1. Shawn Mendes & Troye Sivan Shake Up Social 50 Chart

    August 22, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Two savvy social media stars popular on the Billboard + Twitter realtime charts make a timely entry on the Social 50 . First up: Shawn Mendes . The 16-year old who turned his fame on Vine into a record deal with Island Records, debuts at No. 32. Mendes recently saw his self-titled debut EP…

  2. Billboard Cover: Diplo on His Katy Perry Connection, Madonna Collaboration and 8-Figure Lifestyle

    August 22, 2014 9:00 AM EDT The most valuable backpack in Los Angeles is a capacious, sturdy-looking black number loaded with a pair of sticker-emblazoned MacBook Pro laptops, a set of headphones and a mobile Internet hotspot. It belongs to the 35-year-old DJ-producer Wesley Pentz, better-known as  Diplo , and it’s with…

  3. John Legend Brings Marvin Gaye's 'What's Going On' to Hollywood Bowl

    August 21, 2014 4:35 PM EDT Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings join in paying homage to Marvin Gaye's landmark album. "Trigger-happy policing": That line from Marvin Gaye 's 1971 hit "Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)" still speaks volumes -- especially in the wake of the ongoing…

  4. Why Don’t Today’s Hits Reflect The Times?

    August 21, 2014 3:22 PM EDT This week in 1965, the hottest debut on Billboard ’s Hot 100 was Barry McGuire ’s “Eve Of Destruction,” the lyrics of which were a wake-up call, from its opening shot of “The Eastern world, it is explodin’; violence flarin’, bullets loadin’,” to its warning of impending nuclear war (“If the…

  5. 'The Upstairs Bar Is Empty': Ticketfly Acquires Forward-Thinking App WillCall

    August 21, 2014 12:27 PM EDT Deal heralds expanded mobile offerings and the evolution of the in-venue experience -- like settling bar tabs in the app -- for fans and promoters. San Francisco-based digital ticketing firm Ticketfly has acquired WillCall, a concert discovery, ticketing, and in-venue commerce application for…

  6. Lauryn Hill Dedicates Song 'Black Rage' to Ferguson

    August 21, 2014 9:49 AM EDT In the midst of the tragic events still unfolding in Ferguson, Mo.,  Lauryn Hill  uploaded a version of her song, "Black Rage (Sketch)," dedicated to the beleaguered city.  Set to the tune of "My Favorite Things" the lyrics, of course, are much more serious than the Sound…

  7. Ariana Grande Crowns Billboard Artist 100

    August 21, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Spurred by the success of four current hits, the diva logs her first week at No. 1. Ariana Grande is the top artist in the U.S. this week, as she vaults 4-1 on the  Billboard Artist 100  chart, marking her first week atop the ranking. She also becomes the first female artist to lead the…

  8. 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.…

  9. 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 …

  10. Exclusive: Joey Fatts Talks Collaborative 9th Wonder Album

    August 20, 2014 2:45 PM EDT It wasn't long ago that 22-year old rapper Joey Fatts was living out of his car. Now, the Long Beach, Calif. rapper is signed to Waka Flocka Flame 's 36Brickhouse label and is charting Billboard hits.   Fatts placed two entries on the Billboard Twitter Emerging Artists chart thanks…

  11. 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…

  12. Taylor Swift Turns Radio On With 'Shake It Off'

    August 19, 2014 5:35 PM EDT Her new pure-pop single is set for lofty launches on the Pop and Adult Pop Songs airplay charts. As expected, Taylor Swift soared onto radio airwaves with her highly anticipated new single "Shake It Off." Swift released the high-energy, anti-haters pop anthem Tuesday during her…

  13. Russian Streaming Startup Zvooq Has a Unique Strategy (and Just Received $20M in Funding)

    August 19, 2014 3:20 PM EDT The piracy-rife country has a new, above-board option for music streamers -- with a pricing twist to boot. Russian music streaming service Zvooq has raised $20 million in Series A funding, led by Russian e-commerce company Ulmart with participation of Essedel Capital, a Finnish private equity…

  14. Guest Post: Why Honda's $50 Million Play for Music Content Isn't Working

    August 19, 2014 2:54 PM EDT The company's expensive play isn't adding up. We all know that music marketing spending is growing exponentially. Like mobile, digital or social, it has the power to improve the bottom line, to unite people, and to put brands in a position of providing actual real-life value. So……

  15. DJ Skee Debuts DASH Radio, Taps East Village Radio Co-Founder, L.A. Reid As Investors

    August 19, 2014 1:07 PM EDT Give Scott Keeney , a.k.a. DJ Skee , a minute to talk about his love for radio, and you’ll wind up getting five. That’s what Peter Ferraro , co-founder of East Village Radio, got on the day he announced the impending closure of his pioneering internet radio station. “At first I was like, …

  16. Gerard Way Forgets My Chemical Romance, Goes Full '80s in New 'No Shows' Video

    August 19, 2014 11:44 AM EDT Solo debut 'Hesitant Alien' drops Set. 30 on Reprise Records. Former My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way isn’t rocking out like a vampire anymore. He’s gone full-on British rock for his upcoming solo debut and just dropped an awesome new video for a fuzzy pop-rocker called “No…

  17. Hear Blake Shelton's 'Neon Light' From Upcoming Album 'Bringing Back the Sunshine'

    August 19, 2014 10:04 AM EDT Taylor Swift wasn't the only country(-ish) artist debuting new music Monday.  Blake Shelton dropped the lead single, "Neon Light," off his upcoming eleventh studio album, Bringing Back The Sunshine . The laid-back tune deals with the glimmer of hope in the distance following a…

  18. K-Pop Star Siwon Takes ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, Nominates Fellow Super Junior Members

    August 18, 2014 8:22 PM EDT Korea's most-followed person on Twitter is doing his part to raise awareness about Lou Gehrig's disease The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has officially hit Korea. K-pop star Siwon , a member of long-running boy band Super Junior , shared a video where he dumped two vats of water on…

  19. Instagram Sensation ‘Fat Jew’ Is Making Big Bucks With His Crazy Antics

    August 18, 2014 4:39 PM EDT ”Up until a year ago I was pretty much just getting paid to be an idiot,” says 30-year-old Josh Ostrovsky , better-known as comic and Instagram sensation The Fat Jew . These days, he’s an idiot with a very bright future. After amassing half a million Instagram followers -- including Katy…

  20. FKA Twigs Is a Woman of Mystery -- And She Likes It That Way

    August 18, 2014 1:57 PM EDT FKA Twigs has just released one of the year’s most bold, idiosyncratic and deeply personal debuts -- LP1 (Young Turks), an exploration of warped beauty ideals, gender politics, romantic power dynamics and raw sexuality. But she isn’t really interested in explaining the person behind her…

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