1. 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…

  2. Exclusive: Primus' Les Claypool Talks Woodstock '94, 20 Years Later

    August 16, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Claypool reflects on mud-tossing, stage fright & Trent Reznor's Semen Demon. Twenty-five years after Woodstock set the tone for future rock festivals to come and arguably changed a generation, Gen X attempted to make lightning strike twice in Upstate New York with Woodstock '94…

  3. Watch Iggy Azalea's Pre-Stardom Music Video: She Wasn’t Always Rapping

    August 15, 2014 5:51 PM EDT The Internet may have just uncovered an untold chapter in the Iggy Azalea story -- a song that sounds nothing like her. In her June 2014 Billboard cover story , Iggy Azalea said she’d been writing raps since the age of 14, long before she topped the Billboard Hot 100 with “Fancy.” A…

  4. 'Finding Neverland' Musical Coming to Broadway

    August 13, 2014 8:58 PM EDT The musical adapts the 2004 film that starred Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet. Finding Neverland is officially soaring into Broadway . The musical adaptation of the 2004 film following Peter Pan playwright J. M. Barrie will begin performances on the Great White Way in March, according to a New…

  5. Listen to Michael Cera's Michael Cera-Sounding Debut Album

    August 13, 2014 5:52 PM EDT Over the weekend, Michael Cera essentially pulled off "a Beyonce," releasing a surprise full-length album without any buildup or promotion. And the secret was still well-kept until several days later, so in a sense, he pulled it off even better . All joking aside, the Cera album is…

  6. Exclusive Song Premiere: Lauren Jenkins Gives Motley Crue's 'Looks That Kill' a Country Twist

    August 13, 2014 1:41 PM EDT Wednesday is a big day for country newcomer Lauren Jenkins, who's being signed to Big Machine Label Group, Billboard is revealing exclusively in addition to premiering her countrified twist on Motley Crue's "Looks That Kill" from the cover album Nashville Outlaws: A…

  7. The Agency Group Acquires Respected Country Music Agency the Bobby Roberts Company

    August 12, 2014 10:18 AM EDT The Agency Group is expanding its footprint in Nashville by acquiring the Bobby Roberts Company, whose clients include Merle Haggard and Bobby Bare. The Agency Group has acquired highly respected boutique Nashville-based booking agency the Bobby Roberts Company, and will adopt BRC’s…

  8. 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…

  9. Smule Reveals Artist Program to Foster 'Organic' Fan Engagement

    August 11, 2014 1:44 PM EDT Smule, developer of music apps such as Magic Piano and Sing!, has launched a program that will help connect bands with fans. Called the Smule Artist Program, the initiative provides artists and labels access to 20 million active users who, through their creative efforts on Smule apps, have…

  10. Outside Lands 2014 Saturday Highlights: Tom Petty, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Haim and More

    August 10, 2014 10:10 AM EDT The second day of San Francisco’s annual music and arts festival Outside Lands brought classic rock hits, booty bouncing beats, furry freaks and even a surprise same-sex wedding proposal to scenic Golden Gate Park. Across genres, new songs were unveiled and fresh obsessions cemented. But…

  11. 'The Voice' Alum RaeLynn Reveals the Best Advice Pal Miranda Lambert Gave Her

    August 08, 2014 12:27 AM EDT After initially making her impact in the music world as a contestant on the second season of NBC’s The Voice , RaeLynn says watching her own record climb the charts has been unbelievable. “It feels absolutely amazing -- a major milestone for me," the singer tells Billboard about the…

  12. Pentatonix Sets 'Vol. 3' Release Date, Second Holiday Album

    August 07, 2014 8:34 PM EDT Not one, but two Pentatonix releases are coming this fall: PTX Vol. 3 hits shelves Sept. 23, followed by a second holiday album, That's Christmas to Me , on Oct. 21. The upcoming EP from the viral a cappella quintet marks their first with RCA Records , and will again feature covers of…

  13. Watch Iggy Azalea Go Vintage Clothing Shopping With Jeremy Scott on ‘House of Style’

    August 07, 2014 1:23 PM EDT Of course you already know that Iggy Azalea is fancy, but when it comes to her shopping habits, do you really know ? For a brand new episode of MTV’s House of Style , the recent Hot 100 -topping star went on a shopping spree with Moschino creative director Jeremy Scott around Los Angeles. The…

  14. Nils Lofgren Talks Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young While Touting Massive Box Set

    August 06, 2014 7:28 PM EDT "I love being in bands," Nils Lofgren told a sold out crowd at the Grammy Museum Aug. 5, midway through stories about his experiences in Grin and groups that backed Neil Young , Bruce Springsteen and Ringo Starr . Most importantly, it's the live show aspect of being in a band. …

  15. Nickelodeon Revives 'School of Rock' as TV Series

    August 04, 2014 6:33 PM EDT Nickelodeon is ready to rock. More than 10 years after Paramount's Jack Black and Mike White starrer, the kid-focused cable network is teaming with its fellow Viacom-owned studio's TV unit to revive  School of Rock as a live-action series, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Watch…

  16. Blake Shelton Announces New Album ‘Bringing Back the Sunshine’

    August 03, 2014 11:33 AM EDT Blake Shelton has revealed that his next album will be titled Bringing Back the Sunshine . The new studio, his eleventh, set will be released on Sept. 30. Blake Shelton's 'Story' Resumes at No. 1 Shelton’s camp at Warner Bros. hasn’t released a track listing or single yet, but…

  17. Bleachers Sit Comfortably Atop Alternative Songs

    July 31, 2014 5:00 PM EDT Jack Antonoff becomes the latest artist to top the chart with more than one group. Plus, action for Weezer and Crown the Empire. As Bleachers rise 2-1 on Billboard's Alternative Songs chart with "I Wanna Get Better," frontman Jack Antonoff becomes the latest artist to top the…

  18. Steve Aoki to Host Weekly Interactive Remix Countdown on SiriusXM

    July 30, 2014 7:50 PM EDT DJ's new program, 'Steve Aoki's Remix Rewind,' will present the top remixes each week as voted by listeners. Steve Aoki , one of electronic music's biggest stars, announced Wednesday (July 30) that he'll host a weekly interactive radio show on SiriusXM's BPM…

  19. A$AP Rocky Previews Instrumental Album In 'SVDDXNLY' Documentary

    July 30, 2014 6:04 PM EDT It started from emptiness -- empty beds, really, on  A$AP Rocky 's tour bus while globetrotting as the opener on Rihanna's Diamonds tour, and Vice Media's music channel Noisey had its first feature-length film. The documentary, titled SVDDXNLY (pronounced "Suddenly")…

  20. Watch: Twista Tackles Domestic Abuse In 'Got Away' Video

    July 30, 2014 5:01 PM EDT Twista tackles some serious issues in the latest video for his single, "Got Away." The Scott Emo-directed video follows a couple involved in domestic abuse and infidelity. "This video is supposed to have a lot of meaning and to help soothe one's pain after experiencing any…

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