1. Wiz Khalifa, 'Blacc Hollywood': Track-by-Track Review

    August 19, 2014 4:50 PM EDT Since the release of his mixtape in 2005, Wiz Khalifa has evolved from a rising Pittsburgh rapper to a pop icon. While his easygoing persona makes him come off like one of hip-hop's most casual rappers, his work ethic speaks otherwise, spanning from a ceaseless touring schedule to a…

  2. The 25 Most Popular Music Clubs in the U.S.

    August 19, 2014 12:00 PM EDT On April 23, just one day after the release of her soon-to-be No. 3 album on the Billboard 200, Iggy Azalea was onstage at the House of Blues in Boston playing for a sellout crowd of 2,500. A major artist in front of a small crowd -- investors call it a "perishable experience"; fans…

  3. Marvel's 'Ant-Man' Adds T.I. to Growing Cast

    August 19, 2014 9:41 AM EDT Marvel's Ant-Man has announced several new castings, including rapper T.I. , Bobby Cannavale ( Boardwalk Empire ), Judy Greer ( Archer ) and John Slattery ( Mad Men ). The film, directed by Peyton Reed , began principal photography on Monday in San Francisco. It stars Paul Rudd  as its…

  4. Oscar-Winning Director to Helm Upcoming Stax Records Film ‘Respect Yourself’

    August 18, 2014 4:34 PM EDT The director of Oscar winner 20 Feet From Stardom will helm "Respect Yourself" The tale of Stax Records, the trailblazing label that launched Otis Redding’s career and released hits like Eddie Floyd’s “Knock on Wood,” is eyeing the big screen and Broadway. Evergreen Media Group, the…

  5. Wiz Khalifa's Taylor Gang Records Signs Distro Deal with INgrooves

    August 18, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Label’s roster includes Juicy J, Ty Dolla $ign; first project is an EP by Chevy Woods. Rapper Wiz Khalifa ’s Taylor Gang Records has signed with INgrooves Music Group for worldwide distribution and marketing. An EP by rapper Chevy Woods is slated as the first project under the new alliance.…

  6. 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…

  7. Midge Ure Album Premiere: Stream 'Fragile' Now

    August 14, 2014 10:31 AM EDT Midge Ure calls Fragile , the former Ultravox leader's first new release in more than a decade, "the type of album I needed a lifetime in music to create." And there was some bumpy terrain leading up to it. Listen to Fragile in full, exclusively on Billboard.com: "It'…

  8. London Grammar Leads Nominations for AIM Independent Awards

    August 13, 2014 9:28 AM EDT Electro-pop band London Grammar leads the pack with four nominations at the 4th annual AIM Independent Awards. The list of indie music's brightest artists and advocates was revealed at Red Bull Studios London on Wednesday with winners to be announced at an event on Sept. 2. London…

  9. 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…

  10. Kings Of Leon Cancel Tour Dates, Questlove To Fill In for ‘Tonight Show’ Slot

    August 11, 2014 11:20 PM EDT Kings Of Leon has canceled a raft of live dates to allow drummer Nathan Followill to recover from injuries he sustained in a bus crash. The show, however, will go on at The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday (Aug. 12). The late night entertainment program’s resident band leader…

  11. Watch Taylor Swift Tease 'Tonight Show' Appearance With Dorky Video

    August 08, 2014 5:50 PM EDT Eww. Is Taylor Swift gunning for another Saturday Night Live hosting gig? The singer -- who will be ramping up public appearances in the coming weeks to promote her as-yet-unofficial new music -- is featured in a new video from The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon . Swift will be on the program…

  12. Exclusive Video: Miranda Lambert Gives the Behind-the-Scenes Story Behind Her Song 'Platinum'

    August 08, 2014 3:15 PM EDT Miranda Lambert knows how to celebrate ten years on the charts -- with what appears to be shaping up as her biggest album yet. Platinum , the fifth studio album from the native Texan, recently debuted at the top of the Top Country Albums chart, as well as the Billboard 200. The first two…

  13. Exclusive: Drake, Lil Wayne Debut 'Street Fighter'-Inspired Tour App DvsLW

    August 07, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Just before the Drake Vs Lil Wayne tour kicks off Friday night at the Darien Lake Performing Arts Center, an interactive app designed for the tour is debuting on Google Android and Apple iOS. DvsLW, a collaboration with tour sponsor Capcom (the video-game publisher behind Street Fighter and…

  14. Gospel Singer Joseph Habedank's Journey Through Addiction, Towards His New Record

    August 05, 2014 6:13 PM EDT Joseph Habedank -- longtime member of the successful gospel group The Perrys -- is branching out on his own with a new solo album, Welcome Home , that was created as he emerged from the crucible of addiction (to pain medication) that eventually saw him check into Nashville-area treatment…

  15. Jay Z and Beyonce's On The Run Tour Tops $100 Million, 'Everybody’s Winning'

    August 05, 2014 8:30 AM EDT Plagued by rumors of poor ticket sales and still a target for the tabloids, the Jay Z/Beyonce On The Run stadium tour will nevertheless wrap as a huge success. Jay Z and Beyonce 's On The Run tour wraps in North America with two nights at AT&T Park in San Francisco, both tonight …

  16. Legendary DJ Alan Freed's Ashes Sent Packing at Rock Hall of Fame

    August 04, 2014 9:30 PM EDT Rock music is constantly reinventing itself, such that even the style's initial promoter, Alan Freed , must eventually step aside to make room for Beyoncé .  The ashes of the Cleveland DJ who coined the term "rock 'n' roll" six decades ago went home with his son on…

  17. China to Open $323 Million Musical Production Center

    August 04, 2014 8:49 AM EDT Musicals, a still relatively unknown form of entertainment in China, are about to get a big push with a planned $323 million (2 billion RMB) musical production center in the country, according to a report by the China News Service .  The center, to be located in Langfang, just 30 miles…

  18. Bon Jovi Explains Why He's Bidding on Buffalo Bills In New Letter

    August 03, 2014 12:47 PM EDT Jon Bon Jovi is hoping he's written a hit with Buffalo Bills fans in a bid to stem concerns of whether his prospective ownership group plans to buy and potentially relocate the franchise to Toronto. In a letter published by the Buffalo News on Sunday, Bon Jovi wrote that it's his…

  19. A Tribute to Country Crooner Jim Reeves on the 50th Anniversary of His Death

    August 01, 2014 4:00 PM EDT Jim Reeves was at the top of his game. He was moving up the charts with his latest RCA Victor single, ‘I Guess I’m Crazy,” and was returning from a business trip to Batesville, Ark., on July 31, 1964. At the controls of his Beechcraft Debonair, he made contact with airport officials, telling…

  20. Elvis' Guitar Donor Says He Is Rightful Owner

    July 31, 2014 6:53 PM EDT A judge will determine whether blues guitarist Robert A. Johnson owned the guitar when he donated it to a museum last year. A man who donated to a South Dakota museum a slightly damaged acoustic guitar played by Elvis Presley that is at the center of a custody battle insisted Thursday he had…

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