1. Spotify Unveils Video Takeover Ads for Free Users

    September 08, 2014 1:20 PM EDT If you're one of the tens of millions who use Spotify's free service, prepare to be taken over. The streaming music giant has announced a pair of new video ad products that will give brands a super-sized presence while you listen. For the desktop there's Video Takeover, in…

  2. Broadway's 'Newsies' Ready to Hit the Road

    September 08, 2014 2:06 AM EDT The North American tour of the Broadway hit "Newsies" is about to high-kick its way from coast to coast, led by a 22-year-old actor who'll make a triumphant homecoming in Pittsburgh just in time for Thanksgiving. Dan DeLuca will be playing leading man Jack Kelly in the Tony…

  3. Late Kris Kross Rapper Chris Kelly to Receive Honor at Hip-Hop Gala

    September 06, 2014 1:00 PM EDT Proceeds will go to music scholarships for students at the Atlanta Institute of Music and Media. Former Kriss Kross rapper Chris Kelly will be honored at the first annual Live and Die for Hip-Hop Black Out gala. Chris Kelly of Kris Kross Died of Drug Overdose: Medical Examiner The event will…

  4. The Roys Explain New Point of 'View' On Latest Album

    September 05, 2014 5:27 PM EDT Brother and sister bluegrass duo The Roys are proud of each of the 11 tracks from their newest release, The View , but both tell Billboard that for a lot of reasons, the title cut is something very special. The Roys Tackle Tradition on 'Gypsy Runaway Train' "We were on tour in…

  5. Jay Z Argues Sound Engineer's Song Rights Lawsuit Came Too Late

    September 05, 2014 5:08 PM EDT Jay also explains why Chauncey Mahan shouldn't be considered a joint author of 45 songs. Jay Z has filed a motion to dismiss Chauncey Mahan 's lawsuit that asks a judge to declare the sound engineer to be a joint author of 45 songs, including "Big Pimpin" and "Things…

  6. Beyonce Shares Behind-the-Scenes VMA Rehearsal Video Featuring Blue Ivy

    September 05, 2014 3:54 PM EDT Still thinking about Beyonce 's 15-minute VMA performance? In honor of Flashback Friday, Beyonce posted a behind-the-scenes video about how her already-iconic performance came together. No surprise, the clip -- which showcases the nearly 50 dancers the show requried -- features some last…

  7. Exclusive: Capitol Forms In-House Ad Agency seventeenfifty, Preps New York Upfront

    September 05, 2014 2:30 PM EDT When Capitol Music Group chief Steve Barnett relocated 31 of EMI’s former East Coast staff to the Capitol’s iconic Hollywood headquarters on Vine Street, he set out to create a new corporate culture in which “confidence is contagious.” That strategy has already produced blockbuster albums…

  8. Ja Rule to Star in MTV Family Docu-Series 'Follow the Rules'

    September 04, 2014 7:04 PM EDT Rapper-turned-actor Ja Rule is set to turn the spotlight on his family. MTV has handed out a straight-to-series order for docuseries Follow the Rules , The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Nick & Drew Lachey's New Reality Series 'Lachey's Bar' Gets Greenlight From MTV…

  9. Joan Rivers Dies at Age 81

    September 04, 2014 3:03 PM EDT Joan Rivers , the blunt, tart-tongued celebrity and talk show host who reconstructed her career time and time again en route to becoming one of the most memorable female comics of all time, has died. She was 81. The breakthrough standup comic, writer, actress, fashion critic, red-carpet…

  10. The 10 Best NFL Fight Songs

    September 04, 2014 2:30 PM EDT Professional football finally returns on Thursday night (Sept. 4) when the Seattle Seahawks and Green Bay Packers square off in the first game of the regular season. Football season means that the weather is getting cooler, school is back in session, and of course, it's time to shout…

  11. 33 Moments That Kept Us Loving Beyonce This Year

    September 04, 2014 1:30 PM EDT Because it's her 33rd birthday today, duh. It's B'Day once again. Beyonce turns 33 today, and in honor of this joyous occasion, we're looking back at 33 of our favorite moments in her life this year. Yes, yes, this year was probably a bit more scandal-ridden than she would…

  12. New Signings: Stevie Ray Vaughn's Estate, Shelby Lynne and Rounder, Spooky Black

    September 04, 2014 12:09 PM 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 -- Dutch singer Dotan signs to Republic Records , where he has released his new single “Home.” Additionally,…

  13. Take That's Gary Barlow Vows to Settle U.K. Tax Issues

    September 04, 2014 3:30 AM EDT British music star Gary Barlow , known as a member of Take That and as a solo performer, has said on Twitter that he is working on settling U.K. tax issues. British media earlier this year reported that such stars as Barlow, Michael Caine, George Michael, David Beckham and others had…

  14. Jane's Addiction & Devo to Headline CBGB Festival

    September 04, 2014 12:01 AM EDT Jane's Addiction will perform their 1988 album Nothing's Shocking in its entirety during the third annual CBGB Music & Film Festival , taking place Oct. 8-12 in venues throughout New York City. Devo are going for a bit of double-duty: The band will perform and the film Hardcore…

  15. Broadway's 'Cinderella' Musical Closing in January

    September 03, 2014 6:45 PM EDT Carly Rae Jepsen played the title role earlier this year. The fairy tale for Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella on Broadway is over. The musical will close in January after nearly two years. Keke Palmer Set to Take on Title Role in Broadway's 'Cinderella' Producers…

  16. Taylor Swift's 'Shake It Off' Holds At No. 1 On Hot 100

    September 03, 2014 2:09 PM EDT Swift spends a second week on top, fending off runner-up Meghan Trainor and the surging trio of Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj. Taylor Swift scores a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with "Shake It Off." The song debuted at the summit last week.  …

  17. Faith No More Reportedly Working on New Album

    September 03, 2014 12:16 AM EDT Faith No More’s latest comeback will apparently produce a new album, the band’s first in 18 years.  The alternative rockers' founding bass player  Billy Gould tells Rolling Stone the record will be independently recorded and released, with a tentative street date of April 2015. Gould…

  18. Ariana Grande's 'My Everything' Debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200

    September 02, 2014 8:13 PM EDT It's Grande's second No. 1 album in less than a year, following her 'Yours Truly' debut. Ariana Grande 's new album My Everything has debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, giving the 21-year-old pop singer two No. 1 albums in less than a year. She&…

  19. Chief Keef Reveals Artwork for Kanye West Collabo 'Nobody'

    September 02, 2014 6:20 PM EDT It's almost here: Chief Keef 's collaboration with Kanye West , "Nobody." In anticipation, Chief Keef revealed the artwork for the single early Tuesday (Sept. 2). The single cover features both rappers' heads side by side -- almost fading into the black background. &…

  20. Exclusive: Cypress Hill Talks Details About Their First New Album in Five Years

    September 02, 2014 4:19 PM EDT At a festival like Made In America, where Kanye West and Imagine Dragons  are headliners, and Afrojack , Steve Aoki , Iggy Azaela , Rita Ora , Kendrick Lamar  are the big draws, Cypress Hill are the token throwback act. But for the hip-hop group, which released their first album in 1991,…

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