1. The Juice Podcast: Usher, Big Sean & Ariana Grande, Blue Ivy & the Beyhive

    August 29, 2014 3:50 PM EDT Slander in the R&B and hip-hop realms was strong this week; some of it was justified, and some of it was not. For this week's episode of The Juice Podcast, Taj Rani (BET) and Michael Arceneaux (Complex, Ebony) join me to discuss the happenings of the week, including Usher 's new…

  2. Emerging U.K. Artist Kwabs Talks Twitter, Music & More (Q&A)

    August 29, 2014 3:20 PM EDT With his unmistakable sound, Ghana-born, Camberwell (London)-based Kwabena Adjepong , better known as Kwabs , stood out on the Billboard + Twitter Emerging Artists Chart for the week of Aug. 30, where his track "Walk" debuted at No. 36.   In listening to "Walk," it's…

  3. 5 Seconds of Summer, Miley Cyrus & Beyonce: Real-Time Twitter Chart Rewind Ep. 13

    August 29, 2014 12:40 PM EDT Welcome to Billboard's weekly video show "Real-Time Rewind," which recaps the past week's hottest action on the new Billboard Real-Time Twitter Charts -- Trending 140 and Emerging Artists -- and the news that's driving the action. Hosted by Billboard's Joe Levy,…

  4. Johnny Winter Song Premiere: Hear 'Mojo Hand' Featuring Aerosmith's Joe Perry

    August 29, 2014 10:43 AM EDT Producer Paul Nelson discusses the making of the star-studded new album. The arrival of Johnny Winter's guest-laden Step Back on Sept. 2 will be bittersweet for producer Paul Nelson after Winter's death on July 16 at the age of 70 in Switzerland. "I listen to the album, and it&…

  5. Read Beyonce's Adorable Poem For Blue Ivy Carter

    August 29, 2014 10:20 AM EDT Giving an interview is so passé. Beyonce covers CR Fashion Book  this week and there are a bunch of truly gorgeous pictures (would you expect anything less?) inside. But instead of an accompanying Q&A, there is a poem written by Beyonce for her daughter/all of us. Apparently the words…

  6. No Jail Time for Jazz Musician Arrested in Philip Seymour Hoffman Death Probe

    August 29, 2014 9:53 AM EDT A friend of Philip Seymour Hoffman who was arrested after the actor's overdose death pleaded guilty on Thursday to a low-level drug charge in a deal that spared him jail time. Robert Vineberg, a 58-year-old jazz musician who uses the stage name Robert Aaron, was ordered to serve five…

  7. VMAs: Which Performance Triggered the Biggest Sales Spike?

    August 29, 2014 3:57 AM EDT MTV doled out the Moonmen during Sunday's Video Music Awards, but the musicians who really won at the awards show are the ones who performed. After performing a snippet from every single trackduring a 16-minute medley and receiving the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, Beyonce saw…

  8. Labor Day Playlist: 20 Songs About Working for the Man

    August 28, 2014 3:32 PM EDT In America, we live to work and work to live -- and we never stop complaining about it. Even folks who love their jobs are never satisfied. If baseball weren’t our national pastime, bitching about our stupid jerk-face bosses surely would be. Luckily, we pause once a year on the first Monday…

  9. David Lynch Almost Directed a Kanye West Video: 'I Feel I Let Him Down'

    August 28, 2014 12:32 PM EDT Sad face emoticons from the legendary film director. When David Lynch told the Los Angeles Times he loved Kanye West 's "Blood on the Leaves" last year, fans were quick to note the director's dark, singular vision would be a perfect fit for a music video for the rapper&…

  10. Beyonce's Dad Claims the Jay Z-Solange Incident Was a Ticket-Selling Stunt

    August 28, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Paging the Beygency. We all know that sometimes sh-t goes down when there's a billion dollars in an elevator -- but according to Beyonce and Solange's father, Mathew Knowles, the Beyonce / Jay Z drama this summer was orchestrated by the couple like a "Jedi mind trick." A…

