1. Exclusive: Lyor Cohen's 300 Unveils New Direction, Content, Artists

    October 21, 2014 10:00 AM EDT When a tombstone appeared on the Twitter feed and website of Lyor Cohen 's 300 Entertainment , along with the words "R.I.P." and "He is not busy being born / is busy dying" and the hashtag #ItsANewDay -- all dropping the same day as the launch of MADE Music --…

  2. Ella Henderson Opens at the Top in U.K. with 'Chapter One'

    October 20, 2014 5:24 AM EDT Ella Henderson , who finished sixth in the ninth series of The X Factor in 2012, made a triumphant start to her album career in the U.K. yesterday (Oct. 19), opening at No. 1 with her debut set Chapter One (Syco Music/Sony Music). Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass” (Epic/Sony) started a…

  3. 21 Under 21 (2014): Music's Hottest Young Stars

    September 24, 2014 2:33 PM EDT What’s it like to become a music star with millions of fans before being able to legally order a beer to celebrate those achievements? These 21 artists know the feeling. Welcome to Billboard.com’s 2014 edition of 21 Under 21, our annual ranking of music’s most powerful minors, and perhaps…

  4. Does Ellie Goulding Have Royal Baby Fever?

    September 13, 2014 6:39 PM EDT Ellie Goulding's next gig just might turn into a royal affair. Just days after Prince William and Kate Middleton announced they are going to be parents again, Goulding opened up about the news. "I sent my congratulations already because I'm friends with Harry," she told Us…

  5. One Direction & The Vamps: Real-Time Twitter Chart Rewind Ep. 15

    September 12, 2014 12:30 PM EDT Welcome to Billboard's weekly video show "Real-Time Rewind," which recaps the past week's hottest action on the new Billboard Real-Time Twitter Charts -- Trending 140 and Emerging Artists -- and the news that's driving the action. Hosted by Billboard's Joe Levy,…

  6. Michael Jackson Immortal Tour Wraps With Eighth-Best Gross of All Time

    September 11, 2014 5:56 PM EDT Cirque du Soleil's Michael Jackson the Immortal World Tour has wrapped after its three-year run, earning the No. 8 slot on the list of the top-grossing tours of all time with $360 million, based on Billboard Boxscore. The tour played its final performance on Aug. 31 in Guadalajara,…

  7. 21. Unlocking the Truth: 21 Under 21 (2014)

    September 11, 2014 12:54 PM EDT Under 21 Main Page Birthdates: Malcolm Brickhouse: Jan. 19, 2001 (Age: 13); Alec Atkins: March 1, 2001 (Age: 13) and Jarad Dawkins: Dec. 20, 2001 (Age: 12) Last Year's Rank: N/A Why They're Hot: Not many New York street performers go from busking in Times Square to rocking the…

  8. 20. The Vamps: 21 Under 21 (2014)

    September 11, 2014 12:53 PM EDT Under 21 Main Page Birthdates: Brad Simpson: July 28, 1995 (Age: 19), James McVey: April 30, 1994 (Age: 20); Connor Ball: March 15, 1996 (Age: 18); Tristan Evans: Aug. 15, 1994 (Age: 20) Last Year's Rank: N/A Why They're Hot: After signing to Mercury Records in November 2012,…

  9. 19. Akdong Musician: 21 Under 21 (2014)

    September 11, 2014 12:52 PM EDT Under 21 Main Page Birthdates: Lee Chan-hyuk: Sept. 12, 1996 (Age: 18); Lee Soo-hyun: May 4, 1999 (Age: 15) Last Year's Rank: N/A Why They're Hot: A year after winning Korea's American Idol -esque competition K-pop Star 2 , brother-sister duo Akdong Musician hit the scene…

  10. 18. Rae Sremmurd: 21 Under 21 (2014)

    September 11, 2014 12:51 PM EDT Under 21 Main Page Birthdates: Khalif “Swae Lee” Khalif: June 7, 1995 (Age: 19); Aaquil “Slim” Brown: Dec. 29, 1993 (Age: 20) Last year's rank: N/A Why They're Hot: Rae Sremmurd , composed of brothers Khalif "Swae Lee" Khalif and Aaquil "Slim" Brown, took…

