1. Ferguson Protest Songs Impact Real-Time Charts

    August 28, 2014 7:28 PM EDT The Game's 'Don't Shoot' is the latest Ferguson-related viral track to chart high on the Billboard + Twitter Trending 140 tally. The protests in Ferguson, Mo., over the shooting of Michael Brown on Aug. 9 have been an important topic of online conversation on Twitter,…

  2. Pepe Aguilar & Carlos Vives Among Hispanic Heritage Awards Honorees

    August 28, 2014 4:54 PM EDT Regional Mexican crooner Pepe Aguilar and Colombian singer Carlos Vives are among the honorees being celebrated at the Hispanic Heritage Awards on Sept. 18. The Hispanic Heritage Foundation has announced that the entertainers, among others, will be honored at the Warner Theatre in Washington,…

  3. The Madden Brothers on Overcoming 'Moments of Self-Doubt' and Working With Pharrell

    August 28, 2014 4:26 PM EDT Benji and Joel Madden are literally surrounded by their success. As they sit with Billboard in a Hollywood recording studio, the 35-year-old twin brothers are flanked by gold and platinum records and posters commemorating sold-out shows during the previous 15 years with Good Charlotte . They…

  4. Watch Lady Gaga Join Adam Lambert & Queen Onstage for 'Another One Bites the Dust'

    August 28, 2014 3:38 AM EDT Lady Gaga joined Adam Lambert and Queen , the band that inspired her stage name, for a rocking rendition of the classic hit, "Another One Bites The Dust," onstage in Sydney, Australia on Wednesday. She joined the group decked out in a giant afro wig. Following her surprise…

  5. 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…

  6. Robin Williams Biography in the Works

    August 27, 2014 6:56 PM EDT New York Times writer Dave Itzkoff will pen the 'definitive' account of the late comedian's life. In the wake of his Aug. 11 suicide, Robin Williams is getting a high-profile posthumous biography by The New York Times Writer Dave Itzkoff . Billy Crystal Pays Tribute to Robin…

  7. Morrissey Laments That Robin Williams 'Overshadowed' Other Celebrity Deaths

    August 27, 2014 3:56 PM EDT Morrissey has really been on a roll lately. Even when he isn't breaking up with his label or canceling a slew of tour dates , his ramblings on the site True to You are turning heads, albeit for all the wrong reasons. A few days after Henry Rollins offered his wrongheaded opinion on the…

  8. Taylor Swift's 'Shake It Off' Debuts At No. 1 On Hot 100

    August 27, 2014 12:03 PM EDT Swift's new single blasts in at No. 1, thanks to hefty sales, streaming and airplay. Plus, Nicki Minaj's 'Anaconda' vaults 39-2 following the premiere of its video. Taylor Swift rockets onto the Billboard Hot 100 chart at No. 1 with "Shake It Off." As…

  9. Suicidal Tendencies Announce Death of Bassist Tim 'Rawbiz' Williams

    August 27, 2014 10:28 AM EDT The bassist also worked with Toni Braxton, Keyshia Cole & Boyz II Men. Los Angeles thrash metal outfit Suicidal Tendencies have announced the death of bassist Tim "Rawbiz" Williams, a prolific musician who -- in addition to playing with Suicidal Tendencies since 2011 -- worked…

  10. Giant YouTube Music Monetizer AdRev Names New President

    August 27, 2014 10:01 AM EDT The YouTube behemoth manages the catalogs of all three major publishers as well as Universal's film music division. AdRev has named Brian Felsen its new president, making the former chief executive of CD Baby the latest example of the migration of talent and capital to businesses built…

  11. Suge Knight Investigation Moved to Homicide Bureau

    August 26, 2014 10:55 PM EDT Sheriff's department says updates are coming soon as scene of early Sunday shooting becomes stop for tour buses. Word of Suge Knight 's condition and the ongoing investigation following the reported six gunshot wounds he suffered early Sunday morning at a nightclub in West…

  12. Eau De Enrique: Billboard Smell-Tests the Singer's Fragrance

    August 26, 2014 5:32 PM EDT Enrique Iglesias   has found a way to bring his swoon-worthy essence to the mass market. The Grammy Award winner’s first fragrance -- named Adrenaline after his self-proclaimed appetite for adventure -- hit CVS, Target and Walmart shelves in August in partnership with cosmetics company Coty,…

  13. Bob Dylan Releasing 'The Basement Tapes Complete' This Fall

    August 26, 2014 1:00 PM EDT A six-disc set of Bob Dylan 's legendary Basement Tapes recordings with the Band from 1967 will be the next edition of Columbia Records/Legacy Recordings' Bootleg Series. The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11 will be released Nov. 4. Compiled from meticulously…

  14. Usher Releases 'Believe Me' Single, Announces 'The UR Experience' Tour

    August 26, 2014 10:50 AM EDT After performing "She Came to Give It to You" alongside Nicki Minaj  at the MTV VMAs on Sunday, Usher released his latest single, "Believe Me." MTV VMAs 2014: Usher Performs 'She Came to Give It to You' With Nicki Minaj The Mike WiLL Made-It -produced…

  15. Publishing Briefs: Raekwon to Scion Three, Warner/Chappell Signs The-Dream, SESAC Nabs Zac Brown

    August 26, 2014 10:43 AM EDT --  Warner/Chappell Music  has signed an agreement to extend its global music publishing agreement with  Terius "The-Dream" Nash , which covers the artist/songwriter's entire catalog, including such songs as Rihanna 's "Umbrella," Beyonce 's "Single…

  16. How Jesse Kinch Won ‘Rising Star’

    August 26, 2014 12:41 AM EDT Four contestants braved the intimidating "Wall" of viewer votes on the season finale of Rising Star on Sunday night, but only one emerged victorious — 20-year-old rocker Jesse Kinch was named the series inaugural champion over worship leader Austin French , soulful crooner Dana…

  17. Emmys 2014: And the Winners Are ...

    August 25, 2014 11:08 PM EDT The 66th annual Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony were handed out Monday (Aug. 25) night.  The awards were presented during a live NBC telecast at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live.   Seth Meyers served as host of the telecast.  During the show,  Billy Crystal paid tribute to his late friend Robin…

  18. Billy Crystal Pays Tribute to Robin Williams at 2014 Emmys

    August 25, 2014 10:33 PM EDT On Monday (Aug. 25), Billy Crystal paid tribute to Robin Williams in the best way possible: by making the Emmys audience laugh. Crystal -- who was a longtime friend of the late comedian and, along with Whoopi Goldberg, a Comic Relief partner-in-crime -- told stories of playing baseball and…

  19. Watch Sara Bareilles Sing 'Smile' Over Emmys In Memoriam Tribute

    August 25, 2014 10:25 PM EDT Sara Bareilles graced the Emmys 2014 stage on Monday (Aug. 25) night to perform "Smile" for the In Memoriam segment. Billy Crystal Honors Robin Williams at the 2014 Emmys The tribute included Casey Kasem , Don Pardo , Lauren Bacall , Maya Angelou , and many more. When Bareilles…

  20. Whatcha Listenin' To? New App LISNR Feeds You Content Based on the Sounds Around You

    August 25, 2014 2:56 PM EDT The MIDEM-borne application takes "algorithm-ing" to a whole new level. Google and Facebook have pioneered the art of the web-based content algorithm, but what about for audio? LISNR, a Cincinnati-based mobile tech firm, is hoping to become that solution. A new app that debuts today…

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