1. Nicky Da B, Diplo's 'Express Yourself' Bounce Collaborator, Dead at 24

    September 02, 2014 8:10 PM EDT New Orleans bounce artist Nicky Da B has died, according to his management. He was 24. "It is with heaviness in our hearts today that we confirm the passing of Nicky Da B. Nicky was a beautiful soul and we will always be grateful for his magnetic personality and loving spirit," his…

  2. Jonsi & Alex Talk Scoring WGN's 'Manhattan': Listen to Opening Credits Song

    September 02, 2014 7:00 PM EDT It's the first TV project for Sigur Ros frontman Jonsi & Alex Somers. Jonsi & Alex , the side project of Sigur Ros ' Jón Þór Birgisson and Alex Somers, are busy in Iceland supplying music for their first TV series, WGN's Manhattan . Set in New Mexico during atom bomb…

  3. Afrojack Plots Next Sound on U.S. Radio: 'It's Time to Bring the Dance Back'

    September 02, 2014 6:54 PM EDT He offers preview with unreleased Katy Perry remix. One of the highlights of the inaugural L.A. edition of Made In America was Afrojack 's hour-long set, which found fans chanting his name even before he began playing. This is one of the last times American fans will see him in 2014,…

  4. Chief Keef Reveals Artwork for Kanye West Collabo 'Nobody'

    September 02, 2014 6:20 PM EDT It's almost here: Chief Keef 's collaboration with Kanye West , "Nobody." In anticipation, Chief Keef revealed the artwork for the single early Tuesday (Sept. 2). The single cover features both rappers' heads side by side -- almost fading into the black background. &…

  5. Joel Crouse Wants To Shoplift His Own Album

    September 02, 2014 6:07 PM EDT The former Taylor Swift opener talks his debut album 'Even the River Runs.' Joel Crouse has an interesting idea to promote his just-dropped debut album Even The River Runs -- he wants to try shoplifting his own record. "A lot of people have told me not to do this, but now that…

  6. Sofi de la Torre's 'Vermillion' is a Pop Song You Need to Embrace

    September 02, 2014 4:48 PM EDT The Spanish singer-songwriter talks about traveling the world and finding her sound with the electro-pop track. Sofi de la Torre's single "Vermillion" has not yet appeared on any Billboard charts, has sold a negligible amount of downloads and has only been viewed 22,000 times…

  7. Exclusive: Cypress Hill Talks Details About Their First New Album in Five Years

    September 02, 2014 4:19 PM EDT At a festival like Made In America, where Kanye West and Imagine Dragons  are headliners, and Afrojack , Steve Aoki , Iggy Azaela , Rita Ora , Kendrick Lamar  are the big draws, Cypress Hill are the token throwback act. But for the hip-hop group, which released their first album in 1991,…

  8. Run the Jewels Reveal 'RTJ2' Album Art, Track List & Tour Dates

    September 02, 2014 2:31 PM EDT Run the Jewels , the collaborative project of Killer Mike and El-P , just revealed the cover art (above) and track list (below) for their second album, RTJ2, as well as a slew of tour dates behind the album. After hitting more than 30 North American cities this fall, the duo will play several…

  9. The Black Keys Considering January Studio Return

    September 02, 2014 2:20 PM EDT "I don't want to go somewhere too pre-planned. We always want to go somewhere different," says the group's Patrick Carney. The Black Keys are certainly looking forward to getting their North American tour underway on Sept. 5 in Columbus, Ohio. But given their druthers, Dan…

  10. Justin Bieber Charged With Assault, Reckless Driving Near Hometown

    September 02, 2014 1:49 PM EDT Canadian pop star Justin Bieber faces new charges after police said Tuesday he was arrested for dangerous driving and assault following a collision between a minivan and an ATV that led to a physical altercation in southwestern Ontario. Ontario Provincial Police said the incident happened…

  11. Maroon 5 Tightens Up on 'V': Track-By-Track Review

    September 02, 2014 1:06 PM EDT The guys of Maroon 5 have the art of making pop records down pat. They've been sneaking into ear canals and embedding seemingly irremovable songs in four minutes flat for more than a decade. And lately, they've been doing it spite of lead singer Adam Levine, who's wrestled with…

  12. Hot 100 Record-Breaker Fred Stobaugh, 97, Returns With New Song

    September 02, 2014 1:05 PM EDT After becoming the senior-most artist ever to appear on the Hot 100 last year, the beloved songwriter releases follow-up 'Took Her Home,' a second tribute to his late love, Lorraine A year ago this month, "Oh Sweet Lorraine" spent a week on the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 42.…

  13. Exclusive Album Premiere: Folk-Bluegrass Trio Judah & the Lion's 'Kids These Days'

    September 02, 2014 1:04 PM EDT Folk-bluegrass band Judah & The Lion will release their debut full-length disc, Kids These Days , on Sept. 9. And Billboard.com is exclusively premiering the album, the follow-up to their 2013 EP, Sweet Tennessee,  which reached the No. 2 spot on the Bluegrass Albums chart. Click below to…

  14. Exiting BPI Chairman Tony Wadsworth Looks Back, Forward in Final Keynote

    September 02, 2014 12:42 PM EDT Yesterday, British trade body BPI held its annual general meeting, attended by Damon Albarn, representatives from the government and the BBC, and many, many members of the U.K. music industry. The day was a special occasion for BPI and BRIT Awards chairman Tony Wadsworth , who delivered the…

  15. New Order Signs to Mute Records, Plans New Release in 2015

    September 02, 2014 12:17 PM EDT Seminal British band New Order has inked a global record deal with U.K. indie Mute and is looking to release new material next year. The band's last studio album, Lost Sirens , which consisted of eight unreleased tracks originally recorded during the making of 2005's Waiting For The…

  16. Passenger on Tour: Behind-the-Scenes Q&A and Exclusive Live Performance

    September 02, 2014 12:00 PM EDT English singer-songwriter Mike Rosenberg, better known by his stage name Passenger , is in the midst of his biggest headlining tour to date, supporting his acclaimed new album Whispers . His earnest folk-rock tunes have enchanted sold-out crowds across America, and our cameras caught up with…

  17. Exclusive Premiere: Listen to Better Than Ezra's New Album 'All Together Now'

    September 02, 2014 10:35 AM EDT Frontman Kevin Griffin tells Billboard about the prank-filled recording sessions for their new album. Better Than Ezra , the New Orleans-based rock trio behind such '90s hits as “Good” and “Desperately Wanting,” are back with a new studio album, and it's streaming exclusively on…

  18. YouTube Unveils 'Fan Funding' on Videos

    September 02, 2014 10:30 AM EDT YouTube has begun rolling out a handy-dandy crowd-funding feature that allows users to donate directly to independent content creators as they watch videos. Announced last month at VidCon by YouTube's Susan Wojcicki , the simply named Fan Funding function appears at the top left of some…

  19. 'Pancake Mountain,' Kid-Friendly and Music-Centric Series, Returns with New Season of (Weird) Programming

    September 02, 2014 10:18 AM EDT The series, co-conceptualized by punk demigod Ian Mackaye and ressurected thanks to the patronage of 'Star Wars' director J.J. Abrams, returns today. Katy Perry 's slightly scantily-clad performance on Sesame Street may not have flown with Big Bird -- or parents -- but the…

  20. Is Neil Young Recording His Orchestral Album?

    September 02, 2014 4:54 AM EDT Neil Young is apparently making good on his plan to record an orchestral album.  The legendary Canadian artist has been at work in the studio cutting a new recording with the highly-rated German-born composer and arranger Chris Walden . The longplayer is said to have a working title of…

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