1. Why Did R&B Singer Jhene Aiko Roll Out Her New Album at a Pot Dispensary?

    September 29, 2014 1:22 PM EDT In the week her first full-length album, Souled Out , debuted, singer Jhene Aiko cooked up a novel idea for its rollout: She performed for a crowd of 80 at the popular -- and legal -- West Hollywood pot shop The Farmacy. Jhene Aiko, 'Souled Out': Track-by-Track Review Aiko…

  2. This Week in Billboard Chart History: Kelly Clarkson Enjoys a No. 1 'Moment'

    September 29, 2014 8:05 AM EDT This week in 2002, Clarkson notched the first Hot 100 leader by an 'American Idol' contestant. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Cher, Tony Bennett and Boyz II Men. Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history…

  3. Rewinding the Charts: 23 Years Ago, Garth Brooks Lassoed History

    September 28, 2014 9:05 AM EDT GARTH BROOKS MADE HISTORY ON SEPT. 28, 1991, when his third album, Ropin' the Wind , debuted atop the Billboard 200: the record became the first country title to bow at No. 1. It also dethroned Metallica's then-five-week-old eponymous album. (No small achievement: The latter…

  4. Tim McGraw's 'Sundown' Shines at No. 1 on Top Country Albums

    September 25, 2014 4:21 PM EDT Tim McGraw fortifies his No. 2 standing on the list of artists with the most Nielsen SoundScan-era No. 1s on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart, as he collects his 15th leader with Sundown Heaven Town . The new set arrives with 71,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. McGraw is…

  5. British Radio DJ Convicted of Indecent Assault

    September 23, 2014 3:24 PM EDT Veteran British radio DJ Dave Lee Travis was convicted Tuesday (Sept. 23) of indecent assault . The 69-year-old Travis, whose real name is David Griffin, was cleared on two other assault charges. Travis was a longtime DJ on BBC radio and host of TV music show Top of the Pops . He was…

  6. Album Review: Weezer’s ‘Everything Will Be Alright in the End’ Attempts Return to Peak Power-Pop Condition

    September 23, 2014 3:03 PM EDT Everything Will Be Alright in the End  may be  Weezer 's best album since 2002's Maladroit , but its competition within the band's catalog isn't exactly steep. Weezer Talks New Music at iHeartRadio Fest: 'We Wanted To Make a Very Deep Album' Instead of…

  7. Male Country Singers Search For Openings In a Crowded Field

    September 23, 2014 2:16 PM EDT Much has been written in the last year about the paucity of female voices on contemporary country radio. What's gone unspoken in that debate is the density it creates for the other gender. There are so many men in the field that establishing a unique brand is a major challenge. Nine of…

  8. The Replacements Will 'Likely' Make a Reunion Album

    September 23, 2014 1:08 PM EDT Paul Westerberg's failure to keep his vow to never reunite  The Replacements  is now complete. After caving in and gettin' the band back together for an EP, and then sticking around for numerous concerts, it looks like the reunited 'Mats are going one step further. According…

  9. 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…

  10. Watch Steven Spielberg's Niece Get Eliminated on 'The Voice' Israel

    September 22, 2014 5:42 AM EDT After garnering worldwide attention, aspiring singer Jessica “Jessy” Katz , niece of Academy Award-winning filmmaker Steven Spielberg , reached the end of her run on The Voice Israel . The 25-year old daughter of Playmount Productions president Nancy Spielberg-Katz was eliminated Sunday…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. Ryan Adams, Interpol, Fall Out Boy Return To Rock Charts

    September 19, 2014 11:30 AM EDT Adams lands his first Top Rock Albums No. 1, Interpol follows at No. 2 and Fall Out Boy blasts onto Hot Rock Songs. After a three-year hiatus, unusual for the typically hyper-productive Ryan Adams , the singer/songwriter's self-titled 14th solo album in 14 years marks his first No. 1…

  14. Exclusive: The Grateful Dead Ink Publishing Deal With Universal

    September 19, 2014 6:00 AM EDT How does a band mark a 50th anniversary as an event rather than a footnote? Universal Music Publishing Group thinks it has a plan to breathe new life into The Grateful Dead . Formed in 1965, the iconic psychedelic act toured up until a month before founder Jerry Garcia’s death in 1995, and…

  15. Guided by Voices Break Up (Again, But for Real), Cancel Tour Dates

    September 18, 2014 5:32 PM EDT Longstanding indie rockers Guided by Voices have broken up. The Dayton, Ohio, five-piece band posted the news to their website  on Thursday (Sept. 18) and canceled a run of tour dates scheduled to start Sept. 26 at Portland, Ore.'s Crystal Ballroom and to finish Nov. 29 at Detroit'…

  16. Elvis Presley History Celebrated at Tennessee's Bone Appetit Benefit

    September 16, 2014 5:36 PM EDT This weekend marks the Second Annual Bone Appetit -- an event that benefits Downtown Dogs Group, a no-kill animal rescue organization based in Jackson, Tenn. In addition to celebrating our furry friends, the event also features a lot of food and a lot of music. The event is catered by many of…

  17. Jay Z Wants Lawsuit Over Alleged One-Syllable Sample Run Out of Town

    September 16, 2014 1:18 PM EDT Jay Z and Rihanna 's hit song "Run This Town" is in the news again, but this time it doesn't involve Rihanna saying "f-ck you" to a major TV network . As the singer unleashes her fury to CBS for pulling the song from last week's Thursday Night Football, her…

  18. This Week In Billboard Chart History: Madonna's 'Music' Tops Hot 100

    September 15, 2014 8:05 AM EDT This week in 2000, the Material Girl scored her 12th, and most recent, No. 1. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Adele, Katy Perry and Michael Jackson Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history Sept. 15, 1990…

  19. 'Eden' Circles Daft Punk's Success in New Film About Struggle in the 1990s French Touch Scene

    September 14, 2014 6:54 PM EDT Daft Punk figures prominently in the French film Eden , but if it were about the French robot duo it would probably be a much happier tale.  Instead, the story which captures the burgeoning French touch/French house movement of the 1990s, centers around a DJ named Paul and his 20-year…

  20. Ask Billboard: It's All About Women In The Hot 100's Top Five

    September 12, 2014 6:30 PM EDT Women control the chart's top five this week, led by Meghan Trainor's 'All About That Bass.' How uncommon is a top-five male lockout? As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include…

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