1. 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…

  2. Exclusive: Jackson Browne, Ry Cooder, Sturgill Simpson to Perform at Americana Awards

    August 25, 2014 12:14 PM EDT Spend any amount of time with Jed Hilly , executive director of the Americana Music Association, and you will no doubt be blown away with the sense of unbridled passion and energy that he approaches his job with. A great example of such an occasion came with Americanafest NYC -- which took…

  3. 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…

  4. Pete Wentz Welcomes Baby Boy

    August 21, 2014 8:46 PM EDT Saint Lazslo is the Fall Out Boy bassist's second son. Pete Wentz and his girlfriend of three years, Meagan Camper, welcomed a baby boy on Wednesday, People reports. They've named the baby Saint Lazslo. Pete Wentz Relaunching His Label as DCD2 It's the second child for Wentz --…

  5. Here's Every Musical Guest on 'The Simpsons' in Chronological Order

    August 21, 2014 6:30 PM EDT If you're not watching FXX's 'Simpsons' marathon, that's a paddlin' The longest-running TV marathon in history kicks off on Thursday when FXX starts airing every episode of the longest-running scripted primetime TV series ever: The Simpsons. Yep, all 25…

  6. Jennifer Hudson's Half-Brother Arrested After Alleged Stabbing

    August 20, 2014 11:35 AM EDT Jennifer Hudson 's half-brother Stephen Angelo Simpson was arrested Tuesday, Aug. 19, after he allegedly stabbed a man on Monday night. The stabbing took place at Simpson's estranged wife's apartment in the South Haven Charter Township in Van Buren County, Mich., according to…

  7. Ryan Adams, Jessie Ware & More Added to London iTunes Festival

    August 19, 2014 2:00 AM EDT Sam Smith, Maroon 5, 5 Seconds of Summer & more already announced as headliners. Ryan Adams , Jessie Ware , Lenny Kravitz and another dozen-plus artists have been added to next month's iTunes Festival in London, joining previously announced headliners Maroon 5 , Sam Smith and 5…

  8. Don Pardo, 'Saturday Night Live' Announcer, Dead at 96

    August 18, 2014 11:52 PM EDT Don Pardo , the magisterial announcer of  Saturday Night Live  for nearly 40 years — the highlight of seven heard and hardly seen decades at NBC — has died. He was 96. Pardo died Monday evening, an NBC spokesperson confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter . No details of his death were…

  9. Nick & Drew Lachey's New Reality Series 'Lachey's Bar' Gets Greenlight

    August 18, 2014 8:10 PM EDT Degrees singer Nick Lachey will return to reality TV next year, and this year will bring his little brother and bandmate Drew along with him.  98 Degrees' Jeff Timmons Inks Deal for Reality Show About Male 'Strip' Show A&E has greenlighted the siblings' new series,…

  10. 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…

  11. Spoon Scores Top 10 Debut With Unusual Vinyl Promotion

    August 14, 2014 7:53 PM EDT Spoon's eighth album lands the alt-rock band its best vinyl sales week. Plus, chart action from Godsmack, Hozier and Slipknot. Godsmack 's new album  1000HP  debuts on Top Rock Albums at No. 2 and the Billboard 200 at No. 3, selling 58,000 copies in the week ending Aug. 10,…

  12. Ed Sheeran’s ‘X’ Continues U.K. Chart Streak, Nico & Vinz Score Top Single

    August 11, 2014 2:27 AM EDT Norwegian duo Nico & Vinz have become the first act from that country to score a U.K. No. 1 single since A-ha , more than 28 years ago. Their “Am I Wrong” (Warner Bros./Warner Music) raced from No. 52 to top Sunday’s (Aug. 10) new Official Charts Company survey. On the album chart, there…

  13. Outside Lands 2014 Saturday Highlights: Tom Petty, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Haim and More

    August 10, 2014 10:10 AM EDT The second day of San Francisco’s annual music and arts festival Outside Lands brought classic rock hits, booty bouncing beats, furry freaks and even a surprise same-sex wedding proposal to scenic Golden Gate Park. Across genres, new songs were unveiled and fresh obsessions cemented. But…

  14. Selena Gomez To Receive 'Ultimate' Surfboard At Teen Choice Awards

    August 09, 2014 5:24 PM EDT Selena Gomez has proven she can do just about anything when it comes to entertaining the masses. And now the multi-hyphenate performer is being recognized for her work on the charts and on the big screen. 2 014 Teen Choice Awards: See All the Photos Here! Gomez will be presented with the…

  15. Here Are 7 of Our Favorite 'Abbey Road' Cover Homages

    August 08, 2014 4:06 PM EDT As far as Beatles anniversaries go, today is a pretty cool one: It's the 45th anniversary of the day the iconic  Abbey Road  cover photo was shot by Iain Macmillan. In honor of that ubiquituos image, below we've rounded up some of our favorite images and moments honoring the iconic…

  16. Diplo’s 'White Dude' Dances To No. 2 Debut

    August 08, 2014 7:30 AM EDT Diplo draws a No. 2 debut on Dance/Electronic Albums with Random White Dude Be Everywhere , selling 2,000 units in the week ending Aug. 3 according to Nielsen SoundScan. The album, named after a comment posted on YouTube for one of his videos, contains a mix of new and previously released…

  17. This Week In Billboard Chart History: Guns N' Roses Celebrate 'Sweet' Success

    August 04, 2014 8:05 AM EDT This week in 1988, the rockers ruled with their breakthrough classic. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Rick Nelson, Selena and Bryan Adams Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history Aug. 4, 1958 Happy 56th birthday,…

  18. 'Danny Elfman's Music From the Films of Tim Burton' Adds Second L.A. Show

    July 28, 2014 6:56 PM EDT Elfman, along with 87-piece Hollywood Studio Symphony and 45-member choir, will perform Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 at Nokia Theatre at L.A. Live. " Danny Elfman 's Music From the Films of Tim Burton" has added a second performance in Los Angeles. Elfman and the 87-piece Hollywood…

  19. 2014 Newport Folk Festival: 10 Best Performances

    July 28, 2014 11:59 AM EDT Not even the threat of thunderstorms, torrential downpours, and Friday afternoon bumper-to-bumper traffic on I-95 could get in the way of Newport Folk Festival ringing in its 55th year -- or soul icon Mavis Staples  her 75th. "Thank you to [festival founder] George Wein for letting me…

  20. Chart Moves: Audra McDonald Tops Four Billboard Charts, Buzzed-About Jungle Band Arrives

    July 25, 2014 8:45 PM EDT Also: A discounted Eminem charges back onto the chart, 'Now 50' crosses the half-million mark and the 'Wish I Was Here' soundtrack takes a bow. This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, "Weird Al" Yankovic earned his first No. 1 , as Mandatory Fun bowed atop…

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