1. 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.…

  2. 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…

  3. 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.…

  4. Exclusive Album Premiere: Folk-Bluegrass Trio Judah & the Lion's 'Kids These Days'

    September 02, 2014 1:04 PM EDT Folk-bluegrass band Judah & The Lion will release their debut full-length disc, Kids These Days , on Sept. 9. And Billboard.com is exclusively premiering the album, the follow-up to their 2013 EP, Sweet Tennessee,  which reached the No. 2 spot on the Bluegrass Albums chart. Click below to…

  5. Beyonce! Bruce Springsteen! Miley Cyrus! Check Out Some of the Coolest College Courses

    September 02, 2014 10:40 AM EDT Now that summer is over, it's time for school and between History 101 and English 300, several institutions of higher learning are offering courses on some of the country’s most influential artists. (We're looking at you, Beyonce!) Ultimate Stuyding Playlist | 20 Best Videos Set in…

  6. Is Neil Young Recording His Orchestral Album?

    September 02, 2014 4:54 AM EDT Neil Young is apparently making good on his plan to record an orchestral album.  The legendary Canadian artist has been at work in the studio cutting a new recording with the highly-rated German-born composer and arranger Chris Walden . The longplayer is said to have a working title of…

  7. 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…

  8. Motley Crue’s Final Tour Is a Must-See: Here are Six(x) Reasons Why

    September 01, 2014 12:53 PM EDT L.A.’s baddest boys are taking a full-throttle victory lap on their Final Tour. Roughly 15,000 people filled PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, N.J., on Aug. 30 to see Motley Crue before the band retires from the road. Motley Crue Reveals 'Dirt' Movie Details, Previews Final Tour &…

  9. Made in America Los Angeles Day 2 Highlights: Rita Ora, John Mayer, Kanye West & More

    September 01, 2014 11:45 AM EDT Day two of Los Angeles' Made in America also featured Classixx, Cypress Hill, Weezer, Juanes, R3hab and more. As rain postponed an hour’s worth of performances at day two of Made in America Philadelphia on Sunday (Aug. 31), the closing day of Los Angeles’ inaugural run was greeted with…

  10. 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 .…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. '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…

  14. Hip-Hop Moves As Strong Force for Michael Brown

    August 30, 2014 2:17 PM EDT Rappers are making their voices heard in song and on the ground in Ferguson, Mo., in the wake of Michael Brown's shooting death, channeling hip-hop's earlier roots when the genre worked as a voice for the oppressed and spoke out against injustice. Op-Ed: Killer Mike on the…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. Country Duo The Secret Sisters on Their New Extended Disc and Paying Tribute to The Everly Brothers

    August 29, 2014 4:57 PM EDT The Secret Sisters -- siblings Laura and Lydia Rogers -- may be a country duo, but their eclectic musical background filters into their sound. “We grew up listening from everything to classic country to bluegrass to gospel to pop," Laura tells Billboard. "Dad was big into Crosby,…

  18. Nicki Minaj's 'Pinkprint' Release Date Revealed: Update

    August 29, 2014 4:18 PM EDT UPDATE (9/10): Nicki Minaj announced on Twitter that The Pinkprint will arrive Nov. 24. Nicki Minaj plans to release her third studio album, The Pinkprint , on Nov. 28. Fall Album Preview: 72 Must Hear Releases The rapper/singer has released two chart hits from the set, "Pills N…

  19. CeeLo Green Enters No Contest Plea in Drug Case

    August 29, 2014 2:09 PM EDT CeeLo Green has pleaded no contest to one felony count of furnishing ecstasy to a woman during a 2012 dinner in Los Angeles. CeeLo Green & Smokey Robinson Song Premiere The Grammy-winning singer entered the plea during a brief court hearing on Friday. He also entered a special plea in…

  20. 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."…

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