1. Guest Post: Dept. of Justice Consent Decree Comments Reveal Real Friends, Foes of Songwriters

    September 09, 2014 10:26 AM EDT The Department of Justice's (DOJ)  review of the ASCAP and BMI consent decrees that currently govern compensation for songwriters has several benefits. Foremost, it presents an opportunity for these decades-old decrees to be modernized for the digital era. Perhaps equally important, it…

  2. Jason D. Williams Talks 'Hillbillies and Holy Rollers' Album & Vaudeville Inspiration

    September 08, 2014 8:36 PM EDT Jason D. Williams -- the rockabilly sensation who has been dazzling crowds live for three decades -- is back with brand-new music. Williams returns with his latest disc, Hillbillies and Holy Rollers , which was recorded at the historic studio address of 706 Union Ave. in Memphis. What enters…

  3. Marvin Gaye's Children Use Audio Mashup to Prove 'Blurred Lines' Is Infringing

    September 08, 2014 7:38 PM EDT In a court submission, the vocal material of 'Blurred Lines' plays over the instrumental of 'Got to Give It Up,' and vice versa. On Monday, Marvin Gaye 's children delivered a message to a California federal judge: Hearing is believing so listen up. Nona Gaye ,…

  4. Loretta Lynn Reflects on Religious Roots Ahead of Her Gospel Music Festival

    September 08, 2014 6:42 PM EDT This weekend at Loretta Lynn 's ranch in Hurricane Mills, TN, the legendary vocalist will host the Loretta Lynn Gospel Music Festival with a lineup that includes Grammy winner Jason Crabb, Gospel Music Hall of Fame members The Hoppers, Karen Peck & New River, The Booth Brothers,…

  5. Exclusive: Usher Taking His Time With 'UR'

    September 08, 2014 12:28 PM EDT The singer-songwriter's upcoming album will feature Chris Brown, as well as Drake, Skrillex, Ed Sheeran and more. Usher is taking back his album, UR , and "taking my time." The singer-songwriter tells Billboard that the "album isn’t scheduled anymore." UR was…

  6. Royal Baby Playlist: Prince William and Kate Are Having Another Baby

    September 08, 2014 12:05 PM EDT There will be another royal baby in 2015.  "Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Cambridge is expecting their second child," said the official announcement on Twitter Monday morning. Will and Kate's baby will…

  7. Billboard Cover Story Preview: 'The Voice' Coaches Discuss Season Seven & More

    September 08, 2014 10:30 AM EDT Photographed exclusively for Billboard by Smallz + Raskind The four superstar coaches from The Voice will grace the cover of Billboard ahead the singing competition show’s upcoming season seven, which premieres Sept. 22 on NBC. 'The Voice' Season 7 Trailer Features Gwen Stefani,…

  8. Snoop Dogg Teases New Pharrell Collab in Weed Infomercial

    September 07, 2014 7:11 PM EDT Snoop Dogg and Pharrell have been cooking up something new in the studio, and the Doggfather took to Youtube to deliver a sneak peak. And, as he did so, he also gave us an almost literal taste of what his buddy  Kurupt  has been cooking up as well -- MoonRocks.  Snoop Dogg Dons Whiteface…

  9. Tom Hiddleston Preps for Hank Williams Biopic With Surprise Festival Performance

    September 07, 2014 5:01 PM EDT Tom Hiddleston surprised concert goers at Michigan's Wheatland Music Festival Saturday, stopping by to perform a cover of Hank Williams ' "Move It On Over." Watch the clup below.  Tom Hiddleston To Play Hank Williams in Biopic The British actor famous for playing the super…

  10. Ask Billboard: Summer Songs, More Taylor Swift & Remembering Survivor's Jimi Jamison

    September 07, 2014 9:05 AM EDT As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. Or, Tweet questions to Gary Trust: @gthot20 HOW I DIDN'T QUITE GET …

