1. 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),…

  2. 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…

  3. NFL Players Talk Music: What's On Their Pre-Game Playlists?

    September 04, 2014 5:00 PM EDT A brand new NFL season kicks off tonight, as the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks host the Super Bowl-contending Green Bay Packers in a nationally-televised game. There will be plenty of live music in and around Seattle’s CenturyLink Field -- Pharrell Williams and Soundgarden…

  4. Behind Radio's Country/Pop Convergence in Charleston, West Virginia

    September 04, 2014 1:24 PM EDT “No. They didn’t legalize marijuana in West Virginia. We’re doing this on purpose.” That's a WKAZ (Tailgate 107.3) Charleston, W. Va., liner anticipating some of the likely responses of any radio people who might be listening to this new country/pop hybrid. If you were familiar with …

  5. Exclusive Premiere: King Tuff's 'Danger in the Dark'

    September 03, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Ahoy, Tuffy! King Tuff , that is: the Vermont garage-rocker has released his new single, "Danger in the Dark," created for rum giant Captain Morgan 's new advertising campaign, the Tavern Series. Kendrick Lamar-Inspired Short Film to Debut at Sundance's Next Fest Despite…

  6. Exiting BPI Chairman Tony Wadsworth Looks Back, Forward in Final Keynote

    September 02, 2014 12:42 PM EDT Yesterday, British trade body BPI held its annual general meeting, attended by Damon Albarn, representatives from the government and the BBC, and many, many members of the U.K. music industry. The day was a special occasion for BPI and BRIT Awards chairman Tony Wadsworth , who delivered the…

  7. 'Pitch Perfect 2,' 'Book of Mormon' Star Ben Platt on Cabaret, Magic and Meryl Streep

    September 02, 2014 12:21 AM EDT Ben Platt is not your average twentysomething — well, twenty-year-old. He hasn’t even added a "something" yet, and he already has a more robust resume than those many "somethings" his senior. While his contemporaries are off at college, playing beer pong and pledging…

  8. Pras Michel, Founding Member of the Fugees, Takes Ice Bucket Challenge in North Korea

    August 31, 2014 10:38 AM EDT Pras Michel passed on the challenge to four people, including former bandmate Lauryn Hill. It's pretty hard to find a novel way to do the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge by now, but two-time Grammy-winning rapper Pras Michel , a founding member of the Fugees , has done it -- getting his dousing…

  9. 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…

  10. Free Music Round-Up: Raury, Ty Dolla $ign, Rico Love & Melat

    August 29, 2014 5:00 PM EDT This was an exciting week for free music. Raury released a precocious album debut, Ty Dolla $ign and Rico Love delivered R&B-drenched projects and rising singer Melat channeled vintage hip-hop/soul on her EP. Raury's Indigo Child (Album) Raury aims for a powerful, cohesive statement…

  11. Ferguson Protest Songs Impact Real-Time Charts

    August 28, 2014 7:28 PM EDT The Game's 'Don't Shoot' is the latest Ferguson-related viral track to chart high on the Billboard + Twitter Trending 140 tally. The protests in Ferguson, Mo., over the shooting of Michael Brown on Aug. 9 have been an important topic of online conversation on Twitter,…

  12. Exclusive: Guitarist Jason Becker, Who Suffers From ALS, Calls Ice-Bucket Trend 'Amazing'

    August 28, 2014 6:25 PM EDT Jason Becker, a former guitarist for David Lee Roth who has lived with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) for 25 years, is thrilled to see what the ice-bucket challenge is doing in the fight against the disease. “I love it. It is amazing,” Becker tells Billboard via phone from his…

  13. Where Is Pop's Response to Ferguson?

    August 28, 2014 5:00 PM EDT As chaos raged in Missouri, most of pop's brightest stars said nothing about the situation. Why didn't anyone want to speak? "For the past two weeks, the eyes of the nation have been on Ferguson, Missouri," Common said at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday night (Aug. 24…

  14. Labor Day Playlist: 20 Songs About Working for the Man

    August 28, 2014 3:32 PM EDT In America, we live to work and work to live -- and we never stop complaining about it. Even folks who love their jobs are never satisfied. If baseball weren’t our national pastime, bitching about our stupid jerk-face bosses surely would be. Luckily, we pause once a year on the first…

  15. The Game Assembles All-Star Hip-Hop Crew for Michael Brown Tribute, 'Don't Shoot'

    August 27, 2014 7:31 PM EDT In the wake of the killing of the unarmed black teenager Mike Brown at the hand of a white police officer and the civil unrest that's followed in the town of Ferguson, Mo. we've seen an outpouring of engagement from musicians voicing their opinions.  Killer Mike penned an op-ed for…

  16. Ice Bucket Challenge Round-Up: Aerosmith, Rick Rubin, John Mayer & More Musicians

    August 26, 2014 5:20 PM EDT Even Posh Spice! The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is still going strong, which means even more musicians are willing to tape themselves dumping ice water on their heads and putting that video on the Internet for enternity. The latest participants? Rick Rubin (answering Eminem 's challenge ),…

  17. Bob Dylan Releasing 'The Basement Tapes Complete' This Fall

    August 26, 2014 1:00 PM EDT A six-disc set of Bob Dylan 's legendary Basement Tapes recordings with the Band from 1967 will be the next edition of Columbia Records/Legacy Recordings' Bootleg Series. The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11 will be released Nov. 4. Compiled from meticulously…

  18. 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.…

  19. Chris Brown’s ‘X’ Track List: Kendrick Lamar, R. Kelly, Trey Songz & More

    August 24, 2014 3:38 PM EDT Chris Brown's new album will be released on Sept. 16 through RCA. Chris Brown’s long-delayed sixth album, X , will feature guest appearances from Kendrick Lamar , R. Kelly , Trey Songz , Akon and Brandy , among others. Brown has already released several new tracks for the forthcoming…

  20. Watch Eminem and Rihanna Take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge On Stage in Detroit

    August 24, 2014 12:58 AM EDT Eminem and Rihanna saved the biggest splash of The Monster Tour for last. Literally. Eminem chose the duo's Saturday night show at Comerica Park in his home town of Detroit -- the sixth and final date of their tour -- to answer Dr. Dre's ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. As the MC and…

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