1. Nas Finds His 'Roots' in PBS Series, Discovers Ancestor's Bill of Sale

    July 23, 2014 8:39 PM EDT When Nas became the first rapper invited to trace his family tree through the PBS series "Finding Your Roots," he welcomed the opportunity. But it hit him hard when he saw 1859 documentation of an ancestor being sold as a slave, he said during a panel discussion Wednesday. "…

  2. Cyber Thieves Hacked 1,000 StubHub Accounts, Bought Tickets: Officials

    July 23, 2014 12:05 PM EDT Cyber thieves got into more than 1,000 StubHub customers' accounts and fraudulently bought tickets for events through the online ticket reseller, a law enforcement official and the company said. Arrests were expected in a case that sprawled across international borders, said the official…

  3. Sia Earns First No. 1 Album On Billboard 200 with '1000 Forms of Fear'

    July 16, 2014 10:53 AM EDT Singer-songwriter Sia nabs her first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 — and her best sales week ever — as "1000 Forms of Fear" debuts atop the list. The new album, released on Monkey Puzzle through RCA Records, sold 52,000 copies in the week ending July 13, according to…

  4. Seether Scores Second No. 1 On Top Rock Albums

    July 11, 2014 12:25 PM EDT The band bows with 'Isolate and Medicate.' Plus, Vance Joy hits the top 10 and AWOLNATION's 'Sail' tops Rock Streaming Songs at last Seether scores its second No. 1 on Billboard's Top Rock Albums chart, as "Isolate and Medicate" starts with 37,000 first…

  5. Needtobreathe Rocks 'The Heart' For Live Room Sessions: Video Premiere

    July 10, 2014 11:55 AM EDT Southern rock stalwarts Needtobreathe recently stopped by Hollywood's Ocean Way Studios for an installment in Warner's "Live Room" series, bringing seven songs to life in promotion of this year's album "Rivers in the Wasteland." Before the live cuts hit…

  6. Vance Joy Releases ‘Mess Is Mine’ Video Ahead of Debut Album: Watch

    July 10, 2014 3:53 AM EDT Vance Joy’s awaited debut album now has a name, a lead single, and a release date.  The Australian singer-songwriter’s “Dream Your Life Away” will arrive Sept. 5 in his homeland, via Mushroom Group label Liberation Music. The album should also land this September in the U.S. and U.K./Europe,…

  7. Jimmy Kimmel Attempts to Learn Sia’s ‘Chandelier’ Dance: Watch

    July 05, 2014 3:23 PM EDT Late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel and his sidekick Guillermo have taken a stab at learning the dazzling performance by 11-year-old Maddie Ziegler in Sia’s music video for “Chandelier.” Sia Taps 'Dance Moms' Star For 'Chandelier' Video: Watch Kimmel and Guillermo, both…

  8. Chart Highlights: Nico & Vinz Vault To No. 1 On Adult Pop Songs With 'Am I Wrong'

    June 30, 2014 7:35 PM EDT The Norwegian duo notches its first airplay chart No. 1. Plus, new No. 1s for Coldplay, Blake Shelton and Calibre 50 Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys listed below. All…

  9. Beyonce Tops Forbes Celebrity 100 List, Springsteen, Calvin Harris Also Make the Cut

    June 30, 2014 12:04 PM EDT Queen B reigns supreme in Forbes Celebrity 100 list, which was released Monday. Dr. Dre, Jay-Z, Rihanna and Katy Perry were also in the top 10 on the list that rates the cultural icons success and influence against one another.  Beyonce runs the show after a year that included 95 massive gigs…

  10. Pharrell Williams & August Alsina Win Big at BET Awards

    June 29, 2014 11:59 PM EDT The BET Awards never fail to deliver memorable surprises. This year wasn’t any different. Pharrell Williams kicked off the 2014 BET Awards at LA's Nokia Theatre with a performance of his latest "G I R L" single, "Come Get It Bae." With a handful of dancers dressed…

