1. Victoria Justice's Music Career: Why Ariana Grande's Co-Star Is Still Worth Watching

    August 19, 2014 2:50 PM EDT While Grande continues to score chart hits, Justice has struggled to kick-start a solo career. Here's why she shouldn't be counted out. To paraphrase William Carlos Williams , so much depends upon a debut single in modern pop music. Want proof? Look at the recent career trajectories…

  2. Chart Highlights: Sam Smith's 'Stay' Hits No. 1 On Pop Songs

    August 18, 2014 6:00 PM EDT Another week, another tally topped by Smith's ballad. Plus, new leaders for Beyonce, Dierks Bentley and Danny Gokey Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys listed below.…

  3. Exclusive: Isaac Hayes Family Pushes Legacy Into the Future With 'Unvaulted' Project

    August 18, 2014 1:18 PM EDT This week marks six years since the untimely passing of music legend Isaac Hayes , but it should also be noted as new beginning of sorts. His family has united to form the Isaac Hayes Enterprises in Atlanta, a project which honors his legacy. Though his discography includes 22 studio albums,…

  4. Ed Sheeran’s 'X' Rules U.K. Album Chart For Eighth Week

    August 18, 2014 5:00 AM EDT Ed Sheeran’s X  (Asylum/Warner Music) extended its U.K. album chart to eight weeks yesterday (Aug. 17), while Norwegian duo Nico & Vinz’s “Am I Wrong” (Warner Bros./Warner Music) started a second week atop the singles chart. Sheeran’s album was already the longest-running bestseller on…

  5. Eminem, Sia Team Up For Denzel Washington's 'The Equalizer' Trailer

    August 15, 2014 8:47 PM EDT Eminem, Sia and Denzel Washington may seem like an unlikely trio, but the grouping makes perfect sense in the new trailer for Washington's upcoming The Equalizer .  Eminem & Rihanna's Monster Tour Roars to Life at Rose Bowl: Concert Review Listen up and you'll hear a…

  6. Troye Sivan Set for Top 10 Debut on Billboard 200

    August 15, 2014 8:13 PM EDT The singer's 'TRXYE' EP is off to a solid start, while the 'Guardians of the Galaxy' soundtrack should hold for a second week at No. 1. YouTuber-turned-major label recording artist Troye Sivan is aiming for a top 10 debut on the Billboard 200 chart.  Industry…

  7. The Vamps Debut in Top 10 on Billboard 200

    August 15, 2014 5:28 PM EDT New U.K. pop band opens at No. 10 on Billboard 200 with Somebody To You EP. U.K. pop band  The Vamps make a splash at No. 10 on the Billboard 200 with their debut EP,  Somebody to You . The quartet's effort sold 20,000 copies in the week ending Aug. 10, according to Nielsen SoundScan,…

  8. Billboard 200 Chart Moves: 'Weird Al' Has Biggest Comedy Album Since 2011

    August 15, 2014 4:22 PM EDT Also: The 'Now That's What I Call Music!' series collects its 97th charting album, Al Jarreau returns with a No. 1 Contemporary Jazz album, and the 'God's Not Dead' soundtrack makes a heavenly sales gain. This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, the Guardians…

  9. Musicians React to Ferguson & Michael Brown: Frank Ocean, J. Cole & More

    August 15, 2014 12:52 PM EDT Given the impact of Michael Brown's tragic death and the protests that followed in Ferguson, Mo., it's no surprise musicians are letting their voices be heard. Billboard has compiled some of the voices that have resonated the loudest via social media on the topics of life, death,…

  10. Watch Chris Brown Cover Sam Smith's 'Stay With Me'

    August 14, 2014 10:44 AM EDT Chris Brown took to Instagram to share a humorous rendition of Sam Smith 's single, "Stay With Me." Breezy changed the heartfelt In the Lonely Hour ballad into something more facetious, singing: "Oh, won't you stay with me / 'Cause I bought your new weave /…

  11. 'Guardians Of The Galaxy' Soundtrack Hits No. 1 On Billboard 200

    August 13, 2014 11:05 AM EDT Also, Meghan Trainor's "All About That Bass" hits No. 1 on the Digital Songs chart. The Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack rises to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 , becoming the second chart-topping soundtrack of 2014.  The blockbuster film's set, subtitled Awesome…

  12. Daft Punk Finally Releases 2006 'Human After All' Remixes LP in North America

    August 12, 2014 12:13 PM EDT The album was previously only available in Japan Daft Punk diehards have a little treat to hold them over in between album cycles from their beloved robots. An album of remixes from their 2005 album Human After All has finally been officially released in North America, currently available via…

  13. Shooting Death of Unarmed Youth, an Aspiring Musician, Triggers Looting in Missouri

    August 11, 2014 12:45 PM EDT A candlelight vigil for an unarmed black man who was fatally shot by a suburban St. Louis police officer was followed by unrest as crowds looted and burned stores, vandalized vehicles and taunted officers who tried to block access to parts of the city. Streets in Ferguson upended on Sunday…

  14. Electric Wurms Song Premiere: Hear 'The Bat' from the Flaming Lips Side Project

    August 11, 2014 11:55 AM EDT Wayne Coyne and Steven Drozd discuss their new collaboration, touring possibilities and Miley Cyrus. Wayne Coyne says the Electric Wurms is "mostly Steven's group," referring to his Flaming Lips compatriot Steven Drozd. But Drozd insists that Coyne get his due credit for the…

  15. Ed Sheeran’s ‘X’ Continues U.K. Chart Streak, Nico & Vinz Score Top Single

    August 11, 2014 2:27 AM EDT Norwegian duo Nico & Vinz have become the first act from that country to score a U.K. No. 1 single since A-ha , more than 28 years ago. Their “Am I Wrong” (Warner Bros./Warner Music) raced from No. 52 to top Sunday’s (Aug. 10) new Official Charts Company survey. On the album chart, there…

  16. KCON 2014 Day 1: G-Dragon, IU, B1A4 & More Rock Los Angeles

    August 10, 2014 7:45 PM EDT K-pop stars like Teen Top, VIXX, Lee Seung Gi and more all made showings at a convention's deafening concert Saturday morning, the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena and its surrounding area was turned into a K-pop heaven with panels, workshops and a marketplace dedicated to all things…

  17. Godsmack Aiming for Sixth Top 10 Album on Billboard 200

    August 08, 2014 8:35 PM EDT Rock band Godsmack seems set to secure its sixth top 10 album on the Billboard 200 chart next week with its new album 1000HP . Industry forecasters suggest the set, which was released on Aug. 5, could sell around 50,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on Aug. 10. The Billboard 200'…

  18. Andy Samberg's The Lonely Island Headed to the Big Screen

    August 08, 2014 9:25 AM EDT Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone will star in the comedy set in the music world while Schaffer and Taccone will co-direct. The trio behind "Dick in a Box", "Like a Boss" and "I'm on a Boat" will be bringing their comedic and musical talents to the…

  19. 'Juggalos' Tried to Cut Off Man's Arm, Police Say

    August 08, 2014 2:26 AM EDT Two men face charges including attempted murder after officials say they attacked a housemate and tried to forcibly remove a tattoo from his arm. Wicomico County Sheriff Mike Lewis said Wednesday that the 31-year-old victim of Monday's attack had his right arm amputated below the elbow…

  20. 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…

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