1. 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 next week,…

  2. 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." As…

  3. Chuck Berry, Peter Sellars Honored with Sweden's Polar Music Prize

    August 27, 2014 3:19 AM EDT Rock ‘n’ roll pioneer  Chuck Berry  and opera director Peter Sellars have been awarded the 2014 Polar Music Prize during a ceremony Tuesday in Stockholm.  The organizing committee praised the 88-year-old Berry for his contribution to rock, noting “every riff and solo played by rock…

  4. Telemundo's 'Yo Soy El Artista' Premieres Sept. 14

    August 26, 2014 5:33 PM EDT The new Telemundo reality competition show Yo Soy El Artista (translation: "I Am the Artist"), featuring judges Luis Fonsi , Olga Tañon and Mario Quintero Lara , among others, is scheduled to debut Sept. 14. Latin Pop Singer Luis Fonsi Joins Telemundo's 'Yo Soy El Artista&…

  5. Ask Billboard: If Taylor Swift Hits No. 1 ...

    August 26, 2014 11:05 AM EDT A look at chart feats that could await Swift tomorrow. Plus, women are dominating the Digital Songs chart 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 well as your city, state…

  6. Publishing Briefs: Raekwon to Scion Three, Warner/Chappell Signs The-Dream, SESAC Nabs Zac Brown

    August 26, 2014 10:43 AM EDT --  Warner/Chappell Music  has signed an agreement to extend its global music publishing agreement with  Terius "The-Dream" Nash , which covers the artist/songwriter's entire catalog, including such songs as Rihanna 's "Umbrella," Beyonce 's "Single…

  7. How Jesse Kinch Won ‘Rising Star’

    August 26, 2014 12:41 AM EDT Four contestants braved the intimidating "Wall" of viewer votes on the season finale of Rising Star on Sunday night, but only one emerged victorious — 20-year-old rocker Jesse Kinch was named the series inaugural champion over worship leader Austin French , soulful crooner Dana…

  8. Chart Highlights: Sam Smith's 'Stay With Me' Crowns Pop Songs, Adult Pop Songs, AC

    August 25, 2014 3:35 PM EDT The ballad becomes one of only three songs ever to lead the three lists simultaneously. Plus, new No. 1s for Jeremih, ScHoolboy Q, Demi Lovato & more Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers…

  9. David Guetta Shines Atop U.K. Chart With 'Lovers On The Sun'

    August 25, 2014 6:01 AM EDT   David Guetta is No. 1 on the U.K. singles chart for the fifth time as a lead artist, after debuting at the summit yesterday (Aug. 24) with “Lovers On The Sun” (Parlophone/Warner Music), featuring Sam Martin . Ed Sheeran’s eight-week run atop the album chart with X  (Asylum/Warner Music) was…

  10. 'Rising Star' Recap: Season One Winner Crowned as Voting Proves its Worth

    August 25, 2014 5:35 AM EDT Tonight, a Capitol Records contract was awarded, and not even a West Coast save could have made its recipient anybody but Jesse Kinch . With 10 episodes under its belt, a few disappointed teenager in its wake, and hopefully not too much permanent follicle damage to Kesha’s hair, the Wall made…

  11. 2014 VMAs Winners: Miley Cyrus, Drake, Ariana Grande, Katy Perry & More

    August 24, 2014 11:00 PM EDT Even if the VMAs are more about jaw-dropping performances , wardrobe malfunctions and unexpected moments (um... Katy Perry and Riff Raff channeling Britney & Justin ) than handing out awards, the annual MTV ceremony still finds a lot of artists taking home hardware.  MTV VMAs:  News  …

  12. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Lil Wayne Take Top Honors at 2014 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards

    August 23, 2014 2:00 AM EDT Ludacris is given President's Award at Hollywood ceremony. The 2014 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards crowned Macklemore & Ryan Lewis with the Song of the Year prize, Lil Wayne with the Songwriter of the Year trophy, and Warner-TamerLane Publishing Corp. was named Publisher of the Year.…

  13. Billboard 200 Chart Moves: 'Idol' Hits New Low

    August 22, 2014 3:30 PM EDT Also: Sale pricing in the iTunes Store lifts Linkin Park, while The Vamps take a historic tumble down the chart. On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart, the Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack held on to the No. 1 slot for a second week, selling 93,000 copies in the week ending Aug. 17,…

  14. Robert Christgau on 'Get On Up': Putting James Browns' Music First

    August 22, 2014 2:00 PM EDT In his 2006 Rolling Stone profile "Being James Brown," the great lost rock critic Jonathan Lethem made sense of the Hardest Working Man in Show Business, the Minister of Super Heavy Funk, the Augusta Akhenaten, and all the other honorifics Mr. Brown has and will earn by declaring…

  15. The Gaslight Anthem Lights Up Top Rock Albums

    August 22, 2014 11:25 AM EDT The band's new set starts at No. 2 on Top Rock Albums and No. 4 on the Billboard 200. Plus, chart action from Tove Lo, alt-J and Ryan Adams. The Gaslight Anthem 's Get Hurt debuts at No. 2 on Top Rock Albums and No. 4 on the Billboard 200 with 33,000 sold, according to Nielsen…

  16. Why Don’t Today’s Hits Reflect The Times?

    August 21, 2014 3:22 PM EDT This week in 1965, the hottest debut on Billboard ’s Hot 100 was Barry McGuire ’s “Eve Of Destruction,” the lyrics of which were a wake-up call, from its opening shot of “The Eastern world, it is explodin’; violence flarin’, bullets loadin’,” to its warning of impending nuclear war (“If the…

  17. Ariana Grande Crowns Billboard Artist 100

    August 21, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Spurred by the success of four current hits, the diva logs her first week at No. 1. Ariana Grande is the top artist in the U.S. this week, as she vaults 4-1 on the  Billboard Artist 100  chart, marking her first week atop the ranking. She also becomes the first female artist to lead the…

  18. Ariana Grande, Iggy Azalea Triple Up In Hot 100's Top 10, MAGIC! Still No. 1

    August 20, 2014 2:45 PM EDT While 'Rude' rules for a sixth week, Grande and Azalea infuse the top 10 with three hits apiece, including new top 10s 'Break Free' and 'Black Widow' MAGIC!'s pop/reggae smash "Rude" leads the Billboard Hot 100 for a sixth week, narrowly…

  19. Billboard 200: Did 'Guardians Of The Galaxy' Soundtrack Stay at No. 1?

    August 20, 2014 11:13 AM EDT The Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack defends its position at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 for a second week. The compilation album sold another 93,000 copies in the week ending Aug. 17, according to Nielsen SoundScan (down 15 percent from the week previous). Soundtracks have crowned the…

  20. U.K. to Introduce Age-Based Rating System for Online Music Videos

    August 20, 2014 8:10 AM EDT Prime Minister David Cameron continues his push for explicit online content to be monitored. Overtly sexual and explicit music videos distributed online are to carry advisory age ratings in the United Kingdom from October as part of a pilot scheme 'to help parents protect their children…

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