1. Super Bowl Halftime Pay-to-Play Reports: Grammys Producer Weighs In

    August 21, 2014 6:56 PM EDT 'I don't know that a Super Bowl performance, other than exposing an artist to a larger audience, does as much as the right performance on 'Saturday Night Live' or the right moment on the Grammys,' Ken Ehrlich tells Billboard. The NFL is making headlines this week for…

  2. Billboard Cover Story Sneak Peek: Diplo Got Drunk With Madonna and 4 Other Details on Their Upcoming Collaboration

    August 21, 2014 6:42 PM EDT Diplo is one of the most in-demand producers on the planet. Who else but the 35-year-old DJ could knock out "four or five" songs for Usher's next album in a week's time, work on new tunes with both  Ty Dolla $ign  and  Lorde  and gather 30 new tracks for  Major Lazer …

  3. Here's Every Musical Guest on 'The Simpsons' in Chronological Order

    August 21, 2014 6:30 PM EDT If you're not watching FXX's 'Simpsons' marathon, that's a paddlin' The longest-running TV marathon in history kicks off on Thursday when FXX starts airing every episode of the longest-running scripted primetime TV series ever: The Simpsons. Yep, all 25…

  4. Nick Cannon Confirms He and Mariah Carey Are Living Apart

    August 21, 2014 4:57 PM EDT Say it ain't so! After some rumors began floating around that Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon would be divorcing in the next few weeks, Cannon himself confirmed that things are not great right now in his personal life. "There is trouble in paradise…we have been living in…

  5. John Legend Brings Marvin Gaye's 'What's Going On' to Hollywood Bowl

    August 21, 2014 4:35 PM EDT Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings join in paying homage to Marvin Gaye's landmark album. "Trigger-happy policing": That line from Marvin Gaye 's 1971 hit "Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)" still speaks volumes -- especially in the wake of the ongoing…

  6. Sam Hunt Scores Highest Debut on Top Country Albums With 'X2C'

    August 21, 2014 4:22 PM EDT The former college QB huddles in the chart's upper ranks with his debut EP. Plus, moves for Luke Bryan, FGL & Darius Rucker. Former college football quarterback Sam Hunt snares Hot Shot Debut honors at No. 5 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart with X2C , his four-song,…

  7. Behind the (Unheard) Music: Is Aphex Twin Poised for a Grammy Nod?

    August 21, 2014 4:19 PM EDT Aphex Twin , the obscure electronic music artist (real name: Richard D. James ) who has been teasing his next album on blimps, street graffiti and via the "deep web," will release his first album in 13 years on Sept. 23 through Warp Records. The label announced the news this morning…

  8. Why Don’t Today’s Hits Reflect The Times?

    August 21, 2014 3:22 PM EDT This week in 1965, the hottest debut on Billboard ’s Hot 100 was Barry McGuire ’s “Eve Of Destruction,” the lyrics of which were a wake-up call, from its opening shot of “The Eastern world, it is explodin’; violence flarin’, bullets loadin’,” to its warning of impending nuclear war (“If the…

  9. Pedro Capo's 'Dream Come True' Debuts on the Latin Albums Chart

    August 21, 2014 2:39 PM EDT The Puerto Rican singer's new release, Aquila, debuts at No. 3 on the Top Latin Albums chart, and tells Billboard how "grateful" he is for the support of his fans. Puerto Rican singer-songwriter Pedro Capo debuts at No. 3 on Top Latin Albums with his latest set  Aquila . It…

  10. 'The Upstairs Bar Is Empty': Ticketfly Acquires Forward-Thinking App WillCall

    August 21, 2014 12:27 PM EDT Deal heralds expanded mobile offerings and the evolution of the in-venue experience -- like settling bar tabs in the app -- for fans and promoters. San Francisco-based digital ticketing firm Ticketfly has acquired WillCall, a concert discovery, ticketing, and in-venue commerce application for…

  11. Tina Knowles on Beyonce & Jay Z's Marriage: 'Everything's Perfect'

    August 21, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Any questions? Is Beyonce about to become a single lady? Not according to her mother, Tina Knowles. Everyone knows the best way to get accurate information about someone's marriage is to track down their mother on the street, which is exactly what the intrepid stalkers at TMZ did. …

  12. Sarah Jaffe Video Premiere: Watch The Haunting 'Lover Girl' Clip

    August 21, 2014 11:56 AM EDT Sarah Jaffe has returned with an arresting new album, Don't Disconnect , that further removes the singer-songwriter from her acoustic folk beginnings. The single "Lover Girl," which was released last month, has received an imaginative music video that recalls the oddball…

  13. SoundCloud Debuts Monetization Play With 'On SoundCloud', Announces $100 Million In Funding

    August 21, 2014 11:01 AM EDT The successful audio platform has launched it's first advertising initiative, and plans a subscription service in the near future. It’s a new era for SoundCloud.   The audio platform has long been a home to unsigned, independent and even established artists to debut new material --…

  14. Jimmy Fallon Shaves Jared Leto's Beard for a Frenzied Crowd

    August 21, 2014 10:18 AM EDT Jared Leto is tired of looking like Jesus. The 30 Seconds To Mars singer shared as much Wednesday night on the Tonight Show , where -- after Fallon told him he might want to take the beard "down a notch" -- he jokingly shared that he'd been "asked to do a lot of…

  15. The K-Pop Makeup Craze: 2NE1, SPICA & More Share Favorite Products & Tips

    August 20, 2014 8:52 PM EDT As the popularity of Korean music acts soars, its effect on the beauty industry kicks into full gear. It's undeniable that K-pop is taking over the world. YouTube reports viewership of K-pop videos has grown from around 700 million views in 2010 to more than 5.5 billion in 2013. No…

  16. Sarah Dunn on Her Old-Fashioned Upbringing: 'We Didn't Have a CD Player or Tape Deck'

    August 20, 2014 5:58 PM EDT Sarah Dunn, the voice behind the Sarah Dunn Band 's "You or the Whiskey," definitely qualifies as an old soul. And not just in her attitude toward building her career.  "I was delivered by a midwife in Monett, Missouri, in this antebellum home. I like to think I had a…

  17. Jake Miller Talks Twitter's Effect On 'First Flight Home'

    August 20, 2014 5:17 PM EDT Florida hip-hop artist's new song has lit up Billboard's Twitter Trending 140. 'I went from the kid who was always listening to his iPod to the kid in other people's iPods.' "First Flight Home," Jake Miller 's latest song and video, has flown sky-high.…

  18. Dierks Bentley on His Success: 'I Don't Know How the Hell I'm Here'

    August 20, 2014 5:17 PM EDT “What are all these people doing here?” Dierks Bentley wonders as he looks out at the rapidly filling lawn at the Verizon Amphitheatre in St. Louis. “Don’t they know this is an almost 40 year-old married guy with three kids?”  Bentley, 38, will take the stage in about three hours on this…

  19. Sara Bareilles to Perform During Emmys 'In Memoriam' Tribute

    August 20, 2014 5:03 PM EDT Billy Crystal will honor Robin Williams at the show. Sara Bareilles will perform during the In Memoriam segment and Billy Crystal will pay tribute to the late Robin Williams at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards on Monday. Exclusive: 'Aladdin' Composer Alan Menken Pens Tribute to Robin…

  20. Taylor Swift's '1989' Album: 10 Dream Collaborators From 1989

    August 20, 2014 4:19 PM EDT Here are the producers, songwriters and music video auteurs that could make T-Swift's next project truly feel like a blast from the past. "I was listening to a lot of late 80's pop music," Taylor Swift explained to her audience on Monday's big announcement…

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