1. Watch James Franco Ask Nicki Minaj About Her 'Superb Ass'

    August 19, 2014 9:58 AM EDT Yes, he was in character. If you're on the Internet, you've seen a picture of Nicki Minaj 's ass-centric "Anaconda" cover . It's just a fact. So when Minaj stopped by MTV's special VMA preview show , it's no surprise that's all anyone wanted to…

  2. Parents Television Council Warns MTV VMAs to Avoid 'Explicit Sexual Content'

    August 19, 2014 1:46 AM EDT Less than a week before the Video Music Awards , the Parents Television Council has called on MTV to avoid another "public relations kerfuffle." In a letter from PTC president Tim Winter to Janet Borelli , senor vp standards and practices at MTV Networks/Viacom Media Networks, and…

  3. Chart Highlights: Sam Smith's 'Stay' Hits No. 1 On Pop Songs

    August 18, 2014 6:00 PM EDT Another week, another tally topped by Smith's ballad. Plus, new leaders for Beyonce, Dierks Bentley and Danny Gokey 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 listed below…

  4. VMAs Warned by Parents Television Council to Tone It Down

    August 18, 2014 5:14 PM EDT 'The 2013 VMAs were a public relations kerfuffle for your network that I feel certain you will not wish to repeat.' Less than a week before the Video Music Awards, the Parents Television Council has called on MTV to avoid another "public relations kerfuffle." In a letter…

  5. Nicki Minaj's 'Anaconda' Video To Feature Drake Cameo

    August 18, 2014 2:26 PM EDT While we wait for the premiere of the official video to Nicki Minaj's "Anaconda," Nicki Minaj teases with a video still which features Drake . One which shows Nicki Minaj squatting before Drake and placing her hand on his goods. The video will premiere on VEVO on Wednesday,…

  6. FKA Twigs Is a Woman of Mystery -- And She Likes It That Way

    August 18, 2014 1:57 PM EDT FKA Twigs has just released one of the year’s most bold, idiosyncratic and deeply personal debuts -- LP1 (Young Turks), an exploration of warped beauty ideals, gender politics, romantic power dynamics and raw sexuality. But she isn’t really interested in explaining the person behind her…

  7. Watch Nicki Minaj's Sexy 'Anaconda' Lyric Video

    August 16, 2014 7:02 PM EDT While fans will have to wait until Wednesday (August 20) for the premiere of the official "Anaconda" video, Nicki Minaj has gifted her Barbz and Kenz with the lyric video to the raunchy track. The lyric video includes plenty of close-ups of derrieres, obviously, including the rapper…

  8. Elvis Presley & Madonna: The Day the Music Died, and Was Born

    August 16, 2014 11:05 AM EDT Today, Aug. 16, marks the date that we welcomed the Queen of Pop (happy 56th birthday!) and lost the King of Rock & Roll Today marks the date that we welcomed the Queen of Pop and lost the King of Rock & Roll. Madonna was born Aug. 16, 1958. As we celebrate the Material Girl's…

  9. French Montana Talks New Album, Kanye and Media Attention on His Relationship With Khloe Kardashian

    August 15, 2014 1:15 PM EDT On a sweltering afternoon, a camera flashes on French Montana at his new house in suburban Pompton Plains, N.J. "Yo! Make sure they get my six-pack," jokes the rapper, while holding his snarling German shepherd Zane near the edge of his turquoise swimming pool. Under a white…

  10. Ariana Grande, Kanye West, Dillon Francis & Jake Miller: Real-Time Twitter Chart Rewind Ep. 11

    August 15, 2014 11:55 AM 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,…

  11. Beats Music Releases 'Do the Right Thing' Doc

    August 15, 2014 11:07 AM EDT Apple's Beats Music has created a new documentary for the 25th anniversary of Do the Right Thing that reunites director Spike Lee with several members of the landmark film's cast and crew, and returns fans to the Brooklyn street it all made famous. Do the Right Thing 25 Anniversary:…

  12. Drake & Lil Wayne Team Up for Big Chart Move

    August 15, 2014 9:30 AM EDT The duo's tour launch -- and hot new track 'Grindin'' -- pushes Drake up the Social 50 chart. Plus: Zendaya returns and Jacob Whitesides debuts. Drake experienced notable social gains during the charting week (ending Aug. 10) as his joint tour with Lil Wayne kicked off on…

  13. Billboard Cover: Ariana Grande on Fame, Freddy Krueger and Her Freaky Past

    August 15, 2014 9:00 AM EDT The “micromanaging workhorse” finally achieved her dream of becoming an R&B diva. Now, at 21, comes the hard part: conquering her fear of futuristic pop. Ariana Grande is easily mistaken for an old-school good girl. The singer wears Audrey Hepburn-style strapless gowns, travels…

  14. Vine Stars Jack & Jack Make Rap Chart Debut

    August 14, 2014 6:07 PM EDT 'Wild Life' enters Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs at No. 25; Plus, chart action for Nicki Minaj, Wiz Khalifa & Juicy J. Vine Stars: A pair of 17-year-old recent high school graduates from Omaha, Neb., make their Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs debut, as Jack & Jack enter at No. 25…

  15. Sam Smith Back Atop Billboard Artist 100

    August 14, 2014 3:44 PM EDT Brit singer returns to No. 1, while Nicki Minaj blasts into the top 5. Sam Smith remains the only artist to have led the Billboard Artist 100 chart for multiple frames (over the list's first six weeks), as he rebounds 2-1 for a third cumulative week at No. 1. The list provides the first…

  16. Lil Wayne Reveals 'Tha Carter V' Release Date & Album Cover

    August 14, 2014 1:02 PM EDT Lil Wayne has finally announced the release date for Tha Carter V : October 28. The rapper took to ESPN 's "SportsCenter" on Thursday, Aug. 14, to reveal the release date and album cover for the anticipated album. The album artwork features a knee-high, tattooed Lil Wayne…

  17. Pop Shop Podcast: Meghan Trainor Talks 'All About That Bass,' Hot 100 Songs To Watch

    August 14, 2014 11:02 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. Casual…

  18. Taylor Swift Confirms She'll Perform at 2014 VMAs

    August 14, 2014 12:01 AM EDT The singer announced the news on 'The Tonight Show.' Taylor Swift is heading back to the Video Music Awards. The crossover superstar confirmed Wednesday (Aug. 13) on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon that she'll perform at the 2014 VMAs -- airing Sunday, Aug. 24, at 9…

  19. MAGIC! Still No. 1 On Hot 100 as Meghan Trainor & Charli XCX Soar

    August 13, 2014 2:21 PM EDT The Canadian quartet rules for a fifth week with 'Rude,' while Trainor's 'All About That Bass' bounds and Charli XCX's 'Boom Clap' enters the top 10. MAGIC!'s "Rude" rules the Billboard Hot 100 for a fifth week. Meanwhile, Meghan Trainor&…

  20. 'Guardians Of The Galaxy' Soundtrack Hits No. 1 On Billboard 200

    August 13, 2014 11:05 AM EDT Also, Meghan Trainor's "All About That Bass" hits No. 1 on the Digital Songs chart. The Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack rises to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 , becoming the second chart-topping soundtrack of 2014.  The blockbuster film's set, subtitled Awesome…

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