1. Billboard Cover Story Sneak Peek: Diplo Got Drunk With Madonna and 4 Other Details on Their Upcoming Collaboration

    August 21, 2014 6:42 PM EDT Diplo is one of the most in-demand producers on the planet. Who else but the 35-year-old DJ could knock out "four or five" songs for Usher's next album in a week's time, work on new tunes with both  Ty Dolla $ign  and  Lorde  and gather 30 new tracks for  Major Lazer &…

  2. Oscar-Winning Director to Helm Upcoming Stax Records Film ‘Respect Yourself’

    August 18, 2014 4:34 PM EDT The director of Oscar winner 20 Feet From Stardom will helm "Respect Yourself" The tale of Stax Records, the trailblazing label that launched Otis Redding’s career and released hits like Eddie Floyd’s “Knock on Wood,” is eyeing the big screen and Broadway. Evergreen Media Group, the…

  3. Paul Giamatti to Star in 'Straight Outta Compton' as N.W.A Manager

    August 16, 2014 11:31 AM EDT The actor will play Ruthless Records co-founder Jerry Heller Paul Giamatti has closed a deal to star in Straight Outta Compton , The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively. The actor will play Jerry Heller, manager of the pioneering rap group N.W.A. Casting Company Apologizes for…

  4. Damon Dash Makes Move to Collect Money From Lee Daniels' Films

    August 14, 2014 3:53 PM EDT Roc-a-Fella Records co-founder says Daniels owes him money for such works as 'The Butler' and 'Precious.' Damon Dash believes he is owed money from several of Lee Daniels ' film and television projects, including The Butler . The Roc-a-Fella Records co-founder has…

  5. Esperanza Spalding Signs With WME

    August 14, 2014 10:57 AM EDT Grammy Award-winning jazz artist Esperanza Spalding has new representation. Billboard  and The Hollywood Reporter have learned that the singer-bassist has signed with WME . Spalding joins a jazzed-up roster at WME that also includes Diana Krall , Natalie Cole , Chris Botti and Preservation…

  6. Watch Joseph Arthur's Moving Tribute Music Video for Robin Williams

    August 13, 2014 6:42 PM EDT As the world mourns Robin Williams' suicide earlier this week , an outpouring of remembrances and story-sharing about the Oscar and Grammy-winning actor have filled the web and helped to celebrate the influence he had on so many lives.  Robin Williams' 10 Best Musical Moments…

  7. Brazil's Controversial World Cup Stadiums Poised to Expand Its Touring Market

    August 13, 2014 2:43 PM EDT Brazil spent $4 billion to build or renovate 12 stadiums in preparation for the 2014 World Cup, a move that, like the rest of the country's soccer spending spree, generated more jeers than cheers. While a few of these stadiums will get some action during the 2016 Summer Olympics,…

  8. Karen O Hypes New LP ‘Crush Songs’ With Intimate Shows & Secret Listening Sessions

    August 13, 2014 1:32 PM EDT Karen O , the show-stopping front woman of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs , will release her solo debut Sept. 9 -- and she’s announced a stream of intriguing live events to get her fans even more excited. In the month following the Sept. 9 release of Crush Songs , Karen will perform a series of gigs in…

  9. Lauren Bacall's Death: Stars React

    August 13, 2014 1:39 AM EDT As news broke that Hollywood great Lauren Bacall had died at the age of 89, an outpouring of condolence and respect came from the music world via electronic media.  Legendary singer and actor Barbra Streisand spoke of her shock at losing her “wise and loving friend” so soon after the…

  10. 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…

  11. Juicy J and DJ Paul Sued Over Three 6 Mafia Samples

    August 12, 2014 4:14 PM EDT A label head is taking Juicy J and DJ Paul to court over samples from a rap duo they'd previously collaborated with. Juicy J and DJ Paul of Three 6 Mafia , the Oscar-winning southern rap group formed in 1991, and their label businesses (Select-O-Hits, S.A.T. Entertainment Music and Scale…

  12. Robin Williams' Death Due to Hanging

    August 12, 2014 2:25 PM EDT The four-time Oscar nominee was found unconscious in his Northern California home on Monday. Robin Williams died of an apparent hanging Monday, Marin County police said at a Tuesday press conference. The preliminary cause of death is asphyxia due to hanging, Lt.Keith Boyd told the media.…

  13. 'Aladdin' Composer Alan Menken Pays Tribute to Robin Williams

    August 12, 2014 9:23 AM EDT On Monday, Aug. 11, news that Oscar-winning actor and comedian Robin Williams was dead of a suspected suicide at 63 stunned the world. From Taylor Swift to Ozzy Osbourne to Pete Wentz , Twitter was taken over by an outpouring of grief over the loss of the comedy titan. Although Williams…

  14. Robin Williams' 10 Best Musical Moments

    August 11, 2014 10:10 PM EDT The world was saddened to hear that Oscar-winner Robin Williams had died Monday of a suspected suicide at the age of 63. Williams' influence was vast, and spanned across film and television to music as well with five Grammys to his credit and three charting albums on the…

  15. Robin Williams' Death: Music Stars React on Twitter

    August 11, 2014 8:35 PM EDT Cher, Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry and Quincy Jones all remember the comedian online. As news broke that Oscar-winning actor Robin Williams had died Monday of a suspected suicide, an outpouring of condolence and appreciation came from the music world via social media.  Miley Cyrus, Katy…

  16. Robin Williams Dead at 63, Suicide Suspected

    August 11, 2014 7:41 PM EDT The Oscar-winning actor and comedian had been recently battling severe depression. Oscar-winning actor and comedian Robin Williams has died at age 63, according to police in Marin County, Calif. Robin Williams' Death: Music Stars React on Twitter The full statement is below. On…

  17. Outside Lands 2014: 10 Best Performances

    August 11, 2014 4:50 PM EDT For three days, we strapped on our trainers to traipse seven stages laid out across the vast grounds of Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, where more than 100 acts played their hearts out at the seventh annual Outside Lands. With weekend crowd estimates hovering around 200,000, the sold-out…

  18. Glen Hansard Surprises 'Once' Audience at Hollywood’s Pantages Theater

    August 10, 2014 5:35 PM EDT Hansard was in Los Angeles for a concert at the Hollywood Bowl on Aug. 10. Glen Hansard surprised the audience attending the Aug. 8 performance of the stage version of "Once" at the Pantages Theater in Hollywood, joining the cast of the musical for an impromptu performance of a…

  19. Outside Lands 2014 Friday Highlights: Kanye West, Disclosure, Kacey Musgraves and More

    August 09, 2014 10:40 AM EDT There was a mellow beginning and a repeatedly "Bloody" end to the first day of the lucky seventh edition of Outside Lands, the festival so beloved by San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park that organizers Another Planet have a contract to host it there until at least 2021. Don’t worry,…

  20. CBGB Announces Third Annual Music and Film Festival

    August 06, 2014 2:31 AM EDT CBGB , the iconic New York club that has presented the next big thing in music for 40 years, will stage the third annual CBGB Music & Film Festival from Oct. 8 to 12. Last year's festival premiered with more than 50 music-based films, including the New York premiere of the Oscar…

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