1. Don't Look Now, But One Direction Is Making Great Rock Music

    September 30, 2014 1:30 PM EDT After embracing 80’s tunes on their last album, 1D is back with another killer single. Will casual fans care that One Direction is no longer a pop band? When all is said and done, what will One Direction 's legacy be? Surely the U.K. quintet will be remembered as one of the biggest boy…

  2. Gridiron Grooves: Fans of Every NFL Team Reveal Their Favorite Artists

    September 26, 2014 8:00 AM EDT Football season is in full swing, and as always, music is playing a big part, blaring in stadiums to pump up home crowds (and keep the "Gangnam Style" horsey dance alive and well). To find out what each fan base was bumping, Billboard hit up Facebook's data crunchers, who…

  3. Exclusive: Snoop Dogg, Common, DJ Mustard, YG Among Performers Set For BET Hip Hop Awards

    September 16, 2014 7:00 AM EDT Doug E. Fresh named 2014 I Am Hip Hop Icon Award honoree With his return engagement as host of BET Hip Hop Awards 2014 announced earlier, Snoop Dogg is now also set to perform. He will be joined by a high-wattage confirmed performer lineup that includes Common , Birdman , DJ Premier , DJ…

  4. Behind Radio's Country/Pop Convergence in Charleston, West Virginia

    September 04, 2014 1:24 PM EDT “No. They didn’t legalize marijuana in West Virginia. We’re doing this on purpose.” That's a WKAZ (Tailgate 107.3) Charleston, W. Va., liner anticipating some of the likely responses of any radio people who might be listening to this new country/pop hybrid. If you were familiar with …

  5. Hip-Hop Moves As Strong Force for Michael Brown

    August 30, 2014 2:17 PM EDT Rappers are making their voices heard in song and on the ground in Ferguson, Mo., in the wake of Michael Brown's shooting death, channeling hip-hop's earlier roots when the genre worked as a voice for the oppressed and spoke out against injustice. Op-Ed: Killer Mike on the…

  6. Where Is Pop's Response to Ferguson?

    August 28, 2014 5:00 PM EDT As chaos raged in Missouri, most of pop's brightest stars said nothing about the situation. Why didn't anyone want to speak? "For the past two weeks, the eyes of the nation have been on Ferguson, Missouri," Common said at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday night (Aug. 24…

  7. Clear Channel CEO Bob Pittman Channels Dissent and Tents at Burning Man

    August 28, 2014 11:27 AM EDT Burning Man, the annual art-aspirational and fifty-thousand-person-strong desert commune known for its loose barter system and for recently having been overrun by the technorati , is currently in the third day of its twenty-eighth year. While the event long ago lost any strong claim to being…

  8. The Game Assembles All-Star Hip-Hop Crew for Michael Brown Tribute, 'Don't Shoot'

    August 27, 2014 7:31 PM EDT In the wake of the killing of the unarmed black teenager Mike Brown at the hand of a white police officer and the civil unrest that's followed in the town of Ferguson, Mo. we've seen an outpouring of engagement from musicians voicing their opinions.  Killer Mike penned an op-ed for…

  9. 10 Biggest 'Shake' Singles in Billboard Hot 100 History

    August 27, 2014 2:30 PM EDT After leaving country music in the dust and crafting her first unabashed pop single, Taylor Swift scored her second No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 this week with "Shake It Off." Aside from the fact that "Shake It Off" is an undeniable earworm, you can credit part of its…

  10. 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."…

  11. From Jay Z and Beyonce to the Stones: A Look at 6 Top Tours of 2014

    August 19, 2014 5:33 PM EDT These A-list road warriors logged major miles this year: They grossed a staggering $843 million, set career and live-event records, and reached more than 8 million fans. Read on to find out who's ruled the concert circuit so far in 2014: Kevin Kane/WireImage BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN & THE…

  12. Op-Ed: Killer Mike on the Problems Underlying the Chaos in Ferguson

    August 19, 2014 3:05 PM EDT "This week I have seen tanks, rubber bullets and tear gas used by police against the citizens that pay them." I have searched all night and day for new and better words that could express my feelings and fear for the people of this country. I found no new words. I have no hope…

  13. Diddy to Obama on Ferguson: 'Get on a Plane -- It's Serious'

    August 19, 2014 11:07 AM EDT Since the fatal shooting of Michael Brown on Aug. 9, the nation has watched the situation in Ferguson, Mo., continue to deteriorate as tensions boil between the police and protesters. While watching coverage of Ferguson on TV last night, Diddy took to Instagram to deliver a video message to…

  14. Ask Billboard: Iggy Azalea, Ariana Grande, Sam Smith & Charli XCX Are Seeing Double

    August 19, 2014 11:05 AM EDT The four acts each boast multiple top 20 hits this week. Do they set a record? Plus, Selena & Celine's top hits and more 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…

  15. Instagram Sensation ‘Fat Jew’ Is Making Big Bucks With His Crazy Antics

    August 18, 2014 4:39 PM EDT ”Up until a year ago I was pretty much just getting paid to be an idiot,” says 30-year-old Josh Ostrovsky , better-known as comic and Instagram sensation The Fat Jew . These days, he’s an idiot with a very bright future. After amassing half a million Instagram followers -- including Katy…

  16. Nelly Talks Ferguson & Setting Up a Scholarship in Michael Brown's Name: 'We Need to Strategize'

    August 18, 2014 11:37 AM EDT The St. Louis rapper tells Billboard about setting up a scholarship fund with Brown's family. Nelly may have been thousands of miles from his hometown of St. Louis this past weekend, but the city was at the forefront of his mind while playing the Uforia festival in Los Angeles. During…

  17. Watch Nelly Lead 'Hands Up, Don't Shoot' Protest Chant for Michael Brown

    August 18, 2014 9:34 AM EDT At a charity event in Los Angeles over the weekend, St. Louis native Nelly asked the crowd at  Chris Brown and Quincy Combs ’ celebrity flag football game to stand and put their hands in the air and join him in chanting, "Hands up, don't shoot." Those words have come…

  18. 'Anything Goes' For Florida Georgia Line's Sophomore Album

    August 18, 2014 12:56 AM EDT Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard of country dude duo Florida Georgia Line know all eyes on Music Row are on them as they prepare to release their second album, Anything Goes,  on Oct. 14. Everybody wants to see if country's favorite party boys can keep the festivities rolling, and Kelley…

  19. Uforia Music Festival Brings Together Latin And Hip-Hop in Los Angeles

    August 17, 2014 3:57 PM EDT The L.A. festival featured performances by La Arrolladora Banda El Limon, Ludacris and more. Billed as the Uforia Music Festival, the daylong Univision-produced event at USC’s Exposition Park in Los Angeles on Aug. 16 was much more of a concert than a festival. Sure, there was a wide array of…

  20. Kid Ink Speaks Out About His Arrest During Uforia Festival Appearance in L.A.

    August 17, 2014 10:59 AM EDT The day after his Aug. 15 arrest in Las Vegas for disturbing the peace, rapper Kid Ink was part of the bill for the Uforia festival in Los Angeles. As his scheduled 5:45 p.m. slot came and went, backstage rumblings were that he would not be appearing. But the rapper suddenly appeared…

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