1. Jared Leto to Play Batman Villain The Joker in Upcoming 'Suicide Squad' Film

    December 03, 2014 9:50 AM EST Will Smith set to play Batman foe Deadshot. Will Smith, Tom Hardy, Margot Robbie and Jared Leto are officially set to star in Suicide Squad, Warner Bros. announced Tuesday. Also cast in the movie based on the DC Entertainment villains-forced-to-be-heroes are Jai Courtney and Cara Delevingne…

  2. Publishing Briefs: Dan the Automator Signs With Atlas Music Group, RightsFlow Enters 3D Printing Biz, Riptide Expands

    December 02, 2014 11:57 AM EST Billboard's Ed Christman rounds-up all the big news in the music publishing world. -- The Atlas Music Group has signed producer Dan "The Automator" Nakamura to a worldwide publishing deal, which will include his entire catalog (except for collaborations with Dr. Octagon ), as…

  3. Chuck Dauphin Wins CMA Media Achievement Award

    November 06, 2014 6:06 PM EST Longtime radio and music journalist Chuck Dauphin won the 2014 CMA Media Achievement Award. Dauphin -- who has been a contributing writer for Billboard since 2011, as well as The 615 columnist for Billboard.com -- accepted the award at the 48th annual CMA awards in Nashville on Wednesday…

  4. Rap Superduo Run the Jewels Talk Keeping Their Momentum and Why Cat Remixes Are in Their Future (Seriously)

    October 30, 2014 10:52 AM EDT In 2013, Run the Jewels, the superduo consisting of veterans Killer Mike and El-P , released its self-titled debut, a confrontational barrage of rap ruthlessness. For follow-up RTJ2 (Oct. 27, Mass Appeal Records), they have doubled down on the aggression and injected more of the…

  5. Run the Jewels Can't Stop Putting Albums Online for Free

    October 24, 2014 8:09 AM EDT Run the Jewels , the rap duo comprised of Atlanta's Killer Mike and Brooklyn's El-P , just dropped its second album on the world. And like the original Run the Jewels , RTJ2 is free and downloadable. Go ahead and grab it , via the middle-man-eliminating direct link both Mike and…

  6. Rage Against the Machine's Zack de la Rocha Teams with Run the Jewels on New Track

    October 14, 2014 7:23 AM EDT If Zack de la Rocha's ability to rage against the machine ever seemed diminished after he split with his band in 2000, it's been sparked back up by a guest spot on a new Run the Jewels track. Titled "Close Your Eyes (And Count to F--k)," the song features rap titans El-P…

  7. 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 …

  8. Run the Jewels Reveal 'RTJ2' Album Art, Track List & Tour Dates

    September 02, 2014 2:31 PM EDT Run the Jewels , the collaborative project of Killer Mike and El-P , just revealed the cover art (above) and track list (below) for their second album, RTJ2, as well as a slew of tour dates behind the album. After hitting more than 30 North American cities this fall, the duo will play several…

  9. Run the Jewels Drop 'Blockbuster Night' Song & Announce 'RTJ2' Release Date

    August 21, 2014 10:54 AM EDT The duo has signed with Mass Appeal Records. Run the Jewels are officially Mass Appeal Records' newest signee. Nas to Record On Mass Appeal Records; Will Release 'Lost Tapes 2' & Posthumous Pimp C Album The duo, consisting of El-P and Killer Mike,  will release their…

  10. 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…

  11. Facebook Eyes Record High Stock on Exceptional Second Quarter Earnings

    July 23, 2014 8:08 PM EDT Facebook is on a roll. The world's largest online social network posted sharply higher earnings on Wednesday as revenue from mobile advertising continued to grow, and more people used it, more often. The company's shares climbed nearly 4 percent in extended trading after the results…

  12. The Wild Night When Bon Jovi Met Michael Jackson

    June 25, 2014 7:10 PM EDT On the five-year anniversary of Michael Jackson's death, author Zack O'Malley Greenburg demonstrates the late superstar's work ethic with an anecdote from his new book, in which the Jersey rockers get a visit from Bubbles the Chimp. An unlikely encounter between the King of…

  13. Rewinding The Charts: In 1988, Debbie Gibson Bopped To The Top

    June 25, 2014 8:05 AM EDT On this date, the then-17-year-old high schooler-turned-pop star became the youngest female artist to write, produce and perform a Hot 100 No. 1 Twenty-six years ago, while most high school seniors likely were looking for a summer job, one precocious overachiever was adding a historic…

  14. Alternative Press Announces Inaugural AP Music Awards, Nominees

    April 24, 2014 8:00 PM EDT Punk mag Alternative Press has announced it will host the inaugural AP Music Awards on July 21 at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame And Museum in Cleveland.  The night will include performances by Fall Out Boy, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, The Misfits, A Day To Remember, All Time Low,…

  15. Jack White Releases 'Lazaretto' Single & Album Track List: Listen

    April 21, 2014 5:18 PM EDT Jack White's second solo studio album, "Lazaretto," now has an official lead single, which doubles as its title track. Listen to the funk freakout, which hits iTunes on Tuesday (Apr. 22), below: There are moments on "Lazaretto" where White's affected flow…

  16. Play Ball: The Baseball Project Talks Los Angeles Dodgers' 2014 Season

    April 17, 2014 7:06 PM EDT Steve Wynn of the Baseball Project assesses baseball's highest paid and most hyped team April is upon us and that means the return of Major League Baseball. To preview the new season, Billboard.com spoke to a panel of baseball fans from around the music world for a team-by-team preview…

  17. Top 15 Coachella Performances Ever

    April 09, 2014 12:30 PM EDT From The Cure breaking curfew to Madonna dazzling the dance tent to Tupac's on-stage resurrection, these are the 15 moments that helped make Coachella the king of all U.S. festivals. On April 11 -- and then again on April 18 -- thousands of sun-worshipping music fans will head out to…

  18. Rapper Speaker Knockerz Found Dead at 19

    March 07, 2014 6:25 PM EST Young rapper Speaker Knockerz was found dead Thursday at a South Carolina home, the Richland County Coroner's office has confirmed with Billboard. Born Derek McAllister, the 19-year-old emcee was discovered in his garage on Two Notch Road in Columbia. Coroner Gary Watts said foul play is…

  19. Panic! At The Disco on Tour Video: Behind-The-Scenes Performance & Interview

    February 20, 2014 2:33 PM EST Billboard's "On The Road" series goes to South Beach for an intimate backstage look at a day in the life of Brendon Urie and company on tour, complete with an exclusive acoustic performance. What's it like to be a member of Panic! At The Disco on their 2014…

  20. Sasquatch! Music Festival: Outkast, Soundgarden, Robyn Top Separate Lineups

    February 04, 2014 10:36 AM EST Washington state festival now taking place on Memorial Day weekend and Fourth Of July weekend. The Sasquatch! Music Festival, located at the Gorge in Quincy, Wash., is expanding to two patriotic weekends in 2014, with completely unique lineups for its standard Memorial Day weekend and new…

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