1. Taylor Swift Tops Billboard Artist 100

    August 28, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Thanks to a monster first week for 'Shake It Off,' Swift rattles and rolls to No. 1. Taylor Swift takes over as the top artist in the U.S., as she vaults to No. 1 on the Billboard Artist 100 , marking her first week atop the chart. She'd re-entered the list at No. 69 last week…

  2. The Game Assembles All-Star Hip-Hop Crew for Michael Brown Tribute, 'Don't Shoot'

    August 27, 2014 7:31 PM EDT In the wake of the killing of the unarmed black teenager Mike Brown at the hand of a white police officer and the civil unrest that's followed in the town of Ferguson, Mo. we've seen an outpouring of engagement from musicians voicing their opinions.  Killer Mike penned an op-ed for…

  3. It's Time to Stop Comparing Ariana Grande to Mariah Carey

    August 27, 2014 3:37 PM EDT With her sophomore album, the "Problem" singer no longer resembles the elusive chanteuse -- and that's okay. From the moment her breakthrough single "The Way" set her career framework, Ariana Grande has operated in the shadow of a giant: Mariah Carey. Yours Truly ,…

  4. Rdio Partners With Toronto Film Festival, Announces Free Ellie Goulding Show

    August 27, 2014 1:42 PM EDT Next month's  Toronto International Film Festival has an official music partner. Streaming service Rdio has announced it is setting up a music hub at the 11-day event with giveaways, a listening station and live music, starting with a free Ellie Goulding show at the iconic Massey Hall.…

  5. 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…

  6. Chuck Berry, Peter Sellars Honored with Sweden's Polar Music Prize

    August 27, 2014 3:19 AM EDT Rock ‘n’ roll pioneer  Chuck Berry  and opera director Peter Sellars have been awarded the 2014 Polar Music Prize during a ceremony Tuesday in Stockholm.  The organizing committee praised the 88-year-old Berry for his contribution to rock, noting “every riff and solo played by rock…

  7. Kate Bush Makes Live Return Following 35 Year Hiatus: Review

    August 26, 2014 11:34 PM EDT Thirty-five years after making her last live performance, Kate Bush finally delivered what many of her fans thought they would never get to see: a triumphant, hit-filled and characteristically theatrical return to the stage. Appearing at London’s Hammersmith Apollo -- the scene of her last…

  8. BET Apologizes for Blue Ivy Joke Read By Karrueche Tran

    August 26, 2014 5:03 PM EDT On Monday night, Aug. 25, Beyoncé 's loyal fanbase, the Beyhive, came after Chris Brown 's girlfriend and on-air personality Karrueche Tran after she recited a tasteless joke about Bey and Jay Z 's daughter, Blue Ivy. BET's 106 & Park aired a segment in which they…

  9. Brooklyn Rapper Bobby Shmurda Goes From Vine Star to Major-Label Player

    August 26, 2014 4:44 PM EDT Brooklyn rapper Bobby Shmurda’s rise has been almost as fast as the Web connections that fueled it. In March, he released his raw, homemade debut video for his aggressive breakout single “Hot N---a.” At one point in the clip, the Jamaican-American rapper tosses his hat in the air and hits his…

  10. Ariana Grande's Fashion Focus: Breaking Down Her Many Confident Looks

    August 26, 2014 3:55 PM EDT Ariana Grande is frequently compared to young Mariah Carey for her vocal and emotional range, but that's not where the similarities end. Both Carey's debut, Emotions , and Grande's latest, My Everything , depict the vocalists in whimsical generational repose, Carey mid-flip and…

  11. Transformation Tuesday: Miley Cyrus, Humanitarian?

    August 26, 2014 3:20 PM EDT After using her VMA win to put a spotlight on youth homelessness, we may have an Angelina Jolie-in-the-making on our hands. Miley Cyrus  knows how to keep people guessing -- she's done it for more than half of her life, ever since she became a teen queen on Disney cultural…

  12. G-Unit Puts Spotlight On Police Brutality In 'Ahhh Shit' Video

    August 26, 2014 1:42 PM EDT "Put your hands up, you still getting shot," 50 Cent raps on G-Unit ' s new song, "Ahhh Shit." The crew's new song, released late Monday, Aug. 25, features Young Buck , 50 and Kidd Kidd rapping, candidly, about racism and police brutality. After flashing a Rated…

  13. Robyn Hitchcock on Covering His Muses, the Passage of Time & 20th Solo Album ‘The Man Upstairs’

    August 26, 2014 12:49 PM EDT "I am effectively a folk artist. I’m just not a traditional folk artist." Pick up the phone to interview Robyn Hitchcock and you might get an unexpected lesson in history and geography. “I’m staring at the sea on the south coast of England, the Isle of Wight, just where Jim Morrison…

  14. VMAs Ratings Down Despite Blue Ivy Surprise

    August 26, 2014 12:02 PM EDT The 2014 MTV Video Music Awards was the most-watched show on television Sunday, pulling in 8.3 million total viewers, down 18 percent from the 10.1 million viewers who tuned in last year. Based on Nielsen numbers, the original broadcast had 10.3 million viewers tuning in on MTV, MTV2, VH1…

  15. Tribune Company Names John Batter New Gracenote CEO, Plans 'Aggressive' Expansion

    August 26, 2014 8:16 AM EDT Tribune Media Company has named John Batter as the new chief executive of Gracenote, a provider of audio and video metadata and recognition services, as well as executive vice president at Tribune Media. Interim chief executive Shashi Seth , who also had the role of president at Tribune…

  16. How Jesse Kinch Won ‘Rising Star’

    August 26, 2014 12:41 AM EDT Four contestants braved the intimidating "Wall" of viewer votes on the season finale of Rising Star on Sunday night, but only one emerged victorious — 20-year-old rocker Jesse Kinch was named the series inaugural champion over worship leader Austin French , soulful crooner Dana…

  17. Young Jeezy Arrested For Gun Possession

    August 25, 2014 6:42 PM EDT Young Jeezy is currently in custody for possession of a weapon, police confirmed to Billboard. The weapon at hand -- an assault rifle -- was found Sunday when the Irvine and Mountain View, Calif., police investigated a shooting that occurred at Wiz Khalifa 's concert in Mountain View,…

  18. How Beyonce & Jay Z's Triumphant VMA-Ending Moment Came to Be

    August 25, 2014 5:06 PM EDT Viacom president says Bey was 'obvious choice' to receive Video Vanguard Award, giving her 16 minutes of air time to shut down the rumor mill. If there was any lingering suspicion about the health of Jay Z and Beyonce 's seven-year-old marriage, the couple put it to bed with a…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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