1. Victoria Justice's Music Career: Why Ariana Grande's Co-Star Is Still Worth Watching

    August 19, 2014 2:50 PM EDT While Grande continues to score chart hits, Justice has struggled to kick-start a solo career. Here's why she shouldn't be counted out. To paraphrase William Carlos Williams , so much depends upon a debut single in modern pop music. Want proof? Look at the recent career trajectories…

  2. EP to the Rescue! Short Albums Are a Rare Music Business Success Story

    August 19, 2014 2:44 PM EDT How shorter, fan-tested collections are resuscitating the recorded-music business. It’s the rare music sales success story: In resurrecting the EP, or “extended play,” a format comprising eight or fewer songs, record labels are moving enough units to build revenue for a baby act with a song…

  3. Bob Dylan's Lost Lyrics Interpreted by T Bone Burnett and Friends, Set for Release

    August 19, 2014 2:29 PM EDT The forthcoming album and Showtime special features Elvis Costello, My Morning Jacket's Jim James, Marcus Mumford and Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes, among others. Anticipation -- if not hype -- is officially high for the Nov. 11 release of T Bone Burnett ’s latest production, Lost On The…

  4. Ask Billboard: Iggy Azalea, Ariana Grande, Sam Smith & Charli XCX Are Seeing Double

    August 19, 2014 11:05 AM EDT The four acts each boast multiple top 20 hits this week. Do they set a record? Plus, Selena & Celine's top hits and more As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as…

  5. Ryan Adams, Jessie Ware & More Added to London iTunes Festival

    August 19, 2014 2:00 AM EDT Sam Smith, Maroon 5, 5 Seconds of Summer & more already announced as headliners. Ryan Adams , Jessie Ware , Lenny Kravitz and another dozen-plus artists have been added to next month's iTunes Festival in London, joining previously announced headliners Maroon 5 , Sam Smith and 5…

  6. Chart Highlights: Sam Smith's 'Stay' Hits No. 1 On Pop Songs

    August 18, 2014 6:00 PM EDT Another week, another tally topped by Smith's ballad. Plus, new leaders for Beyonce, Dierks Bentley and Danny Gokey Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys listed below…

  7. Oscar-Winning Director to Helm Upcoming Stax Records Film ‘Respect Yourself’

    August 18, 2014 4:34 PM EDT The director of Oscar winner 20 Feet From Stardom will helm "Respect Yourself" The tale of Stax Records, the trailblazing label that launched Otis Redding’s career and released hits like Eddie Floyd’s “Knock on Wood,” is eyeing the big screen and Broadway. Evergreen Media Group, the…

  8. Ed Sheeran’s 'X' Rules U.K. Album Chart For Eighth Week

    August 18, 2014 5:00 AM EDT Ed Sheeran’s X  (Asylum/Warner Music) extended its U.K. album chart to eight weeks yesterday (Aug. 17), while Norwegian duo Nico & Vinz’s “Am I Wrong” (Warner Bros./Warner Music) started a second week atop the singles chart. Sheeran’s album was already the longest-running bestseller on…

  9. Nile Rodgers Is Clear of Cancer

    August 18, 2014 12:19 AM EDT Nile Rodgers has many more good times ahead…he’s cancer free. The disco legend revealed he’s received the all-clear on cancer following his latest twice-yearly check-up. He tweeted over the weekend that he’s now 42 months clear of the disease. Every 6 months I have to get tested for cancer…

  10. Troye Sivan Set for Top 10 Debut on Billboard 200

    August 15, 2014 8:13 PM EDT The singer's 'TRXYE' EP is off to a solid start, while the 'Guardians of the Galaxy' soundtrack should hold for a second week at No. 1. YouTuber-turned-major label recording artist Troye Sivan is aiming for a top 10 debut on the Billboard 200 chart.  Industry…

