1. Colton Dixon Banks on Christianity, Gets Ready to Drop 'Anchor'

    August 22, 2014 1:51 AM EDT Colton Dixon may be making a name for himself in the world of Christian music, but that doesn’t mean his name isn’t associated with at least one sinful indulgence: ice cream. The American Idol season 11 alum now has his very own flavor courtesy of Boston ice creamery Emack & Bolio, one…

  2. Polite Guy Andrew Rannells Ready to Get His Hedwig On

    August 21, 2014 11:46 PM EDT Andrew Rannells says he never dreamed of becoming a rock star while growing up. What he hoped for was a part on Broadway. Now he's getting both at the same time - and a load of mascara as well. Starting Wednesday, the Tony Award-nominated star of The Book of Mormon  on Broadway and HBO&…

  3. Tickets Selling Fast for Willie Nelson & Neil Young's Pipeline Protest Concert

    August 21, 2014 11:16 PM EDT Organizers say nearly all the $50 tickets for a Willie Nelson and Neil Young concert organized by opponents of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline have been sold. The group Bold Nebraska said in a statement Thursday more than 6,500 of the 7,000 tickets for the Sept. 27 concert had been sold…

  4. Watch Talib Kweli Call Out CNN & All Media for Ferguson Coverage

    August 21, 2014 9:35 PM EDT Rapper takes issue with reporting around Michael Brown's fatal shooting at the hands of a Missouri police officer. Talib Kweli 's CNN interview started off on a nice enough note, with host Don Lemon lauding the rapper for his activism and referring to him as a "passionate voice…

  5. K-Pop Trend: Beast, INFINITE & Henry Add Classical Musical to the Mix

    August 21, 2014 8:23 PM EDT The popular acts are bringing orchestras to modern-day dance beats. But who did it best? Typically, Western pop and K-pop stay on the same page with their trends. Recent hits have been born out of stark piano ballads ( John Legend 's "All of Me" and  Taeyang 's  "Eyes…

  6. Ariana Grande Knows How Frankie Can Win 'Big Brother'

    August 21, 2014 8:13 PM EDT 'It's been amazing to watch him, but it's been frustrating,' she tells Billboard of her brother's time on the show. If you follow Ariana Grande on Twitter , you know she is fully immersed in the game of Big Brother and fiercely backing up big bro Frankie to win it…

  7. Step Inside Bristol's Newly-Opened Birthplace of Country Music Museum

    August 21, 2014 7:34 PM EDT Long before Nashville became established as a recording center for country music, there were a few historic sessions that took place outside of Music City. Perhaps the most important took place about 300 miles to the east in Bristol, TN. Bristol is celebrating its role in the history of…

  8. Beyonce & Jay Z's Cuba Trip Was Legal, U.S. Inspector Finds

    August 21, 2014 7:16 PM EDT The U.S. Treasury Department's inspector general has determined Jay Z and Beyonce 's fifth-anniversary trip to Cuba last year was legal under rules allowing educational travel to the island. Jay Z's Song 'Open Letter' Addresses Controversial Cuba Trip The music…

  9. Thomas Rhett Talks 'Make Me Wanna,' His Father & Avoiding Tattoos

    August 21, 2014 7:09 PM EDT There's typically not as much buzz about the fifth single from an album. That being said, "Make Me Wanna," the latest release from Thomas Rhett 's debut  It Goes Like This , is a little bit different. "I've had it since I was 20 years old, so it's been a…

  10. The Weeknd's High on Sex in Trippy NSFW 'Often' Video

    August 21, 2014 6:52 PM EDT It looks like a whole lot of sex is making The Weeknd' s head spin in the new video for "Often," the loose and heavy track he released earlier this summer.  Code Picks of the Week: The Weeknd, Sam Smith & More In it a rotating cast of almost naked women cycle in and out of…

  11. Here's Every Musical Guest on 'The Simpsons' in Chronological Order

    August 21, 2014 6:30 PM EDT If you're not watching FXX's 'Simpsons' marathon, that's a paddlin' The longest-running TV marathon in history kicks off on Thursday when FXX starts airing every episode of the longest-running scripted primetime TV series ever: The Simpsons. Yep, all 25…

  12. Big 'Break': Ariana Grande Gets First No. 1 on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs

    August 21, 2014 6:22 PM EDT Plus, action for Porter Robinson, FKA Twigs & Beyonce. Ariana Grande earns her first No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart, as "Break Free," featuring Zedd , flies to the top (3-1). It's also the first No. 1 for Zedd, who reached No. 2 with his smashes…

  13. Billy Joel, Garth Brooks & More to Receive ASCAP Honors

    August 21, 2014 5:36 PM EDT Stevie Wonder, Joan Baez & Stephen Sondheim also among Centennial Award winners. Billy Joel , Stevie Wonder and Garth Brooks are among a list of performers set to receive ASCAP Centennial Awards. Backstage With Billy Joel: The Billboard Cover Story Interview Joan Baez and Stephen Sondheim…

  14. Crossfaith, Phoenix & More Hit Japan's Summer Sonic

    August 21, 2014 5:29 PM EDT Ellie Goulding, Arctic Monkeys, Queen with Adam Lambert & more also grace the Tokyo & Osaka stages. Summer Sonic, the biggest music festival in Japan devoted to international repertoire, was held Aug. 16 and 17 simultaneously in Tokyo and Osaka. The event has recently seen industry…

  15. Tank Is 'Stronger' Than Ever at No. 1

    August 21, 2014 4:54 PM EDT Plus: Drake gets his 32nd Rap Airplay hit, Chris Brown's 'New Flame' flies up the charts and Watsky grabs a top 10 debut on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. Tank Takes No. 1:  R&B singer Tank caps the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart as  Stronger  enters at No. 1 with just under…

  16. John Legend Brings Marvin Gaye's 'What's Going On' to Hollywood Bowl

    August 21, 2014 4:35 PM EDT Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings join in paying homage to Marvin Gaye's landmark album. "Trigger-happy policing": That line from Marvin Gaye 's 1971 hit "Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)" still speaks volumes -- especially in the wake of the ongoing…

  17. Island Records Promotes Steve Yegelwel to SVP

    August 21, 2014 4:29 PM EDT Island Records has promoted veteran A&R man Steve Yegelwel to senior vp at the Universal Music Group imprint. According to a news release, Yegelwel will be involved in running the label's A&R department and will work closely with executive vp Eric Wong on marketing up-and-coming…

  18. Sam Hunt Scores Highest Debut on Top Country Albums With 'X2C'

    August 21, 2014 4:22 PM EDT The former college QB huddles in the chart's upper ranks with his debut EP. Plus, moves for Luke Bryan, FGL & Darius Rucker. Former college football quarterback Sam Hunt snares Hot Shot Debut honors at No. 5 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart with X2C , his four-song,…

  19. Behind the (Unheard) Music: Is Aphex Twin Poised for a Grammy Nod?

    August 21, 2014 4:19 PM EDT Aphex Twin , the obscure electronic music artist (real name: Richard D. James ) who has been teasing his next album on blimps, street graffiti and via the "deep web," will release his first album in 13 years on Sept. 23 through Warp Records. The label announced the news this morning…

  20. WME Board Member Peter Grosslight Dies at 68

    August 21, 2014 3:49 PM EDT Grosslight most recently served as the agency’s global head of music. WME board member  Peter Grosslight  died today after a yearlong battle with pancreatic cancer,  The Hollywood Reporter  has learned. He was 68. A 20-year veteran of the agency, Grosslight was most recently its Global Head…

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