1. How a 'Parks & Rec' EP Got She & Him, Childish Gambino & Superchunk to Play His Backyard

    August 27, 2014 11:30 AM EDT Donick Cary is enlisting musicians to help prevent teen suicide. Every year for one evening, Donick Cary opens his backyard to bands like Yo La Tengo, She & Him, The Polyphonic Spree and Childish Gambino . Cary, co-executive producer on NBC comedy Parks and Recreation , has used his Los…

  2. A Critical Evaluation of Ariana Grande's Acting

    August 22, 2014 1:10 PM EDT Is the former Nickelodeon star a true double-threat? We take a closer look at the pop singer's onscreen abilities. Though the core of Ariana Grande 's audience was built from the tweens who became fans watching her acting work on Nickelodeon, as a pop star, the 21-year-old caters to…

  3. The Gaslight Anthem Lights Up Top Rock Albums

    August 22, 2014 11:25 AM EDT The band's new set starts at No. 2 on Top Rock Albums and No. 4 on the Billboard 200. Plus, chart action from Tove Lo, alt-J and Ryan Adams. The Gaslight Anthem 's Get Hurt debuts at No. 2 on Top Rock Albums and No. 4 on the Billboard 200 with 33,000 sold, according to Nielsen…

  4. 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…

  5. 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" …

  6. Spoon Scores Top 10 Debut With Unusual Vinyl Promotion

    August 14, 2014 7:53 PM EDT Spoon's eighth album lands the alt-rock band its best vinyl sales week. Plus, chart action from Godsmack, Hozier and Slipknot. Godsmack 's new album  1000HP  debuts on Top Rock Albums at No. 2 and the Billboard 200 at No. 3, selling 58,000 copies in the week ending Aug. 10,…

  7. Vine Stars Jack & Jack Make Rap Chart Debut

    August 14, 2014 6:07 PM EDT 'Wild Life' enters Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs at No. 25; Plus, chart action for Nicki Minaj, Wiz Khalifa & Juicy J. Vine Stars: A pair of 17-year-old recent high school graduates from Omaha, Neb., make their Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs debut, as Jack & Jack enter at No. 25…

  8. Charges Dropped in Taylor Swift Home Disturbance

    August 08, 2014 6:41 PM EDT Charges have been dropped against three people accused of causing a disturbance outside singer Taylor Swift 's beachside home in Rhode Island. Rowdy Trio Arrested Outside Taylor Swift's House The Westerly Sun reports the misdemeanor disorderly conduct charges were dropped Thursday.…

  9. Max Schneider Charts on Billboard Twitter Trending 140 With 'Mug Shot'

    August 06, 2014 4:41 PM EDT Singer-songwriter and YouTube star Max Schneider charts on the Billboard Twitter Trending 140  this week after releasing a tour compilation video for his single, “Mug Shot.”  During his “Say Max” tour, Max and his team filmed the crowd in more than 24 cities each singing a different line of…

  10. Hot 100 Chart Moves: Pharrell's 'Bae' Bounds Into Top 40

    August 01, 2014 3:37 PM EDT Williams' follow-up to his 10-week No. 1 'Happy' blasts 60-23 after the release of its video. Plus, moves for Meghan Trainor, Iggy Azalea and more As previously reported, MAGIC! tops the Billboard Hot 100 for a third week with "Rude" and Sia lights up the top 10 with…

  11. Tomorrow's Hits: Alex & Sierra, Dean Alexander & The Eeries

    August 01, 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. Alex & Sierra After winning the third (and final) season of the U.S. version of Fox's The X Factor in December, Alex & Sierra near the…

  12. Bleachers Sit Comfortably Atop Alternative Songs

    July 31, 2014 5:00 PM EDT Jack Antonoff becomes the latest artist to top the chart with more than one group. Plus, action for Weezer and Crown the Empire. As Bleachers rise 2-1 on Billboard's Alternative Songs chart with "I Wanna Get Better," frontman Jack Antonoff becomes the latest artist to top the…

  13. Brooklyn Teen Metal Band Unlocking the Truth Gets Documentary Treatment

    July 27, 2014 11:56 PM EDT Unlocking the Truth, the teenage Brooklyn band who signed a $1.7 million contract with Sony Music, including a $60,000 advance on a two-album deal with an option for four more records, will be the subjects of a feature documentary. Black Label Media and SeeThink Films will finance and…

  14. Moogfest Skips Another Year, Will Return in 2016

    July 25, 2014 5:06 PM EDT 'We need a year off to focus on Moog Music, our primary business,' brand director tells Billboard. Moogfest , the celebration of art, technology and music in Asheville, N.C., will not return until 2016, says parent company Moog Music. Moog Music invested 3 million into this year&…

  15. Rise Against, Bleachers & Jenny Lewis Make Moves On Rock Charts

    July 25, 2014 1:00 PM EDT The punks score their second No. 1 on Top Rock Albums. Plus, chart action for Bleachers, Jenny Lewis, Vance Joy and more Rise Against notches its second No. 1 on Top Rock Albums , and fourth top 10 on the Billboard 200 (No. 3), as The Black Market debuts with 53,000 sold, according to Nielsen…

  16. SBTRKT's New Album 'Wonder Where We Land' Boasts An Eclectic Guest List

    July 23, 2014 9:48 AM EDT Not long after dropping the Ezra Koenig-assisted "NEW DORP. NEW YORK," SBTRKT has revealed his upcoming album "Wonder Where We Land" features an enviable slew of indie, hip-hop and R&B talent. Aside from the Vampire Weekend frontman, SBTRKT's new record features…

  17. Judas Priest Debut At No. 1 On Top Rock Albums

    July 18, 2014 2:23 PM EDT The rock icons concurrently notch their first top 10 on the Billboard 200. Plus, chart action for the Dirty Heads, alt-J, Counting Crows and Paul McCartney After 40 years and 17 studio albums, Judas Priest score their highest-charting set. "Redeemer of Souls" marks the British heavy…

  18. Perfume Genius’ 'Queen' Ranks at No. 3 on Billboard Twitter Trending 140

    July 17, 2014 4:46 PM EDT Perfume Genius, the work of Mike Hadreas, is trending on the Billboard Twitter Realtime Charts. The lead single off of Hadreas’ third album “Too Bright” (due Sept. 22 on Matador Records) peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard Twitter Trending 140 chart upon its release July 15 th and has been…

  19. Seether Scores Second No. 1 On Top Rock Albums

    July 11, 2014 12:25 PM EDT The band bows with 'Isolate and Medicate.' Plus, Vance Joy hits the top 10 and AWOLNATION's 'Sail' tops Rock Streaming Songs at last Seether scores its second No. 1 on Billboard's Top Rock Albums chart, as "Isolate and Medicate" starts with 37,000 first…

  20. Ken Thorne, Oscar-Winning Composer, Dies at 90

    July 11, 2014 2:09 AM EDT Oscar-winning composer Ken Thorne died Tuesday, according to the funeral home handling his final arrangements. He was 90. Thorne won an Oscar for scoring the 1966 musical "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" and earned a Grammy nomination for writing the incidental score…

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