1. In Defense of the 'Step Up' Movies

    August 08, 2014 3:10 PM EDT The dance film series is secretly the most fun movie franchise out there. Here's why I'm all in on "Step Up." You can keep your X-Men, your Spider-Men, your Transformer-Men. Every other summer, a Step Up movie will be released, and that movie will be my summer jam.…

  2. 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&…

  3. 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…

  4. Smokey Robinson & CeeLo Green Reinvent 'The Way You Do (The Things You Do)': Song Premiere

    August 08, 2014 9:55 AM EDT Hear the new duet from Robinson's upcoming album, launching exclusively on Billboard.com. "Let me tell you something," Smokey Robinson explains. "As a songwriter, my fondest dream is that someone records my songs … And most of the people who have recorded my songs have…

  5. Maddie & Tae's 'Girl' Jumps Into Top 20 on Hot Country Songs

    August 07, 2014 9:30 PM EDT Brantley Gilbert's "Just As I Am" hits a half-million in sales and Florida Georgia Line's Motley Crue cover debuts. Rookie duo Maddie & Tae make a notable jump on Hot Country Songs with their counterculture anthem "Girl In a Country Song," which leaps 26-16…

  6. Must-Hear Music Podcast: Best New Music at Lollapalooza & 'Flawless' Remix

    August 07, 2014 4:48 PM EDT With a lot of the Billboard staff still riding high off Lollapalooza 2014 , we made this week's (the second ever!) Must-Hear Music podcast a special Lolla-themed episode. No, we didn't buy overpriced water bottles or stop showering for three days -- we just chatted about Spoon,…

  7. Alt-J Finds Summer Fun in 'Left Hand Free' Video

    August 07, 2014 1:44 PM EDT Alt-J's new single "Left Hand Free" is the British group's most brazen rocker to date, and the official music video accordingly captures the raucous spirit of summer, with an Americana twist. Directed by Ryan Staake, the "Left Hand Free" was filmed on the…

  8. Kacey Musgraves & Katy Perry Wrote A 'Wizard Of Oz'-Inspired Song Together

    August 07, 2014 1:06 PM EDT "It's cool to step out of my zone and write for somebody else," Musgraves says of working with her new touring partner. Kacey Musgraves is headed into her 14-show stint with Katy Perry with confidence and momentum -- even if some fans might be scratching their heads about what…

  9. 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.…

  10. Warner Music Group Sees Revenue Growth After Parlophone Buy, Streaming Strengthens

    August 07, 2014 11:30 AM EDT Digital revenue continued its upward trend, with streaming helping to offset some download losses. Warner Music Group revenue increased 18.9 percent to $788 million in the quarter ended June 30 with the help of its acquisition of Parlophone Label Group and gains from music streaming services.…

  11. Linkin Park: Co-Headlining Tour with Thirty Seconds To Mars Has Been a 'Long Time' Coming

    August 07, 2014 10:57 AM EDT "Not only has Thirty Seconds to Mars grown tremendously over the last several years … they're amazing live," says the group's Chester Bennington. Doing the upcoming Carnivores Tour with Thirty Seconds To Mars is no chance pairing for Linkin Park. Apparently it's a…

  12. 'Weird Al' Yankovic Should Play The Super Bowl, New Petition Argues

    August 06, 2014 6:14 PM EDT "Weird Al" Yankovic collected the first No. 1 album of his 30-year career this year. What's next? Performing during the Super Bowl halftime show, of course. A new petition has urged the White House to influence the National Football League's Super Bowl halftime…

  13. Jurassic 5 Considering New Material: 'I Hope There's More Music To Come,' Says Nu-Mark

    August 06, 2014 5:50 PM EDT More new music will be part of the Jurassic 5 reunion, although its members aren't yet sure in what form it will be released. The hip-hop group, which reunited last year after a seven-year break and is out on the road this summer, has dropped one new single, "The Way We Do It,"…

  14. 10 Best Fan Signs at One Direction's Show

    August 06, 2014 3:41 PM EDT The signs on the stadium floor were (almost) better than the stadium show itself. Here are the 10 funniest. A One Direction stadium concert is unlike any current experience in pop music because of the fandom involved -- weeping teen girls, inexorable screams and dozens upon dozens of fan…

  15. MAGIC! Maintains No. 1 Perch on Hot 100; 'Bang Bang,' Meghan Trainor Soar Into Top 10

    August 06, 2014 3:14 PM EDT While "Rude" rules for a fourth week and Sam Smith's "Stay With Me" jumps to No. 2, the top 10 is shaken up by the arrival of a super-trio and a chart newcomer. "Rude's" ride atop the Billboard Hot 100 continues for a fourth week as MAGIC!'…

  16. Daniella Mason Video Premiere: Watch The Pop Singer's 'Shade of You' Clip

    August 06, 2014 2:34 PM EDT Rising Nashville-based artist Daniella Mason has continued releasing compelling synth-pop music after gaining a famous fan in Demi Lovato earlier this year. In late June, the singer-songwriter released the new single "Shade of You," and Billboard.com is proud to premiere the…

  17. Tom Petty Scores First No. 1 Album On Billboard 200

    August 06, 2014 11:14 AM EDT After a nearly 37-year wait, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers earn their first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 . The band's new Hypnotic Eye arrives atop the chart, selling 131,000 copies in the week ending Aug. 3, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the best debut sales…

  18. Bishop Allen Video Premiere: Watch The 'Why I Had To Go' Clip

    August 06, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Indie-pop quartet Bishop Allen has ended a five-year studio break with Lights Out , their fourth full-length, due out Aug. 19 on Dead Oceans. The group released the catchy track "Why I Had To Go" last month, and the song has received a captivating music video, which Billboard.com is…

  19. Perry Farrell Wants Lollapalooza to 'Go Global'

    August 05, 2014 12:40 PM EDT "Canada is one place we're looking at for sure," says the Jane's Addiction frontman of Lolla's next incarnations. With Lollapalooza now ensconced on two continents, Perry Farrell has global domination -- or something like it -- in mind for the festival he helped…

  20. Jason Aldean Named Top Digital Male Country Artist (Ever) By RIAA

    August 05, 2014 11:45 AM EDT Jason Aldean now owns the distinction of being the most downloaded dude in country music history. On Monday (Aug. 4), the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) announced that the star has notched over 21.5 million certified digital song downloads or on-demand streams, making him…

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