1. 40 Under 40: Music's Young Power Players

    September 12, 2014 8:00 AM EDT They’re young, they’re innovative, they’re disruptive. From monetizing bite-sized streams to selling out massive stadiums, these are the progressive leaders reshaping the music industry. The honorees on Billboard’s annual 40 Under 40 Power Players list were chosen by Billboard editors from…

  2. CMA Noms Lift Miranda Lambert's 'Platinum' Back to No. 1

    September 11, 2014 5:45 PM EDT The set scores a sixth week at No. 1 on Top Country Albums. Plus, moves for Garth Brooks, Kenny Chesney and Frank Foster. Leading all acts with nine nominations for the 2014 CMA Awards (announced Sept. 3), Miranda Lambert flies 7-1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart with Platinum .…

  3. Musicians Remember 9/11 on Social Media

    September 11, 2014 2:28 PM EDT Many musicians documented the the anniversary of  9/11 on Twitter today, offering prayers and support for the families of attack victims. Taylor Swift remembered her visit to the 9/11 memorial, and Snoop Dogg encouraged people to help "someone else 2day." See more tweets below:  …

  4. Godsmack Premieres Exclusive Behind the Scenes Rockstar Energy Uproar Festival Video Tour Diary

    September 11, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Also, drummer Shannon Larkin shares an exclusive tour diary entry The members of Godsmack are Ozzfest veterans, so they definitely know how to have a good time on tour. Billboard has some video evidence. Currently on the Rockstar Energy Uproar tour, Godsmack has been filming video diaries,…

  5. Pop Shop Podcast: U2 Returns, Nick & Knight Interview, Meghan Trainor Hits No. 1 & More

    September 11, 2014 10:56 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.…

  6. 9/11 Concert Tributes: Nine Unforgettable Performances

    September 11, 2014 10:48 AM EDT In the days and weeks following the World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, many Americans turned to music to soothe, pacify, heal, rouse and distract. It was a time when people were faced with unprecedented surges of emotion and looked, in part, to songwriters to help…

  7. The Pfeiffer Twins on Their Eclectic Influences & Making Music From Tragedy

    September 10, 2014 5:51 PM EDT To say that The Pfeiffer Twins took their time on their debut disc, Nobody's Puppet, would be an understatement. According to Carrie, doing it all themselves meant they had no choice but to go slow. "It took us a little under three years from start to finish," she tells…

  8. Nas Finishes Final Def Jam Album

    September 10, 2014 2:15 PM EDT Nas is taking advantage of his last year signed to Def Jam Recordings by releasing one last album under the major record label. "Finished up my new album/ Single about to be dropping/ Last album on Def Jam and I got so many options," the rapper spits on the remix to ScHoolboy Q &…

  9. Meghan Trainor Tops Hot 100 With 'All About That Bass'

    September 10, 2014 1:31 PM EDT The pop newcomer's debut hit dethrones Taylor Swift's 'Shake It Off' after two weeks on top. It's all about Meghan Trainor on this week's Billboard Hot 100 , as her debut hit "All About That Bass" crowns the tally with a 2-1 climb. The positive-body…

  10. Neil Finn On Songwriters' Struggle, Learning to Dance & Miley Cyrus' Brand of Feminism

    September 10, 2014 5:47 AM EDT Submit to the struggle, to existential crisis. And make sure to put in the hours. Those are some of Neil Finn’s tips for tackling the songwriting process. Finn shared sound advice and took his standing-room audience on a trip through his earliest musical years during a keynote conversation…

  11. Jordan Knight Talks 'Nick & Knight,' Stress & the Pursuit of Creative Freedom

    September 10, 2014 12:41 AM EDT Jordan Knight says being in a duo with fellow boy band veteran Nick Carter is less stressful than being part of New Kids on the Block . "When you're in a really big group like New Kids or Backstreet Boys , you kind of feel the pressure of having to do stuff, music, whatever it is…

  12. U2's 'Songs of Innocence' & 12 Other Unexpected Album Releases

    September 09, 2014 5:35 PM EDT From David Bowie to Beyonce, see who else dropped LPs without a ton of warning. Over the past half-decade, artists have dropped full-lengths with zero, or very little, advance notice, shocking their fans and setting forth some unexpected listening delights. Check out 11 instances of…

  13. Garth Brooks' 'People' Debuts In Country Airplay Chart's Top 20

    September 09, 2014 1:05 PM EDT The star returns with 'People Loving People,' which soars in at No. 19 Garth Brooks surges back onto Billboard 's Country Airplay chart, as "People Loving People," his first proper radio single in six years, debuts at No. 19. The country/rock track, which starts…

  14. Rewinding The Charts: 25 Years Ago, New Kids On The Block Were 'Hangin' ' At No. 1

    September 09, 2014 11:05 AM EDT The Boston boy band topped the Billboard 200 and Hot 100 with its breakthrough album and the set's title cut, respectively In every era of pop music, boy bands have elicited irrepressible shrieks from adoring female fans. In the '60s, it was the Beatles. In the '70s, the…

  15. Lights Single Premiere: Listen to ‘Running With the Boys’

    September 09, 2014 10:55 AM EDT The Canadian star explains why her latest single is one of her favorite tracks on her new album. Lights , the 27-year-old electro-pop artist, is readying her third studio album, Little Machines , for a Sept. 23 release on Warner Bros. Records, and is following the buoyant lead single…

  16. Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, Eminem & Rihanna: The Top 10 Most Popular Ice Bucket Challenges

    September 09, 2014 3:10 AM EDT Also: Dave Grohl, Selena Gomez, Dr. Dre, Carrie Underwood, Jimmy Fallon & The Roots, Miley Cyrus and Justin Timberlake Since the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge started in July, too many celebrities to count have participated. In all, the viral sensation helped raise more than $100 million to…

  17. LouFest 2014: OutKast Has Ferguson Moment, Arctic Monkeys & Portugal. The Man Rock

    September 08, 2014 11:05 PM EDT Forest Park in St. Louis dropped its traditional role as quiet urban oasis over the weekend to host the fifth-ever LouFest, where OutKast , Arctic Monkeys , Future Islands and other staples of this winding-down festival season gave record crowds a reason to dance, sweat and just basically…

  18. Jason D. Williams Talks 'Hillbillies and Holy Rollers' Album & Vaudeville Inspiration

    September 08, 2014 8:36 PM EDT Jason D. Williams -- the rockabilly sensation who has been dazzling crowds live for three decades -- is back with brand-new music. Williams returns with his latest disc, Hillbillies and Holy Rollers , which was recorded at the historic studio address of 706 Union Ave. in Memphis. What enters…

  19. Loretta Lynn Reflects on Religious Roots Ahead of Her Gospel Music Festival

    September 08, 2014 6:42 PM EDT This weekend at Loretta Lynn 's ranch in Hurricane Mills, TN, the legendary vocalist will host the Loretta Lynn Gospel Music Festival with a lineup that includes Grammy winner Jason Crabb, Gospel Music Hall of Fame members The Hoppers, Karen Peck & New River, The Booth Brothers,…

  20. Who Does Taylor Swift Have 'Bad Blood' With? Five Guesses

    September 08, 2014 4:59 PM EDT The Taylor Swift Lyric Guessing Game can officially begin. The country pop superstar covers the new issue of Rolling Stone, and in the long profile -- which you can read in full online -- Swift announces that while there won’t be many calling-out-the-boys tracks on her upcoming…

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