1. Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Smokey Robinson Scores Highest-Charting Album in 33 Years

    August 29, 2014 8:45 PM EDT R&B legend Smokey Robinson earns his highest charting album since 1981, while Amy Grant debuts on both the Christian and Dance/Electronic Albums charts- On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart, Wiz Khalifa's Blacc Hollywood arrived at No. 1 , giving the hip-hop star his first chart…

  2. Free Music Round-Up: Raury, Ty Dolla $ign, Rico Love & Melat

    August 29, 2014 5:00 PM EDT This was an exciting week for free music. Raury released a precocious album debut, Ty Dolla $ign and Rico Love delivered R&B-drenched projects and rising singer Melat channeled vintage hip-hop/soul on her EP. Raury's Indigo Child (Album) Raury aims for a powerful, cohesive statement…

  3. Chris Brown Due Back in D.C. Court for Plea Hearing

    August 29, 2014 4:07 PM EDT Chris Brown is scheduled to appear in a District of Columbia court for what would be a third attempt at a plea deal to resolve an assault case that dates to October 2013 . Chris Brown Responds to Suge Knight Pre-VMA Party Shooting According to court filings, Brown was scheduled to appear in D…

  4. Iggy Azalea Rules Song of the Summer Readers' Poll

    August 29, 2014 2:50 PM EDT With summer 2014 almost at its end (sad but true), we’ve been looking back at the hit songs that have kept the last three months sizzling. Both musicians and Billboard staff members have made their picks, and now the Billboard readers have made their voices heard – and those voices are all…

  5. 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."…

  6. Hear Maroon 5's Gwen Stefani Collaboration 'My Heart Is Open'

    August 29, 2014 11:58 AM EDT Back in July, Maroon 5 guitarist James Valentine told Billboard  his band was collaborating with Gwen Stefani for their new album, V . Well, that track, "My Heart Is Open," has finally surfaced, and it's an emotional piano ballad clearly crafted for  Adult Contemporary radio…

  7. Diddy's 1998 Remix of Smashing Pumpkins' 'Ava Adore' Surfaces

    August 29, 2014 10:26 AM EDT File this one under "remixes you never thought possible" -- the magic of the internet has treated us to Diddy (then Puff Daddy)'s 1998 remix of the Smashing Pumpkins ’ 1998 hit, "Ava Adore." This would have been a lot more outrageous had it surfaced in the late '…

  8. Demi Lovato Thanks DJs for Dance Club Songs No. 1

    August 29, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Plus: Imogen Heap scores her second leader on Dance/Electronic Albums, Amy Grant bows with her 'Remixes' set, and Deorro dominates at radio. Demi Lovato lands at No. 1 on Billboard's Dance Club Songs chart with "Really Don't Care," which rises 2-1. It's her…

  9. President Obama Taps New 'Piracy Czar'

    August 29, 2014 8:45 AM EDT President Barack Obama has nominated Danny Marti to be the new U.S. intellectual property enforcement coordinator, or "piracy czar." Marti is the managing partner of Kilpatrick Townsend's Washington, D.C., office. He is an Emory University law school graduate, and he served as…

  10. Who Should Play Rivers Cuomo on Weezer TV Show?

    August 28, 2014 6:59 PM EDT Ohh-wee-ohh, they look just like Buddy Holly. Weezer already has a cruise to its name, so at this point, a TV show should be a no-brainer, right? With the band's new studio album approaching ( Everything Will Be Alright in the End is due Oct. 7 ), fans will also be treated to a Rivers…

  11. Max Martin Scores 18th No. 1 On Billboard Hot 100

    August 28, 2014 1:45 PM EDT The co-writer and co-producer of Taylor Swift's 'Shake It Off' increases his impressive tally of leaders. With the No. 1 debut of Taylor Swift 's "Shake It Off" on the Billboard Hot 100 , the song's co-writer and co-producer, Max Martin , adds yet another…

  12. The Brief Rap Career of NBA Player Robbie Hummel

    August 28, 2014 1:11 PM EDT Minnesota Timberwolves second year small forward Robbie Hummel isn’t exactly a household name for his NBA exploits (yet!) but what about as a rapper? On Aug. 27, Hummel sent out a few tweets to hype what was apparently a burgeoning hip-hop career. It’s too bad his own team’s PR didn’t take…

  13. Exclusive Premiere: Watch Wrongchilde (Kill Hannah's Mat Devine) in Creepy 'Slow' Video

    August 28, 2014 12:10 PM EDT You might know Mat Devine as the lead singer of Kill Hannah , or perhaps from his grade A job of live tweeting the 2014 VMAs for Billboard: it's surreal to see someone the center of attention at #vmas who u literally saw blind drunk drooling on a hotel fern 2 days ago. — mat devine ☂ (…

  14. Ed Sheeran Brings His One-Man Band to L.A.'s Staples Center: Concert Review

    August 28, 2014 11:30 AM EDT Can one man with no band, no backup singers, no dancers, and no stage-mates whatsoever entertain a crowd of nearly 20,000? That question was answered Wednesday night at L.A.'s Staples Center when Ed Sheeran hit the stage with just a guitar and a loop pedal, and the answer was a 20,000…

  15. Merchandise Talks 'After the End,' Punk Culture & Hating Morrissey Comparisons

    August 28, 2014 10:40 AM EDT Merchandise’s Carson Cox knows that life will always be in flux. He used to be straight edge; now he’s not. He used to be vegetarian; he now eats meat. The Tampa-based band he fronts used to be signed to a small, D.I.Y.-minded label; now they’re with 4AD, which one might call a “major indie.”…

  16. Streaming Service KKBOX Raises $104 Million to Expand Beyond Asia

    August 28, 2014 10:18 AM EDT KKBOX is ready to expand overseas. The Taiwan-based music streaming service, which has been around longer than Spotify and Pandora, announced on Thursday (Aug. 28) that it has raised $104 million from GIC, Singapore's sovereign wealth fund. TuneCore Inks Deal with KKBOX, Top Asian Music…

  17. Weezer's Rivers Cuomo Tapped as Subject for New Fox Comedy 'DeTour'

    August 27, 2014 9:45 PM EDT Fox is looking to Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo for its next comedy. The network has handed out a hefty put-pilot commitment to single-camera comedy DeTour , inspired by the life of the singer-songwriter, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Weezer Pushes Back 'Everything Will Be Alright…

  18. Suge Knight Dismissed from Hospital: Report

    August 27, 2014 8:17 PM EDT After suffering from a reported six gunshot wounds at a pre-VMA party early Sunday, Suge Knight has left the hospital, reports TMZ .  Suge Knight Investigation Moved to Homicide Bureau The website says the Death Row Records founder left Cedars-Sinai in Beverly Hills around 6 a.m. Wednesday…

  19. Morrissey Laments That Robin Williams 'Overshadowed' Other Celebrity Deaths

    August 27, 2014 3:56 PM EDT Morrissey has really been on a roll lately. Even when he isn't breaking up with his label or canceling a slew of tour dates , his ramblings on the site True to You are turning heads, albeit for all the wrong reasons. A few days after Henry Rollins offered his wrongheaded opinion on the…

  20. 'Glee' Final Season Details Revealed

    August 27, 2014 3:19 PM EDT Who's a series regular? Why is Rachel back in Ohio? Glee 's sixth and final season premise has been revealed. According to Fox, the truncated season will again revolve around Lea Michele 's Rachel Berry, who returns to Ohio after a "humiliating failure" as a TV…

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