1. Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame 'Masterclass' Scribes Talk Writing for Latin Superstars

    August 22, 2014 8:12 PM EDT Their names may not be as widely recognized as Ricky Martin and Carlos Santana , but their lyrics and songs have been heard around the globe. The songwriters featured at the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame's "Masterclass in the Round" have written some of the most iconic…

  2. Aloe Blacc & JC Chasez Talk Making of Smokey Robinson's 'My Girl' Remake

    August 22, 2014 7:24 PM EDT Smokey Robinson 's new album Smokey & Friends is an R&B/soul masterpiece that features new duet versions of some of the singer/songwriter's most memorable songs, including remakes of tracks written by Robinson for himself and his group the Miracles , as well as other acts…

  3. Bacon Brothers Q&A: New Album, Jamming With Daryl Hall & Playing 'Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon'

    August 22, 2014 6:44 PM EDT The Bacon Brothers return to the musical world with 36 Cents , their first disc of all-new material in six years. In an interview with Billboard, both Michael and Kevin Bacon expressed excitement to get new music out to the public, and also amazement at the work that goes into releasing a…

  4. Deborah Cox on Re-Recording Whitney Houston’s Vocals for Lifetime Biopic: ‘I Had Some Big Shoes to Fill’

    August 22, 2014 6:13 PM EDT Airing in 2015, Lifetime’s I Will Always Love You: The Whitney Houston Story ,” starring Yaya DaCosta (pictured below, right) , has already faced major challenges. Family matriarch Cissy Houston denounced the biopic, directed by Angela Bassett . Then there were problems securing the rights…

  5. Billboard + Twitter Real-Time Charts Picks of the Week: Stafford Brothers, Jamie T & More

    August 22, 2014 6:09 PM EDT This week's Billboard + Twitter Emerging Artists chart picks form an eclectic group of acts who are very different but all stand out as a result of recent music video releases. From an homage video by rapper BJ the Chicago Kid to Jamie T singing in a room full of deteriorating zombies,…

  6. Ludacris Q&A: His Next Album, Mourning Paul Walker & Vin Diesel's Rap Skills

    August 22, 2014 6:08 PM EDT Rapper, receiving BMI President's Award this weekend, is looking at November for personal 'Ludaversal' album. This weekend in Los Angeles, rapper Chris " Ludacris " Bridges will be given BMI's President's Award , a honor for songwriting and impact on pop…

  7. Aaliyah’s Afterlife: How the Singer Still Lives on in Music and Fashion

    August 22, 2014 4:36 PM EDT years after her death, the R&B star lives on with an astonishing influence over music and fashion On her aunt’s porch in Haines City, Fla., in 2001, you could find a 15-year-old Sevyn Streeter doing her best Aaliyah impression. She and her cousin would glide from side to side,…

  8. Nicki Minaj's 'Anaconda' Video Breaks Vevo Record

    August 22, 2014 3:11 PM EDT Step aside, Miley Cyrus. Nicki Minaj 's much-discussed "Anaconda" video smashed Vevo's record for the most views in 24 hours, racking up 19.6 million clicks in the first day of its release. The explicit clip is still going strong, having pulled in more than 37 million…

  9. MTV VMAs 2014 Preview: Creating the Next Miley Moment, Ariana Grande's 'Space Glam' Plan & More

    August 22, 2014 2:30 PM EDT Before last year's MTV Video Music Awards, viewers had no idea what Miley Cyrus was about to unleash on the world , with her twerking and her flesh-colored latex bikini and her tongue wagging. But Dave Sirulnick did. So heading into this year's VMAs, airing live Sunday at 9 p.m.…

  10. 2014 Is the Best Year for Stadium Concerts in 20 Years

    August 22, 2014 2:22 PM EDT Billboard declared 1994 the "Year of the Stadium." Then receipts began sinking. Now, 20 years later, the big-venue shows are setting records again in a startling comeback. Jason Aldean says that when his team first broached the idea of adding stadiums to his tour route in 2013, “I…

