1. Carlos Vives to Play for 200,000+ Fans During Five-City Colombia Tour

    September 11, 2014 4:25 PM EDT Two years ago, Colombian folk/pop fusion master Carlos Vives had no label, no tour and hadn't released an album in nearly a decade. What a difference a year makes. Carlos Vives & Marc Anthony Team for Tropical No. 1 In 2013, Vives released Corazón Profundo under a new label, Sony…

  2. Leonard Cohen on Collaborating with Madonna Collaborator Patrick Leonard for Upcoming 'Popular Problems'

    September 11, 2014 1:24 PM EDT The keyboardist-producer who helped shape Madonna 's work in the late 1980s has given Leonard Cohen 's new album Popular Problems a consistently bluesy tone full of keyboards, horn sections and an occasional solo violin. Patrick Leonard , who co-wrote three songs on Cohen's…

  3. Karen O Brings ‘Crush Songs’ to Life at New York's Manderley Bar

    September 11, 2014 12:43 PM EDT A neon sign shone through the smoke-filled haze of the Manderley Bar at the McKittrick Hotel, where a small standing crowd, with smartphones at the ready, awaited the evening’s headliner, Karen O . Crush Palace, the heart-shaped sign read, a nod to Karen O’s first solo album, Crush Songs ,…

  4. Pop Shop Podcast: U2 Returns, Nick & Knight Interview, Meghan Trainor Hits No. 1 & More

    September 11, 2014 10:56 AM EDT Listen to the latest episode of Billboard.com's weekly charts breakdown. Welcome to the latest episode of the Billboard.com Pop Shop Podcast , Billboard's weekly half-hour audio breakdown of the Billboard charts, hottest music news and year's biggest musical events. Casual pop…

  5. '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…

  6. Simon Le Bon on David Lynch's 'Duran Duran: Unstaged': 'It's Quite Bizarre'

    September 11, 2014 12:44 AM EDT The video-driven 1980s band Duran Duran -- which "made MTV," as VJ Martha Quinn has said -- will screen David Lynch's new cut of his 2011 film Duran Duran: Unstaged in about 300 U.S. theaters. The one-night-only event will take place Sept. 10, presented by Screenvision in…

  7. U2 Album Downloads Off To Decent Start

    September 10, 2014 7:05 PM EDT Sources tell Billboard that, following Apple's press event on Sept. 9, when the company announced it was giving away U2 's new album Songs of Innocence to all 500 million iTunes account holders, the collection was downloaded about 200,000 times in the United States. A Universal…

  8. Get Ready for a Simpsons Music Marathon

    September 10, 2014 5:21 PM EDT Not even two weeks after FXX wrapped its record-breaking Every Simpsons Ever Marathon, the fledging network is heading back to Springfield's well with a music-themed Simpsons marathon. No, they're not spotlighting the series' diverse music guest roster -- although if you'…

  9. Paolo Nutini Shares New Album 'Caustic Love' Early & Talks Breaking Though in America

    September 10, 2014 4:23 PM EDT Paolo Nutini is a bona fide superstar in his native United Kingdom. The Scottish soul singer's third studio album, Caustic Love , has already topped the U.K. Albums Chart , and now Nutini is setting his sights on America. But the 2014 Glastonbury headliner knows taking on a new market…

  10. Taylor Swift vs. Katy Perry: Our Fake Diss Tracks

    September 10, 2014 3:55 PM EDT We re-imagined Taylor’s “Shake It Off” and Katy’s “This Is How We Do” as personal takedowns — read the custom diss track lyrics. By all accounts, a storm is brewing between pop superstars Taylor Swift and Katy Perry . In a new interview with Rolling Stone , Swift calls out an unnamed…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. Maroon 5 Tops Billboard 200 With 'V'

    September 10, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Jeezy starts at No. 2 on the chart, while Bob Marley earns his highest-charting album ever. Pop band Maroon 5 nabs its second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, as its fifth studio release -- appropriately named V -- debuts atop the list. It sold 164,000 copies in the week ending Sept…

  14. Watch The Replacements Play 'Fallon' After Three-Decade NBC Ban

    September 10, 2014 10:13 AM EDT Twenty eight years ago, the Replacements drunkenly stumbled through one of the worst musical performances in SNL history (at least from NBC’s perspective) and were famously banned from ever playing 30 Rock again. Well, Lorne Michaels be damned -- the ‘Mats returned to NBC on Sept. 9 for a…

  15. 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…

  16. Top Arena Execs Dish on How They Move Ticket Sales

    September 09, 2014 6:20 PM EDT What does it take to run a successful arena in today’s competitive and volatile touring business? Venue executives from across the country will convene Sept. 14-16 in Long Beach, Ca. for the Arena Management Conference organized by the IAVM, the International Association of Venue Managers.…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. Taylor Swift's Five Most Personal Lyrics

    September 09, 2014 3:30 PM EDT Your move, 'Bad Blood.' The Taylor Swift   Lyric Guessing Game for 1989 began in earnest Monday, when Swift talked to Rolling Stone about her new song "Bad Blood," which addresses an unidentified female celebrity who stabbed her in the back. The Internet zeroed in on Katy…

  20. U2 Releases Free Album 'Songs of Innocence' at Apple Event

    September 09, 2014 2:58 PM EDT "It's the largest album release of all time," Apple CEO Tim Cook says of the group's surprise album launch. U2 has returned in stunning fashion: the legendary rock group has released a new album, Songs of Innocence , for free on iTunes, following its performance…

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