American Idol Winner Caleb Johnson

Billboard 200 Chart Moves: 'Idol' Hits New Low

On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart, the Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack held on to the No. 1 slot for a second week, selling 93,000 copies in the week ending Aug. 17, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Just two new arrivals hit the top 10, led by the Gaslight Anthem at No. 4 and Troye Sivan at No. 5.
Taylor Swift in New York August 2014

Taylor Swift Aiming For No. 1 On Hot 100 With 'Shake It Off'

Expect a major "shake"-up atop the Billboard Hot 100 chart next week, as Taylor Swift appears headed for a No. 1 debut with her new single, "Shake It Off." Based on expected massive first-week sales, airplay and streaming, the song looks likely to open atop the ranking.
Fans in the rain at 2014 Lollapalooza

Man Charged in Lollapalooza Biting Attack

A 33-year-old man is accused of biting two men in a seemingly random attack as the Arctic Monkeys performed at Chicago's Lollapalooza music festival.
Pop Art by Robert Christgau: Get On Up

Robert Christgau on 'Get On Up': Putting James Browns' Music First

In his 2006 Rolling Stone profile "Being James Brown," the great lost rock critic Jonathan Lethem made sense of the Hardest Working Man in Show Business, the Minister of Super Heavy Funk, the Augusta Akhenaten, and all the other honorifics Mr. Brown has and will earn by declaring him a time traveler. Hence, 1958's "Night Train" and 1965's "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag" and 1967's "Cold Sweat" all prefigured the super heavy funk that would take over black popular music in the early '70s‑-whereupon Brown elected to prefigure gangsta rap with 1973's "The Payback." Hence also his decision to re-record 1971's "Soul Power" in 2005, all the while exclaiming that he wanted to kiss himself as if the possibility had never before occurred to him.