1. Hear Unreleased Britney Spears Demos Written by Blood Orange

    September 22, 2014 7:25 PM EDT Britney Spears ' Britney Jean album from last year had a long list of notable producers and songwriters to its credit — will.i.am executive produced it, with assistance from Dr. Luke, David Guetta , Diplo , Katy Perry , Sia and many others. But one name was missing from the final…

  2. iHeartRadio Fest Saturday Highlights: Iggy Azalea Pulls Double Duty, Lorde Inspires Hair Envy

    September 21, 2014 6:28 AM EDT Check out all the action from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday night! The iHeartRadio Music Festival may be over after just two days, but the musical extravaganza packed a whirlwind of far-ranging talent that made the experience feel much, much longer than 36 hours.…

  3. Sir Sly Talks Drake, Speedy Recording & Debut Album 'You Haunt Me'

    September 17, 2014 3:04 PM EDT The indie-pop group just released a debut album full of "incredibly personal moments." Modern rock bands often cite other, often canonical rock acts as their fundamental inspirations, but talking to Landon Jacobs, lead singer of the group Sir Sly, you hear a different story. “I…

  4. Kris Allen Talks Fall Tour, New Video & Covers Sia's 'Chandelier': Watch

    September 16, 2014 5:22 AM EDT Fans planning to see Kris Allen on tour this year may want to remember to wear a pair of comfortable dancing shoes. “We have done some Soul Train lines,” says the American Idol season eight winner. “How can I not do a Soul Train line?” Allen is talking specifically about boogying down to the…

  5. Frank Ocean Signs to New Management With Three Six Zero

    September 15, 2014 10:55 AM EDT As Frank Ocean gears up for the follow-up to Channel Orange , his 2012 major-label debut -- which has sold 621,000 units, according to Nielsen SoundScan, and took home a 2013 Grammy for best urban contemporary album -- he has made a key change behind the scenes. Since July, Ocean has been…

  6. '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 ,…

  7. 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…

  8. Republic Hires Rick Krim as EVP Artist Development

    September 12, 2014 11:30 AM EDT Republic Records has hired VH1 veteran  Rick Krim for the newly created position of executive vice president of artist development. Krim's prime objective in his new role will be to uncover "diverse and untrodden avenues" to break the label's emerging artists, the company…

  9. 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…

  10. U2's 'Songs of Innocence' & 12 Other Unexpected Album Releases

    September 09, 2014 5:35 PM EDT From David Bowie to Beyonce, see who else dropped LPs without a ton of warning. Over the past half-decade, artists have dropped full-lengths with zero, or very little, advance notice, shocking their fans and setting forth some unexpected listening delights. Check out 11 instances of…

  11. LouFest 2014: OutKast Has Ferguson Moment, Arctic Monkeys & Portugal. The Man Rock

    September 08, 2014 11:05 PM EDT Forest Park in St. Louis dropped its traditional role as quiet urban oasis over the weekend to host the fifth-ever LouFest, where OutKast , Arctic Monkeys , Future Islands and other staples of this winding-down festival season gave record crowds a reason to dance, sweat and just basically…

  12. Jason D. Williams Talks 'Hillbillies and Holy Rollers' Album & Vaudeville Inspiration

    September 08, 2014 8:36 PM EDT Jason D. Williams -- the rockabilly sensation who has been dazzling crowds live for three decades -- is back with brand-new music. Williams returns with his latest disc, Hillbillies and Holy Rollers , which was recorded at the historic studio address of 706 Union Ave. in Memphis. What enters…

  13. TuneCore Opens Nashville Office, Hires Shelby Kennedy to Run It

    September 08, 2014 12:32 PM EDT TuneCore is planting roots in Music City. The digital music distribution and publishing company announced Monday it will open a Nashville office with newly hired Shelby Kennedy at the helm as vice president of entertainment relations. Kennedy is a well-known figure in Nashville, having…

  14. Joan Rivers' Funeral: Howard Stern Gives Eulogy & Audra McDonald Sings ‘Smile’

    September 07, 2014 12:38 PM EDT Bernadette Peters, Clive Davis, Paul Shaffer and many others were also in attendance. Howard Stern delivered the eulogy and Broadway singer-actress Audra McDonald sang "Smile" at Joan Rivers' funeral Sunday, a star-studded send-off that brought together the worlds of Hollywood,…

  15. Must-Hear Music Podcast: New Songs From Kendrick, Jessie Ware, TV on the Radio & More

    September 04, 2014 5:59 PM EDT Maybe it's because the summer is coming to a close, but this week's Must-Hear Music Podcast happens to spotlight a few melancholy gems courtesy of Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman Karen O, startling newcomer Nick Hakim and others. But it's not all weepy bedroom balladry -- the…

  16. Hear Robyn Cover Arthur Russell's Loose Joints Disco Track 'Tell You (Today)'

    September 03, 2014 9:28 PM EDT Robyn's in good company paying tribute to the late Arthur Russell , on the upcoming covers album Master Mix: Red Hot + Arthur Russell . But even alongside Hot Chip , Sufjan Stevens , Blood Orange and José González , standing in the shadow of a musical giant, the Swedish pop singer shines…

  17. Arctic Monkeys, Domino Records Take Home High Honors at AIM Independent Music Awards

    September 02, 2014 6:55 PM EDT At this year's Association of Independent Music's Independent Music Awards held Tuesday in London, Arctic Monkeys walked away with the Independent Album of the Year honor, while Domino Records earned the Independent Label of the Year award.  Arctic Monkeys Conquer America: Alex…

  18. Hear Jessie Ware's New Dev Hynes Collaboration, 'Want Your Feeling'

    September 01, 2014 8:30 PM EDT With Jessie Ware prepping the release of her sophomore LP, Tough Love , next month, Monday the British singer dropped a new song she worked on with Blood Orange 's Dev Hynes called "Want Your Feeling." Ryan Adams, Jessie Ware & More Added to London iTunes Festival The…

  19. Bad Weather Shuts Down Concerts, Delays Flights

    September 01, 2014 10:41 AM EDT Severe thunderstorms across the Northeast on Sunday (Aug. 31) slowed operations at airports, wreaked havoc at outdoor sporting and musical events in New York and Philadelphia and sent people scurrying from a beach after three men were struck by lightning. Electric Zoo Evacuated Due to Storm…

  20. Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Smokey Robinson Scores Highest-Charting Album in 33 Years

    August 29, 2014 8:45 PM EDT R&B legend Smokey Robinson earns his highest charting album since 1981, while Amy Grant debuts on both the Christian and Dance/Electronic Albums charts- On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart, Wiz Khalifa's Blacc Hollywood arrived at No. 1 , giving the hip-hop star his first…

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