1. Why the Replacements Went Home to Minneapolis After 23 Years

    September 19, 2014 5:19 PM EDT When the front desk person at the Marriott hotel in downtown Minneapolis asked, "What brings you to town?," I would have won instant acceptance, or at least comprehension, if I had answered "a secret Prince concert." Or better yet: "The Vikings game. Hurts about…

  2. Led Zeppelin Aims to Send 'Stairway to Heaven' Lawsuit to Hell

    September 18, 2014 3:40 PM EDT British rockers wonder: Why Pennsylvania? It took 43 years for the heirs of songwriter Randy Craig Wolfe to sue Jimmy Page , Robert Plant and other Led Zeppelin parties for allegedly stealing the 1971 song "Stairway to Heaven," and when the lawsuit finally came, it happened in…

  3. Meghan Trainor Leads Hot 100's All-Female Top Five For Second Week

    September 17, 2014 2:10 PM EDT 0 For a second straight week, women shut out men in the top five, led by Trainor's debut hit 'All About That Bass.' It's all about women in the Billboard Hot 100 's top five again, as Meghan Trainor 's "All About That Bass" heads up an all…

  4. Tim McGraw, ‘Sundown Heaven Town’: Track-by-Track Album Review

    September 16, 2014 1:14 PM EDT Tim McGraw has scored more than 50 top 10 hits on Billboard's Country Airplay chart during the last 20 years. On Sept. 16, the singer rolls out Sundown Heaven Town , his 13th studio album. On the disc,  co-produced by McGraw and longtime collaborator  Byron Gallimore,  the singer…

  5. Tim McGraw on Autotune, Acting and Why He & Faith Hill Are Not Like Jay Z & Beyonce: 'We Don't Really Pay That Much Attention to It'

    September 15, 2014 12:14 PM EDT Tim McGraw can put a time stamp on the moment his hustle began. Twenty years ago, the country kingpin, now 47, scored his first Billboard 200 No. 1 with "Not a Moment Too Soon" (Curb), and he hasn't let up since -- even four of his greatest-hits albums crowned the Country…

  6. Billboard 200 Chart Moves: 'Guardians' & 'Frozen' Make Up Almost 40% of 2014 Soundtrack Sales

    September 12, 2014 6:49 PM EDT Also: Miranda Lambert gains thanks to sale pricing, Johnny Winter earns his highest charting album ever & the WOW series continues to rack up big sales. On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart, Maroon 5 nabbed its second chart-topping album as V debuted atop the list, selling 164,000…

  7. 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…

  8. 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 "…

  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. Broadway's 'Newsies' Ready to Hit the Road

    September 08, 2014 2:06 AM EDT The North American tour of the Broadway hit "Newsies" is about to high-kick its way from coast to coast, led by a 22-year-old actor who'll make a triumphant homecoming in Pittsburgh just in time for Thanksgiving. Dan DeLuca will be playing leading man Jack Kelly in the Tony…

  11. Billboard Cover: Chris Brown Opens Up About Rihanna, Jail & Accepting Life as a 'Learning Experience'

    September 05, 2014 9:00 AM EDT On Aug. 13, a high spirited Chris Brown gave Billboard his first formal interview since leaving jail in June. Kicked back in front of a control board at Hollywood’s hot Chalice Recording Studios, a vintage-gear-stuffed space favored by young artists, the 25-year-old was taking a…

  12. Paisley Opens 'Trunk' At No. 1 on Top Country Albums

    September 04, 2014 5:14 PM EDT Plus: Rucker's 'Honey' sweetens Songs chart, Jason Aldean’s No. 1 reign continues & Lady A tops Airplay chart Brad Paisley  claims his eighth No. 1 on Top Country Albums (all of which have debuted at the summit), as his 10th studio set,  Moonshine in the Trunk , bows with…

  13. New Signings: Stevie Ray Vaughn's Estate, Shelby Lynne and Rounder, Spooky Black

    September 04, 2014 12:09 PM EDT Here’s a look at the latest artist signings across the music industry, including record labels, artist management firms, publishing companies, booking agencies and more.  RECORD LABELS -- Dutch singer Dotan signs to Republic Records , where he has released his new single “Home.” Additionally,…

  14. 2014 CMA Awards Nominations Revealed on 'GMA'

    September 03, 2014 8:23 AM EDT Check out the full list of CMA nominees On Wednesday morning in Times Square, Little Big Town and Darius Rucker took over ABC's Good Morning America to reveal the 2014 Country Music Association Awards nominees. As you might expect, the CMA nominees are some of the absolute biggest names…

  15. Faith No More Reportedly Working on New Album

    September 03, 2014 12:16 AM EDT Faith No More’s latest comeback will apparently produce a new album, the band’s first in 18 years.  The alternative rockers' founding bass player  Billy Gould tells Rolling Stone the record will be independently recorded and released, with a tentative street date of April 2015. Gould…

  16. BMG Chrysalis Acquires Infectious Music Label, Home to Alt-J, These New Puritans

    September 02, 2014 11:15 AM EDT BMG Chrysalis U.K. has acquired British independent label Infectious Music for an undisclosed sum. As part of the deal, Infectious will move its operations into BMG Chrysalis U.K.'s central London offices with Infectious chairman and founder Korda Marshall reporting to BMG Chrysalis U.K.…

  17. Ask Billboard: Taylor Swift Out-'Shake's Mariah Carey

    September 01, 2014 10:05 AM EDT A song called 'Shake It Off' tops the Hot 100 at last. Plus, Swift's place in pop/country crossover history, Christina Aguilera's career sales and more As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com .…

  18. This Week In Billboard Chart History: Aerosmith Ascends To No. 1

    September 01, 2014 8:05 AM EDT This week in 1998, the band topped the Billboard Hot 100 at last. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Michael Jackson, Faith Hill and the Beatles Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history Sept. 1, 1973 Kind of impossible…

  19. Rock Against Trafficking Founder Gary Miller Hopes to Launch at the Grammys

    August 29, 2014 12:00 PM EDT The founder of the all-star Rock Against Trafficking (R.A.T.) campaign is eyeballing next year's Grammy Week for the organization's public launch, with a variety of activities that include the release of an album featuring Police and Sting covers, a party and perhaps a performance…

  20. Exclusive: Marc Anthony and Other Salsa Legends Share Memories of Legendary Label Fania Records

    August 28, 2014 2:47 PM EDT In this oral history, salsa legends share their memories -- good and bad -- of the most important tropical music label of all time During the early 1960s, Johnny Pacheco was riding high on Cuban-based Latin music. Dominican-born and New York-raised, Pacheco was a Juilliard-trained multi…

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