1. 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 p.m. ET…

  2. Pay for YouTube? Challenges Ahead for Google's Next Music Subscription Service

    August 22, 2014 2:24 PM EDT Ever since news broke in October that YouTube was planning a subscription service, people have been asking how YouTube would get people to pay to watch music videos. It's more than a fair question. For over nine years, YouTube has conditioned people around the world to watch music videos…

  3. 2014 Is the Best Year for Stadium Concerts in 20 Years

    August 22, 2014 2:22 PM EDT Billboard declared 1994 the "Year of the Stadium." Then receipts began sinking. Now, 20 years later, the big-venue shows are setting records again in a startling comeback. Jason Aldean says that when his team first broached the idea of adding stadiums to his tour route in 2013, “I…

  4. A Critical Evaluation of Ariana Grande's Acting

    August 22, 2014 1:10 PM EDT Is the former Nickelodeon star a true double-threat? We take a closer look at the pop singer's onscreen abilities. Though the core of Ariana Grande 's audience was built from the tweens who became fans watching her acting work on Nickelodeon, as a pop star, the 21-year-old caters to…

  5. Hot 100 Chart Moves: Clean Bandit Continues U.S. Invasion With 'Rather Be'

    August 22, 2014 1:05 PM EDT The British group's hit is yet another by a foreign act. Plus, moves for Jeremih, Echosmith, Rae Sremmurd and Hozier. As previously reported, MAGIC! tops the Billboard Hot 100 for a sixth week with "Rude" and Ariana Grande and Iggy Azalea boast a whopping three titles each in…

  6. 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…

  7. Christina Aguilera’s Top 20 Billboard Hits

    August 22, 2014 1:00 PM EDT Fifteen years ago this month, Christina Aguilera successfully shed her Disney image with her sultry self-titled debut album , a No. 1 hit and a game-changing moment for the former "Mickey Mouse Club" star. The following decade-and-a-half has been full of such reinventions for…

  8. Why the VMAs Pre-Show Is TV’s Most Coveted Warm-Up Gig

    August 22, 2014 11:59 AM EDT One overriding factor got Charli XCX and Fifth Harmony the job of performing at this year’s MTV VMA pre-show: They fit the theme of “the audience is the co-pilot.”   Attracted to the sing-along qualities of Fifth Harmony’s “Bo$$” and Charli’s audience connectivity during performances, VMA…

  9. 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…

  10. Are Taylor Swift and Country Splitting Up for Good?

    August 22, 2014 10:51 AM EDT Will Taylor and country radio ever get back together, or have programmers moved on? It was like a carefully planned breakup. First came the unabashed pop bangers on Taylor Swift 's last album, 2012's Red , "Trouble" and "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together"…

  11. Plan B Joins Foxes, Olly Murs on U.K.-Wide Industry Program 'The Big Music Project'

    August 22, 2014 10:47 AM EDT The Big Music Project, an initiative to promote young artists and entrepreneurs in the U.K. music industry, has partnered with singer and rapper Plan B, joining Foxes, Olly Murs, trade body the British Phonographic Industry and many more in the government Brit Award-winning British soul…

  12. Tomorrow's Hits: Jukebox the Ghost, Knox Hamilton & Tre Buggs

    August 22, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Each Friday, Billboard presents Tomorrow's Hits, a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Jukebox the Ghost Together for more than a decade, Washington, D.C., trio Jukebox the Ghost is rising with what could be its first Adult Alternative…

  13. James Blake Unveils New Song, Inks Worldwide Publishing Deal With Sony/ATV

    August 22, 2014 9:33 AM EDT James Blake premiered a new song on Thursday night (Aug. 21) during his BBC Radio 1 residency. The track, with its robot vocal elements and Tom Waitsian clack-clangs, was given the title of "200 Press" because, as the British artist-producer explained, "only 200 are going to be…

  14. 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…

  15. Polite Guy Andrew Rannells Ready to Get His Hedwig On

    August 21, 2014 11:46 PM EDT Andrew Rannells says he never dreamed of becoming a rock star while growing up. What he hoped for was a part on Broadway. Now he's getting both at the same time - and a load of mascara as well. Starting Wednesday, the Tony Award-nominated star of The Book of Mormon  on Broadway and HBO&…

  16. 'The Voice' Season 7 Trailer Features Gwen Stefani, Pharrell Lovefest

    August 21, 2014 9:49 PM EDT Newest coaches don't miss a beat with Adam Levine, Blake Shelton in new trailer. Pharrell Williams and Gwen Stefani haven't made their debut on The Voice yet, but a new trailer reveals that the duo seem to be feeling right at home. The two music powerhouses join veteran Voice…

  17. Watch Talib Kweli Call Out CNN & All Media for Ferguson Coverage

    August 21, 2014 9:35 PM EDT Rapper takes issue with reporting around Michael Brown's fatal shooting at the hands of a Missouri police officer. Talib Kweli 's CNN interview started off on a nice enough note, with host Don Lemon lauding the rapper for his activism and referring to him as a "passionate voice…

  18. Pete Wentz Welcomes Baby Boy

    August 21, 2014 8:46 PM EDT Saint Lazslo is the Fall Out Boy bassist's second son. Pete Wentz and his girlfriend of three years, Meagan Camper, welcomed a baby boy on Wednesday, People reports. They've named the baby Saint Lazslo. Pete Wentz Relaunching His Label as DCD2 It's the second child for Wentz --…

  19. Ariana Grande Knows How Frankie Can Win 'Big Brother'

    August 21, 2014 8:13 PM EDT 'It's been amazing to watch him, but it's been frustrating,' she tells Billboard of her brother's time on the show. If you follow Ariana Grande on Twitter , you know she is fully immersed in the game of Big Brother and fiercely backing up big bro Frankie to win it…

  20. 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…

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