1. 'Rising Star' Recap: Season One Winner Crowned as Voting Proves its Worth

    August 25, 2014 5:35 AM EDT Tonight, a Capitol Records contract was awarded, and not even a West Coast save could have made its recipient anybody but Jesse Kinch . With 10 episodes under its belt, a few disappointed teenager in its wake, and hopefully not too much permanent follicle damage to Kesha’s hair, the Wall made…

  2. G-Unit Quietly Drops Six-Track 'The Beauty of Independence'

    August 25, 2014 4:23 AM EDT G-Unit surprised fans when its members reunited earlier this summer at the year's biggest hip-hop concert, and they have another surprise: they digitally released six new songs Beyonce-style early Monday. The rap group dropped "The Beauty of Independence" extended play at…

  3. MTV 2014 VMAs: Watch The Best (and Worst) Performances

    August 25, 2014 1:30 AM EDT From Beyonce to Iggy to Sam, check out who shone the brightest at this year's ceremony. The MTV 2014 Video Music Awards were full of Hot 100 smashes, high-wattage team-ups and must-see song debuts, with some stars ascending to new heights and others stumbling on a huge stage. Who…

  4. Maroon 5 Perform Hit 'Maps' at the 2014 MTV VMAs

    August 24, 2014 10:40 PM EDT Maroon 5  wasn't afraid to shake things up for their VMA performance Sunday night. The band took things outside to perform their latest hit "Maps," off their upcoming album, V . On a stage adorned with a giant M, frontman Adam Levine kicked the pop-ish song off with a slowed…

  5. 5 Seconds of Summer Perform 'Amnesia' at the MTV VMAs

    August 24, 2014 10:25 PM EDT Seconds of Summer made their MTV VMAs debut with a performance they won't forget. The Australian band performed "Amnesia" at the award show. MTV VMAs: News | Photos | Winners List "Amnesia" is off their debut self-titled LP, which hit no. 1 on the Billboard 200.…

  6. Usher Performs 'She Came to Give It to You' at the MTV VMAs With Nicki Minaj

    August 24, 2014 10:15 PM EDT Usher -- a true VMA veteran -- stirred up anticipation for his upcoming studio album with the third VMA performance of his two-decade career. This time around, Usher Raymond IV enlisted a fellow superstar to share the spotlight. Nicki Minaj brought some extra swag to the stage as the pair…

  7. Charli XCX Strikes with 'Boom Clap' During MTV VMAs Pre-Show

    August 24, 2014 6:47 PM EDT Three months after taking the 2014 Billboard Music Awards stage with Iggy Azalea to perform their Hot 100 No. 1 hit "Fancy," Charli XCX blasted through her own solo Top 10 hit during the MTV Video Music Awards pre-show. The 22-year-old singer-songwriter tore through "Boom Clap…

  8. Drama Reigns at MTV VMAs Before Awards Show Even Airs

    August 24, 2014 11:52 AM EDT Snakes and stage slips: There's drama and the MTV Video Music Awards haven't even begun yet. Days before the big show, Iggy Azalea slipped offstage while performing "Fancy" at a MTV benefit concert, later posting the video on Instagram and making fun of herself. More…

  9. Watch Eminem and Rihanna Take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge On Stage in Detroit

    August 24, 2014 12:58 AM EDT Eminem and Rihanna saved the biggest splash of The Monster Tour for last. Literally. Eminem chose the duo's Saturday night show at Comerica Park in his home town of Detroit -- the sixth and final date of their tour -- to answer Dr. Dre's ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. As the MC and…

  10. Pink Martini Drummer Derek Rieth Dies of Suicide

    August 23, 2014 9:00 AM EDT The drummer died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Police say the longtime percussionist for Portland, Ore., band Pink Martini has been found dead. A police spokesman said Friday that the Oregon State medical examiner's office has determined that 43-year-old Derek Rieth…

  11. Arcade Fire Covers 'Hot Hot Hot' With Buster Poindexter in Brooklyn

    August 23, 2014 8:58 AM EDT For months, Arcade Fire has been traveling North America, playing a city-appropriate cover song at each stop on their Reflektor tour, so fans were expecting a New York band to get the nod when the group rolled into the Barclays Center on Friday, August 22. But Brooklyn got one better. After…

  12. Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame 'Masterclass' Scribes Talk Writing for Latin Superstars

    August 22, 2014 8:12 PM EDT Their names may not be as widely recognized as Ricky Martin and Carlos Santana , but their lyrics and songs have been heard around the globe. The songwriters featured at the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame's "Masterclass in the Round" have written some of the most iconic…

  13. Motley Crue Tribute Set for Rocking Debut on Billboard 200

    August 22, 2014 7:39 PM EDT The country-meets-rock tribute album to Motley Crue is heading for a top 10 debut on the Billboard 200 chart. Paging all "Girls, Girls, Girls!" The new Motley Crue tribute album is heading for the top 10 of the Billboard 200 chart. Vince Neil Talks Motley Crue Country Tribute Album…

  14. Bacon Brothers Q&A: New Album, Jamming With Daryl Hall & Playing 'Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon'

    August 22, 2014 6:44 PM EDT The Bacon Brothers return to the musical world with 36 Cents , their first disc of all-new material in six years. In an interview with Billboard, both Michael and Kevin Bacon expressed excitement to get new music out to the public, and also amazement at the work that goes into releasing a…

  15. Billboard 200 Chart Moves: 'Idol' Hits New Low

    August 22, 2014 3:30 PM EDT Also: Sale pricing in the iTunes Store lifts Linkin Park, while The Vamps take a historic tumble down the chart. On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart, the Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack held on to the No. 1 slot for a second week, selling 93,000 copies in the week ending Aug. 17,…

  16. Coldplay's 'True Love' Video: Watch Chris Martin Play an Inflatable Janitor

    August 22, 2014 3:04 PM EDT "True Love" may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Chris Martin these days, but it is the title of the latest video from Coldplay 's Ghost Stories. Should Coldplay, Katy Perry or Rihanna Play 2015 Super Bowl Halftime? In the clip, Martin plays a mild…

  17. 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…

  18. Hot 100 Chart Moves: Clean Bandit Continues U.S. Invasion With 'Rather Be'

    August 22, 2014 1:05 PM EDT The British group's hit is yet another by a foreign act. Plus, moves for Jeremih, Echosmith, Rae Sremmurd and Hozier. As previously reported, MAGIC! tops the Billboard Hot 100 for a sixth week with "Rude" and Ariana Grande and Iggy Azalea boast a whopping three titles each in…

  19. Christina Aguilera’s Self-Titled Debut at 15: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    August 22, 2014 1:00 PM EDT Once upon a time, when ex-Mouseketeers with burning ambition and blinding smiles ruled the universe, there lived two princesses. One was an iffy singer with undeniable sex appeal; the other was a secret soul diva working within record-label constraints, biding her time until she could unleash…

  20. Why the VMAs Pre-Show Is TV’s Most Coveted Warm-Up Gig

    August 22, 2014 11:59 AM EDT One overriding factor got Charli XCX and Fifth Harmony the job of performing at this year’s MTV VMA pre-show: They fit the theme of “the audience is the co-pilot.”   Attracted to the sing-along qualities of Fifth Harmony’s “Bo$$” and Charli’s audience connectivity during performances, VMA…

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