1. Sam Hunt Scores Highest Debut on Top Country Albums With 'X2C'

    August 21, 2014 4:22 PM EDT The former college QB huddles in the chart's upper ranks with his debut EP. Plus, moves for Luke Bryan, FGL & Darius Rucker. Former college football quarterback Sam Hunt snares Hot Shot Debut honors at No. 5 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart with X2C , his four-song,…

  2. MTV VMAs' 15 Craziest Moments of All Time

    August 21, 2014 1:30 PM EDT When you get the world’s biggest pop stars together in the same room, egos are bound to mix in unexpected ways. Broadcasting that live, a la the VMAs? You're just asking for fireworks. As you prepare for what will undoubtedly be another eye-popping MTV Video Music Awards, look back…

  3. 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…

  4. Tina Knowles on Beyonce & Jay Z's Marriage: 'Everything's Perfect'

    August 21, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Any questions? Is Beyonce about to become a single lady? Not according to her mother, Tina Knowles. Everyone knows the best way to get accurate information about someone's marriage is to track down their mother on the street, which is exactly what the intrepid stalkers at TMZ did. …

  5. SoundCloud Debuts Monetization Play With 'On SoundCloud', Announces $100 Million In Funding

    August 21, 2014 11:01 AM EDT The successful audio platform has launched it's first advertising initiative, and plans a subscription service in the near future. It’s a new era for SoundCloud.   The audio platform has long been a home to unsigned, independent and even established artists to debut new material --…

  6. Pop Shop Podcast: Robyn & Royksopp Interview, Taylor Swift Returns, Troye Sivan & More

    August 21, 2014 10:50 AM EDT Listen to the latest episode of Billboard.com's weekly charts breakdown. Welcome to the latest episode of the Billboard.com Pop Shop Podcast , Billboard's weekly half-hour audio breakdown of the Billboard charts, hottest music news and year's biggest musical events. Casual pop…

  7. Ariana Grande Crowns Billboard Artist 100

    August 21, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Spurred by the success of four current hits, the diva logs her first week at No. 1. Ariana Grande is the top artist in the U.S. this week, as she vaults 4-1 on the  Billboard Artist 100  chart, marking her first week atop the ranking. She also becomes the first female artist to lead the…

  8. Sam Smith to Perform at MTV VMAs

    August 20, 2014 11:55 PM EDT Last, but definitely not least? For the MTV Video Music Awards, it's Sam Smith . The network announced Tuesday that the final performer of this year's awards show — which will be held at Inglewood, Calif.'s renovated venue The Forum on Sunday, Aug. 24 — is the "Stay With…

  9. Lenny Kravitz to Play iTunes Festival in London

    August 20, 2014 11:43 PM EDT Apple's iTunes Festival in London has added Lenny Kravitz , Rudimental , Elbow and Paolo Nutini to its lineup of headliners. The eighth annual event will once again take place throughout September at The Roundhouse in the Camden neighborhood of the British capital. Listen to Lenny…

  10. Must-Hear Music Podcast: Taylor Swift, Ryn Weaver, Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett

    August 20, 2014 5:39 PM EDT On this week's Must-Hear Music podcast, the Billboard staff tackles the week's biggest (and most divisive) single: Taylor Swift 's full-on-pop transformation "Shake It Off." The only thing we agree on is that it's definitely still stuck in our heads. Aside…

  11. Taylor Swift's '1989' Album: 10 Dream Collaborators From 1989

    August 20, 2014 4:19 PM EDT Here are the producers, songwriters and music video auteurs that could make T-Swift's next project truly feel like a blast from the past. "I was listening to a lot of late 80's pop music," Taylor Swift explained to her audience on Monday's big announcement…

  12. Rita Ora & Calvin Harris' Ice Bucket Challenges: 10 (Totally Fake) Gossip Headlines

    August 20, 2014 3:27 PM EDT Ice, ice baby. The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is many things: A fundraiser for a good cause, a chance to prove to your Facebook friends how kind you are and even...a relationship saver? It is if you're a gossip columnist. Jennifer Lopez, Iggy Azalea & More: Music's Latest Ice…

  13. Ariana Grande, Iggy Azalea Triple Up In Hot 100's Top 10, MAGIC! Still No. 1

    August 20, 2014 2:45 PM EDT While 'Rude' rules for a sixth week, Grande and Azalea infuse the top 10 with three hits apiece, including new top 10s 'Break Free' and 'Black Widow' MAGIC!'s pop/reggae smash "Rude" leads the Billboard Hot 100 for a sixth week, narrowly…

  14. Mikky Ekko Talks Debut Album 'Time,' Previews New Tracks in Intimate Concert

    August 20, 2014 2:25 PM EDT "I feel like we took the time to put together a really, really strong album," says the "Stay" singer-songwriter. In many ways, Mikky Ekko couldn't have chosen a better title for his debut album than Time .   Set for release on RCA this fall, Time will arrive nearly…

  15. Nicki Minaj vs. Taylor Swift: Vote For Your Favorite Music Video

    August 20, 2014 1:22 PM EDT It's only Wednesday, and already two stars have released jaw-dropping music videos: Taylor Swift and Nicki Minaj . Late Tuesday night, Aug. 20, Nicki Minaj brought the thirst out of ladies and gentlemen alike when she released the sexy music video for "Ananconda."  The video…

  16. Jessie J Playing VMAs, Debuting 'Bang Bang' Video After Performance

    August 20, 2014 11:51 AM EDT It's official: J essie J is also hitting the Forum stage on Sunday night. The singer will join Nicki Minaj and Ariana Grande in kicking off the MTV Video Music Awards with their first-ever performance of "Bang Bang," their joint single set to be featured on Grande and J's…

  17. Taylor Swift Claims '1989' Album Won't Be Relationship-Centric

    August 20, 2014 10:51 AM EDT Everything has changed. Bad news for those fans who were hoping for "Dear John Part 2" on  Taylor Swift 's upcoming pop album,  1989 : The lyrics won't be so boyfriend-centric this time around. In an interview with Fusion , Swift details the difference between her upcoming…

  18. MTV VMAs' 15 Best Performances of All Time

    August 20, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Like summer's end, the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards are fast approaching. If the show's 30-year legacy is any indication, we're in for superstar collabs and elaborate sets come Sunday (Aug. 24). To celebrate the annual spectacular, we’ve picked the best performances in VMA…

  19. U.K. to Introduce Age-Based Rating System for Online Music Videos

    August 20, 2014 8:10 AM EDT Prime Minister David Cameron continues his push for explicit online content to be monitored. Overtly sexual and explicit music videos distributed online are to carry advisory age ratings in the United Kingdom from October as part of a pilot scheme 'to help parents protect their children…

  20. Jennifer Lopez, Iggy Azalea, Shakira and More: Music's Latest 10 Ice Bucket Challenges

    August 20, 2014 6:07 AM EDT The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is showing no sign of cooling off. In case you’ve been living on a space station for the past month, the social media phenomenon is channeling money and awareness toward Lou Gehrig's disease by confronting celebrities and everyone else to either pour a bucket…

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