  11. A Critical Evaluation of Ariana Grande's Acting

    August 22, 2014 1:10 PM EDT Is the former Nickelodeon star a true double-threat? We take a closer look at the pop singer's onscreen abilities. Though the core of Ariana Grande 's audience was built from the tweens who became fans watching her acting work on Nickelodeon, as a pop star, the 21-year-old caters to…

  12. Hot 100 Chart Moves: Clean Bandit Continues U.S. Invasion With 'Rather Be'

    August 22, 2014 1:05 PM EDT The British group's hit is yet another by a foreign act. Plus, moves for Jeremih, Echosmith, Rae Sremmurd and Hozier. As previously reported, MAGIC! tops the Billboard Hot 100 for a sixth week with "Rude" and Ariana Grande and Iggy Azalea boast a whopping three titles each in…

  13. Christina Aguilera’s Self-Titled Debut at 15: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    August 22, 2014 1:00 PM EDT Once upon a time, when ex-Mouseketeers with burning ambition and blinding smiles ruled the universe, there lived two princesses. One was an iffy singer with undeniable sex appeal; the other was a secret soul diva working within record-label constraints, biding her time until she could unleash…

  14. Are Taylor Swift and Country Splitting Up for Good?

    August 22, 2014 10:51 AM EDT Will Taylor and country radio ever get back together, or have programmers moved on? It was like a carefully planned breakup. First came the unabashed pop bangers on Taylor Swift 's last album, 2012's Red , "Trouble" and "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together"…

  15. Plan B Joins Foxes, Olly Murs on U.K.-Wide Industry Program 'The Big Music Project'

    August 22, 2014 10:47 AM EDT The Big Music Project, an initiative to promote young artists and entrepreneurs in the U.K. music industry, has partnered with singer and rapper Plan B, joining Foxes, Olly Murs, trade body the British Phonographic Industry and many more in the government Brit Award-winning British soul…

  16. Billboard Cover: Diplo on His Katy Perry Connection, Madonna Collaboration and 8-Figure Lifestyle

    August 22, 2014 9:00 AM EDT The most valuable backpack in Los Angeles is a capacious, sturdy-looking black number loaded with a pair of sticker-emblazoned MacBook Pro laptops, a set of headphones and a mobile Internet hotspot. It belongs to the 35-year-old DJ-producer Wesley Pentz, better-known as  Diplo , and it’s with…

  17. Polite Guy Andrew Rannells Ready to Get His Hedwig On

    August 21, 2014 11:46 PM EDT Andrew Rannells says he never dreamed of becoming a rock star while growing up. What he hoped for was a part on Broadway. Now he's getting both at the same time - and a load of mascara as well. Starting Wednesday, the Tony Award-nominated star of The Book of Mormon  on Broadway and HBO&…

  18. 'The Voice' Season 7 Trailer Features Gwen Stefani, Pharrell Lovefest

    August 21, 2014 9:49 PM EDT Newest coaches don't miss a beat with Adam Levine, Blake Shelton in new trailer. Pharrell Williams and Gwen Stefani haven't made their debut on The Voice yet, but a new trailer reveals that the duo seem to be feeling right at home. The two music powerhouses join veteran Voice…

  19. Watch Talib Kweli Call Out CNN & All Media for Ferguson Coverage

    August 21, 2014 9:35 PM EDT Rapper takes issue with reporting around Michael Brown's fatal shooting at the hands of a Missouri police officer. Talib Kweli 's CNN interview started off on a nice enough note, with host Don Lemon lauding the rapper for his activism and referring to him as a "passionate voice…

  20. The Knife Cut Their Time Short, Announce Breakup

    August 21, 2014 9:02 PM EDT Swedish duo formed in 1999. Fans have always hedged their expectations when it comes to the Knife , the reclusive Swedish duo who have jumped in and out of the music world since 1999. But it sounds like the party is really over this time. The Knife Ends 7-Year Hiatus With Politically Charged…

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