1. 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…

  2. Private Jet? No Problem. VIP Packages for Superfans Are Big Business for Tours & Festivals

    September 29, 2014 2:54 PM EDT Since the live event business rebounded in 2010, VIP programs, which offer seats closer to the stage, meet-and-greets with the artist and, in one extreme case, a private jet to the festival grounds (see story, below), increasingly have become big business. “We’re at a point where most tours…

  3. Corner Office: Andre Harrell, Vice Chairman of Revolt, on Working for Diddy and Discovering Robin Thicke

    September 29, 2014 10:01 AM EDT The former head of Motown on working for Diddy, discovering Robin Thicke and trading records for the tough terrain of cable TV. When Andre Harrell first met Sean Combs , the future Puff Daddy was but a wide-eyed intern at Uptown Records, the urban label Bronx native Harrell, 54, founded in…

  4. Original Stars of Broadway’s ‘Chicago’ to Reunite

    September 28, 2014 11:14 PM EDT Look closely and you'll see some familiar faces at the Nov. 23 performance of Chicago . Original stars Ann Reinking, Bebe Neuwirth, James Naughton and Joel Grey will be making cameos that night to celebrate the show becoming the second longest-running show in Broadway history. Carole…

  5. Bryan Adams, 'Tracks of My Years': Exclusive Album Premiere

    September 26, 2014 4:48 PM EDT Listen to Adams' first studio album in more than six years. Bryan Adams is the man behind classic songs like "Summer of '69" and "Heaven," and on his next album -- exclusively premiering on Billboard -- he's taking other artists' classics and making…

  6. The Beatles' Abbey Road Turns 45: Classic Track-By-Track Review

    September 26, 2014 2:45 PM EDT On Sept. 26, 1969, 45 years ago today, the Beatles ' Abbey Road entered the world and closed the recording career of rock's most celebrated band. The existence of Abbey Road is practically a miracle -- when the Beatles emerged from the Let It Be sessions, the group was fraught…

  7. Adult Swim's 'Squidbillies' Is Back: Hear Dwight Yoakam Sing the Theme Song

    September 25, 2014 1:25 PM EDT The show Squidbillies has returned for its eighth season, and several famous singers -- known for their work in different genres -- will cover the theme song. Check out a clip below where country-singer Dwight Yoakam tackles the track. Yoakam, whose first three albums all hit the No. 1 spot…

  8. Would Drake Work on Music With LeBron James?

    September 25, 2014 11:54 AM EDT We all know how much Drake wants to be BFFs with his favorite athletes, so this one shouldn’t come as a surprise -- he’s down to work with LeBron James . A TMZ reporter caught up with Drizzy on Sept. 23 as he left the Los Angeles premiere of Survivor's Remorse , a new television show…

  9. T.I. ft. Iggy Azalea, 'No Mediocre (Grandtheft Remix)': Exclusive Premiere

    September 24, 2014 7:06 PM EDT Grandtheft lives up to his newest remix’s name. After all, mediocre talents rarely catch the ear of Diplo , who signed the Toronto DJ/producer to his eclectic Mad Decent imprint last year and joined forces with him on a bumping remix of Calvin Harris ’ “Summer.” Grandtheft’s studio skills…

  10. Must-Hear Music Podcast: Kendrick Lamar, Jessie J, Britney Demos, Azealia Banks & More

    September 24, 2014 2:00 PM EDT This week's Must-Hear Music podcast kicks off with a detailed dissection of Kendrick Lamar's "i," the first full taste of his sophomore album. While everyone ( Jason Lipshutz , Erika Ramirez  and Joe Lynch ) agrees it was far from what we expected, the Billboard staff…

  11. Agent Nick Storch Joins Artist Group International

    September 24, 2014 1:51 PM EDT Respected rock/pop agent Nick Storch has followed  Marsha Vlasic to Artist Group International. Storch began his career at Face The Music Touring, then moved to the Agency Group, prior to his five-year tenure at ICM Partners. Marsha Vlasic, Agent to Neil Young, Muse & More, Leaving ICM…

  12. Barbra Streisand Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200, Chris Brown at No. 2

    September 24, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Tim McGraw, George Strait and Train all notch Top 5 debuts as well. As reported yesterday , Barbra Streisand earns her 10th No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart with the debut of Partners . The all-star collaborations set sold 196,000 copies in the week ending Sept. 21, according to…

  13. Patti Labelle’s Team Wins Cadet-Beating Lawsuit

    September 23, 2014 10:11 PM EDT A former West Point cadet has lost his multimillion-dollar lawsuit against staff members for R&B singer Patti LaBelle over a beating received while waiting outside a Houston airport terminal for a ride home. Patti LaBelle Had Bodyguard Beat Cadet, Attorney Says The federal jury in…

  14. Dr. Dre Destroys Forbes' Hip-Hop Cash Kings List -- Who Joins Him?

    September 23, 2014 5:26 PM EDT Who makes the most money in hip-hop? It's a fraught question, and one that comes up frequently in rap lyrics -- Drake , for example, raps in his song "5 AM in Toronto," "I made the Forbes list, n---a/F--- your list, everything's lookin' gorgeous." Today,…

  15. Last Waltz: An Elegy for the iPod Classic

    September 23, 2014 3:54 PM EDT Across twenty-three thousand songs, one muso's dying refrain. Recent news about Apple discontinuing the iPod Classic was cause for some mild nostalgia among longtime users. Inevitably, massive music storage devices like the Classic (which held about 160 GB) were outmoded by the…

  16. Bob Dylan Named MusiCares Person of the Year

    September 23, 2014 12:29 PM EDT Bob Dylan has been chosen as the 2015 MusiCares Person of the Year by the Recording Academy. The Grammy winner will be honored at the 25th annual benefit gala dinner and concert, set to be held Friday, Feb. 6, two days before the Grammy Awards. More MusiCares Sober Ozzy Osbourne Honored By…

  17. Morning Roundup: Taylor Swift's '1989' Party, the Fate of Beats & 8 Other Stories

    September 23, 2014 10:30 AM EDT The Fate of Beats: TechCrunch is reporting that Apple will be shutting down the Beats Music streaming service it purchased in tandem with its namesake headphones manufacturer for $3 billion. Representatives from Apple said the new was "simply not true." Either way, Dr. Dre' s…

  18. Chart Highlights: Meghan Trainor Tops Pop Songs With 'All About That Bass'

    September 22, 2014 5:15 PM EDT Her debut smash is the chart's record-tying fifth consecutive leader by a rookie act. Plus, new No. 1s for Iggy Azalea, Trey Songz, Tito 'El Bambino' & more. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top…

  19. The Country Rebel-Meter: From Mild (Blake Shelton!) to Wild (Yes, You, Jason Aldean)

    September 22, 2014 3:53 PM EDT For decades, country music has been defined by two opposite camps. On one side, there's a wholesome, clean-cut crew that toe the Nashville line. On the other end of the spectrum, there's an edgier group that sees themselves as outsiders rebelling against a restrictive system. Both…

  20. XXL Bought by Townsquare, to End Print Edition Next Month

    September 22, 2014 2:27 PM EDT Townsquare Media, the media and entertainment company that operates 311 radio stations in 66 North American markets, has announced its acquisition of legacy hip-hop publication XXL , as well as men's magazine King and lifestyle website Antenna . Online, the company also owns music…

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