1. Ariana Grande Knows How Frankie Can Win 'Big Brother'

    August 21, 2014 8:13 PM EDT 'It's been amazing to watch him, but it's been frustrating,' she tells Billboard of her brother's time on the show. If you follow Ariana Grande on Twitter , you know she is fully immersed in the game of Big Brother and fiercely backing up big bro Frankie to win it…

  2. Weezer Pushes Back 'Everything Will Be Alright in the End' Release Date

    August 21, 2014 10:40 AM EDT Bummer news for Weezer stans -- the band is pushing back the release date on their upcoming album Everything Will Be Alright in the End. But take heart! They're only pushing it back one week, and they're giving fans who've preordered the record an advance song on the original…

  3. Must-Hear Music Podcast: Taylor Swift, Ryn Weaver, Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett

    August 20, 2014 5:39 PM EDT On this week's Must-Hear Music podcast, the Billboard staff tackles the week's biggest (and most divisive) single: Taylor Swift 's full-on-pop transformation "Shake It Off." The only thing we agree on is that it's definitely still stuck in our heads. Aside…

  4. Taylor Swift's '1989' Album: 10 Dream Collaborators From 1989

    August 20, 2014 4:19 PM EDT Here are the producers, songwriters and music video auteurs that could make T-Swift's next project truly feel like a blast from the past. "I was listening to a lot of late 80's pop music," Taylor Swift explained to her audience on Monday's big announcement…

  5. Kiss Guitarist Ace Frehley on Paul Stanley & Gene Simmons: 'Maybe You Should Focus on Your Records a Little More'

    August 20, 2014 3:16 AM EDT Kiss guitarist Ace Frehley has released his first solo album in five years, and by the sound of Space Invader the axeman seems to have had as much fun playing on it as -- gasp -- his early years in Kiss . From the opening title track to the instrumental closer, “Starship,” where Frehley…

  6. Taylor Swift Is Going Pop. And That's a Good Thing.

    August 19, 2014 6:19 PM EDT With "Shake It Off," music's most dependable superstar dives into the unknown… and sticks the landing. Confession: I love Taylor Swift's country side. She's an incredible songwriter that has built an empire on evocative storytelling and polished guitar arrangements.…

  7. For Taylor Swift's '1989,' a 1989 Pop Mixtape

    August 18, 2014 10:11 PM EDT With the announcement today of Taylor Swift's new album, 1989 , came with an explanation for its full-blown pop lead single "Shake It Off": Not only is the album title in dedication to the year in which she was born, it's also a referential mark to the era from which…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. Grimes Responds to Wikipedia Trolls With Tumblr Post on Drug Use

    August 18, 2014 10:41 AM EDT “I want people to know that I hate hard drugs. All they’ve ever done is kill my friends and cause me to be unproductive.” Scoff at Wikipedia all you want -- Grimes knows a lot of people take it very seriously. So when trolls began repeatedly adding quotes about amphetamine usage to her Wiki…

  11. Tomorrow's Hits: Kim Cesarion, Like a Storm & Sonia Leigh

    August 15, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Each Friday, Billboard presents Tomorrow's Hits, a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Kim Cesarion With its daring pick-up line "I'll cover your body with my autograph," Kim Cesarion 's "Undressed" …

  12. Billboard Cover: Ariana Grande on Fame, Freddy Krueger and Her Freaky Past

    August 15, 2014 9:00 AM EDT The “micromanaging workhorse” finally achieved her dream of becoming an R&B diva. Now, at 21, comes the hard part: conquering her fear of futuristic pop. Ariana Grande is easily mistaken for an old-school good girl. The singer wears Audrey Hepburn-style strapless gowns, travels…

  13. Thanks, Drake: 'YOLO' Lands in Online Oxford Dictionary

    August 14, 2014 4:42 PM EDT The editors of the Oxford English Dictionary decided you only live once, apparently. We've now hit the point with YOLO that not only do your parents know what it means, but a majority of grandparents and weird, nomadic uncles as well. So it's perhaps inevitable that the Oxford…

  14. Former Kanye DJ Lashes Out at West's Fans; Watch Video of His Live Screw-Ups

    August 14, 2014 11:50 AM EDT Attention DJs -- it appears there is an opening on Kanye West 's tour. Think you’ve got what it takes for the job? For starters, you’re going to have to be able to cue up songs without shutting them off by mistake. According to a series of tweets from DJ Million Dollar Mano , it appears…

  15. Panic! at the Disco's Brendon Urie Welcomes Fan Criticism: 'Bring It On, Man'

    August 13, 2014 5:37 PM EDT "I want you to love what we've done or hate it with a passion," says the band's frontman. Brendon Urie says Panic! at the Disco's latest album, Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die , has "exceeded all my expectations, to be honest." But you won't find him…

  16. Exclusive Song Premiere: Lauren Jenkins Gives Motley Crue's 'Looks That Kill' a Country Twist

    August 13, 2014 1:41 PM EDT Wednesday is a big day for country newcomer Lauren Jenkins, who's being signed to Big Machine Label Group, Billboard is revealing exclusively in addition to premiering her countrified twist on Motley Crue's "Looks That Kill" from the cover album Nashville Outlaws: A…

  17. Dirty Heads Extend Fall & Winter Tour Dates

    August 11, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Change -- and the Sound of Change -- has been good for Dirty Heads . The genre-blending California group's fifth album logged its first-ever No. 1 release, on the Top Alternative Albums chart in July, as well as career-high No. 2 and No. 8 slots on the Top Rock Albums and Billboard 200…

  18. Meghan Trainor On ‘All About That Bass’: 'I Wish There Was a Song Like This When I Was 13’

    August 11, 2014 12:24 AM EDT Not everyone was initially "All About That Bass." Meghan Trainor, the 20-year-old who is having a pop culture moment with the song about body acceptance, said she initially wrote the track and pitched it to other artists, but was turned away. "Labels were like, `We love it,…

  19. Fall Out Boy Subjected to Unlistenable Westboro Baptist Church Parody

    August 08, 2014 4:55 PM EDT Westboro Baptist Church has recorded a Fall Out Boy parody just weeks after targeting Panic! at the Disco with a limp protest (which Brendon Urie 's band brilliantly neutralized, btw). Is the hateful, homophobic organization going through its pop-punk phase? "Thnk Gd Fr Vrythng"…

  20. Lana Del Rey Postpones First Israel Concert

    August 08, 2014 1:16 PM EDT Lana Del Rey has postponed her first-ever concert in Israel due to the hostilities in nearby Gaza. The "West Coast" singer-songwriter was scheduled to perform at the Tel Aviv Exhibition Ground's on Wednesday, Aug. 20. According to the Jerusalem Post , organizers said a…

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