1. Neil Diamond Goes Back to High School for First-Ever Brooklyn Show: Review

    September 30, 2014 3:02 AM EDT After more than 50 years in the business, with over 100 million albums sold and a slew of hits that are heard everywhere from bars to weddings to ballparks, Neil Diamond decided it was finally time to play a concert in his native Brooklyn. And rather than perform at one of the borough'…

  2. Chart Highlights: Taylor Swift Tops Adult Pop Songs, Sam Smith Rules Adult R&B

    September 29, 2014 7:45 PM EDT 'Shake It Off' ties a record, while 'Stay With Me' conquers yet another format. Plus, new No. 1s for Milky Chance, Cole Swindell and more. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers…

  3. Vaporwave ‘Ambassador’ Saint Pepsi Admits His Obsession With ‘Degrassi’ and Drake

    September 29, 2014 3:35 PM EDT Saint Pepsi has somewhat of a thing for Degrassi . Inspired by Drake 's stint as Wheelchair Jimmy on the teen soap and his subsequent (and highly successful) transition into music, the 21-year-old is facing a trying shift as well. Raised in Long Island, N.Y., Pepsi, whose real name is…

  4. 5 Questions with Steve Nieve, Elvis Costello's World-Class Sideman

    September 29, 2014 2:02 AM EDT There’s a case to be made for Steve Nieve as rock 'n' roll’s greatest keyboardist, at least as an accompanist. Ebony and ivory have lived together not just in perfect harmony but frenzied excitement as Nieve has been the dominant instrumental force in Elvis Costello’ s Attractions…

  5. 'Whiplash': J.K. Simmons, Damien Chazelle on Whether Torment Leads to Talent

    September 27, 2014 12:36 PM EDT "I was there to push people beyond what's expected of them," J.K. Simmons tells Miles Teller at one point in Whiplash , the film festival favorite that follows aspiring jazz drummer Andrew Neyman who is berated by his performing arts professor, Terence Fletcher. But even if…

  6. John Mellencamp: ‘Meg and I Never Really Break Up’

    September 26, 2014 2:39 PM EDT It's no surprise John Mellencamp -- who is known for his candor -- called his new album, released Sept. 23 on Republic, Plain Spoken . The rock'n'roots legend, who turns 63 on Oct. 7, continues to be an open book on everything from his new lifetime recording contract to an…

  7. Five Questions with BitTorrent's Chief Content Guy About Thom Yorke's Surprise Record

    September 26, 2014 1:41 PM EDT About two hours ago at the time of this writing, BitTorrent and Thom Yorke foisted a surprise upon us in the form of a new solo record,  Tomorrow's Modern Boxes (which has been downloaded 34,800 times in that period), from the ever-shimmying (in our minds, at least) musician. The…

  8. Brandy, 'Brandy' at 20: Classic Track-by-Track Review

    September 26, 2014 1:05 PM EDT In 1994, the biggest worry in Brandy 's small world was an unrequited crush. For those of us coming of age in the mid-'90s, life was similarly low-strung. Silly boys and stupid cliques ran our conscience. But these were things that were achingly tragic to a teenager. Four months…

  9. One Direction Fans Blast 'Daily Show' After 1D Terrorist Joke

    September 26, 2014 11:11 AM EDT Say this for  One Direction  fans: They're always ready to defend those guys -- maybe even when they don't really need to. On Tuesday night's  Daily Show , Jon Stewart aired a segment about the United States' escalating conflict against ISIS and how people are going…

  10. Billboard Cover: Andre 3000 Talks Playing Jimi Hendrix, His Seven-Year Disappearing Act and Outkast’s Future

    September 26, 2014 9:00 AM EDT André Benjamin is stressed. "I am, I really am," he says. Benjamin -- André 3000 to the fans who idolize him as the visionary half of Outkast , Atlanta’s hugely influential, recently reunited hip-hop duo -- is sitting at a glass conference table at Milk Studios in Hollywood,…

  11. Sting to Perform with No Doubt at Global Citizen Festival

    September 25, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Sting will join No Doubt for a special collaboration at the Global Citizen Festival, which returns to the Great Lawn in New York's Central Park on Sept. 27. Details on the “must see” performance remain under tight wraps, though celebrated live event and television producer Ken Ehrlich…

  12. Tanya Tagaq Beats Arcade Fire, Drake to Win Canada's Polaris Music Prize

    September 23, 2014 2:40 AM EDT Inuk throat singer Tanya Tagaq’s album Animism  (Six Shooter Records) was named Canadian album of the year at the Polaris Music Awards Monday night (Sept. 22) in Toronto, beating out albums by Arcade Fire , Drake , Owen Pallett and six others. She collected the top honor having just…

  13. Those Nude Liam Payne Photos Aren't of Liam, Not That There's Anything Wrong With That

    September 22, 2014 3:48 PM EDT Oh, Liam Payne, never stop tweeting. The One Direction star found himself in the headlines over the weekend -- and not just for the group's awesome iHeartRadio performance . There were naked photos floating around of someone reported to be Payne in bed with another dude. When fans…

  14. Rob Zombie on His Haunted Houses & How They Inspired His New Film

    September 22, 2014 3:01 PM EDT Sitting in an air-conditioned trailer near his sweltering trio of haunted houses -- part of his Great American Nightmare show, which recently set up shop in Scottsdale, Ariz. -- Rob Zombie is frank when he talks about his fears. Zombie shivers when he thinks of one exhibit, The Lords of…

  15. '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 .…

  16. 'I Feel a Little Weird About It': What 2014's Polaris Prize Short-Listers Think About the Voting Process

    September 22, 2014 1:03 PM EDT “They can just listen to the same thing we’ve listened to a bunch of times and they’ll probably hate it just as much.” Billboard told each artist about Polaris’ grand jury duty -- then asked: How does it make you feel knowing that, behind closed doors, while the gala is happening, that the…

  17. Drake vs. Mac DeMarco? An Inside Look at How the Winner of the Polaris Prize Is Named

    September 22, 2014 1:01 PM EDT Behind the unique, alcohol-fueled (and potentially violent) debate that determines the annual prize for Canada's top album. The Polaris Prize will be announced this evening, with our sister to the north's top album being named after what is, apparently, a unique system for…

  18. Exclusive Song Premiere: Listen to Bush's 'Man on the Run'

    September 22, 2014 11:43 AM EDT Gene Simmons may say rock is dead, but Gavin Rossdale is hoping to prove otherwise with Bush 's new album, Man on the Run , which comes out Oct. 21. "I wanted to make a really interesting rock record," Rossdale tells Billboard. "Rock is in this weird shadow and…

  19. Sir Mix-a-Lot: 'I Love' Nicki Minaj's 'Anaconda'

    September 22, 2014 10:52 AM EDT Hits sometimes have unintended consequences: Nicki Minaj 's "Anaconda" is No. 3 on the Hot 100 , and because that song samples Sir Mix-a-Lot 's "Baby Got Back," Mix-a-Lot is enjoying a level of attention he probably hasn't received since the 1990s. Mr. Mix…

  20. Producer MeLo-X Gives Inside Look at Beyonce & Jay Z's On the Run Tour

    September 20, 2014 4:20 PM EDT Not many have what it takes to impress Beyonce and Jay Z, except if you're MeLo-X . The Brooklyn-based multimedia artist was called to produce the music featured in the interlude visual sections played throughout Beyoncé and Jay Z’s On the Run tour. Beyonce was drawn to MeLo’s…

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