1. Electric Zoo Returns With Drug-Sniffing Dogs, Tightened Security and Smaller Crowd

    August 30, 2014 11:35 AM EDT This year's crowd is thinner, the weather is breezier and the sound is lower. To borrow the ubiquitous Lil Jon lyric, Electric Zoo has “turned down.” Electric Zoo Festival Tightens Security After two drug-related deaths at last year’s scorching event forced its cancellation and made…

  2. Sammy Hagar Faces Revived Libel Suit From Ex-Playboy Bunny

    August 28, 2014 11:40 PM EDT A federal appeals court says an Iowa woman who claims rock singer Sammy Hagar fathered her baby 25 years ago may sue him for libel, invasion of privacy, and breach of contract. The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals says the woman, identified only as Jane Doe, may sue the former Van Halen…

  3. 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…

  4. How a 'Parks & Rec' EP Got She & Him, Childish Gambino & Superchunk to Play His Backyard

    August 27, 2014 11:30 AM EDT Donick Cary is enlisting musicians to help prevent teen suicide. Every year for one evening, Donick Cary opens his backyard to bands like Yo La Tengo, She & Him, The Polyphonic Spree and Childish Gambino . Cary, co-executive producer on NBC comedy Parks and Recreation , has used his Los…

  5. 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 ),…

  6. Emmys 2014: And the Winners Are ...

    August 25, 2014 11:08 PM EDT The 66th annual Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony were handed out Monday (Aug. 25) night.  The awards were presented during a live NBC telecast at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live.   Seth Meyers served as host of the telecast.  During the show,  Billy Crystal paid tribute to his late friend Robin…

  7. How Beyonce & Jay Z's Triumphant VMA-Ending Moment Came to Be

    August 25, 2014 5:06 PM EDT Viacom president says Bey was 'obvious choice' to receive Video Vanguard Award, giving her 16 minutes of air time to shut down the rumor mill. If there was any lingering suspicion about the health of Jay Z and Beyonce 's seven-year-old marriage, the couple put it to bed with a…

  8. Miley Cyrus Concert Banned by Dominican Republic

    August 21, 2014 7:49 PM EDT The Dominican Republic government commission that oversees public performances is banning a Sept. 13 concert by Miley Cyrus on morality grounds. MTV's Van Toffler Talks Miley Cyrus, FCC, Why Diddy's Revolt Won't Work The commission said in a statement Thursday (Aug. 21) that…

  9. Emma Stone Confirms Starring Role in Broadway's 'Cabaret'

    August 21, 2014 3:47 AM EDT It was an open secret among theater insiders that Emma Stone was in negotiations to star in Cabaret when preparations were underway to bring the Roundabout Theatre Company's smash revival back to Broadway last season. But those talks fell apart due to scheduling conflicts related to The…

  10. Jennifer Hudson's Half-Brother Arrested After Alleged Stabbing

    August 20, 2014 11:35 AM EDT Jennifer Hudson 's half-brother Stephen Angelo Simpson was arrested Tuesday, Aug. 19, after he allegedly stabbed a man on Monday night. The stabbing took place at Simpson's estranged wife's apartment in the South Haven Charter Township in Van Buren County, Mich., according to…

  11. Soundwave Fest Expands, Announces Line-Up With Faith No More, Slipknot & Soundgarden

    August 19, 2014 11:18 PM EDT Australia’s Soundwave, one of the biggest touring hard-rock festivals on the planet, will be even bigger next year.  In an announcement that took many observers by surprise, organizers have revealed the Soundwave 2015 program would be spread over two days, with a bill that features…

  12. Michael A. Hoey, Producer, Director & Elvis Screenwriter, Dies at 79

    August 19, 2014 7:13 PM EDT Michael A. Hoey , who wrote the screenplays for a pair of  Elvis Presley films and was the architect behind the 1966 cult science-fiction movie The Navy vs. the Night Monsters , has died. He was 79. Hoey, the son of English actor  Dennis Hoey -- who played the bumbling Inspector Lestrade in…

  13. Who Are This Year's Highest-Paid DJs?

    August 19, 2014 5:58 PM EDT Surprise! There’s a DJ out there who's making more money than Jay Z, according to Forbes . It's Calvin Harris , who topped Forbes ' annual DJ moneymaking power list, Electronic Cash Kings , with $66 million in annual earnings. Harris played 125 gigs over Forbes' scoring…

  14. Bow Wow to Co-Star in 'CSI: Cyber'

    August 19, 2014 3:49 PM EDT Rapper joins Patricia Arquette in the 'CSI' spinoff. Rapper and actor Bow Wow, born Shad Moss, has been cast as a series regular on the CBS spinoff CSI: Cyber , the network announced Tuesday (Aug. 19). Moss will play 19-year-old hacker Brody "Baby Face" Nelson. A cyber…

  15. MTV’s Van Toffler Talks Miley Cyrus, the FCC, Why Diddy’s Revolt Won’t Work

    August 18, 2014 10:54 AM EDT The MTV veteran on his 12 networks, the Aug. 24 VMAs, P. Diddy’s Revolt (“I can’t find it”) and constant reinvention. When Van Toffler first went to work at 1515 Broadway in the mid-1980s, starting in business development for Nickelodeon and eventually rising to GM, then president of MTV, the…

  16. Watch The Killers' Goofy Cover of Iggy Azalea's Summer Hit 'Fancy'

    August 17, 2014 7:07 PM EDT The popularity of Iggy Azalea’s "Fancy" is pervasive and undeniable. As if it wasn't everywhere already, The Killers brought it to their headlining set at the UK’s V Festival in Staffordshire with a goofy cover of the the summer anthem.   Iggy Azalea Closes In On Rap Chart…

  17. Disney's 'American Idol' Experience to Close Early

    August 15, 2014 8:56 PM EDT The Orlando theme park attraction won't make it to the next round. Walt Disney World's American Idol Experience attraction will be closing come the end of the summer, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. As first reported in The Orlando Sentinel , the Experience will shut down for…

  18. Music Biz Agent Claims Colleague Impersonated Him on Twitter

    August 13, 2014 3:04 PM EDT Joseph Cassiere's lawsuit over @QuotesOfJJ also provides one of the first tests of a fairly new California cyber-bullying law. Joseph Cassiere , a booking agent in the music industry, has brought a lawsuit against a former colleague who allegedly set up a Twitter account to impersonate…

  19. Watch Robyn & Röyksopp Space Out for ‘Monument’ Video

    August 13, 2014 6:20 AM EDT Robyn and Röyksopp have released a promo for “Monument” that's so epic, it needs a companion video to tell the full story. The six-minute-plus sci-fi inspired film was shot by director Max Vitali, who created a weightless, timeless space by shooting on a wire-based camera, also known…

  20. Norwegian Artist Bernhoft's New Album Receives the App Treatment from New Startup

    August 12, 2014 10:33 AM EDT After working for years on records by the Waterboys , Depeche Mode , and the Cure , among others, and realizing that albums were being made with less care and attention these days, producer Phillip Tennant started thinking about the music industry backwards. "No one’s got the funds…

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