1. Nick Cave Explains the Truth Behind His Staged Documentary '20,000 Days on Earth'

    September 23, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Depending on your appetite for the impossible, psychoanalyzing Nick Cave is either a nightmare or the Holy Grail. And although that's hardly the aim behind Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard's 20,000 Days on Earth  -- a partly staged documentary about Cave that's named after one…

  2. Exclusive: Bette Midler Announces 'It's The Girls,' Her First Album Since 2006

    September 23, 2014 10:17 AM EDT For her first studio album in eight years, Bette Midler is revisiting some of the vocalists who shaped her the most -- girl groups -- on It’s The Girls , due Nov. 4 via Warner Bros. Records (Nov. 17 in the UK via East West Records/Warner Music UK.) The album spans seven decades of famous…

  3. Kendrick Lamar Releases New Song 'I': Listen

    September 23, 2014 8:13 AM EDT Close two years after the release of his major label debut, good kid, m.A.A.d. city , Kendrick Lamar returns with his new single, "i." The rapper’s  first single, produced by Rahki, features the TDE rapper proclaiming self love. "I've been through a whole lot/ Trials and…

  4. 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…

  5. Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga's 'Cheek to Cheek': Track-by-Track Album Review

    September 22, 2014 4:34 PM EDT After years of running from normalcy as fast as her stiletto-clad feet would carry her, Lady Gaga is pulling a Rod Stewart and digging into the Great American Songbook. It just might save her career. This most mainstream of musical moves follows a difficult couple of years for pop’s chief…

  6. '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 .…

  7. Education By Dre (And Iovine, Too): Music Biz Philanthropists Help Schools Rise Up

    September 22, 2014 1:40 PM EDT A look at the many exec-driven programs at the country's top institutions. The late afternoon sun beams into the top floor of a building at the center of the University of Southern California campus as more than 30 excited college freshmen and their parents gather with school officials…

  8. Meghan Trainor: ‘I Don’t Consider Myself a Feminist’

    September 22, 2014 1:10 PM EDT How Meghan Trainor, an “insecure, straight-up tomboy,” took her self-acceptance message to No. 1 Nestled on the northwest coast of Nantucket Island is an unassuming boutique named Jewel of the Isle that has been experiencing a business boom of late. Owners Gary and Kelli Trainor's…

  9. Corner Office: Island Records President David Massey on His Hot Streak of Hits, Betting on Shawn Mendes

    September 22, 2014 10:24 AM EDT The label exec on his hot streak of hits (Iggy Azalea, Kiesza), learning from his mom and betting on Shawn Mendes. The history of the music industry may yet be written by David Massey , 56, who has filled 35 volumes of his diaries with experiences that go back to swinging London. In 1962…

  10. Watch: G-Eazy on 'Bugging Out' Over His Success and His 'Nuts' Upcoming Tour at iHeartRadio Fest

    September 20, 2014 8:04 PM EDT G-Eazy named his debut album These Things Happen and these days that really is the case for the 25-year-old Oakland rapper. And he confessed to Billboard backstage at the 2014 iHeartRadio Music Festival that "the high school me is bugging out right now." In fact, the appearance at…

  11. One Direction's 'Four' Offers Fans a 'Window' Into The Group

    September 20, 2014 7:00 PM EDT Much to the delight of Directioners everywhere, One Direction unexpectedly announced the release of their fourth album, aptly titled Four , earlier this month. It's set to hit retailers on Nov. 17, just in time for the holiday season. It's a "window into how they&…

  12. Green Day's 'American Idiot' Turns 10: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    September 20, 2014 10:00 AM EDT For Green Day , George W. Bush's administration wasn't much fun, but it did inspire a career revival most acts would (metaphorically) kill for. 2000's Warning was the punk band's most disappointing effort (both critically and commercially) since breaking…

  13. iHeartRadio Fest Friday Highlights: Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj Grab Guests, J-Law Watches Coldplay

    September 20, 2014 6:11 AM EDT The hottest names in popular music once again came together for the iHeartRadio Music Festival , a spectacle that continues to create must-discuss moments in its fourth year. From rising rock artists like Bastille to hip-hop pros like Nicki Minaj , from Coldplay 's stage return to…

  14. After Hitting Bottom, Scott Storch Is Taking Another Shot at the Top

    September 19, 2014 6:20 PM EDT Ten years ago, the hip-hop producer had one of the hottest streaks in music history. Then he acquired an epic cocaine habit and bankrupted himself. Now he’s mounting a modest comeback using the one resource he never completely squandered: Chutzpah. On a scorching Wednesday in August in…

  15. Why the Replacements Went Home to Minneapolis After 23 Years

    September 19, 2014 5:19 PM EDT When the front desk person at the Marriott hotel in downtown Minneapolis asked, "What brings you to town?," I would have won instant acceptance, or at least comprehension, if I had answered "a secret Prince concert." Or better yet: "The Vikings game. Hurts about…

  16. 'Love & Mercy' Stars John Cusack & Paul Dano on How They Became Brian Wilson

    September 19, 2014 4:50 PM EDT The film about the Beach Boys mastermind premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. It wasn't just the script that got actors John Cusack and Paul Dano excited about playing Beach Boys singer-songwriter Brian Wilson in director Bill Pohlad 's new film, Love & Mercy …

  17. Chris Brown's Highs & Lows: Top 10 Career Moments

    September 19, 2014 3:25 PM EDT Since his self-titled debut album almost 10 years ago, Chris Brown has crested mountains, but he's also dipped into the deepest valleys. The last year has been tough for the 25-year old, culminating in a jail stint earlier this summer. However, the talented singer-songwriter never…

  18. U2: When Art Becomes the Ad (Guest Column)

    September 19, 2014 3:23 PM EDT 'They might as well be selling Buicks,' writes the host of KCSN's morning show. U2 has always been about messages. In the band's early days in Dublin, beginning with the 1980 album Boy and its hit single "I Will Follow," they openly addressed Bono and the Edge…

  19. Billboard Cover: Jason Aldean on the Curse of Nashville, 'Baby-Making Music' and Dealing With Tabloid Scandals

    September 19, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Let's get one thing clear: Jason Aldean is not your bro. "This whole bro-country thing, whoever coined that ridiculous phrase, it's about beer or trucks or whatever," says the 37-year-old singer, agitation creeping into his otherwise laconic Georgia accent as he gets…

  20. Morning Roundup: 11 Things to Start Your Day

    September 19, 2014 8:24 AM EDT Leonard Cohen’s Birthday Present:  The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Leonard Cohen was full of good cheer  as he spoke about  his upcoming album  Popular Problems . The release of the new album isn’t the only big thing happening next week for Cohen: he also turns 80, and he’s planning to take…

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