1. Tony Bennett Joins Campaign Urging Kids to Stay in School

    August 28, 2014 1:52 AM EDT Tony Bennett and Edward James Olmos are among the celebrities joining a public media effort to boost school graduation rates. The Corporation for Public Broadcasting and TV station WNET New York announced details Wednesday of next month's American Graduate Day 2014. The daylong broadcast…

  2. Billboard Cover: Diplo on His Katy Perry Connection, Madonna Collaboration and 8-Figure Lifestyle

    August 22, 2014 9:00 AM EDT The most valuable backpack in Los Angeles is a capacious, sturdy-looking black number loaded with a pair of sticker-emblazoned MacBook Pro laptops, a set of headphones and a mobile Internet hotspot. It belongs to the 35-year-old DJ-producer Wesley Pentz, better-known as  Diplo , and it’s with…

  3. 'American Horror Story' Adds Patti LaBelle to 'Freak Show' Ranks

    August 11, 2014 5:37 PM EDT She'll appear in four episodes of the FX anthology. Patti LaBelle is bringing her "New Attitude" to FX's American Horror Story.  The Grammy Hall of Famer has booked a four-episode stint on the anthology series from  Glee  co-creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk,  The…

  4. Modest Mouse & Brand New Rock New York's Forest Hills Stadium

    August 10, 2014 11:42 AM EDT Brand New's local legend continues; Modest Mouse shares new songs, caves and plays "Float On." Modest Mouse and Brand New went down to the tennis court on Aug. 9 and talked it up like… angsty indie kids. In just the third concert since Queens, N.Y.'s 91-year old Forest…

  5. Emblem3 Down to 2 as Member Drew Chadwick Leaves the Group

    June 22, 2014 11:25 AM EDT The "X Factor" alums' album, 2013's "Nothing to Lose," debuted at No.7 on the Billboard 200 It looks like Emblem3 may have to consider changing its name to Emblem2. The pop group announced on its website on Saturday that founding member Drew Chadwick has left…

  6. Seu Jorge & Nina Miranda, 'Sambãio': Exclusive Song Premiere

    May 22, 2014 2:11 PM EDT The "Life Aquatic" actor/singer appears on Gilles Peterson's upcoming "Brasil Bam Bam Bam" compilation timed to the World Cup DJ and producer Gilles Peterson dug deep into the sounds of Brazil to record "Brasil Bam Bam Bam," a winning alternative World Cup…

  7. DJ Rashad Dead at 34 (Update)

    April 28, 2014 9:50 AM EDT UPDATE (May 1): A representative for DJ Rashad tells Billboard that the artist's cause of death is still inconclusive. Rashad's label Hyperdub indicates that a statement is forthcoming. Please hold fire on these latest reports of the causes of Rashad's death until we have an…

  8. Cassadee Pope Brings Back a Big Voice With Second Single 

    March 31, 2014 4:30 PM EDT Around the three-minute mark of Cassadee Pope's first country single, "Wasting All These Tears," she hit an impressive high note and drug it out for a solid nine seconds as a hypnotic instrumental figure repeated underneath, heightening the drama in a song about a woman…

  9. Record Store Day Unveils 2014 Releases: David Bowie, Jay Z, Coldplay, Haim + More

    March 20, 2014 3:56 PM EDT Record Store Day has just announced a complete list of its 2014 exclusive releases (below) for its seventh annual celebration on April 19. The list of exclusive vinyl, which includes everything from a 7" David Bowie picture disc, a 12" of Sam Cooke's "Ain't That Good…

  10. Diplo, the Clash's Mick Jones, Paul Simonon Talk Collaborating with Frank Ocean on Converse's Three Artists, One Song

    March 07, 2014 7:08 PM EST For its first "Three Artists, One Song" campaign in nearly two years, Converse is teaming with Diplo, Frank Ocean and The Clash’s Mick Jones and Paul Simonon for “Hero,” a reggae-tinged tale of urban bravado. The song will be available for free download on Monday, March 10, at…

