1. Must-Hear Music Podcast: Taylor Swift, Ryn Weaver, Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett

    August 20, 2014 5:39 PM EDT On this week's Must-Hear Music podcast, the Billboard staff tackles the week's biggest (and most divisive) single: Taylor Swift 's full-on-pop transformation "Shake It Off." The only thing we agree on is that it's definitely still stuck in our heads. Aside…

  2. Dierks Bentley on His Success: 'I Don't Know How the Hell I'm Here'

    August 20, 2014 5:17 PM EDT “What are all these people doing here?” Dierks Bentley wonders as he looks out at the rapidly filling lawn at the Verizon Amphitheatre in St. Louis. “Don’t they know this is an almost 40 year-old married guy with three kids?”  Bentley, 38, will take the stage in about three hours on this…

  3. Taylor Swift's '1989' Album: 10 Dream Collaborators From 1989

    August 20, 2014 4:19 PM EDT Here are the producers, songwriters and music video auteurs that could make T-Swift's next project truly feel like a blast from the past. "I was listening to a lot of late 80's pop music," Taylor Swift explained to her audience on Monday's big announcement…

  4. Interpol to Play Concert at 2,000-Year Old Temple

    August 20, 2014 3:49 PM EDT Also, hear a new song titled 'Ancient Ways.' Coincidence? Interpol has been doing a good job of stirring up anticipation for their forthcoming album El Pintor lately -- well-received sets at Governors Ball and Lollapalooza and the fact that their new songs are quite good too. On…

  5. Did the Honey Nut Cheerios Bee Leak Usher's Album Title?

    August 20, 2014 3:38 PM EDT Usher recently teamed up with Honey Nut Cheerios for a commercial that finds the R&B megastar and the Honey Nut Cheerios bee trading fist bumps, dance moves and casually chatting about the nutritional value of breakfast cereal. It's cute, goofy and it also might've leaked the…

  6. Rita Ora & Calvin Harris' Ice Bucket Challenges: 10 (Totally Fake) Gossip Headlines

    August 20, 2014 3:27 PM EDT Ice, ice baby. The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is many things: A fundraiser for a good cause, a chance to prove to your Facebook friends how kind you are and even...a relationship saver? It is if you're a gossip columnist. Jennifer Lopez, Iggy Azalea & More: Music's Latest Ice…

  7. Shakira's Illegally Copied Song Puts Sony on Hook for Damages

    August 20, 2014 3:20 PM EDT The 2010 song 'Loca' came without proper authorization from a Dominican Republic songwriter. On Tuesday, after conducting a bench trial, a New York federal judge concluded that a subsidiary of Sony Music was liable for copyright infringement for Colombian superstar Shakira 's …

  8. No Surprise Here: Spotify Streams Soar While Track Sales Fall

    August 20, 2014 2:54 PM EDT Streaming activity at the most popular music subscription service has soared as digital track sales have fallen over the past year. The streaming numbers comes from Music Ally 's analysis of Spotify's Top 50 chart over the course of a year. It found the Top 50 tracks in the U.S., in…

  9. Is this a Snippet of Kanye West & Paul McCartney's Song?

    August 20, 2014 2:45 PM EDT Kanye West reportedly previewed 20 new songs at a London club back in July, following his set at the Wireless Festival. One of the songs that he previewed sounds like it may be the track that's rumored to feature Paul McCartney , " Piss On Your Grave ." Kanye West's 2014…

  10. Ariana Grande, Iggy Azalea Triple Up In Hot 100's Top 10, MAGIC! Still No. 1

    August 20, 2014 2:45 PM EDT While 'Rude' rules for a sixth week, Grande and Azalea infuse the top 10 with three hits apiece, including new top 10s 'Break Free' and 'Black Widow' MAGIC!'s pop/reggae smash "Rude" leads the Billboard Hot 100 for a sixth week, narrowly…

  11. Mikky Ekko Talks Debut Album 'Time,' Previews New Tracks in Intimate Concert

    August 20, 2014 2:25 PM EDT "I feel like we took the time to put together a really, really strong album," says the "Stay" singer-songwriter. In many ways, Mikky Ekko couldn't have chosen a better title for his debut album than Time .   Set for release on RCA this fall, Time will arrive nearly…

  12. Nicki Minaj vs. Taylor Swift: Vote For Your Favorite Music Video

    August 20, 2014 1:22 PM EDT It's only Wednesday, and already two stars have released jaw-dropping music videos: Taylor Swift and Nicki Minaj . Late Tuesday night, Aug. 20, Nicki Minaj brought the thirst out of ladies and gentlemen alike when she released the sexy music video for "Ananconda."  The video…

  13. Ariana Grande Premieres 4 New Songs, Including Harry Styles-Penned Ballad

    August 20, 2014 12:08 PM EDT Can't wait for next Tuesday's release of  Ariana Grande 's album  My Everything ? Courtesy of  MTV , four new Grande songs are currently streaming! This batch of songs finds the  Billboard 's cover star  taking on sultry and sexy ballads, a departure from her…

  14. Billboard 200: Did 'Guardians Of The Galaxy' Soundtrack Stay at No. 1?

    August 20, 2014 11:13 AM EDT The Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack defends its position at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 for a second week. The compilation album sold another 93,000 copies in the week ending Aug. 17, according to Nielsen SoundScan (down 15 percent from the week previous). Soundtracks have crowned the…

  15. Exclusive: The Supremes' Mary Wilson Talks No. 1 Single 'Where Did Our Love Go' 50 Years Later

    August 20, 2014 10:52 AM EDT The singer reveals why the trio didn’t care for the song, how they felt about Motown’s other girl groups and how a Billboard chart-topper changed their lives. Before Diana Ross, Mary Wilson and Florence Ballard became the most successful girl group of the rock era, Motown released eight…

  16. Apple Stock Reaches All-Time High

    August 20, 2014 10:10 AM EDT Apple's stock touched a new high Wednesday, reflecting investors' renewed faith in CEO Tim Cook 's ability to outwit the competition and expand the technological hit factory built by the late Steve Jobs . The milestone represents a dramatic turnaround in sentiment since Apple&…

  17. MTV VMAs' 15 Best Performances of All Time

    August 20, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Like summer's end, the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards are fast approaching. If the show's 30-year legacy is any indication, we're in for superstar collabs and elaborate sets come Sunday (Aug. 24). To celebrate the annual spectacular, we’ve picked the best performances in VMA…

  18. U.K. to Introduce Age-Based Rating System for Online Music Videos

    August 20, 2014 8:10 AM EDT Prime Minister David Cameron continues his push for explicit online content to be monitored. Overtly sexual and explicit music videos distributed online are to carry advisory age ratings in the United Kingdom from October as part of a pilot scheme 'to help parents protect their children…

  19. Kiss Guitarist Ace Frehley on Paul Stanley & Gene Simmons: 'Maybe You Should Focus on Your Records a Little More'

    August 20, 2014 3:16 AM EDT Kiss guitarist Ace Frehley has released his first solo album in five years, and by the sound of Space Invader the axeman seems to have had as much fun playing on it as -- gasp -- his early years in Kiss . From the opening title track to the instrumental closer, “Starship,” where Frehley…

  20. Casey Kasem's Body to Be Buried in Norway, Wife Cites Heritage

    August 20, 2014 2:58 AM EDT The wife of U.S. radio personality Casey Kasem has cited her Norwegian heritage as one of the reasons for wanting to bury her late husband in Oslo , a spokeswoman for the funeral service agency there said Tuesday. Kasem, the host of "American Top 40," died June 15 in Washington at…

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