1. Ed Sheeran’s ‘X’ Continues U.K. Chart Streak, Nico & Vinz Score Top Single

    August 11, 2014 2:27 AM EDT Norwegian duo Nico & Vinz have become the first act from that country to score a U.K. No. 1 single since A-ha , more than 28 years ago. Their “Am I Wrong” (Warner Bros./Warner Music) raced from No. 52 to top Sunday’s (Aug. 10) new Official Charts Company survey. On the album chart, there…

  2. Daddy Yankee Remembers 'Gasolina' 10 Years Later: 'I Knew It Was a Home Run'

    August 10, 2014 3:00 PM EDT Daddy Yankee looks back on the track that turned him into the messiah of reggaeton. Just over a decade ago, Daddy Yankee sat listening to the sounds of the streets in the tiny apartment he shared with his wife and three children in Villa Kennedy, a housing project in San Juan, Puerto…

  3. Henry Stone, Fixture on Disco Scene, Dies at 93

    August 10, 2014 10:18 AM EDT Henry Stone, who worked with Ray Charles, James Brown and many others, died Aug. 7 of natural causes. Henry Stone, a fixture on the R&B and disco scene who was instrumental in the careers of Ray Charles, James Brown and KC & the Sunshine Band, has died. He was 93. Stone, a co…

  4. Outside Lands 2014 Saturday Highlights: Tom Petty, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Haim and More

    August 10, 2014 10:10 AM EDT The second day of San Francisco’s annual music and arts festival Outside Lands brought classic rock hits, booty bouncing beats, furry freaks and even a surprise same-sex wedding proposal to scenic Golden Gate Park. Across genres, new songs were unveiled and fresh obsessions cemented. But…

  5. Aaliyah Biopic Adds Missy Elliott and Timbaland Roles: Report

    August 09, 2014 6:21 PM EDT With the Aaliyah role finally locked into place for the upcoming Lifetime biopic about the singer, more pivotal roles are reportedly being revealed.  According to The Wrap , Chattrisse Dolabaille and Izaak Smith have been cast as Aaliyah's collaborators Missy Elliott and Timbaland.…

  6. Coldplay’s Chris Martin Wants to Work on Rihanna’s Next Album

    August 09, 2014 3:48 PM EDT Coldplay and Rihanna first collaborated on “Princess of China” from the band's 2011 album, "Mylo Xyloto." It’s been a few years since Coldplay collaborated with Rihanna on “Princess of China” from 2011’s Mylo Xyloto , but frontman Chris Martin is hoping to work with the pop…

  7. Do 5 Seconds of Summer Have a Legal Issue on Their Hands?

    August 08, 2014 3:56 PM EDT Is the band’s hash mark a universal symbol -- or a lawsuit waiting to happen? The hash-mark logo adopted by pop-rock sensation 5 Seconds of Summer looks an awful lot like the one used since 2001 by the streetwear label Undefeated. But legal experts doubt any claim of infringement would fly…

  8. Not Made In The U.S.A.: Where Today's Hits Are Coming From

    August 08, 2014 3:05 PM EDT Fans and execs are looking globally for new hitmakers. There's a new British invasion on the Hot 100 . And, an Australian Invasion. A Canadian, Norwegian and Scottish one, too. The upper ranks of the Hot 100 of late have belonged to acts from outside the U.S., from Canada ( MAGIC! &…

  9. 20 Most Forced Rhymes In Pop Music History

    August 08, 2014 1:53 PM EDT Ariana Grande's "Break Free" isn't the only offender: here are the 20 most awesomely awkward rhymes in popular music. "I fought him on it the whole time...'I am not going to sing a grammatically incorrect lyric, help me God!' Max was like, 'It&…

  10. Publishers Quarterly: Sony/ATV Rides Country Wave to Top of the Publishing Heap

    August 08, 2014 1:52 PM EDT Round Hill and King of Crunk both break into the top 10 and Pharrell Williams hits No. 1 as Billboard's second-quarter rankings reveal a twang-fueled momentum. Sony/ATV encores as king of the hill among U.S. publishers in the second quarter, with a 32.2 percent slice of the top 100 radio…

