1. J. Cole Releases Heartrending Michael Brown Tribute 'Be Free'

    August 15, 2014 10:43 AM EDT “All we want to do is take the chains off. All we want to do is be free.” J. Cole  has responded to the tragic death of Michael Brown with a gut-wrenching new song. Over a somber, key-based beat, Cole pleas for peace and equality in light of Brown’s death and the protests in Ferguson, Mo.…

  2. 'American Idol' Alum Josh Gracin, Feared to Have Committed Suicide, Is Alive

    August 15, 2014 3:21 AM EDT In an increasingly disturbing trend, another American Idol alum was thought to have died unexpectedly, until police found the former contestant alive, if not so well. Josh Gracin , who competed on season two of the Fox show, left a disturbing note on his Facebook page on Aug. 14 (screen…

  3. Watch Lil Wayne Rap Over ESPN's 'Sports Center' Theme

    August 14, 2014 7:03 PM EDT It's no secret Lil Wayne loves sports and ESPN, but getting him to rap over the Sports Center  theme is new level of fan engagement. Watch: Lil Wayne Debuts 'Krazy' Video The rap icon showed up at the sports network offices in Bristol, Conn. offices bright and early following a…

  4. Santana's 'Corazon' Live Concert Package Out Sept. 9

    August 14, 2014 6:21 PM EDT Following the success of his first-ever all Spanish-language album Corazón , Santana will release a live CD/DVD package titled Corazón, Live From Mexico: Live It to Believe It (RCA/Sony Latin Iberia) on Sept. 9 that includes a live CD and DVD plus a documentary film shot in different Mexican…

  5. Jason Aldean & More Country Stars Top Hot Tours

    August 14, 2014 5:09 PM EDT Blake Shelton & Rascal Flatts round out the top 3. Country music dominates the first three slots on the weekly slate of Hot Tours based on ticket sales reported from summer treks by Jason Aldean , Blake Shelton and Rascal Flatts . The country headliners are all on the road in North…

  6. Black Keys' 'Weight of Love' Video: Supermodel Lara Stone Goes Cult

    August 14, 2014 4:46 PM EDT "Weight of Love," the brooding, psychedelic seven-minute opener from the Black Keys' 2014 album Turn Blue might seem like an odd candidate for a music video, but director Theo Wenner thought otherwise. Wenner and the Keys have shared a cinematic clip for "Weight of Love,…

  7. Austin Mahone on Tour: Behind-The-Scenes Q&A and Live Performances

    August 14, 2014 2:45 PM EDT Eighteen-year-old Austin Mahone is in the midst of his biggest tour to date, playing sold-out shows for his “Mahomies” around the country. When Mahone hit Downtown Los Angeles’ Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE, the fifth show of the 30-date run, Billboard caught up with the singer, as…

  8. Michael Jackson’s ‘A Place With No Name’ Premieres On Twitter: Watch

    August 14, 2014 5:00 AM EDT Michael Jackson’s latest video has premiered on Twitter.  The promo for “A Place With No Name” was tweeted overnight from the late pop star's official account. A message tells Jackson’s 1.5 million followers, “It’s time! The first ever premiere of "A Place With No Name" right…

  9. 'Swipe' Right If You Dig This New Song About Tinder

    August 13, 2014 9:29 PM EDT Miracles of Modern Science craft a catchy pop tune about the ADD dating app. There are quite a few songs online about Tinder -- mostly parodies set to Kesha and Pitbull 's "Timber" -- but a funny thing happened Wednesday on YouTube: a really catchy, actually pretty great song…

  10. 'Finding Neverland' Musical Coming to Broadway

    August 13, 2014 8:58 PM EDT The musical adapts the 2004 film that starred Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet. Finding Neverland is officially soaring into Broadway . The musical adaptation of the 2004 film following Peter Pan playwright J. M. Barrie will begin performances on the Great White Way in March, according to a New…

