1. Why Benjamin Booker’s ‘Blues Punk’ Sound Got Him Recruited By Jack White

    September 09, 2014 6:08 PM EDT Artist on the Verge: Benjamin Booker From: Tampa, Fla. Age: 24 Soundalikes:  With a voice as smooth as a sun-dried bone and riffs ripped from a Delta blues playbook, Booker sings like  Ray LaMontagne  and shreds with the intensity of  Gary Clark Jr . Influences: Booker’s “blues punk” mixes…

  2. Flume and Chet Faker's 'Drop the Game' (Sweater Beats Remix): Exclusive Premiere

    September 09, 2014 3:48 PM EDT The post-EDM electronic scene in Australia has gotten a lot of attention because of Flume , a DJ and producer who has been selling out shows around the world with his subtler, sexier dancefloor workout indebted to J Dilla and Flying Lotus . Earlier this year he dropped the Drop the Game  EP…

  3. LouFest 2014: OutKast Has Ferguson Moment, Arctic Monkeys & Portugal. The Man Rock

    September 08, 2014 11:05 PM EDT Forest Park in St. Louis dropped its traditional role as quiet urban oasis over the weekend to host the fifth-ever LouFest, where OutKast , Arctic Monkeys , Future Islands and other staples of this winding-down festival season gave record crowds a reason to dance, sweat and just basically…

  4. Neil Patrick Harris Marries David Burtka

    September 08, 2014 4:01 PM EDT Elton John performed at the reception. Neil Patrick Harris is a newlywed. The TV and Broadway star wed David Burtka , his partner of 10 years, on Saturday in Italy, Harris' rep confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter . "We happily confirm that Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka were…

  5. Joel Embiid Sounds Off: Philadelphia 76ers Rookie Talks Nicki Minaj, Rick Ross & The Shmoney Dance

    September 08, 2014 3:39 PM EDT The NBA rookie discusses his crazy Twitter account, Rick Ross grunts, Nicki Minaj's butt and bonding over Bobby Shmurda. On June 20, six days before being selected by the Philadelphia 76ers as the third overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, Joel Embiid had two screws inserted into the…

  6. Talib Kweli: My Life Was Threatened at Ferguson

    September 08, 2014 1:51 PM EDT Lost in Talib Kweli ’s combative CNN interview with Don Lemon in August was his account of the hostile treatment by police that he and his fellow activists encountered at the protests over Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson, Mo. Billboard talked to the hip-hop artist about his experiences on…

  7. Exclusive: Usher Taking His Time With 'UR'

    September 08, 2014 12:28 PM EDT The singer-songwriter's upcoming album will feature Chris Brown, as well as Drake, Skrillex, Ed Sheeran and more. Usher is taking back his album, UR , and "taking my time." The singer-songwriter tells Billboard that the "album isn’t scheduled anymore." UR was…

  8. Watch Tom Morello Premiere His Michael Brown Protest Song 'Marching on Ferguson'

    September 08, 2014 10:45 AM EDT Performing as the Nightwatchman , Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello premiered his Michael Brown -inspired protest song “Marching on Ferguson” on a Sept. 5 show at Los Angeles' Ford Theatre. Check out the video below to see Morello rock out the bluesy, two-minute track with his three…

  9. Ask Billboard: Summer Songs, More Taylor Swift & Remembering Survivor's Jimi Jamison

    September 07, 2014 9:05 AM EDT As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. Or, Tweet questions to Gary Trust: @gthot20 HOW I DIDN'T QUITE GET …

  10. Late Kris Kross Rapper Chris Kelly to Receive Honor at Hip-Hop Gala

    September 06, 2014 1:00 PM EDT Proceeds will go to music scholarships for students at the Atlanta Institute of Music and Media. Former Kriss Kross rapper Chris Kelly will be honored at the first annual Live and Die for Hip-Hop Black Out gala. Chris Kelly of Kris Kross Died of Drug Overdose: Medical Examiner The event will…

