1. Aaliyah’s Afterlife: How the Singer Still Lives on in Music and Fashion

    August 22, 2014 4:36 PM EDT years after her death, the R&B star lives on with an astonishing influence over music and fashion On her aunt’s porch in Haines City, Fla., in 2001, you could find a 15-year-old Sevyn Streeter doing her best Aaliyah impression. She and her cousin would glide from side to side,…

  2. Chris Brown Drops Diplo-Produced 'X' Title Track

    August 22, 2014 4:26 PM EDT With Chris Brown 's long-delayed X album dropping Sept. 16 , the R&B star just revealed the title track to his upcoming sixth album. "X" -- produced by Billboard's current cover star Diplo -- finds Breezy in decidedly EDM territory. Although his voice is restrained and…

  3. The Juice Podcast: Ferguson, Michael Brown & the Importance of Hip-Hop Artists

    August 22, 2014 3:30 PM EDT Ever since unarmed, college-bound Michael Brown was shot six times and killed by Ferguson, Miss. police officer Darren Wilson, eyes and hearts all over the world have been glued to social media streams, internet livecasts and traditional news outlets; mine included. From New York I watched as…

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

    August 22, 2014 3:11 PM EDT The song looks likely to soar in as her second Hot 100 leader next week. 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…

  5. Coldplay's 'True Love' Video: Watch Chris Martin Play an Inflatable Janitor

    August 22, 2014 3:04 PM EDT "True Love" may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Chris Martin these days, but it is the title of the latest video from Coldplay 's Ghost Stories. Should Coldplay, Katy Perry or Rihanna Play 2015 Super Bowl Halftime? In the clip, Martin plays a mild…

  6. MTV VMAs Artists to Watch: Sam Smith, 5 Seconds of Summer, Charli XCX, Schoolboy Q and Fifth Harmony Battle for the Moonman

    August 22, 2014 2:15 PM EDT Artist to Watch may be the VMAs' most coveted category. Which new artists should take the prize Sunday night? It’s been a breakthrough year for Sam Smith , 5 Seconds of Summer , Charli XCX , Schoolboy Q and Fifth Harmony . But only one of these hot newcomers will walk away with a coveted…

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

    August 22, 2014 2:00 PM EDT 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…

  8. Christina Aguilera’s Top 20 Billboard Hits

    August 22, 2014 1:00 PM EDT Fifteen years ago this month, Christina Aguilera successfully shed her Disney image with her sultry self-titled debut album , a No. 1 hit and a game-changing moment for the former "Mickey Mouse Club" star. The following decade-and-a-half has been full of such reinventions for…

  9. Why the VMAs Pre-Show Is TV’s Most Coveted Warm-Up Gig

    August 22, 2014 11:59 AM EDT One overriding factor got Charli XCX and Fifth Harmony the job of performing at this year’s MTV VMA pre-show: They fit the theme of “the audience is the co-pilot.”   Attracted to the sing-along qualities of Fifth Harmony’s “Bo$$” and Charli’s audience connectivity during performances, VMA…

  10. The Gaslight Anthem Lights Up Top Rock Albums

    August 22, 2014 11:25 AM EDT The band's new set starts at No. 2 on Top Rock Albums and No. 4 on the Billboard 200. Plus, chart action from Tove Lo, alt-J and Ryan Adams. The Gaslight Anthem 's Get Hurt debuts at No. 2 on Top Rock Albums and No. 4 on the Billboard 200 with 33,000 sold, according to Nielsen…

  11. Billboard Cover: Diplo on His Katy Perry Connection, Madonna Collaboration and 8-Figure Lifestyle

    August 22, 2014 9:00 AM EDT The most valuable backpack in Los Angeles is a capacious, sturdy-looking black number loaded with a pair of sticker-emblazoned MacBook Pro laptops, a set of headphones and a mobile Internet hotspot. It belongs to the 35-year-old DJ-producer Wesley Pentz, better-known as  Diplo , and it’s with…

  12. Watch Talib Kweli Call Out CNN & All Media for Ferguson Coverage

    August 21, 2014 9:35 PM EDT Rapper takes issue with reporting around Michael Brown's fatal shooting at the hands of a Missouri police officer. Talib Kweli 's CNN interview started off on a nice enough note, with host Don Lemon lauding the rapper for his activism and referring to him as a "passionate voice…

  13. Here's Every Musical Guest on 'The Simpsons' in Chronological Order

    August 21, 2014 6:30 PM EDT If you're not watching FXX's 'Simpsons' marathon, that's a paddlin' The longest-running TV marathon in history kicks off on Thursday when FXX starts airing every episode of the longest-running scripted primetime TV series ever: The Simpsons. Yep, all 25…

  14. Tank Is 'Stronger' Than Ever at No. 1

    August 21, 2014 4:54 PM EDT Plus: Drake gets his 32nd Rap Airplay hit, Chris Brown's 'New Flame' flies up the charts and Watsky grabs a top 10 debut on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. Tank Takes No. 1:  R&B singer Tank caps the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart as  Stronger  enters at No. 1 with just under…

  15. Why Don’t Today’s Hits Reflect The Times?

    August 21, 2014 3:22 PM EDT This week in 1965, the hottest debut on Billboard ’s Hot 100 was Barry McGuire ’s “Eve Of Destruction,” the lyrics of which were a wake-up call, from its opening shot of “The Eastern world, it is explodin’; violence flarin’, bullets loadin’,” to its warning of impending nuclear war (“If the…

  16. Pedro Capo's 'Dream Come True' Debuts on the Latin Albums Chart

    August 21, 2014 2:39 PM EDT The Puerto Rican singer's new release, Aquila, debuts at No. 3 on the Top Latin Albums chart, and tells Billboard how "grateful" he is for the support of his fans. Puerto Rican singer-songwriter Pedro Capo debuts at No. 3 on Top Latin Albums with his latest set  Aquila . It…

  17. T.I. Releases 'New National Anthem'; Talks Pharrell Williams Executive Producing 'Paperwork'

    August 21, 2014 2:29 PM EDT " What the fuck do you know about being a black man in America? And you wonder why we walk around strapped.. ." T.I. spits truth on the injustice and racism in America on his new single, "New National Anthem." The rapper's third single, which features Skylar Grey ,…

  18. British Rockers Young Guns Premiere Video For Arena-Worthy ‘I Want Out’

    August 21, 2014 1:10 PM EDT American rock fans should have Young Guns on their radars. Not to be confused with the Philly-based hip-hop duo Young Gunz (this is Guns with an “s,” mind you) Young Guns are already a main stage festival act in the U.K. rock scene, looking to expand their influence in the States. And their…

  19. Estranged Richie Sambora Accepts Jon Bon Jovi's Ice Bucket Challenge

    August 21, 2014 12:30 PM EDT Can ice water thaw famously strained relationships? The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge seems like it might be first step in some kind of reunion between Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora . Let's back up: Bon Jovi completed the challenge Aug. 16 and challenged Bon Jovi keyboardist David Bryan,…

  20. Exclusive: The Griswolds Premiere New Song '16 Years' & Talk Debut Album

    August 21, 2014 11:48 AM EDT There are plenty of reasons for A&R staff to book flights to Australia these days. Iggy Azalea is tearing up the pop charts, Betty Who could be soon, and alternative acts like the Preatures and Tame Impala are seen all over American festival lineups. You can go ahead and add the…

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