1. Check Out Miley Cyrus Partying Like a... Taco?

    November 26, 2014 6:45 PM EST Miley Cyrus might be channeling her inner-taco on some new recordings.  Miley Cyrus Goes Topless at 22nd ‘Happyland’ Birthday Party in L.A. From the looks of the pop star's Instagram account , Cyrus is awfully fond of a new taco costume and has been wearing it around. And to avoid any…

  2. 'The Sing-Off' Replaces Ben Folds With Fall Out Boy's Patrick Stump

    November 26, 2014 4:53 PM EST The a cappella competition's fifth cycle airs Dec. 17 as a two-hour special. The Sing-Off may be returning to NBC next month , but a cappella master and four-time judge Ben Folds won't. For its fifth cycle -- airing as a two-hour special on Dec. 17 , instead of a two-week holiday…

  3. T.I., Big Sean & More Rappers Hand Out Turkeys for Thanksgiving

    November 26, 2014 3:28 PM EST Ludacris, Snoop Dogg & MC Hammer were also spotted giving back. A handful of rappers are giving thanks and giving back for Thanksgiving, handing out turkeys in their communities ahead of the holiday. All About That Baste: Recipe for a Thanksgiving Soundtrack Big Sean helped his…

  4. 'August Rush' Bound for Broadway

    November 25, 2014 8:21 PM EST The new musical is adapted from the 2007 film about a music prodigy, which starred Freddie Highmore and Robin Williams. Add another title to the long list of movies getting the musical makeover treatment. The 2007 release, August Rush , which starred Freddie Highmore as an orphaned second…

  5. Rihanna Gives In-Studio Preview of New Song on Instagram

    November 25, 2014 7:35 PM EST There's no word yet on when Rihanna will release her new album, but the songstress is doing quite the job playing the tease. After making a splash with her return to Instagram earlier this month, she's made good use of the photo and video sharing app by reminding us of what we&…

  6. Ask Billboard: Max Martin Notches Another No. 1

    November 25, 2014 4:05 PM EST As always, submit questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. Or, Tweet @gthot20 MAX MARTIN SCORES ANOTHER No. 1 @gthot20 Why no mention of …

  7. Ferguson Decision: Hip-Hop Community & Other Artists React

    November 24, 2014 10:17 PM EST Rihanna, Katy Perry, Killer Mike, Q-Tip, Hayley Williams, Alicia Keys and many more speak out. The death of Michael Brown has been a rallying cry in the hip-hop community since the unarmed teen was fatally shot in Ferguson, Mo., by a police officer back in August. Monday night (Nov. 24)…

  8. Jim Schwartz, Pioneering Indie Music Distributor, Dead at 91

    November 24, 2014 1:16 PM EST Legendary indie music distributor Jim Schwartz died in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 8 of complications from Alzheimer's disease. He was 91. Although Schwartz ran Schwartz Brothers for many years, the company was originally founded right after World War II by his father Harry, who named the…

  9. American Music Awards 2014: What You Didn't See on TV

    November 24, 2014 12:17 AM EST One Direction's Harry Styles & Niall Horan make sure to stay in the audience for J.Lo & Iggy's 'Booty' fest, and more behind-the-scenes action. At Sunday night's American Music Awards , you saw Selena Gomez bare her heart -- and Iggy Azalea and…

  10. Code Picks of the Week: Brodinski, Frank & Tony, Giraffage

    November 21, 2014 5:17 PM EST Each Friday, CODE curates a diverse selection of the most noteworthy new tunes in dance music. Take a listen for a fitting soundtrack to your weekend. Brodinski ft. SD – I Can't Help Myself [Bromance] The Bromance boss does not disappoint on his forthcoming album's first single,…

  11. MTV's Music Chief Amy Doyle on What Expanding Her Empire Means for the Network

    November 21, 2014 11:30 AM EST MTV's long-standing music chief and doyenne of the Video Music Awards, Amy Doyle , 44, just got a major bump up from executive vp music and talent strategy, a role she had held since 2005, to executive vp music content and platforms strategy. She tells Billboard what her new title…

  12. Billy Joel Receives Gershwin Prize From Library of Congress

    November 20, 2014 9:29 AM EST Billy Joel has more than a few powerful friends in Washington with a musical legacy powerful enough to draw cheers from both sides of the political aisle Wednesday. The Library of Congress honored the singer and songwriter behind "New York State of Mind," "Allentown," …

  13. Taylor Swift Makes Hot 100 History With 'Blank Space'

    November 19, 2014 3:53 PM EST Taylor Swift makes history on the Billboard Hot 100 , where her single "Blank Space" blasts from No. 13 to No. 1 . As the song dethrones her prior smash, "Shake It Off," after four weeks atop the chart, Swift becomes the first woman in the Hot 100's 56-year…

  14. Migos on Chief Keef & GBE: 'F--k 'Em'

    November 19, 2014 10:20 AM EST The Atlanta rap trio also says that a proper album is due out in early 2015. After tensions between Atlanta's Migos and Chief Keef 's Glory Boyz Entertainment crew reportedly boiled over at a Washington D.C. club show on Saturday (Nov. 15), Migos tells Billboard, in no uncertain…

  15. Nirvana's 'MTV Unplugged' 20 Years Later: Meat Puppets' Curt Kirkwood Looks Back

    November 18, 2014 12:15 PM EST Twenty years ago, Nirvana released MTV Unplugged in New York , an unintentionally posthumous album recorded on this day (Nov. 18) in 1993. Kurt Cobain died five months after its taping, so its place in rock star lore was all but assured by the time it hit shelves. Nirvana played almost none…

  16. Nicki Minaj Teases 'Only' Video With Sexy Instagram Photos

    November 17, 2014 9:44 PM EST Following the onslaught of negative criticism Nicki Minaj has received for employing what many have complained to be Nazi-like imagery in her "Only" lyric video, the hip-hop superstar is hard at work on a proper video for Drake , Lil Wayne and Chris Brown -featuring track. And…

  17. Chart Highlights: Maroon 5 Moves To No. 1 on Pop Songs With 'Animals'

    November 17, 2014 4:57 PM EST The group extends its record for the most leaders among groups. Plus, Idina Menzel's AC debut signals the start of the holidays. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys…

  18. Chopin's Preserved Heart Exhumed in Secret

    November 17, 2014 10:18 AM EST As Frederic Chopin gasped for air on his deathbed in Paris in 1849, he whispered a request that became the stuff of musical legend: Remove my heart after I die and entomb it in Poland. He wanted the symbol of his soul to rest in the native land he pined for from self-imposed exile in France…

  19. Rihanna's Instagram Return Sparks No. 2 Re-Entry on Social 50

    November 13, 2014 6:43 PM EST Badgalriri -- Rihanna 's handle on Instagram -- has been absent from the Facebook-owned photo-sharing platform all summer since her account was deactivated in May. While no official explanation was offered, some say it was because of posts containing risqué images from her Lui magazine…

  20. Ariana Grande Hits No. 1 on Social 50 for First Time

    November 13, 2014 6:18 PM EST After 103 weeks on the Social 50 chart, Ariana Grande finally hits No. 1 for the first time, rising 2-1 on the latest tally (dated Nov. 22). The Social 50 ranks the most popular artists on YouTube, Vevo, Facebook, Twitter, SoundCloud, Wikipedia, Myspace and Instagram. The chart&…

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