1. Chuck Berry, Peter Sellars Honored with Sweden's Polar Music Prize

    August 27, 2014 3:19 AM EDT Rock ‘n’ roll pioneer Chuck Berry and opera director Peter Sellars have been awarded the 2014 Polar Music Prize during a ceremony Tuesday in Stockholm.  The organizing committee praised the 88-year-old Berry for his contribution to rock, noting “every riff and solo played by rock guitarists…

  2. Robyn Hitchcock on Covering His Muses, the Passage of Time & 20th Solo Album ‘The Man Upstairs’

    August 26, 2014 12:49 PM EDT "I am effectively a folk artist. I’m just not a traditional folk artist." Pick up the phone to interview Robyn Hitchcock and you might get an unexpected lesson in history and geography. “I’m staring at the sea on the south coast of England, the Isle of Wight, just where Jim Morrison…

  3. Pop Shop Podcast: MTV VMAs Recap!

    August 25, 2014 3:32 PM EDT Listen to the special VMAs episode of Billboard.com's weekly charts breakdown. Welcome to a special Video Music Awards 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…

  4. 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.…

  5. 2014 MTV VMAs: What You Didn't See on TV

    August 25, 2014 12:41 AM EDT Ariana Grande fangirls out over Jim Carrey, Nicki Minaj explains that wardrobe malfunction & more from behind the scenes. At Sunday's 2014 MTV Video Music Awards , you saw Sam Smith's no-frills performance , you saw Miley Cyrus put a spotlight on homelessness , and you…

  6. Capitol's Steve Barnett, Manager Troy Carter, UMG's Jeff Harleston Get Into ALS Ice Bucket Act

    August 22, 2014 9:34 PM EDT The Capitol Music Group chairman likes his ice water in a silver pitcher. As the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge continues to snowball in virality at a furious rate, the music industry is getting into the act, with Republic Records EVP Charlie Walk and now Capitol Music Group chairman Steve Barnett…

  7. Motley Crue Tribute Set for Rocking Debut on Billboard 200

    August 22, 2014 7:39 PM EDT The country-meets-rock tribute album to Motley Crue is heading for a top 10 debut on the Billboard 200 chart. Paging all "Girls, Girls, Girls!" The new Motley Crue tribute album is heading for the top 10 of the Billboard 200 chart. Vince Neil Talks Motley Crue Country Tribute Album…

  8. Robin Williams Remembered on the Billboard Charts

    August 22, 2014 6:51 PM EDT Comedy recordings & 'Aladdin' songs re-enter the charts. Fans of the late Robin Williams propel the actor/comedian back onto Billboard's charts, as a number of the entertainer's recordings impact our tallies following his death. Robin Williams' 10 Best Musical…

  9. 'Bogie and Bacall' Song Sales Up 625% After Lauren Bacall's Death

    August 22, 2014 6:24 PM EDT The death of screen legend Lauren Bacall on Aug. 12 stirred a big sales gain for an obscure song this past week, as Bertie Higgins ' "Key Largo" earned a 625 percent increase in download sales. Lauren Bacall's Top 5 Pop Song References In the week ending Aug. 17, the song …

  10. Billboard 200 Chart Moves: 'Idol' Hits New Low

    August 22, 2014 3:30 PM EDT Also: Sale pricing in the iTunes Store lifts Linkin Park, while The Vamps take a historic tumble down the chart. On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart, the Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack held on to the No. 1 slot for a second week, selling 93,000 copies in the week ending Aug. 17,…

  11. Taylor Swift Aiming For No. 1 On Hot 100 With 'Shake It Off'

    August 22, 2014 3:11 PM EDT The song looks likely to soar in as her second Hot 100 leader next week. Expect a major "shake"-up atop the Billboard Hot 100 chart next week, as Taylor Swift appears headed for a No. 1 debut with her new single, "Shake It Off."   Based on expected massive first…

  12. Shawn Mendes & Troye Sivan Shake Up Social 50 Chart

    August 22, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Two savvy social media stars popular on the Billboard + Twitter realtime charts make a timely entry on the Social 50 . First up: Shawn Mendes . The 16-year old who turned his fame on Vine into a record deal with Island Records, debuts at No. 32. Mendes recently saw his self-titled debut EP…

  13. Tomorrow's Hits: Jukebox the Ghost, Knox Hamilton & Tre Buggs

    August 22, 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. Jukebox the Ghost Together for more than a decade, Washington, D.C., trio Jukebox the Ghost is rising with what could be its first Adult Alternative…

  14. Billboard Cover: Diplo on His Katy Perry Connection, Madonna Collaboration and 8-Figure Lifestyle

    August 22, 2014 9:00 AM EDT The most valuable backpack in Los Angeles is a capacious, sturdy-looking black number loaded with a pair of sticker-emblazoned MacBook Pro laptops, a set of headphones and a mobile Internet hotspot. It belongs to the 35-year-old DJ-producer Wesley Pentz, better-known as  Diplo , and it’s with…

  15. Rewinding The Charts: 50 Years Ago, The Supremes' Reign Began

    August 22, 2014 8:05 AM EDT The legendary Motown girl group scored the first of 12 Hot 100 No. 1s on Aug. 22, 1964 There are girl groups, and then there are the Supremes. 50 years ago, Florence Ballard, then 21, Diana Ross and Mary Wilson (both 20), became Motown's brightest stars, notching their first No. 1 single…

  16. Here's Every Musical Guest on 'The Simpsons' in Chronological Order

    August 21, 2014 6:30 PM EDT If you're not watching FXX's 'Simpsons' marathon, that's a paddlin' The longest-running TV marathon in history kicks off on Thursday when FXX starts airing every episode of the longest-running scripted primetime TV series ever: The Simpsons. Yep, all 25…

  17. Sam Hunt Scores Highest Debut on Top Country Albums With 'X2C'

    August 21, 2014 4:22 PM EDT The former college QB huddles in the chart's upper ranks with his debut EP. Plus, moves for Luke Bryan, FGL & Darius Rucker. Former college football quarterback Sam Hunt snares Hot Shot Debut honors at No. 5 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart with X2C , his four-song,…

  18. Pop Shop Podcast: Robyn & Royksopp Interview, Taylor Swift Returns, Troye Sivan & More

    August 21, 2014 10:50 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. Casual…

  19. Man Dies at Hank Williams Jr. Show Following Alleged Altercation

    August 20, 2014 9:38 PM EDT In a summer plagued by death, rape and arrests around country music events, a tragic accident has taken another life.  Keith Urban 'Horrified' by Alleged Rape at Concert Sunday night, before a Hank Williams Jr. concert, a 55-year-old man died after a fall in the concourse of the…

  20. Wiz Khalifa Rolling Toward First No. 1 Album

    August 20, 2014 6:48 PM EDT The rapper's new 'Blacc Hollywood' could start atop the Billboard 200 next week, selling around 80,000 copies. Hip-hop star Wiz Khalifa is on track to snare his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 . Industry sources forecast his new release, Blacc Hollywood , to sell…

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