1. SISTAR Heads Out on One Last Summer Adventure in 'I Swear' Video

    August 27, 2014 9:59 PM EDT The girl group drops a last-minute summer anthem on their new EP boasting four remixes of their past K-pop smashes. Summer may be winding down, but that doesn't mean the SISTAR girls are slowing down on the feel-good tunes. About a month after releasing their sexy, sax-y "Touch My…

  2. Robin Williams Biography in the Works

    August 27, 2014 6:56 PM EDT New York Times writer Dave Itzkoff will pen the 'definitive' account of the late comedian's life. In the wake of his Aug. 11 suicide, Robin Williams is getting a high-profile posthumous biography by The New York Times Writer Dave Itzkoff . Billy Crystal Pays Tribute to Robin…

  3. Latin Radio Icon Polito Vega to Be Honored at New York Concert

    August 27, 2014 5:12 PM EDT The iconic radio personality Polito Vega will be honored Sept. 21 during a concert at Madison Square Garden featuring some of the biggest names in entertainment, including Juan Luis Guerra , Don Omar , Chayanne and Carlos Vives . Polito Vega Never Goes Out of Style "El Megaton Mundial de…

  4. Song of the Summer 2014: Ed Sheeran, Martin Garrix, 5 Seconds of Summer and More Musicians Make Their Picks

    August 27, 2014 2:00 PM EDT Everyone is weighing in on 2014’s Song of the Summer -- and that includes popular musicians who were responsible for creating some of this year’s song-of-the-summer contenders. We caught up with 5 Seconds of Summer , Ed Sheeran , Martin Garrix ,  Betty Who , Chromeo , Bleachers ’ Jack…

  5. Song of the Summer 2014: Billboard Staff Picks

    August 27, 2014 2:00 PM EDT It’s time to face facts: summer 2014 is almost at an end. But before we pack away our beach towels and sunscreen, we’re taking a moment to salute all the great tunes that have soundtracked our lives for the last 3 months. In advance of naming Billboard’s official Song of the Summer next week,…

  6. Pioneering Rumba King Peret Dead at 79

    August 27, 2014 12:15 PM EDT Barcelona bids goodbye to the father of its urban gypsy sound. Peret, the singer and guitarist known as the king of the Catalan rumba -- Barcelona's original party music -- died Wednesday, Aug. 27, at 79. Peret once described the rumba catalana as a fusion of gypsy music, Afro-Cuban…

  7. Taylor Swift's 'Shake It Off' Debuts At No. 1 On Hot 100

    August 27, 2014 12:03 PM EDT Swift's new single blasts in at No. 1, thanks to hefty sales, streaming and airplay. Plus, Nicki Minaj's 'Anaconda' vaults 39-2 following the premiere of its video. Taylor Swift rockets onto the Billboard Hot 100 chart at No. 1 with "Shake It Off." As…

  8. Interpol Streams Full 'El Pintor' Album Ahead of Release Date

    August 27, 2014 11:39 AM EDT Interpol is back! The dapper New York post-punks enjoyed a warm reception to the samples they’ve shared thus far from their new studio album, El Pintor , which hits stores Sept. 9 via Matador. And now it’s time to judge the whole thing -- the album is now streaming on NPR’s First Listen .…

  9. How a 'Parks & Rec' EP Got She & Him, Childish Gambino & Superchunk to Play His Backyard

    August 27, 2014 11:30 AM EDT Donick Cary is enlisting musicians to help prevent teen suicide. Every year for one evening, Donick Cary opens his backyard to bands like Yo La Tengo, She & Him, The Polyphonic Spree and Childish Gambino . Cary, co-executive producer on NBC comedy Parks and Recreation , has used his Los…

  10. Wiz Khalifa Earns First No. 1 Album On Billboard 200

    August 27, 2014 10:59 AM EDT Meanwhile, Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off" blasts in at No. 1 on the Digital Songs chart with a massive debut. Hip-hop star Wiz Khalifa earns his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 , as his new Blacc Hollywood set arrives atop the list. The album, which was…

  11. K-Pop Legend Lee Seung Chul to Perform With North Korean Refugee Choir in Boston

    August 26, 2014 9:33 PM EDT The South Korean singer will join With-U, a 55-member choir of young North Korean defectors, at Harvard University. Legendary South Korean singer  Lee Seung Chul will perform with a choir of North Korean defectors at Harvard University this week.  Dream On - Lee Seung Chul's Benefit will…

  12. Seth MacFarlane on Playing It Straight for His New ‘Holiday for Swing’ Album

    August 26, 2014 4:10 PM EDT Seth MacFarlane may be famous for creating irreverent comedies like Family Guy and  Ted , but he takes crooning very seriously.  Holiday For Swing , his Christmas-themed follow-up to 2011's Grammy-nominated  Music Is Better Than Words (due this fall via Republic Records), finds him…

  13. Steve Aoki, Disco Donnie to Speak at Electronic Music Conference

    August 26, 2014 3:06 PM EDT Asia-Pacific's Electronic Music Conference has unveiled a first round of speakers, as well as other details, for this year's event taking place in Sydney on Dec. 2-4.   The announcement features over 40 speakers, most notably Steve Aoki , who'll deliver the conference's…

  14. Robyn Hitchcock on Covering His Muses, the Passage of Time & 20th Solo Album ‘The Man Upstairs’

    August 26, 2014 12:49 PM EDT "I am effectively a folk artist. I’m just not a traditional folk artist." Pick up the phone to interview Robyn Hitchcock and you might get an unexpected lesson in history and geography. “I’m staring at the sea on the south coast of England, the Isle of Wight, just where Jim Morrison…

  15. VMAs Ratings Down Despite Blue Ivy Surprise

    August 26, 2014 12:02 PM EDT The 2014 MTV Video Music Awards was the most-watched show on television Sunday, pulling in 8.3 million total viewers, down 18 percent from the 10.1 million viewers who tuned in last year. Based on Nielsen numbers, the original broadcast had 10.3 million viewers tuning in on MTV, MTV2, VH1…

  16. Pop Shop Podcast: MTV VMAs Recap!

    August 25, 2014 3:32 PM EDT Listen to the special VMAs episode of Billboard.com's weekly charts breakdown. Welcome to a special Video Music Awards episode of the Billboard.com Pop Shop Podcast , Billboard's weekly half-hour audio breakdown of the Billboard charts, hottest music news and year's biggest…

  17. Brad Paisley, 'Moonshine in the Trunk': Track-by-Track Review

    August 25, 2014 2:30 PM EDT Brad Paisley 's previous album, 2013's Wheelhouse , was a finely crafted effort that touched on such weighty topics as racism, domestic violence and heartbreak. It stirred controversy when he duetted with LL Cool J on "Accidental Racist," and the overall album might have…

  18. 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…

  19. MTV VMAs 2014: Watch All Our Red Carpet Videos

    August 25, 2014 2:32 AM EDT Seconds of Summer, Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran & more stopped to chat before the big show. The MTV Video Music Awards got started long before Ariana Grande hit the main stage Sunday night. Billboard was on the red carpet hours before the big show began, talking to everyone from Ed Sheeran…

  20. 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…

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