1. MTV Preps Live VMA Ads With Usher, Iggy Azalea, Rita Ora & More

    August 22, 2014 6:14 PM EDT The ratings of MTV's Video Music Awards hinge so much year-over-year on zeitgeisty, unpredictable moments, it's often hard to forecast what will be the most talked-about topic the morning after. Witness 2013's telecast, which had an anticipated *NSYNC reunion and hyped…

  2. New York Fashion Week Preview: From Lorde to Madonna, Designers’ Front-Row Dream ‘Gets’

    August 22, 2014 6:11 PM EDT Fashion Week isn’t just about next season’s hot looks -- it’s about who is hot right now, too. From Rihanna creating a spectacle at the Paris shows in March to Kanye West making appearances for obscure fashion houses, scoring a major artist can make for a hit collection, as 10 designers…

  3. Parole Denied Yet Again for John Lennon's Killer

    August 22, 2014 3:44 PM EDT A parole board has again declined to release John Lennon 's killer. It's the eighth time 59-year-old Mark David Chapman has been denied parole. New York corrections officials announced the decision Friday (Aug. 22). They say a three-member board denied Chapman's parole after a…

  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. Hot Tours: Paul McCartney Is No. 1 With Sold Out U.S. Tour

    August 22, 2014 11:58 AM EDT Paul McCartney earns the No. 1 slot on the weekly Hot Tours tally based on ticket sales reported from his recent trek through U.S. cities during July and August. The six-week jaunt was the Out There tour's third leg in North America since the tour began in May 2014. With concerts at…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. Colton Dixon Banks on Christianity, Gets Ready to Drop 'Anchor'

    August 22, 2014 1:51 AM EDT Colton Dixon may be making a name for himself in the world of Christian music, but that doesn’t mean his name isn’t associated with at least one sinful indulgence: ice cream. The American Idol season 11 alum now has his very own flavor courtesy of Boston ice creamery Emack & Bolio, one…

  9. K-Pop Trend: Beast, INFINITE & Henry Add Classical Musical to the Mix

    August 21, 2014 8:23 PM EDT The popular acts are bringing orchestras to modern-day dance beats. But who did it best? Typically, Western pop and K-pop stay on the same page with their trends. Recent hits have been born out of stark piano ballads ( John Legend 's "All of Me" and  Taeyang 's  "Eyes…

  10. 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…

  11. John Legend Brings Marvin Gaye's 'What's Going On' to Hollywood Bowl

    August 21, 2014 4:35 PM EDT Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings join in paying homage to Marvin Gaye's landmark album. "Trigger-happy policing": That line from Marvin Gaye 's 1971 hit "Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)" still speaks volumes -- especially in the wake of the ongoing…

  12. 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,…

  13. Behind the (Unheard) Music: Is Aphex Twin Poised for a Grammy Nod?

    August 21, 2014 4:19 PM EDT Aphex Twin , the obscure electronic music artist (real name: Richard D. James ) who has been teasing his next album on blimps, street graffiti and via the "deep web," will release his first album in 13 years on Sept. 23 through Warp Records. The label announced the news this morning…

  14. Katy Perry, RiFF RAFF Team Up For 'This Is How We Do' Remix: Listen

    August 21, 2014 4:16 PM EDT Katy Perry has received an unlikely helping hand for a new remix of her current single "This Is How We Do": RiFF RAFF, the oddball rap star whose infamous corn-rows Perry mimics in the remix artwork. Listen to the "This Is How We Do" remix below: The explicitly summery…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. Dierks Bentley on His Success: 'I Don't Know How the Hell I'm Here'

    August 20, 2014 5:17 PM EDT “What are all these people doing here?” Dierks Bentley wonders as he looks out at the rapidly filling lawn at the Verizon Amphitheatre in St. Louis. “Don’t they know this is an almost 40 year-old married guy with three kids?”  Bentley, 38, will take the stage in about three hours on this…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. Hello, World: Bandposters and Its Smart, Simple Idea

    August 20, 2014 11:30 AM EDT Name: Bandposters Founders: Jonathan Sexton (CEO), Mike Fabio (COO), Travis Vignon (CTO) Founded: 2013 Location: Nashville, TN Business sector(s): Marketing Funding: Undisclosed seed round Investors: Mark Montgomery, Joe Glaser, Jonathon Barnes, Tom Osborne, Back Porch Group Strategic…

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