1. Fergie’s ‘The Dutchess’ Turns Eight: An Appreciation

    September 15, 2014 4:20 PM EDT The Black Eyed Pea singer still has yet to follow her solo debut -- and that's okay, because "The Dutchess" rules. Fergie ’s debut solo album, The Dutchess , was released on Sept. 13, 2006, meaning that the album celebrated its eighth birthday over the weekend. And…

  2. Chris Brown, 'X': Track-by-Track Review

    September 15, 2014 12:25 PM EDT Who needs haters when you're your own worst enemy? Chris Brown has been a self-saboteur since his infamous 2009 assault of Rihanna -- a talent whose skill for hit singles and agile performances is only matched by his knack for cannonballing into career-threatening pools of legal…

  3. This Week In Billboard Chart History: Madonna's 'Music' Tops Hot 100

    September 15, 2014 8:05 AM EDT This week in 2000, the Material Girl scored her 12th, and most recent, No. 1. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Adele, Katy Perry and Michael Jackson Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history Sept. 15, 1990 Following their…

  4. 'Big Bang Theory' Actress Has a ‘Problem’ With Ariana Grande’s Sexy Billboard Ad

    September 14, 2014 10:19 PM EDT Big Bang Theory star Mayim Bialik isn’t too pleased with a recent Billboard advertisement of pop star Ariana Grande . Ariana Grande's 'My Everything' Debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 In a Sept. 12 blog post titled “The Problem With That Giant Billboard of Ariana Grande,”…

  5. Bob Crewe, Singer/Songwriter Behind Many Four Seasons Hits, Dies at 83

    September 12, 2014 4:05 PM EDT He also discovered Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels and wrote disco classics including 'Lady Marmalade.' Bob Crewe -- the singer, songwriter, producer and label owner who created many of the Four Seasons ' hits, discovered Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels and was…

  6. The Notorious B.I.G.'s 'Ready to Die' at 20: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    September 12, 2014 12:50 PM EDT Excuse Christopher Wallace -- aka the Notorious B.I.G. and aka Biggie Smalls -- for not sounding more enthused. While recording his debut album, Ready to Die -- released 20 years ago this week, on September 13, 1994 -- the 22-year old former drug dealer had a sick mom to care for and a baby…

  7. 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 "…

  8. 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…

  9. Iggy Azalea Denies Sex Tape Rumors: 'It Honestly Makes Me Sick'

    September 11, 2014 7:34 PM EDT Following rumors of an Iggy Azalea sex tape being shopped around that TMZ reported Thursday could earn her a massive pay check, the 24-year-old rapper has spoken up online saying the tape is not real and voiced disgust over the public interest in the matter. Iggy Azalea Shares Cute Photo of…

  10. Neil Finn On Songwriters' Struggle, Learning to Dance & Miley Cyrus' Brand of Feminism

    September 10, 2014 5:47 AM EDT Submit to the struggle, to existential crisis. And make sure to put in the hours. Those are some of Neil Finn’s tips for tackling the songwriting process. Finn shared sound advice and took his standing-room audience on a trip through his earliest musical years during a keynote conversation…

  11. Chart Highlights: Maroon 5's 'Maps' Leads To No. 1

    September 08, 2014 4:50 PM EDT The band rewrites the record for the most No. 1s on Adult Pop Songs. Plus, new leaders for Linkin Park, Kenny Chesney, MercyMe & 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…

  12. La Roux Channels '80s Sex Line in 'Kiss and Not Tell' Video

    September 07, 2014 11:02 PM EDT La Roux channels a 1980s adult chat line commercial in her new video for "Kiss and Not Tell" off the British singer's chart-topping Trouble In Paradise  that was released last month. In it, striking red-haired singer Elly Jackson plays host, inviting viewers to call in to do…

  13. Jay Park Showcases His Rapping & Singing 'Evolution' on Strong Sophomore LP

    September 06, 2014 8:40 PM EDT The Seattle-bred star shines on hip-hop bangers, R&B ballads and, most notably, on his Michael Jackson-inspired new single. At SXSW earlier this year , Jay Park declared he wanted  to "switch people's perspective about K-pop" in 2014. The singer/rapper's long…

  14. How CeeLo Green’s Career Can Be Saved

    September 05, 2014 3:19 PM EDT How accusations of rape, a yanked reality show and a deplorable series of (since deleted) tweets stand to derail a once vibrant future for the artist and former 'Voice' coach. On Sept. 2, hours after Cee Lo Green pleaded no contest to a 2012 case alleging that he secretly slipped…

  15. The Top 5 Best Selling 'SNL' Digital Downloads of All Time

    September 05, 2014 11:30 AM EDT In the Sept. 13 issue of Billboard , readers can find an exclusive excerpt of the newly updated Saturday Night Live book Live From New York . In it, Andy Samberg , Justin Timberlake , and other key players break down two of the most iconic musical moments in the show’s history: “Lazy Sunday”…

  16. Joan Rivers Dies at Age 81

    September 04, 2014 3:03 PM EDT Joan Rivers , the blunt, tart-tongued celebrity and talk show host who reconstructed her career time and time again en route to becoming one of the most memorable female comics of all time, has died. She was 81. The breakthrough standup comic, writer, actress, fashion critic, red-carpet…

  17. Alicia Keys on Her Upcoming Album: 'It's the Best Music I've Ever Done In My Life'

    September 04, 2014 5:01 AM EDT Alicia Keys, who often releases albums in November and December, says she is preparing for another delivery at the end of the year: her second baby. "December album? Well, I know one thing. I'm having a December baby," the singer said with a laugh in an interview Tuesday. The…

  18. 20 Best High School Music Videos

    September 03, 2014 3:45 PM EDT If high school had existed in Shakespeare’s day, he’d have set every battle on a football field, each stolen kiss under the bleachers. That’s because when it comes to drama, neither rotten Denmark nor fair Verona holds a candle to the modern American high school. While the Bard missed out on…

  19. Motley Crue’s Final Tour Is a Must-See: Here are Six(x) Reasons Why

    September 01, 2014 12:53 PM EDT L.A.’s baddest boys are taking a full-throttle victory lap on their Final Tour. Roughly 15,000 people filled PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, N.J., on Aug. 30 to see Motley Crue before the band retires from the road. Motley Crue Reveals 'Dirt' Movie Details, Previews Final Tour &…

  20. Hip-Hop Moves As Strong Force for Michael Brown

    August 30, 2014 2:17 PM EDT Rappers are making their voices heard in song and on the ground in Ferguson, Mo., in the wake of Michael Brown's shooting death, channeling hip-hop's earlier roots when the genre worked as a voice for the oppressed and spoke out against injustice. Op-Ed: Killer Mike on the…

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