1. 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…

  2. Hot 100 Chart Moves: Katy Perry's 'This Is How We Do' Darts Into Top 40

    August 29, 2014 12:29 PM EDT 'Prism' produces a sixth top 40 hit. Plus, moves for Bobby Shmurda, Blake Shelton, Mr. Probz and Steve Aoki. As previously reported , Taylor Swift soars onto the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 1 with "Shake It Off" and Nicki Minaj pounces 39-2 with "Anaconda."…

  3. U.K. Group Rallies Musicians, Writers and Performers to Fight Government Cuts

    August 29, 2014 10:28 AM EDT Newly formed U.K. protest group Artists’ Assembly Against Austerity are calling on musicians, writers, artists and performers to voice their opposition against government cuts in public and voluntary services.     Over 500 people working in the creative arts have so far signed up to the…

  4. Lindsay Ell (The 'Female Keith Urban') Talks Singing With Keith Urban

    August 28, 2014 6:25 PM EDT From hearing her debut single, "Trippin' On Us," on the airwaves to sharing the stage with the Band Perry and Keith Urban , 2014 has been one incredible moment after another for Canada-born songstress Linsday Ell . "Any time I think about it all, it seems like such a…

  5. 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…

  6. Exclusive: Marc Anthony and Other Salsa Legends Share Memories of Legendary Label Fania Records

    August 28, 2014 2:47 PM EDT In this oral history, salsa legends share their memories -- good and bad -- of the most important tropical music label of all time During the early 1960s, Johnny Pacheco was riding high on Cuban-based Latin music. Dominican-born and New York-raised, Pacheco was a Juilliard-trained multi…

  7. Bruce Springsteen to Release Children's Book Based on a Mid-Century Cowboy

    August 28, 2014 12:52 PM EDT 'Outlaw Pete,' inspired by Cowboy Bill. The Boss is getting into the picture book business. Related Singer Who Sold Investors on Fake Project With Springsteen, Pearl Jam Sentenced to Prison Bruce Springsteen's 'Born In The U.S.A.' at 30: Classic Track-By-Track Album…

  8. Brandon Flowers Releasing New Solo Album in 2015

    August 27, 2014 3:59 PM EDT The Killers singer is teaming up with Grammy-winning producer Ariel Rechtshaid for his second solo effort. Two years after the Killers ' Battle Born and four years after his solo debut Flamingo , Brandon Flowers is hitting the studio to work on his second solo effort, slated for a 2015…

  9. Logic, 'Driving Ms. Daisy,' Featuring Childish Gambino: Exclusive Song Premiere

    August 27, 2014 2:00 PM EDT After a handful of mixtapes, including his Young Sinatra trilogy, Logic is prepping his Def Jam Recordings major label debut. The Maryland-born rapper delivers the first taste of the full-length effort with his new song, "Driving Ms. Daisy," featuring Childish Gambino . Check out a…

  10. Pioneering Rumba King Peret Dead at 79

    August 27, 2014 12:15 PM EDT Barcelona bids goodbye to the father of its urban gypsy sound. Peret, the singer and guitarist known as the king of the Catalan rumba -- Barcelona's original party music -- died Wednesday, Aug. 27, at 79. Peret once described the rumba catalana as a fusion of gypsy music, Afro-Cuban…

  11. Taylor Swift's 'Shake It Off' Debuts At No. 1 On Hot 100

    August 27, 2014 12:03 PM EDT Swift's new single blasts in at No. 1, thanks to hefty sales, streaming and airplay. Plus, Nicki Minaj's 'Anaconda' vaults 39-2 following the premiere of its video. Taylor Swift rockets onto the Billboard Hot 100 chart at No. 1 with "Shake It Off."…

  12. Richie Hawtin to Receive ‘Outstanding Contribution’ AIM Independent Award

    August 27, 2014 4:09 AM EDT Richie Hawtin , the Canadian-born techno master whose trippy alter-ego Plastikman has melted minds for more than 20 years, is this year’s recipient of the Outstanding Contribution to Music Award at the AIM Independent Music Awards.   More AIM News AIM's Labelled With Love Fest Unveils…

  13. Chuck Berry, Peter Sellars Honored with Sweden's Polar Music Prize

    August 27, 2014 3:19 AM EDT Rock ‘n’ roll pioneer  Chuck Berry  and opera director Peter Sellars have been awarded the 2014 Polar Music Prize during a ceremony Tuesday in Stockholm.  The organizing committee praised the 88-year-old Berry for his contribution to rock, noting “every riff and solo played by rock…

  14. Brooklyn Rapper Bobby Shmurda Goes From Vine Star to Major-Label Player

    August 26, 2014 4:44 PM EDT Brooklyn rapper Bobby Shmurda’s rise has been almost as fast as the Web connections that fueled it. In March, he released his raw, homemade debut video for his aggressive breakout single “Hot N---a.” At one point in the clip, the Jamaican-American rapper tosses his hat in the air and hits his…

  15. Transformation Tuesday: Miley Cyrus, Humanitarian?

    August 26, 2014 3:20 PM EDT After using her VMA win to put a spotlight on youth homelessness, we may have an Angelina Jolie-in-the-making on our hands. Miley Cyrus  knows how to keep people guessing -- she's done it for more than half of her life, ever since she became a teen queen on Disney cultural…

  16. Ask Billboard: If Taylor Swift Hits No. 1 ...

    August 26, 2014 11:05 AM EDT A look at chart feats that could await Swift tomorrow. Plus, women are dominating the Digital Songs chart As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state…

  17. Chart Highlights: Sam Smith's 'Stay With Me' Crowns Pop Songs, Adult Pop Songs, AC

    August 25, 2014 3:35 PM EDT The ballad becomes one of only three songs ever to lead the three lists simultaneously. Plus, new No. 1s for Jeremih, ScHoolboy Q, Demi Lovato & more Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers…

  18. Whatcha Listenin' To? New App LISNR Feeds You Content Based on the Sounds Around You

    August 25, 2014 2:56 PM EDT The MIDEM-borne application takes "algorithm-ing" to a whole new level. Google and Facebook have pioneered the art of the web-based content algorithm, but what about for audio? LISNR, a Cincinnati-based mobile tech firm, is hoping to become that solution. A new app that debuts today…

  19. Corner Office: The Agency Group's Gavin O'Reilly on Taking Over Nashville

    August 25, 2014 12:47 PM EDT With the just-closed acquisition of a Nashville mainstay, the new chief talks about taking country global and competing with the behemoths. How an Ireland-born, London-based music industry newbie made waves in Nashville by acquiring the respected 30-year-old Bobby Roberts Company has been a…

  20. Taylor Swift's 'Shake It Off' Makes Record Start At Radio

    August 25, 2014 12:05 PM EDT The song breaks the record for the highest debut ever on Adult Pop Songs, while tying for the best start on Pop Songs Taylor Swift sets a record for the highest debut in the history of Billboard's Adult Pop Songs radio airplay chart, where "Shake It Off" blasts in at No. 9.…

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