  11. World Cup: Seu Jorge, Os Mutantes Featured in New ESPN Ad (Exclusive)

    March 04, 2014 10:00 AM EST “Beauty is everywhere in Brazil,” intones singer-songwriter Seu Jorge, the funky samba stylist best known in the States for playing versions of David Bowie songs in Wes Anderson’s movie “The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou.” Sounding like a Brazilian Barry White, Jorge, speaking English…

  12. 25 Movie Stars Turned Musicians

    February 26, 2014 5:30 PM EST First we watched them on the big screen, many of them -- like Kevins Bacon and Costner, Gwyneth Paltrow and Johnny Depp -- reaching mega-star success. But that wasn't enough. No, these movie stars-turned-musicians wanted to express themselves with a mic or a guitar, parlaying their…

  13. Dierks Bentley Toughens Up on 'Riser' Album

    February 24, 2014 6:22 PM EST Dierks Bentley is more than a decade into his recording career now, having first hit the scene with "What Was I Thinkin'" in 2003. That being said, his new album "Riser," which hits stores tomorrow, took him to a bit of uncharted ground on both a musical and sonic…

  14. Phantogram Talks Major-Label Debut Following 'Unreal' Bidding War

    January 21, 2014 2:23 PM EST After Phantogram released its debut album, "Eyelid Movies," in 2009 on indie label Barsuk Records, there was instantaneous demand for the Saratoga Springs, N.Y., act. The duo of Josh Carter and Sarah Barthel quickly found themselves in the middle of an old--fashioned major-label…

  15. Pharrell ‘Speechless’ Ahead of Oscars, GRAMMY Awards

    January 17, 2014 1:19 AM EST A week before his big night at the Grammy Awards, Pharrell is happy — and speechless — over his Oscar nomination. The producer-rapper-singer's "Happy," from the "Despicable Me 2" soundtrack, is nominated for best original song. "Uh, speechless," Pharrell…

  16. South By Southwest Reveals First List of Bands for 2014: Los Lonely Boys, Urge Overkill and a Wilco Side Project in the Mix

    October 16, 2013 3:00 PM EDT Acts playing the 2014 edition of South By Southwest have begun to trickle out, with a first band list announced today (Oct. 16). The extensive list, the first of many prior to the March festival, includes a number of musicians and bands, with an established slant toward breaking and under…

  17. Diplo Q&A: Talking Travel, Twerking and Burning Man With the DJ/Producer

    September 05, 2013 7:00 PM EDT Diplo and travel partner Shane McCauley open an interactive art exhibit in Los Angeles Black and white photographs shot in Jamaica, South Africa, Brazil and New York are beamed onto the two side walls of the Sonos Studio in Los Angeles while music from blogs dedicated to upbeat music from…

  18. Drake's OVO Fest Surprises With Kanye West, Lil Wayne, TLC and J. Cole

    August 06, 2013 11:55 AM EDT Drake outdid himself at the 4th annual OVO Fest at Molson Amphitheatre in Toronto last night -- even before the two-hour show ended. TLC, Diddy, Mase, Miguel, J. Cole, Big Sean, A$AP Rocky, French Montana, Wale, Lil Mama and The Weeknd would have been more than enough to rival past OVOs…

  19. Wes Scantlin Opens Up on Latest Bizarre Arrest

    July 29, 2013 1:13 AM EDT They say every story has two sides. On Friday, two days after his arrest for allegedly vandalizing his neighbor's patio, Puddle of Mudd singer Wes Scantlin reached out to The Hollywood Reporter to explain his side. The 41-year-old rocker tells THR that patio is technically his, as it…

  20. Puddle of Mudd's Wes Scantlin Arrested Again, 'Gun Girl' Neighbor Allegedly Attacked

    July 26, 2013 4:43 AM EDT "She Hates Me" -- part two? Puddle of Mudd singer Wes Scantlin found himself behind bars Wednesday after police responded to a call from a neighbor, alleging that the rocker had taken a buzz saw to her patio. The 41-year-old was booked and later released, telling TMZ cameras: …

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