1. Maroon 5 No. 1 On Billboard Artist 100 Again; Lecrae Debuts, Jhene Aiko Soars

    September 18, 2014 11:40 AM EDT Maroon 5 is the biggest act in the U.S. for a second week, while Lecrae debuts at No. 7 and Aiko rockets 88-9. Maroon 5 tops the Billboard Artist 100 for a second week. Meanwhile, Lecrae debuts at No. 7 and Jhene Aiko blasts 88-9 as their new albums debut on the Billboard 200. Plus, two…

  2. Metallica's Kirk Hammett Is 'Tickled' About Contributing to New Exodus Album

    September 18, 2014 11:09 AM EDT Guitarist tells Billboard that reconnecting with his old bandmates is like "coming back to a fraternity you lost contact with." For Kirk Hammett , the guitar solo he performs on "Salt the Wound," a track on Exodus ' upcoming album Blood In, Blood Out (Nuclear…

  3. 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…

  4. Pop Shop Podcast: Fall Music Preview! (Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj, One Direction & More)

    September 18, 2014 10:40 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…

  5. ScHoolboy Q Hops on Remix of Disclosure's 'Latch'

    September 18, 2014 10:29 AM EDT The first album from English dance duo Disclosure , Settle , came out over a year ago, but it's a testament to the album's vitality that it's still producing interesting remixes more than a year later. The latest involves West Coast rapper Schoolboy Q  taking on "Latch,…

  6. Report: Apple and U2 to Debut New Music File Format

    September 18, 2014 10:28 AM EDT Updated: 10:26 A.M., Sept. 18. Those hints that U2 dropped last week -- "We’re collaborating with Apple on some cool stuff over the next couple of years, innovations that will transform the way music is listened to and viewed" -- seem to be more than just a promotional posture.…

  7. 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,…

  8. Mariah Carey Announces ‘Elusive Chanteuse' Tour of Australia

    September 18, 2014 4:10 AM EDT Mariah Carey is heading to Australia for a rare coast-to-coast tour. The pop diva’s Elusive Chanteuse Show  is scheduled to make seven stops Down Under, where she’ll play arenas and a pair of exclusive winery dates. Mariah’s Aussie trek starts Nov. 2 at Sandalford Estate in Perth, then…

  9. Barbra Streisand Talks Music-Making, Booze, Elvis & Politics

    September 18, 2014 12:33 AM EDT Barbra Streisand's new album of duets only includes male singers, but it wasn't a conscious effort to exclude females. "Everyone we asked was ... busy," Streisand said. The performer almost scored one major diva: Beyonce . Barbra Streisand Set for Historic No. 1 Album  …

  10. Mayor Offers Tim McGraw Help to Find Portland, Maine

    September 17, 2014 11:59 PM EDT Portland, Maine? Tim McGraw doesn't know where it is. And he doesn't want to know, either. The country singer included a song, "Portland, Maine," on his latest album, Sundown Heaven Town , which came out Tuesday. Tim McGraw, ‘Sundown Heaven Town’: Track-by-Track Album…

  11. Spotify & The Echo Nest Release Study on Most Musical Universities, Students' Listening Habits

    September 17, 2014 9:43 PM EDT After announcing the launch of its new Echo Nest-fueled Insights data blog last week with a review of European-originating music that's spanned the globe, Spotify is now investigating college listening statistics and how the country's 40 most music-consuming universities compare…

  12. Gimme Five: Girls' Generation's Tiffany's Favorite Pop Songs Right Now

    September 17, 2014 9:16 PM EDT The big diva vocals, the subtle shifts in harmonies, the on-trend horn-laden production ...not to mention the replay-worthy video: "Holler," the just-released single from Girls' Generation-TTS , is making a play to be one of fall's most addictive K-pop tracks. But what…

  13. Run the Jewels' El-P Calls 'Meow' Kickstarter 'An Opportunity to Do Something Good in a Fun Way'

    September 17, 2014 8:31 PM EDT A few days ago, Run the Jewels announced a number of just slightly ludicrous pre-order packages in support of their forthcoming LP, Run the Jewels 2 . To name a few:  "I'm on the F---ing List, Asshole"  ($7,500) allows you entry plus one to up to 10 RTJ shows, "The Self…

  14. Cooking Vinyl Launches Divisions in Germany, France

    September 17, 2014 6:59 PM EDT The United Kingdom-based indie label group Cooking Vinyl is expanding its international operations to France and Germany with new divisions opening in each country. The news follows the success of Cooking Vinyl Australia, which launched last September.  The expansion will grow Cooking Vinyl…

  15. Exclusive: Coachella and Firefly Founders Team Up on Joint Venture

    September 17, 2014 5:43 PM EDT The deal brings together Goldenvoice, the U.S.' most successful festival producer, with Red Frog, the company behind our fastest-growing fest. Goldenvoice, creators of Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in Indio, Calif., has entered into a joint venture with Red Frog Events to…

  16. Eric Bellinger's 'Awkward' Reaches Top of Trending 140

    September 17, 2014 5:34 PM EDT On Tuesday Sept.16, Eric Bellinger debuted a new song from his upcoming mixtape, Choose Up Season , titled"Awkward." The track, which features rapper The Game , dons a smooth piano-based melody on which Bellinger's laments a failed relationship. Shortly after its release, …

  17. Ty Bates Talks Self-Titled EP, Classic Country...and 'Saved by the Bell'

    September 17, 2014 5:29 PM EDT Country newcomer Ty Bates says that on the road with his band and crew, some very interesting conversations come up. "We are on the road a lot, so we talk about a lot of different topics. I think Saved by the Bell came up last week, along with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles ," the…

  18. Mark Mothersbaugh to Speak at Billboard/THR Film & TV Music Conference

    September 17, 2014 4:55 PM EDT Mark Mothersbaugh , the co-founder of Devo who has scored films and television series for more than 25 years, will discuss his recent work with director-writer-producers Phil Lord and Christopher Miller at the Billboard/Hollywood Reporter Film & TV Music Conference . Howard Shore to…

  19. James Brown's Daughter Details Domestic Abuse, Son Alleges Murder in Dueling New Memoirs

    September 17, 2014 4:45 PM EDT Yamma Brown offers chilling details of how her father beat her mother and Daryl Brown writes he has a "gut feeling" the singer was murdered. A pair of new books about James Brown by two of his children offer a disturbing look into the world of the Godfather of Soul, with graphic…

  20. Reggaeton Star Don Omar Arrested in Puerto Rico

    September 17, 2014 4:27 PM EDT Puerto Rico reggaeton star Don Omar was arrested Wednesday (Sept. 17) in the U.S. territory on suspicion of domestic violence. Authorities said in a statement that 36-year-old William Omar Landron Rivera was detained early Wednesday at a house in the northern coastal town of Vega Alta.…

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