1. Jennifer Lopez, Iggy Azalea, Shakira and More: Music's Latest 10 Ice Bucket Challenges

    August 20, 2014 6:07 AM EDT The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is showing no sign of cooling off. In case you’ve been living on a space station for the past month, the social media phenomenon is channeling money and awareness toward Lou Gehrig's disease by confronting celebrities and everyone else to either pour a bucket…

  2. Charles M. Young, Punk Rock Journalist, Dead at 63

    August 19, 2014 8:44 PM EDT Rock journalist Charles M. Young, who joined Rolling Stone magazine in 1976 and championed New York's CBGB punk scene at its inception, died of cancer on Monday, Aug. 18. Young's passing follows a year-and-a-half battle with with a stage four brain tumor, he was 63.  At Rolling…

  3. Read Ferguson Native Michael McDonald's Take On Violence, Race & Michael Brown

    August 19, 2014 3:54 PM EDT Before his time with Steely Dan and the Doobie Brothers, Michael McDonald learned music growing up in Ferguson, Mo., where he spent 14 years of his childhood. With the nation now watching his hometown in horror and disbelief, McDonald penned an insightful op-ed on Michael Brown's death…

  4. Op-Ed: Killer Mike on the Problems Underlying the Chaos in Ferguson

    August 19, 2014 3:05 PM EDT "This week I have seen tanks, rubber bullets and tear gas used by police against the citizens that pay them." I have searched all night and day for new and better words that could express my feelings and fear for the people of this country. I found no new words. I have no hope…

  5. Diddy to Obama on Ferguson: 'Get on a Plane -- It's Serious'

    August 19, 2014 11:07 AM EDT Since the fatal shooting of Michael Brown on Aug. 9, the nation has watched the situation in Ferguson, Mo., continue to deteriorate as tensions boil between the police and protesters. While watching coverage of Ferguson on TV last night, Diddy took to Instagram to deliver a video message to…

  6. Don Pardo, 'Saturday Night Live' Announcer, Dead at 96

    August 18, 2014 11:52 PM EDT Don Pardo , the magisterial announcer of  Saturday Night Live  for nearly 40 years — the highlight of seven heard and hardly seen decades at NBC — has died. He was 96. Pardo died Monday evening, an NBC spokesperson confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter . No details of his death were…

  7. Watch Linda Perry and Sara Gilbert Lampoon 'American Idol'

    August 18, 2014 4:46 AM EDT If Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, or Led Zeppelin were to audition for American Idol today, would any of them have earned a Golden Ticket to Hollywood? The short answer to that, according to hit songwriter Linda Perry , star of VH1's Make or Break : The Linda Perry Project , is a resounding …

  8. 'Frank' Talk: Inside the Head of the Oddball Indie Comedy

    August 15, 2014 5:45 PM EDT Maggie Gyllenhaal, Michael Fassbender and Domhnall Gleeson not only portray down-on-their-luck oddball musicians in an avant-garde rock band in Frank , they had to become proficient as musicians to give realistic performances. Director Lenny Abrahamson and composer Stephen Rennicks drew on…

  9. CODE Picks of the Week: Flume, Howling, Netsky & More

    August 15, 2014 1:40 PM EDT Each Friday, CODE curates a diverse selection of the most noteworthy new tunes in dance music. Take a listen for a fitting soundtrack to your weekend. Arcade Fire, “Afterlife” (Flume Remix) Sydney native Flume continues to demonstrate why he’s one of dance music’s most exciting talents with a…

  10. Musicians React to Ferguson & Michael Brown: Frank Ocean, J. Cole & More

    August 15, 2014 12:52 PM EDT Given the impact of Michael Brown's tragic death and the protests that followed in Ferguson, Mo., it's no surprise musicians are letting their voices be heard. Billboard has compiled some of the voices that have resonated the loudest via social media on the topics of life, death,…

  11. German Music Market Dips in First Half of 2014 as CD Format Continues to Dominate

    August 15, 2014 12:16 PM EDT The music market in Germany saw a 0.8 percent dip after a weaker performance in the first half of 2014. As the German Federal Music Industry Association (BVMI) reported today, revenues from physical and digital music sales totaled $656 million euros in the first six months of 2014 -- four…

  12. New Signings: DJ Mustard Joins AM Only, Eardruma/Interscope Signs Two-9

    August 15, 2014 11:40 AM EDT Here's a look at the latest artist signings across the music industry, including record labels, artist management firms, publishing companies, booking agencies and more.   RECORD LABELS  -- Rap collective Two-9 joins producer Mike WiLL Made-It 's Eardruma Records/Interscope Records.…

  13. Simon Cowell Bringing Betty Boop to the Big Screen

    August 15, 2014 2:29 AM EDT Simon Cowell' s Syco Entertainment and Australian digital production house Animal Logic ( Lego Movie, The Great Gatsby ) are bringing Betty Boop back to the big screen. The pair announced Thursday they will develop and produce the cartoon starlet's first music-driven, hybrid…

  14. 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…

  15. Uncapped Concert Series Returns Aug. 19 With Run The Jewels and Jeremih

    August 14, 2014 10:01 AM EDT For the past three years, vitaminwater and The Fader's Uncapped concert series has been creating one-of-a-kind musical moments in intimate settings, from Frank Ocean and Bon Iver playing a New York City synagogue in 2012 to Solange performing at a laundromat in 2013.  For its latest…

  16. Exclusive: Annie Lennox Talks Return to Music With 'Nostalgia' Album, Reveals Cover, Track List & More

    August 14, 2014 9:45 AM EDT Annie Lennox is taking a trip back. Nostalgia , her first non-holiday album in seven years, is a collection of the iconic singer's impassioned takes on standards primarily from the 1930s and 1940s, many of them popularized by the likes of Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, Jo Stafford and…

  17. 'American Idol' Champ Kris Allen Discusses New Album 'Horizons,' Remembers Michael Johns

    August 13, 2014 5:05 AM EDT It’s less than a week before the release date of his new album, Horizons , and American Idol season eight winner Kris Allen is like a kid on Christmas Eve. The 29-year old singer had just released a live stream of the collection on YouTube, and stayed up into the wee hours reading fan…

  18. 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…

  19. Exclusive: Sinead O'Connor on the Catholic Church and Why She Stepped Back From Being a Priest

    August 12, 2014 4:58 PM EDT Pope Francis bores Sinead O’Connor, but that doesn’t mean she’s let him off the hook.    While talking to the unflinchingly honest singer/songwriter about her new album, I’m Not Bossy, I’m The Boss , Billboard asked O’Connor, 47, what she makes of Pope Francis, who succeeded Pope Benedict…

  20. Exclusive: The Knocks Share Awesome Mix of Classic Songs to Fete Their "Classic" Single

    August 12, 2014 12:00 PM EDT The electronic duo's 40-minute mix includes jams from Paul Simon, Fatboy Slim and Daft Punk. New York electronic band The Knocks have a new single titled “ Classic ,” featuring the band Powers , that is  available to buy today through Big Beat records. To fete the song’s release,…

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