1. Charli XCX's 'Break the Rules' Video: Watch The 'Boom Clap' Star Defy Rose McGowan

    August 25, 2014 1:40 PM EDT Charli XCX's new single "Break the Rules" has a serious "School's Out" vibe, and the U.K. singer-songwriter captures that celebratory mayhem in the official music video for the new single, which features an impeccable cameo by none other than "Jawbreaker…

  2. Watch Arcade Fire and David Byrne Cover Suicide at Brooklyn Show

    August 25, 2014 10:21 AM EDT Arcade Fire’s Reflektor tour continued to trot out distinguished guests Aug. 24, as the indie rock collective welcomed former Talking Heads frontman David Byrne to the stage. Byrne -- who obeyed Arcade Fire’s dress code by wearing a tuxedo -- joined the band for a cover of Suicide’s “Dream…

  3. Ed Sheeran: I Recorded Two Songs with David Guetta

    August 25, 2014 1:41 AM EDT The 23-year-old tells Billboard that he was in the studio with the dance maestro. Before Ed Sheeran took the MTV Video Music Awards stage to accept his first-ever VMA for Best Male Video for "Sing," the U.K. singer-songwriter dished to Billboard on his most recent collaboration.…

  4. MTV 2014 VMAs: Watch The Best (and Worst) Performances

    August 25, 2014 1:30 AM EDT From Beyonce to Iggy to Sam, check out who shone the brightest at this year's ceremony. The MTV 2014 Video Music Awards were full of Hot 100 smashes, high-wattage team-ups and must-see song debuts, with some stars ascending to new heights and others stumbling on a huge stage. Who…

  5. Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj Shine in 'Bang Bang' Music Video

    August 24, 2014 9:30 PM EDT Minutes after Jessie J , Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj combined to perform their new smash "Bang Bang" for the first time at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday night (Aug. 24), the official music video for the Top 10 hit was unveiled online, and the clip did not disappoint.…

  6. MTV VMAs: Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj Open Show with a 'Bang Bang'

    August 24, 2014 9:14 PM EDT "Bang Bang" by Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj is one of the most high-profile singles of this summer, and the three ladies performed the combustible pop single for the first time ever at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards. The trio opened this year's VMAs ceremony by…

  7. Ariana Grande Gets to 'Break Free' to Open MTV VMAs

    August 24, 2014 9:05 PM EDT Before Ariana Grande highlighted the MTV Video Music Awards with a bang -- er, excuse us, "Bang Bang" -- alongside Jessie J and Nicki Minaj, the pop superstar opened the VMAs and blazed through her EDM-tastic new single "Break Free." Grande continued a breakout year by…

  8. Fifth Harmony Gets 'Bo$$'-y During MTV VMAs Pre-Show Performance

    August 24, 2014 8:41 PM EDT Fifth Harmony unveiled a rhythmic, more mature sound -- and scored its highest-charting Hot 100 single -- with "Bo$$" earlier this summer, and the pop quintet brought the hard-charging hit to the MTV Video Music Awards pre-show on Sunday night (Aug. 24). Performing outside of The…

  9. Charli XCX Strikes with 'Boom Clap' During MTV VMAs Pre-Show

    August 24, 2014 6:47 PM EDT Three months after taking the 2014 Billboard Music Awards stage with Iggy Azalea to perform their Hot 100 No. 1 hit "Fancy," Charli XCX blasted through her own solo Top 10 hit during the MTV Video Music Awards pre-show. The 22-year-old singer-songwriter tore through "Boom Clap…

  10. Former British Rapper Reportedly Under Investigation for James Foley Beheading

    August 23, 2014 11:15 PM EDT Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary is a former West London rapper who performed under the name L Jinny. A British rapper now fighting with the Islamic State (aka ISIS) is reportedly a suspect in the beheading of American journalist James Foley, according to several unconfirmed published reports,…

  11. Wanted Rapper, Reality Star Lashes Out At NYPD

    August 23, 2014 4:10 PM EDT NEW YORK (AP) -- A rap and reality television star is lashing out at police who say he's wanted for roughing up his ex-girlfriend and stealing her cellphone. Joe Budden directed his ire at the New York Police Department via Twitter on Saturday after it sent out his picture and asked the…

  12. Arcade Fire Covers 'Hot Hot Hot' With Buster Poindexter in Brooklyn

    August 23, 2014 8:58 AM EDT For months, Arcade Fire has been traveling North America, playing a city-appropriate cover song at each stop on their Reflektor tour, so fans were expecting a New York band to get the nod when the group rolled into the Barclays Center on Friday, August 22. But Brooklyn got one better. After…

  13. Bacon Brothers Q&A: New Album, Jamming With Daryl Hall & Playing 'Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon'

    August 22, 2014 6:44 PM EDT The Bacon Brothers return to the musical world with 36 Cents , their first disc of all-new material in six years. In an interview with Billboard, both Michael and Kevin Bacon expressed excitement to get new music out to the public, and also amazement at the work that goes into releasing a…

  14. New York Fashion Week Preview: From Lorde to Madonna, Designers’ Front-Row Dream ‘Gets’

    August 22, 2014 6:11 PM EDT Fashion Week isn’t just about next season’s hot looks -- it’s about who is hot right now, too. From Rihanna creating a spectacle at the Paris shows in March to Kanye West making appearances for obscure fashion houses, scoring a major artist can make for a hit collection, as 10 designers…

  15. Parole Denied Yet Again for John Lennon's Killer

    August 22, 2014 3:44 PM EDT A parole board has again declined to release John Lennon 's killer. It's the eighth time 59-year-old Mark David Chapman has been denied parole. New York corrections officials announced the decision Friday (Aug. 22). They say a three-member board denied Chapman's parole after a…

  16. The Juice Podcast: Ferguson, Michael Brown & the Importance of Hip-Hop Artists

    August 22, 2014 3:30 PM EDT Ever since unarmed, college-bound Michael Brown was shot six times and killed by Ferguson, Miss. police officer Darren Wilson, eyes and hearts all over the world have been glued to social media streams, internet livecasts and traditional news outlets; mine included. From New York I watched as…

  17. A Critical Evaluation of Ariana Grande's Acting

    August 22, 2014 1:10 PM EDT Is the former Nickelodeon star a true double-threat? We take a closer look at the pop singer's onscreen abilities. Though the core of Ariana Grande 's audience was built from the tweens who became fans watching her acting work on Nickelodeon, as a pop star, the 21-year-old caters to…

  18. 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…

  19. Met Opera Reaches Labor Agreements With Remaining Unions

    August 22, 2014 4:52 AM EDT The Metropolitan Opera has reached labor agreements with the remaining unions that had expired contracts, averting the threat of a lockout with about a month to go before the season is scheduled to start. The Met and the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees said Thursday that…

  20. 'Motown The Musical' to Take a Break From Broadway

    August 22, 2014 2:15 AM EDT "Motown the Musical" is taking a break from Broadway. Producers said Friday the $18 million show will play its final performance at the Lunt Fontanne Theatre on Jan. 18 and intends to reopen in July 2016 at a still-to-be-announced Nederlander-owned theater. ‘Motown The Musical'…

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