1. Outside Lands 2014 Saturday Highlights: Tom Petty, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Haim and More

    August 10, 2014 10:10 AM EDT The second day of San Francisco’s annual music and arts festival Outside Lands brought classic rock hits, booty bouncing beats, furry freaks and even a surprise same-sex wedding proposal to scenic Golden Gate Park. Across genres, new songs were unveiled and fresh obsessions cemented. But…

  2. Watch Taylor Swift Play Piano In Brand-New 'The Giver' Clip

    August 09, 2014 4:41 PM EDT For fans wondering what Taylor Swift will be up to in the upcoming "The Giver" film adaptation, they won't have to wait much longer to find out. The singer is featured in a new preview for the flick, out later this month. Swift appears in an exclusive first look, featured on…

  3. Is San E's 'Body Language' K-Pop's New Sex Anthem? Watch

    August 08, 2014 7:30 PM EDT The rapper recruits Bumkey for an ode to love making and role playing that's reminiscent to Ginuwine's "Pony" The success of San E's K-Pop Hot 100 No. 1 hit "Break Up Dinner" anointed the 29-year-old rapper as one of the K-pop's most promising rap…

  4. Exclusive: Stream Blues Legend Ironing Board Sam's Newest 'Jam'

    August 08, 2014 3:43 PM EDT Ironing Board Sam has had a legendary sixty years: Jimi Hendrix briefly played in his band, he's played shows under water, he's shared a club residency with the Jackson 5 , he's played inside human-sized jukeboxes. And you've almost certainly never heard of him. I hadn&…

  5. In Defense of the 'Step Up' Movies

    August 08, 2014 3:10 PM EDT The dance film series is secretly the most fun movie franchise out there. Here's why I'm all in on "Step Up." You can keep your X-Men, your Spider-Men, your Transformer-Men. Every other summer, a Step Up movie will be released, and that movie will be my summer jam.…

  6. Not Made In The U.S.A.: Where Today's Hits Are Coming From

    August 08, 2014 3:05 PM EDT Fans and execs are looking globally for new hitmakers. There's a new British invasion on the Hot 100 . And, an Australian Invasion. A Canadian, Norwegian and Scottish one, too. The upper ranks of the Hot 100 of late have belonged to acts from outside the U.S., from Canada ( MAGIC! &…

  7. Exclusive Video Premiere: K-Pop Group SPICA Make Their English Debut With 'I Did It' Single

    August 07, 2014 10:52 AM EDT The girl group kick off their new album with their funky, feel-good song. The Billboard Hot 100 's top 10 boasts funky, feel-good tunes like Ariana Grande's "Problem," Meghan Trainor's "All About That Bass" and Jessie J's "Bang Bang" and now …

  8. Watch CHVRCHES Perform Synthpop Jam 'Recover' in Exclusive Studio Session

    August 07, 2014 10:33 AM EDT Catch an early clip from the Aug. 10 episode of Guitar Center Sessions Billboard presents an early peek at CHVRCHES ’ brand new Guitar Center Sessions -- a performance of the make-up-or-breakup anthem “Recover.” The Scottish synthpop band has certainly made its rounds on the festival and club…

  9. RCA Promotes Publicity Veterans Borden, Weinstein Dennison, Abzug

    August 07, 2014 9:36 AM EDT It's promotion week at RCA Records. On the heels of longtime publicity head Mika El-Baz 's elevation to executive vp of west coast , the label has announced that three members of her staff have also been bumped up. Theola Borden and Sarah Weinstein Dennison have been promoted from…

  10. Russell Simmons' All Def Digital Brings In $5M from New Funding Round

    August 06, 2014 2:51 PM EDT Russell Simmons ' digital consumer entertainment brand and cross-platform network has secured $5 million in Series A financing from new media venture capital firm Greycroft Partners, with participation from Advancit Capital, Nu Horizons Investments and e.ventures The financing will…

