1. Taylor Swift Is Going Pop. And That's a Good Thing.

    August 19, 2014 6:19 PM EDT With "Shake It Off," music's most dependable superstar dives into the unknown… and sticks the landing. Confession: I love Taylor Swift's country side. She's an incredible songwriter that has built an empire on evocative storytelling and polished guitar arrangements.…

  2. Taylor Swift Turns Radio On With 'Shake It Off'

    August 19, 2014 5:35 PM EDT Her new pure-pop single is set for lofty launches on the Pop and Adult Pop Songs airplay charts. As expected, Taylor Swift soared onto radio airwaves with her highly anticipated new single "Shake It Off." Swift released the high-energy, anti-haters pop anthem Tuesday during her…

  3. CODE Guest Playlist: Claude VonStroke

    August 19, 2014 1:00 PM EDT Summer is nearly over, but don't tell the Dirtybird crew. Originally formed around a grill in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, Claude VonStroke's merry band of misfits have taken their BBQ concept on the road. Between now and November, the forward-thinking dance label will…

  4. Marc Anthony, Enrique Iglesias and Others Dish on Their 2014 Latin Chart Smashes

    August 19, 2014 8:02 AM EDT The stories behind 10 of the hottest midyear hits from Prince Royce, Romeo Santos and Marc Anthony. The sound of tropical-laced romance dominated radio airwaves for the first half of the year, according to Billboard's Hot Latin Songs recap of hits charting in the issues dated Dec. 7,…

  5. Taylor Swift's 'Shake It Off' Set to Take Off on Hot 100

    August 18, 2014 7:04 PM EDT The diva's new single is primed to make a big splash on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and could become her second No. 1. Could Taylor Swift 's new single "Shake It Off" become her second No. 1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100? The track is already off to a sizzling…

  6. Taylor Swift Reveals New Album Title, Release Date & 'Shake It Off' Video

    August 18, 2014 5:45 PM EDT The official news on Taylor Swift 's fifth studio album is finally here. The new LP is titled 1989 and will drop Oct. 27 via Big Machine. That's the Polaroid-inspired album art up above. There will also be a deluxe edition of the album including three bonus tracks -- all voice memos…

  7. Taylor Swift's 'Shake It Off' Single Review: The Country Superstar Goes Full Pop

    August 18, 2014 5:15 PM EDT On Taylor Swift's blockbuster 2012 album, Red , the country superstar explored several stylistic shades: arena rock, confessional folk, even dubstep. But the foundation of the project was undoubtedly bubble-gum pop. Swift's fourth studio album — the last to sell more than a…

  8. Top 40 Radio's Complicated Road to Success – and Failure

    August 18, 2014 11:22 AM EDT Five years ago, when CBS launched top 40 stations in New York and Los Angeles, they staked out a very narrow piece of turf between mainstream and rhythmic top 40, a format that was itself a one-time halfway point between top 40 and R&B radio. It worked well for KAMP (97.1 Amp Radio) Los…

  9. Jennifer Lawrence & Chris Martin Are Maybe Dating

    August 15, 2014 6:00 PM EDT It's not the first time the two have been grouped together. So, Jennifer Lawrence is apparently consciously coupling with dating Chris Martin . The news -- Which could be true? Who knows! -- comes from E! Online , citing several anonymous sources. The site says they've been together…

  10. Remixed LeAnn Rimes Debuts on Dance/Electronic Albums

    August 15, 2014 4:53 PM EDT Plus, moves for the Chainsmokers, Dillon Francis, Royksopp & Robyn, and Nico & Vinz LeAnn Rimes debuts on Dance/Electronic Albums for the first time, as Dance Like You Don't Give A... Greatest Hits: Remixes bows at No. 16. The album features all-new remixes of Rimes hits,…

  11. 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…

  12. Broadway to Dim Lights for Lauren Bacall

    August 15, 2014 3:08 AM EDT The marquees of Broadway theaters will be dimmed on Friday, Aug. 15, at 7:45 p.m. for one minute, in honor of the stage and screen actress who died on Tuesday at age 89. Lauren Bacall's illustrious career includes two Tony Awards for best actress in a musical: in 1970 for Applause , the…

  13. Boxcars Lead Nominees For International Bluegrass Music Awards

    August 13, 2014 11:31 PM EDT The Boxcars, Blue Highway and The Del McCoury Band are the leading nominees in the 2014 International Bluegrass Music Awards . The nominations were announced Wednesday in Nashville, Tennessee, by the International Bluegrass Music Association, which will hold the award show on Oct. 2 in…

  14. Broadway to Dim Lights for Robin Williams

    August 13, 2014 3:32 PM EDT Comedy legend co-starred in Mike Nichols' 'Waiting for Godot' with Steve Martin. Memorials for Robin Williams have been created in Hollywood, Boston , Boulder and San Francisco , and on Wednesday night, New York City will pay tribute to the late actor. The marquees of Broadway…

  15. London Grammar Leads Nominations for AIM Independent Awards

    August 13, 2014 9:28 AM EDT Electro-pop band London Grammar leads the pack with four nominations at the 4th annual AIM Independent Awards. The list of indie music's brightest artists and advocates was revealed at Red Bull Studios London on Wednesday with winners to be announced at an event on Sept. 2. London…

  16. Culture Club Return For New Album & Reunion Tour

    August 12, 2014 5:44 PM EDT The new wave act's classic lineup reunites for the first time in 14 years Good news for Culture Club fans: The highly popular British new wave band has a new album in the works to go with 2014 tour dates in both the United States and the United Kingdom. And unlike previous reunions,…

  17. Robin Williams' Death: Music Stars React on Twitter

    August 11, 2014 8:35 PM EDT Cher, Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry and Quincy Jones all remember the comedian online. As news broke that Oscar-winning actor Robin Williams had died Monday of a suspected suicide, an outpouring of condolence and appreciation came from the music world via social media.  Miley Cyrus, Katy…

  18. Shooting Death of Unarmed Youth, an Aspiring Musician, Triggers Looting in Missouri

    August 11, 2014 12:45 PM EDT A candlelight vigil for an unarmed black man who was fatally shot by a suburban St. Louis police officer was followed by unrest as crowds looted and burned stores, vandalized vehicles and taunted officers who tried to block access to parts of the city. Streets in Ferguson upended on Sunday…

  19. Paul McCartney Writing Score For First-Person Shooter Game (Seriously)

    August 11, 2014 12:20 PM EDT Over the past two years, Paul McCartney has been hard at work on the score for a first-person shooter game in the vein of Halo . No, we’re not kidding. Destiny — a new game from Bungie and Activision due Sept. 9 — will feature a full score and theme song from McCartney. In fact, the…

  20. Rebekah Alperin Named SVP of Marketing & Communications at Universal Publishing

    August 11, 2014 10:57 AM EDT Alperin is the first new hire since the company's top-level shakeup earlier this month. Rebekah Alperin has been named senior vp of marketing and communications, moving on from a parallel position at Kobalt Music Group. Alperin will report to UMPG North American president Evan Lamberg…

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