1. MTV’s Van Toffler Talks Miley Cyrus, the FCC, Why Diddy’s Revolt Won’t Work

    August 18, 2014 10:54 AM EDT The MTV veteran on his 12 networks, the Aug. 24 VMAs, P. Diddy’s Revolt (“I can’t find it”) and constant reinvention. When Van Toffler first went to work at 1515 Broadway in the mid-1980s, starting in business development for Nickelodeon and eventually rising to GM, then president of MTV, the…

  2. Mysterious Aphex Twin Blimp Seen Flying Over London

    August 16, 2014 12:36 PM EDT A mysterious green blimp with the Aphex Twin logo printed on one side and “2014” appearing on the other was spotted hovering over London’s Oval Space venue on Saturday (Aug. 16). Aphex Twin's $46k Record, Minecraft and a Benevolent Internet Community The blimp sighting has left some to…

  3. Musicians React to Ferguson & Michael Brown: Frank Ocean, J. Cole & More

    August 15, 2014 12:52 PM EDT Given the impact of Michael Brown's tragic death and the protests that followed in Ferguson, Mo., it's no surprise musicians are letting their voices be heard. Billboard has compiled some of the voices that have resonated the loudest via social media on the topics of life, death,…

  4. Nikki Sixx Slams Gene Simmons Over ‘Moronic’ Comments on Depression

    August 15, 2014 1:21 AM EDT Gene Simmons has made a career from spouting all manner of wild stuff from his mouth. This time he’s apparently launched a vitriolic attack on folks with mental health problems, urging them “have some dignity and jump”. And it’s not going down well. The veteran rocker’s latest brush with…

  5. Guest Post: Allow Artists to Slip Through the Digital Cracks At Your Peril, Streamers

    August 14, 2014 5:41 PM EDT Last week, Billboard published a guest editorial by Thomas McAlevey , CEO of streaming startup Radical.FM. The below is in response to Mr. McAlevey's piece. Dear Mr. McAlevey, I read your Billboard guest editorial “Forget the Rhetoric, Streaming Music is Already Profitable.” Forgive me…

  6. 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…

  7. Broods Get Bigger with The Help of Lorde's Producer: Album Preview

    August 14, 2014 3:12 PM EDT Prior to the release of their debut album, the pop group will open for Sam Smith across North America. Much of Broods' music possesses a quiet vulnerability, with singer Georgia Nott's delicate voice lilting over the twitching rhythms and threatening to evaporate altogether. At…

  8. Uncapped Concert Series Returns Aug. 19 With Run The Jewels and Jeremih

    August 14, 2014 10:01 AM EDT For the past three years, vitaminwater and The Fader's Uncapped concert series has been creating one-of-a-kind musical moments in intimate settings, from Frank Ocean and Bon Iver playing a New York City synagogue in 2012 to Solange performing at a laundromat in 2013.  For its latest…

  9. Exclusive: Annie Lennox Talks Return to Music With 'Nostalgia' Album, Reveals Cover, Track List & More

    August 14, 2014 9:45 AM EDT Annie Lennox is taking a trip back. Nostalgia , her first non-holiday album in seven years, is a collection of the iconic singer's impassioned takes on standards primarily from the 1930s and 1940s, many of them popularized by the likes of Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, Jo Stafford and…

  10. Danielia Cotton ft. Rachael Yamagata's 'Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)': Exclusive Song Premiere

    August 13, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Sweet dreams are made of Eurythmics covers, from  Marilyn Manson 's grungy, simmering boil  to Korean girl group Girls' Generation 's medley of, ah,  "Sweet Dreams"  and "Get the Party Started" medley. Now, New Jersey jazz singer and guitarist Danielia…

  11. Lauren Bacall Dies: Her Top 5 Pop Song References

    August 12, 2014 10:26 PM EDT With Lauren Bacall's death Tuesday, she leaves behind a pop culture legacy spanning film and the stage, and even into pop music, with an influence marked in numerous hit song lyrics. From Madonna to Bon Jovi to The Clash, here are music's top five Bacall references.  5 "Just…

  12. Exclusive: The Knocks Share Awesome Mix of Classic Songs to Fete Their "Classic" Single

    August 12, 2014 12:00 PM EDT The electronic duo's 40-minute mix includes jams from Paul Simon, Fatboy Slim and Daft Punk. New York electronic band The Knocks have a new single titled “ Classic ,” featuring the band Powers , that is  available to buy today through Big Beat records. To fete the song’s release,…

  13. Taylor Swift, Lorde's Culinary Collaboration

    August 11, 2014 7:08 PM EDT The country singer posted an image of the two stars taking a cooking class. Since Taylor Swift and her chart-topping buddy Lorde have been seen spending so much time together recently, some have been wondering whether a collaboration might be in the works for the two pop stars. After the…

  14. 'American Horror Story' Adds Patti LaBelle to 'Freak Show' Ranks

    August 11, 2014 5:37 PM EDT She'll appear in four episodes of the FX anthology. Patti LaBelle is bringing her "New Attitude" to FX's American Horror Story.  The Grammy Hall of Famer has booked a four-episode stint on the anthology series from  Glee  co-creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk,  The…

  15. 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…

  16. Greyson Chance Single Premiere: Hear 'Thrilla in Manila' From Second Album

    August 11, 2014 1:20 PM EDT The former "Paparazzi" YouTube wonder is grown up, and has a wonderfully stylish new single. Pop prodigy Greyson Chance has returned with a new album, Planet X , that features a much more mature sound than his 2011 debut, Hold On 'Til The Night . The 16-year-old is…

  17. Chance the Rapper Breaks the Mold with ‘Everyday Wonderful: Arthur’

    August 11, 2014 6:04 AM EDT It is not every day that an artist kicks off a mass discussion on Twitter about a theme song from a '90s children sitcom, but Chance The Rapper managed to do so on July 30 with the release of his track “Everyday Wonderful: Arthur” that has resided on the Billboard Twitter Trending 140…

  18. KCON 2014 Day 1: G-Dragon, IU, B1A4 & More Rock Los Angeles

    August 10, 2014 7:45 PM EDT K-pop stars like Teen Top, VIXX, Lee Seung Gi and more all made showings at a convention's deafening concert Saturday morning, the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena and its surrounding area was turned into a K-pop heaven with panels, workshops and a marketplace dedicated to all things…

  19. Watch Danielle Haim Jam With The Killers

    August 10, 2014 6:17 PM EDT The Killers decided to let drummer Ronnie Vannucci Jr. sit out for a song on Saturday night when they hit the stage at the Independent in San Francisco, CA. Instead, they invited Haim singer Danielle Haim to join the group for a vintage track.  And, Killers frontman Brandon Flowers revealed…

  20. Watch Taylor Swift Play Piano In Brand-New 'The Giver' Clip

    August 09, 2014 4:41 PM EDT For fans wondering what Taylor Swift will be up to in the upcoming "The Giver" film adaptation, they won't have to wait much longer to find out. The singer is featured in a new preview for the flick, out later this month. Swift appears in an exclusive first look, featured on…

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