1. Outkast's #ATLast Hometown Blowout Brings Erykah Badu, Bun B and More to Atlanta

    September 29, 2014 1:30 PM EDT Janelle Monae, 2 Chainz and a host of Southern rap pioneers were also guests at Outkast's 3-day homecoming concert "One for the money, yes sir, two for the show/A couple of years ago on Headland and Delowe/Was the start of something good" — Outkast, “Elevators (Me & You)”…

  2. From Kendrick Lamar to Garth Brooks, the Best and Worst Singles of the Week

    September 26, 2014 5:23 PM EDT Kendrick Lamar "I" Interscope/TDE Kendrick Lamar conquered rap with his eye-to-mouth rhymes during the past two years, documenting his Compton, Calif., streets on the impervious Good Kid, M.a.a.d City . The grim extrospection persists on "I," the first peek at his…

  3. One Direction Returns To No. 1 on Hot Tours

    September 26, 2014 5:11 PM EDT One Direction marks its seventh overall week at No. 1 on Billboard 's Hot Tours ranking thanks to the latest reported figures ($12.9 million in sales) from three stadium performances. Fans packed the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. on Sept. 16, and sellout crowds…

  4. 'Motown 25' Comes To DVD: See Exclusive Clips From The Box Set

    September 26, 2014 1:48 PM EDT The mantra for bringing 1983's iconic Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever NBC special to DVD is: better (a little bit) late than never. Yes, 30 years would have been the optimal target for the StarVista Entertainment/Time Life set, which comes out Sept. 30 in a single-disc package, a…

  5. The New Classics: 10 Genius 'Saturday Night Live' Sketches With Musicians

    September 26, 2014 10:28 AM EDT From Justin Timberlake to Adam Levine, these are the funniest musicians on 'SNL' in recent years. Saturday Night Live  kicks off its 40th season on Saturday, with host Chris Pratt and musical guest  Ariana Grande . In addition to Grande belting out "Break Free," it'…

  6. Tomorrow's Hits: Bea Miller, Jackie Lee, Sofia Reyes

    September 26, 2014 10:05 AM EDT Each Friday, Billboard presents Tomorrow's Hits, a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success Bea Miller Fifteen-year-old Bea Miller bubbles under the Adult Pop Songs chart with the pure-pop "Young Blood," her debut single…

  7. Billboard Cover: Andre 3000 Talks Playing Jimi Hendrix, His Seven-Year Disappearing Act and Outkast’s Future

    September 26, 2014 9:00 AM EDT André Benjamin is stressed. "I am, I really am," he says. Benjamin -- André 3000 to the fans who idolize him as the visionary half of Outkast , Atlanta’s hugely influential, recently reunited hip-hop duo -- is sitting at a glass conference table at Milk Studios in Hollywood,…

  8. Gridiron Grooves: Fans of Every NFL Team Reveal Their Favorite Artists

    September 26, 2014 8:00 AM EDT Football season is in full swing, and as always, music is playing a big part, blaring in stadiums to pump up home crowds (and keep the "Gangnam Style" horsey dance alive and well). To find out what each fan base was bumping, Billboard hit up Facebook's data crunchers, who…

  9. Report: Universal Music Group Slaps Monster With Beastie Boys Lawsuit

    September 25, 2014 2:09 PM EDT Reuters is reporting that a pair of Universal Music Group units are suing Monster Beverage Corp. for sampling several songs co-owned by rap-rock icons the Beastie Boys , who won a similar lawsuit against the drink maker earlier this year. Capital Records and Universal-Polygram International…

  10. Exclusive: Listen to tyDi's Latest Song 'Forever'

    September 25, 2014 10:05 AM EDT New tyDi is here to get you through your work week. Australian DJ/producer tyDi 's latest album, Redefined , drops Sept. 30, and Billboard is exclusively premiering his new track, "Forever," featuring Voice contestant Michael Paynter.  "'Forever' is one of the…

