1. Hip-Hop Moves As Strong Force for Michael Brown

    August 30, 2014 2:17 PM EDT Rappers are making their voices heard in song and on the ground in Ferguson, Mo., in the wake of Michael Brown's shooting death, channeling hip-hop's earlier roots when the genre worked as a voice for the oppressed and spoke out against injustice. Op-Ed: Killer Mike on the Problems…

  2. Can Simon Cowell Revive 'X Factor' U.K.?

    August 30, 2014 10:00 AM EDT A Spice Girl will join the creator as he returns to the ITV show after its U.S. cancellation The X Factor creator Simon Cowell will return as a judge on the U.K. version of the show this Saturday night amid hopes that its ratings can be revived in what will be its 11th season. U.S. Version of…

  3. 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…

  4. 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,…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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 …

  8. 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…

  9. Weezer's Rivers Cuomo Tapped as Subject for New Fox Comedy 'DeTour'

    August 27, 2014 9:45 PM EDT Fox is looking to Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo for its next comedy. The network has handed out a hefty put-pilot commitment to single-camera comedy DeTour , inspired by the life of the singer-songwriter, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Weezer Pushes Back 'Everything Will Be Alright…

  10. 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…

  11. 'Glee' Final Season Details Revealed

    August 27, 2014 3:19 PM EDT Who's a series regular? Why is Rachel back in Ohio? Glee 's sixth and final season premise has been revealed. According to Fox, the truncated season will again revolve around Lea Michele 's Rachel Berry, who returns to Ohio after a "humiliating failure" as a TV…

  12. Taylor Swift's 'Shake It Off' Debuts At No. 1 On Hot 100

    August 27, 2014 12:03 PM EDT Swift's new single blasts in at No. 1, thanks to hefty sales, streaming and airplay. Plus, Nicki Minaj's 'Anaconda' vaults 39-2 following the premiere of its video. Taylor Swift rockets onto the Billboard Hot 100 chart at No. 1 with "Shake It Off."…

  13. Ice Bucket Challenge Round-Up: Aerosmith, Rick Rubin, John Mayer & More Musicians

    August 26, 2014 5:20 PM EDT Even Posh Spice! The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is still going strong, which means even more musicians are willing to tape themselves dumping ice water on their heads and putting that video on the Internet for enternity. The latest participants? Rick Rubin (answering Eminem 's challenge ),…

  14. Bob Dylan Releasing 'The Basement Tapes Complete' This Fall

    August 26, 2014 1:00 PM EDT A six-disc set of Bob Dylan 's legendary Basement Tapes recordings with the Band from 1967 will be the next edition of Columbia Records/Legacy Recordings' Bootleg Series. The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11 will be released Nov. 4. Compiled from meticulously…

  15. Ask Billboard: If Taylor Swift Hits No. 1 ...

    August 26, 2014 11:05 AM EDT A look at chart feats that could await Swift tomorrow. Plus, women are dominating the Digital Songs chart As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state…

  16. Ed Sheeran: I Recorded Two Songs with David Guetta

    August 25, 2014 1:41 AM EDT The 23-year-old tells Billboard that he was in the studio with the dance maestro. Before Ed Sheeran took the MTV Video Music Awards stage to accept his first-ever VMA for Best Male Video for "Sing," the U.K. singer-songwriter dished to Billboard on his most recent collaboration.…

  17. Chris Brown’s ‘X’ Track List: Kendrick Lamar, R. Kelly, Trey Songz & More

    August 24, 2014 3:38 PM EDT Chris Brown's new album will be released on Sept. 16 through RCA. Chris Brown’s long-delayed sixth album, X , will feature guest appearances from Kendrick Lamar , R. Kelly , Trey Songz , Akon and Brandy , among others. Brown has already released several new tracks for the forthcoming…

  18. Watch Eminem and Rihanna Take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge On Stage in Detroit

    August 24, 2014 12:58 AM EDT Eminem and Rihanna saved the biggest splash of The Monster Tour for last. Literally. Eminem chose the duo's Saturday night show at Comerica Park in his home town of Detroit -- the sixth and final date of their tour -- to answer Dr. Dre's ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. As the MC and…

  19. Billboard 200 Chart Moves: 'Idol' Hits New Low

    August 22, 2014 3:30 PM EDT Also: Sale pricing in the iTunes Store lifts Linkin Park, while The Vamps take a historic tumble down the chart. On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart, the Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack held on to the No. 1 slot for a second week, selling 93,000 copies in the week ending Aug. 17,…

  20. MTV VMAs Artists to Watch: Sam Smith, 5 Seconds of Summer, Charli XCX, Schoolboy Q and Fifth Harmony Battle for the Moonman

    August 22, 2014 2:15 PM EDT Artist to Watch may be the VMAs' most coveted category. Which new artists should take the prize Sunday night? It’s been a breakthrough year for Sam Smith , 5 Seconds of Summer , Charli XCX , Schoolboy Q and Fifth Harmony . But only one of these hot newcomers will walk away with a coveted…

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