1. 'Voice' Coaches Join Gwen Stefani for 'Hella Good' Performance

    September 23, 2014 3:27 PM EDT In the year 2014,  Blake Shelton , of all people, is assisting in a  No Doubt  cover. This is what happens when  Gwen Stefani  joins  The Voic e, apparently. On Monday night's premiere of the NBC reality show, Stefani -- as well as Shelton, Adam Levine   and  Pharrell Williams   (who…

  2. Male Country Singers Search For Openings In a Crowded Field

    September 23, 2014 2:16 PM EDT Much has been written in the last year about the paucity of female voices on contemporary country radio. What's gone unspoken in that debate is the density it creates for the other gender. There are so many men in the field that establishing a unique brand is a major challenge. Nine of…

  3. Rita Ora to Replace Kylie Minogue as Coach on U.K.'s 'The Voice'

    September 23, 2014 5:16 AM EDT Rita Ora , who has worked with such brands as Adidas, is joining the BBC's U.K. version of singing competition The Voice as the fourth coach on the upcoming fourth season. Kylie Minogue this year had filled that spot, but was widely expected not to continue on the show and quit this…

  4. What's The Best 'The Voice' Coach Collaboration? Vote Now!

    September 22, 2014 6:52 PM EDT “The Voice” at long last returns on Monday night (Sept. 22) with a pair of new superstars, Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams, joining incumbent coaches Adam Levine and Blake Shelton. Since the show launched in the U.S. in 2011, one of the more exciting aspects has been the collaborations…

  5. Chart Highlights: Meghan Trainor Tops Pop Songs With 'All About That Bass'

    September 22, 2014 5:15 PM EDT Her debut smash is the chart's record-tying fifth consecutive leader by a rookie act. Plus, new No. 1s for Iggy Azalea, Trey Songz, Tito 'El Bambino' & more. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs,…

  6. The Country Rebel-Meter: From Mild (Blake Shelton!) to Wild (Yes, You, Jason Aldean)

    September 22, 2014 3:53 PM EDT For decades, country music has been defined by two opposite camps. On one side, there's a wholesome, clean-cut crew that toe the Nashville line. On the other end of the spectrum, there's an edgier group that sees themselves as outsiders rebelling against a restrictive system. Both…

  7. 'The Voice,' 'Idol' & 'X Factor': All 26 Judges, Ranked

    September 22, 2014 2:52 PM EDT As Gwen Stefani & Pharrell Williams join 'The Voice,' we rank the coaches who came before them. Starting Monday night (Sept. 22), there are two new kids on the singing-competition block: Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams , who will make their debut as coaches on The Voice .…

  8. Katy Perry's Prismatic Tour Doing Big Business

    September 19, 2014 5:29 PM EDT Katy Perry takes her Prismatic World Tour to No. 1 on Billboard's weekly Hot Tours recap with $31 million in ticket sales from the tour's North American leg that began in June. The tally includes concerts that occurred in a two-month span beginning on July 15. Katy Perry, Ariana…

  9. Record Store Day's Don VanCleave Joins Nashville-Based Tech Think Tank

    September 19, 2014 12:04 PM EDT Record Store Day co-founder Don VanCleave has joined FLO {thinkery} , a Nashville-based group that helps artists and entertainers dream up new companies at the intersection of music and technology. VanCleave's role will be to work with other senior executive advisors on new ideas, said…

  10. Johnny Rotella, Songwriter for Frank Sinatra, Dies at 93

    September 18, 2014 11:20 PM EDT Johnny Rotella , an accomplished instrumentalist and songwriter who wrote the Frank Sinatra standard “Nothing but the Best” and recorded with Neil Diamond , Frank Zappa , Steely Dan and others, has died. He was 93. Rotella, a highly sought-after session man who played with marquee artists…

  11. Lee Brice Does No. 1 'Dance' on Top Country Albums Chart

    September 18, 2014 5:31 PM EDT Brice scores his first leader on the list. Plus, moves for Dustin Lynch, Jason Aldean, Brantley Gilbert and Easton Corbin. Singer/songwriter Lee Brice scores his first No. 1 in four tries on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart, as I Don't Dance , his third full-length album,…

  12. Perry Farrell Takes a Walk Down L.A. Memory Lane Before Sunset Strip Music Fest

    September 18, 2014 3:24 PM EDT Jane's Addiction will perform 'Nothing's Shocking' in its entirety on Friday. This weekend, Jane's Addiction will be the focal point of the Sunset Strip Music Festival, a two-day long event celebrating the legendary strip's long musical heritage. On Friday…

  13. Pharrell Williams Wants to Follow in Blake Shelton's Footsteps on 'The Voice'

    September 18, 2014 11:57 AM EDT Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams are the new faces to the coaching staff, but don't expect any major format changes. The Voice returns on Sept. 22 and for new judge  Pharrell Williams , it's more than just another gig.  “I don’t want to call it a job," Williams said at a…

  14. Darrell Hammond Named 'SNL' Announcer After Don Pardo's Death

    September 18, 2014 10:56 AM EDT "It can't be what it was, but it could sort of be in the same tradition," Lorne Michaels tells USA Today. Darrell Hammond is rejoining Saturday Night Live as the show's new announcer, after longtime voice Don Pardo passed away in August at 96. Hammond will introduce the…

  15. Watch Gwen Stefani & Blake Shelton's Lip-Sync Battle on 'Tonight Show'

    September 18, 2014 9:45 AM EDT Tonight Show Lip-Sync Battles returned Wednesday night with two especially qualified contenders: Gwen Stefani and (a champagne-carrying) Blake Shelton . The Voice coaches came ready to win against Jimmy Fallon, and all three chose particularly good songs: "Puttin' On The Ritz,…

  16. Barbra Streisand Set for Historic No. 1 Album

    September 17, 2014 6:15 PM EDT 'Partners' could make her the first artist with No. 1 albums in each of the past six decades. Barbra Streisand may collect her 10th No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart next week with the arrival of her new all-star duets album, Partners . Barbra Duets With Jimmy Fallon for…

  17. Don't Fear the Reaper: The 20 Best Songs About Death

    September 17, 2014 4:15 PM EDT For a group of people obsessed with immortality, pop stars sure do sing a lot about death. Maybe it's not that surprising. It's a deliciously rich topic ripe for all kinds of songs: From murder ballads and tender tributes to nihilistic hip-hop jams, there’s a killer canon of…

  18. Chart Highlights: Nico & Vinz Ascend To No. 1 On Adult Contemporary With 'Am I Wrong'

    September 15, 2014 5:50 PM EDT The pair is the first duo to lead the list with a debut hit since 1998. Plus, new No. 1s for Milky Chance, Dustin Lynch and more Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys listed…

  19. Hear Empires Exclusively Premiere Epic New Alt-Rock Album ‘Orphan’

    September 15, 2014 1:48 PM EDT The story of Empires’ new album is the story of what a great producer can do for an already-promising band. For their sweeping new album Orphan (out Sept. 23), the Chicago group enlisted veteran rock producer John Congleton to explore untapped expansive potential. With bandleader Sean Van…

  20. '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 ,…

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