1. Watch Vine Star Bobby Shmurda Crash Drake & Lil Wayne's Concert

    August 27, 2014 9:54 AM EDT Drake is on tour battling Lil Wayne , but that doesn’t mean he can't break from the mano a mano and bring a guest on stage every now and then. So on Monday night in Holmdel, New Jersey, Drizzy enlisted the help of Vine star Bobby Shmurda to liven up his set. “You’re my boss, you’re my…

  2. Brooklyn Rapper Bobby Shmurda Goes From Vine Star to Major-Label Player

    August 26, 2014 4:44 PM EDT Brooklyn rapper Bobby Shmurda’s rise has been almost as fast as the Web connections that fueled it. In March, he released his raw, homemade debut video for his aggressive breakout single “Hot N---a.” At one point in the clip, the Jamaican-American rapper tosses his hat in the air and hits his…

  3. Publishing Briefs: Raekwon to Scion Three, Warner/Chappell Signs The-Dream, SESAC Nabs Zac Brown

    August 26, 2014 10:43 AM EDT --  Warner/Chappell Music  has signed an agreement to extend its global music publishing agreement with  Terius "The-Dream" Nash , which covers the artist/songwriter's entire catalog, including such songs as Rihanna 's "Umbrella," Beyonce 's "Single…

  4. Amazon to Buy Twitch for $970 Million

    August 25, 2014 4:31 PM EDT Amazon is acquiring Twitch for $970 million.  Twitch, Live Video Streaming Giant, to Silence Illegal Audio The gaming platform, which primarily hosts live streams of users playing video games that other visitors to the site can then watch and comment on, draws over 55 million unique viewers…

  5. Morrissey Probably Won't Be Taking His Option for a Second Record with Harvest

    August 25, 2014 3:56 PM EDT According to a source familiar with the situation, " Morrissey has not been dropped by [Harvest Records, a subsidiary of Capitol Music Group, itself a subsidiary of Universal Music Group] but out of deference to his request they have reluctantly removed his album from all services."…

  6. Trade Bodies Say Global Release Day a Good Idea – Just Not the One Proposed

    August 25, 2014 2:34 PM EDT The proposed change to a global streetdate of Friday is receiving pushback from a coalition of independent record stores. When the IFPI has announced that the industry is considering a global Friday streetdate , a spokesman told Billboard that the Friday streetdate is not a done deal, and…

  7. Raury Releases 'Indigo Child'; LoveRenaissance Talks Signing with Columbia Records

    August 25, 2014 2:00 PM EDT After captivating a generation thirsty to be moved -- and a healthy portion of the music industry -- in less than a year, Raury releases his digital debut album, Indigo Child . The 13-song effort features the singer-songwriter channeling his frustration, which stems from the hardship he faced…

  8. Corner Office: The Agency Group's Gavin O'Reilly on Taking Over Nashville

    August 25, 2014 12:47 PM EDT With the just-closed acquisition of a Nashville mainstay, the new chief talks about taking country global and competing with the behemoths. How an Ireland-born, London-based music industry newbie made waves in Nashville by acquiring the respected 30-year-old Bobby Roberts Company has been a…

  9. Exclusive: Jackson Browne, Ry Cooder, Sturgill Simpson to Perform at Americana Awards

    August 25, 2014 12:14 PM EDT Spend any amount of time with Jed Hilly , executive director of the Americana Music Association, and you will no doubt be blown away with the sense of unbridled passion and energy that he approaches his job with. A great example of such an occasion came with Americanafest NYC -- which took…

  10. 2014 MTV VMAs: What You Didn't See on TV

    August 25, 2014 12:41 AM EDT Ariana Grande fangirls out over Jim Carrey, Nicki Minaj explains that wardrobe malfunction & more from behind the scenes. At Sunday's 2014 MTV Video Music Awards , you saw Sam Smith's no-frills performance , you saw Miley Cyrus put a spotlight on homelessness , and you…

