1. CODE Guest Playlist: Claude VonStroke

    August 19, 2014 1:00 PM EDT Summer is nearly over, but don't tell the Dirtybird crew. Originally formed around a grill in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, Claude VonStroke's merry band of misfits have taken their BBQ concept on the road. Between now and November, the forward-thinking dance label will…

  2. The 25 Most Popular Music Clubs in the U.S.

    August 19, 2014 12:00 PM EDT On April 23, just one day after the release of her soon-to-be No. 3 album on the Billboard 200, Iggy Azalea was onstage at the House of Blues in Boston playing for a sellout crowd of 2,500. A major artist in front of a small crowd -- investors call it a "perishable experience"; fans…

  3. Ask Billboard: Iggy Azalea, Ariana Grande, Sam Smith & Charli XCX Are Seeing Double

    August 19, 2014 11:05 AM EDT The four acts each boast multiple top 20 hits this week. Do they set a record? Plus, Selena & Celine's top hits and more As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as…

  4. Leonard Cohen Releasing New Album 'Popular Problems' Two Days After 80th Birthday

    August 19, 2014 8:16 AM EDT Two days after celebrating his 80th birthday, the peerless Leonard Cohen will release Popular Problems , his 13th studio album in a recording career that reaches back to 1967's landmark Songs of Leonard Cohen . Official confirmation of the new album comes a week after a fan convention in…

  5. Jennifer Hudson, Magic! Added To Fashion Rocks Lineup

    August 19, 2014 3:46 AM EDT Jennifer Hudson and Magic! have been added to the Fashion Rocks lineup, it was announced Monday. The two acts will join Afrojack, Duran Duran, Jennifer Lopez, KISS, Miranda Lambert, Nico & Vinz, Pitbull, Rita Ora, The Band Perry and Usher at Brooklyn's Barclays Center on Sept. 9. &…

  6. Don Pardo, 'Saturday Night Live' Announcer, Dead at 96

    August 18, 2014 11:52 PM EDT Don Pardo , the magisterial announcer of  Saturday Night Live  for nearly 40 years — the highlight of seven heard and hardly seen decades at NBC — has died. He was 96. Pardo died Monday evening, an NBC spokesperson confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter . No details of his death were…

  7. Gimme Five: SPICA's Most Inspirational Singers (Video)

    August 18, 2014 9:00 PM EDT Listen to any SPICA  record and one can instantly tell their pipes were inspired by the big divas who came before them. With singles that range from funk-pop ( "I Did It," "You Don't Love Me" ) to EDM ( "Tonight" ) to straight-up R&B ( "Painkiller…

  8. Maxwell Recruits Erykah Badu, Ledisi, Robert Glasper & More for 2015 Cruise

    August 18, 2014 6:31 PM EDT Singer's inaugural Maxwell + The 7 Seas Caribbean cruise commences May 2015. Erykah Badu , Anthony Hamilton , Ledisi , Robert Glasper , Chrisette Michele , Eric Roberson and Boney James are among the headliners who will join Maxwell on the singer's inaugural Maxwell + the 7 Seas…

  9. Taylor Swift's 'Shake It Off' Single Review: The Country Superstar Goes Full Pop

    August 18, 2014 5:15 PM EDT On Taylor Swift's blockbuster 2012 album, Red , the country superstar explored several stylistic shades: arena rock, confessional folk, even dubstep. But the foundation of the project was undoubtedly bubble-gum pop. Swift's fourth studio album — the last to sell more than a…

  10. Watch: Chief Keef Teases 'Nobody' Collaboration with Kanye West

    August 18, 2014 5:06 PM EDT Five months after a photo surfaced of Kanye West and Chief Keef in the studio, Chief has released a snippet of their collaboration "Nobody." He posted a video on Instagram on Saturday of himself listening to the track while driving. "I don't feel nobody/ I can't hear…

  11. Meek Mill's Appeal of Jail Term Rejected

    August 18, 2014 4:56 PM EDT Philadelphia rapper Meek Mill pleaded to be released from jail Monday (Aug. 18) to resume his music career and support his son and 30-person entourage, but the judge who jailed him on a parole violation last month was unmoved. She ordered the 27-year-old to take anger management classes for…

  12. Taylor Swift's Top 20 Billboard Hot 100 Hits

    August 18, 2014 3:42 PM EDT Ladies and gentlemen, brush up on your Taylor Swift knowledge while you still can. The 21st century's greatest country singer-turned-pop star is getting ready for a monster close to 2014 (and beyond) with a new studio album in the works and a major motion picture appearance out now. Tay…

  13. FKA Twigs Is a Woman of Mystery -- And She Likes It That Way

    August 18, 2014 1:57 PM EDT FKA Twigs has just released one of the year’s most bold, idiosyncratic and deeply personal debuts -- LP1 (Young Turks), an exploration of warped beauty ideals, gender politics, romantic power dynamics and raw sexuality. But she isn’t really interested in explaining the person behind her…

  14. Exclusive: Isaac Hayes Family Pushes Legacy Into the Future With 'Unvaulted' Project

    August 18, 2014 1:18 PM EDT This week marks six years since the untimely passing of music legend Isaac Hayes , but it should also be noted as new beginning of sorts. His family has united to form the Isaac Hayes Enterprises in Atlanta, a project which honors his legacy. Though his discography includes 22 studio albums,…

  15. FCC Extends Deadline for Net Neutrality Comments

    August 18, 2014 11:46 AM EDT The Federal Communications Commision has announced a five-day extension for the second round of public comments on its "Open Internet" proceedings regarding net neutrality. The deadline has been pushed back from Sept. 10 until Sept. 15 "To ensure that members of the public have…

  16. The Top Five Artists Who Could (Successfully) Drop a Surprise Album

    August 18, 2014 11:30 AM EDT It's not just about popularity, but the mechanics of the modern record business. What other acts could follow Beyonce and her surprise self-titled album release last December? Well, just about anybody. But who could do it and find tremendous success — like Beyonce ? (2 million sold in…

  17. Top 40 Radio's Complicated Road to Success – and Failure

    August 18, 2014 11:22 AM EDT Five years ago, when CBS launched top 40 stations in New York and Los Angeles, they staked out a very narrow piece of turf between mainstream and rhythmic top 40, a format that was itself a one-time halfway point between top 40 and R&B radio. It worked well for KAMP (97.1 Amp Radio) Los…

  18. MTV’s Van Toffler Talks Miley Cyrus, the FCC, Why Diddy’s Revolt Won’t Work

    August 18, 2014 10:54 AM EDT The MTV veteran on his 12 networks, the Aug. 24 VMAs, P. Diddy’s Revolt (“I can’t find it”) and constant reinvention. When Van Toffler first went to work at 1515 Broadway in the mid-1980s, starting in business development for Nickelodeon and eventually rising to GM, then president of MTV, the…

  19. This Week In Billboard Chart History: The Beatles Defined The Summer Of 'Love'

    August 18, 2014 8:05 AM EDT This week in 1967, the Fab Four reigned with an anthem for its age – and the ages. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Alicia Keys, Taylor Swift and Huey Lewis & the News Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history Aug.…

  20. Bon Jovi, Chris Christie, Robert Kraft Join In ALS Fundraiser

    August 17, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Jon Bon Jovi isn't averse to taking ice cold showers -- at least when it's for a good cause. Justin Bieber Takes ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, Nominates President Obama & Beliebers The rocker accepted the Ice Bucket Challenge to benefit the ALS Foundation in the fight against Lou…

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