1. Is This Ariana Grande's Signature Pose? Let's Go to the GIF...

    August 14, 2014 5:40 PM EDT 'Break Free' is the latest example of the pop star's favorite arms-up look. Is Ariana Grande angling for a deodorant commercial? We couldn't help but notice with the release of the pop star's latest music video , for the Zedd-featuring track "Break Free,…

  2. Exclusive: Kenny Rogers Reflects on Tribute Exhibit at Country Music Hall of Fame

    August 14, 2014 5:20 PM EDT On Friday, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will unveil Kenny Rogers: Through The Years , a new exhibit that pays tribute to the legendary entertainer. The 2013 Hall of Fame inductee's career will be celebrated with a wide array of artifacts, including a Tony Alamo denim outfit…

  3. Jason Aldean & More Country Stars Top Hot Tours

    August 14, 2014 5:09 PM EDT Blake Shelton & Rascal Flatts round out the top 3. Country music dominates the first three slots on the weekly slate of Hot Tours based on ticket sales reported from summer treks by Jason Aldean , Blake Shelton and Rascal Flatts . The country headliners are all on the road in North…

  4. Broods Get Bigger with The Help of Lorde's Producer: Album Preview

    August 14, 2014 3:12 PM EDT Prior to the release of their debut album, the pop group will open for Sam Smith across North America. Much of Broods' music possesses a quiet vulnerability, with singer Georgia Nott's delicate voice lilting over the twitching rhythms and threatening to evaporate altogether. At…

  5. SFX Revenues Rise, But Deepens Loss in Second Quarter

    August 14, 2014 2:37 PM EDT SFX, the young conglomerate built around EDM concert promotion, multiplied its revenue but experienced a deeper net loss in the second quarter. Revenue grew 199 percent, to $82 million, while net loss increased 77.6 percent, to $43.7 million. "We're on our way," said Robert…

  6. Usher Wants You To Know He Doesn't Regret His Failed Marriage

    August 14, 2014 12:15 PM EDT Usher doesn't regret his marriage to Tameka Foster. The singer opened up in the latest issue of  O Magazine , where he described getting married at the age of 28 as his "best mistake" (weird coincidence -- "Best Mistake" is the title of Ariana Grande's latest…

  7. Exclusive: Hardwell & Tiësto Talk Fame and Friendship

    August 14, 2014 12:04 PM EDT The dynamic duo discuss how their partnership came to be backstage at TomorrowLand 2014 A few hours before enthralling tens of thousands at TomorrowLand, two friends sit backstage comparing their kicks. Hardwell ’s radiant red Nike Air Yeezys are blinding against the couch’s white canvas.…

  8. Esperanza Spalding Signs With WME

    August 14, 2014 10:57 AM EDT Grammy Award-winning jazz artist Esperanza Spalding has new representation. Billboard  and The Hollywood Reporter have learned that the singer-bassist has signed with WME . Spalding joins a jazzed-up roster at WME that also includes Diana Krall , Natalie Cole , Chris Botti and Preservation…

  9. Michael Jackson’s ‘A Place With No Name’ Premieres On Twitter: Watch

    August 14, 2014 5:00 AM EDT Michael Jackson’s latest video has premiered on Twitter.  The promo for “A Place With No Name” was tweeted overnight from the late pop star's official account. A message tells Jackson’s 1.5 million followers, “It’s time! The first ever premiere of "A Place With No Name" right…

  10. Luis Fonsi Joins Telemundo's 'Yo Soy El Artista'

    August 13, 2014 8:47 PM EDT Singer/songwriter Luis Fonsi has joined the singing competition show Yo Soy El Artista (I'm the Artist) and will be seen as a judge and vocal adviser on the program during the show's premiere in September. Luis Fonsi '8' Video Q&A: On Staying Young, Fans & More…

  11. Watch Microsoft Brilliantly Shade Apple With 2NE1's K-Pop Hit in New Ad

    August 13, 2014 8:30 PM EDT Microsoft lets the girl group do the talking to declare (in Korean) 'I Am the Best.' Technology companies doing side-by-side comparisons in TV ads is nothing new. But subtly shading your competition by soundtracking the ad with a foreign language hit is rather brilliant. For its new…

  12. J&R Music World to Re-Open in October

    August 13, 2014 5:20 PM EDT Not only is J&R Music World coming back, but it's returning sooner than anyone thought. In October, J&R will launch as a store-within-a-store inside Century 21's flagship, located across the way from the World Trade Center in downtown Manhattan. The store closed its doors…

  13. Exclusive: Erica Nicole Gets Candid About Her Longtime Struggle With Hearing Loss

    August 13, 2014 4:27 PM EDT Listening to newcomer Erica Nicole 's 2014 single "I Listen To My Bad Girl," the last thing you'd expect to learn about the Atlanta singer is that she's struggled with hearing loss since her teenage years. Now, in an exclusive interview with Billboard, Nicole admits…

  14. Music Biz Agent Claims Colleague Impersonated Him on Twitter

    August 13, 2014 3:04 PM EDT Joseph Cassiere's lawsuit over @QuotesOfJJ also provides one of the first tests of a fairly new California cyber-bullying law. Joseph Cassiere , a booking agent in the music industry, has brought a lawsuit against a former colleague who allegedly set up a Twitter account to impersonate…

  15. Exclusive: Pete Tong Expands 'Evolution' Radio Show Via Beatport and Premiere Networks Partnership

    August 13, 2014 2:55 PM EDT American commercial radio has been dogged for decades by limiting beliefs about its target market’s attention span, but Pete Tong isn’t buying it. “When you look at what intelligent television channels are doing, creating these incredibly deep series from Breaking Bad to House of Cards, that…

  16. MAGIC! Still No. 1 On Hot 100 as Meghan Trainor & Charli XCX Soar

    August 13, 2014 2:21 PM EDT The Canadian quartet rules for a fifth week with 'Rude,' while Trainor's 'All About That Bass' bounds and Charli XCX's 'Boom Clap' enters the top 10. MAGIC!'s "Rude" rules the Billboard Hot 100 for a fifth week. Meanwhile, Meghan Trainor&…

  17. Karen O Hypes New LP ‘Crush Songs’ With Intimate Shows & Secret Listening Sessions

    August 13, 2014 1:32 PM EDT Karen O , the show-stopping front woman of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs , will release her solo debut Sept. 9 -- and she’s announced a stream of intriguing live events to get her fans even more excited. In the month following the Sept. 9 release of Crush Songs , Karen will perform a series of gigs in…

  18. Watch Ariana Grande 'Break Free' in Intergalactic New Video

    August 12, 2014 9:46 PM EDT Pop star channels Barbarella in the B-movie homage. Ariana Grande is breaking free in her space-tastic new music video -- with a little help from a few ladies that came before her. Ariana Grande Reunites With Big Sean for 'Best Mistake': Listen In the just-released visual…

  19. Metro Station Reunite for New EP, Tour

    August 12, 2014 2:31 PM EDT In April, 2010, Metro Station announced an indefinite breakup after reported multiple disputes between former best friends and musical collaborators Trace Cyrus and Mason Musso . However, the two have reconciled and the band -- behind the Billboard Top 10 single “Shake It” -- is returning…

  20. Ariana Grande & Big Sean Re-Team For 'Best Mistake': Listen

    August 12, 2014 10:52 AM EDT So far, Ariana Grande's sophomore album My Everything has been previewed as a rousingly uptempo affair, what with "Problem," "Break Free" and the bonus track "Bang Bang" all conjuring their fair share of dance moves. The singer has unearthed her…

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