1. Buju Banton Granted New Appeal Hearing

    August 19, 2014 5:48 PM EDT Jamaican reggae star was sentenced to 10 years in prison in 2011. A lawyer for convicted Jamaican reggae star Buju Banton says a U.S. federal appellate court has agreed to hear his appeal. Buju Banton Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison The Grammy-winning singer is serving a 10-year sentence for…

  2. Meek Mill's Appeal of Jail Term Rejected

    August 18, 2014 4:56 PM EDT Philadelphia rapper Meek Mill pleaded to be released from jail Monday (Aug. 18) to resume his music career and support his son and 30-person entourage, but the judge who jailed him on a parole violation last month was unmoved. She ordered the 27-year-old to take anger management classes for…

  3. Ed Sheeran’s 'X' Rules U.K. Album Chart For Eighth Week

    August 18, 2014 5:00 AM EDT Ed Sheeran’s X  (Asylum/Warner Music) extended its U.K. album chart to eight weeks yesterday (Aug. 17), while Norwegian duo Nico & Vinz’s “Am I Wrong” (Warner Bros./Warner Music) started a second week atop the singles chart. Sheeran’s album was already the longest-running bestseller on…

  4. Depression-Era Colony Cashing in on Johnny Cash's Fame

    August 16, 2014 11:01 AM EDT Money and memorabilia from Johnny Cash's family and friends have helped historians restore a significant part of the Historic Dyess Colony, a government collective built to pull Depression-era families out of poverty. The country music icon's boyhood home, along with the colony'…

  5. Billboard + Twitter Real-time Charts: Emerging Picks for the Week feat. Fences, Young Kato, Years & Years

    August 15, 2014 2:21 PM EDT Our Emerging Artists picks for the Aug. 23 chart week are notable for two reasons: each video is not only thought-provoking, but adds to the overall context of the song, making this week's picks well-worth a peek. Fences featuring Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, "Arrows" :…

  6. Exclusive: 'Aladdin' Composer Alan Menken Pens Tribute to the 'Brilliant' Robin Williams

    August 15, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Robin Williams appeared in our lives like a comet streaking across the sky; a brilliant, adorable, hilarious, compassionate, vulnerable manifestation of the human condition. It was as if he had learned to bare his soul with spontaneous humor as his only defense. He was performing an amazing…

  7. Rustie Plots 'Attak' on Billboard Twitter Charts

    August 14, 2014 2:43 PM EDT Danny Brown-featuring single boosts the Glasgow producer. Glasgow native Russell Whyte, aka Rustie , has been frequenting the real-time Billboard Emerging Artists chart as well as the Billboard Twitter Trending 140 after the release of "Attak," featuring Danny Brown . Released July…

  8. Kembe X Scores 2 Songs on Emerging Artists Chart

    August 13, 2014 6:04 PM EDT Kembe X appeared at No. 21 on the Billboard Twitter Emerging Artists chart for this week (Aug. 11) as a result of his recent single "Caged Bird." The song was released independently last week and features TDE's Isaiah Rashad. Rashad was also featured along with Julian Malone on…

  9. Wayne Haun Leads GMA Dove Awards Nominees

    August 13, 2014 2:39 PM EDT Gospel awards air Oct. 7 from Nashville. The Gospel Music Association announced the nominations for the 45th annual GMA Dove Awards on Wednesday (Aug. 13). The awards show will take place Oct. 7 at Allen Arena in Nashville at 6:30 p.m. CT and will be broadcast on Trinity Broadcasting Network.…

  10. Lauren Bacall Dies at 89

    August 12, 2014 8:09 PM EDT Hollywood's icon of cool won two Tonys for best actress in a musical. Lauren Bacall, the willowy actress whose husky voice, sultry beauty and all-too-short May-December romance with Humphrey Bogart made her an everlasting icon of Hollywood, has died, The Hollywood Reporter has…

  11. Nas Announces 'Time Is Illmatic' Fall Tour With Documentary Screenings

    August 12, 2014 2:03 PM EDT Nas is hitting the road with the album that started it all. The rapper will take stages across North America this fall for a tour that coincides with screenings of his Tribeca Film documentary, Nas: Time Is Illmatic , it was announced Tuesday. The tour will kick off on Oct. 2 in Rochester and…

  12. Outside Lands 2014: 10 Best Performances

    August 11, 2014 4:50 PM EDT For three days, we strapped on our trainers to traipse seven stages laid out across the vast grounds of Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, where more than 100 acts played their hearts out at the seventh annual Outside Lands. With weekend crowd estimates hovering around 200,000, the sold-out…

  13. Chance the Rapper Breaks the Mold with ‘Everyday Wonderful: Arthur’

    August 11, 2014 6:04 AM EDT It is not every day that an artist kicks off a mass discussion on Twitter about a theme song from a '90s children sitcom, but Chance The Rapper managed to do so on July 30 with the release of his track “Everyday Wonderful: Arthur” that has resided on the Billboard Twitter Trending 140…

  14. Dawn Richard Pens Open Letter After Danity Kane Breakup

    August 10, 2014 5:04 PM EDT Shortly after Danity Kane revealed that they have broken up (again), Dawn Richard penned an open letter to her fans.  The letter is in response to the reports that she punched Aubrey O'Day after a recording session, a report she previously called "exaggerated lies and false…

  15. Outside Lands 2014 Friday Highlights: Kanye West, Disclosure, Kacey Musgraves and More

    August 09, 2014 10:40 AM EDT There was a mellow beginning and a repeatedly "Bloody" end to the first day of the lucky seventh edition of Outside Lands, the festival so beloved by San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park that organizers Another Planet have a contract to host it there until at least 2021. Don’t worry,…

  16. Danity Kane on Their Breakup: 'My Group Member Punched Me in the Back of My Head'

    August 08, 2014 3:18 PM EDT The reunion of Danity Kane is already over. Aubrey O’Day got punched by Dawn Richard Monday after a recording session, according to TMZ . ( Billboard has reached out to Richard, but did not immeadiately receive a response.)  Now, earlier today, O'Day and Shannon Bex released a lenghty…

  17. 20 Most Forced Rhymes In Pop Music History

    August 08, 2014 1:53 PM EDT Ariana Grande's "Break Free" isn't the only offender: here are the 20 most awesomely awkward rhymes in popular music. "I fought him on it the whole time...'I am not going to sing a grammatically incorrect lyric, help me God!' Max was like, 'It&…

  18. Mexican Star's Death Spurs No. 1 Chart Return

    August 07, 2014 7:54 PM EDT Following the death of Banda Los Recoditos' Luis Fernando Muñoz Castro  on July 25, the group re-enters Regional Mexican Digital Songs at No. 1 with "Mi Ultimo Deseo." The track sold 3,000 downloads in the week ending Aug. 3, according to Nielsen SoundScan, earning a 685…

  19. Kid Ink's 'I Don't Care' Storms Twitter Trending 140 Chart

    August 07, 2014 6:04 PM EDT Kid Ink makes waves on the Billboard Twitter Trending 140 chart after the release of his new video for "I Don't Care" featuring Maejor Ali , which was released on Kid Ink's YouTube channel on July 31. The song was on the chart for five consecutive days before peaking at No…

  20. ASCAP Files Appeal Against Rate Court Decision

    August 07, 2014 4:59 PM EDT Sony/ATV and Universal Music Publishing Group plan to follow suit. ASCAP has filed an appeal to the Pandora rate court ruling that set its annual licensing rate at 1.85% of revenue from the music streaming service and prevents individual music publishers from partially withdrawing its rights…

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