1. Song of the Summer 2014: Billboard Staff Picks

    August 27, 2014 2:00 PM EDT It’s time to face facts: summer 2014 is almost at an end. But before we pack away our beach towels and sunscreen, we’re taking a moment to salute all the great tunes that have soundtracked our lives for the last 3 months. In advance of naming Billboard’s official Song of the Summer next week,…

  2. Pioneering Rumba King Peret Dead at 79

    August 27, 2014 12:15 PM EDT Barcelona bids goodbye to the father of its urban gypsy sound. Peret, the singer and guitarist known as the king of the Catalan rumba -- Barcelona's original party music -- died Wednesday, Aug. 27, at 79. Peret once described the rumba catalana as a fusion of gypsy music, Afro-Cuban…

  3. Taylor Swift's 'Shake It Off' Debuts At No. 1 On Hot 100

    August 27, 2014 12:03 PM EDT Swift's new single blasts in at No. 1, thanks to hefty sales, streaming and airplay. Plus, Nicki Minaj's 'Anaconda' vaults 39-2 following the premiere of its video. Taylor Swift rockets onto the Billboard Hot 100 chart at No. 1 with "Shake It Off."…

  4. Watch Gwen Stefani, Avril Lavigne, Dave Grohl & Tons More Sing Goodbye to Chelsea Handler

    August 27, 2014 10:21 AM EDT They are the world. It might be easier to list celebrities who weren't part of Chelsea Handler's goodbye song on the Chelsea Lately finale. The E! host ended her late night show after seven years on Tuesday night, and she went out in style for her final episode, rounding up her…

  5. Richie Hawtin to Receive ‘Outstanding Contribution’ AIM Independent Award

    August 27, 2014 4:09 AM EDT Richie Hawtin , the Canadian-born techno master whose trippy alter-ego Plastikman has melted minds for more than 20 years, is this year’s recipient of the Outstanding Contribution to Music Award at the AIM Independent Music Awards.   More AIM News AIM's Labelled With Love Fest Unveils…

  6. 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…

  7. Meghan Linsey Q&A: Her New Single, Calling Out the Bros & Life After Steel Magnolia

    August 26, 2014 6:53 PM EDT 'Try Harder Than That' features rapper Bubba Sparxxx. Meghan Linsey , the charismatic singer best known for her stint in Steel Magnolia , is doing things on her own musically these days, and her first single, "Try Harder Than That," is beginning to make an impact at…

  8. Exclusive Premiere: Listen to Hal Ketchum's Comeback Single 'I'm The Troubadour'

    August 26, 2014 6:15 PM EDT For a few years, Hal Ketchum lost his musical way. "I just kind of lost my powder for a while," the country singer tells Billboard. "I just didn't feel like playing or writing. One day I just said, 'This is a gift that God has given me, so I better get back to it.…

  9. Brooklyn Rapper Bobby Shmurda Goes From Vine Star to Major-Label Player

    August 26, 2014 4:44 PM EDT Brooklyn rapper Bobby Shmurda’s rise has been almost as fast as the Web connections that fueled it. In March, he released his raw, homemade debut video for his aggressive breakout single “Hot N---a.” At one point in the clip, the Jamaican-American rapper tosses his hat in the air and hits his…

  10. Transformation Tuesday: Miley Cyrus, Humanitarian?

    August 26, 2014 3:20 PM EDT After using her VMA win to put a spotlight on youth homelessness, we may have an Angelina Jolie-in-the-making on our hands. Miley Cyrus  knows how to keep people guessing -- she's done it for more than half of her life, ever since she became a teen queen on Disney cultural…

  11. 'The Kate Bush Story: Running Up That Hill' Documentary: Review

    August 26, 2014 1:00 PM EDT On Tuesday, Kate Bush will take over London's Eventim Apollo for 22 nights of concerts collectively entitled "Before the Dawn" (selling out 77,000 tickets in 15 minutes while doing so). Just in time for the momentous occasion -- her first live shows since 1979's epic…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. Watch 'Weird Al' Yankovic Add Lyrics to TV Theme Songs at 2014 Emmys

    August 25, 2014 9:50 PM EDT 'Type, George, type as fast as you can,' Al sings over the 'Game of Thrones' theme. Ever wonder what happened to all the TV theme songs that explained exactly what the show was about? Well, "Weird Al" Yankovic has you covered. 2014 Emmys: The Best Music One…

  15. Lenny Cooper Explains How His Father & Brother Turned Him Into a Country Rapper

    August 25, 2014 5:45 PM EDT With his third album 'The Grind' out this week, Cooper reminisces about his start in the business to Billboard. Country rapper Lenny Cooper 's last album, 2013's Mud Dynasty , cemented his reputation in the business, sending his social media numbers soaring by 750 percent…

  16. 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…

  17. Chart Highlights: Sam Smith's 'Stay With Me' Crowns Pop Songs, Adult Pop Songs, AC

    August 25, 2014 3:35 PM EDT The ballad becomes one of only three songs ever to lead the three lists simultaneously. Plus, new No. 1s for Jeremih, ScHoolboy Q, Demi Lovato & more Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers…

  18. Ariana Grande Expands on 'My Everything': Track-By-Track Review

    August 25, 2014 2:57 PM EDT Ariana Grande's debut album Yours Truly was released almost exactly a year ago, and over the past 12 months, the former Nickelodeon star has transformed from pop artist you ought to know to an undeniable superstar, with three singles in the Top 10 of the current Hot 100 chart , a slot…

  19. 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…

  20. Brad Paisley, 'Moonshine in the Trunk': Track-by-Track Review

    August 25, 2014 2:30 PM EDT Brad Paisley 's previous album, 2013's Wheelhouse , was a finely crafted effort that touched on such weighty topics as racism, domestic violence and heartbreak. It stirred controversy when he duetted with LL Cool J on "Accidental Racist," and the overall album might have…

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