1. 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…

  2. Miley Cyrus' VMAs Date Turns Self In, Posts Bail

    August 29, 2014 1:51 AM EDT The young homeless man who accompanied Miley Cyrus to the MTV Video Music Awards and who had been sought on an Oregon arrest warrant has turned himself in and posted bail, an Oregon official said Thursday night. Jesse Helt , 22, turned himself in at the Polk County Jail in the Willamette…

  3. 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…

  4. L.A.'s Mayor, Jay Z and Live Nation's Alliance Draws Criticism Over Potential Conflicts

    August 28, 2014 10:00 AM EDT This story first appeared in the Sept. 12 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.  Revelers at Jay Z's Labor Day weekend Made in America festival might wonder how such a major music event in the center of downtown Los Angeles came together in only a few months without the usual…

  5. Young Jeezy Pleads Not Guilty to Gun Charge

    August 27, 2014 6:23 PM EDT The end of the 22-date Under the Influence of Music Tour has had a sobering impact on headliners Young Jeezy and Wiz Khalifa , as the former faces a gun charge and the latter has had at least one future show canceled in the wake of a shooting death . A 38-year-old man named Eric Johnson was…

  6. Song of the Summer 2014: Billboard Staff Picks

    August 27, 2014 2:00 PM EDT It’s time to face facts: summer 2014 is almost at an end. But before we pack away our beach towels and sunscreen, we’re taking a moment to salute all the great tunes that have soundtracked our lives for the last 3 months. In advance of naming Billboard’s official Song of the Summer next week,…

  7. Wiz Khalifa Earns First No. 1 Album On Billboard 200

    August 27, 2014 10:59 AM EDT Meanwhile, Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off" blasts in at No. 1 on the Digital Songs chart with a massive debut. Hip-hop star Wiz Khalifa earns his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 , as his new Blacc Hollywood set arrives atop the list. The album, which was…

  8. Rock Duo Death From Above 1979: Being in a Band Together ‘Is No Longer Repulsive’

    August 26, 2014 3:52 PM EDT For most bands, an eight-year break would be career-ending. But for Death From Above 1979 , it was a long, much-needed breath of fresh air. The Toronto rock duo, consisting of Sebastien Grainger and Jesse F. Keeler , blew minds and eardrums in 2004 with their brand of fierce dance-punk,…

  9. Transformation Tuesday: Miley Cyrus, Humanitarian?

    August 26, 2014 3:20 PM EDT After using her VMA win to put a spotlight on youth homelessness, we may have an Angelina Jolie-in-the-making on our hands. Miley Cyrus  knows how to keep people guessing -- she's done it for more than half of her life, ever since she became a teen queen on Disney cultural…

  10. Miley Cyrus' VMA Date: Criminal Record Uncovered

    August 26, 2014 1:55 PM EDT When Miley Cyrus put a homeless young man named Jesse on national television to make a plea for homeless youth in America at the VMAs, it was one of the night's most poignant moments. Now, information is coming to light about the 22-year-old's troubles with the law. Not long…

  11. Ask Billboard: If Taylor Swift Hits No. 1 ...

    August 26, 2014 11:05 AM EDT A look at chart feats that could await Swift tomorrow. Plus, women are dominating the Digital Songs chart As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state…

  12. How Jesse Kinch Won ‘Rising Star’

    August 26, 2014 12:41 AM EDT Four contestants braved the intimidating "Wall" of viewer votes on the season finale of Rising Star on Sunday night, but only one emerged victorious — 20-year-old rocker Jesse Kinch was named the series inaugural champion over worship leader Austin French , soulful crooner Dana…

  13. Emmys 2014: And the Winners Are ...

    August 25, 2014 11:08 PM EDT The 66th annual Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony were handed out Monday (Aug. 25) night.  The awards were presented during a live NBC telecast at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live.   Seth Meyers served as host of the telecast.  During the show,  Billy Crystal paid tribute to his late friend Robin…

  14. Young Jeezy Arrested For Gun Possession

    August 25, 2014 6:42 PM EDT Young Jeezy is currently in custody for possession of a weapon, police confirmed to Billboard. The weapon at hand -- an assault rifle -- was found Sunday when the Irvine and Mountain View, Calif., police investigated a shooting that occurred at Wiz Khalifa 's concert in Mountain View,…

  15. MTV VMAs 2014: Check Out The Top Twitter Topics

    August 25, 2014 5:31 PM EDT Miley Cyrus ' Wrecking Ball struck again at the VMAs.  Twitter has released the data from the time during Sunday's ceremony, and it's no surprise the awards show was a big talking -- and tweeting -- point. According to @NielsenSocial, there were 12.6 million tweets in the U.S…

  16. 'Rising Star' Recap: Season One Winner Crowned as Voting Proves its Worth

    August 25, 2014 5:35 AM EDT Tonight, a Capitol Records contract was awarded, and not even a West Coast save could have made its recipient anybody but Jesse Kinch . With 10 episodes under its belt, a few disappointed teenager in its wake, and hopefully not too much permanent follicle damage to Kesha’s hair, the Wall made…

  17. 2014 VMAs Recap: Beyonce Steals Show, Miley Cyrus Wins Video of the Year

    August 25, 2014 12:28 AM EDT The 2014 MTV Video Music Awards didn’t twerk up a controversy like last year’s edition. Back in California after a year in Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, the VMAs ran relatively smoothly from the Forum in Inglewood, located just outside Los Angeles. Miley Cyrus captured Video of the Year…

  18. Miley Cyrus Turns VMAs Acceptance Speech Into Plea for Homeless Youth

    August 24, 2014 10:54 PM EDT One year after her twerkfest defined the 2013 VMAs, Miley Cyrus stole the show at the VMAs once again. After winning the night's biggest award, Miley sent up her mystery date to accept the Video of the Year Award for "Wrecking Ball." But instead of patting the industry on its…

  19. 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…

  20. New York Fashion Week Preview: From Lorde to Madonna, Designers’ Front-Row Dream ‘Gets’

    August 22, 2014 6:11 PM EDT Fashion Week isn’t just about next season’s hot looks -- it’s about who is hot right now, too. From Rihanna creating a spectacle at the Paris shows in March to Kanye West making appearances for obscure fashion houses, scoring a major artist can make for a hit collection, as 10 designers…

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