  11. Listen to Michael Cera's Michael Cera-Sounding Debut Album

    August 13, 2014 5:52 PM EDT Over the weekend, Michael Cera essentially pulled off "a Beyonce," releasing a surprise full-length album without any buildup or promotion. And the secret was still well-kept until several days later, so in a sense, he pulled it off even better . All joking aside, the Cera album is…

  12. Wayne Haun Leads GMA Dove Awards Nominees

    August 13, 2014 2:39 PM EDT Gospel awards air Oct. 7 from Nashville. The Gospel Music Association announced the nominations for the 45th annual GMA Dove Awards on Wednesday (Aug. 13). The awards show will take place Oct. 7 at Allen Arena in Nashville at 6:30 p.m. CT and will be broadcast on Trinity Broadcasting Network.…

  13. MAGIC! Still No. 1 On Hot 100 as Meghan Trainor & Charli XCX Soar

    August 13, 2014 2:21 PM EDT The Canadian quartet rules for a fifth week with 'Rude,' while Trainor's 'All About That Bass' bounds and Charli XCX's 'Boom Clap' enters the top 10. MAGIC!'s "Rude" rules the Billboard Hot 100 for a fifth week. Meanwhile, Meghan Trainor&…

  14. Watch Iggy Azalea and Rita Ora Channel 'Kill Bill' in 'Black Widow' Video

    August 13, 2014 12:01 PM EDT They are just a pair of black widows. The video for Iggy Azalea 's "Black Widow" featuring Rita Ora made its debut Wednesday (Aug. 13). The video finds the pair channeling Kill Bill (by way of the Lady Gaga/Beyonce "Telephone" video) as two women out for…

  15. 'Guardians Of The Galaxy' Soundtrack Hits No. 1 On Billboard 200

    August 13, 2014 11:05 AM EDT Also, Meghan Trainor's "All About That Bass" hits No. 1 on the Digital Songs chart. The Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack rises to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 , becoming the second chart-topping soundtrack of 2014.  The blockbuster film's set, subtitled Awesome…

  16. Nicki Minaj to Perform at 2014 VMAs

    August 13, 2014 10:15 AM EDT Nicki Minaj will make her first solo VMA performance Aug. 24 on the 2014 edition of the MTV Video Music Awards. Minaj will perform her single "Anaconda," which was released Aug. 4 and is expected to debut on the Billboard Hot 100 this week. The song will appear on her next album,…

  17. 'American Idol' Champ Kris Allen Discusses New Album 'Horizons,' Remembers Michael Johns

    August 13, 2014 5:05 AM EDT It’s less than a week before the release date of his new album, Horizons , and American Idol season eight winner Kris Allen is like a kid on Christmas Eve. The 29-year old singer had just released a live stream of the collection on YouTube, and stayed up into the wee hours reading fan…

  18. Lauren Bacall Dies at 89

    August 12, 2014 8:09 PM EDT Hollywood's icon of cool won two Tonys for best actress in a musical. Lauren Bacall, the willowy actress whose husky voice, sultry beauty and all-too-short May-December romance with Humphrey Bogart made her an everlasting icon of Hollywood, has died, The Hollywood Reporter has…

  19. Exclusive: Sinead O'Connor on the Catholic Church and Why She Stepped Back From Being a Priest

    August 12, 2014 4:58 PM EDT Pope Francis bores Sinead O’Connor, but that doesn’t mean she’s let him off the hook.    While talking to the unflinchingly honest singer/songwriter about her new album, I’m Not Bossy, I’m The Boss , Billboard asked O’Connor, 47, what she makes of Pope Francis, who succeeded Pope Benedict…

  20. Killer Mike Honors Michael Brown In Fiery Instagram Post

    August 12, 2014 4:52 PM EDT "Look at what govt sanctioned murder has done," the rapper writes in his moving essay. Atlanta rapper Killer Mike has never been shy about voicing his political opinions -- he once rapped "George Bush don't like blacks? No shit, Sherlock!" and has made his audiences…

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