1. 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…

  2. Are Taylor Swift and Country Splitting Up for Good?

    August 22, 2014 10:51 AM EDT Will Taylor and country radio ever get back together, or have programmers moved on? It was like a carefully planned breakup. First came the unabashed pop bangers on Taylor Swift 's last album, 2012's Red , "Trouble" and "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together"…

  3. 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…

  4. Nick Cannon Confirms He and Mariah Carey Are Living Apart

    August 21, 2014 4:57 PM EDT Say it ain't so! After some rumors began floating around that Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon would be divorcing in the next few weeks, Cannon himself confirmed that things are not great right now in his personal life. "There is trouble in paradise…we have been living in…

  5. John Mellencamp & Meg Ryan Split Up

    August 20, 2014 8:53 PM EDT The couple dated for three years. After three years of dating, John Mellencamp and Meg Ryan have called it quits, People reports. John Mellencamp Premieres 'Small Town' From Live Album The couple started dating in 2010, after Mellencamp divorced his wife of 18 years. Ryan had…

  6. Did the Honey Nut Cheerios Bee Leak Usher's Album Title?

    August 20, 2014 3:38 PM EDT Usher recently teamed up with Honey Nut Cheerios for a commercial that finds the R&B megastar and the Honey Nut Cheerios bee trading fist bumps, dance moves and casually chatting about the nutritional value of breakfast cereal. It's cute, goofy and it also might've leaked the…

  7. Market for Tablets Is Changing and Declining, But What Does That Mean for Music?

    August 20, 2014 1:43 PM EDT Tablet sales are slowing. The types of tablets sold are changing, too -- and these trends will change how people experience music on mobile devices. News of the tablet's fall has been everywhere. Apple announced year-over-year iPad unit sales dropped about 9 percent in the second quarter…

  8. Justin Bieber and His Bodyguard Sued for Alleged Assault

    August 20, 2014 12:35 PM EDT Justin Bieber and his team are in legal trouble again. Photographer Aja Oxman is suing Bieber and his bodyguard Dwayne Patterson for physically beating him and destroying his camera in Hawaii. In a lawsuit filed by attorney Sark Ohanian , Oxman seeks damages for assault and battery,…

  9. Metropolitan Opera Reaches Deal With Stagehands Union

    August 20, 2014 9:43 AM EDT New York City's Metropolitan Opera reached a deal early Wednesday with its stagehands and said it expects to avert a lockout by reaching agreements with the remaining unions. The opera company said rehearsals will continue and the season will open as scheduled Sept. 22 with a new…

  10. 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.…

  11. 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…

  12. Parents Television Council Warns MTV VMAs to Avoid 'Explicit Sexual Content'

    August 19, 2014 1:46 AM EDT Less than a week before the Video Music Awards , the Parents Television Council has called on MTV to avoid another "public relations kerfuffle." In a letter from PTC president Tim Winter to Janet Borelli , senor vp standards and practices at MTV Networks/Viacom Media Networks, and…

  13. Gimme Five: SPICA's Most Inspirational Singers (Video)

    August 18, 2014 9:00 PM EDT Listen to any SPICA  record and one can instantly tell their pipes were inspired by the big divas who came before them. With singles that range from funk-pop ( "I Did It," "You Don't Love Me" ) to EDM ( "Tonight" ) to straight-up R&B ( "Painkiller…

  14. 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…

  15. VMAs Warned by Parents Television Council to Tone It Down

    August 18, 2014 5:14 PM EDT 'The 2013 VMAs were a public relations kerfuffle for your network that I feel certain you will not wish to repeat.' Less than a week before the Video Music Awards, the Parents Television Council has called on MTV to avoid another "public relations kerfuffle." In a letter…

  16. Taylor Swift's Top 20 Billboard Hot 100 Hits

    August 18, 2014 3:42 PM EDT Ladies and gentlemen, brush up on your Taylor Swift knowledge while you still can. The 21st century's greatest country singer-turned-pop star is getting ready for a monster close to 2014 (and beyond) with a new studio album in the works and a major motion picture appearance out now. Tay…

  17. Exclusive: Isaac Hayes Family Pushes Legacy Into the Future With 'Unvaulted' Project

    August 18, 2014 1:18 PM EDT This week marks six years since the untimely passing of music legend Isaac Hayes , but it should also be noted as new beginning of sorts. His family has united to form the Isaac Hayes Enterprises in Atlanta, a project which honors his legacy. Though his discography includes 22 studio albums,…

  18. MTV’s Van Toffler Talks Miley Cyrus, the FCC, Why Diddy’s Revolt Won’t Work

    August 18, 2014 10:54 AM EDT The MTV veteran on his 12 networks, the Aug. 24 VMAs, P. Diddy’s Revolt (“I can’t find it”) and constant reinvention. When Van Toffler first went to work at 1515 Broadway in the mid-1980s, starting in business development for Nickelodeon and eventually rising to GM, then president of MTV, the…

  19. Uforia Music Festival Brings Together Latin And Hip-Hop in Los Angeles

    August 17, 2014 3:57 PM EDT The L.A. festival featured performances by La Arrolladora Banda El Limon, Ludacris and more. Billed as the Uforia Music Festival, the daylong Univision-produced event at USC’s Exposition Park in Los Angeles on Aug. 16 was much more of a concert than a festival. Sure, there was a wide array of…

  20. 10 Things You Will (and Won't) Hear on a No. 1 Summer Hit

    August 15, 2014 3:59 PM EDT While "Problem," "Fancy" and "Rude" vie for the position of 2014's Song of the Summer, we got to thinking about the previous decade of smash hits -- from 2003's "Crazy In Love" to 2013's "Blurred Lines" -- to earn the No. 1 Song…

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