1. Emerging U.K. Artist Kwabs Talks Twitter, Music & More (Q&A)

    August 29, 2014 3:20 PM EDT With his unmistakable sound, Ghana-born, Camberwell (London)-based Kwabena Adjepong , better known as Kwabs , stood out on the Billboard + Twitter Emerging Artists Chart for the week of Aug. 30, where his track "Walk" debuted at No. 36.   In listening to "Walk," it's…

  2. 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…

  3. Chinese Bear Bile Farms' New Nemesis: Former Guns N' Roses Drummer Matt Sorum

    August 26, 2014 12:47 PM EDT Drummer and animal rights activist Matt Sorum has taken up the cause of bears who've suffered years of abuse in Chinese bile farms. The former Guns N' Roses rocker, who now fronts the solo project Fierce Joy , teamed with Animals Asia to adopt a moon bear named Phoenix, whose bile…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 2014 VMAs Winners: Miley Cyrus, Drake, Ariana Grande, Katy Perry & More

    August 24, 2014 11:00 PM EDT Even if the VMAs are more about jaw-dropping performances , wardrobe malfunctions and unexpected moments (um... Katy Perry and Riff Raff channeling Britney & Justin ) than handing out awards, the annual MTV ceremony still finds a lot of artists taking home hardware.  MTV VMAs:  News  …

  7. Deborah Cox on Re-Recording Whitney Houston’s Vocals for Lifetime Biopic: ‘I Had Some Big Shoes to Fill’

    August 22, 2014 6:13 PM EDT Airing in 2015, Lifetime’s I Will Always Love You: The Whitney Houston Story ,” starring Yaya DaCosta (pictured below, right) , has already faced major challenges. Family matriarch Cissy Houston denounced the biopic, directed by Angela Bassett . Then there were problems securing the rights…

  8. Robert Christgau on 'Get On Up': Putting James Browns' Music First

    August 22, 2014 2:00 PM EDT In his 2006 Rolling Stone profile "Being James Brown," the great lost rock critic Jonathan Lethem made sense of the Hardest Working Man in Show Business, the Minister of Super Heavy Funk, the Augusta Akhenaten, and all the other honorifics Mr. Brown has and will earn by declaring…

  9. 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…

  10. Exclusive: The Griswolds Premiere New Song '16 Years' & Talk Debut Album

    August 21, 2014 11:48 AM EDT There are plenty of reasons for A&R staff to book flights to Australia these days. Iggy Azalea is tearing up the pop charts, Betty Who could be soon, and alternative acts like the Preatures and Tame Impala are seen all over American festival lineups. You can go ahead and add the…

  11. U.K. to Introduce Age-Based Rating System for Online Music Videos

    August 20, 2014 8:10 AM EDT Prime Minister David Cameron continues his push for explicit online content to be monitored. Overtly sexual and explicit music videos distributed online are to carry advisory age ratings in the United Kingdom from October as part of a pilot scheme 'to help parents protect their children…

  12. Maxwell Recruits Erykah Badu, Ledisi, Robert Glasper & More for 2015 Cruise

    August 18, 2014 6:31 PM EDT Singer's inaugural Maxwell + The 7 Seas Caribbean cruise commences May 2015. Erykah Badu , Anthony Hamilton , Ledisi , Robert Glasper , Chrisette Michele , Eric Roberson and Boney James are among the headliners who will join Maxwell on the singer's inaugural Maxwell + the 7 Seas…

  13. Chart Highlights: Sam Smith's 'Stay' Hits No. 1 On Pop Songs

    August 18, 2014 6:00 PM EDT Another week, another tally topped by Smith's ballad. Plus, new leaders for Beyonce, Dierks Bentley and Danny Gokey Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys listed below.…

  14. FKA Twigs Is a Woman of Mystery -- And She Likes It That Way

    August 18, 2014 1:57 PM EDT FKA Twigs has just released one of the year’s most bold, idiosyncratic and deeply personal debuts -- LP1 (Young Turks), an exploration of warped beauty ideals, gender politics, romantic power dynamics and raw sexuality. But she isn’t really interested in explaining the person behind her…

  15. Ed Sheeran Taps Rick Ross for 'Don't' Remix: Listen

    August 18, 2014 11:58 AM EDT Rick Ross has awkwardly remixed some decisively non-hip-hop fare before -- remember his re-imagining of Lorde's "Royals" last year? Now Rozay is back to help his scat-rapping pal Ed Sheeran with a new version of "Don't," the second single from Sheeran's x…

  16. 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…

  17. Exclusive: Primus' Les Claypool Talks Woodstock '94, 20 Years Later

    August 16, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Claypool reflects on mud-tossing, stage fright & Trent Reznor's Semen Demon. Twenty-five years after Woodstock set the tone for future rock festivals to come and arguably changed a generation, Gen X attempted to make lightning strike twice in Upstate New York with Woodstock '94…

  18. Hot 100 Chart Moves: Enrique Iglesias' 'Bailando' Keeps Bounding

    August 15, 2014 3:05 PM EDT The song achieves a feat last managed almost two decades ago. Plus, a new (literally) Katy Perry fan spurs a rebound for 'Dark Horse.' As previously reported, MAGIC! tops the Billboard Hot 100 for a fifth week with "Rude" and Charli XCX charges into the top 10 with "…

  19. 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…

  20. Chris Brown Ignites 'New Flame' Video With Help From Usher, Rick Ross

    August 14, 2014 8:00 PM EDT After announcing a Sept. 16 release date for his oft-delayed X album on Wednesday, Chris Brown followed up Thursday by teasing a tour with Trey Songs this fall and dropped the video for his single "New Flame" featuring Usher and Rick Ross.  Watch Chris Brown Cover Sam Smith's …

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