1. J. Cole Releases Heartrending Michael Brown Tribute 'Be Free'

    August 15, 2014 10:43 AM EDT “All we want to do is take the chains off. All we want to do is be free.” J. Cole  has responded to the tragic death of Michael Brown with a gut-wrenching new song. Over a somber, key-based beat, Cole pleas for peace and equality in light of Brown’s death and the protests in Ferguson, Mo.…

  2. Tomorrow's Hits: Kim Cesarion, Like a Storm & Sonia Leigh

    August 15, 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. Kim Cesarion With its daring pick-up line "I'll cover your body with my autograph," Kim Cesarion 's "Undressed" …

  3. Chris Brown Ignites 'New Flame' Video With Help From Usher, Rick Ross

    August 14, 2014 8:00 PM EDT After announcing a Sept. 16 release date for his oft-delayed X album on Wednesday, Chris Brown followed up Thursday by teasing a tour with Trey Songs this fall and dropped the video for his single "New Flame" featuring Usher and Rick Ross.  Watch Chris Brown Cover Sam Smith's …

  4. Black Keys' 'Weight of Love' Video: Supermodel Lara Stone Goes Cult

    August 14, 2014 4:46 PM EDT "Weight of Love," the brooding, psychedelic seven-minute opener from the Black Keys' 2014 album Turn Blue might seem like an odd candidate for a music video, but director Theo Wenner thought otherwise. Wenner and the Keys have shared a cinematic clip for "Weight of Love,…

  5. Def Jam 30th Anniversary Show Coming to NYC

    August 14, 2014 3:58 PM EDT Rick Ross, 2 Chainz, DMX, Fabolous & Foxy Brown among performers scheduled for Brooklyn concert. Five months after Def Jam celebrated its 30th anniversary at SXSW , the party is coming to Brooklyn. The game-changing record label will celebrate three decades of trend-setting hip-hop with…

  6. Rustie Plots 'Attak' on Billboard Twitter Charts

    August 14, 2014 2:43 PM EDT Danny Brown-featuring single boosts the Glasgow producer. Glasgow native Russell Whyte, aka Rustie , has been frequenting the real-time Billboard Emerging Artists chart as well as the Billboard Twitter Trending 140 after the release of "Attak," featuring Danny Brown . Released July…

  7. Watch Mad Decent's Dawn Golden’s Heartbreaking ‘Still Life’ Video Premiere

    August 14, 2014 1:39 PM EDT You know that feeling when you’re heartbroken and lying alone in your bed covered in confetti and smoking a cigarette? Well, Mad Decent artist Dawn Golden has a song for that... and a video of that exact imagery... right here . “Sill Life” comes from Dawn Golden’s debut album of the same name…

  8. Former Kanye DJ Lashes Out at West's Fans; Watch Video of His Live Screw-Ups

    August 14, 2014 11:50 AM EDT Attention DJs -- it appears there is an opening on Kanye West 's tour. Think you’ve got what it takes for the job? For starters, you’re going to have to be able to cue up songs without shutting them off by mistake. According to a series of tweets from DJ Million Dollar Mano , it appears…

  9. Esperanza Spalding Signs With WME

    August 14, 2014 10:57 AM EDT Grammy Award-winning jazz artist Esperanza Spalding has new representation. Billboard  and The Hollywood Reporter have learned that the singer-bassist has signed with WME . Spalding joins a jazzed-up roster at WME that also includes Diana Krall , Natalie Cole , Chris Botti and Preservation…

  10. Watch Chris Brown Cover Sam Smith's 'Stay With Me'

    August 14, 2014 10:44 AM EDT Chris Brown took to Instagram to share a humorous rendition of Sam Smith 's single, "Stay With Me." Breezy changed the heartfelt In the Lonely Hour ballad into something more facetious, singing: "Oh, won't you stay with me / 'Cause I bought your new weave /…

  11. Come Inside Arcade Fire’s Bedroom in ‘You Already Know’ Video

    August 14, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Arcade Fire has returned with a more innocuous video for the Reflektor track, "You Already Know," after causing controversy with their preceding "We Exist" music video. The band merrily rocks along to the new wave track in a sun-drenched bedroom, that's livened by…

  12. Judge: Chris Brown Doing Well Since Jail Release

    August 13, 2014 7:21 PM EDT Brown appeared in an L.A. court Wednesday for a progress report. A judge says Chris Brown has been doing well and following his probation rules since his release from jail in June. Chris Brown Kicks Off Weekend With NSFW Instagram Pic The Grammy-winning R&B singer appeared in a Los…

  13. Listen to Michael Cera's Michael Cera-Sounding Debut Album

    August 13, 2014 5:52 PM EDT Over the weekend, Michael Cera essentially pulled off "a Beyonce," releasing a surprise full-length album without any buildup or promotion. And the secret was still well-kept until several days later, so in a sense, he pulled it off even better . All joking aside, the Cera album is…

  14. Chris Walla Leaves Death Cab For Cutie

    August 13, 2014 2:03 PM EDT Meanwhile, the band's follow-up to 2011's "Codes & Keys" is now slated for early 2015. Death Cab For Cutie's founding guitarist/keyboardist/producer, Chris Walla, will quit the long-running indie rock group following the remaining dates on their summer festival…

  15. Want to Buy Joe Strummer’s 1963 Ford Thunderbird?

    August 13, 2014 1:44 PM EDT The Clash may be known for being working-class London punks, but after over a decade of popularity, frontman Joe Strummer was living a little more comfortably. He was comfortable enough to call a 1963 Chalfont Blue Ford Thunderbird his own -- and now you can, too. The Beverly Hills Car Club…

  16. Karen O Hypes New LP ‘Crush Songs’ With Intimate Shows & Secret Listening Sessions

    August 13, 2014 1:32 PM EDT Karen O , the show-stopping front woman of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs , will release her solo debut Sept. 9 -- and she’s announced a stream of intriguing live events to get her fans even more excited. In the month following the Sept. 9 release of Crush Songs , Karen will perform a series of gigs in…

  17. Danielia Cotton ft. Rachael Yamagata's 'Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)': Exclusive Song Premiere

    August 13, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Sweet dreams are made of Eurythmics covers, from  Marilyn Manson 's grungy, simmering boil  to Korean girl group Girls' Generation 's medley of, ah,  "Sweet Dreams"  and "Get the Party Started" medley. Now, New Jersey jazz singer and guitarist Danielia…

  18. 'Guardians Of The Galaxy' Soundtrack Hits No. 1 On Billboard 200

    August 13, 2014 11:05 AM EDT Also, Meghan Trainor's "All About That Bass" hits No. 1 on the Digital Songs chart. The Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack rises to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 , becoming the second chart-topping soundtrack of 2014.  The blockbuster film's set, subtitled Awesome…

  19. Wilco's Jeff Tweedy Announces 'Sukierae' Tour Dates With Son Spencer

    August 13, 2014 10:24 AM EDT Jeff Tweedy is heading out on the road this fall to promote his upcoming album Sukierae , which features his son Spencer on drums. In that spirit, the 18-year old Tweedy will accompany his dad on the tour, which kicks off in September. The project is called TWEEDY and the new album drops Sept…

  20. Culture Club Return For New Album & Reunion Tour

    August 12, 2014 5:44 PM EDT The new wave act's classic lineup reunites for the first time in 14 years Good news for Culture Club fans: The highly popular British new wave band has a new album in the works to go with 2014 tour dates in both the United States and the United Kingdom. And unlike previous reunions,…

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