1. 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…

  2. Ariana Grande Premieres 4 New Songs, Including Harry Styles-Penned Ballad

    August 20, 2014 12:08 PM EDT Can't wait for next Tuesday's release of  Ariana Grande 's album  My Everything ? Courtesy of  MTV , four new Grande songs are currently streaming! This batch of songs finds the  Billboard 's cover star  taking on sultry and sexy ballads, a departure from her…

  3. Michael A. Hoey, Producer, Director & Elvis Screenwriter, Dies at 79

    August 19, 2014 7:13 PM EDT Michael A. Hoey , who wrote the screenplays for a pair of  Elvis Presley films and was the architect behind the 1966 cult science-fiction movie The Navy vs. the Night Monsters , has died. He was 79. Hoey, the son of English actor  Dennis Hoey -- who played the bumbling Inspector Lestrade in…

  4. Victoria Justice's Music Career: Why Ariana Grande's Co-Star Is Still Worth Watching

    August 19, 2014 2:50 PM EDT While Grande continues to score chart hits, Justice has struggled to kick-start a solo career. Here's why she shouldn't be counted out. To paraphrase William Carlos Williams , so much depends upon a debut single in modern pop music. Want proof? Look at the recent career trajectories…

  5. Gerard Way Forgets My Chemical Romance, Goes Full '80s in New 'No Shows' Video

    August 19, 2014 11:44 AM EDT Solo debut 'Hesitant Alien' drops Set. 30 on Reprise Records. Former My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way isn’t rocking out like a vampire anymore. He’s gone full-on British rock for his upcoming solo debut and just dropped an awesome new video for a fuzzy pop-rocker called “No…

  6. Michael Cera Q&A: His Debut Album & The 'Stigma' of Actor/Musicians

    August 18, 2014 7:51 PM EDT 'If you put something out, you're inviting people to perceive you a certain way,' he tells Billboard of 'true that.' Up until now, actor Michael Cera 's flirtation with music has been mild, relegated to backup vocals on Weezer 's 2010 track "Hang On…

  7. Is Katy Perry Playing The Super Bowl? Five Reasons Behind The Theory

    August 15, 2014 4:02 PM EDT Could the KatyCats be flocking to Glendale, Arizona in February? Here are five reasons we think the "PRISM" star is playing the halftime show. With the NFL regular season getting underway in a few weeks, pop fans can also start speculating about who will be performing at the Super…

  8. Billboard Cover: Ariana Grande on Fame, Freddy Krueger and Her Freaky Past

    August 15, 2014 9:00 AM EDT The “micromanaging workhorse” finally achieved her dream of becoming an R&B diva. Now, at 21, comes the hard part: conquering her fear of futuristic pop. Ariana Grande is easily mistaken for an old-school good girl. The singer wears Audrey Hepburn-style strapless gowns, travels…

  9. Exclusive: Annie Lennox Talks Return to Music With 'Nostalgia' Album, Reveals Cover, Track List & More

    August 14, 2014 9:45 AM EDT Annie Lennox is taking a trip back. Nostalgia , her first non-holiday album in seven years, is a collection of the iconic singer's impassioned takes on standards primarily from the 1930s and 1940s, many of them popularized by the likes of Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, Jo Stafford and…

  10. Wayne Haun Leads GMA Dove Awards Nominees

    August 13, 2014 2:39 PM EDT Gospel awards air Oct. 7 from Nashville. The Gospel Music Association announced the nominations for the 45th annual GMA Dove Awards on Wednesday (Aug. 13). The awards show will take place Oct. 7 at Allen Arena in Nashville at 6:30 p.m. CT and will be broadcast on Trinity Broadcasting Network.…

  11. Watch Steven Spielberg's Niece Audition for 'The Voice' Israel

    August 13, 2014 5:25 AM EDT More than two months after teasing its highly anticipated "Hollywood" blind audition, The Voice Israel finally unleashed its star power for season three: Contestant Jessica "Jessy" Katz , niece of Academy Award-winning filmmaker Steven Spielberg . The daughter of Playmount…

  12. Brian Setzer Video Premiere: Watch The Lyric Clip for 'Lemme Slide'

    August 12, 2014 11:57 AM EDT The veteran singer-songwriter discusses his new "Rockabilly Riot!" album, out today on Surfdog Records. Brian Setzer says his new "Rockabilly Riot!" was anything but premeditated. "I don't think in terms of writing certain records at all," Setzer tells…

  13. Electric Wurms Song Premiere: Hear 'The Bat' from the Flaming Lips Side Project

    August 11, 2014 11:55 AM EDT Wayne Coyne and Steven Drozd discuss their new collaboration, touring possibilities and Miley Cyrus. Wayne Coyne says the Electric Wurms is "mostly Steven's group," referring to his Flaming Lips compatriot Steven Drozd. But Drozd insists that Coyne get his due credit for the…

  14. Veteran Publicist Mack Newberry Dies at 89

    August 10, 2014 8:00 AM EDT The veteran publicist represented such music stars as Dolly Parton and John Denver. Mack Newberry, a veteran publicist who represented numerous music and TV stars and helped manage PR efforts for the Grammys, has died in St. Augustine, Florida. He was 89. Newberry spent over a decade at PR…

  15. Billy Gilman Grows Up: From 'One Voice' to 'Say You Will'

    August 08, 2014 4:54 PM EDT Billy Gilman is back. The former child country star -- best known for 2000's tender "One Voice" -- has just released a brand new single, "Say You Will." It's the first solo single from Gilman in over five years, though he did spearhead the 2012 charity release …

  16. Danity Kane on Their Breakup: 'My Group Member Punched Me in the Back of My Head'

    August 08, 2014 3:18 PM EDT The reunion of Danity Kane is already over. Aubrey O’Day got punched by Dawn Richard Monday after a recording session, according to TMZ . ( Billboard has reached out to Richard, but did not immeadiately receive a response.)  Now, earlier today, O'Day and Shannon Bex released a lenghty…

  17. The Juice Podcast: Beyonce's 'Flawless' Remix, Jay Z Divorce Rumors, Nicki Minaj vs. Lil Kim

    August 08, 2014 1:12 PM EDT Ladies -- Beyoncé , Nicki Minaj , Lil' Kim and Remy Ma -- took over R&B and hip-hop this week. Beyoncé kicked off the week with a surprise release of the remix to "Flawless," which features Nicki Minaj, on Sunday morning, Aug. 3. Ladies First: 31 Female Rappers Who Changed…

  18. Smokey Robinson & CeeLo Green Reinvent 'The Way You Do (The Things You Do)': Song Premiere

    August 08, 2014 9:55 AM EDT Hear the new duet from Robinson's upcoming album, launching exclusively on Billboard.com. "Let me tell you something," Smokey Robinson explains. "As a songwriter, my fondest dream is that someone records my songs … And most of the people who have recorded my songs have…

  19. Taylor Swift Drops Two More Clues About New Music

    August 07, 2014 5:02 PM EDT We're the lucky ones.  Taylor Swift dropped two more teases about new music on social media Thursday afternoon, following an Instagram video from earlier in the week where Swift pushed an elevator button for floor '18' several times. Thursday's hints are a bit harder to…

  20. Whitney Houston Biopic Actor Defends Lifetime Movie

    August 05, 2014 11:18 PM EDT "Let her rest." That was Whitney Houston's mother's message for the makers of the upcoming Lifetime biopic about her daughter. But the actor who plays Bobby Brown in theAngela Bassett-directed TV movie told The Hollywood Reporter that while he understands where the late…

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