1. The Juice Podcast: Usher, Big Sean & Ariana Grande, Blue Ivy & the Beyhive

    August 29, 2014 3:50 PM EDT Slander in the R&B and hip-hop realms was strong this week; some of it was justified, and some of it was not. For this week's episode of The Juice Podcast, Taj Rani (BET) and Michael Arceneaux (Complex, Ebony) join me to discuss the happenings of the week, including Usher 's new…

  2. 2014 VMAs Cause Early Sales Gains for Beyonce, Nicki Minaj & More

    August 29, 2014 12:59 PM EDT Sales of VMA-related music up by 25 percent in week of show, further gains expected. The annual MTV Video Music Awards can always be counted on to encourage big gains for the artists that perform on the show. The 2014 edition of the broadcast -- its 31st installment -- was no different. The…

  3. Must-Hear Music Podcast: Katy Perry, Riff Raff, Usher, Raury & More

    August 27, 2014 5:19 PM EDT On this week's Must-Hear Music podcast, the Billboard staff talks about everything from Katy Perry working with eccentric MC Riff Raff to Brad Paisley 's make-out song to insanely promising newcomers like Raury and Sofi de la Torre . We don't always agree with each other -- and…

  4. Watch Usher & Nicki Minaj's Underground Disco in 'She Came to Give It to You' Video

    August 26, 2014 7:37 PM EDT Pharrell also makes an appearance in the dance-heavy clip. First we got Usher and Nicki Minaj 's booty-tastic VMA performance of "She Came to Give It to You" on Sunday. Now, two days later, a video for the MJ-channeling single has arrived. Usher Releases 'Believe Me'…

  5. Usher Releases 'Believe Me' Single, Announces 'The UR Experience' Tour

    August 26, 2014 10:50 AM EDT After performing "She Came to Give It to You" alongside Nicki Minaj  at the MTV VMAs on Sunday, Usher released his latest single, "Believe Me." MTV VMAs 2014: Usher Performs 'She Came to Give It to You' With Nicki Minaj The Mike WiLL Made-It -produced…

  6. Which Fall Releases Have Blockbuster Retail Potential?

    August 25, 2014 12:52 PM EDT With streaming curtailing downloads and the holiday shopping season suffering sales erosion in five of the last seven years, retailers can feel buoyed by how the fourth-quarter release schedule is shaping up. One music retailer says that October alone could be the strongest in years,…

  7. Taylor Swift's 'Shake It Off' Makes Record Start At Radio

    August 25, 2014 12:05 PM EDT The song breaks the record for the highest debut ever on Adult Pop Songs, while tying for the best start on Pop Songs Taylor Swift sets a record for the highest debut in the history of Billboard's Adult Pop Songs radio airplay chart, where "Shake It Off" blasts in at No. 9.…

  8. 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…

  9. MTV VMAs 2014 Review: A Show That Distinguished Itself From Years Past

    August 25, 2014 1:19 AM EDT Glamor, humility and likeability gave the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards a unique flavor distinct from recent years in which the profane and the confused ruled alongside mediocrity. Lewdness, a hallmark of so many VMA telecasts, took a backseat on this night -- even Nicki Minaj's stripper…

  10. MTV VMAs 2014: Best Celebrity Tweets

    August 25, 2014 12:01 AM EDT While our eyes were locked in on the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, Aug. 24, the celebrities in attendance were tweeting witty commentary and sharing Instagram photos of them and their VIP buddies. Check out what you missed while watching the MTV VMAs, and Blue Ivy performing "…

  11. Usher Performs 'She Came to Give It to You' at the MTV VMAs With Nicki Minaj

    August 24, 2014 10:15 PM EDT Usher -- a true VMA veteran -- stirred up anticipation for his upcoming studio album with the third VMA performance of his two-decade career. This time around, Usher Raymond IV enlisted a fellow superstar to share the spotlight. Nicki Minaj brought some extra swag to the stage as the pair…

  12. Chris Brown’s ‘X’ Track List: Kendrick Lamar, R. Kelly, Trey Songz & More

    August 24, 2014 3:38 PM EDT Chris Brown's new album will be released on Sept. 16 through RCA. Chris Brown’s long-delayed sixth album, X , will feature guest appearances from Kendrick Lamar , R. Kelly , Trey Songz , Akon and Brandy , among others. Brown has already released several new tracks for the forthcoming…

  13. Chris Martin, Jay Z, Adele and More: 10 Music Stars Who Haven't Taken the Ice Bucket Challenge

    August 22, 2014 9:59 PM EDT Since the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on July 29, it's become a viral sensation raising more than $40 million in donations to fight amyotrophic lateral sclerosis commonly called Lou Gehrig’s Disease.  Gwyneth Paltrow Calls Out Ex Chris Martin for Ice Bucket Challenge The brilliant…

  14. MTV Preps Live VMA Ads With Usher, Iggy Azalea, Rita Ora & More

    August 22, 2014 6:14 PM EDT The ratings of MTV's Video Music Awards hinge so much year-over-year on zeitgeisty, unpredictable moments, it's often hard to forecast what will be the most talked-about topic the morning after. Witness 2013's telecast, which had an anticipated *NSYNC reunion and hyped…

  15. Ludacris Q&A: His Next Album, Mourning Paul Walker & Vin Diesel's Rap Skills

    August 22, 2014 6:08 PM EDT Rapper, receiving BMI President's Award this weekend, is looking at November for personal 'Ludaversal' album. This weekend in Los Angeles, rapper Chris " Ludacris " Bridges will be given BMI's President's Award , a honor for songwriting and impact on pop…

  16. Chris Brown Drops Diplo-Produced 'X' Title Track

    August 22, 2014 4:26 PM EDT With Chris Brown 's long-delayed X album dropping Sept. 16 , the R&B star just revealed the title track to his upcoming sixth album. "X" -- produced by Billboard's current cover star Diplo -- finds Breezy in decidedly EDM territory. Although his voice is restrained and…

  17. MTV VMAs 2014 Preview: Creating the Next Miley Moment, Ariana Grande's 'Space Glam' Plan & More

    August 22, 2014 2:30 PM EDT Before last year's MTV Video Music Awards, viewers had no idea what Miley Cyrus was about to unleash on the world , with her twerking and her flesh-colored latex bikini and her tongue wagging. But Dave Sirulnick did. So heading into this year's VMAs, airing live Sunday at 9…

  18. Vote: Which 2014 VMA Performance Are You Most Excited For?

    August 22, 2014 12:40 PM EDT Every year the MTV VMAs roll out an A-list parade of performers to move the crowd while the network doles out Moonman Awards. But let's be honest: All VMA performances are not created equal. While 2013 boasted an 'N Sync reunion and the Twerk Heard Around the World , no one's…

  19. Hot Tours: Paul McCartney Is No. 1 With Sold Out U.S. Tour

    August 22, 2014 11:58 AM EDT Paul McCartney earns the No. 1 slot on the weekly Hot Tours tally based on ticket sales reported from his recent trek through U.S. cities during July and August. The six-week jaunt was the Out There tour's third leg in North America since the tour began in May 2014. With concerts at…

  20. 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…

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