1. 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…

  2. Maxwell Recruits Erykah Badu, Ledisi, Robert Glasper & More for 2015 Cruise

    August 18, 2014 6:31 PM EDT Singer's inaugural Maxwell + The 7 Seas Caribbean cruise commences May 2015. Erykah Badu , Anthony Hamilton , Ledisi , Robert Glasper , Chrisette Michele , Eric Roberson and Boney James are among the headliners who will join Maxwell on the singer's inaugural Maxwell + the 7 Seas…

  3. George Strait’s Final Concert to Get Cable Broadcast

    August 18, 2014 2:38 PM EDT If you weren’t one of the record-setting 104,000 fans in attendance at George Strait’s final concert, you’re in luck. The entire show will air on CMT Friday, Aug. 29 in a two-hour exclusive premiere. George Strait: The Cowboy Rides Away will air from 7 to 9 p.m. (ET) and includes new…

  4. Watch Will Smith & DJ Jazzy Jeff Reunite, Perform 'Summertime'

    August 17, 2014 6:18 PM EDT Will Smith surprised fans in Las Vegas Friday, joining his longtime friend and collaborator DJ Jazzy Jeff for a few guest Fresh Prince reunion jams including the duo's 1991 hit "Summertime" and a dance-along to Sugarhill Gang's "Apache," often called "Jump…

  5. Disney's 'American Idol' Experience to Close Early

    August 15, 2014 8:56 PM EDT The Orlando theme park attraction won't make it to the next round. Walt Disney World's American Idol Experience attraction will be closing come the end of the summer, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. As first reported in The Orlando Sentinel , the Experience will shut down for…

  6. Billboard + Twitter Real-time Charts: Emerging Picks for the Week feat. Fences, Young Kato, Years & Years

    August 15, 2014 2:21 PM EDT Our Emerging Artists picks for the Aug. 23 chart week are notable for two reasons: each video is not only thought-provoking, but adds to the overall context of the song, making this week's picks well-worth a peek. Fences featuring Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, "Arrows" :…

  7. 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.…

  8. Guest Post: Allow Artists to Slip Through the Digital Cracks At Your Peril, Streamers

    August 14, 2014 5:41 PM EDT Last week, Billboard published a guest editorial by Thomas McAlevey , CEO of streaming startup Radical.FM. The below is in response to Mr. McAlevey's piece. Dear Mr. McAlevey, I read your Billboard guest editorial “Forget the Rhetoric, Streaming Music is Already Profitable.” Forgive me…

  9. Jeremih Addresses Jason Derulo Internet Rumors: 'He’s Not My Brother'

    August 14, 2014 2:27 PM EDT Musically, Jeremih has been everywhere this summer, from his top 5 R&B songs hit “Don’t Tell Me” to his collaborative EP with Shlomo to another mixtape, N.O.M.A. (Not On My Album) named after the bedroom-ready seven tracks that didn’t make the cut on his forthcoming album Late Nights ,…

  10. Lil Wayne Reveals 'Tha Carter V' Release Date & Album Cover

    August 14, 2014 1:02 PM EDT Lil Wayne has finally announced the release date for Tha Carter V : October 28. The rapper took to ESPN 's "SportsCenter" on Thursday, Aug. 14, to reveal the release date and album cover for the anticipated album. The album artwork features a knee-high, tattooed Lil Wayne…

  11. Uncapped Concert Series Returns Aug. 19 With Run The Jewels and Jeremih

    August 14, 2014 10:01 AM EDT For the past three years, vitaminwater and The Fader's Uncapped concert series has been creating one-of-a-kind musical moments in intimate settings, from Frank Ocean and Bon Iver playing a New York City synagogue in 2012 to Solange performing at a laundromat in 2013.  For its latest…

  12. Watch Khloe Kardashian Get Creepy in French Montana's 'Don't Panic' Video

    August 13, 2014 8:44 PM EDT French Montana recruited his famous girlfriend Khloe Kardashian to guest star in the video for his new single, "Don't Panic," playing the role of masked psychopath.  The track was previously featured in a trailer for  The Purge: Anarchy , and this clip adapts a similar theme as…

  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. Exclusive: Pete Tong Expands 'Evolution' Radio Show Via Beatport and Premiere Networks Partnership

    August 13, 2014 2:55 PM EDT American commercial radio has been dogged for decades by limiting beliefs about its target market’s attention span, but Pete Tong isn’t buying it. “When you look at what intelligent television channels are doing, creating these incredibly deep series from Breaking Bad to House of Cards, that…

  15. Wayne Haun Leads GMA Dove Awards Nominees

    August 13, 2014 2:39 PM EDT Gospel awards air Oct. 7 from Nashville. The Gospel Music Association announced the nominations for the 45th annual GMA Dove Awards on Wednesday (Aug. 13). The awards show will take place Oct. 7 at Allen Arena in Nashville at 6:30 p.m. CT and will be broadcast on Trinity Broadcasting Network.…

  16. Exclusive: Que Premieres Ty Dolla $ign 'Standout' Song, Talks Career Start & Migos Rivalry

    August 13, 2014 1:05 PM EDT Que doesn’t say much ordinarily, although today is different. At DJ Drama's Means Street Studios, the Atlanta-bred rapper is ready to get a few things off his chest; and, it's beyond the right time. Que, born Quintin Square Jr., refrained from saying much when the smash hit "…

  17. Justin Timberlake Dares Jimmy Fallon to Take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

    August 13, 2014 10:13 AM EDT What goes around, goes around, goes around... Tuesday night on the Tonight Show , via video, Justin Timberlake challenged Jimmy Fallon and The Roots to take the ALS Ice Bucket Challange, where you dare someone to dump a bucket of freezing cold water on themselves within 24 hours. If they…

  18. Next Up for Pussy Riot: 'House of Cards' Season 3

    August 12, 2014 6:20 PM EDT Obviously there's no established protocol in the rock world for these things, but Pussy Riot 's first move after filing suit against the Russian government for human rights violations is surprisingly lighthearted one: They're appearing on a Netflix original series. No, the…

  19. 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,…

  20. Robin Williams Dead at 63, Suicide Suspected

    August 11, 2014 7:41 PM EDT The Oscar-winning actor and comedian had been recently battling severe depression. Oscar-winning actor and comedian Robin Williams has died at age 63, according to police in Marin County, Calif. Robin Williams' Death: Music Stars React on Twitter The full statement is below. On…

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