1. Exclusive Video Premiere: Rapper Maurico Pays Tribute to Nashville With "City Come Alive"

    August 12, 2014 4:20 PM EDT Many different styles flow in the musical waters of Nashville, and today we shine the spotlight on up-and-coming hip-hop artist Maurico , who releases his debut EP, I Am Maurico , this week. Billboard has the exclusive premiere of his brand-new video for the single "City Come Alive.…

  2. The Agency Group Acquires Respected Country Music Agency the Bobby Roberts Company

    August 12, 2014 10:18 AM EDT The Agency Group is expanding its footprint in Nashville by acquiring the Bobby Roberts Company, whose clients include Merle Haggard and Bobby Bare. The Agency Group has acquired highly respected boutique Nashville-based booking agency the Bobby Roberts Company, and will adopt BRC’s…

  3. Drake's Kevin Durant Comment Costs Toronto Raptors $25,000 Fine

    August 11, 2014 3:17 PM EDT When the Toronto Raptors recruited Drake as their official ambassador last September , they probably weren't expecting the stalwart Canadian to cost them thousands of dollars in fines. Unfortunately for both parties, Drake is learning that you can get away with saying a lot more in hip…

  4. Dillinger Escape Plan's Ben Weinman Launches DIY-Focused Startup

    August 11, 2014 2:40 PM EDT It took the Dillinger Escape Plan 's Ben Weinman a few years to figure out what he actually wanted to do with his own record label. Launched in 2009, Party Smasher Inc. was first and foremost a way for the mathcore minor deities to release their own music after finishing out their…

  5. Sam Gores, Chairman/CEO of Paradigm Talent Agency, on Leading Versus Bossing

    August 11, 2014 1:55 PM EDT The agency giant on the booming concert business, the art of the pitch and why being a leader is different (read: better) than being a boss. Paradigm Talent Agency may be located in the former Beverly Hills campus of MCA, where legendary entertainment moguls like Jules Stein and Lew…

  6. Mike Doughty Premieres New Hip-Hop-Influenced Song, Announces New Album & Tour

    August 11, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Former Soul Coughing frontman Mike Doughty is back with a brand new album that’s a sharp left turn from anything he’s released lately. It’s fan-funded, heavily influenced by alternative hip-hop, and led by a track with a killer banjo riff. Check out the premiere of new song “Light Will Keep…

  7. Arcade Fire Cover Nirvana in Washington State

    August 11, 2014 9:59 AM EDT When Arcade Fire 's Reflektor Tour rolled into Washington's Gorge Amphitheatre on Friday night, the Canadian indie collective continued their covers hot streak with a medley of Nirvana 's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" and their own "Rococo," another song about…

  8. Ed Sheeran’s ‘X’ Continues U.K. Chart Streak, Nico & Vinz Score Top Single

    August 11, 2014 2:27 AM EDT Norwegian duo Nico & Vinz have become the first act from that country to score a U.K. No. 1 single since A-ha , more than 28 years ago. Their “Am I Wrong” (Warner Bros./Warner Music) raced from No. 52 to top Sunday’s (Aug. 10) new Official Charts Company survey. On the album chart, there…

  9. Ray J Takes Photos With LAPD Officers After Being Pulled Over in Bentley

    August 10, 2014 12:24 PM EDT The Los Angeles Police Department is reportedly investigating a recent incident between Ray J and police officers who took photos with the singer after pulling him over in his Bentley. Ray J tells TMZ that he was stopped in the San Fernando Valley on Aug. 6 by two cops who claimed he was…

  10. 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…

  11. ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons Worked with David Guetta on New Music

    August 08, 2014 4:27 PM EDT "They said, 'Y'know, the only thing missing in dance music is a good guitar player,'" Gibbons explains. ZZ Top is celebrating its 45th year as a band this year, commemorating it with the new compilation The Very Baddest of ZZ Top . But guitarist Billy Gibbons tells…

  12. Publishers Quarterly: Sony/ATV Rides Country Wave to Top of the Publishing Heap

    August 08, 2014 1:52 PM EDT Round Hill and King of Crunk both break into the top 10 and Pharrell Williams hits No. 1 as Billboard's second-quarter rankings reveal a twang-fueled momentum. Sony/ATV encores as king of the hill among U.S. publishers in the second quarter, with a 32.2 percent slice of the top 100 radio…

  13. CODE Guest Playlist: Oliver Heldens’ Pool Party Picks

    August 08, 2014 11:15 AM EDT Due in no small part to the commercial success of his crossover hit “Gecko (Overdrive),” Dutch artist Oliver Heldens has become a festival fixture this summer, with performances ranging from EDC Las Vegas and Tomorrowland to Global Gathering and T in the Park. Slotting deep house elements…

  14. Billboard Cover: Sinead O'Connor on Having No Regrets, Being 'Irregular' and Resurrecting Her Career

    August 08, 2014 9:00 AM EDT After fading into the abyss, the bald and brutally honest singer is back with a bold new album, 'I'm Not Bossy, I'm the Boss.' “It’s the bald woman from Ireland,” writes Sinéad O’Connor in an email. She’s following up on our last conversation, expanding her thoughts…

  15. Jazz Musician Plans Tribute Album to Daughter Killed in Sandy Hook Shooting

    August 07, 2014 11:38 AM EDT After his 6-year-old daughter was killed in the Newtown school shooting, Jimmy Greene found a homemade book on her desk titled "Ana's flower book for Dad." The book was filled with page after page of beautifully drawn flowers in different colors and shapes. "It's a…

  16. 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…

  17. Album Review: Electronic Producer Porter Robinson's Dramatic 'Worlds' Is Ideal Headphone Music

    August 06, 2014 6:01 PM EDT Porter Robinson’s Worlds is the product of EDM exhaustion. The 22-year-old electronic producer played nearly every major music festival in 2011 and 2012, delivering well-manicured, crowd-pleasing bangers to the masses. But the used-up arrangements of big-room house and an increasingly…

  18. Perry Farrell Wants Lollapalooza to 'Go Global'

    August 05, 2014 12:40 PM EDT "Canada is one place we're looking at for sure," says the Jane's Addiction frontman of Lolla's next incarnations. With Lollapalooza now ensconced on two continents, Perry Farrell has global domination -- or something like it -- in mind for the festival he helped…

  19. Drake Welcomes Usher, 50 Cent, Lauryn Hill And Many More To Fifth Annual OVO Fest

    August 05, 2014 4:37 AM EDT Drake’s OVO Festival is like hip-hop Christmas in Toronto – you anticipate it every year but you never know what you’re gonna get. Prior years have brought surprise cameos from the likes of Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj and Snoop Dogg , or Diddy, Mase, Kanye West and Lil Wayne , and this year’s…

  20. Nickelodeon Revives 'School of Rock' as TV Series

    August 04, 2014 6:33 PM EDT Nickelodeon is ready to rock. More than 10 years after Paramount's Jack Black and Mike White starrer, the kid-focused cable network is teaming with its fellow Viacom-owned studio's TV unit to revive  School of Rock as a live-action series, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Watch…

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