1. Nicky Da B, Diplo's 'Express Yourself' Bounce Collaborator, Dead at 24

    September 02, 2014 8:10 PM EDT New Orleans bounce artist Nicky Da B has died, according to his management. He was 24. "It is with heaviness in our hearts today that we confirm the passing of Nicky Da B. Nicky was a beautiful soul and we will always be grateful for his magnetic personality and loving spirit,"…

  2. Rae Sremmurd, 'No Flex Zone' Remix Feat. Nicki Minaj & Pusha T: Listen

    September 02, 2014 1:14 PM EDT After debuting their second single, "No Type," Rae Sremmurd releases the official remix to their single, "No Flex Zone." The remix pairs the duo's original verses with Nicki Minaj and Pusha T 's verses from their own "No Flex Zone" remixes, which…

  3. Beyonce! Bruce Springsteen! Miley Cyrus! Check Out Some of the Coolest College Courses

    September 02, 2014 10:40 AM EDT Now that summer is over, it's time for school and between History 101 and English 300, several institutions of higher learning are offering courses on some of the country’s most influential artists. (We're looking at you, Beyonce!) Ultimate Stuyding Playlist | 20 Best Videos Set in…

  4. Chart Highlights: Charli XCX's 'Boom Clap' Thunders To Top Of Pop Songs

    September 01, 2014 4:15 PM EDT She scores her first No. 1 as a lead act. Plus, new leaders for Jennifer Lopez, the Pretty Reckless, Lady Antebellum & more 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…

  5. Ask Billboard: Taylor Swift Out-'Shake's Mariah Carey

    September 01, 2014 10:05 AM EDT A song called 'Shake It Off' tops the Hot 100 at last. Plus, Swift's place in pop/country crossover history, Christina Aguilera's career sales and more As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com .…

  6. Royal Blood, Lilly Wood Top U.K. Charts

    September 01, 2014 4:04 AM EDT English rock duo Royal Blood sold nearly 66,000 units to debut atop the U.K. album chart yesterday (Aug. 31) with their self-titled Warner Bros./Warner Music album. French-Israeli duo Lilly Wood entered the singles chart at No. 1 with German DJ-producer Robin Schulz’s remix of their 2010…

  7. Watch: Kid Cudi Collapses During Performance at North Coast Music Festival

    August 31, 2014 12:54 PM EDT “Ill do a better and make sure to eat properly on show days," Kid Cudi tweeted afterward. Rapper Kid Cudi collapsed during his headlining set at the North Coast Music Festival in Chicago’s Union Park on Saturday (Aug. 30) night. While performing his 2009 song “Pursuit of Happiness,” Cudi…

  8. Electric Zoo Returns With Drug-Sniffing Dogs, Tightened Security and Smaller Crowd

    August 30, 2014 11:35 AM EDT This year's crowd is thinner, the weather is breezier and the sound is lower. To borrow the ubiquitous Lil Jon lyric, Electric Zoo has “turned down.” Electric Zoo Festival Tightens Security After two drug-related deaths at last year’s scorching event forced its cancellation and made…

  9. Nicki Minaj's 'Pinkprint' Release Date Revealed: Update

    August 29, 2014 4:18 PM EDT UPDATE (9/10): Nicki Minaj announced on Twitter that The Pinkprint will arrive Nov. 24. Nicki Minaj plans to release her third studio album, The Pinkprint , on Nov. 28. Fall Album Preview: 72 Must Hear Releases The rapper/singer has released two chart hits from the set, "Pills N…

  10. 2014 VMAs Cause Early Sales Gains for Beyonce, Nicki Minaj & More

    August 29, 2014 12:59 PM EDT Sales of VMA-related music up by 25 percent in week of show, further gains expected. The annual MTV Video Music Awards can always be counted on to encourage big gains for the artists that perform on the show. The 2014 edition of the broadcast -- its 31st installment -- was no different. The…

