1. Sir Mix-A-Lot on Nicki Minaj's 'Anaconda,' Booty Fever & New Music

    September 12, 2014 4:15 PM EDT Sir Mix-A-Lot didn't think he'd still be talking about his classic hit "Baby Got Back" decades after its release. Since the anthem impacted back in 1992, the 51-year old rapper has become the godfather of booty records, which have recently made a mainstream comeback thanks…

  2. Sergio Mendes & will.i.am Make 'Magic' on New Album: A Joint Q&A

    September 12, 2014 3:10 PM EDT As a 17-year-old, will.i.am fell in love with the music of Sergio Mendes after a fellow crate-digger turned him on to Equinox , Mendes' 1967 album with the Brazil 66. That appreciation led to the Black Eyed Peas leader buying all of Mendes' albums, tapping the pianist to play on the…

  3. Ariana Grande, ODESZA Own No. 1s On Dance Charts

    September 12, 2014 2:01 PM EDT Ariana Grande breaks to the top of Dance/Mix Show Airplay, while duo ODESZA crowns Dance/Electronic Albums. Ariana Grande scores her first No. 1 on Billboard's Dance/Mix Show Airplay chart as "Break Free," featuring Zedd , flies 7-1. Grande peaked at No. 2 in her first chart…

  4. Lucinda Williams Song Premiere: Hear a Cover of JJ Cale's ‘Magnolia’ From Her New Double Album

    September 12, 2014 1:02 PM EDT Lucinda Williams has raised some eyebrows by coming up with her first-ever double album, Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone , due Sept. 30. The kicker? There's more where that came from. "We recorded enough stuff for three albums, actually," Williams tells Billboard. "…

  5. Billboard Cover: 'The Voice' Hasn't Created an Actual Star — But Is Making Bigger Stars of Its Judges

    September 12, 2014 9:30 AM EDT "The girl’s on time, right?" says Gwen Stefani to Blake Shelton . The 44-year-old No Doubt singer looks femme fatale-radiant in a black-and-white polka dot Saint Laurent blouse. "Well, you’re not the biggest girl here," Blake Shelton, 38, dead-pans in his Oklahoma drawl,…

  6. 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…

  7. Mac Wiseman Talks 'Songs From My Mother's Hand,' Merle Haggard Duet Album & More

    September 11, 2014 6:58 PM EDT There is no false advertising with the title of Mac Wiseman 's latest album, Songs From My Mother's Hand . "All of the material on this CD are from old composition books where my mother copied lyrics from listening to a live radio program back in the late '20s and early &…

  8. Chris Brown Rebounds on Social 50 Chart

    September 11, 2014 6:11 PM EDT Plus, Flying Lotus flies onto the chart, thanks to a little help from Kendrick Lamar. Chris Brown re-enters the Social 50 chart at No. 22 after a one-week hiatus from the tally, thanks to a flurry of promotion tied to the upcoming release of his sixth studio album, X . Chris Brown's Full…

  9. 'The Simpsons' Set to Take Over the Hollywood Bowl

    September 11, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Conan O'Brien, 'Weird Al' Yankovic & more will bring Springfield to Hollywood. "Weird Al" Yankovic , Conan O'Brien and Beverly D'Angelo are among the voices of Simpsons characters who will perform songs they sang on the long-running animated series at…

  10. Stevie Wonder Talks Ferguson, World Issues, 'Getting It Back to The Right Place'

    September 10, 2014 7:53 PM EDT Stevie Wonder said the mayor of Ferguson, Missouri, isn't seeing the full picture a month after an unarmed black 18-year-old was killed by a white police officer. "I don't know if the mayor has blinders on," Wonder said in an interview Wednesday. "But to say that he…

  11. Stevie Wonder Takes 'Songs in the Key of Life' on the Road

    September 10, 2014 4:17 PM EDT Legend will perform iconic double-album on 11-city Live Nation tour, kicking off Nov. 6 in New York. Stevie Wonder will hit the road this fall with the Songs in the Key of Life Performance Tour. Daft Punk Jams With Stevie Wonder, Pharrell at the Grammys Announced during a press conference…

  12. Where Are Beats Music, iTunes, and the iPod? Hiding Under Bono's Swag

    September 10, 2014 2:15 PM EDT Whither the music? The bombast of bringing out the world's richest rock band (and its new album, which is currently in your iTunes library whether you want it there or not, a subtle reminder of the power Apple has to minutely affect your everyday life) to cap the biggest product…

  13. Pharrell Talks Ferguson on CNN: 'The President Needs to Go Down There'

    September 10, 2014 11:10 AM EDT In a recent interview on CNN, Pharrell proved he isn’t about to let the injustices of Ferguson blow over. Speaking with CNN’s Don Lemon , Pharrell criticized the news channel for putting too much emphasis on the violent outliers, rather than the majority of Ferguson protestors who remained…

  14. Pharrell Overtakes Robin Thicke for Most Downloaded Track Ever in U.K.

    September 10, 2014 8:35 AM EDT Pharrell Williams '  "Happy" has become the most downloaded track ever in the U.K. British music sales tracker The Official Charts Company said the song has overtaken Robin Thicke 's "Blurred Lines," which Williams also produced and featured on and which was the…

  15. NBC's 'Peter Pan' Casts Tony Nominee as Mrs. Darling

    September 09, 2014 5:56 PM EDT Kelli O'Hara joins Allison Williams in live TV event. NBC has found Peter Pan Live 's Mrs. Darling. Five-time Tony nominee Kelli O'Hara has been tapped to play the wife to George Darling and the mother to Wendy, John and Michael, the network announced Tuesday (Sept. 9). First…

  16. Ne-Yo Releases New Single 'She Knows' With Juicy J

    September 09, 2014 5:21 PM EDT A lot of today's hits are led by horns -- Jason Derulo 's "Talk Dirty," Ariana Grande 's "Problem," Taylor Swift 's "Shake It Off" -- and Ne-Yo wants in on the action. The singer-songwriter's latest song, "She Knows," centers…

  17. Memphis Soul Doc ‘Take Me to the River’ Is Giving Back to Musicians in Need

    September 09, 2014 5:09 PM EDT In Take Me to the River , Martin Shore 's documentary about music scenes in and around Memphis since the late 1950s, veteran artists are united in recording studios with singers and rappers two or three generations younger. Snoop Dogg Helps Premiere 'Take Me to the River' at…

  18. Exclusive: Veteran Marsha Vlasic to Bring Deep Client Roster to Artist Group International

    September 09, 2014 3:12 PM EDT Marsha Vlasic will join Artist Group International (AGI) as president, less than a week after news broke that she was leaving ICM Partners. All of her clients, including Neil Young , Elvis Costello , Regina Spektor , Cage The Elephant , Muse , the Strokes , Moby , Band Of Horses , Silversun…

  19. Guest Post: Dept. of Justice Consent Decree Comments Reveal Real Friends, Foes of Songwriters

    September 09, 2014 10:26 AM EDT The Department of Justice's (DOJ)  review of the ASCAP and BMI consent decrees that currently govern compensation for songwriters has several benefits. Foremost, it presents an opportunity for these decades-old decrees to be modernized for the digital era. Perhaps equally important, it…

  20. 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…

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