1. Behind Radio's Country/Pop Convergence in Charleston, West Virginia

    September 04, 2014 1:24 PM EDT “No. They didn’t legalize marijuana in West Virginia. We’re doing this on purpose.” That's a WKAZ (Tailgate 107.3) Charleston, W. Va., liner anticipating some of the likely responses of any radio people who might be listening to this new country/pop hybrid. If you were familiar with …

  2. Pop Shop Podcast: Martin Kierszenbaum Talks New Madonna, Summer's Winners & Losers, Ariana Grande Hits No. 1 & More

    September 04, 2014 10:58 AM 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.…

  3. Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj & Jessie J Hit Artist 100 With a 'Bang Bang'

    September 04, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Thanks to Grande's debut atop the Billboard 200 and the trio's hit song, the singers all surge on the Artist 100 chart. As Ariana Grande , Nicki Minaj and Jessie J soar 9-4 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Bang Bang," and as Grande blasts onto the Billboard 200 at No. 1 with…

  4. Metallica, One Direction, Eminem, Among New Adds to Guinness World Records

    September 03, 2014 8:25 PM EDT Metallica , One Direction , Miley Cyrus , Eminem , Katy Perry and Shakira are all among the new additions to the Guinness Book of World Records ' new edition that will be out next week. Metallica's achievement comes for being the first and only band to ever perform a concert on all…

  5. VMA-Related Music Sales Up 41%, 'Beyonce' Rises By 181%

    September 03, 2014 3:40 PM EDT The 2014 MTV Video Music Awards , broadcast on Aug. 24, spurred a 41 percent gain in VMA-related music in the week ending Aug. 31, according to Nielsen SoundScan. VMA-related music is defined as songs performed on the show -- that were not brand-new or impacted by iTunes' Complete My…

  6. Taylor Swift's 'Shake It Off' Holds At No. 1 On Hot 100

    September 03, 2014 2:09 PM EDT Swift spends a second week on top, fending off runner-up Meghan Trainor and the surging trio of Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj. Taylor Swift scores a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with "Shake It Off." The song debuted at the summit last week.  …

  7. 2014 CMA Noms: Dierks Bentley & Miranda Lambert Score Big, Jason Aldean Gets Snubbed

    September 03, 2014 12:45 PM EDT Wednesday morning on Good Morning America, the nominations for the 48th Annual Country Music Association Awards were announced by Darius Rucker and Little Big Town -- and, as usual, there were a few surprises. The biggest head-scratcher of all was the omission of Jason Aldean -- who headlined…

  8. Ariana Grande Nabs Second No. 1 Album In Less Than A Year

    September 03, 2014 10:50 AM EDT Meanwhile, Brad Paisley and Kem enjoy Top 5 debuts below "My Everything." As reported earlier , Ariana Grande has scored her second No. 1 album in less than a year, as her new release, My Everything , opens atop the Billboard 200 .   The album, which was released Aug. 25, sold…

  9. Watch Keith Urban & Jimmy Barnes Cover ‘Good Times’

    September 03, 2014 2:11 AM EDT Aussie rock legend Jimmy Barnes can do pretty well as he wants in his homeland. So, when it came to recording his 15th studio album, 30:30 Hindsight , he decided to share the love -- and the spotlight -- with some of Australia’s biggest stars of the last 20 years.  The likes of Keith Urban ,…

  10. Ariana Grande's 'My Everything' Debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200

    September 02, 2014 8:13 PM EDT It's Grande's second No. 1 album in less than a year, following her 'Yours Truly' debut. Ariana Grande 's new album My Everything has debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, giving the 21-year-old pop singer two No. 1 albums in less than a year. She&…

  11. Arctic Monkeys, Domino Records Take Home High Honors at AIM Independent Music Awards

    September 02, 2014 6:55 PM EDT At this year's Association of Independent Music's Independent Music Awards held Tuesday in London, Arctic Monkeys walked away with the Independent Album of the Year honor, while Domino Records earned the Independent Label of the Year award.  Arctic Monkeys Conquer America: Alex…

  12. Passenger on Tour: Behind-the-Scenes Q&A and Exclusive Live Performance

    September 02, 2014 12:00 PM EDT English singer-songwriter Mike Rosenberg, better known by his stage name Passenger , is in the midst of his biggest headlining tour to date, supporting his acclaimed new album Whispers . His earnest folk-rock tunes have enchanted sold-out crowds across America, and our cameras caught…

  13. Hear Elvis Costello, Marcus Mumford & Jim James Perform 'New' Bob Dylan Song 'Married to My Hack'

    September 02, 2014 12:00 PM EDT A second song from 'Lost on the River: The New Basement Tapes' has arrived. The second taste of the highly-anticipated  Lost On The River: The New Basement Tapes  collection -- which features new recordings of shelved Bob Dylan  lyrics from  1967 as produced by T Bone Burnett -- has…

  14. Sleater-Kinney's 'Start Together' Box Set Out in October

    September 02, 2014 10:54 AM EDT Sleater-Kinney will get the box set treatment next month when Start Together , a 3,000-copy limited edition deluxe release, will be issued on Oct. 21 through Sub Pop. The box set will include remastered editions of the punk rock trio's seven studio albums, all pressed on colored vinyl…

  15. Hear Jessie Ware's New Dev Hynes Collaboration, 'Want Your Feeling'

    September 01, 2014 8:30 PM EDT With Jessie Ware prepping the release of her sophomore LP, Tough Love , next month, Monday the British singer dropped a new song she worked on with Blood Orange 's Dev Hynes called "Want Your Feeling." Ryan Adams, Jessie Ware & More Added to London iTunes Festival The…

  16. Made in America Los Angeles Day 2 Highlights: Rita Ora, John Mayer, Kanye West & More

    September 01, 2014 11:45 AM EDT Day two of Los Angeles' Made in America also featured Classixx, Cypress Hill, Weezer, Juanes, R3hab and more. As rain postponed an hour’s worth of performances at day two of Made in America Philadelphia on Sunday (Aug. 31), the closing day of Los Angeles’ inaugural run was greeted with…

  17. Ask Billboard: Taylor Swift Out-'Shake's Mariah Carey

    September 01, 2014 10:05 AM EDT A song called 'Shake It Off' tops the Hot 100 at last. Plus, Swift's place in pop/country crossover history, Christina Aguilera's career sales and more As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com .…

  18. Made in America L.A.: Imagine Dragons, Kendrick Lamar, Afrojack Rock Day 1

    August 31, 2014 11:55 AM EDT An estimated 35,000 people came out for the downtown Los Angeles debut of Made in America. In 2013, Made In America in Philadelphia was an absolute triumph, a well-run two-day event featuring Beyonce , Deadmau5 , Calvin Harris and more. A large part of what made it so successful was the…

  19. Aphex Twin Reveals ‘Syro’ Listening Events in North America and Europe

    August 30, 2014 10:03 PM EDT Eight listening events will be held in undisclosed locations across North America and Europe. Aphex Twin mastermind Richard D. James is giving hardcore fans in select cities a chance to listen Syro , his first new album in 13 years, before it’s released on Sept. 23 through Warp. Aphex Twin on…

  20. Tracy Morgan Still Struggling After Crash

    August 29, 2014 7:45 PM EDT An attorney for Tracy Morgan says the former Saturday Night Live actor is having a tough time recovering from a June accident on the New Jersey Turnpike that left a fellow comedian dead. Attorney Benedict Morelli tells The Star-Ledger newspaper that Morgan relies on a wheelchair and it may…

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