November 17, 2014 4:57 PM EST The group extends its record for the most leaders among groups. Plus, Idina Menzel's AC debut signals the start of the holidays. 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…

  5. Teyana Taylor Debuts at No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

    November 13, 2014 8:28 PM EST Newcomer Teyana Taylor debuts straight in at No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with her debut studio album VII .  The set enters with 16,000 sold in the week ending Nov. 9, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The 23-year old singer climbs 13-11 on Hot R&B Songs with "Maybe,"…

  6. Who’s the Next Nicki Minaj? From Lizzo to Tink, 5 Female MCs Striving to Strike Hitmaking Gold

    November 11, 2014 2:39 PM EST There may not be many female rappers topping the charts, but plenty of talented newcomers are threatening to become hitmakers.   LIZZO Letterman just booked this 26-year-old, who rhymes "nookie" with "sunset the color of snooki." Check Out: "Batches & Cookies…

  7. Music Legend Glyn Johns Recounts Mick Jagger's Close Call With Cops in His New Memoir

    November 11, 2014 2:16 PM EST By now it was quite normal to have sessions go all night, a habit started by The Rolling Stones in 1966 while we were making Between the Buttons , with almost every session starting at 8 p.m. and going till 7:30 or 8 the following morning. On a Sunday afternoon in studio one at Olympic …

  8. Chart Highlights: U2 Makes History Atop Adult Alternative Songs, Taylor Swift Tops AC

    November 10, 2014 4:05 PM EST U2 lands its record-breaking 12th Adult Alternative Songs leader with 'The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone),' while Swift's multi-format smash 'Shake It Off' rules another ranking. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday.…

  9. ‘Try Me’ Rapper Dej Loaf: ‘What I’m Doing Hasn’t Been Done’

    November 10, 2014 2:45 PM EST The Detroit rappers talks 'Try Me' remixes, her upcoming 'Sell Dole' project & women in rap. This past summer, rapper Dej Loaf (real name Deja Trimble) quit her janitorial job at the Chrysler plant in her native Detroit, unsure of the future. But after she uploaded…

  10. Here's Foo Fighters' Austin, TX, Song 'What Did I Do?/God As My Witness' With Gary Clark Jr.

    November 07, 2014 11:09 AM EST It's Friday, and that means a new Foo Fighters song is upon us. Ahead of the Austin-themed episode of their HBO docu-series Sonic Highways we have "What Did I Do?/God As My Witness," an epic throwback rocker featuring Austin MVP Gary Clark, Jr. Recorded in the music (and…

  11. ZHU Delivers Audiovisual Odyssey in North American Debut

    November 05, 2014 5:29 PM EST Faceless artist plays HARD Day of the Dead. Towering palm trees frame gray and lavender tones while purple lights dance in stuttered steps below. "This is the Nightday," says Jake Udell, ZHU 's manager. "Look at the sky." The setting couldn't have been better…

  12. Ty Dolla $ign Brings His Carefree Party to New York City: Live Review

    November 03, 2014 2:29 PM EST The west coast has dominated the sound of rap and R&B in the last year and a half, largely due to two figures: DJ Mustard and his friend and occasional collaborator Ty Dolla $ign . Mustard makes the beats, and Ty Dolla, who performed at Irving Plaza in New York City on Sunday, Nov. 2,…

  13. This Week in Billboard Chart History: Eminem's 'Lose Yourself' Begins 12-Week Hot 100 Reign

    November 03, 2014 8:05 AM EST This week in 2002, the rap god began his longest chart rule. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Mary J. Blige, Roxette and the Beach Boys. Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history Nov. 3, 2001 Nine years after her…

  14. 'Shady XV' Track List: New Songs & Classics From Eminem, 50 Cent, More

    October 29, 2014 7:27 PM EDT For the 15th anniversary of Shady Records, fans will get a taste of old and new. On Wednesday (Oct. 29), the label unveiled the track list for Shady XV , a two-disc album arriving Nov. 24. The first disc features 12 new tracks, including songs from D12 , Yelawolf , Bad Meets Evil and Big…

  15. Krist Novoselic: ‘Meat Puppets II’ Inspired Me Because ‘There Were No Barriers’

    October 29, 2014 4:48 PM EDT Former Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic, on Meat Puppets II , the second album by Phoenix rock band Meat Puppets . It is considered one of the most influential albums of the '80s even though it did not chart. A Look Back at 1984: Full Coverage "I first heard that album at [ The…

  16. Kix Brooks Is on a 'Steak Out' for the Best Steakhouse

    October 28, 2014 5:51 PM EDT Country music artist Kix Brooks will be hitting TV screens this weekend for a special that documents one of his newest passions: steak. Steak Out With Kix Brooks, which premieres Sunday on the Cooking Channel, features the performer in search of the great American steakhouse. He told…

  17. What Is Bad? A Worst Songs Countdown Goes Beyond Good and Evil

    October 28, 2014 10:45 AM EDT What do “Who Let The Dogs Out” and “Stairway To Heaven” have in common? Both make a prominent appearance among the 88 worst songs of all time, as voted by listeners of triple-A WXPN Philadelphia . WXPN unveiled the listing last Saturday, Oct. 25, as the kicker to its countdown of its top…

  18. A Look Back at 1984: All of Our Coverage

    October 24, 2014 5:49 PM EDT The political and social disquiet of 1984 was reflected in a widespread sense that everything was up for grabs: gender identity ( Boy George , Annie Lennox ), sexual roles ( Madonna , Prince ), even the definition of rock and roll itself ( Van Halen adding synthesizers on the 1984 album,…

  19. Billboard Cover: Usher on Getting Tough With Justin Bieber, Why He’s Not Ready for a New Album and Life as a Single Dad

    October 24, 2014 9:00 AM EDT There Are Segways, and then there's Usher Raymond IV 's Segway. Usher's scooter is a custom-built, gold-plated number with rims that look like they were lifted from Rick Ross ' Maybach. It shines like Louis the XIV's jewels as he zips through the hallways…

  20. DeJ Loaf's 'Try Me' Debuts on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart

    October 23, 2014 6:58 PM EDT -year old rising hip-hop star DeJ Loaf — who recently signed with Columbia Records — has arrived on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart with "Try Me." The Detroit rapper's breakthrough track, which has been buzzing on the realtime Billboard + Twitter Emerging Artists chart,…

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