1. MTV Preps Live VMA Ads With Usher, Iggy Azalea, Rita Ora & More

    August 22, 2014 6:14 PM EDT The ratings of MTV's Video Music Awards hinge so much year-over-year on zeitgeisty, unpredictable moments, it's often hard to forecast what will be the most talked-about topic the morning after. Witness 2013's telecast, which had an anticipated *NSYNC reunion and hyped…

  2. Ludacris Q&A: His Next Album, Mourning Paul Walker & Vin Diesel's Rap Skills

    August 22, 2014 6:08 PM EDT Rapper, receiving BMI President's Award this weekend, is looking at November for personal 'Ludaversal' album. This weekend in Los Angeles, rapper Chris " Ludacris " Bridges will be given BMI's President's Award , a honor for songwriting and impact on pop…

  3. The Gaslight Anthem Lights Up Top Rock Albums

    August 22, 2014 11:25 AM EDT The band's new set starts at No. 2 on Top Rock Albums and No. 4 on the Billboard 200. Plus, chart action from Tove Lo, alt-J and Ryan Adams. The Gaslight Anthem 's Get Hurt debuts at No. 2 on Top Rock Albums and No. 4 on the Billboard 200 with 33,000 sold, according to Nielsen…

  4. Are Taylor Swift and Country Splitting Up for Good?

    August 22, 2014 10:51 AM EDT Will Taylor and country radio ever get back together, or have programmers moved on? It was like a carefully planned breakup. First came the unabashed pop bangers on Taylor Swift 's last album, 2012's Red , "Trouble" and "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together"…

  5. Colton Dixon Banks on Christianity, Gets Ready to Drop 'Anchor'

    August 22, 2014 1:51 AM EDT Colton Dixon may be making a name for himself in the world of Christian music, but that doesn’t mean his name isn’t associated with at least one sinful indulgence: ice cream. The American Idol season 11 alum now has his very own flavor courtesy of Boston ice creamery Emack & Bolio, one…

  6. 'The Voice' Season 7 Trailer Features Gwen Stefani, Pharrell Lovefest

    August 21, 2014 9:49 PM EDT Newest coaches don't miss a beat with Adam Levine, Blake Shelton in new trailer. Pharrell Williams and Gwen Stefani haven't made their debut on The Voice yet, but a new trailer reveals that the duo seem to be feeling right at home. The two music powerhouses join veteran Voice…

  7. Super Bowl Halftime Pay-to-Play Reports: Grammys Producer Weighs In

    August 21, 2014 6:56 PM EDT 'I don't know that a Super Bowl performance, other than exposing an artist to a larger audience, does as much as the right performance on 'Saturday Night Live' or the right moment on the Grammys,' Ken Ehrlich tells Billboard. The NFL is making headlines this week for…

  8. Crossfaith, Phoenix & More Hit Japan's Summer Sonic

    August 21, 2014 5:29 PM EDT Ellie Goulding, Arctic Monkeys, Queen with Adam Lambert & more also grace the Tokyo & Osaka stages. Summer Sonic, the biggest music festival in Japan devoted to international repertoire, was held Aug. 16 and 17 simultaneously in Tokyo and Osaka. The event has recently seen industry…

  9. Lenny Kravitz to Play iTunes Festival in London

    August 20, 2014 11:43 PM EDT Apple's iTunes Festival in London has added Lenny Kravitz , Rudimental , Elbow and Paolo Nutini to its lineup of headliners. The eighth annual event will once again take place throughout September at The Roundhouse in the Camden neighborhood of the British capital. Listen to Lenny…

  10. It's Official: You Can't Own a Facebook 'Like'

    August 20, 2014 5:03 PM EDT Florida judge says Facebook 'likes' aren't the property of page creators. A Florida federal judge made social media history on Wednesday, determining that the woman who created a Facebook page for The Game can't establish she owns a property interest in some 6.2 million …

  11. 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…

  12. Apple Stock Reaches All-Time High

    August 20, 2014 10:10 AM EDT Apple's stock touched a new high Wednesday, reflecting investors' renewed faith in CEO Tim Cook 's ability to outwit the competition and expand the technological hit factory built by the late Steve Jobs . The milestone represents a dramatic turnaround in sentiment since Apple&…

  13. MTV VMAs' 15 Best Performances of All Time

    August 20, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Like summer's end, the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards are fast approaching. If the show's 30-year legacy is any indication, we're in for superstar collabs and elaborate sets come Sunday (Aug. 24). To celebrate the annual spectacular, we’ve picked the best performances in VMA…

  14. Jennifer Lopez, Iggy Azalea, Shakira and More: Music's Latest 10 Ice Bucket Challenges

    August 20, 2014 6:07 AM EDT The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is showing no sign of cooling off. In case you’ve been living on a space station for the past month, the social media phenomenon is channeling money and awareness toward Lou Gehrig's disease by confronting celebrities and everyone else to either pour a bucket…

  15. Soundwave Fest Expands, Announces Line-Up With Faith No More, Slipknot & Soundgarden

    August 19, 2014 11:18 PM EDT Australia’s Soundwave, one of the biggest touring hard-rock festivals on the planet, will be even bigger next year.  In an announcement that took many observers by surprise, organizers have revealed the Soundwave 2015 program would be spread over two days, with a bill that features…

  16. Trisha Yearwood Signs With Sony, Announces New Album

    August 19, 2014 7:35 PM EDT Country singer also going strong with her newfound culinary career. Trisha Yearwood is back and gearing up for a very busy fall. On Tuesday evening (Aug. 19) at a press event in Nashville, the Grammy-winning vocalist announced she's signing with Sony Music Nashville, launching her own…

  17. From Jay Z and Beyonce to the Stones: A Look at 6 Top Tours of 2014

    August 19, 2014 5:33 PM EDT These A-list road warriors logged major miles this year: They grossed a staggering $843 million, set career and live-event records, and reached more than 8 million fans. Read on to find out who's ruled the concert circuit so far in 2014: Kevin Kane/WireImage BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN & THE…

  18. Ask Billboard: Iggy Azalea, Ariana Grande, Sam Smith & Charli XCX Are Seeing Double

    August 19, 2014 11:05 AM EDT The four acts each boast multiple top 20 hits this week. Do they set a record? Plus, Selena & Celine's top hits and more 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…

  19. Marvel's 'Ant-Man' Adds T.I. to Growing Cast

    August 19, 2014 9:41 AM EDT Marvel's Ant-Man has announced several new castings, including rapper T.I. , Bobby Cannavale ( Boardwalk Empire ), Judy Greer ( Archer ) and John Slattery ( Mad Men ). The film, directed by Peyton Reed , began principal photography on Monday in San Francisco. It stars Paul Rudd  as its…

  20. 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…

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