1. Young Jeezy Pleads Not Guilty to Gun Charge

    August 27, 2014 6:30 PM EDT Plus: Wiz Khalifa concert canceled following shooting death at Under the Influence of Music tour stop. The end of the 22-date Under the Influence of Music Tour has had a sobering impact on headliners Young Jeezy and Wiz Khalifa , as the former faces a gun charge and the latter has had at…

  2. 615 Spotlight: Tim Menzies Explains Hiatus, Talks Gospel-Leaning New Album

    August 27, 2014 5:57 PM EDT This week, we go in a different direction with the 615 Spotlight. Rather than showcase a brand new artist, we update you on a singer-songwriter so highly respected in Music City that demo versions of songs he's written for big-name artists -- such as Reba McEntire, Mark Chesnutt and…

  3. Taylor Swift's 'Shake It Off' Video, Behind the Scenes: Why She Never Feels Cool

    August 27, 2014 5:40 PM EDT Even by Taylor Swift 's impossibly high standards, she's having a pretty great week.  Fresh off Swift's VMA performance of her new single "Shake It Off" on Sunday night,   Billboard announced earlier today that "Shake It Off" debuted  in first place on the…

  4. Must-Hear Music Podcast: Katy Perry, Riff Raff, Usher, Raury & More

    August 27, 2014 5:19 PM EDT On this week's Must-Hear Music podcast, the Billboard staff talks about everything from Katy Perry working with eccentric MC Riff Raff to Brad Paisley 's make-out song to insanely promising newcomers like Raury and Sofi de la Torre . We don't always agree with each other -- and…

  5. Ariana Grande Aiming for Second No. 1 Album

    August 27, 2014 4:49 PM EDT The young diva's second album, 'My Everything,' is on course to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. Ariana Grande is set to notch her second No. 1 album in less than a year. Industry sources forecast the 21-year-old's new release, My Everything , to sell over 160…

  6. Brandon Flowers Releasing New Solo Album in 2015

    August 27, 2014 3:59 PM EDT The Killers singer is teaming up with Grammy-winning producer Ariel Rechtshaid for his second solo effort. Two years after the Killers ' Battle Born and four years after his solo debut Flamingo , Brandon Flowers is hitting the studio to work on his second solo effort, slated for a 2015…

  7. Morrissey Laments That Robin Williams 'Overshadowed' Other Celebrity Deaths

    August 27, 2014 3:56 PM EDT Morrissey has really been on a roll lately. Even when he isn't breaking up with his label or canceling a slew of tour dates , his ramblings on the site True to You are turning heads, albeit for all the wrong reasons. A few days after Henry Rollins offered his wrongheaded opinion on the…

  8. It's Time to Stop Comparing Ariana Grande to Mariah Carey

    August 27, 2014 3:37 PM EDT With her sophomore album, the "Problem" singer no longer resembles the elusive chanteuse -- and that's okay. From the moment her breakthrough single "The Way" set her career framework, Ariana Grande has operated in the shadow of a giant: Mariah Carey. Yours Truly ,…

  9. Josh Gracin Is Back on Tour After Suicide Scare

    August 27, 2014 3:35 PM EDT 'American Idol' alum also releases previews of 2 new songs on Facebook. It seems things are looking up for American Idol alum Josh Gracin . Two weeks ago, Gracin left what appeared to be a suicide note on his Facebook page, and subsequently Gracin's manager tweeted, "Josh…

  10. 'Glee' Final Season Details Revealed

    August 27, 2014 3:19 PM EDT Who's a series regular? Why is Rachel back in Ohio? Glee 's sixth and final season premise has been revealed. According to Fox, the truncated season will again revolve around Lea Michele 's Rachel Berry, who returns to Ohio after a "humiliating failure" as a TV…

  11. BET Suspends Producer After Blue Ivy Joke

    August 27, 2014 3:00 PM EDT BET has suspended a producer after a joke about Beyonce and Jay Z 's daughter that aired Monday on the network's music video countdown show, 106 & Park . How Beyonce & Jay Z's Triumphant VMA-Ending Moment Came to Be A source at the network, who spoke on the condition of…

  12. 10 Biggest 'Shake' Singles in Billboard Hot 100 History

    August 27, 2014 2:30 PM EDT After leaving country music in the dust and crafting her first unabashed pop single, Taylor Swift scored her second No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 this week with "Shake It Off." Aside from the fact that "Shake It Off" is an undeniable earworm, you can credit part of its…

  13. Song of the Summer 2014: Billboard Staff Picks

    August 27, 2014 2:00 PM EDT It’s time to face facts: summer 2014 is almost at an end. But before we pack away our beach towels and sunscreen, we’re taking a moment to salute all the great tunes that have soundtracked our lives for the last 3 months. In advance of naming Billboard’s official Song of the Summer next week,…

  14. Logic, 'Driving Ms. Daisy,' Featuring Childish Gambino: Exclusive Song Premiere

    August 27, 2014 2:00 PM EDT After a handful of mixtapes, including his Young Sinatra trilogy, Logic is prepping his Def Jam Recordings major label debut. The Maryland-born rapper delivers the first taste of the full-length effort with his new song, "Driving Ms. Daisy," featuring Childish Gambino . Check out a…

  15. Rdio Partners With Toronto Film Festival, Announces Free Ellie Goulding Show

    August 27, 2014 1:42 PM EDT Next month's  Toronto International Film Festival has an official music partner. Streaming service Rdio has announced it is setting up a music hub at the 11-day event with giveaways, a listening station and live music, starting with a free Ellie Goulding show at the iconic Massey Hall.…

  16. Pioneering Rumba King Peret Dead at 79

    August 27, 2014 12:15 PM EDT Barcelona bids goodbye to the father of its urban gypsy sound. Peret, the singer and guitarist known as the king of the Catalan rumba -- Barcelona's original party music -- died Wednesday, Aug. 27, at 79. Peret once described the rumba catalana as a fusion of gypsy music, Afro-Cuban…

  17. Reunited Ramones Estates Plan Big Comeback Including Martin Scorsese Film

    August 27, 2014 12:10 PM EDT The Johnny Ramone tribute at Hollywood Forever Cemetery has become a tradition. This past Sunday marked the tenth annual event honoring the late guitarist. In a marathon celebration that began before sundown diehard Ramones fans were treated to a Q&A that included Johnny’s widow Linda,…

  18. Taylor Swift's 'Shake It Off' Debuts At No. 1 On Hot 100

    August 27, 2014 12:03 PM EDT Swift's new single blasts in at No. 1, thanks to hefty sales, streaming and airplay. Plus, Nicki Minaj's 'Anaconda' vaults 39-2 following the premiere of its video. Taylor Swift rockets onto the Billboard Hot 100 chart at No. 1 with "Shake It Off." As…

  19. Exclusive: Listen to a Remix of Golden Features' 'Tell Me' by the Bixel Boys

    August 27, 2014 12:00 PM EDT The re-release of Golden Features' first EP is sure to have fans excited -- and this time around, it's coming with some extra content, including a remix of their hit "Tell Me" by the Bixel Boys. “When I was writing the EP, the Bixel Boys were a big influence so it's a…

  20. Interpol Streams Full 'El Pintor' Album Ahead of Release Date

    August 27, 2014 11:39 AM EDT Interpol is back! The dapper New York post-punks enjoyed a warm reception to the samples they’ve shared thus far from their new studio album, El Pintor , which hits stores Sept. 9 via Matador. And now it’s time to judge the whole thing -- the album is now streaming on NPR’s First Listen .…

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