1. 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…

  2. 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. "…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 'The Kate Bush Story: Running Up That Hill' Documentary: Review

    August 26, 2014 1:00 PM EDT On Tuesday, Kate Bush will take over London's Eventim Apollo for 22 nights of concerts collectively entitled "Before the Dawn" (selling out 77,000 tickets in 15 minutes while doing so). Just in time for the momentous occasion -- her first live shows since 1979's epic…

  8. Publishing Briefs: Raekwon to Scion Three, Warner/Chappell Signs The-Dream, SESAC Nabs Zac Brown

    August 26, 2014 10:43 AM EDT --  Warner/Chappell Music  has signed an agreement to extend its global music publishing agreement with  Terius "The-Dream" Nash , which covers the artist/songwriter's entire catalog, including such songs as Rihanna 's "Umbrella," Beyonce 's "Single…

  9. Nile Rodgers-Founded Label Partners With Game Music Connect Conference

    August 26, 2014 9:42 AM EDT Sumthing Else Music Works, Nile Rodgers ' record label specializing in video game soundtracks, has partnered with this year's Game Music Connect 2014, a London-based conference for fans of music in games and aspiring composers. Attendees to this year's event, being held at…

  10. Emmys 2014: And the Winners Are ...

    August 25, 2014 11:08 PM EDT The 66th annual Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony were handed out Monday (Aug. 25) night.  The awards were presented during a live NBC telecast at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live.   Seth Meyers served as host of the telecast.  During the show,  Billy Crystal paid tribute to his late friend Robin…

  11. Watch Arcade Fire and David Byrne Cover Suicide at Brooklyn Show

    August 25, 2014 10:21 AM EDT Arcade Fire’s Reflektor tour continued to trot out distinguished guests Aug. 24, as the indie rock collective welcomed former Talking Heads frontman David Byrne to the stage. Byrne -- who obeyed Arcade Fire’s dress code by wearing a tuxedo -- joined the band for a cover of Suicide’s “Dream…

  12. David Guetta Shines Atop U.K. Chart With 'Lovers On The Sun'

    August 25, 2014 6:01 AM EDT   David Guetta is No. 1 on the U.K. singles chart for the fifth time as a lead artist, after debuting at the summit yesterday (Aug. 24) with “Lovers On The Sun” (Parlophone/Warner Music), featuring Sam Martin . Ed Sheeran’s eight-week run atop the album chart with X  (Asylum/Warner Music) was…

  13. Ed Sheeran: I Recorded Two Songs with David Guetta

    August 25, 2014 1:41 AM EDT The 23-year-old tells Billboard that he was in the studio with the dance maestro. Before Ed Sheeran took the MTV Video Music Awards stage to accept his first-ever VMA for Best Male Video for "Sing," the U.K. singer-songwriter dished to Billboard on his most recent collaboration.…

  14. Slim Dusty’s ‘Best Of’ Hits Chart Milestone Down Under

    August 25, 2014 12:58 AM EDT The late Australian country great Slim Dusty  has established a new chart milestone with his best-of compilation which appears on the ARIA Top 40 Country Music chart for an 800th week. First released in November 1998, The Very Best Of Slim Dusty is certified five-times platinum (350,000 units…

  15. Arcade Fire Covers 'Hot Hot Hot' With Buster Poindexter in Brooklyn

    August 23, 2014 8:58 AM EDT For months, Arcade Fire has been traveling North America, playing a city-appropriate cover song at each stop on their Reflektor tour, so fans were expecting a New York band to get the nod when the group rolled into the Barclays Center on Friday, August 22. But Brooklyn got one better. After…

  16. New York Fashion Week Preview: From Lorde to Madonna, Designers’ Front-Row Dream ‘Gets’

    August 22, 2014 6:11 PM EDT Fashion Week isn’t just about next season’s hot looks -- it’s about who is hot right now, too. From Rihanna creating a spectacle at the Paris shows in March to Kanye West making appearances for obscure fashion houses, scoring a major artist can make for a hit collection, as 10 designers…

  17. Billboard + Twitter Real-Time Charts Picks of the Week: Jamie T & More

    August 22, 2014 6:09 PM EDT This week's Billboard + Twitter Emerging Artists chart picks form an eclectic group of acts who are very different but all stand out as a result of recent music video releases. From an homage video by rapper BJ the Chicago Kid to Jamie T singing in a room full of deteriorating zombies,…

  18. Parole Denied Yet Again for John Lennon's Killer

    August 22, 2014 3:44 PM EDT A parole board has again declined to release John Lennon 's killer. It's the eighth time 59-year-old Mark David Chapman has been denied parole. New York corrections officials announced the decision Friday (Aug. 22). They say a three-member board denied Chapman's parole after a…

  19. Christina Aguilera’s Self-Titled Debut at 15: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    August 22, 2014 1:00 PM EDT Once upon a time, when ex-Mouseketeers with burning ambition and blinding smiles ruled the universe, there lived two princesses. One was an iffy singer with undeniable sex appeal; the other was a secret soul diva working within record-label constraints, biding her time until she could unleash…

  20. Billboard Cover: Diplo on His Katy Perry Connection, Madonna Collaboration and 8-Figure Lifestyle

    August 22, 2014 9:00 AM EDT The most valuable backpack in Los Angeles is a capacious, sturdy-looking black number loaded with a pair of sticker-emblazoned MacBook Pro laptops, a set of headphones and a mobile Internet hotspot. It belongs to the 35-year-old DJ-producer Wesley Pentz, better-known as  Diplo , and it’s with…

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