  11. Hear Mansions on the Moon Premiere Synthpop Banger 'Somewhere Else Tonight'

    August 06, 2014 10:19 AM EDT If you like the synth-heavy, festival-ready sounds of acts like Empire of the Sun, St. Lucia, and Foster the People, we’ve got a new jam for you. Introducing Mansions on the Moon, a California-based four-piece with an impressive resumé of collaborations, who are gearing up to release their…

  12. Mariah Sheds Her Manager -- Again

    August 06, 2014 9:59 AM EDT In the wake of disappointing album sales, Jermaine Dupri is out - and now Kevin Liles seems to be in. It looks like the "elusive chanteuse" continues to elude career stability. Mariah Carey has parted ways with longtime musical collaborator Jermaine Dupri as her manager, and has…

  13. Al Jarreau Salutes George Duke on New Star-Packed Album

    August 05, 2014 1:47 PM EDT The late musician’s influential legacy is saluted on 'My Old Friend,' featuring guests Lalah Hathaway, Dianne Reeves, Gerald Albright and more. It’s a year to the day (Aug. 5) since the untimely death of revered Grammy-winning keyboardist, composer and producer George Duke .…

  14. Drake Welcomes Usher, 50 Cent, Lauryn Hill And Many More To Fifth Annual OVO Fest

    August 05, 2014 4:37 AM EDT Drake’s OVO Festival is like hip-hop Christmas in Toronto – you anticipate it every year but you never know what you’re gonna get. Prior years have brought surprise cameos from the likes of Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj and Snoop Dogg , or Diddy, Mase, Kanye West and Lil Wayne , and this year’s…

  15. Trinidad James Responds to Being Dropped by Def Jam With "Doin' Me"

    August 04, 2014 5:05 PM EDT Three days after Atlanta rapper Trinidad James published a statement (that has since been deleted) on Twitter suggesting he had been dropped by his label Def Jam , the rapper released a surprise track entitled "Doin' Me" (produced by Raak) on SoundClound. Quickly peaking at No.…

  16. Exclusive: Elijah Blake Premieres '6' / 'Fallen' Video; Talks Upcoming 'Drift' EP

    August 04, 2014 11:54 AM EDT The singer-songwriter will release his 'Drift' EP in September. It takes bravery to be as transparent as Elijah Blake is in his new single, "6." The first single off the singer-songwriter's upcoming EP, Drift , sheds light on the gloom that hovers over Blake's…

  17. Lollapalooza 2014 Sunday Highlights: Kings of Leon, Skrillex, Chance the Rapper Close Day 3

    August 04, 2014 2:45 AM EDT The rain poured heavily and consistently on the third and final day of Lollapalooza 2014, as downpours turned much of Chicago's Grant Park into a skating rink of sticky mud on Sunday (Aug. 3). The weather was unfortunate, but as the weekend became soggier, the performances turned…

  18. 'American Idol' Alum Michael Johns Remembered by Nigel Lythgoe, David Cook, Paula Abdul & More

    August 03, 2014 12:00 PM EDT American Idol season seven finalist Michael Johns died unexpectedly on Aug. 1. He was 35-years-old. A fan favorite since he first auditioned in 2007 with the Otis Redding song, "I've Been Loving You Too Long," the Australian rocker was known for his soulful singing style and…

  19. Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Jack White’s Vinyl Sales Still Sizzle, Adele’s ‘21’ Nears 11 Million Sales & More

    August 03, 2014 9:00 AM EDT This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, 5 Seconds of Summer saw its self-titled debut full-length album arrive atop the list , selling 259,000 copies in the week ending July 27, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That sum is not only the third-biggest debut of the year, but also more than…

  20. Lollapalooza 2014 Saturday Highlights: Outkast, Calvin Harris, Spoon Heat Up a Diverse Day 2

    August 03, 2014 1:42 AM EDT Temperatures rose, tank tops were on display and Chicago's Grant Park welcomed back the masses on Day 2 of Lollapalooza 2014 , which featured an even more diverse array of top-line talent on Saturday (Aug. 2). From rising rock artists to veteran MCs, from banging bass drops to quiet…

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