1. Sam Smith to Perform at MTV VMAs

    August 20, 2014 11:55 PM EDT Last, but definitely not least? For the MTV Video Music Awards, it's Sam Smith . The network announced Tuesday that the final performer of this year's awards show — which will be held at Inglewood, Calif.'s renovated venue The Forum on Sunday, Aug. 24 — is the "Stay With…

  2. Lenny Kravitz to Play iTunes Festival in London

    August 20, 2014 11:43 PM EDT Apple's iTunes Festival in London has added Lenny Kravitz , Rudimental , Elbow and Paolo Nutini to its lineup of headliners. The eighth annual event will once again take place throughout September at The Roundhouse in the Camden neighborhood of the British capital. Listen to Lenny…

  3. Must-Hear Music Podcast: Taylor Swift, Ryn Weaver, Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett

    August 20, 2014 5:39 PM EDT On this week's Must-Hear Music podcast, the Billboard staff tackles the week's biggest (and most divisive) single: Taylor Swift 's full-on-pop transformation "Shake It Off." The only thing we agree on is that it's definitely still stuck in our heads. Aside…

  4. Taylor Swift's '1989' Album: 10 Dream Collaborators From 1989

    August 20, 2014 4:19 PM EDT Here are the producers, songwriters and music video auteurs that could make T-Swift's next project truly feel like a blast from the past. "I was listening to a lot of late 80's pop music," Taylor Swift explained to her audience on Monday's big announcement…

  5. Rita Ora & Calvin Harris' Ice Bucket Challenges: 10 (Totally Fake) Gossip Headlines

    August 20, 2014 3:27 PM EDT Ice, ice baby. The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is many things: A fundraiser for a good cause, a chance to prove to your Facebook friends how kind you are and even...a relationship saver? It is if you're a gossip columnist. Jennifer Lopez, Iggy Azalea & More: Music's Latest Ice…

  6. 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…

  7. Mikky Ekko Talks Debut Album 'Time,' Previews New Tracks in Intimate Concert

    August 20, 2014 2:25 PM EDT "I feel like we took the time to put together a really, really strong album," says the "Stay" singer-songwriter. In many ways, Mikky Ekko couldn't have chosen a better title for his debut album than Time .   Set for release on RCA this fall, Time will arrive nearly…

  8. Nicki Minaj vs. Taylor Swift: Vote For Your Favorite Music Video

    August 20, 2014 1:22 PM EDT It's only Wednesday, and already two stars have released jaw-dropping music videos: Taylor Swift and Nicki Minaj . Late Tuesday night, Aug. 20, Nicki Minaj brought the thirst out of ladies and gentlemen alike when she released the sexy music video for "Ananconda."  The video…

  9. Jessie J Playing VMAs, Debuting 'Bang Bang' Video After Performance

    August 20, 2014 11:51 AM EDT It's official: J essie J is also hitting the Forum stage on Sunday night. The singer will join Nicki Minaj and Ariana Grande in kicking off the MTV Video Music Awards with their first-ever performance of "Bang Bang," their joint single set to be featured on Grande and J's…

  10. Taylor Swift Claims '1989' Album Won't Be Relationship-Centric

    August 20, 2014 10:51 AM EDT Everything has changed. Bad news for those fans who were hoping for "Dear John Part 2" on  Taylor Swift 's upcoming pop album,  1989 : The lyrics won't be so boyfriend-centric this time around. In an interview with Fusion , Swift details the difference between her upcoming…

  11. MTV VMAs' 15 Best Performances of All Time

    August 20, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Like summer's end, the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards are fast approaching. If the show's 30-year legacy is any indication, we're in for superstar collabs and elaborate sets come Sunday (Aug. 24). To celebrate the annual spectacular, we’ve picked the best performances in VMA…

  12. 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…

  13. Jennifer Lopez, Iggy Azalea, Shakira and More: Music's Latest 10 Ice Bucket Challenges

    August 20, 2014 6:07 AM EDT The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is showing no sign of cooling off. In case you’ve been living on a space station for the past month, the social media phenomenon is channeling money and awareness toward Lou Gehrig's disease by confronting celebrities and everyone else to either pour a bucket…

  14. Taylor Swift Is Going Pop. And That's a Good Thing.

    August 19, 2014 6:19 PM EDT With "Shake It Off," music's most dependable superstar dives into the unknown… and sticks the landing. Confession: I love Taylor Swift's country side. She's an incredible songwriter that has built an empire on evocative storytelling and polished guitar arrangements.…

  15. Taylor Swift Turns Radio On With 'Shake It Off'

    August 19, 2014 5:35 PM EDT Her new pure-pop single is set for lofty launches on the Pop and Adult Pop Songs airplay charts. As expected, Taylor Swift soared onto radio airwaves with her highly anticipated new single "Shake It Off." Swift released the high-energy, anti-haters pop anthem Tuesday during her…

  16. From Jay Z and Beyonce to the Stones: A Look at 6 Top Tours of 2014

    August 19, 2014 5:33 PM EDT These A-list road warriors logged major miles this year: They grossed a staggering $843 million, set career and live-event records, and reached more than 8 million fans. Read on to find out who's ruled the concert circuit so far in 2014: Kevin Kane/WireImage BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN & THE…

  17. Wiz Khalifa, 'Blacc Hollywood': Track-by-Track Review

    August 19, 2014 4:50 PM EDT Since the release of his mixtape in 2005, Wiz Khalifa has evolved from a rising Pittsburgh rapper to a pop icon. While his easygoing persona makes him come off like one of hip-hop's most casual rappers, his work ethic speaks otherwise, spanning from a ceaseless touring schedule to a…

  18. Foo Fighters Parody 'Carrie' in Brilliant Ice Bucket Challenge Video

    August 19, 2014 4:20 PM EDT Just when you thought this whole ice bucket thing might have run dry, along comes the Foo Fighters with a genius take on the viral charity stunt. Justin Timberlake & More: Music's Top 10 Ice Bucket Challenges Paying homage to Brian De Palma 's 1976 classic film Carrie , the Foos…

  19. Bob Dylan's Lost Lyrics Interpreted by T Bone Burnett and Friends, Set for Release

    August 19, 2014 2:29 PM EDT The forthcoming album and Showtime special features Elvis Costello, My Morning Jacket's Jim James, Marcus Mumford and Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes, among others. Anticipation -- if not hype -- is officially high for the Nov. 11 release of T Bone Burnett ’s latest production, Lost On The…

  20. Earl Sweatshirt: Taylor Swift's 'Shake It Off' Video Is 'Inherently Offensive and Ultimately Harmful'

    August 19, 2014 1:19 PM EDT Hours after Taylor Swift premiered her single, "Shake It Off," and its accompanying music video, Earl Sweatshirt took to Twitter to express his thoughts on how it is "inherently offensive and ultimately harmful." haven't watched the taylor swift video and I don'…

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