1. Ferguson Protest Songs Impact Real-Time Charts

    August 28, 2014 7:28 PM EDT The Game's 'Don't Shoot' is the latest Ferguson-related viral track to chart high on the Billboard + Twitter Trending 140 tally. The protests in Ferguson, Mo., over the shooting of Michael Brown on Aug. 9 have been an important topic of online conversation on Twitter,…

  2. Exclusive: Guitarist Jason Becker, Who Suffers From ALS, Calls Ice-Bucket Trend 'Amazing'

    August 28, 2014 6:25 PM EDT Jason Becker, a former guitarist for David Lee Roth who has lived with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) for 25 years, is thrilled to see what the ice-bucket challenge is doing in the fight against the disease. “I love it. It is amazing,” Becker tells Billboard via phone from his home in…

  3. Watch Killer Mike Talk Ferguson on Fox News

    August 28, 2014 6:04 PM EDT Since writing a thought-provoking op-ed for Billboard about Ferguson, Mo. , Killer Mike has appeared on CNN and, now, Fox News to talk about the ongoing tensions following the shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown. Interviewed by Lisa Kennedy Montgomery (aka onetime MTV VJ Kennedy …

  4. 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…

  5. Labor Day Playlist: 20 Songs About Working for the Man

    August 28, 2014 3:32 PM EDT In America, we live to work and work to live -- and we never stop complaining about it. Even folks who love their jobs are never satisfied. If baseball weren’t our national pastime, bitching about our stupid jerk-face bosses surely would be. Luckily, we pause once a year on the first Monday…

  6. 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…

  7. The Game Assembles All-Star Hip-Hop Crew for Michael Brown Tribute, 'Don't Shoot'

    August 27, 2014 7:31 PM EDT In the wake of the killing of the unarmed black teenager Mike Brown at the hand of a white police officer and the civil unrest that's followed in the town of Ferguson, Mo. we've seen an outpouring of engagement from musicians voicing their opinions.  Killer Mike penned an op-ed for…

  8. 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…

  9. G-Unit Puts Spotlight On Police Brutality In 'Ahhh Shit' Video

    August 26, 2014 1:42 PM EDT "Put your hands up, you still getting shot," 50 Cent raps on G-Unit ' s new song, "Ahhh Shit." The crew's new song, released late Monday, Aug. 25, features Young Buck , 50 and Kidd Kidd rapping, candidly, about racism and police brutality. After flashing a Rated…

  10. Robyn Hitchcock on Covering His Muses, the Passage of Time & 20th Solo Album ‘The Man Upstairs’

    August 26, 2014 12:49 PM EDT "I am effectively a folk artist. I’m just not a traditional folk artist." Pick up the phone to interview Robyn Hitchcock and you might get an unexpected lesson in history and geography. “I’m staring at the sea on the south coast of England, the Isle of Wight, just where Jim Morrison…

  11. VMAs Ratings Down Despite Blue Ivy Surprise

    August 26, 2014 12:02 PM EDT The 2014 MTV Video Music Awards was the most-watched show on television Sunday, pulling in 8.3 million total viewers, down 18 percent from the 10.1 million viewers who tuned in last year. Based on Nielsen numbers, the original broadcast had 10.3 million viewers tuning in on MTV, MTV2, VH1…

  12. Cobra Starship’s Gabe Saporta Talks New Single 'Never Been In Love,' Featuring Icona Pop

    August 25, 2014 4:10 PM EDT Check out the brand-new lyric video for 'Never Been In Love.' "When you heard the title of the song did you think it would be a negative song?" Cobra Starship 's Gabe Saporta asks. The frontman is doing an early interview to hype Cobra Starship’s so-far-untitled fifth…

  13. Chart Highlights: Sam Smith's 'Stay With Me' Crowns Pop Songs, Adult Pop Songs, AC

    August 25, 2014 3:35 PM EDT The ballad becomes one of only three songs ever to lead the three lists simultaneously. Plus, new No. 1s for Jeremih, ScHoolboy Q, Demi Lovato & more Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers…

  14. 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…

  15. Was the VMAs' Robin Williams Tribute Undercooked?

    August 25, 2014 12:16 PM EDT At least one outlet  is calling the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards’ tribute to Robin Williams “touching.” But in the eyes of most who chronicled the evening on social media or recapped it afterwards, the VMAs' 20-second tribute to the late comedian came off as awkward, undercooked, or just…

  16. 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…

  17. This Week In Billboard Chart History: In 1976, The Bee Gees Celebrate With 'Dancing'

    August 25, 2014 8:05 AM EDT This week in 38 years ago, the trio led the first Dance Club Songs chart. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Katy Perry, the Notorious B.I.G. and Debbie Gibson Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history Aug. 25, 2001 The…

  18. MTV VMAs 2014 Review: A Show That Distinguished Itself From Years Past

    August 25, 2014 1:19 AM EDT Glamor, humility and likeability gave the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards a unique flavor distinct from recent years in which the profane and the confused ruled alongside mediocrity. Lewdness, a hallmark of so many VMA telecasts, took a backseat on this night -- even Nicki Minaj's stripper…

  19. 2014 MTV VMAs: Best & Worst Moments, From Political Pleas to Fashion Flubs

    August 25, 2014 1:00 AM EDT The 2014 VMAs won't go down in MTV history as one of the best, but this year's show did give us a few touching and genuinely surprising moments, from Miley's plea for homeless youth to Blue Ivy's flawless hands. Sunday night also had its fair share of screwups: Production…

  20. 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…

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