  11. Pop Shop Podcast: Taylor Swift Hits No. 1, Nicki Minaj's 'Anaconda,' Wiz Khalifa & More

    August 28, 2014 10:57 AM EDT Listen to the latest episode of Billboard.com's weekly charts breakdown. Welcome to the latest episode of the Billboard.com Pop Shop Podcast , Billboard's weekly half-hour audio breakdown of the Billboard charts, hottest music news and year's biggest musical events. Casual pop…

  12. Ariana Grande Calls Miley Cyrus Her 'Special Baby Love' for Sending Gift

    August 28, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Even though Miley Cyrus and Ariana Grande are both 21, the artist formerly known as Hannah Montana is definitely Grande's pop music elder. VMAs Ratings Down Despite Blue Ivy Surprise So it was fitting that after Sunday night's VMAs -- which found both ladies going home with Moonmen …

  13. Merlin Hires a Director of Legal & Business Affairs

    August 28, 2014 9:14 AM EDT Merlin has hired Ryan McWhinnie as director of legal and business affairs, a newly-created position at the indie-centric global rights agency. The appointment follows the early-August announcement of Merlin's partnership with Pandora, giving the internet radio giant its first direct deal…

  14. Watch Lady Gaga Join Adam Lambert & Queen Onstage for 'Another One Bites the Dust'

    August 28, 2014 3:38 AM EDT Lady Gaga joined Adam Lambert and Queen , the band that inspired her stage name, for a rocking rendition of the classic hit, "Another One Bites The Dust," onstage in Sydney, Australia on Wednesday. She joined the group decked out in a giant afro wig. Following her surprise…

  15. 615 Spotlight: Tim Menzies Explains Hiatus, Talks Gospel-Leaning New Album

    August 27, 2014 5:57 PM EDT This week, we go in a different direction with the 615 Spotlight. Rather than showcase a brand new artist, we update you on a singer-songwriter so highly respected in Music City that demo versions of songs he's written for big-name artists -- such as Reba McEntire, Mark Chesnutt and…

  16. It's Time to Stop Comparing Ariana Grande to Mariah Carey

    August 27, 2014 3:37 PM EDT With her sophomore album, the "Problem" singer no longer resembles the elusive chanteuse -- and that's okay. From the moment her breakthrough single "The Way" set her career framework, Ariana Grande has operated in the shadow of a giant: Mariah Carey. Yours Truly ,…

  17. BET Suspends Producer After Blue Ivy Joke

    August 27, 2014 3:00 PM EDT BET has suspended a producer after a joke about Beyonce and Jay Z 's daughter that aired Monday on the network's music video countdown show, 106 & Park . How Beyonce & Jay Z's Triumphant VMA-Ending Moment Came to Be A source at the network, who spoke on the condition of…

  18. Giant YouTube Music Monetizer AdRev Names New President

    August 27, 2014 10:01 AM EDT The YouTube behemoth manages the catalogs of all three major publishers as well as Universal's film music division. AdRev has named Brian Felsen its new president, making the former chief executive of CD Baby the latest example of the migration of talent and capital to businesses built…

  19. Kate Bush Makes Live Return Following 35 Year Hiatus: Review

    August 26, 2014 11:34 PM EDT Thirty-five years after making her last live performance, Kate Bush finally delivered what many of her fans thought they would never get to see: a triumphant, hit-filled and characteristically theatrical return to the stage. Appearing at London’s Hammersmith Apollo -- the scene of her last…

  20. BET Apologizes for Blue Ivy Joke Read By Karrueche Tran

    August 26, 2014 5:03 PM EDT On Monday night, Aug. 25, Beyoncé 's loyal fanbase, the Beyhive, came after Chris Brown 's girlfriend and on-air personality Karrueche Tran after she recited a tasteless joke about Bey and Jay Z 's daughter, Blue Ivy. BET's 106 & Park aired a segment in which they…

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