1. Free Music Round-Up: Raury, Ty Dolla $ign, Rico Love & Melat

    August 29, 2014 5:00 PM EDT This was an exciting week for free music. Raury released a precocious album debut, Ty Dolla $ign and Rico Love delivered R&B-drenched projects and rising singer Melat channeled vintage hip-hop/soul on her EP. Raury's Indigo Child (Album) Raury aims for a powerful, cohesive statement…

  2. Snoop Dogg Dons Whiteface for... Some Reason

    August 29, 2014 4:12 PM EDT Happy Friday? Following in the footsteps of Nick Cannon for the first time in his life, Snoop Dogg has donned whiteface for a series of Instagram videos. Whiteface Snoop, who goes by the name Todd, is urging his fellow bros to sign up for a website called WhiteGuysConnect.com, which a quick…

  3. The MusicCares Challenge Emerges to Benefit Artists (and Show Off Great Music)

    August 29, 2014 4:08 PM EDT Last Saturday Tom DeSavia , head of creative services at Songs Music Publishing, was sick of the naysaying from detractors of the now-ubiquitous Ice Bucket Challenge which, according to Forbes , has increased donations to the ALS Association by 3,500% over last year, from $2.8 million to over…

  4. Iggy Azalea Rules Song of the Summer Readers' Poll

    August 29, 2014 2:50 PM EDT With summer 2014 almost at its end (sad but true), we’ve been looking back at the hit songs that have kept the last three months sizzling. Both musicians and Billboard staff members have made their picks, and now the Billboard readers have made their voices heard – and those voices are all…

  5. Ariana Grande Quiz: 10 Questions about the 'Problem' Star

    August 29, 2014 1:49 PM EDT How well do you know pop's biggest new star? Take our quiz to find out! With the release of her sophomore album My Everything , Ariana Grande has elevated herself into a special class of pop star, among the big names capable of conjuring inescapable radio hits, must-see awards show…

  6. Who Wants to Buy Seattle Club Chop Suey? It's a Steal

    August 29, 2014 1:15 PM EDT Chop Suey, a funky lounge and music venue in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood, is up for sale after rent in the stand-alone building rose too high. Known for its experimental streak with showcases like their Black Werido parties, but also home to concerts from the likes of Macklemore…

  7. Rock Against Trafficking Founder Gary Miller Hopes to Launch at the Grammys

    August 29, 2014 12:00 PM EDT The founder of the all-star Rock Against Trafficking (R.A.T.) campaign is eyeballing next year's Grammy Week for the organization's public launch, with a variety of activities that include the release of an album featuring Police and Sting covers, a party and perhaps a performance…

  8. Oasis' 'Definitely Maybe' at 20: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    August 29, 2014 12:00 PM EDT If Blur hadn’t made it big, frontman Damon Albarn would’ve been A-OK. He’s a clever guy from a good family, and one way or another, this handsome, multi-talented Londoner was going to leave his mark on the world. The same is not necessarily true for Noel and Liam Gallagher, the brothers…

  9. U.K. Group Rallies Musicians, Writers and Performers to Fight Government Cuts

    August 29, 2014 10:28 AM EDT Newly formed U.K. protest group Artists’ Assembly Against Austerity are calling on musicians, writers, artists and performers to voice their opposition against government cuts in public and voluntary services.     Over 500 people working in the creative arts have so far signed up to the…

  10. Meet WINNER: K-Pop's Exciting New Boy Band

    August 29, 2014 12:32 AM EDT The quintet's first single was revealed less than three weeks ago and now they have a No. 1 on Billboard's World Albums chart and a Top 10 entry on Heatseekers Albums. It's an intrinsic property of the K-pop scene that its stars go through years of training before their public…

  11. Who Should Play Rivers Cuomo on Weezer TV Show?

    August 28, 2014 6:59 PM EDT Ohh-wee-ohh, they look just like Buddy Holly. Weezer already has a cruise to its name, so at this point, a TV show should be a no-brainer, right? With the band's new studio album approaching ( Everything Will Be Alright in the End is due Oct. 7 ), fans will also be treated to a Rivers…

  12. DJ Hannah Bronfman Reveals Her New York Fashion Week Hotspots

    August 28, 2014 5:19 PM EDT N ew York Fashion Week, which runs Sept. 4-11, is days away, and if you’re Hannah Bronfman -- entrepreneur, co-founder of beauty and fitness booking app Beautified, celebrity DJ -- you’ve got a schedule chock-full of things to do. (Previously, the 26-year-old’s itinerary has included…

  13. 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…

  14. Chase Rice 'Ignite's Top Country Albums Chart

    August 28, 2014 4:44 PM EDT The former 'Survivor' star wins this week's chart challenge. Plus, Blake Shelton blasts in with his new single 'Neon Light.' Chase Rice , singer/songwriter and 2010 runner-up on CBS' Survivor: Nicaragua , storms in at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums…

  15. The Madden Brothers on Overcoming 'Moments of Self-Doubt' and Working With Pharrell

    August 28, 2014 4:26 PM EDT Benji and Joel Madden are literally surrounded by their success. As they sit with Billboard in a Hollywood recording studio, the 35-year-old twin brothers are flanked by gold and platinum records and posters commemorating sold-out shows during the previous 15 years with Good Charlotte . They…

  16. 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…

  17. Exclusive: Marc Anthony and Other Salsa Legends Share Memories of Legendary Label Fania Records

    August 28, 2014 2:47 PM EDT In this oral history, salsa legends share their memories -- good and bad -- of the most important tropical music label of all time During the early 1960s, Johnny Pacheco was riding high on Cuban-based Latin music. Dominican-born and New York-raised, Pacheco was a Juilliard-trained multi…

  18. SiriusXM Has Good Week in Important Legal Battle Over Pre-1972 Music

    August 28, 2014 2:25 PM EDT A judge is leaning toward rejecting jury instructions proposed by Warner, Universal and Sony. SiriusXM could be on the verge of fending off the first major challenge in an ongoing lawsuit brought by major record labels over its royalty-free broadcasting of pre-1972 music. Pitbull Given Own…

  19. David Lynch Almost Directed a Kanye West Video: 'I Feel I Let Him Down'

    August 28, 2014 12:32 PM EDT Sad face emoticons from the legendary film director. When David Lynch told the Los Angeles Times he loved Kanye West 's "Blood on the Leaves" last year, fans were quick to note the director's dark, singular vision would be a perfect fit for a music video for the rapper&…

  20. Ed Sheeran Brings His One-Man Band to L.A.'s Staples Center: Concert Review

    August 28, 2014 11:30 AM EDT Can one man with no band, no backup singers, no dancers, and no stage-mates whatsoever entertain a crowd of nearly 20,000? That question was answered Wednesday night at L.A.'s Staples Center when Ed Sheeran hit the stage with just a guitar and a loop pedal, and the answer was a 20,000…

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