1. Republic Records Restructures Media Department With New Executive Hires

    September 16, 2014 9:00 PM EDT Republic Records announced a restructuring of its media department Tuesday that includes new executive hires.  Beau Benton joins the record label as vice president, media, following nearly a decade at the independent public relations firm 42 West, working press for notables Rihanna , Lady…

  2. Italian Singer Ligabue Sets First U.S. Tour

    September 16, 2014 4:56 PM EDT Italian superstar Ligabue will embark on the first U.S. tour of his 25-year career with a performance Oct. 19 at Terminal 5 in New York. The tour is to promote his 10th studio album, Mondovisione , which was No. 1 on Italy’s albums chart for nine weeks in 2013 and this year. It was the top…

  3. Chris Brown's 20 Biggest Billboard Hits

    September 16, 2014 2:00 PM EDT Chris Brown 's talent is proven. Setting the singer's tumultuous personal history aside, Brown's musical career has been pristine since he first stepped onto the scene at age 16. Brown has made a big impact on the Billboard charts along the way, from his first career single, …

  4. Exclusive: ACME Creative Group Launches With the Fall, Swans, Bad Brains Vinyl Reissues

    September 16, 2014 9:56 AM EDT The ACME Creative Group , helmed by veteran music executive Jeff Bowers and TV On The Radio co-founder and producer Dave Sitek , officially launches today. Among the independent vinyl manufacturer, design and development company's first contracts is a deal for a catalog campaign with…

  5. 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…

  6. Carole King Bio-Musical 'Beautiful' a Bona Fide Broadway Hit

    September 15, 2014 11:46 PM EDT Chalk up another victory for the Baby Boomers on Broadway. Following stellar business for Motown: The Musical the previous season, and the ongoing traction of the Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons story, Jersey Boys , which is still doing solid business after almost nine years, Beautiful:…

  7. Robin Thicke Responds to 'Blurred Lines' Deposition

    September 15, 2014 9:00 PM EDT 'Robin's moment of personal vulnerability is being exploited,' his attorney tells Billboard. Since The Hollywood Reporter made public Robin Thicke 's deposition in an ongoing "Blurred Lines" lawsuit, much of the focus has been on the singer's admission of…

  8. Teen Top Return a Little Sexier, Edgier on Emotional 'Missing' Single

    September 15, 2014 7:53 PM EDT The band's new song tells the story of a toxic relationship with a video that boasts drinking, baths and one shirtless member. At their debut New York concert in March , Teen Top told  Billboard ,   "now that we're getting older and more mature, we hope to show a very sexy and…

  9. Apple Gets Record 4M iPhone 6 Orders on First Day

    September 15, 2014 3:30 PM EDT Apple had more than 4 million advance orders of its new, larger iPhones in the first 24 hours, exceeding its initial supply, the company said Monday (Sept. 15). iPhone 6: What Do Katy Perry, Sam Smith & More Artists Think? The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be delivered to customers…

  10. Chris Brown, 'X': Track-by-Track Review

    September 15, 2014 12:25 PM EDT Who needs haters when you're your own worst enemy? Chris Brown has been a self-saboteur since his infamous 2009 assault of Rihanna -- a talent whose skill for hit singles and agile performances is only matched by his knack for cannonballing into career-threatening pools of legal…

  11. Code Picks of the Week: Oliver, Seven Lions & More

    September 15, 2014 12:21 PM EDT Each week, CODE curates a diverse selection of the most noteworthy new tunes in dance music Oliver, “Fast Forward” [Fool’s Gold] The counterpart to “Light Years Away” is a space funk fusion whose noodling solos and vocoded snippets take stylistic cues from Daft Punk. Seven Lions, “Worlds…

  12. 'Funeral' Turns 10: The Untold Story of Arcade Fire's Album Art & Brooklyn Mural

    September 15, 2014 10:15 AM EDT That Arcade Fire mural that popped up in Brooklyn? Tracy Maurice was behind that, too. Sept. 14 marked the 10-year anniversary of Arcade Fire’s Funeral , an album that changed alternative music as we know it. Billboard already gushed about its greatness in this classic track-by-track review ,…

  13. Zedd Talks Collaborations, New Album, What's Taking So Long

    September 14, 2014 5:34 PM EDT Vice and Absolut Vodka teamed up Friday to host a high-glam industrial rave on a pier in Brooklyn’s Red Hook neighborhood that featured performances by electronic hip-hop producer AraabMuzik and Washington, D.C. DJ Alvin Risk , as well as a surprise headline set by Zedd . The event…

  14. The Replacements Rock Homecoming Concert at Minnesota Stadium

    September 14, 2014 2:50 PM EDT The Replacements played 31 songs at its first hometown appearance in 23. The Replacements took the stage Saturday (Sept. 13) night at Midway Stadium in St. Paul, Minn., clad in identical matching plaid suits, as the final notes of “Surfin’ Bird” by the Trashmen faded out. Watch The…

  15. Lauren Conrad Marries Former Something Corporate Guitarist

    September 13, 2014 8:34 PM EDT Lauren Conrad must have been a big Something Corporate fan. The former "The Hills" star married former Something Corporate guitarist William Tell on Sept. 13 in California. "What a perfect way to start our lives together; surrounded by the people we love most," the…

  16. 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…

  17. Rita Ora Discusses New Album & Calvin Harris: 'I Don't Control Other People's Minds'

    September 12, 2014 2:00 PM EDT It's nearly 3 p.m. on the second day of the inaugural Los Angeles edition of Made in America Festival, and a big crowd has gathered to catch Rita Ora 's main-stage performance. It's a major upgrade -- two years ago, Ora played to a side-stage crowd three rows deep at the fest&…

  18. Watch Cute Frat Guys Lip-Sync to Taylor Swift's 'Shake It Off'

    September 12, 2014 1:38 PM EDT They never miss a beat. So, it turns out, just about  everyone  loves  Taylor Swift 's pop foray -- even college frat guys. Members of the Delta Sigma Phi Beta Mu fraternity at Transylvania University in Kentucky recently uploaded their own lip-syncing music video for "Shake It Off,…

  19. 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…

  20. Christian Rapper Lecrae on Hip-Hop's 'Inconsistency' and Ferguson

    September 12, 2014 12:00 PM EDT And on the eighth day, God created air conditioning. Biblically speaking this may not be true, but on this sweltering late-August morning in Atlanta, any cool breeze feels heaven-sent. Out in the heat, 34-year-old rapper Lecrae and a six-person video crew are filming a music video for "…

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