1. Ask Billboard: If Taylor Swift Hits No. 1 ...

    August 26, 2014 11:05 AM EDT A look at chart feats that could await Swift tomorrow. Plus, women are dominating the Digital Songs chart 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 well as your city, state…

  2. Exclusive Video Premiere: Sheila E.'s 'Lovely Day'

    August 26, 2014 10:30 AM EDT Last year Sheila E. released Icon , an album that celebrated the drummer/singer/songwriter's 40th anniversary in the music business. Today, Billboard is exclusively premiering the sun-drenched music video for Sheila E.'s R&B jam "Lovely Day." “The video was shot at…

  3. Morrissey Announces Tour Dates Which Somehow Haven't Been Cancelled

    August 26, 2014 9:49 AM EDT Not much is certain in the world of Morrissey these days, but European fans can at least hold out hope that they’ll get to see the former Smiths frontman in the coming months. Morrissey announced a series of European tour dates on Monday via his site True To You . The tour kicks off Oct. 6…

  4. Nile Rodgers-Founded Label Partners With Game Music Connect Conference

    August 26, 2014 9:42 AM EDT Sumthing Else Music Works, Nile Rodgers ' record label specializing in video game soundtracks, has partnered with this year's Game Music Connect 2014, a London-based conference for fans of music in games and aspiring composers. Attendees to this year's event, being held at…

  5. Burning Man Delayed by Rare Rains, Mud

    August 25, 2014 6:57 PM EDT Thousands of Burning Man enthusiasts were on the outside looking in Monday (Aug. 25) after a rare batch of heavy rain forced organizers to temporarily close entry to the counterculture event in the desert 90 miles north of Reno. Listen to Rob Garza's Burning Man Playlist Standing water…

  6. How Beyonce & Jay Z's Triumphant VMA-Ending Moment Came to Be

    August 25, 2014 5:06 PM EDT Viacom president says Bey was 'obvious choice' to receive Video Vanguard Award, giving her 16 minutes of air time to shut down the rumor mill. If there was any lingering suspicion about the health of Jay Z and Beyonce 's seven-year-old marriage, the couple put it to bed with a…

  7. Cobra Starship’s Gabe Saporta Talks New Single 'Never Been In Love,' Featuring Icona Pop

    August 25, 2014 4:10 PM EDT Check out the brand-new lyric video for 'Never Been In Love.' "When you heard the title of the song did you think it would be a negative song?" Cobra Starship 's Gabe Saporta asks. The frontman is doing an early interview to hype Cobra Starship’s so-far-untitled fifth…

  8. Whatcha Listenin' To? New App LISNR Feeds You Content Based on the Sounds Around You

    August 25, 2014 2:56 PM EDT The MIDEM-borne application takes "algorithm-ing" to a whole new level. Google and Facebook have pioneered the art of the web-based content algorithm, but what about for audio? LISNR, a Cincinnati-based mobile tech firm, is hoping to become that solution. A new app that debuts today…

  9. Trade Bodies Say Global Release Day a Good Idea – Just Not the One Proposed

    August 25, 2014 2:34 PM EDT The proposed change to a global streetdate of Friday is receiving pushback from a coalition of independent record stores. When the IFPI has announced that the industry is considering a global Friday streetdate , a spokesman told Billboard that the Friday streetdate is not a done deal, and…

  10. SpinMedia Appoints Stephen Blackwell as CEO

    August 25, 2014 12:57 PM EDT Death and Taxes founder Stephen Blackwell has been named CEO of SpinMedia, the digital publishing company announced on Monday. Related News Hype Machine Partners with Townsquare Media, Departing SpinMedia SpinMedia LLC Acquired By New Investors as SpinMedia Group Receives $10M SpinMedia…

  11. Which Fall Releases Have Blockbuster Retail Potential?

    August 25, 2014 12:52 PM EDT With streaming curtailing downloads and the holiday shopping season suffering sales erosion in five of the last seven years, retailers can feel buoyed by how the fourth-quarter release schedule is shaping up. One music retailer says that October alone could be the strongest in years,…

  12. Taylor Swift's 'Shake It Off' Makes Record Start At Radio

    August 25, 2014 12:05 PM EDT The song breaks the record for the highest debut ever on Adult Pop Songs, while tying for the best start on Pop Songs Taylor Swift sets a record for the highest debut in the history of Billboard's Adult Pop Songs radio airplay chart, where "Shake It Off" blasts in at No. 9.…

  13. Prince Set to Release First Solo Album in Four Years

    August 25, 2014 10:52 AM EDT The musician's full-length album with 3rd Eye Girl will drop on the same day. Prince is back. The musician announced Monday morning that he will release his first solo album in four years, entitled ART OFFICIAL AGE , out Sept. 30. The news was delivered via 3rd Eye Girl , who also…

  14. Hackers Use Twitter Bomb Scare to Divert Sony Exec's Plane

    August 25, 2014 9:51 AM EDT An American Airlines flight carrying Sony Online Entertainment president John Smedley was diverted on Sunday after a hacker group dubbed the Lizard Squad used Twitter to call in a bomb scare. Earlier in the day, the group claimed responsibility for a denial-of-service attack that knocked out…

  15. David Guetta Shines Atop U.K. Chart With 'Lovers On The Sun'

    August 25, 2014 6:01 AM EDT   David Guetta is No. 1 on the U.K. singles chart for the fifth time as a lead artist, after debuting at the summit yesterday (Aug. 24) with “Lovers On The Sun” (Parlophone/Warner Music), featuring Sam Martin . Ed Sheeran’s eight-week run atop the album chart with X  (Asylum/Warner Music) was…

  16. Ed Sheeran: I Recorded Two Songs with David Guetta

    August 25, 2014 1:41 AM EDT The 23-year-old tells Billboard that he was in the studio with the dance maestro. Before Ed Sheeran took the MTV Video Music Awards stage to accept his first-ever VMA for Best Male Video for "Sing," the U.K. singer-songwriter dished to Billboard on his most recent collaboration.…

  17. Will Suge Knight Shooting Mar Post-VMAs Parties?

    August 24, 2014 8:46 PM EDT News that Death Row Records founder Suge Knight was shot  early Sunday morning at a  Chris Brown -hosted pre- VMA Party in West Hollywood has had a rippling effect throughout the city leading up to the awards show.  After Knight and two others were shot during a party at 1 OAK nightclub,…

  18. Drama Reigns at MTV VMAs Before Awards Show Even Airs

    August 24, 2014 11:52 AM EDT Snakes and stage slips: There's drama and the MTV Video Music Awards haven't even begun yet. Days before the big show, Iggy Azalea slipped offstage while performing "Fancy" at a MTV benefit concert, later posting the video on Instagram and making fun of herself. More…

  19. Chris Martin Accepts Ice Bucket Challenge From Ex Gwyneth Paltrow

    August 23, 2014 8:19 PM EDT "Conscious Uncoupling" just got a little wetter. Coldplay frontman Chris Martin just accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge from his ex-wife, Oscar-winner Gwyneth Paltrow. Joined by fashion designer Stella McCartney, Martin and McCartney (who was also challenged by Paltrow) get…

  20. Ariana Grande Previews 'Only One' Ahead Of 'My Everything' Release

    August 23, 2014 5:07 PM EDT Get ready to jam! Ariana Grande is giving fans an early taste of her track "Only One," off her forthcoming album, "My Everything," due out Aug. 25. The "Problem" singer posted the snippet to her Instagram account. During the short tease, her signature voice soars…

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