1. Crossfaith, Phoenix & More Hit Japan's Summer Sonic

    August 21, 2014 5:29 PM EDT Ellie Goulding, Arctic Monkeys, Queen with Adam Lambert & more also grace the Tokyo & Osaka stages. Summer Sonic, the biggest music festival in Japan devoted to international repertoire, was held Aug. 16 and 17 simultaneously in Tokyo and Osaka. The event has recently seen industry…

  2. 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 racial…

  3. 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…

  4. T.I. Releases 'New National Anthem'; Talks Pharrell Williams Executive Producing 'Paperwork'

    August 21, 2014 2:29 PM EDT " What the fuck do you know about being a black man in America? And you wonder why we walk around strapped.. ." T.I. spits truth on the injustice and racism in America on his new single, "New National Anthem." The rapper's third single, which features Skylar Grey ,…

  5. MTV VMAs' 15 Craziest Moments of All Time

    August 21, 2014 1:30 PM EDT When you get the world’s biggest pop stars together in the same room, egos are bound to mix in unexpected ways. Broadcasting that live, a la the VMAs? You're just asking for fireworks. As you prepare for what will undoubtedly be another eye-popping MTV Video Music Awards, look back…

  6. Check Out Aphex Twin's Bizarre Cover Art for 'Syro'

    August 21, 2014 12:25 PM EDT After using a blimp and the deep Internet to tease his upcoming new album, Aphex Twin has unveiled the cover art and release date for  Syro , his first new album in 13 years. Syro will drop Sept. 23 via Warp -- just over a month away! That means we can probably expect to hear new Aphex music…

  7. Weezer Pushes Back 'Everything Will Be Alright in the End' Release Date

    August 21, 2014 10:40 AM EDT Bummer news for Weezer stans -- the band is pushing back the release date on their upcoming album Everything Will Be Alright in the End. But take heart! They're only pushing it back one week, and they're giving fans who've preordered the record an advance song on the original…

  8. Watch Black Simon & Garfunkel Perform Meghan Trainor's 'All About That Bass' on 'Fallon'

    August 21, 2014 10:07 AM EDT Black Simon & Garfunkel are back! Jimmy Fallon brought out the renowned duo (which is really The Roots' Questlove and "Captain" Kirk Douglas) on Wednesday night for an angelic cover of Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass” on The Tonight Show . Check out the video below:…

  9. 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…

  10. Emma Stone Confirms Starring Role in Broadway's 'Cabaret'

    August 21, 2014 3:47 AM EDT It was an open secret among theater insiders that Emma Stone was in negotiations to star in Cabaret when preparations were underway to bring the Roundabout Theatre Company's smash revival back to Broadway last season. But those talks fell apart due to scheduling conflicts related to The…

  11. 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,…

  12. Gwyneth Paltrow Calls Out Ex Chris Martin for Ice Bucket Challenge

    August 20, 2014 9:12 PM EDT Yes, it's another celebrity ALS Ice Bucket Challenge , but this one has a twist. Iggy Azalea & More: Music's Latest Ice Bucket Challenges When Gwyneth Paltrow stripped down to her black bikini on Wednesday (Aug. 20) to raise awareness and money for ALS research, she challenged…

  13. The K-Pop Makeup Craze: 2NE1, SPICA & More Share Favorite Products & Tips

    August 20, 2014 8:52 PM EDT As the popularity of Korean music acts soars, its effect on the beauty industry kicks into full gear. It's undeniable that K-pop is taking over the world. YouTube reports viewership of K-pop videos has grown from around 700 million views in 2010 to more than 5.5 billion in 2013. No…

  14. Must-Hear Music Podcast: Taylor Swift, Ryn Weaver, Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett

    August 20, 2014 5:39 PM EDT On this week's Must-Hear Music podcast, the Billboard staff tackles the week's biggest (and most divisive) single: Taylor Swift 's full-on-pop transformation "Shake It Off." The only thing we agree on is that it's definitely still stuck in our heads. Aside…

  15. Dierks Bentley on His Success: 'I Don't Know How the Hell I'm Here'

    August 20, 2014 5:17 PM EDT “What are all these people doing here?” Dierks Bentley wonders as he looks out at the rapidly filling lawn at the Verizon Amphitheatre in St. Louis. “Don’t they know this is an almost 40 year-old married guy with three kids?”  Bentley, 38, will take the stage in about three hours on this…

  16. 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 …

  17. 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…

  18. Did the Honey Nut Cheerios Bee Leak Usher's Album Title?

    August 20, 2014 3:38 PM EDT Usher recently teamed up with Honey Nut Cheerios for a commercial that finds the R&B megastar and the Honey Nut Cheerios bee trading fist bumps, dance moves and casually chatting about the nutritional value of breakfast cereal. It's cute, goofy and it also might've leaked the…

  19. Ariana Grande, Iggy Azalea Triple Up In Hot 100's Top 10, MAGIC! Still No. 1

    August 20, 2014 2:45 PM EDT While 'Rude' rules for a sixth week, Grande and Azalea infuse the top 10 with three hits apiece, including new top 10s 'Break Free' and 'Black Widow' MAGIC!'s pop/reggae smash "Rude" leads the Billboard Hot 100 for a sixth week, narrowly…

  20. Mikky Ekko Talks Debut Album 'Time,' Previews New Tracks in Intimate Concert

    August 20, 2014 2:25 PM EDT "I feel like we took the time to put together a really, really strong album," says the "Stay" singer-songwriter. In many ways, Mikky Ekko couldn't have chosen a better title for his debut album than Time .   Set for release on RCA this fall, Time will arrive nearly…

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