  11. 16. Scotty McCreery : 21 Under 21 (2014)

    September 11, 2014 12:48 PM EDT Under 21 Main Page Birthdate: Oct. 9, 1993 (Age: 20) Last Year's Rank: 8 Why He's Hot: Scotty McCreery has come a long way since winning season 10 of American Idol . The past year has seen the North Carolina native continue to grow his career. "See You Tonight" became…

  12. 15. Bobby Shmurda: 21 Under 21 (2014)

    September 11, 2014 12:47 PM EDT Under 21 Main Page Birthdate: April 1, 1994 (Age: 20) Last Year's Rank: N/A Why He's Hot: Bobby Shmurda took 2014 by storm. His viral hit, "Hot Ni--a," spawned countless Vine videos and memes in which people perform his signature Shmoney dance. The dance craze has…

  13. 14. Madeon: 21 Under 21 (2014)

    September 11, 2014 12:46 PM EDT Under 21 Main Page Birthdate: May 30, 1994 (Age: 20) Last Year's Rank: N/A Why He's Hot: After catapulting onto the dance scene in 2011 with his viral "Pop Culture" video and standout remix of Deadmau5 's "Raise Your Weapon," Madeon (real name Hugo…

  14. 13. Cody Simpson: 21 Under 21 (2014)

    September 11, 2014 12:45 PM EDT Under 21 Main Page Birthdate: Jan. 11, 1997 (Age: 17) Last Year's Rank: 9 Why He's Hot: This is Simpson 's fourth consecutive year on Billboard's 21 Under 21 list, and it doesn't seem like he's disappearing anytime soon. The Scooter Braun client followed up…

  15. 12. Meghan Trainor: 21 Under 21 (2014)

    September 11, 2014 12:44 PM EDT Under 21 Main Page Birthdate: Dec. 22, 1993 (Age: 20) Last Year's Rank: N/A Why She's Hot: People speak of "surprise hits" all too glibly these days, but Meghan Trainor 's "All About That Bass" is truly a left-field success story. Who would have…

  16. 11. Luis Coronel: 21 Under 21 (2014)

    September 11, 2014 12:41 PM EDT Under 21 Main Page Birthdate: Feb. 3, 1996 (Age: 18) Last Year's Rank: N/A Why He's Hot:   Luis Coronel hadn't even finished high school before he was trending on social media and showing up on the Billboard charts in 2013. One year later, the regional Mexican singer with…

  17. 10. Chief Keef: 21 Under 21 (2014)

    September 11, 2014 12:39 PM EDT Under 21 Main Page Birthdate: Aug. 15, 1995 (Age: 19) Last Year's Rank: 12 Why He's Hot: After Kanye West remixed his single "I Don't Like" in 2012, many wondered if Chief Keef was a one-hit wonder. But the Chicago rapper (real name Keith Cozart) has proved his…

  18. 9. Becky G: 21 Under 21 (2014)

    September 11, 2014 12:38 PM EDT Under 21 Main Page Birthdate: March 2, 1997 (Age: 17) Last Year's Rank: N/A Why She's Hot: Becky G (real name Rebbeca Marie Gomez) is on a serious roll. The L.A.-born singer, rapper, actress and CoverGirl model has continued to build momentum since her Dr. Luke-produced debut…

  19. 8. Shawn Mendes: 21 Under 21 (2014)

    September 11, 2014 12:37 PM EDT Under 21 Main Page Birthdate: Aug. 8, 1998 (Age: 16) Last Year's Rank: N/A Why He’s Hot: Who would have thought two years ago that the social app Vine would be responsible for finding young music talent? That’s exactly what is happening, as Shawn Mendes ' rocketing career…

  20. 7. Earl Sweatshirt: 21 Under 21 (2014)

    September 11, 2014 12:35 PM EDT Under 21 Main Page Birthdate: Feb. 24, 1994 (Age: 20) Last Year's Rank: 5 Why He's Hot: As Odd Future 's irreverent empire keeps humming along, so does the career of Earl Sweatshirt . Even as the promo cycle for 2013's Doris wound down, Earl managed to stay in the…

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