1. Iggy Azalea Closes In On Rap Chart Record With 'Fancy'

    August 07, 2014 5:47 PM EDT Iggy Azalea inches closer to Missy Elliott’s Rap Songs chart record, while PARTYNEXTDOOR debuts at No. 1 with latest album. Female rappers now hold the title for the two longest-running No. 1s on Hot Rap Songs in the chart’s 25-year history. Iggy Azalea 's "Fancy," featuring…

  2. Whitney Houston Biopic Actor Defends Lifetime Movie

    August 05, 2014 11:18 PM EDT "Let her rest." That was Whitney Houston's mother's message for the makers of the upcoming Lifetime biopic about her daughter. But the actor who plays Bobby Brown in theAngela Bassett-directed TV movie told The Hollywood Reporter that while he understands where the late…

  3. James Brown's Band 'Get On Up' for Hollywood Bowl Tribute Concert: The Inside Story

    August 05, 2014 12:10 AM EDT To promote the James Brown biopic that opened Aug. 1, Get on Up , executive producer Peter Afterman called jazz bassist and big-time Godfather of Soul fan Christian McBride to ask if he had any ideas. McBride said he would think about it and a few minutes after hanging up, placed a call to…

  4. Bon Jovi Explains Why He's Bidding on Buffalo Bills In New Letter

    August 03, 2014 12:47 PM EDT Jon Bon Jovi is hoping he's written a hit with Buffalo Bills fans in a bid to stem concerns of whether his prospective ownership group plans to buy and potentially relocate the franchise to Toronto. In a letter published by the Buffalo News on Sunday, Bon Jovi wrote that it's his…

  5. 'American Idol' Alum Michael Johns Remembered by Nigel Lythgoe, David Cook, Paula Abdul & More

    August 03, 2014 12:00 PM EDT American Idol season seven finalist Michael Johns died unexpectedly on Aug. 1. He was 35-years-old. A fan favorite since he first auditioned in 2007 with the Otis Redding song, "I've Been Loving You Too Long," the Australian rocker was known for his soulful singing style and…

  6. Neil Young Urges Fans to Boycott Non-Organic Cotton

    August 02, 2014 7:12 PM EDT Neil Young took to his website on Friday to speak out against the purchase of non-organic cotton. The FarmAid co-founder and veteran activist, who has championed environmental, social and aural causes over the years, has vowed to phase the material out of his tour merchandise in favor of 100…

  7. Apple's Beats Acquisition Is Complete

    August 01, 2014 11:17 AM EDT Update : Th e Wall Street Journal has reported that Ian Rogers will be leading iTunes Radio following the completion of Apple's acquisition. It's official: Beats is now all Apple's. The companies confirmed the $3 billion acquisition in two separate posts earlier this morning.…

  8. Reports of Significant Layoffs at Beats Following Apple Acquisition

    July 31, 2014 10:03 AM EDT This is a developing story -- Billboard will update as more information becomes available. The merging of Beats into Apple following the latter's $3 billion acquisition of the former has arrived at a difficult stage, as a rumored 200 employees are to be let go from Beats due to…

  9. Brian Eno Addresses Israeli-Palestinian Conflict in Passionate Letter on David Byrne’s Website

    July 30, 2014 7:44 PM EDT Brian Eno has shared his feelings about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in a passionate letter that has been published on David Byrne’s website. “I received this email last Friday morning from my friend, Brian Eno,” Byrne wrote on his site. “I shared it with my office and we all felt a great…

  10. One Direction's Zayn Malik Barraged With Death Threats After '#FreePalestine' Tweet

    July 29, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Within just minutes of going online, a tweet by Zayn Malik managed to cause a storm of Middle East controversy for the One Direction singer Monday. Several weeks into Israel’s deadly military assault on Gaza, which has seen more than 1,000 Palestinians and 50 Israelis killed, Malik tweeted…

  11. Ask Billboard: How Has Enrique Iglesias' 'Bailando' Become Such A Big Hit?

    July 27, 2014 8:05 AM EDT In the latest mailbag: Industry execs analyze the song's barrier-breaking explosion. Plus, magic chart moves, Hilary Duff's best sellers & Tom Petty favorites As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com .…

  12. Tomorrow's Hits: Bobby Shmurda, Priory & Anzel

    July 25, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Each Friday, Billboard presents Tomorrow's Hits, a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Bobby Shmurda Twenty-year-old Brooklyn native, and new Epic signee, Bobby Shmurda is heating up with "Hot N---a." The song rises 4-1 on the…

  13. Eels’ Mark Oliver Everett Awarded Freedom Of City Of London

    July 25, 2014 12:24 AM EDT Mark Oliver Everett, the hirsute frontman of Eels, was once mistaken as a terrorist on a visit to London. Now he’s been handed the keys to the city. The artist and producer, also known as E, was honored with the Freedom of the City of London during a ceremony Thursday at London’s Guildhall. …

  14. Bon Jovi Group Eyeing Bills Studied Toronto Sites

    July 24, 2014 7:30 PM EDT A Buffalo Bills prospective ownership group that includes rocker Jon Bon Jovi has conducted a feasibility study into buying the NFL franchise and building a stadium in Toronto, a person close to the situation said. The study identified at least three potential stadium sites, two in Toronto,…

  15. Country Act LiveWire Revs Up With Video for New Single 'Drivin' You Outta My Mind' (Exclusive)

    July 23, 2014 2:19 PM EDT Today in The 615 spotlight, we bring you the world premiere of the video for the new single "Drivin’ You Outta My Mind" from rising country group LiveWire. "It all came together pretty quickly. We wrote it in Nashville -- Danny Bell and myself in a hotel room. He was just…

  16. Peaches Geldof Killed By Heroin Overdose, Coroner Confirms

    July 23, 2014 9:48 AM EDT Model and TV personality Peaches Geldof died from a heroin overdose after relapsing from a battle to give up the drug, a British coroner ruled Wednesday. Coroner Roger Hatch said 25-year-old Geldof took a fatal dose of high-purity heroin shortly before she was found dead at her home south of…

  17. Whitney Houston's Mom Blasts Lifetime Biopic: 'Let Her Rest'

    July 22, 2014 9:01 PM EDT 'Lifetime has chosen to go ahead with the movie about Whitney in spite of my family's objections,' Cissy Houston says in a statement Whitney Houston's mom, Cissy Houston, has come out firmly against the planned Lifetime biopic about her daughter, releasing a scathing…

  18. Bobby Bare Talks New Music, Hall of Fame, Johnny Cash: 'He Was a Hell of a Man'

    July 22, 2014 8:31 PM EDT Some say that Bobby Bare doesn't get excited much – a reflection on his easy-going nature. However, the Country Music Hall of Fame member told Billboard that he is definitely looking forward to next month's Johnny Cash Music Festival in Jonesboro, Arkansas. The two-day event, slated…

  19. Bon Jovi Part of Group Eyeing Buffalo Bills

    July 19, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Rocker Jon Bon Jovi is part of a Toronto group that has retained a banking firm and submitted paperwork expressing interest in buying the Buffalo Bills, three people who have reviewed documents regarding the sale process told The Associated Press on Friday. It is unclear if the group would…

  20. 'Glee' ordered to change its name by U.K. court

    July 18, 2014 4:00 PM EDT Fox still has a chance to appeal the ruling Glum news for "Glee": Britain's High Court ruled Friday that the musical TV show must change its name because it breaches the trademark of a chain of comedy clubs. A judge told Twentieth Century Fox that it had to re-name the series…

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