1. EP to the Rescue! Short Albums Are a Rare Music Business Success Story

    August 19, 2014 2:44 PM EDT How shorter, fan-tested collections are resuscitating the recorded-music business. It’s the rare music sales success story: In resurrecting the EP, or “extended play,” a format comprising eight or fewer songs, record labels are moving enough units to build revenue for a baby act with a song…

  2. The 25 Most Popular Music Clubs in the U.S.

    August 19, 2014 12:00 PM EDT On April 23, just one day after the release of her soon-to-be No. 3 album on the Billboard 200, Iggy Azalea was onstage at the House of Blues in Boston playing for a sellout crowd of 2,500. A major artist in front of a small crowd -- investors call it a "perishable experience"; fans…

  3. 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…

  4. Gimme Five: SPICA's Most Inspirational Singers (Video)

    August 18, 2014 9:00 PM EDT Listen to any SPICA  record and one can instantly tell their pipes were inspired by the big divas who came before them. With singles that range from funk-pop ( "I Did It," "You Don't Love Me" ) to EDM ( "Tonight" ) to straight-up R&B ( "Painkiller…

  5. 'Rising Star' Recap: With a Record Contract Pending, Contestants Show Their True Artistic Colors

    August 18, 2014 3:46 AM EDT Tonight’s Rising Star began with Josh Groban accepting his official ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, which makes sense, because this show is a lot like scrolling through your Facebook newsfeed: there’s a good bit of secondhand embarrassment, occasionally something is interesting enough to make you…

  6. Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez Accept ALS Ice Bucket Challenge: Video

    August 16, 2014 8:01 PM EDT With so many A-listers taking part in the very viral ALS Ice Bucket Challenge , even more pop stars are getting in on the charitable action. On Saturday (August 16), Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez, Carrie Underwood, Fifth Harmony and The Vamps all dumped a bucket of ice over their heads, which is…

  7. The Vamps Debut in Top 10 on Billboard 200

    August 15, 2014 5:28 PM EDT New U.K. pop band opens at No. 10 on Billboard 200 with Somebody To You EP. U.K. pop band  The Vamps make a splash at No. 10 on the Billboard 200 with their debut EP,  Somebody to You . The quartet's effort sold 20,000 copies in the week ending Aug. 10, according to Nielsen SoundScan,…

  8. Spoon Scores Top 10 Debut With Unusual Vinyl Promotion

    August 14, 2014 7:53 PM EDT Spoon's eighth album lands the alt-rock band its best vinyl sales week. Plus, chart action from Godsmack, Hozier and Slipknot. Godsmack 's new album  1000HP  debuts on Top Rock Albums at No. 2 and the Billboard 200 at No. 3, selling 58,000 copies in the week ending Aug. 10,…

  9. Gimme Five: IU's Favorite Singers (Video)

    August 14, 2014 7:30 PM EDT Though she's only 21,  IU  has proven in her six years on the K-pop scene that she has a musical taste far beyond her years. The singer has earned No. 1s on the K-Pop Hot 100 after dabbling in everything from big band swing  to  classic Korean tunes . After telling Billboard she'd…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. Watch Austin Mahone Perform "Say My Name" Live in Los Angeles

    August 14, 2014 2:41 PM EDT On The Road Videos …

  13. Austin Mahone "Say Somethin" Live in Los Angeles

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  14. Watch Austin Mahone On The Road: Behind-the-Scenes On Tour

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  15. Sam Gores, Chairman/CEO of Paradigm Talent Agency, on Leading Versus Bossing

    August 11, 2014 1:55 PM EDT The agency giant on the booming concert business, the art of the pitch and why being a leader is different (read: better) than being a boss. Paradigm Talent Agency may be located in the former Beverly Hills campus of MCA, where legendary entertainment moguls like Jules Stein and Lew…

  16. Mike Doughty Premieres New Hip-Hop-Influenced Song, Announces New Album & Tour

    August 11, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Former Soul Coughing frontman Mike Doughty is back with a brand new album that’s a sharp left turn from anything he’s released lately. It’s fan-funded, heavily influenced by alternative hip-hop, and led by a track with a killer banjo riff. Check out the premiere of new song “Light Will Keep…

  17. 'Rising Star' Recap: Brad Get Serious, Contestants Culled On Quarter-Finals Night

    August 11, 2014 4:57 AM EDT In the quarter-finals of Rising Star , Josh Groban -- in addition to wearing a very dangerous pair of barracuda socks -- kept telling us that eight singers would be competing for our votes tonight, but what he probably should have been saying is, “Three singers are competing for your votes,…

  18. Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Shawn Mendes and the Great EP Comeback

    August 08, 2014 8:58 PM EDT This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers finally claimed its first No. 1 album , as Hypnotic Eye bowed in the top slot, selling 131,000 copies in the week ending Aug. 3, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Of course, aside from Petty there was -- as usual --…

  19. Journey, Steve Miller Band Lead Hot Tours With Summer Run

    August 07, 2014 6:20 PM EDT Journey and the Steve Miller Band take the top ranking in the weekly tally of Hot Tours with the final box office stats reported from their summertime trek through North America. The veteran rock bands joined forces in mid-May to co-headline an 11-week tour, playing primarily at outdoor…

  20. Alt-J Finds Summer Fun in 'Left Hand Free' Video

    August 07, 2014 1:44 PM EDT Alt-J's new single "Left Hand Free" is the British group's most brazen rocker to date, and the official music video accordingly captures the raucous spirit of summer, with an Americana twist. Directed by Ryan Staake, the "Left Hand Free" was filmed on the…

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