1. 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…

  2. Russell Simmons' All Def Digital Brings In $5M from New Funding Round

    August 06, 2014 2:51 PM EDT Russell Simmons ' digital consumer entertainment brand and cross-platform network has secured $5 million in Series A financing from new media venture capital firm Greycroft Partners, with participation from Advancit Capital, Nu Horizons Investments and e.ventures The financing will…

  3. 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…

  4. Shazam to Resonate Deeper With Television

    August 05, 2014 11:45 PM EDT Music discovery app Shazam is looking to become more valuable to TV advertisers with a new service for branded integrations.  The New York-based company, which is best known for its song-identification technology, has announced Resonate, a sales product that allows networks to access its…

  5. Drake Welcomes Usher, 50 Cent, Lauryn Hill And Many More To Fifth Annual OVO Fest

    August 05, 2014 4:37 AM EDT Drake’s OVO Festival is like hip-hop Christmas in Toronto – you anticipate it every year but you never know what you’re gonna get. Prior years have brought surprise cameos from the likes of Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj and Snoop Dogg , or Diddy, Mase, Kanye West and Lil Wayne , and this year’s…

  6. 'Fashion Rocks' Returns From Five-Year Hiatus Sept. 9, Mazda Unveils Music-Themed Campaign

    August 01, 2014 2:13 PM EDT After a six-year, recession-induced hiatus, “Fashion Rocks” returns Sept. 9, resurrected as New York Fashion Week’s opening act. With a new media partner (Time Inc. replacing Conde Nast), network (CBS) and parent company (creator Richard Beckman and his Three Lions Entertainment, with Ron…

  7. LL Cool J & Russell Simmons Visit NYC Jail

    July 31, 2014 7:53 PM EDT A group of young people at a New York City jail complex got some words of encouragement on Thursday from hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons and rapper/actor LL Cool J . The two visited Rikers Island to mark the launch of a national anti-violence program from Simmons' RushCard, a prepaid debit…

  8. Ne-Yo: Ex-Manager Owes Me $8M

    July 31, 2014 4:37 PM EDT Ne-Yo wants $8 million from his ex-manager. The Daily News reports that the R&B singer-songwriter has sued onetime manager and confidant Kevin Foster in Manhattan federal court. Foster started handling Ne-Yo's finances in 2005. The lawsuit says Foster moved some of Ne-Yo's money…

  9. Samsung's Milk Music Joins the Premium Radio Service Race

    July 31, 2014 4:33 PM EDT Samsung has added a premium tier to its streaming service, Milk Music, making it the latest company to roll out an inexpensive, radio-like streaming service. For $3.99 per month, Milk Premium adds offline listening and unlimited song skipping to the regular offering of 200 stations and a…

  10. Vans Warped Tour's Nashville Stop Illustrates an Evolving Fest

    July 30, 2014 1:08 PM EDT The Vans Warped Tour presented by Journeys hit Nashville yesterday, where about 12,000 turned out to the Tennessee State Fairgrounds to see upwards of 100 bands. Tour founder/producer Kevin Lyman tells Billboard that attendance will hit about 520,000 this year, on a par with some of the tour&…

  11. Billy Bragg Helps Reintroduce Guitars Into British Prisons

    July 30, 2014 2:24 AM EDT Inmates in British jails can now strum away their sentences thanks to a campaign orchestrated by Billy Bragg. The veteran musician and activist had pushed for a relaxing of a recent ban which meant prisoners couldn't play steel-stringed guitars outside supervised sessions. Those rules…

  12. Meghan Trainor On 'All About That Bass': It's About 'Loving Your Body … And Your Booty' (Q&A)

    July 29, 2014 11:05 AM EDT The pop singer/songwriter talks her debut positive-body image hit: 'It's unreal that I'm kind of helping people' Meghan Trainor's debut hit "All About That Bass" is more than a pop song with an infectious beat. Its message of self-acceptance is also helping…

  13. Exclusive Song Premiere: Listen to Billy Joe Shaver's 'The Git Go'

    July 29, 2014 10:36 AM EDT Billy Joe Shaver is bringing out his new album, "Long in the Tooth," with some welcome momentum. The veteran Americana singer and songwriter and Outlaw Country icon is back on the charts thanks to Willie Nelson 's version of Shaver's "Hard to Be an Outlaw" on his…

  14. One Direction's Zayn Malik Barraged With Death Threats After '#FreePalestine' Tweet

    July 29, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Within just minutes of going online, a tweet by Zayn Malik managed to cause a storm of Middle East controversy for the One Direction singer Monday. Several weeks into Israel’s deadly military assault on Gaza, which has seen more than 1,000 Palestinians and 50 Israelis killed, Malik tweeted…

  15. Demi Lovato Debuts Shorter Locks, Announces New Performance

    July 26, 2014 6:05 PM EDT Demi Lovato just doesn't stop! She just added a new gig to her summer. The singer will take the stage at the Teen Choice Awards and she's bringing a friend along for the ride. She will be joined by Cher Lloyd. The twosome will perform their duet "Really Don't Care,"…

  16. Rihanna Stalker Arrested After Hand-Delivering Threatening Letters In New York

    July 26, 2014 1:19 PM EDT A homeless man in New York has reportedly been arrested for stalking and harassing Rihanna by hand-delivering several letters to the pop star’s Manhattan apartment. Rihanna, Swizz Beatz & More Weigh In on Israel-Palestine Conflict Kevin Mcglynn, 53, was allegedly caught on video…

  17. Shaq Comes Out of Rap Retirement to Get on Pharrell's 'NBA 2K15' Soundtrack

    July 25, 2014 5:16 PM EDT Could a 'Kazaam' sequel be next? When Pharrell Williams said he was "pumped and excited" to be curating the NBA 2K15 soundtrack, he probably didn't realize he'd be getting a very special submission from one Shaquille O'Neal. The artist responsible for a…

  18. Baseballer-Turned-Rapper Mike Stud Hits a Home Run With His No. 1 Album 'Closer'

    July 25, 2014 3:42 PM EDT Eight months after launching 300 Entertainment, principals Lyor Cohen, Todd Moscowitz and Kevin Liles are toasting their first No. 1 album:  Closer  by 25-year-old Mike Stud. The college baseball pitcher-turned-rapper surprised chart-watchers when he topped Billboard’s Rap Albums tally in the…

  19. Jacob Latimore's 'Heartbreak Heard Around The World' Ascends Trending 140

    July 24, 2014 6:48 PM EDT The teenager's buzzy single features T-Pain. Jacob Latimore has come a long way, from being featured on Radio Disney as a 9-year-old in 2006 to a recent starring role in a major motion picture. The now 17-year-old Milwaukee-native has re-emerged onto the music scene with a new single, …

  20. You're Going To Want To See Robin Wright Dance With Jimmy Fallon to 'Turn Down For What'

    July 24, 2014 9:40 AM EDT Turn down for Claire Underwood? "House of Cards" fans were in for a weird treat when Robin Wright stopped by the "Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon" Wednesday night. The actress played "Turn and Face the Music," a game that made Wright and Fallon perform dramatic…

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