  11. Country's Chaotic Summer: Investigating the Death, Rape and Arrests

    August 08, 2014 1:17 PM EDT A death, an alleged rape and arrests mar a season in which acts like Luke Bryan and Keith Urban are drawing massive crowds. What will Nashville do? After a string of ugly, alcohol-fueled mishaps at major concerts, country music seems to be stumbling into the final weeks of the summer touring…

  12. 'Juggalos' Tried to Cut Off Man's Arm, Police Say

    August 08, 2014 2:26 AM EDT Two men face charges including attempted murder after officials say they attacked a housemate and tried to forcibly remove a tattoo from his arm. Wicomico County Sheriff Mike Lewis said Wednesday that the 31-year-old victim of Monday's attack had his right arm amputated below the elbow…

  13. Journey, Steve Miller Band Lead Hot Tours With Summer Run

    August 07, 2014 6:20 PM EDT Journey and the Steve Miller Band take the top ranking in the weekly tally of Hot Tours with the final box office stats reported from their summertime trek through North America. The veteran rock bands joined forces in mid-May to co-headline an 11-week tour, playing primarily at outdoor…

  14. Ariana Grande Fought Max Martin Over Grammatically Incorrect Lyrics

    August 07, 2014 12:43 PM EDT If you have a problem with Ariana Grande 's grammatically erroneous lyrics on her Zedd collabo "Break Free," you might be surprised to learn that the 21-year-old singer is completely on your side. "I fought [co-producer Max Martin ] on it the whole time," Grande tells…

  15. Pop Shop Podcast: Jessie J's 'Bang Bang' Acoustic Performance & Interview

    August 07, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Listen to the latest episode of Billboard.com's weekly charts breakdown. Welcome to the latest episode of the Billboard.com Pop Shop Podcast , Billboard's weekly half-hour audio breakdown of the Billboard charts, hottest music news and year's biggest musical events.…

  16. AIM's Labelled With Love Fest Unveils Lineup

    August 07, 2014 11:47 AM EDT AIM, the independent music trade body in the UK, has announced the lineup for its Labelled With Love festival. Over 20 indie labels have collaborated to curate the shows, which run from Aug. 3 through Oct. 4 at venues in Bath, Derby, London, Manchester, Newcastle and Nottingham. Hyperdub'…

  17. Soul Legend Sam Moore Takes on Bluegrass With New Song 'Jesus & Jones'

    August 06, 2014 11:58 PM EDT During the years between 1965 and 1968, the R&B duo known as Sam & Dave embarked on what turned out to be a magical period. Seven of their Stax singles found a home in the top 10 on the Billboard R&B Singles chart at the time, including the classics “Hold On, I’m Comin',” …

  18. Rick Springfield Joins Meryl Streep's Band in 'Ricki and the Flash'

    August 06, 2014 8:18 PM EDT Meryl Steep will have a musician with more than four decades of experience appearing by her side in her upcoming film, Ricki and the Flash. Rick Springfield , the musician behind hits like "Jessie's Girl," "Don't Talk to Strangers" and "Affair of the Heart,…

  19. British 'X Factor' Coming to U.S. TV Screens

    August 06, 2014 6:26 PM EDT Simon Cowell is coming back to U.S. TV — and reuniting with Ryan Seacrest . AXS TV, the music-focused network created by Mark Cuban and Seacrest — has inked an agreement with FremantleMedia International and Cowell's Syco Entertainment and Thames TV to broadcast season 11 of The X Factor…

  20. Morrissey Blasts Harvest Records, Fox News and Missing Planes in Latest Rant

    August 06, 2014 2:15 PM EDT He also announced a tour date. Morrissey is up on his soapbox yet again. In a statement posted to True to You, Morrissey began by praising a trio of fan-made videos for his song “World Peace Is None Of Your Business,” but quickly slipped into a sweeping, vitriolic and barely comprehensible…

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