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. 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…

  3. Gerard Way Forgets My Chemical Romance, Goes Full '80s in New 'No Shows' Video

    August 19, 2014 11:44 AM EDT Solo debut 'Hesitant Alien' drops Set. 30 on Reprise Records. Former My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way isn’t rocking out like a vampire anymore. He’s gone full-on British rock for his upcoming solo debut and just dropped an awesome new video for a fuzzy pop-rocker called “No…

  4. New Signings: DJ Mustard Joins AM Only, Eardruma/Interscope Signs Two-9

    August 15, 2014 11:40 AM EDT Here's a look at the latest artist signings across the music industry, including record labels, artist management firms, publishing companies, booking agencies and more.   RECORD LABELS  -- Rap collective Two-9 joins producer Mike WiLL Made-It 's Eardruma Records/Interscope Records.…

  5. Watch Ryan Adams & Elvira Team For Spook-Tacular 'Gimme Something Good' Video

    August 12, 2014 10:37 AM EDT Halloween is still a couple months away, but Ryan Adams is already in the October spirit. As the press cycle for his promising self-titled album (due Sept. 9 via Pax-Am) moves forward, the singer-songwriter shared the music video for lead single “Gimme Something Good.” It’s a grainy, mostly…

  6. Mike Doughty Premieres New Hip-Hop-Influenced Song, Announces New Album & Tour

    August 11, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Former Soul Coughing frontman Mike Doughty is back with a brand new album that’s a sharp left turn from anything he’s released lately. It’s fan-funded, heavily influenced by alternative hip-hop, and led by a track with a killer banjo riff. Check out the premiere of new song “Light Will Keep…

  7. 15 Surprising Artists Without a No. 1 Album

    August 11, 2014 10:55 AM EDT What do David Bowie, Marvin Gaye and Kiss have in common? They've all failed to crack the top spot on the Billboard 200. In light of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ achievement of earning its first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 -- after a nearly 37-year wait -- what other…

  8. 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…

  9. Legendary DJ Alan Freed's Ashes Sent Packing at Rock Hall of Fame

    August 04, 2014 9:30 PM EDT Rock music is constantly reinventing itself, such that even the style's initial promoter, Alan Freed , must eventually step aside to make room for Beyoncé .  The ashes of the Cleveland DJ who coined the term "rock 'n' roll" six decades ago went home with his son on…

  10. Why a '70s Mixtape Propels the Plot of 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

    August 01, 2014 12:19 PM EDT Director James Gunn promises to share the full mixtape with fans soon Guardians of the Galaxy  features a tree-like creature named Groot, a talking raccoon and an electronic device just as alien to children of the digital age: a Sony Walkman containing a mixtape packed with '70s pop hits…

  11. One Direction Guides U.K. to Take 13% of Global Album Sales

    August 01, 2014 8:19 AM EDT U.K. artists have had the top-selling global album for six of the last seven years. One in every eight artist albums sold around the world in 2013 -- totaling 13% of the global market -- was by a U.K. act, according to a new report from British labels trade body the BPI. The popularity of…

  12. Fitz and The Tantrums To Headline U.S. Open Concert

    July 31, 2014 12:21 AM EDT Fitz and The Tantrums and 3 Winans Brothers will be the headlining acts for the opening ceremony at the U.S. Open tennis tournament. Fitz and The Tantrums, whose songs include "The Walker," is scheduled to perform three songs in Arthur Ashe Stadium before the night session at…

  13. Microsoft Isn't Killing Xbox Music; Update Coming

    July 24, 2014 10:08 AM EDT If you took Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella's comment this week that the company would "streamline our investments in music and video" to signal the imminent demise of Xbox Music, well, relax. Nadella made the one-off comment during a Tuesday earnings call to report its fourth…

  14. Bing Crosby’s Kids Recall Dad’s Surprise Duet With David Bowie

    July 23, 2014 11:26 PM EDT David Bowie's duet with Bing Crosby on the entertainer's 1977 Christmas television special left an indelible impression on Crosby's teenage children. Harry, Mary and Nathaniel Crosby were on set when Bowie arrived to tape his appearance. The mash-up between the cardigan-clad…

  15. Beyonce Fashion Exhibit to Debut at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum

    July 18, 2014 9:54 AM EDT A fashion exhibit centered on Beyoncé will debut at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in a section previously featuring only Hall of Famers. The Rock Hall announced Friday that outfits from Beyoncé's Super Bowl performance and music videos will debut Tuesday in the Ahmet…

  16. David Bowie Promises ‘More Music Soon’

    July 17, 2014 5:07 AM EDT When David Bowie last shared some new music, it came as a surprise to almost everyone. This time he’s giving a heads-up.  It’s been roughly 16 months since “The Next Day” (Iso/Columbia Records) crashed sales charts around the globe. Now, the Thin White Duke has hinted there will be “more…

  17. The Persistence of Punk (Analysis)

    July 15, 2014 6:17 PM EDT The longevity of The Ramones, X, Nick Cave and New Order belies the genre's supposed short-lived appeal. It will be 40 years in December, 2015, since the release of Patti Smith's "Horses," on Clive Davis' Arista label, arguably the beginning of the punk movement,…

  18. Chart Highlights: Nico & Vinz Victorious On Pop Songs With 'Am I Wrong'

    July 14, 2014 5:05 PM EDT The pair adds to its multi-format domination with its debut hit, Plus, notable chart action for Bingo Players, the Black Keys, Joe Nichols, Florida Georgia Line and Elvis Crespo Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs,…

  19. Ask Billboard: Ed Sheeran & Taylor Swift's Red Reigns

    July 08, 2014 1:35 PM EDT Sheeran brings fire to the top of the Billboard 200, while Swift's record tour leads to a look at her career sales 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,…

  20. Essence Festival 2014 Day 4 Highlights: Lionel Richie, Erykah Badu, Jagged Edge & More

    July 07, 2014 10:00 AM EDT There’s one downside to the fact that Essence’s 20th year was its biggest ever, having added a fourth night of music at the Superdome on Thursday – come Sunday night (July 6), the crowd is finally showing signs of fatigue. How else to explain the hard work Lionel Richie put into getting his…

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