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. Beyonce & Jay Z's Cuba Trip Was Legal, U.S. Inspector Finds

    August 21, 2014 7:16 PM EDT The U.S. Treasury Department's inspector general has determined Jay Z and Beyonce 's fifth-anniversary trip to Cuba last year was legal under rules allowing educational travel to the island. Jay Z's Song 'Open Letter' Addresses Controversial Cuba Trip The music…

  3. Sarah Dunn on Her Old-Fashioned Upbringing: 'We Didn't Have a CD Player or Tape Deck'

    August 20, 2014 5:58 PM EDT Sarah Dunn, the voice behind the Sarah Dunn Band 's "You or the Whiskey," definitely qualifies as an old soul. And not just in her attitude toward building her career.  "I was delivered by a midwife in Monett, Missouri, in this antebellum home. I like to think I had a…

  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. 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…

  6. FKA Twigs Is a Woman of Mystery -- And She Likes It That Way

    August 18, 2014 1:57 PM EDT FKA Twigs has just released one of the year’s most bold, idiosyncratic and deeply personal debuts -- LP1 (Young Turks), an exploration of warped beauty ideals, gender politics, romantic power dynamics and raw sexuality. But she isn’t really interested in explaining the person behind her…

  7. Brad Paisley Helps Launch My Country Nation Digital Channel

    August 18, 2014 12:38 PM EDT Brad Paisley has partnered with a pair of content producers and a talent agency to launch a digital channel this month designed for country music fans. More on Paisley Brad Paisley Q&A: Country Star Talks 'Moonshine,' 'Accidental Racist' & Air Force One Trophies…

  8. Elvis Presley & Madonna: The Day the Music Died, and Was Born

    August 16, 2014 11:05 AM EDT Today, Aug. 16, marks the date that we welcomed the Queen of Pop (happy 56th birthday!) and lost the King of Rock & Roll Today marks the date that we welcomed the Queen of Pop and lost the King of Rock & Roll. Madonna was born Aug. 16, 1958. As we celebrate the Material Girl's…

  9. Exclusive: Kenny Rogers Reflects on Tribute Exhibit at Country Music Hall of Fame

    August 14, 2014 5:20 PM EDT On Friday, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will unveil Kenny Rogers: Through The Years , a new exhibit that pays tribute to the legendary entertainer. The 2013 Hall of Fame inductee's career will be celebrated with a wide array of artifacts, including a Tony Alamo denim outfit…

  10. Exclusive: Annie Lennox Talks Return to Music With 'Nostalgia' Album, Reveals Cover, Track List & More

    August 14, 2014 9:45 AM EDT Annie Lennox is taking a trip back. Nostalgia , her first non-holiday album in seven years, is a collection of the iconic singer's impassioned takes on standards primarily from the 1930s and 1940s, many of them popularized by the likes of Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, Jo Stafford and…

  11. Music Biz Agent Claims Colleague Impersonated Him on Twitter

    August 13, 2014 3:04 PM EDT Joseph Cassiere's lawsuit over @QuotesOfJJ also provides one of the first tests of a fairly new California cyber-bullying law. Joseph Cassiere , a booking agent in the music industry, has brought a lawsuit against a former colleague who allegedly set up a Twitter account to impersonate…

  12. Exclusive: The Knocks Share Awesome Mix of Classic Songs to Fete Their "Classic" Single

    August 12, 2014 12:00 PM EDT The electronic duo's 40-minute mix includes jams from Paul Simon, Fatboy Slim and Daft Punk. New York electronic band The Knocks have a new single titled “ Classic ,” featuring the band Powers , that is  available to buy today through Big Beat records. To fete the song’s release,…

  13. Brad Paisley Q&A: Country Star Talks 'Moonshine,' 'Accidental Racist' & Air Force One Trophies

    August 12, 2014 5:44 AM EDT Sitting backstage at the Grand Ole Opry recently, Brad Paisley is in his element. Though he’s been busy this summer appearing Sunday nights on ABC’s Rising Star competition and traveling across the U.S. on his Kraft-sponsored Country Nation tour, Paisley is never too busy to come home and…

  14. Outside Lands 2014: 10 Best Performances

    August 11, 2014 4:50 PM EDT For three days, we strapped on our trainers to traipse seven stages laid out across the vast grounds of Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, where more than 100 acts played their hearts out at the seventh annual Outside Lands. With weekend crowd estimates hovering around 200,000, the sold-out…

  15. Watch: Lil Wayne Debuts 'Krazy' Video

    August 11, 2014 2:00 PM EDT Lil Wayne teams up with long-time collaborator, director Colin Tiley for the music video to Tha Carter V single, "Krazy." The visual features different versions of Weezy in straight jackets, being dragged and questioned at an asylum. The rapper told MTV News that he wanted to…

  16. Nico & Vinz Debuts U.S. 'Am I Wrong' Video, Teams With Pepsi

    August 11, 2014 9:35 AM EDT Though Nico & Vinz's "Am I Wrong" has become an out-of-nowhere smash in the U.S. this summer, topping Billboard's Radio Songs chart and spending the last three weeks at No. 4 on the Hot 100, the song hasn't had an updated music video to accompany its Stateside…

  17. This Week In Billboard Chart History: Boyz II Men's 'Road' Leads To No. 1

    August 11, 2014 8:05 AM EDT This week in 1992, the vocal titans tallied their first Hot 100 leader. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Ray Parker, Jr., Richard Marx and Nelly Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history Aug. 11, 1984 Back then, he used…

  18. Modest Mouse & Brand New Rock New York's Forest Hills Stadium

    August 10, 2014 11:42 AM EDT Brand New's local legend continues; Modest Mouse shares new songs, caves and plays "Float On." Modest Mouse and Brand New went down to the tennis court on Aug. 9 and talked it up like… angsty indie kids. In just the third concert since Queens, N.Y.'s 91-year old Forest…

  19. Outside Lands 2014 Saturday Highlights: Tom Petty, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Haim and More

    August 10, 2014 10:10 AM EDT The second day of San Francisco’s annual music and arts festival Outside Lands brought classic rock hits, booty bouncing beats, furry freaks and even a surprise same-sex wedding proposal to scenic Golden Gate Park. Across genres, new songs were unveiled and fresh obsessions cemented. But…

  20. Outside Lands 2014 Friday Highlights: Kanye West, Disclosure, Kacey Musgraves and More

    August 09, 2014 10:40 AM EDT There was a mellow beginning and a repeatedly "Bloody" end to the first day of the lucky seventh edition of Outside Lands, the festival so beloved by San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park that organizers Another Planet have a contract to host it there until at least 2021. Don’t worry,…

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