1. Upstart Label ChiBase Productions Targets Worldwide Audience For African Music

    August 19, 2014 11:44 AM EDT As the ancestral home of American jazz and the blues, Jamaican reggae and Trinidadian calypso, the music of Africa has had a far-reaching influence on genres throughout the world. Yet contemporary African artists, with few exceptions, struggle to impact beyond the continent, or fan bases…

  2. Hear Blake Shelton's 'Neon Light' From Upcoming Album 'Bringing Back the Sunshine'

    August 19, 2014 10:04 AM EDT Taylor Swift wasn't the only country(-ish) artist debuting new music Monday.  Blake Shelton dropped the lead single, "Neon Light," off his upcoming eleventh studio album, Bringing Back The Sunshine . The laid-back tune deals with the glimmer of hope in the distance following a…

  3. Parents Television Council Warns MTV VMAs to Avoid 'Explicit Sexual Content'

    August 19, 2014 1:46 AM EDT Less than a week before the Video Music Awards , the Parents Television Council has called on MTV to avoid another "public relations kerfuffle." In a letter from PTC president Tim Winter to Janet Borelli , senor vp standards and practices at MTV Networks/Viacom Media Networks, and…

  4. For Taylor Swift's '1989,' a 1989 Pop Mixtape

    August 18, 2014 10:11 PM EDT With the announcement today of Taylor Swift's new album, 1989 , came with an explanation for its full-blown pop lead single "Shake It Off": Not only is the album title in dedication to the year in which she was born, it's also a referential mark to the era from which…

  5. K-Pop Star Siwon Takes ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, Nominates Fellow Super Junior Members

    August 18, 2014 8:22 PM EDT Korea's most-followed person on Twitter is doing his part to raise awareness about Lou Gehrig's disease The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has officially hit Korea. K-pop star Siwon , a member of long-running boy band Super Junior , shared a video where he dumped two vats of water on…

  6. 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…

  7. Kenny Chesney Preps for 'Big Revival' After Massive Flora-Bama Concert

    August 18, 2014 6:15 PM EDT Kenny Chesney only performed one concert this year -- this weekend's Flora-Bama-Jama -- but it proved to be the party of the summer. Chesney brought his hits to the legendary Flora-Bama Lounge in Pensacola on Saturday, attracting more than 40,000 people -- some coming from as far away as…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. VMAs Warned by Parents Television Council to Tone It Down

    August 18, 2014 5:14 PM EDT 'The 2013 VMAs were a public relations kerfuffle for your network that I feel certain you will not wish to repeat.' Less than a week before the Video Music Awards, the Parents Television Council has called on MTV to avoid another "public relations kerfuffle." In a letter…

  11. Ron Spaulding Out at Capitol

    August 18, 2014 4:59 PM EDT Eighteen months after being named senior vice president of sales at Capitol Music Group, Ron Spaulding has exited the label’s iconic Hollywood tower.   A statement released on Aug. 18 named Vince Szydlowski senior vice president of Label Sales for Capitol Music Group, reporting to executive…

  12. Taylor Swift's Top 20 Billboard Hot 100 Hits

    August 18, 2014 3:42 PM EDT Ladies and gentlemen, brush up on your Taylor Swift knowledge while you still can. The 21st century's greatest country singer-turned-pop star is getting ready for a monster close to 2014 (and beyond) with a new studio album in the works and a major motion picture appearance out now. Tay…

  13. Watch Lady Gaga Complete the Ice Bucket Challenge With A Very Gaga Twist

    August 18, 2014 11:45 AM EDT She's on the edge...of freezing Lady Gaga does what she wants with her body -- including pouring ice water all over it. By now your Facebook feed is likely crowded with friends and celebrities taking the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, where you pour a bucket of ice water on your head…

  14. The Top Five Artists Who Could (Successfully) Drop a Surprise Album

    August 18, 2014 11:30 AM EDT It's not just about popularity, but the mechanics of the modern record business. What other acts could follow Beyonce and her surprise self-titled album release last December? Well, just about anybody. But who could do it and find tremendous success — like Beyonce ? (2 million sold in…

  15. MTV’s Van Toffler Talks Miley Cyrus, the FCC, Why Diddy’s Revolt Won’t Work

    August 18, 2014 10:54 AM EDT The MTV veteran on his 12 networks, the Aug. 24 VMAs, P. Diddy’s Revolt (“I can’t find it”) and constant reinvention. When Van Toffler first went to work at 1515 Broadway in the mid-1980s, starting in business development for Nickelodeon and eventually rising to GM, then president of MTV, the…

  16. Wiz Khalifa's Taylor Gang Records Signs Distro Deal with INgrooves

    August 18, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Label’s roster includes Juicy J, Ty Dolla $ign; first project is an EP by Chevy Woods. Rapper Wiz Khalifa ’s Taylor Gang Records has signed with INgrooves Music Group for worldwide distribution and marketing. An EP by rapper Chevy Woods is slated as the first project under the new alliance.…

  17. This Week In Billboard Chart History: The Beatles Defined The Summer Of 'Love'

    August 18, 2014 8:05 AM EDT This week in 1967, the Fab Four reigned with an anthem for its age – and the ages. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Alicia Keys, Taylor Swift and Huey Lewis & the News Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history Aug.…

  18. Justin Bieber Takes ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, Nominates President Obama & Beliebers

    August 17, 2014 2:07 PM EDT Bieber poured ice cold buckets of water over his head after being nominated by his manager, Scooter Braun. Justin Bieber has taken the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge twice now in an effort to help spread the message about Lou Gehrig's disease. Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez Accept ALS Ice…

  19. Bon Jovi, Chris Christie, Robert Kraft Join In ALS Fundraiser

    August 17, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Jon Bon Jovi isn't averse to taking ice cold showers -- at least when it's for a good cause. Justin Bieber Takes ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, Nominates President Obama & Beliebers The rocker accepted the Ice Bucket Challenge to benefit the ALS Foundation in the fight against Lou…

  20. Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez Accept ALS Ice Bucket Challenge: Video

    August 16, 2014 8:01 PM EDT With so many A-listers taking part in the very viral ALS Ice Bucket Challenge , even more pop stars are getting in on the charitable action. On Saturday (August 16), Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez, Carrie Underwood, Fifth Harmony and The Vamps all dumped a bucket of ice over their heads, which is…

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