1. 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…

  2. Corner Office: The Agency Group's Gavin O'Reilly on Taking Over Nashville

    August 25, 2014 12:47 PM EDT With the just-closed acquisition of a Nashville mainstay, the new chief talks about taking country global and competing with the behemoths. How an Ireland-born, London-based music industry newbie made waves in Nashville by acquiring the respected 30-year-old Bobby Roberts Company has been a…

  3. Taylor Swift's 'Shake It Off' Makes Record Start At Radio

    August 25, 2014 12:05 PM EDT The song breaks the record for the highest debut ever on Adult Pop Songs, while tying for the best start on Pop Songs Taylor Swift sets a record for the highest debut in the history of Billboard's Adult Pop Songs radio airplay chart, where "Shake It Off" blasts in at No. 9.…

  4. 2014 VMAs Winners: Miley Cyrus, Drake, Ariana Grande, Katy Perry & More

    August 24, 2014 11:00 PM EDT Even if the VMAs are more about jaw-dropping performances , wardrobe malfunctions and unexpected moments (um... Katy Perry and Riff Raff channeling Britney & Justin ) than handing out awards, the annual MTV ceremony still finds a lot of artists taking home hardware.  MTV VMAs:  News  …

  5. Former British Rapper Reportedly Under Investigation for James Foley Beheading

    August 23, 2014 11:15 PM EDT Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary is a former West London rapper who performed under the name L Jinny. A British rapper now fighting with the Islamic State (aka ISIS) is reportedly a suspect in the beheading of American journalist James Foley, according to several unconfirmed published reports,…

  6. Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame 'Masterclass' Scribes Talk Writing for Latin Superstars

    August 22, 2014 8:12 PM EDT Their names may not be as widely recognized as Ricky Martin and Carlos Santana , but their lyrics and songs have been heard around the globe. The songwriters featured at the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame's "Masterclass in the Round" have written some of the most iconic…

  7. Bacon Brothers Q&A: New Album, Jamming With Daryl Hall & Playing 'Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon'

    August 22, 2014 6:44 PM EDT The Bacon Brothers return to the musical world with 36 Cents , their first disc of all-new material in six years. In an interview with Billboard, both Michael and Kevin Bacon expressed excitement to get new music out to the public, and also amazement at the work that goes into releasing a…

  8. '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 …

  9. M.I.A. Resolves NFL's War Over Super Bowl Middle Finger

    August 22, 2014 4:35 PM EDT The league sought $16.6 million in arbitration. After more than three years, a dispute over M.I.A. 's halftime performance at Super Bowl XLVI has been resolved. Super Bowl Pay-to-Play Reports: Grammys Producer Weighs In When the singer extended her middle finger during her performance on…

  10. Christina Aguilera’s Self-Titled Debut at 15: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    August 22, 2014 1:00 PM EDT Once upon a time, when ex-Mouseketeers with burning ambition and blinding smiles ruled the universe, there lived two princesses. One was an iffy singer with undeniable sex appeal; the other was a secret soul diva working within record-label constraints, biding her time until she could unleash…

  11. School Tries to Fire Teacher for Playing Beyonce's 'Drunk in Love' to Students

    August 22, 2014 12:45 PM EDT Oh baby. One Atlanta school district isn't a fan of surfborts. The school district is seeking to remove a sixth grade teacher for playing  Beyonce  and  Jay Z' s steamy hit "Drunk in Love" in the classroom, presumably to assist with teaching...Sex appeal? How to grind on a…

  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. Are Taylor Swift and Country Splitting Up for Good?

    August 22, 2014 10:51 AM EDT Will Taylor and country radio ever get back together, or have programmers moved on? It was like a carefully planned breakup. First came the unabashed pop bangers on Taylor Swift 's last album, 2012's Red , "Trouble" and "We Are Never Ever Getting Back…

  14. Watch Nicki Minaj and Juicy J in 'Low' Video

    August 22, 2014 9:50 AM EDT It's one busy week for  Nicki Minaj. The rapper strikes again in the video for Juicy J's "Low," which, unlike "Anaconda," focuses on Minaj's lyrics as opposed to her, err, other ass-ets. Also featuring Lil Bibby, the videos shows Minaj rapping, "I ain…

  15. 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…

  16. K-Pop Trend: Beast, INFINITE & Henry Add Classical Musical to the Mix

    August 21, 2014 8:23 PM EDT The popular acts are bringing orchestras to modern-day dance beats. But who did it best? Typically, Western pop and K-pop stay on the same page with their trends. Recent hits have been born out of stark piano ballads ( John Legend 's "All of Me" and  Taeyang 's  "Eyes…

  17. Step Inside Bristol's Newly-Opened Birthplace of Country Music Museum

    August 21, 2014 7:34 PM EDT Long before Nashville became established as a recording center for country music, there were a few historic sessions that took place outside of Music City. Perhaps the most important took place about 300 miles to the east in Bristol, TN. Bristol is celebrating its role in the history of…

  18. Luke Bryan Rides 'Roller Coaster' to Top of Trending 140

    August 21, 2014 5:28 PM EDT Luke Bryan 's "Roller Coaster" rode in at No. 1 on the Billboard + Twitter Trending 140 chart on Aug. 18, thanks to a timely tweet from the country star. Bryan shared the lyrics to the track that day, causing the song to immediately jump to the top of the tally. While the song…

  19. Nick Cannon Confirms He and Mariah Carey Are Living Apart

    August 21, 2014 4:57 PM EDT Say it ain't so! After some rumors began floating around that Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon would be divorcing in the next few weeks, Cannon himself confirmed that things are not great right now in his personal life. "There is trouble in paradise…we have been living in…

  20. John Legend Brings Marvin Gaye's 'What's Going On' to Hollywood Bowl

    August 21, 2014 4:35 PM EDT Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings join in paying homage to Marvin Gaye's landmark album. "Trigger-happy policing": That line from Marvin Gaye 's 1971 hit "Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)" still speaks volumes -- especially in the wake of the ongoing…

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