1. Ed Sheeran Brings His One-Man Band to L.A.'s Staples Center: Concert Review

    August 28, 2014 11:30 AM EDT Can one man with no band, no backup singers, no dancers, and no stage-mates whatsoever entertain a crowd of nearly 20,000? That question was answered Wednesday night at L.A.'s Staples Center when Ed Sheeran hit the stage with just a guitar and a loop pedal, and the answer was a 20,000…

  2. Merchandise Talks 'After the End,' Punk Culture & Hating Morrissey Comparisons

    August 28, 2014 10:40 AM EDT Merchandise’s Carson Cox knows that life will always be in flux. He used to be straight edge; now he’s not. He used to be vegetarian; he now eats meat. The Tampa-based band he fronts used to be signed to a small, D.I.Y.-minded label; now they’re with 4AD, which one might call a “major indie.”…

  3. L.A.'s Mayor, Jay Z and Live Nation's Alliance Draws Criticism Over Potential Conflicts

    August 28, 2014 10:00 AM EDT This story first appeared in the Sept. 12 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.  Revelers at Jay Z's Labor Day weekend Made in America festival might wonder how such a major music event in the center of downtown Los Angeles came together in only a few months without the usual…

  4. Merlin Hires a Director of Legal & Business Affairs

    August 28, 2014 9:14 AM EDT Merlin has hired Ryan McWhinnie as director of legal and business affairs, a newly-created position at the indie-centric global rights agency. The appointment follows the early-August announcement of Merlin's partnership with Pandora, giving the internet radio giant its first direct deal…

  5. Album Sales Hit A New Low

    August 28, 2014 8:59 AM EDT The market for albums continues to recede, following a (now) long-standing trend that has been accelerated by streaming's success. As streaming gathers momentum, the U.S. music industry keeps breaking sales milestones -- the wrong kind.   This week's 3.97-million album sales tally…

  6. Watch Lady Gaga Join Adam Lambert & Queen Onstage for 'Another One Bites the Dust'

    August 28, 2014 3:38 AM EDT Lady Gaga joined Adam Lambert and Queen , the band that inspired her stage name, for a rocking rendition of the classic hit, "Another One Bites The Dust," onstage in Sydney, Australia on Wednesday. She joined the group decked out in a giant afro wig. Following her surprise…

  7. Redfoo Glassed in Sydney Bar

    August 27, 2014 11:16 PM EDT Redfoo , the DJ, electropop artist and producer who enjoyed a global smash in 2011 with LMFAO’s “Party Rock Anthem,” was left bloodied after he was hit with a glass bottle in a Sydney bar. The American musician (real name Stefan Gordy) received a gash to the face when he was apparently…

  8. SISTAR Heads Out on One Last Summer Adventure in 'I Swear' Video

    August 27, 2014 9:59 PM EDT The girl group drops a last-minute summer anthem on their new EP boasting four remixes of their past K-pop smashes. Summer may be winding down, but that doesn't mean the SISTAR girls are slowing down on the feel-good tunes. About a month after releasing their sexy, sax-y "Touch My…

  9. 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…

  10. Young Jeezy Pleads Not Guilty to Gun Charge

    August 27, 2014 6:23 PM EDT The end of the 22-date Under the Influence of Music Tour has had a sobering impact on headliners Young Jeezy and Wiz Khalifa , as the former faces a gun charge and the latter has had at least one future show canceled in the wake of a shooting death . A 38-year-old man named Eric Johnson was…

  11. 615 Spotlight: Tim Menzies Explains Hiatus, Talks Gospel-Leaning New Album

    August 27, 2014 5:57 PM EDT This week, we go in a different direction with the 615 Spotlight. Rather than showcase a brand new artist, we update you on a singer-songwriter so highly respected in Music City that demo versions of songs he's written for big-name artists -- such as Reba McEntire, Mark Chesnutt and…

  12. 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…

  13. Must-Hear Music Podcast: Katy Perry, Riff Raff, Usher, Raury & More

    August 27, 2014 5:19 PM EDT On this week's Must-Hear Music podcast, the Billboard staff talks about everything from Katy Perry working with eccentric MC Riff Raff to Brad Paisley 's make-out song to insanely promising newcomers like Raury and Sofi de la Torre . We don't always agree with each other -- and…

  14. It's Time to Stop Comparing Ariana Grande to Mariah Carey

    August 27, 2014 3:37 PM EDT With her sophomore album, the "Problem" singer no longer resembles the elusive chanteuse -- and that's okay. From the moment her breakthrough single "The Way" set her career framework, Ariana Grande has operated in the shadow of a giant: Mariah Carey. Yours Truly ,…

  15. 'Glee' Final Season Details Revealed

    August 27, 2014 3:19 PM EDT Who's a series regular? Why is Rachel back in Ohio? Glee 's sixth and final season premise has been revealed. According to Fox, the truncated season will again revolve around Lea Michele 's Rachel Berry, who returns to Ohio after a "humiliating failure" as a TV…

  16. Watch Grimes & Blood Diamonds Take on Dante’s ‘Inferno’ in ‘Go’ Video

    August 27, 2014 2:59 PM EDT The video was also partially inspired by Korn’s “Freak On a Leash.” Seriously. In the past, Grimes music videos have brought Claire Boucher to a football game, a motocross rally, and deep into the woods. For her brand new video for the Blood Diamonds team-up “Go,” she’s out in the desert,…

  17. 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…

  18. Logic, 'Driving Ms. Daisy,' Featuring Childish Gambino: Exclusive Song Premiere

    August 27, 2014 2:00 PM EDT After a handful of mixtapes, including his Young Sinatra trilogy, Logic is prepping his Def Jam Recordings major label debut. The Maryland-born rapper delivers the first taste of the full-length effort with his new song, "Driving Ms. Daisy," featuring Childish Gambino . Check out a…

  19. Song of the Summer 2014: Billboard Staff Picks

    August 27, 2014 2:00 PM EDT It’s time to face facts: summer 2014 is almost at an end. But before we pack away our beach towels and sunscreen, we’re taking a moment to salute all the great tunes that have soundtracked our lives for the last 3 months. In advance of naming Billboard’s official Song of the Summer…

  20. Rdio Partners With Toronto Film Festival, Announces Free Ellie Goulding Show

    August 27, 2014 1:42 PM EDT Next month's  Toronto International Film Festival has an official music partner. Streaming service Rdio has announced it is setting up a music hub at the 11-day event with giveaways, a listening station and live music, starting with a free Ellie Goulding show at the iconic Massey Hall.…

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