1. Beyonce's Dad Claims the Jay Z-Solange Incident Was a Ticket-Selling Stunt

    August 28, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Paging the Beygency. We all know that sometimes sh-t goes down when there's a billion dollars in an elevator -- but according to Beyonce and Solange's father, Mathew Knowles, the Beyonce / Jay Z drama this summer was orchestrated by the couple like a "Jedi mind trick." A…

  2. Merchandise Talks 'After the End,' Punk Culture & Hating Morrissey Comparisons

    August 28, 2014 10:40 AM EDT Merchandise’s Carson Cox knows that life will always be in flux. He used to be straight edge; now he’s not. He used to be vegetarian; he now eats meat. The Tampa-based band he fronts used to be signed to a small, D.I.Y.-minded label; now they’re with 4AD, which one might call a “major indie.”…

  3. L.A.'s Mayor, Jay Z and Live Nation's Alliance Draws Criticism Over Potential Conflicts

    August 28, 2014 10:00 AM EDT This story first appeared in the Sept. 12 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.  Revelers at Jay Z's Labor Day weekend Made in America festival might wonder how such a major music event in the center of downtown Los Angeles came together in only a few months without the usual…

  4. Taylor Swift Tops Billboard Artist 100

    August 28, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Thanks to a monster first week for 'Shake It Off,' Swift rattles and rolls to No. 1. Taylor Swift takes over as the top artist in the U.S., as she vaults to No. 1 on the Billboard Artist 100 , marking her first week atop the chart. She'd re-entered the list at No. 69 last week…

  5. SISTAR Heads Out on One Last Summer Adventure in 'I Swear' Video

    August 27, 2014 9:59 PM EDT The girl group drops a last-minute summer anthem on their new EP boasting four remixes of their past K-pop smashes. Summer may be winding down, but that doesn't mean the SISTAR girls are slowing down on the feel-good tunes. About a month after releasing their sexy, sax-y "Touch My…

  6. Robin Williams Biography in the Works

    August 27, 2014 6:56 PM EDT New York Times writer Dave Itzkoff will pen the 'definitive' account of the late comedian's life. In the wake of his Aug. 11 suicide, Robin Williams is getting a high-profile posthumous biography by The New York Times Writer Dave Itzkoff . Billy Crystal Pays Tribute to Robin…

  7. Latin Radio Icon Polito Vega to Be Honored at New York Concert

    August 27, 2014 5:12 PM EDT The iconic radio personality Polito Vega will be honored Sept. 21 during a concert at Madison Square Garden featuring some of the biggest names in entertainment, including Juan Luis Guerra , Don Omar , Chayanne and Carlos Vives . Polito Vega Never Goes Out of Style "El Megaton Mundial de…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. Song of the Summer 2014: Ed Sheeran, Martin Garrix, 5 Seconds of Summer and More Musicians Make Their Picks

    August 27, 2014 2:00 PM EDT Everyone is weighing in on 2014’s Song of the Summer -- and that includes popular musicians who were responsible for creating some of this year’s song-of-the-summer contenders. We caught up with 5 Seconds of Summer , Ed Sheeran , Martin Garrix ,  Betty Who , Chromeo , Bleachers ’ Jack…

  11. 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,…

  12. 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…

  13. 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."…

  14. 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 .…

  15. How a 'Parks & Rec' EP Got She & Him, Childish Gambino & Superchunk to Play His Backyard

    August 27, 2014 11:30 AM EDT Donick Cary is enlisting musicians to help prevent teen suicide. Every year for one evening, Donick Cary opens his backyard to bands like Yo La Tengo, She & Him, The Polyphonic Spree and Childish Gambino . Cary, co-executive producer on NBC comedy Parks and Recreation , has used his Los…

  16. Wiz Khalifa Earns First No. 1 Album On Billboard 200

    August 27, 2014 10:59 AM EDT Meanwhile, Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off" blasts in at No. 1 on the Digital Songs chart with a massive debut. Hip-hop star Wiz Khalifa earns his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 , as his new Blacc Hollywood set arrives atop the list. The album, which was…

  17. K-Pop Legend Lee Seung Chul to Perform With North Korean Refugee Choir in Boston

    August 26, 2014 9:33 PM EDT The South Korean singer will join With-U, a 55-member choir of young North Korean defectors, at Harvard University. Legendary South Korean singer  Lee Seung Chul will perform with a choir of North Korean defectors at Harvard University this week.  Dream On - Lee Seung Chul's Benefit will…

  18. Seth MacFarlane on Playing It Straight for His New ‘Holiday for Swing’ Album

    August 26, 2014 4:10 PM EDT Seth MacFarlane may be famous for creating irreverent comedies like Family Guy and  Ted , but he takes crooning very seriously.  Holiday For Swing , his Christmas-themed follow-up to 2011's Grammy-nominated  Music Is Better Than Words (due this fall via Republic Records), finds him…

  19. Steve Aoki, Disco Donnie to Speak at Electronic Music Conference

    August 26, 2014 3:06 PM EDT Asia-Pacific's Electronic Music Conference has unveiled a first round of speakers, as well as other details, for this year's event taking place in Sydney on Dec. 2-4.   The announcement features over 40 speakers, most notably Steve Aoki , who'll deliver the conference's…

  20. Bob Dylan Releasing 'The Basement Tapes Complete' This Fall

    August 26, 2014 1:00 PM EDT A six-disc set of Bob Dylan 's legendary Basement Tapes recordings with the Band from 1967 will be the next edition of Columbia Records/Legacy Recordings' Bootleg Series. The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11 will be released Nov. 4. Compiled from meticulously…

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