1. Billboard Cover: Diplo on His Katy Perry Connection, Madonna Collaboration and 8-Figure Lifestyle

    August 22, 2014 9:00 AM EDT The most valuable backpack in Los Angeles is a capacious, sturdy-looking black number loaded with a pair of sticker-emblazoned MacBook Pro laptops, a set of headphones and a mobile Internet hotspot. It belongs to the 35-year-old DJ-producer Wesley Pentz, better-known as  Diplo , and it’s with…

  2. Foo Fighters Talk Music With Barack Obama, Slash, Dolly Parton in 'Sonic Highways' Trailer

    August 21, 2014 9:44 PM EDT HBO has released a new trailer for its upcoming Foo Fighters series, Sonic Highways , which follows the band across the country, recording in different studios in different cities with an all-star cast of different musicians.  Foo Fighters Announce 'Sonic Highways' Track List, Share…

  3. Thomas Rhett Talks 'Make Me Wanna,' His Father & Avoiding Tattoos

    August 21, 2014 7:09 PM EDT There's typically not as much buzz about the fifth single from an album. That being said, "Make Me Wanna," the latest release from Thomas Rhett 's debut  It Goes Like This , is a little bit different. "I've had it since I was 20 years old, so it's been a…

  4. Sam Hunt Scores Highest Debut on Top Country Albums With 'X2C'

    August 21, 2014 4:22 PM EDT The former college QB huddles in the chart's upper ranks with his debut EP. Plus, moves for Luke Bryan, FGL & Darius Rucker. Former college football quarterback Sam Hunt snares Hot Shot Debut honors at No. 5 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart with X2C , his four-song,…

  5. Behind the (Unheard) Music: Is Aphex Twin Poised for a Grammy Nod?

    August 21, 2014 4:19 PM EDT Aphex Twin , the obscure electronic music artist (real name: Richard D. James ) who has been teasing his next album on blimps, street graffiti and via the "deep web," will release his first album in 13 years on Sept. 23 through Warp Records. The label announced the news this morning…

  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. MTV VMAs' 15 Craziest Moments of All Time

    August 21, 2014 1:30 PM EDT When you get the world’s biggest pop stars together in the same room, egos are bound to mix in unexpected ways. Broadcasting that live, a la the VMAs? You're just asking for fireworks. As you prepare for what will undoubtedly be another eye-popping MTV Video Music Awards, look back…

  8. 'The Upstairs Bar Is Empty': Ticketfly Acquires Forward-Thinking App WillCall

    August 21, 2014 12:27 PM EDT Deal heralds expanded mobile offerings and the evolution of the in-venue experience -- like settling bar tabs in the app -- for fans and promoters. San Francisco-based digital ticketing firm Ticketfly has acquired WillCall, a concert discovery, ticketing, and in-venue commerce application for…

  9. Emma Stone Confirms Starring Role in Broadway's 'Cabaret'

    August 21, 2014 3:47 AM EDT It was an open secret among theater insiders that Emma Stone was in negotiations to star in Cabaret when preparations were underway to bring the Roundabout Theatre Company's smash revival back to Broadway last season. But those talks fell apart due to scheduling conflicts related to The…

  10. Wiz Khalifa Rolling Toward First No. 1 Album

    August 20, 2014 6:48 PM EDT The rapper's new 'Blacc Hollywood' could start atop the Billboard 200 next week, selling around 80,000 copies. Hip-hop star Wiz Khalifa is on track to snare his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 . Industry sources forecast his new release, Blacc Hollywood , to sell…

  11. Dierks Bentley on His Success: 'I Don't Know How the Hell I'm Here'

    August 20, 2014 5:17 PM EDT “What are all these people doing here?” Dierks Bentley wonders as he looks out at the rapidly filling lawn at the Verizon Amphitheatre in St. Louis. “Don’t they know this is an almost 40 year-old married guy with three kids?”  Bentley, 38, will take the stage in about three hours on this…

  12. 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…

  13. 5 Seconds of Summer Hopes to Release Next Album in 2015

    August 20, 2014 1:57 PM EDT "We've got a lot of time coming up, actually, to write and record again," says drummer Ashton Irwin. With a No. 1 debut album in hand, 5 Seconds of Summer is hoping to have a follow-up for fans by the time the group starts its world headlining tour next May. "We definitely…

  14. Exclusive: The Supremes' Mary Wilson Talks No. 1 Single 'Where Did Our Love Go' 50 Years Later

    August 20, 2014 10:52 AM EDT The singer reveals why the trio didn’t care for the song, how they felt about Motown’s other girl groups and how a Billboard chart-topper changed their lives. Before Diana Ross, Mary Wilson and Florence Ballard became the most successful girl group of the rock era, Motown released eight…

  15. 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…

  16. Kiss Guitarist Ace Frehley on Paul Stanley & Gene Simmons: 'Maybe You Should Focus on Your Records a Little More'

    August 20, 2014 3:16 AM EDT Kiss guitarist Ace Frehley has released his first solo album in five years, and by the sound of Space Invader the axeman seems to have had as much fun playing on it as -- gasp -- his early years in Kiss . From the opening title track to the instrumental closer, “Starship,” where Frehley…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. Madonna Items, Including a VMA, Going to Auction

    August 19, 2014 4:12 PM EDT Material Girl's materials to be auctioned Nov. 7-8. Get ready to dance in Madonna 's old clothes. Julien's Auctions announced Tuesday (Aug. 19) that items from the pop icon's personal and professional life will be auctioned Nov. 7-8. Pieces from her "Material Girl,…

  20. Victoria Justice's Music Career: Why Ariana Grande's Co-Star Is Still Worth Watching

    August 19, 2014 2:50 PM EDT While Grande continues to score chart hits, Justice has struggled to kick-start a solo career. Here's why she shouldn't be counted out. To paraphrase William Carlos Williams , so much depends upon a debut single in modern pop music. Want proof? Look at the recent career trajectories…

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