1. Bass Drum of Death, 'Left for Dead': Exclusive Song Premiere

    August 05, 2014 12:41 PM EDT Oxford, Miss. garage-rock band Bass Drum of Death was once the solo project of John Barrett , a former Fat Possum employee who in his spare time made demos fueled by swaggering guitars and rough-hewn drums, his voice emerging from the wreckage of noise like a driver from a smoldering pileup.…

  2. William Orbit Working on Queen Project

    August 05, 2014 4:08 AM EDT For his next project, William Orbit is working with musical royalty -- Queen.   Though the British producer is keeping mum on details, the recording project is expected to involve an album with previously unheard tracks featuring the vocals of late frontman Freddie Mercury.  Orbit, who…

  3. Chart Highlights: 'Bang Bang' Debuts, Sia, Billy Currington & Big Data Score New No. 1s

    August 04, 2014 8:13 PM EDT Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj fly onto multiple airplay lists as the trio's "Bang Bang" bounds onto Pop Songs, Rhythmic Songs and Rap Airplay. Meanwhile, an array of acts -- including Sia and Hozier -- notch new No. 1s Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select…

  4. You'll Never Guess Killer Mike's Favorite Michael Jackson Song

    August 04, 2014 3:55 PM EDT When Billboard sat down with Run the Jewels at Lollapalooza 2014, we got Killer Mike and El-P to play a few rounds of "How Well Do You Know Your Bandmates?"  In the process, we learned about Killer Mike's leftfield favorite Michael Jackson song. Hint: It's a Paul McCartney…

  5. Actress-Singer Keke Palmer to Take on Title Role in Broadway's 'Cinderella'

    August 04, 2014 3:35 PM EDT Anyone have an extra pair of glass slippers? Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella  on Broadway has found its new star: Keke Palmer will take over the title role beginning Sept. 9. Palmer can currently be seen on Showtime's  Masters of Sex , and previously appeared in projects such as…

  6. This Week In Billboard Chart History: Guns N' Roses Celebrate 'Sweet' Success

    August 04, 2014 8:05 AM EDT This week in 1988, the rockers ruled with their breakthrough classic. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Rick Nelson, Selena and Bryan Adams Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history Aug. 4, 1958 Happy 56th birthday,…

  7. OutKast, YG Bring Few Surprises To First Night of Drake's Two-Day OVO Fest

    August 04, 2014 3:58 AM EDT Drake’s fifth annual OVO Festival, held in his hometown of Toronto, expanded to two days for the first time this year. But for the first of two nights on Sunday, OVO was less about Drake (who was set to headline the following night) and unbilled appearances from his many A-list friends.…

  8. Outkast Finds The Love at Lollapalooza

    August 03, 2014 12:49 PM EDT The Outkast headlining set -- which followed many other Outkast headlining sets -- was everything that fans could have wanted. In the fourth month of their grand festival tour, Outkast is now performing at the level that diehard fans were hoping they'd reach when the reunion was…

  9. 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…

  10. '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…

  11. Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch Restored, Prepped for Sale

    August 01, 2014 6:15 PM EDT Bubbles the chimp is long gone. So are the amusement rides and zoo animals. But the Peter Pan -inspired tudor house and sprawling, 2,600-acre property that make up Michael Jackson 's former Neverland Ranch are still in tact, and have been restored and readied for potential sale. That&…

  12. La Roux Lights Up With No. 1 Debut

    August 01, 2014 2:45 PM EDT The now-solo act debuts atop Dance/Electronic Albums with 'Trouble In Paradise.' Plus: chart action for Lil Jon, Clean Bandit and Basement Jaxx, and Dave Aude says that Andy Bell is his "favorite vocalist of all time." La Roux follows her Grammy Award-winning, self-titled…

  13. 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…

  14. Janet Jackson Addresses New Album Report

    August 01, 2014 10:15 AM EDT As rumors swirl, Jackson tweets, "If there is a new project, you'll hear it from my lips" More than six years after her last record ( Discipline ), Janet Jackson is reportedly back in the studio at work on new music.  The news comes from vocal producer and engineer Ian Cross…

  15. Jason Aldean Makes Record Vault to No. 1 on Hot Country Songs

    July 31, 2014 2:10 PM EDT Aldean's 'Burnin' It Down' makes a record 42-1 blast. Plus, moves for Sam Hunt, Joe Nichols, Kenny Chesney and more. After debuting last week based solely on two days of airplay, Jason Aldean 's "Burnin' It Down" soars 42-1 on Billboard's Hot…

  16. Fired OSU Band Leader Says He Was Fixing 'Sexualized Culture'

    July 31, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Ohio State University's fired marching band director was working to fix a vulgar culture "in dire need of change" before he was dismissed last week, he said in a document released by his attorney. The university fired Jonathan Waters last week after the two-month investigation…

  17. 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…

  18. Figure in '80s Payola Scandal Now Faces Mob-Linked Charges

    July 30, 2014 4:33 PM EDT Onetime record promoter Joe Isgro is back in court. He's been one of the nation's most influential record promoters, the producer of an Oscar-nominated movie, a defendant who successfully fought racketeering charges in a high-profile payola case, and an admitted loan shark who shook…

  19. Lily Allen No Longer Involved With 'Bridget Jones' Musical

    July 30, 2014 1:05 PM EDT Dear Diary: We aren't pleased. A moment of silence for what could have been: Lily Allen is no longer writing the music for the upcoming  Bridget Jones's Diary  musical.  Related Australian Police Investigating Prank Photo of Lily Allen in Handcuffs: Report Miley Cyrus To Bring Lily…

  20. Does Country Music Need An Alcohol Intervention?

    July 29, 2014 5:42 PM EDT The stewardess in Dierks Bentley 's "Drunk on a Plane" is "leanin', pourin' Coke and whiskey." The woman in Lady Antebellum 's "Bartender" is ordering a double shot of Crown. The guy in Brad Paisley 's "River Bank" is hauling a…

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