1. 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…

  2. Check Out Aphex Twin's Bizarre Cover Art for 'Syro'

    August 21, 2014 12:25 PM EDT After using a blimp and the deep Internet to tease his upcoming new album, Aphex Twin has unveiled the cover art and release date for  Syro , his first new album in 13 years. Syro will drop Sept. 23 via Warp -- just over a month away! That means we can probably expect to hear new Aphex music…

  3. Interpol to Play Concert at 2,000-Year Old Temple

    August 20, 2014 3:49 PM EDT Also, hear a new song titled 'Ancient Ways.' Coincidence? Interpol has been doing a good job of stirring up anticipation for their forthcoming album El Pintor lately -- well-received sets at Governors Ball and Lollapalooza and the fact that their new songs are quite good too. On…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. Michael A. Hoey, Producer, Director & Elvis Screenwriter, Dies at 79

    August 19, 2014 7:13 PM EDT Michael A. Hoey , who wrote the screenplays for a pair of  Elvis Presley films and was the architect behind the 1966 cult science-fiction movie The Navy vs. the Night Monsters , has died. He was 79. Hoey, the son of English actor  Dennis Hoey -- who played the bumbling Inspector Lestrade in…

  7. Guest Post: Why Honda's $50 Million Play for Music Content Isn't Working

    August 19, 2014 2:54 PM EDT The company's expensive play isn't adding up. We all know that music marketing spending is growing exponentially. Like mobile, digital or social, it has the power to improve the bottom line, to unite people, and to put brands in a position of providing actual real-life value. So……

  8. Ask Billboard: Iggy Azalea, Ariana Grande, Sam Smith & Charli XCX Are Seeing Double

    August 19, 2014 11:05 AM EDT The four acts each boast multiple top 20 hits this week. Do they set a record? Plus, Selena & Celine's top hits and more As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as…

  9. Don Pardo, 'Saturday Night Live' Announcer, Dead at 96

    August 18, 2014 11:52 PM EDT Don Pardo , the magisterial announcer of  Saturday Night Live  for nearly 40 years — the highlight of seven heard and hardly seen decades at NBC — has died. He was 96. Pardo died Monday evening, an NBC spokesperson confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter . No details of his death were…

  10. Beatles Special, 'Cosmos' Take Home Music Emmys

    August 18, 2014 7:31 PM EDT Tony Awards & 'Sherlock: His Last Vow' are also musical winners. Composer Alan Silvestri won two awards for his work on Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey as Emmys in the music categories were handed out as part of the Creative Arts Emmys ceremony on Saturday. Silvestri was honored in…

  11. Taylor Swift Reveals New Album Title, Release Date & 'Shake It Off' Video

    August 18, 2014 5:45 PM EDT The official news on Taylor Swift 's fifth studio album is finally here. The new LP is titled 1989 and will drop Oct. 27 via Big Machine. That's the Polaroid-inspired album art up above. There will also be a deluxe edition of the album including three bonus tracks -- all voice memos…

  12. Gloria and Emilio Estefan Broadway Show Sets Launch Date, Opens Twitter Casting Call

    August 18, 2014 4:17 PM EDT The pair's worldwide -- Twitter-based -- casting search begins today. On Your Feet! , the previously announced Broadway musical based on the life of Latin music power couple Gloria and Emilio Estefan , is slated to premiere on Thursday, Nov. 5 at the Marquis Theatre in New York City.…

  13. 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…

  14. Watch Lady Gaga Complete the Ice Bucket Challenge With A Very Gaga Twist

    August 18, 2014 11:45 AM EDT She's on the edge...of freezing Lady Gaga does what she wants with her body -- including pouring ice water all over it. By now your Facebook feed is likely crowded with friends and celebrities taking the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, where you pour a bucket of ice water on your head…

  15. Watch Kim Kardashian Meet French Montana!

    August 16, 2014 8:52 PM EDT French Montana recently told Billboard fans would have to "wait and see" if he would make any cameos on the current season of "Keeping Up With the Kardashians." Well, they won't have to wait much longer.  A preview for this week's "KUWTK" takes viewers…

  16. Watch Nicki Minaj's Sexy 'Anaconda' Lyric Video

    August 16, 2014 7:02 PM EDT While fans will have to wait until Wednesday (August 20) for the premiere of the official "Anaconda" video, Nicki Minaj has gifted her Barbz and Kenz with the lyric video to the raunchy track. The lyric video includes plenty of close-ups of derrieres, obviously, including the rapper…

  17. Exclusive: Carlos Santana Remembers 'Monumental' Woodstock Fest, 45 Years Later

    August 16, 2014 9:00 AM EDT "There were women and men, an ocean of hearts screaming," the legendary guitarist tells Billboard about the iconic event. Santana didn't foresee the notoriety that would come with their performance at the Woodstock Music & Art Fair in 1969. Carlos Santana and his bandmates…

  18. Billboard Cover: Ariana Grande on Fame, Freddy Krueger and Her Freaky Past

    August 15, 2014 9:00 AM EDT The “micromanaging workhorse” finally achieved her dream of becoming an R&B diva. Now, at 21, comes the hard part: conquering her fear of futuristic pop. Ariana Grande is easily mistaken for an old-school good girl. The singer wears Audrey Hepburn-style strapless gowns, travels…

  19. Watch Lil Wayne Rap Over ESPN's 'Sports Center' Theme

    August 14, 2014 7:03 PM EDT It's no secret Lil Wayne loves sports and ESPN, but getting him to rap over the Sports Center  theme is new level of fan engagement. Watch: Lil Wayne Debuts 'Krazy' Video The rap icon showed up at the sports network offices in Bristol, Conn. offices bright and early following a…

  20. Vine Stars Jack & Jack Make Rap Chart Debut

    August 14, 2014 6:07 PM EDT 'Wild Life' enters Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs at No. 25; Plus, chart action for Nicki Minaj, Wiz Khalifa & Juicy J. Vine Stars: A pair of 17-year-old recent high school graduates from Omaha, Neb., make their Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs debut, as Jack & Jack enter at No. 25…

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