1. Beyonce & Jay Z's Cuba Trip Was Legal, U.S. Inspector Finds

    August 21, 2014 7:16 PM EDT The U.S. Treasury Department's inspector general has determined Jay Z and Beyonce 's fifth-anniversary trip to Cuba last year was legal under rules allowing educational travel to the island. Jay Z's Song 'Open Letter' Addresses Controversial Cuba Trip The music…

  2. Billboard Cover Story Sneak Peek: Diplo Got Drunk With Madonna and 4 Other Details on Their Upcoming Collaboration

    August 21, 2014 6:42 PM EDT Diplo is one of the most in-demand producers on the planet. Who else but the 35-year-old DJ could knock out "four or five" songs for Usher's next album in a week's time, work on new tunes with both  Ty Dolla $ign  and  Lorde  and gather 30 new tracks for  Major Lazer …

  3. SoundCloud Debuts Monetization Play With 'On SoundCloud', Announces $100 Million In Funding

    August 21, 2014 11:01 AM EDT The successful audio platform has launched it's first advertising initiative, and plans a subscription service in the near future. It’s a new era for SoundCloud.   The audio platform has long been a home to unsigned, independent and even established artists to debut new material --…

  4. Jake Miller Talks Twitter's Effect On 'First Flight Home'

    August 20, 2014 5:17 PM EDT Florida hip-hop artist's new song has lit up Billboard's Twitter Trending 140. 'I went from the kid who was always listening to his iPod to the kid in other people's iPods.' "First Flight Home," Jake Miller 's latest song and video, has flown sky-high.…

  5. Exclusive: The Supremes' Mary Wilson Talks No. 1 Single 'Where Did Our Love Go' 50 Years Later

    August 20, 2014 10:52 AM EDT The singer reveals why the trio didn’t care for the song, how they felt about Motown’s other girl groups and how a Billboard chart-topper changed their lives. Before Diana Ross, Mary Wilson and Florence Ballard became the most successful girl group of the rock era, Motown released eight…

  6. Grimes Responds to Wikipedia Trolls With Tumblr Post on Drug Use

    August 18, 2014 10:41 AM EDT “I want people to know that I hate hard drugs. All they’ve ever done is kill my friends and cause me to be unproductive.” Scoff at Wikipedia all you want -- Grimes knows a lot of people take it very seriously. So when trolls began repeatedly adding quotes about amphetamine usage to her Wiki…

  7. Watch Linda Perry and Sara Gilbert Lampoon 'American Idol'

    August 18, 2014 4:46 AM EDT If Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, or Led Zeppelin were to audition for American Idol today, would any of them have earned a Golden Ticket to Hollywood? The short answer to that, according to hit songwriter Linda Perry , star of VH1's Make or Break : The Linda Perry Project , is a resounding …

  8. Demi Lovato Releases Bipolar PSA, Announces Mental Health Listening & Engagement Tour

    August 15, 2014 7:42 PM EDT Recently Demi Lovato has been stepping up in big ways as an outspoken advocate for both gay rights and mental health issues, specifically bipolar disorder, with which she was diagnosed in 2011. Now she's taking her engagement to a new level, announcing Friday she will join the The…

  9. Gene Simmons Apologizes for Comments on Depression 'Made Without Regard for Those Who Truly Suffer'

    August 15, 2014 6:58 PM EDT After making some insensitive comments about depression as well as drug and alcohol addiction in a recent interview, KISS bassist Gene Simmons is eating his words.  Kiss' Gene Simmons: 'I'm On the Side of Donald Sterling' The question of whether he gets along with his…

  10. Exclusive: 'Aladdin' Composer Alan Menken Pens Tribute to the 'Brilliant' Robin Williams

    August 15, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Robin Williams appeared in our lives like a comet streaking across the sky; a brilliant, adorable, hilarious, compassionate, vulnerable manifestation of the human condition. It was as if he had learned to bare his soul with spontaneous humor as his only defense. He was performing an amazing…

