1. Shooting Death of Unarmed Youth, an Aspiring Musician, Triggers Looting in Missouri

    August 11, 2014 12:45 PM EDT A candlelight vigil for an unarmed black man who was fatally shot by a suburban St. Louis police officer was followed by unrest as crowds looted and burned stores, vandalized vehicles and taunted officers who tried to block access to parts of the city. Streets in Ferguson upended on Sunday…

  2. Paul McCartney Writing Score For First-Person Shooter Game (Seriously)

    August 11, 2014 12:20 PM EDT Over the past two years, Paul McCartney has been hard at work on the score for a first-person shooter game in the vein of Halo . No, we’re not kidding. Destiny — a new game from Bungie and Activision due Sept. 9 — will feature a full score and theme song from McCartney. In fact, the…

  3. Rebekah Alperin Named SVP of Marketing & Communications at Universal Publishing

    August 11, 2014 10:57 AM EDT Alperin is the first new hire since the company's top-level shakeup earlier this month. Rebekah Alperin has been named senior vp of marketing and communications, moving on from a parallel position at Kobalt Music Group. Alperin will report to UMPG North American president Evan Lamberg…

  4. Meghan Trainor On ‘All About That Bass’: 'I Wish There Was a Song Like This When I Was 13’

    August 11, 2014 12:24 AM EDT Not everyone was initially "All About That Bass." Meghan Trainor, the 20-year-old who is having a pop culture moment with the song about body acceptance, said she initially wrote the track and pitched it to other artists, but was turned away. "Labels were like, `We love it,…

  5. Rick Springfield Nixes Australia Tour To Make Movie

    August 10, 2014 11:15 PM EDT Rick Springfield’s long-awaited homecoming tour of Australia has been canceled because of his acting commitments.  Springfield, the artist behind such hits as "Jessie's Girl," "Don't Talk to Strangers" and "Affair of the Heart," was originally due to…

  6. Daddy Yankee Remembers 'Gasolina' 10 Years Later: 'I Knew It Was a Home Run'

    August 10, 2014 3:00 PM EDT Daddy Yankee looks back on the track that turned him into the messiah of reggaeton. Just over a decade ago, Daddy Yankee sat listening to the sounds of the streets in the tiny apartment he shared with his wife and three children in Villa Kennedy, a housing project in San Juan, Puerto…

  7. Aaliyah Biopic Adds Missy Elliott and Timbaland Roles: Report

    August 09, 2014 6:21 PM EDT With the Aaliyah role finally locked into place for the upcoming Lifetime biopic about the singer, more pivotal roles are reportedly being revealed.  According to The Wrap , Chattrisse Dolabaille and Izaak Smith have been cast as Aaliyah's collaborators Missy Elliott and Timbaland.…

  8. Selena Gomez To Receive 'Ultimate' Surfboard At Teen Choice Awards

    August 09, 2014 5:24 PM EDT Selena Gomez has proven she can do just about anything when it comes to entertaining the masses. And now the multi-hyphenate performer is being recognized for her work on the charts and on the big screen. 2 014 Teen Choice Awards: See All the Photos Here! Gomez will be presented with the…

  9. Coldplay’s Chris Martin Wants to Work on Rihanna’s Next Album

    August 09, 2014 3:48 PM EDT Coldplay and Rihanna first collaborated on “Princess of China” from the band's 2011 album, "Mylo Xyloto." It’s been a few years since Coldplay collaborated with Rihanna on “Princess of China” from 2011’s Mylo Xyloto , but frontman Chris Martin is hoping to work with the pop…

  10. Do 5 Seconds of Summer Have a Legal Issue on Their Hands?

    August 08, 2014 3:56 PM EDT Is the band’s hash mark a universal symbol -- or a lawsuit waiting to happen? The hash-mark logo adopted by pop-rock sensation 5 Seconds of Summer looks an awful lot like the one used since 2001 by the streetwear label Undefeated. But legal experts doubt any claim of infringement would fly…

  11. 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&…

  12. Publishers Quarterly: Sony/ATV Rides Country Wave to Top of the Publishing Heap

    August 08, 2014 1:52 PM EDT Round Hill and King of Crunk both break into the top 10 and Pharrell Williams hits No. 1 as Billboard's second-quarter rankings reveal a twang-fueled momentum. Sony/ATV encores as king of the hill among U.S. publishers in the second quarter, with a 32.2 percent slice of the top 100 radio…

  13. 'Juggalos' Tried to Cut Off Man's Arm, Police Say

    August 08, 2014 2:26 AM EDT Two men face charges including attempted murder after officials say they attacked a housemate and tried to forcibly remove a tattoo from his arm. Wicomico County Sheriff Mike Lewis said Wednesday that the 31-year-old victim of Monday's attack had his right arm amputated below the elbow…

  14. Pentatonix Sets 'Vol. 3' Release Date, Second Holiday Album

    August 07, 2014 8:34 PM EDT Not one, but two Pentatonix releases are coming this fall: PTX Vol. 3 hits shelves Sept. 23, followed by a second holiday album, That's Christmas to Me , on Oct. 21. The upcoming EP from the viral a cappella quintet marks their first with RCA Records , and will again feature covers of…

  15. Ariana Grande Fought Max Martin Over Grammatically Incorrect Lyrics

    August 07, 2014 12:43 PM EDT If you have a problem with Ariana Grande 's grammatically erroneous lyrics on her Zedd collabo "Break Free," you might be surprised to learn that the 21-year-old singer is completely on your side. "I fought [co-producer Max Martin ] on it the whole time," Grande tells…

  16. Pop Shop Podcast: Jessie J's 'Bang Bang' Acoustic Performance & Interview

    August 07, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Listen to the latest episode of Billboard.com's weekly charts breakdown. Welcome to the latest episode of the Billboard.com Pop Shop Podcast , Billboard's weekly half-hour audio breakdown of the Billboard charts, hottest music news and year's biggest musical events.…

  17. AIM's Labelled With Love Fest Unveils Lineup

    August 07, 2014 11:47 AM EDT AIM, the independent music trade body in the UK, has announced the lineup for its Labelled With Love festival. Over 20 indie labels have collaborated to curate the shows, which run from Aug. 3 through Oct. 4 at venues in Bath, Derby, London, Manchester, Newcastle and Nottingham. Hyperdub'…

  18. Black Milk & BADBADNOTGOOD, 'Now or Never': Exclusive Song Premiere

    August 07, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Converse Inc. brings together Black Milk and BADBADNOTGOOD for their latest release, "Now or Never." The second single off the upcoming album, Cons EP Vol. 2 , features Black Milk spitting encouraging rhymes over dark soundscapes, courtesy of the jazz/hip-hop Toronto trio. Listen to…

  19. Soul Legend Sam Moore Takes on Bluegrass With New Song 'Jesus & Jones'

    August 06, 2014 11:58 PM EDT During the years between 1965 and 1968, the R&B duo known as Sam & Dave embarked on what turned out to be a magical period. Seven of their Stax singles found a home in the top 10 on the Billboard R&B Singles chart at the time, including the classics “Hold On, I’m Comin',” …

  20. Mariah Sheds Her Manager -- Again

    August 06, 2014 9:59 AM EDT In the wake of disappointing album sales, Jermaine Dupri is out - and now Kevin Liles seems to be in. It looks like the "elusive chanteuse" continues to elude career stability. Mariah Carey has parted ways with longtime musical collaborator Jermaine Dupri as her manager, and has…

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