1. Electric Zoo Returns With Drug-Sniffing Dogs, Tightened Security and Smaller Crowd

    August 30, 2014 11:35 AM EDT This year's crowd is thinner, the weather is breezier and the sound is lower. To borrow the ubiquitous Lil Jon lyric, Electric Zoo has “turned down.” Electric Zoo Festival Tightens Security After two drug-related deaths at last year’s scorching event forced its cancellation and made…

  2. Who Wants to Buy Seattle Club Chop Suey? It's a Steal

    August 29, 2014 1:15 PM EDT Chop Suey, a funky lounge and music venue in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood, is up for sale after rent in the stand-alone building rose too high. Known for its experimental streak with showcases like their Black Werido parties, but also home to concerts from the likes of Macklemore…

  3. 2014 VMAs Cause Early Sales Gains for Beyonce, Nicki Minaj & More

    August 29, 2014 12:59 PM EDT Sales of VMA-related music up by 25 percent in week of show, further gains expected. The annual MTV Video Music Awards can always be counted on to encourage big gains for the artists that perform on the show. The 2014 edition of the broadcast -- its 31st installment -- was no different. The…

  4. Rock Against Trafficking Founder Gary Miller Hopes to Launch at the Grammys

    August 29, 2014 12:00 PM EDT The founder of the all-star Rock Against Trafficking (R.A.T.) campaign is eyeballing next year's Grammy Week for the organization's public launch, with a variety of activities that include the release of an album featuring Police and Sting covers, a party and perhaps a performance…

  5. Bertelsmann Reports First Half Profits, Sets Sights and Pins Hopes on Chinese Entrance

    August 29, 2014 10:27 AM EDT The German media group Bertelsmann has high hopes for investments in the Chinese music market, and optimism fueled by the successes of its music publishing division the Bertelsmann Music Group (BMG). At the presentation of Bertelsmann's half-year financial results in Berlin, chairman and…

  6. Britney Spears is Single Again, Confirmed by Rep

    August 28, 2014 8:15 PM EDT Following a tweet from Britney Spears this afternoon declaring, "Ahhhh the single life!" Spears' publicist has confirmed the "Perfume" singer and Las Vegas starlet has split with boyfriend David Lucado. "Yes, she's single," he said.   Britney Spears…

  7. Exclusive: Guitarist Jason Becker, Who Suffers From ALS, Calls Ice-Bucket Trend 'Amazing'

    August 28, 2014 6:25 PM EDT Jason Becker, a former guitarist for David Lee Roth who has lived with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) for 25 years, is thrilled to see what the ice-bucket challenge is doing in the fight against the disease. “I love it. It is amazing,” Becker tells Billboard via phone from his…

  8. DJ Hannah Bronfman Reveals Her New York Fashion Week Hotspots

    August 28, 2014 5:19 PM EDT N ew York Fashion Week, which runs Sept. 4-11, is days away, and if you’re Hannah Bronfman -- entrepreneur, co-founder of beauty and fitness booking app Beautified, celebrity DJ -- you’ve got a schedule chock-full of things to do. (Previously, the 26-year-old’s itinerary has included…

  9. Where Is Pop's Response to Ferguson?

    August 28, 2014 5:00 PM EDT As chaos raged in Missouri, most of pop's brightest stars said nothing about the situation. Why didn't anyone want to speak? "For the past two weeks, the eyes of the nation have been on Ferguson, Missouri," Common said at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday night (Aug. 24…

  10. SeatGeek Raises $35 Million From Accel Partners, Nas, Manning Brothers

    August 28, 2014 1:59 PM EDT Concert ticket search engine SeatGeek announced on Thursday that it has raised $35 million in a series B round of funding led by Accel Partners. Other investors in the round include rapper Nas , NFL quarterbacks Peyton and Eli Manning and Causeway Media Partners, a sports investment fund led…

  11. David Lynch Almost Directed a Kanye West Video: 'I Feel I Let Him Down'

    August 28, 2014 12:32 PM EDT Sad face emoticons from the legendary film director. When David Lynch told the Los Angeles Times he loved Kanye West 's "Blood on the Leaves" last year, fans were quick to note the director's dark, singular vision would be a perfect fit for a music video for the rapper&…

  12. Ed Sheeran Brings His One-Man Band to L.A.'s Staples Center: Concert Review

    August 28, 2014 11:30 AM EDT Can one man with no band, no backup singers, no dancers, and no stage-mates whatsoever entertain a crowd of nearly 20,000? That question was answered Wednesday night at L.A.'s Staples Center when Ed Sheeran hit the stage with just a guitar and a loop pedal, and the answer was a 20,000…

  13. John Lennon's Killer Admits He’s ‘An Idiot’

    August 28, 2014 12:16 AM EDT John Lennon's imprisoned killer says he still gets letters about the pain he caused in his pursuit of notoriety nearly 34 years ago. "I am sorry for causing that type of pain," Mark David Chapman told a parole board last week, according to a transcript released Wednesday. "…

  14. ZZ Top Cancels Tour Dates After Bassist's Fall

    August 27, 2014 9:01 PM EDT ZZ Top has cancelled two weeks of American tour dates after bassist Dusty Hill fell on the band's bus Tuesday and injured his hip.  ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons Worked with David Guetta on New Music The band was on its way to Clarkston, Mich. to play at the DTE Energy Music Theatre on a…

  15. The Game Assembles All-Star Hip-Hop Crew for Michael Brown Tribute, 'Don't Shoot'

    August 27, 2014 7:31 PM EDT In the wake of the killing of the unarmed black teenager Mike Brown at the hand of a white police officer and the civil unrest that's followed in the town of Ferguson, Mo. we've seen an outpouring of engagement from musicians voicing their opinions.  Killer Mike penned an op-ed for…

  16. 615 Spotlight: Tim Menzies Explains Hiatus, Talks Gospel-Leaning New Album

    August 27, 2014 5:57 PM EDT This week, we go in a different direction with the 615 Spotlight. Rather than showcase a brand new artist, we update you on a singer-songwriter so highly respected in Music City that demo versions of songs he's written for big-name artists -- such as Reba McEntire, Mark Chesnutt and…

  17. Rdio Partners With Toronto Film Festival, Announces Free Ellie Goulding Show

    August 27, 2014 1:42 PM EDT Next month's  Toronto International Film Festival has an official music partner. Streaming service Rdio has announced it is setting up a music hub at the 11-day event with giveaways, a listening station and live music, starting with a free Ellie Goulding show at the iconic Massey Hall.…

  18. Pioneering Rumba King Peret Dead at 79

    August 27, 2014 12:15 PM EDT Barcelona bids goodbye to the father of its urban gypsy sound. Peret, the singer and guitarist known as the king of the Catalan rumba -- Barcelona's original party music -- died Wednesday, Aug. 27, at 79. Peret once described the rumba catalana as a fusion of gypsy music, Afro-Cuban…

  19. 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…

  20. Wiz Khalifa Earns First No. 1 Album On Billboard 200

    August 27, 2014 10:59 AM EDT Meanwhile, Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off" blasts in at No. 1 on the Digital Songs chart with a massive debut. Hip-hop star Wiz Khalifa earns his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 , as his new Blacc Hollywood set arrives atop the list. The album, which was…

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