1. Watch Jennifer Hudson Talk 'JHUD,' Hair & EGOT Chances

    October 02, 2014 3:34 PM EDT Jennifer Hudson stopped by Billboard recently to talk about her new album, her new haircut and what awards she's planning to win next. Watch the interview below: JHUD , released Sept. 23, is currently sitting at No. 10 on the Billboard 200 . Hudson calls it "an album full of…

  2. Aretha Franklin Dishes on Covering 'Rolling in the Deep': 'It's What Contemporary Music Needs More Of'

    October 02, 2014 1:50 PM EDT On Wednesday night, Aretha Franklin and longtime collaborator and mogul Clive Davis sat down with veteran music journalist Anthony DeCurtis at New York City's 92Y for a lengthy discussion and preview of her upcoming covers album, Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics (due out…

  3. Pop Shop Podcast: Tove Lo on ‘Habits’ Hot 100 Run, Katy Perry’s Dancing & Refusing To Censor Lyrics

    October 02, 2014 10:55 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…

  4. Kim Dotcom Sells Stake in Baboom: 'The Music Industry Hates Me'

    October 02, 2014 9:11 AM EDT Fledgling digital music service Baboom has severed its relationship with Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom ahead of a planned launch in early 2015. The Internet entrepreneur, who is wanted in the United States on racketeering charges, had owned a 45 percent stake in Baboom through his family…

  5. Meghan Trainor Hits No. 1 on Billboard Artist 100

    October 02, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Fueled by the success of 'All About That Bass,' Trainor travels 3-1 on the tally. Plus, Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett enter in the top 20. Meghan Trainor takes over as the top artist in the U.S., rising 3-1 on the Billboard Artist 100 chart. The Artist 100 provides the first weekly…

  6. Is Mark Poston Out at Parlophone & Warner Bros Records Australia?

    October 02, 2014 6:14 AM EDT Mark Poston is understood to be out as managing director for the Australian companies of Parlophone and Warner Bros Records after less than a year in the job. Well-placed sources say Poston has been officially made redundant as part of a wider corporate restructuring, and a few other…

  7. 'Doctor Zhivago' Musical Heading to Broadway

    October 02, 2014 3:06 AM EDT The latest version of Cinderella will soon disappear from the Broadway Theatre, but another sweepingly romantic musical is ready to take its place -- Doctor Zhivago . Producers said Wednesday that the tale of five intertwined lovers set during final days of Czarist Russia will be led by two…

  8. Tim Rice Keen to Relaunch 'From Here to Eternity' on Broadway

    October 02, 2014 2:31 AM EDT Tim Rice is hoping his musical From Here to Eternity doesn't take an eternity to get to Broadway. The celebrated lyricist is hoping a filmed version of the West End production broadcast this month will generate some interest in America. The ambitious adaptation of James Jones'…

  9. 'Law & Order: SVU' Will Take On Jay Z/Solange Elevator Fight

    October 01, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Apparently even Law & Order: SVU knows that sh** goes down when there's a billion dollars in an elevator. The long-running NBC drama announced that an upcoming episode, "American Disgrace," will depict a fictionalized version of the Jay Z / Solange elevator fight.  The…

  10. Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga's 'Cheek To Cheek' Debuts at No. 1

    October 01, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Bennett and Gaga edges out Kenny Chesney, who debuts at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart. Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga's jazzy new duets album, Cheek To Cheek , debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. It's the second No. 1 for Bennett and the third for Gaga. The standards album,…

  11. Lady Gaga Shows Off Pipes in 'Bang Bang' Video

    September 30, 2014 10:01 AM EDT Lady Gaga channels Cher (that wig!) in her latest video for "Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)." The live recording is part of the upcoming PBS special Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: Cheek to Cheek Live!, which taped in July. Decked out in an all-red ensemble and sans Bennett, Lady…

  12. Lady Gaga: 'The World View of Israel Is Just Not Reality'

    September 29, 2014 11:32 AM EDT After her buzzy shows in Tel Aviv, Lady Gaga has spoken out about the world's perception of Israel. "Tel Aviv was magnificent," the singer told The Independent . "The world view of Israel is just not reality. It’s in a beautiful place, the people are in good spirits. I…

  13. Black Sabbath Planning Final Album & Tour For Next Year

    September 29, 2014 10:20 AM EDT When Black Sabbath dropped the album 13 in 2013, they left fans wondering the album would be their last. Turns out, Ozzy Osbourne and company have more in store. In an interview with Metal Hammer , Osbourne announced that Sabbath will begin working on a new studio album in early 2015 with…

  14. This Week in Billboard Chart History: Kelly Clarkson Enjoys a No. 1 'Moment'

    September 29, 2014 8:05 AM EDT This week in 2002, Clarkson notched the first Hot 100 leader by an 'American Idol' contestant. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Cher, Tony Bennett and Boyz II Men. Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart…

  15. Alt-J Nabs U.K. No. 1 with 'This Is All Yours'

    September 29, 2014 6:44 AM EDT British band Alt-J converted their status as critical indie favorites into mainstream crossover by debuting at No. 1 yesterday (Sept. 28) with their  This Is All Yours  album (Infectious Music). Meanwhile, Jessie J’s collaboration with Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj , “Bang Bang” (Lava…

  16. It's a Three-Way Race for No. 1 on Billboard 200

    September 26, 2014 7:45 PM EDT Kenny Chesney, Barbra Streisand and Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga are battling for No. 1 Two days ago, on Sept. 24, it seemed like Kenny Chesney 's new The Big Revival album was likely heading for No. 1 on next week's Billboard 200 chart. But now, he's in a dead heat with…

  17. Babyface Left a Piano in Andy Samberg's New Office

    September 26, 2014 1:10 PM EDT Andy Samberg stopped by Late Night With Seth Meyers yesterday to talk about his longstanding comedy group The Lonely Island . They recently moved into a "mindblowingly awesome" new office in L.A., which also happens to be the former office of Babyface , the R&B triple-threat…

  18. Gridiron Grooves: Fans of Every NFL Team Reveal Their Favorite Artists

    September 26, 2014 8:00 AM EDT Football season is in full swing, and as always, music is playing a big part, blaring in stadiums to pump up home crowds (and keep the "Gangnam Style" horsey dance alive and well). To find out what each fan base was bumping, Billboard hit up Facebook's data crunchers, who…

  19. Exclusive: Taylor Swift Teams With Subway, Diet Coke For #MeetTaylor Promotion

    September 26, 2014 7:59 AM EDT Want to meet Taylor Swift on her next tour? Subway’s got you covered.   The world’s largest restaurant chain (42,741 locations globally) is teaming up with the best-selling pop star and Diet Coke for #MeetTaylor, a campaign that will give 31 fans a chance to win paid trips to meet Taylor…

  20. Tim McGraw's 'Sundown' Shines at No. 1 on Top Country Albums

    September 25, 2014 4:21 PM EDT Tim McGraw fortifies his No. 2 standing on the list of artists with the most Nielsen SoundScan-era No. 1s on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart, as he collects his 15th leader with Sundown Heaven Town . The new set arrives with 71,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. McGraw is…

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