  11. Billboard Cover: Ariana Grande on Fame, Freddy Krueger and Her Freaky Past

    August 15, 2014 9:00 AM EDT The “micromanaging workhorse” finally achieved her dream of becoming an R&B diva. Now, at 21, comes the hard part: conquering her fear of futuristic pop. Ariana Grande is easily mistaken for an old-school good girl. The singer wears Audrey Hepburn-style strapless gowns, travels…

  12. How Did Fans Hype Up B1A4 for KCON 2014?: Video Interview

    August 14, 2014 5:15 PM EDT When most people get off an airplane, they're tired or jetlagged (maybe both) and yearning to get their final destination. But the boys of B1A4 tell Billboard they were overjoyed to be greeted by so many fans at the airport upon their arrival. The K-pop boy band added that the energy…

  13. Jason Aldean & More Country Stars Top Hot Tours

    August 14, 2014 5:09 PM EDT Blake Shelton & Rascal Flatts round out the top 3. Country music dominates the first three slots on the weekly slate of Hot Tours based on ticket sales reported from summer treks by Jason Aldean , Blake Shelton and Rascal Flatts . The country headliners are all on the road in North…

  14. Austin Mahone on Tour: Behind-The-Scenes Q&A and Live Performances

    August 14, 2014 2:45 PM EDT Eighteen-year-old Austin Mahone is in the midst of his biggest tour to date, playing sold-out shows for his “Mahomies” around the country. When Mahone hit Downtown Los Angeles’ Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE, the fifth show of the 30-date run, Billboard caught up with the singer, as…

  15. Watch Punk Band Trash Talk Take Down a Drone With a Beer Can Mid-Set

    August 14, 2014 2:06 PM EDT Sacramento hardcore punks Trash Talk knocked a drone out of the sky during a Detroit show Saturday, chucking a full can of beer at the machine and nailing it. Cooler yet than bassist Spencer Pollard's feat of athletic precision is that the photographer who owns the video drone got it all…

  16. Usher Wants You To Know He Doesn't Regret His Failed Marriage

    August 14, 2014 12:15 PM EDT Usher doesn't regret his marriage to Tameka Foster. The singer opened up in the latest issue of  O Magazine , where he described getting married at the age of 28 as his "best mistake" (weird coincidence -- "Best Mistake" is the title of Ariana Grande's latest…

  17. Herbert Song Premiere: Listen To 'Bumps' From His Next EP

    August 12, 2014 12:36 PM EDT Masterful house producer Matthew Herbert is returning next month with a new release, Part 7 , which is the latest installment in his ongoing EP series. The lead track, "Bumps," is a hypnotic pop song which you can hear exclusively on Billboard.com below: Working with vocalist Rahel…

  18. Brad Paisley Q&A: Country Star Talks 'Moonshine,' 'Accidental Racist' & Air Force One Trophies

    August 12, 2014 5:44 AM EDT Sitting backstage at the Grand Ole Opry recently, Brad Paisley is in his element. Though he’s been busy this summer appearing Sunday nights on ABC’s Rising Star competition and traveling across the U.S. on his Kraft-sponsored Country Nation tour, Paisley is never too busy to come home and…

  19. Outside Lands 2014: 10 Best Performances

    August 11, 2014 4:50 PM EDT For three days, we strapped on our trainers to traipse seven stages laid out across the vast grounds of Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, where more than 100 acts played their hearts out at the seventh annual Outside Lands. With weekend crowd estimates hovering around 200,000, the sold-out…

  20. Chart Highlights: Sam Smith Settles In For A No. 1 'Stay' On Adult Contemporary

    August 11, 2014 3:50 PM EDT The British singer/songwriter's 'Stay With Me' makes a quick climb to the top. Plus, new No. 1s for Nico & Vinz, Royksopp & Robyn, Milky Chance, Godsmack and more Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out…

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