  11. 5 Seconds of Summer, Miley Cyrus & Beyonce: Real-Time Twitter Chart Rewind Ep. 13

    August 29, 2014 12:40 PM EDT Welcome to Billboard's weekly video show "Real-Time Rewind," which recaps the past week's hottest action on the new Billboard Real-Time Twitter Charts -- Trending 140 and Emerging Artists -- and the news that's driving the action. Hosted by Billboard's Joe Levy,…

  12. Hot 100 Chart Moves: Katy Perry's 'This Is How We Do' Darts Into Top 40

    August 29, 2014 12:29 PM EDT 'Prism' produces a sixth top 40 hit. Plus, moves for Bobby Shmurda, Blake Shelton, Mr. Probz and Steve Aoki. As previously reported , Taylor Swift soars onto the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 1 with "Shake It Off" and Nicki Minaj pounces 39-2 with "Anaconda."…

  13. VMAs: Which Performance Triggered the Biggest Sales Spike?

    August 29, 2014 3:57 AM EDT MTV doled out the Moonmen during Sunday's Video Music Awards, but the musicians who really won at the awards show are the ones who performed. After performing a snippet from every single trackduring a 16-minute medley and receiving the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, Beyonce saw…

  14. Nicki Minaj's 'Anaconda' Slithers to Top of Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

    August 28, 2014 6:55 PM EDT The single logs third-largest streaming week on record, while Wiz Khalifa debuts atop R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and Smokey Robinson launches at No. 1 on Top R&B Albums. Following the release of Nicki Minaj 's steamy music video for "Anaconda," along with an equally…

  15. Listen: Lil' Kim Remixes Iggy Azalea's 'Fancy'

    August 28, 2014 5:37 PM EDT After remixing Bobby Shmurda 's "Hot Ni--a" and Rae Sremmurd 's "No Flex Zone," Lil' Kim hops on Iggy Azalea 's "Fancy." I'm so fancy!! Had to show my girl @IGGYAZALEA some love!! Muuaaahhh!!! #KimmySoFancy https://t.co/l0g43ykOkb — Lil&…

  16. Jessie J Joins 'Finding Neverland' Concept Album

    August 28, 2014 3:43 PM EDT The 'Sweet Talker' can fly. Jessie J  is recording a song for the Finding Neverland Broadway musical's concept album, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. 'Finding Neverland' Musical Coming to Broadway The track is called "Stronger," which producer Harvey…

  17. Pop Shop Podcast: Taylor Swift Hits No. 1, Nicki Minaj's 'Anaconda,' Wiz Khalifa & More

    August 28, 2014 10:57 AM EDT Listen to the latest episode of Billboard.com's weekly charts breakdown. Welcome to the latest episode of the Billboard.com Pop Shop Podcast , Billboard's weekly half-hour audio breakdown of the Billboard charts, hottest music news and year's biggest musical events.…

  18. Taylor Swift Tops Billboard Artist 100

    August 28, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Thanks to a monster first week for 'Shake It Off,' Swift rattles and rolls to No. 1. Taylor Swift takes over as the top artist in the U.S., as she vaults to No. 1 on the Billboard Artist 100 , marking her first week atop the chart. She'd re-entered the list at No. 69 last week…

  19. Taylor Swift's 'Shake It Off' Video, Behind the Scenes: Why She Never Feels Cool

    August 27, 2014 5:40 PM EDT Even by Taylor Swift 's impossibly high standards, she's having a pretty great week.  Fresh off Swift's VMA performance of her new single "Shake It Off" on Sunday night,   Billboard announced earlier today that "Shake It Off" debuted  in first place on the…

  20. Ariana Grande Aiming for Second No. 1 Album

    August 27, 2014 4:49 PM EDT The young diva's second album, 'My Everything,' is on course to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. Ariana Grande is set to notch her second No. 1 album in less than a year. Industry sources forecast the 21-year-old's new release, My Everything , to sell…

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