  11. Inside Martin Garrix's Lights-Out Set at West Hollywood's 1OAK

    September 05, 2014 7:05 PM EDT L.A.-area club was the site of Suge Knight's shooting almost two weeks ago. There wasn't much of an introduction for Martin Garrix at 1OAK in West Hollywood on Thursday night. The 18-year-old Dutch DJ, who's considered one of EDM's most promising young stars under Scooter…

  12. Iggy Azalea Also Wins the Search of Summer

    September 05, 2014 6:34 PM EDT After 'Fancy' was named Billboard's Song of Summer, Google reveals Iggy is the most-searched artist of the season as well. Iggy Azalea has already won the "Song of the Summer" title on the Billboard charts, but new data confirms the extent of her summer dominance:…

  13. Juanes Reflects on His Past, Plots His Future

    September 05, 2014 4:20 PM EDT The Latin superstar discusses his earliest L.A. memories, new album plans and more For Colombian superstar Juanes , playing the first Los Angeles edition of the Budwesier Made In America festival last weekend brought back a lot of memories. “Here my solo career started, so for me to come back…

  14. Nick & Drew Lachey to Lead Ohio Oktoberfest Chicken Dance

    September 05, 2014 3:29 PM EDT Degrees brothers are from Cincinnati. Singing brothers Drew and Nick Lachey will serve as grand marshals of the annual Oktoberfest Zinzinnati later this month. Nick & Drew Lachey's New Reality Series 'Lachey's Bar' Gets Greenlight Their major responsibility will be…

  15. How CeeLo Green’s Career Can Be Saved

    September 05, 2014 3:19 PM EDT How accusations of rape, a yanked reality show and a deplorable series of (since deleted) tweets stand to derail a once vibrant future for the artist and former 'Voice' coach. On Sept. 2, hours after Cee Lo Green pleaded no contest to a 2012 case alleging that he secretly slipped…

  16. Jeezy on Ferguson: '13-Year-Olds Holding Molotovs? That's Not Supposed to Happen'

    September 05, 2014 12:00 PM EDT On Aug. 24, rapper Jeezy , born Jay Jenkins , and five associates were arrested on felony gun charges after -authorities found an AK-47 on his tour bus. The police were investigating the death of an attendee of Jeezy and Wiz Khalifa ’s Under the Influence of Music Tour ( Eric Johnson , 38),…

  17. The Secrets Behind 'Dick in a Box' & More: Andy Samberg, Justin Timberlake on the Viral Hits of 'SNL'

    September 05, 2014 11:00 AM EDT In an exclusive excerpt from the newly updated  Saturday Night Live  book  Live From New York , Justin Timberlake, Andy Samberg and other key players break down two of the most iconic musical moments in the show’s history. 'LAZY SUNDAY' The first breakthrough Digital Short featured…

  18. David Guetta Q&A: The Superstar Producer Talks New Music, the Future of EDM & More

    September 05, 2014 10:00 AM EDT After three years, David Guetta is finally wrapping up his sixth album. Admittedly, it has been hard for the 46-year old French producer find studio time with his touring schedule: This month, he’s doing sets Ibiza and Las Vegas every single weekend, with festivals and a Miami show or two…

  19. Billboard Cover: Chris Brown Opens Up About Rihanna, Jail & Accepting Life as a 'Learning Experience'

    September 05, 2014 9:00 AM EDT On Aug. 13, a high spirited Chris Brown gave Billboard his first formal interview since leaving jail in June. Kicked back in front of a control board at Hollywood’s hot Chalice Recording Studios, a vintage-gear-stuffed space favored by young artists, the 25-year-old was taking a…

  20. Florida Georgia Line to Perform Live on 'Nashville'

    September 05, 2014 1:49 AM EDT Country duo Florida Georgia Line is heading to Nashville. Composed of members Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard , the band will perform on the ABC musical drama's Sept. 24 premiere at 10 p.m. ET/PT, which will be presented live. Kelley and Hubbard will take the stage on separate occasions…

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