Michael Jackson was born on Aug. 29, 1958, and family, friends and artists who have been inspired by the late King of Pop have been remembering him on the date that would have marked his 57th birthday.
“Who’s ready for the f---ing VMAs this weekend?” Demi Lovato shouted into the crowd last night at Hollywood’s Avalon, her voice met with a roar of cheers. The pop star’s set was heralded by a teaser performance from Nick Jonas.
The Weeknd held a jam-packed listening party at Los Angeles’ 1OAK on Friday night (Aug. 28) for his stunning new album, "Beauty Behind the Madness," befitting an R&B pop king in the making only possible during MTV VMA weekend.
Singing about heartache over retro-soul backdrops is an approach that has been thoroughly mined and mastered in the last decade, most notably by the late Amy Winehouse and James Brown revivalists Charles Bradley and Sharon Jones. San Diego native Andra Day, who kickstarted her career by posting R&B takes of songs by Eminem and Muse on YouTube, ably attempts a similar sound on her debut, 'Cheers to the Fall,' touting collaborations with Raphael Saadiq.
For most rock bands, the covers album is an exercise in nostalgia or a contract-filling measure while a drained songwriting well refills. But for Hoboken, N.J., indie institution Yo La Tengo, it's a way to document a major part of its work: the artistic lineage that it has built for itself through decades of crate-digging.
With the MTV Video Music Awards just two days away, social media platforms are weighing in on their predictions. Facebook, Twitter and Spotify have each anticipated which music moguls they believe will take home their own Moonmen.
For her first-ever TV performance in July, on 'The Tonight Show' no less, Alessia Cara opted not to wear a designer -- or even slightly showy -- look. The stage lights rose to reveal the singer, 19, in the casual, woke-up-like-this uniform favored by teens everywhere: ripped jeans, Chuck Taylors and an ironic T-shirt (it read "Life of the Party").
Welcome back to Billboard's weekly video show "Real-Time Rewind," which recaps the past week's hottest action on the Billboard Real-Time Twitter Charts -- Trending 140 and Emerging Artists -- and the news that's driving the action. Shira Karsen hits the studio for episode 64, which delves into the latest hits from The Weeknd, Nick Jonas, Becky G & Justin Bieber!
Felix Jaehn's metallic gold shirt reads "Everything Under Control," but inside, the 20-year-old Hamburg native is bursting with excitement. It has been scarcely a month since the dimpled German learned, in a Billboard tweet, that his remix of Jamaican singer OMI's "Cheerleader" hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. "I was home with my manager; it was 2 a.m.," he says, sitting in Billboard's New York offices on a steamy August day. "I couldn't believe it. We were cheering and toasting."
The 2015 VMAs are airing this Sunday (Aug. 30), and as usual there's a whole slew of A-list performers slated to perform at the always unpredictable awards show. From Pharrell to Macklemore to Twenty One Pilots, there's someone for everyone -- but who are you most excited to see? Vote for the performance that's going to have you glued to your TV below!