1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. Ariana Grande Reportedly Breaks Up with Boyfriend

    August 04, 2014 11:05 PM EDT Ariana Grande is back on the market. The singer has reportedly broken up with her 19-year-old boyfriend Jai Brooks. The 21-year-old singer is said to have ended things because Brooks wasn't there for her at the time of her grandfather's death, according to E! Online sources. Hear…

  6. China to Open $323 Million Musical Production Center

    August 04, 2014 8:49 AM EDT Musicals, a still relatively unknown form of entertainment in China, are about to get a big push with a planned $323 million (2 billion RMB) musical production center in the country, according to a report by the China News Service .  The center, to be located in Langfang, just 30 miles…

  7. Hear Ariana Grande & Cashmere Cat's Surprise Track 'Be My Baby'

    July 31, 2014 4:39 PM EDT Last Saturday at New York's PS1 art museum, Norwegian producer/DJ Cashmere Cat debuted a very unexpected collaboration: a track with mini-Mariah pop siren Ariana Grande . Entitled "Be My Baby," the track is a far cry from her brassy, in-your-face recent pop smashes like "…

  8. Katy Perry's 'This Is How We Do' Video Is Pop Art & Vintage Fashion

    July 31, 2014 12:27 PM EDT Katy Perry's "This Is How We Do" video is here, and it's an explosion of pop art, vintage fashion and twerking ice cream cones.  While her backup dancers are dressed like Pee-wee Herman, Katy wears everything from Yves Saint Laurent's iconic Mondrian dress to a…

  9. Listen to the Exclusive Stream of Country Newcomer Risa Binder's Debut EP

    July 31, 2014 12:00 PM EDT New York City might not necessarily seem like a hotbed for country music, but newcomer Risa Binder has found a big appetite for it in the Big Apple. “There are so many country fans in New York that it would surprise you,” the Brooklyn-based singer tells Billboard. “Whenever a major act comes…

  10. Does Country Music Need An Alcohol Intervention?

    July 29, 2014 5:42 PM EDT The stewardess in Dierks Bentley 's "Drunk on a Plane" is "leanin', pourin' Coke and whiskey." The woman in Lady Antebellum 's "Bartender" is ordering a double shot of Crown. The guy in Brad Paisley 's "River Bank" is hauling a…

  11. Zach Braff's 'Wish I Was Here' Q&A: 'I Wasn't Shy About Being a Struggling Actor Again'

    July 28, 2014 3:37 PM EDT Zach Braff is pretty confident the soundtrack to his new film, Wish I Was Here , won't be a platinum blockbuster like the one from his 2004 directorial debut, Garden State . "Selling 1.5 million copies in this day and age is ridiculous," the actor-director tells Billboard. …

  12. Nicki Minaj Gets Animated For Cartoon Network

    July 26, 2014 9:20 PM EDT Nicki Minaj has taken on a number of personas in her music, but now the MC is flexing her flair for the dramatic on the small screen. The rapper will appear on an upcoming episode of Cartoon Network's "Steven Universe." During the animated appearance, Minaj will play a…

  13. Is 'Weird Al' The First Artist to 'Pull A Beyonce' Successfully?

    July 25, 2014 2:38 PM EDT With "Mandatory Fun's" No. 1 debut, the veteran parody artist became essential to the Internet conversation. "Pulling a Beyonce" has become the most overused trope in music writing ever since Queen Bey dropped her self-titled fifth album out of nowhere last December,…

  14. Beastie Boys’ ‘Paul’s Boutique’ at 25: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    July 25, 2014 12:30 PM EDT Believe it or not, there was a time when not everyone loved the Beastie Boys . It was back in the late '80s, before "Sure Shot," "Sabotage" and "Intergalactic" cemented their status as both rap and alt-rock elder statesmen. Despite monster sales of the group…

  15. Katy Perry Makes Splashy Brooklyn Debut With 'Prismatic' Tour: Live Review

    July 25, 2014 10:55 AM EDT "If you don't want to sing along," Katy Perry demanded on Thursday night (July 24), "then now is your time to leave." Positioned at the vertex of a triangular stage and swiveling her head in order to see her thousands of fans, Perry made this declaration three songs…

  16. CBS Local Media Acquires Eventful, Inc.

    July 23, 2014 6:34 PM EDT CBS Local Media has acquired Eventful, Inc., a San Diego-based digital media company that provides demand-based platforms for live, digital and broadcast events. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed, but Eventful's 55-person staff is expected to be integrated into the CBS…

  17. Beatport's New President Lloyd Starr on Download Farms, What EDM Even Is (Q&A)

    July 23, 2014 2:48 PM EDT A version of this article first appeared in the July 26th issue of Billboard Magazine . You could say Lloyd Starr, 35, was primed to be president of Beatport. As the 10-year-old company's former COO, there was nowhere to go but up. With Matthew Addell's June 24 exit, the door opened…

  18. Nashville Rockers Sol Cat Happy to Call Music City Their Home

    July 21, 2014 3:49 PM EDT Nashville Dancin', the summer concert series in downtown Nashville, is starting to wind down its Thursday night run with shows over the next two weeks. This upcoming week's line-up includes Space Capone, Lettuce and Music City's own Sol Cat. The band's vocalist Brett…

  19. Fan Army Face-Off: Which Army Is Strongest? Round 3

    July 21, 2014 1:30 PM EDT UPDATE: Round 3 is now closed! Round 3 of Billboard's Fan Army Face-Off has now begun! There were a few close races, and a few blowouts in Round 2. The Barbz eeked out a win over The Hooligans, while The Victims, The Echelon, and The Glamberts had more comfortable leads over The…

  20. 'Weird Al' Yankovic's 'Mandatory Fun': Track-by-Track Album Review

    July 15, 2014 3:26 PM EDT It's hard out there for a professional parodist: nowadays, any idiot with a webcam can post his or her version of "Fancy" on YouTube, and if a master idiot like "Weird Al" Yankovic wants to get us tweeting about his send-ups, he'd better make them extra…

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