1. 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…

  2. 2014 MTV VMAs: What You Didn't See on TV

    August 25, 2014 12:41 AM EDT Ariana Grande fangirls out over Jim Carrey, Nicki Minaj explains that wardrobe malfunction & more from behind the scenes. At Sunday's 2014 MTV Video Music Awards , you saw Sam Smith's no-frills performance , you saw Miley Cyrus put a spotlight on homelessness , and you…

  3. Grimes Declines Ice Bucket Challenge Over ALS Association's Animal Testing Policy

    August 24, 2014 1:38 PM EDT Dozens of musicians have accepted the widely popular ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, which aims to raise funds and awareness for Lou Gehrig's disease. But Grimes has politely rejected her nomination by Richie Hawtin because of the ALS Association’s involvement with animal testing. Watch…

  4. MTV Preps Live VMA Ads With Usher, Iggy Azalea, Rita Ora & More

    August 22, 2014 6:14 PM EDT The ratings of MTV's Video Music Awards hinge so much year-over-year on zeitgeisty, unpredictable moments, it's often hard to forecast what will be the most talked-about topic the morning after. Witness 2013's telecast, which had an anticipated *NSYNC reunion and hyped…

  5. M.I.A. Resolves NFL's War Over Super Bowl Middle Finger

    August 22, 2014 4:35 PM EDT The league sought $16.6 million in arbitration. After more than three years, a dispute over M.I.A. 's halftime performance at Super Bowl XLVI has been resolved. Super Bowl Pay-to-Play Reports: Grammys Producer Weighs In When the singer extended her middle finger during her performance on…

  6. Coldplay's 'True Love' Video: Watch Chris Martin Play an Inflatable Janitor

    August 22, 2014 3:04 PM EDT "True Love" may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Chris Martin these days, but it is the title of the latest video from Coldplay 's Ghost Stories. Should Coldplay, Katy Perry or Rihanna Play 2015 Super Bowl Halftime? In the clip, Martin plays a mild…

  7. MTV VMAs 2014 Preview: Creating the Next Miley Moment, Ariana Grande's 'Space Glam' Plan & More

    August 22, 2014 2:30 PM EDT Before last year's MTV Video Music Awards, viewers had no idea what Miley Cyrus was about to unleash on the world , with her twerking and her flesh-colored latex bikini and her tongue wagging. But Dave Sirulnick did. So heading into this year's VMAs, airing live Sunday at 9…

  8. Robert Christgau on 'Get On Up': Putting James Browns' Music First

    August 22, 2014 2:00 PM EDT In his 2006 Rolling Stone profile "Being James Brown," the great lost rock critic Jonathan Lethem made sense of the Hardest Working Man in Show Business, the Minister of Super Heavy Funk, the Augusta Akhenaten, and all the other honorifics Mr. Brown has and will earn by declaring…

  9. Christina Aguilera’s Self-Titled Debut at 15: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    August 22, 2014 1:00 PM EDT Once upon a time, when ex-Mouseketeers with burning ambition and blinding smiles ruled the universe, there lived two princesses. One was an iffy singer with undeniable sex appeal; the other was a secret soul diva working within record-label constraints, biding her time until she could unleash…

  10. 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…

  11. Thomas Rhett Talks 'Make Me Wanna,' His Father & Avoiding Tattoos

    August 21, 2014 7:09 PM EDT There's typically not as much buzz about the fifth single from an album. That being said, "Make Me Wanna," the latest release from Thomas Rhett 's debut  It Goes Like This , is a little bit different. "I've had it since I was 20 years old, so it's been a…

  12. Super Bowl Halftime Pay-to-Play Reports: Grammys Producer Weighs In

    August 21, 2014 6:56 PM EDT 'I don't know that a Super Bowl performance, other than exposing an artist to a larger audience, does as much as the right performance on 'Saturday Night Live' or the right moment on the Grammys,' Ken Ehrlich tells Billboard. The NFL is making headlines this week for…

  13. 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 …

  14. From Dusseldorf to Denver: Spotify Map Shows Moments of Musical Serendipity

    August 21, 2014 11:22 AM EDT While you're in Anywheresville, listening to Magic 's "Rude" for the umpteenth time on Spotify, there's a possibility someone else in the whole wide world is jamming to the same chart-topping song at the same exact time... down to a fraction of a second. With over 40…

  15. NFL Reportedly Wants Artists to Pay to Play the Super Bowl Halftime Show

    August 21, 2014 12:48 AM EDT The NFL has narrowed down its list of potential performers for the 2015 Super Bowl to three candidates, but the league is now asking the artists under consideration to pay to play, according to a new report. Rihanna , Katy Perry and Coldplay are the three candidates for the Super Bowl gig,…

  16. Taylor Swift's '1989' Album: 10 Dream Collaborators From 1989

    August 20, 2014 4:19 PM EDT Here are the producers, songwriters and music video auteurs that could make T-Swift's next project truly feel like a blast from the past. "I was listening to a lot of late 80's pop music," Taylor Swift explained to her audience on Monday's big announcement…

  17. MTV VMAs' 15 Best Performances of All Time

    August 20, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Like summer's end, the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards are fast approaching. If the show's 30-year legacy is any indication, we're in for superstar collabs and elaborate sets come Sunday (Aug. 24). To celebrate the annual spectacular, we’ve picked the best performances in VMA…

  18. Kiss Guitarist Ace Frehley on Paul Stanley & Gene Simmons: 'Maybe You Should Focus on Your Records a Little More'

    August 20, 2014 3:16 AM EDT Kiss guitarist Ace Frehley has released his first solo album in five years, and by the sound of Space Invader the axeman seems to have had as much fun playing on it as -- gasp -- his early years in Kiss . From the opening title track to the instrumental closer, “Starship,” where Frehley…

  19. Play 'Where's Waldo?' With Orange Caramel in 'My Copycat' Video

    August 19, 2014 9:55 PM EDT The saxobeat single's visual boasts spot the differences and 'I Spy'-like games. Orange Caramel wowed earlier this year when the trio played mermaids and human sushi in their "Catallena" video . Now, the After School splinter group return less than six months later as…

  20. Trisha Yearwood Signs With Sony, Announces New Album

    August 19, 2014 7:35 PM EDT Country singer also going strong with her newfound culinary career. Trisha Yearwood is back and gearing up for a very busy fall. On Tuesday evening (Aug. 19) at a press event in Nashville, the Grammy-winning vocalist announced she's signing with Sony Music Nashville, launching her own…

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