1. Where Is Pop's Response to Ferguson?

    August 28, 2014 5:00 PM EDT As chaos raged in Missouri, most of pop's brightest stars said nothing about the situation. Why didn't anyone want to speak? "For the past two weeks, the eyes of the nation have been on Ferguson, Missouri," Common said at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday night (Aug. 24…

  2. 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…

  3. Tomorrow's Hits: Jukebox the Ghost, Knox Hamilton & Tre Buggs

    August 22, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Each Friday, Billboard presents Tomorrow's Hits, a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Jukebox the Ghost Together for more than a decade, Washington, D.C., trio Jukebox the Ghost is rising with what could be its first Adult Alternative…

  4. Tony Bennett, Lady Gaga Already Planning 'Cheek To Cheek' Sequel

    August 21, 2014 3:41 PM EDT "We'll be touring together for quite a while," Bennett also tells Billboard. Tony Bennett says he and Lady Gaga plan to spend more time joined at the musical hip -- or, if you prefer, cheek. With the pair's duets album, Cheek To Cheek , ready to come out Sept. 23 -- and…

  5. Read Ferguson Native Michael McDonald's Take On Violence, Race & Michael Brown

    August 19, 2014 3:54 PM EDT Before his time with Steely Dan and the Doobie Brothers, Michael McDonald learned music growing up in Ferguson, Mo., where he spent 14 years of his childhood. With the nation now watching his hometown in horror and disbelief, McDonald penned an insightful op-ed on Michael Brown's death…

  6. Op-Ed: Killer Mike on the Problems Underlying the Chaos in Ferguson

    August 19, 2014 3:05 PM EDT "This week I have seen tanks, rubber bullets and tear gas used by police against the citizens that pay them." I have searched all night and day for new and better words that could express my feelings and fear for the people of this country. I found no new words. I have no hope…

  7. Diddy to Obama on Ferguson: 'Get on a Plane -- It's Serious'

    August 19, 2014 11:07 AM EDT Since the fatal shooting of Michael Brown on Aug. 9, the nation has watched the situation in Ferguson, Mo., continue to deteriorate as tensions boil between the police and protesters. While watching coverage of Ferguson on TV last night, Diddy took to Instagram to deliver a video message to…

  8. Ask Billboard: Iggy Azalea, Ariana Grande, Sam Smith & Charli XCX Are Seeing Double

    August 19, 2014 11:05 AM EDT The four acts each boast multiple top 20 hits this week. Do they set a record? Plus, Selena & Celine's top hits and more 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…

  9. Nelly Talks Ferguson & Setting Up a Scholarship in Michael Brown's Name: 'We Need to Strategize'

    August 18, 2014 11:37 AM EDT The St. Louis rapper tells Billboard about setting up a scholarship fund with Brown's family. Nelly may have been thousands of miles from his hometown of St. Louis this past weekend, but the city was at the forefront of his mind while playing the Uforia festival in Los Angeles. During…

  10. Exclusive: Chase Rice Talks Making It Despite Label Execs and Critics

    August 15, 2014 6:56 PM EDT This Tuesday marks a momentous date in the life and career of Chase Rice . The singer will release his third full-length disc, Ignite The Night , on Columbia Nashville/Dack Janiels Records. It also marks the birth anniversary of his late father, Daniel. Coincidence? Think again. "We…

  11. Musicians React to Ferguson & Michael Brown: Frank Ocean, J. Cole & More

    August 15, 2014 12:52 PM EDT Given the impact of Michael Brown's tragic death and the protests that followed in Ferguson, Mo., it's no surprise musicians are letting their voices be heard. Billboard has compiled some of the voices that have resonated the loudest via social media on the topics of life, death,…

  12. J. Cole Releases Heartrending Michael Brown Tribute 'Be Free'

    August 15, 2014 10:43 AM EDT “All we want to do is take the chains off. All we want to do is be free.” J. Cole  has responded to the tragic death of Michael Brown with a gut-wrenching new song. Over a somber, key-based beat, Cole pleas for peace and equality in light of Brown’s death and the protests in Ferguson, Mo.…

  13. Esperanza Spalding Signs With WME

    August 14, 2014 10:57 AM EDT Grammy Award-winning jazz artist Esperanza Spalding has new representation. Billboard  and The Hollywood Reporter have learned that the singer-bassist has signed with WME . Spalding joins a jazzed-up roster at WME that also includes Diana Krall , Natalie Cole , Chris Botti and Preservation…

  14. Watch Taylor Swift Get Nerdy in 'Ew!' 'Tonight Show' Sketch

    August 14, 2014 10:29 AM EDT America's favorite gal pal who doubles as a Grammy-winning singer, Taylor Swift, stopped by the Tonight Show Wednesday night to announce she'd be performing at the VMAs . But the singer gave fans an additional treat when she took part in the popular 'Ew!' sketch with…

  15. Wayne Haun Leads GMA Dove Awards Nominees

    August 13, 2014 2:39 PM EDT Gospel awards air Oct. 7 from Nashville. The Gospel Music Association announced the nominations for the 45th annual GMA Dove Awards on Wednesday (Aug. 13). The awards show will take place Oct. 7 at Allen Arena in Nashville at 6:30 p.m. CT and will be broadcast on Trinity Broadcasting Network.…

  16. Lauren Bacall Dies at 89

    August 12, 2014 8:09 PM EDT Hollywood's icon of cool won two Tonys for best actress in a musical. Lauren Bacall, the willowy actress whose husky voice, sultry beauty and all-too-short May-December romance with Humphrey Bogart made her an everlasting icon of Hollywood, has died, The Hollywood Reporter has…

  17. Exclusive: The Knocks Share Awesome Mix of Classic Songs to Fete Their "Classic" Single

    August 12, 2014 12:00 PM EDT The electronic duo's 40-minute mix includes jams from Paul Simon, Fatboy Slim and Daft Punk. New York electronic band The Knocks have a new single titled “ Classic ,” featuring the band Powers , that is  available to buy today through Big Beat records. To fete the song’s release,…

  18. Shooter Jennings Pays Tribute to Late, Great George Jones on 'Don't Wait Up'

    August 12, 2014 5:24 AM EDT Shooter Jennings' new EP "Don’t Wait Up (For George)" is a very personal project for the singer. It’s a tribute to a man that he got to know very well over the years -- George Jones . As the son of Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter , Jennings recalls that Jones was a part of…

  19. BET Orders Reality Series Starring Nelly, Keyshia Cole and Mann Family

    August 12, 2014 3:44 AM EDT BET is bulking up its unscripted programming. The Viacom-owned cable network has handed out series orders to docuseries starring rapper Nelly , a new entry with Keyshia Cole and one featuring Meet the Browns stars David and Tamela Mann . The untitled Cole project, picked up for six half-hour…

  20. Outside Lands 2014: 10 Best Performances

    August 11, 2014 4:50 PM EDT For three days, we strapped on our trainers to traipse seven stages laid out across the vast grounds of Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, where more than 100 acts played their hearts out at the seventh annual Outside Lands. With weekend crowd estimates hovering around 200,000, the sold-out…

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