1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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  …

  4. 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…

  5. Tickets Selling Fast for Willie Nelson & Neil Young's Pipeline Protest Concert

    August 21, 2014 11:16 PM EDT Organizers say nearly all the $50 tickets for a Willie Nelson and Neil Young concert organized by opponents of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline have been sold. The group Bold Nebraska said in a statement Thursday more than 6,500 of the 7,000 tickets for the Sept. 27 concert had been sold…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. Charles M. Young, Punk Rock Journalist, Dead at 63

    August 19, 2014 8:44 PM EDT Rock journalist Charles M. Young, who joined Rolling Stone magazine in 1976 and championed New York's CBGB punk scene at its inception, died of cancer on Monday, Aug. 18. Young's passing follows a year-and-a-half battle with with a stage four brain tumor, he was 63.  At Rolling…

  9. Trisha Yearwood Signs With Sony, Announces New Album

    August 19, 2014 7:35 PM EDT Country singer also going strong with her newfound culinary career. Trisha Yearwood is back and gearing up for a very busy fall. On Tuesday evening (Aug. 19) at a press event in Nashville, the Grammy-winning vocalist announced she's signing with Sony Music Nashville, launching her own…

  10. 'Canadian Idol' Contestant Acquitted of Terrorism

    August 19, 2014 4:24 PM EDT Khurram Syed Sher appeared on the show in 2008. A former Canadian Idol contestant was acquitted on Tuesday (Aug. 19) of conspiring to facilitate terrorism, with the judge finding insufficient evidence that he intended to join a plot.   Khurram Syed Sher , an Ontario doctor whose 2010 arrest…

  11. CODE Guest Playlist: Claude VonStroke

    August 19, 2014 1:00 PM EDT Summer is nearly over, but don't tell the Dirtybird crew. Originally formed around a grill in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, Claude VonStroke's merry band of misfits have taken their BBQ concept on the road. Between now and November, the forward-thinking dance label will…

  12. Willie Nelson, Neil Young To Play Pipeline Protest Concert in Nebraska

    August 18, 2014 11:36 PM EDT Willie Nelson and Neil Young will headline a concert next month in a Nebraska cornfield organized by opponents of a proposed pipeline that would carry oil from Canada south to the Gulf Coast. Bold Nebraska said Monday the concert will be held Sept. 27 on a farm near Neligh in northeast…

  13. Maxwell Recruits Erykah Badu, Ledisi, Robert Glasper & More for 2015 Cruise

    August 18, 2014 6:31 PM EDT Singer's inaugural Maxwell + The 7 Seas Caribbean cruise commences May 2015. Erykah Badu , Anthony Hamilton , Ledisi , Robert Glasper , Chrisette Michele , Eric Roberson and Boney James are among the headliners who will join Maxwell on the singer's inaugural Maxwell + the 7 Seas…

  14. 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.…

  15. Ed Sheeran Taps Rick Ross for 'Don't' Remix: Listen

    August 18, 2014 11:58 AM EDT Rick Ross has awkwardly remixed some decisively non-hip-hop fare before -- remember his re-imagining of Lorde's "Royals" last year? Now Rozay is back to help his scat-rapping pal Ed Sheeran with a new version of "Don't," the second single from Sheeran's x…

  16. Watch Lady Gaga Complete the Ice Bucket Challenge With A Very Gaga Twist

    August 18, 2014 11:45 AM EDT She's on the edge...of freezing Lady Gaga does what she wants with her body -- including pouring ice water all over it. By now your Facebook feed is likely crowded with friends and celebrities taking the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, where you pour a bucket of ice water on your head…

  17. Hot 100 Chart Moves: Enrique Iglesias' 'Bailando' Keeps Bounding

    August 15, 2014 3:05 PM EDT The song achieves a feat last managed almost two decades ago. Plus, a new (literally) Katy Perry fan spurs a rebound for 'Dark Horse.' As previously reported, MAGIC! tops the Billboard Hot 100 for a fifth week with "Rude" and Charli XCX charges into the top 10 with "…

  18. Chris Brown Ignites 'New Flame' Video With Help From Usher, Rick Ross

    August 14, 2014 8:00 PM EDT After announcing a Sept. 16 release date for his oft-delayed X album on Wednesday, Chris Brown followed up Thursday by teasing a tour with Trey Songs this fall and dropped the video for his single "New Flame" featuring Usher and Rick Ross.  Watch Chris Brown Cover Sam Smith's …

  19. Broods Get Bigger with The Help of Lorde's Producer: Album Preview

    August 14, 2014 3:12 PM EDT Prior to the release of their debut album, the pop group will open for Sam Smith across North America. Much of Broods' music possesses a quiet vulnerability, with singer Georgia Nott's delicate voice lilting over the twitching rhythms and threatening to evaporate altogether. At…

  20. Wayne Haun Leads GMA Dove Awards Nominees

    August 13, 2014 2:39 PM EDT Gospel awards air Oct. 7 from Nashville. The Gospel Music Association announced the nominations for the 45th annual GMA Dove Awards on Wednesday (Aug. 13). The awards show will take place Oct. 7 at Allen Arena in Nashville at 6:30 p.m. CT and will be broadcast on Trinity Broadcasting Network.…

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