  11. Mavis Staples' 75th Birthday to Be Honored With Special Chicago Concert

    September 25, 2014 9:59 AM EDT UPDATE: Jeff & Spencer Tweedy, Emmylou Harris, Keb' Mo' and Joan Osborne have been added to this already star-stacked lineup. Legendary singer Mavis Staples turned 75 on July 10, and now her special year is being celebrated with a once-in-a-lifetime concert in her hometown…

  12. Sony/ATV Launches Pan-European Licensing Venture SOLAR

    September 25, 2014 4:00 AM EDT Sony/ATV Music Publishing is launching SOLAR, a new pan-European licensing venture which will handle both the Sony/ATV and EMI Music Publishing anglo-American catalogs for Europe and other regions. In putting together SOLAR, Sony/ATV will partner with PRS for Music, the U.K. collection…

  13. ARIA Awards Announce Date, Venue

    September 25, 2014 3:00 AM EDT The Australian recorded music industry’s flagship ARIA Awards will be held Nov. 26 in Sydney, organizers announced Thursday. Free-to-air broadcaster TEN will telecast the ceremony from the Event Centre at The Star, the setting for last year’s show.  This year’s 28th annual ceremony will cap…

  14. Ed Sheeran Announces Australasia Arena Tour

    September 25, 2014 12:07 AM EDT Ed Sheeran will set a new touring standard when he returns to Australia and New Zealand next year. The British singer-songwriter has announced an eight-date trek that will see him become the first musician in 20 years to undertake a national headline arena tour completely solo; he'll…

  15. Rod Stewart Fan Suing Over Soccer Ball Injuries

    September 24, 2014 4:18 PM EDT A soccer ball kicked into the crowd at a Las Vegas concert has bounced back to Rod Stewart in the form of a lawsuit by a Southern California man who says he has lingering injuries after his nose was broken. Rod Stewart: The Billboard Cover Story Mostafa Kashe's civil negligence…

  16. 21 Under 21’s Next Class: Vote For 2015’s Best Bet

    September 24, 2014 2:35 PM EDT Is 2015 the year of Raury, Ella Henderson, Gabi Wilson or someone else? Cast your vote! This year’s edition of our annual 21 Under 21 rankings includes pop mainstays, rising EDM stars, hip-hop heroes and, perhaps most importantly, lots of new talent, as artists like 5 Seconds of Summer…

  17. Barbra Streisand Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200, Chris Brown at No. 2

    September 24, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Tim McGraw, George Strait and Train all notch Top 5 debuts as well. As reported yesterday , Barbra Streisand earns her 10th No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart with the debut of Partners . The all-star collaborations set sold 196,000 copies in the week ending Sept. 21, according to…

  18. Luke James Talks Self-Titled Album & Reminisces on 2013 Grammy Nomination

    September 23, 2014 1:30 PM EDT In 2013, Luke James ' "I Want You" was nominated for a Grammy in the Best R&B performance category. Every one of James' fellow nominees -- Usher , Miguel , Estelle , Robert Glasper and Ledisi -- had already released albums. On top of that, Usher and Estelle had…

  19. 5 Seconds of Summer’s Michael Clifford Has Lost Some Hearing Because of Screaming Fans

    September 23, 2014 12:45 PM EDT If you’ve ever attended a 5 Seconds of Summer show, you know how deafening the crowd can be: thousands of screams are unleashed when a sea of mostly under-21 females catch a glimpse of the Australian heartthrobs. The fandom was on full display last weekend at the iHeartRadio Music…

  20. Exclusive: 'Fantasia' Video Game Soundtrack Set for Release

    September 23, 2014 9:39 AM EDT Nile Rodgers ' Sumthing Else Music Works will release a score album to accompany the new video game based on the 1940 Disney animated classic Fantasia . Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved Original Soundtrack , featuring new performances of classical masterpieces recorded with the London…

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