1. Man Spends 8 Days in Jail for Posting Metal Lyrics on Facebook

    September 05, 2014 12:50 PM EDT Last month, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled that violent rap lyrics cannot be used as evidence in trials, except for special situations when those lyrics are closely connected to the case in question. "One would not presume that Bob Marley, who wrote the well-known song 'I Shot…

  2. Tomorrow's Hits: Catey Shaw, George Ezra & Deorro

    September 05, 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. Catey Shaw Thanks to the reach of Reddit, popster Catey Shaw has another semi-viral hit on her hands with "Human Contact." The singer'…

  3. Paisley Opens 'Trunk' At No. 1 on Top Country Albums

    September 04, 2014 5:14 PM EDT Plus: Rucker's 'Honey' sweetens Songs chart, Jason Aldean’s No. 1 reign continues & Lady A tops Airplay chart Brad Paisley  claims his eighth No. 1 on Top Country Albums (all of which have debuted at the summit), as his 10th studio set,  Moonshine in the Trunk , bows with…

  4. New Signings: Stevie Ray Vaughn's Estate, Shelby Lynne and Rounder, Spooky Black

    September 04, 2014 12:09 PM EDT Here’s a look at the latest artist signings across the music industry, including record labels, artist management firms, publishing companies, booking agencies and more.  RECORD LABELS -- Dutch singer Dotan signs to Republic Records , where he has released his new single “Home.” Additionally,…

  5. Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj & Jessie J Hit Artist 100 With a 'Bang Bang'

    September 04, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Thanks to Grande's debut atop the Billboard 200 and the trio's hit song, the singers all surge on the Artist 100 chart. As Ariana Grande , Nicki Minaj and Jessie J soar 9-4 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Bang Bang," and as Grande blasts onto the Billboard 200 at No. 1 with…

  6. Take That's Gary Barlow Vows to Settle U.K. Tax Issues

    September 04, 2014 3:30 AM EDT British music star Gary Barlow , known as a member of Take That and as a solo performer, has said on Twitter that he is working on settling U.K. tax issues. British media earlier this year reported that such stars as Barlow, Michael Caine, George Michael, David Beckham and others had…

  7. Taylor Swift's 'Shake It Off' Holds At No. 1 On Hot 100

    September 03, 2014 2:09 PM EDT Swift spends a second week on top, fending off runner-up Meghan Trainor and the surging trio of Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj. Taylor Swift scores a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with "Shake It Off." The song debuted at the summit last week.  …

  8. Iggy Azalea's 'Fancy' Is Billboard's Song of the Summer

    September 03, 2014 8:30 AM EDT Having led Billboard's weekly Songs of the Summer chart from start to finish, the boastful smash, featuring Charli XCX, takes top honors for 2014. The race was essentially over as soon as it began. Having topped the weekly Songs of the Summer chart from start to finish,…

  9. Diplo's Lawyer Joins Manatt, Phelps & Phillips As Firm Looks to Expand EDM Business

    September 02, 2014 4:32 PM EDT Attorney David Rappaport , whose clients include Diplo and Mad Decent, Phantogram , Cold War Kids and Dirty Projectors , among others, has joined the law firm Manatt, Phelps & Phillips as a partner in the New York office. He will also oversee the Manatt’s music transactional practice.…

  10. The Black Keys Considering January Studio Return

    September 02, 2014 2:20 PM EDT "I don't want to go somewhere too pre-planned. We always want to go somewhere different," says the group's Patrick Carney. The Black Keys are certainly looking forward to getting their North American tour underway on Sept. 5 in Columbus, Ohio. But given their druthers, Dan…

  11. Hot 100 Record-Breaker Fred Stobaugh, 97, Returns With New Song

    September 02, 2014 1:05 PM EDT After becoming the senior-most artist ever to appear on the Hot 100 last year, the beloved songwriter releases follow-up 'Took Her Home,' a second tribute to his late love, Lorraine A year ago this month, "Oh Sweet Lorraine" spent a week on the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 42.…

  12. Chart Highlights: Charli XCX's 'Boom Clap' Thunders To Top Of Pop Songs

    September 01, 2014 4:15 PM EDT She scores her first No. 1 as a lead act. Plus, new leaders for Jennifer Lopez, the Pretty Reckless, Lady Antebellum & more Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys…

  13. Ask Billboard: Taylor Swift Out-'Shake's Mariah Carey

    September 01, 2014 10:05 AM EDT A song called 'Shake It Off' tops the Hot 100 at last. Plus, Swift's place in pop/country crossover history, Christina Aguilera's career sales and more As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com .…

  14. This Week In Billboard Chart History: Aerosmith Ascends To No. 1

    September 01, 2014 8:05 AM EDT This week in 1998, the band topped the Billboard Hot 100 at last. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Michael Jackson, Faith Hill and the Beatles Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history Sept. 1, 1973 Kind of impossible…

  15. Made in America Philly Day 1 Highlights: The National, Steve Aoki, Kanye West & More

    August 31, 2014 2:22 PM EDT Here’s a minute-by-minute recap of Saturday’s Philly highlights. Now in its third year, Budweiser Made in America got off to an auspicious, business-as-usual start in Philadelphia on Saturday (Aug. 30), featuring headlining performances from The National , Steve Aoki and Kanye West . Made…

  16. 'X Factor' U.K. Season Debut Ratings Rise

    August 31, 2014 10:09 AM EDT Simon Cowell's return as a judge boosts the ITV show above its 2013 and 2012 premiere figures. The season opener of The X Factor in the U.K. drew stronger overnight ratings than the last two seasons' debut episodes as Simon Cowell returned as a judge on the ITV show for the first…

  17. Can Simon Cowell Revive 'X Factor' U.K.?

    August 30, 2014 10:00 AM EDT A Spice Girl will join the creator as he returns to the ITV show after its U.S. cancellation The X Factor creator Simon Cowell will return as a judge on the U.K. version of the show this Saturday night amid hopes that its ratings can be revived in what will be its 11th season. U.S. Version of…

  18. 3 Convicted in Death of Georgia Rapper Lil Phat

    August 29, 2014 7:19 PM EDT A jury has convicted three men in the shooting death of an Atlanta rapper known as Lil Phat . Rapper Lil Phat Killed in Atlanta Shooting Melvin Vernell III was shot and killed in June 2012 outside a hospital where he was awaiting the birth of his child. On Friday, prosecutors said the…

  19. Hot 100 Chart Moves: Katy Perry's 'This Is How We Do' Darts Into Top 40

    August 29, 2014 12:29 PM EDT 'Prism' produces a sixth top 40 hit. Plus, moves for Bobby Shmurda, Blake Shelton, Mr. Probz and Steve Aoki. As previously reported , Taylor Swift soars onto the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 1 with "Shake It Off" and Nicki Minaj pounces 39-2 with "Anaconda."…

  20. 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…

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