1. Song of the Summer 2014: Billboard Staff Picks

    August 27, 2014 2:00 PM EDT It’s time to face facts: summer 2014 is almost at an end. But before we pack away our beach towels and sunscreen, we’re taking a moment to salute all the great tunes that have soundtracked our lives for the last 3 months. In advance of naming Billboard’s official Song of the Summer next week,…

  2. Taylor Swift's 'Shake It Off' Debuts At No. 1 On Hot 100

    August 27, 2014 12:03 PM EDT Swift's new single blasts in at No. 1, thanks to hefty sales, streaming and airplay. Plus, Nicki Minaj's 'Anaconda' vaults 39-2 following the premiere of its video. Taylor Swift rockets onto the Billboard Hot 100 chart at No. 1 with "Shake It Off." As…

  3. Wiz Khalifa Earns First No. 1 Album On Billboard 200

    August 27, 2014 10:59 AM EDT Meanwhile, Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off" blasts in at No. 1 on the Digital Songs chart with a massive debut. Hip-hop star Wiz Khalifa earns his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 , as his new Blacc Hollywood set arrives atop the list. The album, which was…

  4. Suicidal Tendencies Announce Death of Bassist Tim 'Rawbiz' Williams

    August 27, 2014 10:28 AM EDT The bassist also worked with Toni Braxton, Keyshia Cole & Boyz II Men. Los Angeles thrash metal outfit Suicidal Tendencies have announced the death of bassist Tim "Rawbiz" Williams, a prolific musician who -- in addition to playing with Suicidal Tendencies since 2011 -- worked…

  5. Rock Duo Death From Above 1979: Being in a Band Together ‘Is No Longer Repulsive’

    August 26, 2014 3:52 PM EDT For most bands, an eight-year break would be career-ending. But for Death From Above 1979 , it was a long, much-needed breath of fresh air. The Toronto rock duo, consisting of Sebastien Grainger and Jesse F. Keeler , blew minds and eardrums in 2004 with their brand of fierce dance-punk,…

  6. Ask Billboard: If Taylor Swift Hits No. 1 ...

    August 26, 2014 11:05 AM EDT A look at chart feats that could await Swift tomorrow. Plus, women are dominating the Digital Songs chart 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 well as your city, state…

  7. Tumbleweed Bassist Jay Curley Dead at 42

    August 26, 2014 10:44 AM EDT Curley played bass in the Australia-based “stoner rock” band, which once opened for Nirvana. Jay Curley , bassist for the Australia-based alternative rock band Tumbleweed , has died, according to a post on the band’s official web site. He was 42. Tumbleweed broke the news on Tuesday morning.…

  8. Cobra Starship’s Gabe Saporta Talks New Single 'Never Been In Love,' Featuring Icona Pop

    August 25, 2014 4:10 PM EDT Check out the brand-new lyric video for 'Never Been In Love.' "When you heard the title of the song did you think it would be a negative song?" Cobra Starship 's Gabe Saporta asks. The frontman is doing an early interview to hype Cobra Starship’s so-far-untitled fifth…

  9. Chart Highlights: Sam Smith's 'Stay With Me' Crowns Pop Songs, Adult Pop Songs, AC

    August 25, 2014 3:35 PM EDT The ballad becomes one of only three songs ever to lead the three lists simultaneously. Plus, new No. 1s for Jeremih, ScHoolboy Q, Demi Lovato & more Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers…

  10. MTV 2014 VMAs: Watch The Best (and Worst) Performances

    August 25, 2014 1:30 AM EDT From Beyonce to Iggy to Sam, check out who shone the brightest at this year's ceremony. The MTV 2014 Video Music Awards were full of Hot 100 smashes, high-wattage team-ups and must-see song debuts, with some stars ascending to new heights and others stumbling on a huge stage. Who…

  11. MTV VMAs 2014: Best Celebrity Tweets

    August 25, 2014 12:01 AM EDT While our eyes were locked in on the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, Aug. 24, the celebrities in attendance were tweeting witty commentary and sharing Instagram photos of them and their VIP buddies. Check out what you missed while watching the MTV VMAs, and Blue Ivy performing "…

  12. Usher Performs 'She Came to Give It to You' at the MTV VMAs With Nicki Minaj

    August 24, 2014 10:15 PM EDT Usher -- a true VMA veteran -- stirred up anticipation for his upcoming studio album with the third VMA performance of his two-decade career. This time around, Usher Raymond IV enlisted a fellow superstar to share the spotlight. Nicki Minaj brought some extra swag to the stage as the pair…

  13. Horn in the USA: How Macklemore Is Influencing Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande & More

    August 22, 2014 6:11 PM EDT Looking at the numbers behind the sax resurgence. With Taylor Swift 's "Shake It Off" set to  make a No. 1 debut the Billboard Hot 100 , it seems like 2014 is the summer of the horn riff. From "Talk Dirty" to "Problem" to "Bang Bang" to "Rude,…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. Christina Aguilera’s Self-Titled Debut at 15: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    August 22, 2014 1:00 PM EDT Once upon a time, when ex-Mouseketeers with burning ambition and blinding smiles ruled the universe, there lived two princesses. One was an iffy singer with undeniable sex appeal; the other was a secret soul diva working within record-label constraints, biding her time until she could unleash…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. From Dusseldorf to Denver: Spotify Map Shows Moments of Musical Serendipity

    August 21, 2014 11:22 AM EDT While you're in Anywheresville, listening to Magic 's "Rude" for the umpteenth time on Spotify, there's a possibility someone else in the whole wide world is jamming to the same chart-topping song at the same exact time... down to a fraction of a second. With over 40…

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