1. Idris Elba Taps Mumford & Sons, James Blake for Nelson Mandela-Inspired Album

    September 24, 2014 9:21 AM EDT Idris Elba has announced plans for a November release of mi Mandela, an album inspired by his experience playing late South African anti-Apartheid leader Nelson Mandela in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. ‎ Elba, also known as the star of Luther , said the release will include South African…

  2. This Week in Billboard Chart History: 25 Years Ago, Milli Vanilli's 'Miss' Hits Top of Hot 100

    September 22, 2014 8:05 AM EDT This week in 1989, the duo scored its second of three No. 1s. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Madonna, Luther Vandross and the Beatles Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history Sept. 22, 2007 Alicia Keys ' "…

  3. Elvis Presley History Celebrated at Tennessee's Bone Appetit Benefit

    September 16, 2014 5:36 PM EDT This weekend marks the Second Annual Bone Appetit -- an event that benefits Downtown Dogs Group, a no-kill animal rescue organization based in Jackson, Tenn. In addition to celebrating our furry friends, the event also features a lot of food and a lot of music. The event is catered by many of…

  4. Memphis Soul Doc ‘Take Me to the River’ Is Giving Back to Musicians in Need

    September 09, 2014 5:09 PM EDT In Take Me to the River , Martin Shore 's documentary about music scenes in and around Memphis since the late 1950s, veteran artists are united in recording studios with singers and rappers two or three generations younger. Snoop Dogg Helps Premiere 'Take Me to the River' at…

  5. Watch Paul McCartney & Johnny Depp's Half-Hour Blues Jam Session

    September 05, 2014 4:55 PM EDT When Paul McCartney released his "Early Days" video in July, fans were treated to Johnny Depp's third appearance in a Macca music video (after "My Valentine" and "Queenie Eye"). The clip was interspersed with footage of McCartney, Depp and a group of blues…

  6. Hip-Hop Activist Talib Kweli on Ferguson: 'There Needs to Be an All-Out Revolution' to Change Racism

    September 05, 2014 10:00 AM EDT I am a child of the civil rights movement. My parents met in 1969. They attended New York University together and protested the Vietnam War. My mother got into NYU thanks to a scholarship that was established in Dr. Martin Luther King’s name the year that he was murdered. Because my parents…

  7. Ask Billboard: Taylor Swift Out-'Shake's Mariah Carey

    September 01, 2014 10:05 AM EDT A song called 'Shake It Off' tops the Hot 100 at last. Plus, Swift's place in pop/country crossover history, Christina Aguilera's career sales and more As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com .…

  8. Made in America Philly Day 1 Highlights: The National, Steve Aoki, Kanye West & More

    August 31, 2014 2:22 PM EDT Here’s a minute-by-minute recap of Saturday’s Philly highlights. Now in its third year, Budweiser Made in America got off to an auspicious, business-as-usual start in Philadelphia on Saturday (Aug. 30), featuring headlining performances from The National , Steve Aoki and Kanye West . Made…

  9. Movie Academy to Honor Harry Belafonte

    August 28, 2014 11:32 PM EDT Harry Belafonte and Maureen O'Hara are among those who will be honored by the motion picture academy's board of governors. The academy said Thursday that Belafonte will receive the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at the academy's sixth annual Governors Awards on Nov. 8 in Los…

  10. 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…

  11. Why Don’t Today’s Hits Reflect The Times?

    August 21, 2014 3:22 PM EDT This week in 1965, the hottest debut on Billboard ’s Hot 100 was Barry McGuire ’s “Eve Of Destruction,” the lyrics of which were a wake-up call, from its opening shot of “The Eastern world, it is explodin’; violence flarin’, bullets loadin’,” to its warning of impending nuclear war (“If the…

  12. Taylor Swift's '1989' Album: 10 Dream Collaborators From 1989

    August 20, 2014 4:19 PM EDT Here are the producers, songwriters and music video auteurs that could make T-Swift's next project truly feel like a blast from the past. "I was listening to a lot of late 80's pop music," Taylor Swift explained to her audience on Monday's big announcement…

  13. The 25 Most Popular Music Clubs in the U.S.

    August 19, 2014 12:00 PM EDT On April 23, just one day after the release of her soon-to-be No. 3 album on the Billboard 200, Iggy Azalea was onstage at the House of Blues in Boston playing for a sellout crowd of 2,500. A major artist in front of a small crowd -- investors call it a "perishable experience"; fans…

  14. Don Pardo, 'Saturday Night Live' Announcer, Dead at 96

    August 18, 2014 11:52 PM EDT Don Pardo , the magisterial announcer of  Saturday Night Live  for nearly 40 years — the highlight of seven heard and hardly seen decades at NBC — has died. He was 96. Pardo died Monday evening, an NBC spokesperson confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter . No details of his death were…

  15. 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',” …

  16. Bleachers Sit Comfortably Atop Alternative Songs

    July 31, 2014 5:00 PM EDT Jack Antonoff becomes the latest artist to top the chart with more than one group. Plus, action for Weezer and Crown the Empire. As Bleachers rise 2-1 on Billboard's Alternative Songs chart with "I Wanna Get Better," frontman Jack Antonoff becomes the latest artist to top the…

  17. How 'Get On Up' Nailed the James Brown Look

    July 28, 2014 4:44 PM EDT Film's production and costume designers lead Billboard through the film's many times and places. Harlem's Apollo Theater, where James Brown recorded his legendary live album in 1962, was built in a middle school auditorium in Natchez, Miss., for Get On Up. "We got lucky,…

  18. Ted Nugent Responds to Casino Concert Cancellation: 'I'm Not Racist'

    July 23, 2014 8:09 PM EDT Conservative rocker blames left-wing detractors for Indian tribe canceling show After a planned Aug. 4 concert at Idaho's Coueur D'Alene Casino was canceled over his "racist views," Ted Nugent is firing back at his "haters." The conservative rocker says his…

  19. Jim Lauderdale Talks New Album 'I'm a Song' and Country Music: 'It's Constantly Evolving'

    July 01, 2014 3:13 PM EDT Once Jim Lauderdale started to record his latest album, "I’m A Song," he says it was hard to stop. The disc, released today (July 1), features twenty songs – more than he originally planned on. “I started it off two years ago. I went into the studio while a young man was doing a…

  20. Jane's Addiction to Headline the Sunset Strip Music Festival

    June 24, 2014 2:08 AM EDT Jane's Addiction, which first played on the Sunset Strip as the opener to Gene Loves Jezebel at The Roxy nearly two decades ago, is returning to West Hollywood in September as the king of the influential live-music scene. The L.A. rockers will headline the first day of the newly…

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