  11. Sam Smith Stuns VMAs With Gorgeous, No Frills Performance

    August 24, 2014 9:45 PM EDT Sam Smith didn't have the craziest or the flashiest VMA performance, but when he took the stage to deliver the gentle, gorgeous "Stay With Me," he didn't need tricks to wow the Forum crowd. Get More: 2014 VMA , Artists.MTV , Music , Sam Smith There was no twerking,…

  12. Aloe Blacc & JC Chasez Talk Making of Smokey Robinson's 'My Girl' Remake

    August 22, 2014 7:24 PM EDT Smokey Robinson 's new album Smokey & Friends is an R&B/soul masterpiece that features new duet versions of some of the singer/songwriter's most memorable songs, including remakes of tracks written by Robinson for himself and his group the Miracles , as well as other acts…

  13. Bacon Brothers Q&A: New Album, Jamming With Daryl Hall & Playing 'Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon'

    August 22, 2014 6:44 PM EDT The Bacon Brothers return to the musical world with 36 Cents , their first disc of all-new material in six years. In an interview with Billboard, both Michael and Kevin Bacon expressed excitement to get new music out to the public, and also amazement at the work that goes into releasing a…

  14. MTV Preps Live VMA Ads With Usher, Iggy Azalea, Rita Ora & More

    August 22, 2014 6:14 PM EDT The ratings of MTV's Video Music Awards hinge so much year-over-year on zeitgeisty, unpredictable moments, it's often hard to forecast what will be the most talked-about topic the morning after. Witness 2013's telecast, which had an anticipated *NSYNC reunion and hyped…

  15. A Critical Evaluation of Ariana Grande's Acting

    August 22, 2014 1:10 PM EDT Is the former Nickelodeon star a true double-threat? We take a closer look at the pop singer's onscreen abilities. Though the core of Ariana Grande 's audience was built from the tweens who became fans watching her acting work on Nickelodeon, as a pop star, the 21-year-old caters to…

  16. Hot 100 Chart Moves: Clean Bandit Continues U.S. Invasion With 'Rather Be'

    August 22, 2014 1:05 PM EDT The British group's hit is yet another by a foreign act. Plus, moves for Jeremih, Echosmith, Rae Sremmurd and Hozier. As previously reported, MAGIC! tops the Billboard Hot 100 for a sixth week with "Rude" and Ariana Grande and Iggy Azalea boast a whopping three titles each in…

  17. Christina Aguilera’s Top 20 Billboard Hits

    August 22, 2014 1:00 PM EDT Fifteen years ago this month, Christina Aguilera successfully shed her Disney image with her sultry self-titled debut album , a No. 1 hit and a game-changing moment for the former "Mickey Mouse Club" star. The following decade-and-a-half has been full of such reinventions for…

  18. Shawn Mendes & Troye Sivan Shake Up Social 50 Chart

    August 22, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Two savvy social media stars popular on the Billboard + Twitter realtime charts make a timely entry on the Social 50 . First up: Shawn Mendes . The 16-year old who turned his fame on Vine into a record deal with Island Records, debuts at No. 32. Mendes recently saw his self-titled debut EP…

  19. James Blake Unveils New Song, Inks Worldwide Publishing Deal With Sony/ATV

    August 22, 2014 9:33 AM EDT James Blake premiered a new song on Thursday night (Aug. 21) during his BBC Radio 1 residency. The track, with its robot vocal elements and Tom Waitsian clack-clangs, was given the title of "200 Press" because, as the British artist-producer explained, "only 200 are going to be…

  20. Billboard Cover: Diplo on His Katy Perry Connection, Madonna Collaboration and 8-Figure Lifestyle

    August 22, 2014 9:00 AM EDT The most valuable backpack in Los Angeles is a capacious, sturdy-looking black number loaded with a pair of sticker-emblazoned MacBook Pro laptops, a set of headphones and a mobile Internet hotspot. It belongs to the 35-year-old DJ-producer Wesley Pentz, better-known as  Diplo , and it’s with…

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