1. Brad Paisley & Kem Set For Top 10 Debuts on Billboard 200

    August 29, 2014 6:33 PM EDT Country star Brad Paisley is aiming for his ninth top 10 album. Country star Brad Paisley is set to collect his ninth top 10 album on the Billboard 200 chart, as his new release, Moonshine in the Trunk , is aiming for a high arrival on the chart. Industry sources forecast the new album,…

  2. Free Music Round-Up: Raury, Ty Dolla $ign, Rico Love & Melat

    August 29, 2014 5:00 PM EDT This was an exciting week for free music. Raury released a precocious album debut, Ty Dolla $ign and Rico Love delivered R&B-drenched projects and rising singer Melat channeled vintage hip-hop/soul on her EP. Raury's Indigo Child (Album) Raury aims for a powerful, cohesive statement…

  3. The MusicCares Challenge Emerges to Benefit Artists (and Show Off Great Music)

    August 29, 2014 4:08 PM EDT Last Saturday Tom DeSavia , head of creative services at Songs Music Publishing, was sick of the naysaying from detractors of the now-ubiquitous Ice Bucket Challenge which, according to Forbes , has increased donations to the ALS Association by 3,500% over last year, from $2.8 million to over…

  4. Chris Brown Due Back in D.C. Court for Plea Hearing

    August 29, 2014 4:07 PM EDT Chris Brown is scheduled to appear in a District of Columbia court for what would be a third attempt at a plea deal to resolve an assault case that dates to October 2013 . Chris Brown Responds to Suge Knight Pre-VMA Party Shooting According to court filings, Brown was scheduled to appear in D…

  5. Riff Raff Mad at 'Chubby' Sam Smith For Cropping Him Out of VMA Photo

    August 29, 2014 3:42 PM EDT This is how he do. Here's the thing about having so many celebrities at awards shows: Unless you're Beyonce , everyone gets cropped out of a photo at some point or another. Yes, Riff Raff , even you. Katy Perry's All-Denim Ensemble Is a Britney Spears & Justin Timberlake…

  6. Iggy Azalea Rules Song of the Summer Readers' Poll

    August 29, 2014 2:50 PM EDT With summer 2014 almost at its end (sad but true), we’ve been looking back at the hit songs that have kept the last three months sizzling. Both musicians and Billboard staff members have made their picks, and now the Billboard readers have made their voices heard – and those voices are all…

  7. 5 Seconds of Summer, Miley Cyrus & Beyonce: Real-Time Twitter Chart Rewind Ep. 13

    August 29, 2014 12:40 PM EDT Welcome to Billboard's weekly video show "Real-Time Rewind," which recaps the past week's hottest action on the new Billboard Real-Time Twitter Charts -- Trending 140 and Emerging Artists -- and the news that's driving the action. Hosted by Billboard's Joe Levy,…

  8. Bertelsmann Reports First Half Profits, Sets Sights and Pins Hopes on Chinese Entrance

    August 29, 2014 10:27 AM EDT The German media group Bertelsmann has high hopes for investments in the Chinese music market, and optimism fueled by the successes of its music publishing division the Bertelsmann Music Group (BMG). At the presentation of Bertelsmann's half-year financial results in Berlin, chairman and…

  9. VMAs: Which Performance Triggered the Biggest Sales Spike?

    August 29, 2014 3:57 AM EDT MTV doled out the Moonmen during Sunday's Video Music Awards, but the musicians who really won at the awards show are the ones who performed. After performing a snippet from every single trackduring a 16-minute medley and receiving the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, Beyonce saw…

  10. Ferguson Protest Songs Impact Real-Time Charts

    August 28, 2014 7:28 PM EDT The Game's 'Don't Shoot' is the latest Ferguson-related viral track to chart high on the Billboard + Twitter Trending 140 tally. The protests in Ferguson, Mo., over the shooting of Michael Brown on Aug. 9 have been an important topic of online conversation on Twitter,…

  11. Watch Killer Mike Talk Ferguson on Fox News

    August 28, 2014 6:04 PM EDT Since writing a thought-provoking op-ed for Billboard about Ferguson, Mo. , Killer Mike has appeared on CNN and, now, Fox News to talk about the ongoing tensions following the shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown. Interviewed by Lisa Kennedy Montgomery (aka onetime MTV VJ Kennedy …

  12. Where Is Pop's Response to Ferguson?

    August 28, 2014 5:00 PM EDT As chaos raged in Missouri, most of pop's brightest stars said nothing about the situation. Why didn't anyone want to speak? "For the past two weeks, the eyes of the nation have been on Ferguson, Missouri," Common said at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday night (Aug. 24…

  13. Labor Day Playlist: 20 Songs About Working for the Man

    August 28, 2014 3:32 PM EDT In America, we live to work and work to live -- and we never stop complaining about it. Even folks who love their jobs are never satisfied. If baseball weren’t our national pastime, bitching about our stupid jerk-face bosses surely would be. Luckily, we pause once a year on the first Monday…

  14. What Will Be Billboard's Song Of The Summer?

    August 28, 2014 1:30 PM EDT With one week left in the Songs of the Summer tracking period, 'Fancy' remains the chart's only No. 1 so far. Is it a lock to be this year's winner? Will Iggy Azalea 's "Fancy," featuring Charli XCX , take the title of Billboard's top summer…

  15. T-Mobile Adds Rdio, Songza Grooveshark to Free Data Program

    August 28, 2014 12:14 PM EDT T-Mobile, the fourth-largest mobile carrier in the U.S., announced on Wednesday it has added Rdio, Songza, Grooveshark and others to its Music Freedom program, a perk launched this summer that removes all data charges from streaming music through popular services. The phone carrier also added…

  16. Matrimony Video Premiere: Watch The Gorgeous 'Southern Skies' Clip

    August 28, 2014 11:47 AM EDT Alt-folk collective Matrimony released its lovely debut album Montibello Memories last May through Columbia Records, and after Billboard.com premiered the band's single "Southern Skies" back in March , we're happy to also launch the gorgeous music video for the song. Check…

  17. Ed Sheeran Brings His One-Man Band to L.A.'s Staples Center: Concert Review

    August 28, 2014 11:30 AM EDT Can one man with no band, no backup singers, no dancers, and no stage-mates whatsoever entertain a crowd of nearly 20,000? That question was answered Wednesday night at L.A.'s Staples Center when Ed Sheeran hit the stage with just a guitar and a loop pedal, and the answer was a 20,000…

  18. 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…

  19. Suge Knight Dismissed from Hospital: Report

    August 27, 2014 8:17 PM EDT After suffering from a reported six gunshot wounds at a pre-VMA party early Sunday, Suge Knight has left the hospital, reports TMZ .  Suge Knight Investigation Moved to Homicide Bureau The website says the Death Row Records founder left Cedars-Sinai in Beverly Hills around 6 a.m. Wednesday…

  20. 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…

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