The NFL is making headlines this week for supposed pay-to-play negotiations with finalists for the 2015 Super Bowl halftime show, reported to involve Katy Perry, Coldplay and Rihanna. Ongoing negotiations notwithstanding, at least one veteran TV producer is questioning the halftime show's overall value to artists.
The new Billboard cover story uncovers several details about Diplo's part in new Madonna music on her anxiously awaited follow-up to 2012's 'MDNA.' Here are five details we learned about the high-power collaboration.
Ariana Grande earns her first No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart, as "Break Free," featuring Zedd, flies to the top (3-1). It's also the first No. 1 for Zedd, who reached No. 2 with his smashes "Clarity" and "Stay the Night."
Backstage at KCON 2014, K-pop girl group SPICA played "How Well Do You Know Your Band Mates?," in which Boa, Jiwon, Narae, Juyhun and Bohyung were quizzed on each other's ideal types, favorite songs and must-have beauty products.
Summer Sonic, the biggest music festival in Japan devoted to international repertoire, was held Aug. 16 and 17 simultaneously in Tokyo and Osaka. The event has recently seen industry-leading headliners like Beyonce, Rihanna, Jay Z and Red Hot Chili Peppers, and this year the Arctic Monkeys, Robert Plant and Queen with Adam Lambert hit the stage.
Luke Bryan's "Roller Coaster" rode in at No. 1 on the Billboard + Twitter Trending 140 chart on Aug. 18, thanks to a timely tweet from the country star. Bryan shared the lyrics to the track that day, causing the song to immediately jump to the top of the tally.
After some rumors began floating around that Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon would be divorcing in the next several weeks, Cannon himself confirmed that things are not great right now in his personal life. "There is trouble in paradise…we have been living in separate houses for a few months," Cannon told The Insider. "...My main focus is my kids.”
"Trigger-happy policing": That line from Marvin Gaye's 1971 hit "Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)" still speaks volumes -- especially in the wake of the ongoing racial tension in Ferguson, Mo. And John Legend also silently spoke volumes Wednesday night when he stood onstage at the Hollywood Bowl in white slacks and jacket accessorized by a black T-shirt emblazoned with two words in white: "Don't Shoot."