  11. Ariana Grande, Kanye West, Dillon Francis & Jake Miller: Real-Time Twitter Chart Rewind Ep. 11

    August 15, 2014 11:55 AM EDT Welcome to Billboard's weekly video show "Real-Time Rewind," which recaps the past week's hottest action on the new Billboard Real-Time Twitter Charts -- Trending 140 and Emerging Artists -- and the news that's driving the action. Hosted by Billboard's Joe Levy,…

  12. New Signings: DJ Mustard Joins AM Only, Eardruma/Interscope Signs Two-9

    August 15, 2014 11:40 AM EDT Here's a look at the latest artist signings across the music industry, including record labels, artist management firms, publishing companies, booking agencies and more.   RECORD LABELS  -- Rap collective Two-9 joins producer Mike WiLL Made-It 's Eardruma Records/Interscope Records.…

  13. Billboard Cover: Ariana Grande on Fame, Freddy Krueger and Her Freaky Past

    August 15, 2014 9:00 AM EDT The “micromanaging workhorse” finally achieved her dream of becoming an R&B diva. Now, at 21, comes the hard part: conquering her fear of futuristic pop. Ariana Grande is easily mistaken for an old-school good girl. The singer wears Audrey Hepburn-style strapless gowns, travels…

  14. Chris Brown Ignites 'New Flame' Video With Help From Usher, Rick Ross

    August 14, 2014 8:00 PM EDT After announcing a Sept. 16 release date for his oft-delayed X album on Wednesday, Chris Brown followed up Thursday by teasing a tour with Trey Songs this fall and dropped the video for his single "New Flame" featuring Usher and Rick Ross.  Watch Chris Brown Cover Sam Smith's …

  15. Sam Smith Back Atop Billboard Artist 100

    August 14, 2014 3:44 PM EDT Brit singer returns to No. 1, while Nicki Minaj blasts into the top 5. Sam Smith remains the only artist to have led the Billboard Artist 100 chart for multiple frames (over the list's first six weeks), as he rebounds 2-1 for a third cumulative week at No. 1. The list provides the first…

  16. Broods Get Bigger with The Help of Lorde's Producer: Album Preview

    August 14, 2014 3:12 PM EDT Prior to the release of their debut album, the pop group will open for Sam Smith across North America. Much of Broods' music possesses a quiet vulnerability, with singer Georgia Nott's delicate voice lilting over the twitching rhythms and threatening to evaporate altogether. At the…

  17. Watch Chris Brown Cover Sam Smith's 'Stay With Me'

    August 14, 2014 10:44 AM EDT Chris Brown took to Instagram to share a humorous rendition of Sam Smith 's single, "Stay With Me." Breezy changed the heartfelt In the Lonely Hour ballad into something more facetious, singing: "Oh, won't you stay with me / 'Cause I bought your new weave /…

  18. MAGIC! Still No. 1 On Hot 100 as Meghan Trainor & Charli XCX Soar

    August 13, 2014 2:21 PM EDT The Canadian quartet rules for a fifth week with 'Rude,' while Trainor's 'All About That Bass' bounds and Charli XCX's 'Boom Clap' enters the top 10. MAGIC!'s "Rude" rules the Billboard Hot 100 for a fifth week. Meanwhile, Meghan Trainor&…

  19. Songs of Summer 2014 Quiz: Test Your Knowledge of the Season's Biggest Artists!

    August 13, 2014 12:35 PM EDT How well do you know the voices behind summer's most inescapable hits? Take our brain-busting quiz on Iggy Azalea, Sam Smith & more! While last summer's biggest hits were helmed by a parade of familiar faces -- Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams, Daft Punk and Miley Cyrus among…

  20. Exclusive Song Premiere: Twin Atlantic's "Be A Kid"

    August 13, 2014 12:18 PM EDT With Twin Atlantic 's Great Divide dropping next week, Billboard is excited to exclusively premiere one of the band's favorite songs from their upcoming third studio album -- a heartfelt, thoughtful rocker called "Be A Kid." Listen to it here: "This is a really key…

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