The Beat: Madonna Stands Up for Pussy Riot, No New Album for Justin Timberlake
The Beat: Madonna Stands Up for Pussy Riot, No New Album for Justin Timberlake

Today's Thursday, August 9 edition of "The Beat," Billboard.com's daily music news show, features host Jonathan Brooks broadcasting from sunny California, running down the latest music news -- who's making headlines and who's topping the charts on Billboard.com.

In today's episode, J.B. dishes on Madonna's Moscow drama and Pussy Riot speech, Elle Varner's rise on the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill's Vegas extravaganza, the rumored Justin Timberlake album that's not happening, M.I.A.'s December releases, and more. Tune in below!

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