  11. Vance Joy, Sia, Lorde Win Big At APRA Awards

    June 23, 2014 11:19 PM EDT Vance Joy, Sia Furler, Lorde and Birds of Tokyo were among the big winners at the annual APRA Awards, held Monday night at Brisbane City Hall. Melbourne-born singer-songwriter Vance Joy (real name James Keogh) took out the coveted song of the year and pop work of the categories for his…

  12. Chart Highlights: Maroon 5's 'Maps' Makes Record Start; Michael Jackson, Justin Timberlake Top Adult R&B Songs

    June 23, 2014 4:55 PM EDT Maroon 5's Maps' start's with the best first-week plays total in the Adult Pop Songs airplay chart's history. Plus, new No. 1s for Jackson and Timberlake, Iggy Azalea and Enrique Iglesias Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard…

  13. Chart Highlights: John Legend's 'All Of Me' Crowns Fifth Airplay Chart

    June 02, 2014 4:35 PM EDT As it rises 2-1 on Adult Contemporary, the ballad becomes one of an elite group of songs to dominate at least five singular-format radio airplay charts. Plus, new No. 1s for Justin Timberlake, Idina Menzel and Billboard Hot 100 leader Iggy Azalea Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a…

  14. Vance Joy, Birds of Tokyo Top APRA Awards Nominations

    May 29, 2014 7:06 AM EDT With four nods each, Vance Joy and Birds of Tokyo lead the nominations for this year’s APRA Music Awards. Vance Joy (real name James Keogh) is up for breakthrough songwriter of the year, and his international hit “Riptide” is in the hunt for most played Australian work, pop work of the year,…

  15. Beyonce, Shakira, Lady Gaga Make Forbes' Most Powerful Women List

    May 28, 2014 7:12 PM EDT Forbes released its annual list of The World's 100 Most Powerful Women on Wednesday, and this year's ranking is topped by German chancellor Angela Merkel. Yet in the American political sphere, former first lady Hillary Clinton clocks in at number six -- two spots ahead of current…

  16. Fitz & The Tantrums Singer: 'The Walker' Riff Is 'Like Crack Cocaine'

    May 27, 2014 4:15 PM EDT Michael "Fitz" Fitzpatrick discusses the success of "More Than Just a Dream" and the band's possible next singles From the time it was conceived, Michael "Fitz" Fitzpatrick was confident Fitz & the Tantrums had something special with "The Walker…

  17. Chart Highlights: Justin Timberlake Passes Bruno Mars For Most Pop Songs No. 1s Among Solo Males

    May 26, 2014 4:35 PM EDT Timberlake tallies his seventh leader - and debuts with Michael Jackson on 'Love Never Felt So Good.' Plus, new No. 1s for Enrique Iglesias, Pop Evil and more Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs,…

  18. Sia Recreates 'Chandelier' for Ellen DeGeneres, (Who Starts Madonna Rumor in Intro)

    May 19, 2014 4:33 PM EDT Is Sia writing for Madonna's next album? On the May 19 episode of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," Sia uniquely recreated her buzzworthy music video for "Chandelier." In DeGeneres' introduction of the performance, she said that Sia had "written No. 1 hits for…

  19. Clive Davis Boycotting Sultan of Brunei's Hotels, Citing Humanitarian Issues (Report)

    May 10, 2014 3:02 PM EDT Music industry legend Clive Davis is reportedly boycotting numerous hotels owned by the Sultan of Brunei after the ruler imposed Shariah law in his home country. As of early May, the citizens on the island of Borneo face fines and imprisonment for minor crimes and whippings and amputation for…

  20. As the Decemberists Hibernate, Its Members Focus on Black Prairie (Q&A)

    May 09, 2014 1:08 PM EDT The Decemberists have been recording off-and-on and will "ramp up" next year, says Nate Query. Until then, four of the band's members push on with Black Prairie, which has released new album "Fortune" "Fortune," the new album from Black Prairie, the Portland…

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