  11. Pharrell Is Eco-Friendly at New York Fashion Week

    September 06, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Designers usually wait to show their faces after the models hit the runway. Not Pharrell . Check Out Pret-a-Reporter’s Fashion Week Coverage Here The pop star led a dozen models Friday (Sept. 5) during New York Fashion Week for his RAW for the Oceans spring-summer collection. The Man Who…

  12. Rod Stewart Sued for Reusing Image of the Back of His Head

    September 05, 2014 8:59 PM EDT Photographer demands $2.5 million in damages. Celebrity photographer Bonnie Schiffman has filed a copyright lawsuit that claims Rod Stewart misused an image she took that adorned the singer's 1989 greatest-hits album as the centerpiece of his comeback tour. Rod Stewart's Hits Tour…

  13. Watch Paul McCartney & Johnny Depp's Half-Hour Blues Jam Session

    September 05, 2014 4:55 PM EDT When Paul McCartney released his "Early Days" video in July, fans were treated to Johnny Depp's third appearance in a Macca music video (after "My Valentine" and "Queenie Eye"). The clip was interspersed with footage of McCartney, Depp and a group of blues…

  14. The Man Who Sketches Beyonce and Pharrell Is a $1,000 a Minute Art Sensation

    September 05, 2014 4:43 PM EDT If Andy Warhol had favored magic markers instead of silk screens and lived in a world where 15 seconds (not 15 minutes) of fame was the norm, he’d have a formidable rival in Donald Robertson. The cosmetics executive, whose self-appointed nickname is “Drawbertson,” has built a lucrative second…

  15. Hot 100 Chart Moves: Eminem Enters With Sia Collab, Beyonce's 'Flawless' Debuts

    September 05, 2014 1:36 PM EDT The rapper bows with his newly released track featuring Sia, while Beyonce bows after her VMAs performance. Plus, moves for Tove Lo, Ed Sheeran and Usher. As previously reported, Taylor Swift spends a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Shake It Off." Who else moves…

  16. Ariana Grande's National Anthem at NFL Opener Is 'Everything': Watch

    September 04, 2014 9:04 PM EDT Ariana Grande capped a busy week with a very high-profile gig: Her first NFL national anthem. Her latest album, My Everything , topped the Billboard 200 albums chart this week -- her second album to debut at No. 1 in less than a year -- and on Thursday (Sept. 4), she sang the national anthem…

  17. Pharrell & Soundgarden Kick Off NFL Opener

    September 04, 2014 8:23 PM EDT 'Happy' singer & hometown heroes play outside Seattle's stadium before Seahawks-Packers game. While the crowd outside Seattle's CenturyLink Field was already plenty excited for the season's first NFL game -- between their Seahawks and the Green Bay Packers --…

  18. NFL Players Talk Music: What's On Their Pre-Game Playlists?

    September 04, 2014 5:00 PM EDT A brand new NFL season kicks off tonight, as the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks host the Super Bowl-contending Green Bay Packers in a nationally-televised game. There will be plenty of live music in and around Seattle’s CenturyLink Field -- Pharrell Williams and Soundgarden…

  19. Alicia Keys to Sing at Ruby Dee Memorial in NYC

    September 04, 2014 3:52 PM EDT A memorial for actress and civil rights activist Ruby Dee will feature music by Alicia Keys and Audra McDonald , reflections by former Mayor David Dinkins and poet Sonia Sanchez , and a eulogy by Harry Belafonte . The Terrie Williams Agency said Thursday that the celebration of Lee's…

  20. Drake Leads BET Hip-Hop Awards with 8 Nominations

    September 04, 2014 1:25 PM EDT For the first time, Drake tops nominees for the BET Hip-Hop Awards. In a statement to The Associated Press, BET said Thursday that Drake received the most nominations with eight for the ninth annual awards show. It airs Oct. 14. Last year, the Canadian rapper and singer took home four awards,…

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