1. Stevie Wonder Talks Ferguson, World Issues, 'Getting It Back to The Right Place'

    September 10, 2014 7:53 PM EDT Stevie Wonder said the mayor of Ferguson, Missouri, isn't seeing the full picture a month after an unarmed black 18-year-old was killed by a white police officer. "I don't know if the mayor has blinders on," Wonder said in an interview Wednesday. "But to say that he…

  2. Simone Battle's Death Ruled a Suicide

    September 08, 2014 3:25 PM EDT The death of girl group singer Simone Battle was ruled a suicide by hanging, authorities said. G.R.L.'s Simone Battle Remembered by Pitbull & Simon Cowell The cause of death was determined two days after the 25-year-old Battle was found dead in her West Hollywood home, Los Angeles…

  3. Sam Smith Reclaims U.K. No. 1 with 'In The Lonely Hour'

    September 08, 2014 4:51 AM EDT Sam Smith’s In The Lonely Hour (Capitol/Universal) regained the top spot on the U.K. album chart, where it debuted in June, as the Official Charts Company unveiled its new sales data Sunday (Sept. 7). Lilly Wood and Robin Schulz’s “Prayer In C” (Atlantic/Warner Music) withstood the challenge…

  4. G.R.L.’s Simone Battle Remembered by Pitbull, Simon Cowell

    September 06, 2014 7:27 PM EDT In the wake of the news of G.R.L.'s Simon Battle's death, many of those closest to her have expressed their sadness over her reported suicide . Everyone from her fellow G.R.L. members to music producers to fellow performers have taken to social media to react to her death. Two of…

  5. G.R.L.’s Simone Battle Dies at 25

    September 06, 2014 10:39 AM EDT Law enforcement sources reportedly say she was found hanging and the death appears to be suicide. G.R.L. member Simone Battle has died at the age of 25, Billboard has confirmed. G.R.L. Drops 'Ugly Heart' Single: Listen Battle was found in her Los Angeles home on Sept. 5. A…

  6. Hip-Hop Activist Talib Kweli on Ferguson: 'There Needs to Be an All-Out Revolution' to Change Racism

    September 05, 2014 10:00 AM EDT I am a child of the civil rights movement. My parents met in 1969. They attended New York University together and protested the Vietnam War. My mother got into NYU thanks to a scholarship that was established in Dr. Martin Luther King’s name the year that he was murdered. Because my parents…

  7. Chart Highlights: Charli XCX's 'Boom Clap' Thunders To Top Of Pop Songs

    September 01, 2014 4:15 PM EDT She scores her first No. 1 as a lead act. Plus, new leaders for Jennifer Lopez, the Pretty Reckless, Lady Antebellum & more Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys…

  8. Bow Wow to Co-Star in 'CSI: Cyber'

    August 19, 2014 3:49 PM EDT Rapper joins Patricia Arquette in the 'CSI' spinoff. Rapper and actor Bow Wow, born Shad Moss, has been cast as a series regular on the CBS spinoff CSI: Cyber , the network announced Tuesday (Aug. 19). Moss will play 19-year-old hacker Brody "Baby Face" Nelson. A cyber…

  9. Country's Chaotic Summer: Investigating the Death, Rape and Arrests

    August 08, 2014 1:17 PM EDT A death, an alleged rape and arrests mar a season in which acts like Luke Bryan and Keith Urban are drawing massive crowds. What will Nashville do? After a string of ugly, alcohol-fueled mishaps at major concerts, country music seems to be stumbling into the final weeks of the summer touring…

  10. 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…

  11. Black Milk & BADBADNOTGOOD, 'Now or Never': Exclusive Song Premiere

    August 07, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Converse Inc. brings together Black Milk and BADBADNOTGOOD for their latest release, "Now or Never." The second single off the upcoming album, Cons EP Vol. 2 , features Black Milk spitting encouraging rhymes over dark soundscapes, courtesy of the jazz/hip-hop Toronto trio. Listen to…

  12. Nicki Minaj Releases 'No Flex Zone' Remix: Listen

    July 15, 2014 2:49 PM EDT Nicki Minaj released a freestyle over Rae Sremmurd's "No Flex Zone" "just 4 da fuq of it."   #NickiFreestyle 30 mins away just 4 da fuq of it http://t.co/OwMiha240p — PillsNPotions (@NICKIMINAJ) July 15, 2014   Minaj spits a boastful verse over the Mike WiLL Made…

  13. The-Dream Releases 'Royalty: The Prequel' EP: Listen

    July 08, 2014 1:14 PM EDT As promised, The-Dream releases his new EP, "Royalty: The Prequel." The 7-song EP features The-Dream doing what he does best: singing and writing about the bad, the good and the ugly of love. "Royalty" reunites Terius Nash with longtime collaborator, producer/songwriter…

  14. Robin Thicke Blurs the Lines Between Art and Life (Analysis)

    July 06, 2014 8:51 PM EDT “Somebody tell me please, tell me please/Why do I have to pay attorney fees?” Marvin Gaye, “Is That Enough?” Is Robin Thicke Going Too Far To Get Paula Patton Back? (Poll) Poets have been singing about love lost since the days of doomed 18th century romantics like Shelley, Keats and Byron,…

  15. K.Will Unveils 'Day 1' Video Starring SISTAR's Soyou: Watch

    June 30, 2014 7:04 PM EDT Will this groovy new track give the crooner his fifth K-Pop No. 1? Vocal maestro K.Will returns with his highly anticipated new single, "Day 1," paired with a buzzy video. "Day 1" is the lead track lifted off his fifth EP "One Fine Day," released via Starship…

  16. Metallica Opens Glastonbury Set With Satirical, Gory Response to British Critics: Watch

    June 29, 2014 8:33 PM EDT Metallica's Sunday night headlining slot on the Glastonbury schedule was met with contention when it was announced, but to their credit the LA metal-heads have taken all the criticism in stride.  Metallica's Lars Ulrich Accepts Will Ferrell and RHCP Drummer Chad Smith's Call…

  17. Lifetime Faces Skeptical Fans, Angry Family For Aaliyah, Whitney Houston Biopics

    June 27, 2014 6:36 PM EDT Lifetime is hoping fans of the late Aaliyah and Whitney Houston will deliver ratings gold when the network airs biopics about the singers’ lives and tragic deaths in the coming year. Disney actress Zendaya Coleman, 17, best known for her work on the hit Disney show "Shake It Up"…

  18. Bill and Hillary Clinton Musical to Make U.S. Debut

    June 25, 2014 5:59 AM EDT Bill and Hillary Clinton are headed to New York City—in a musical. The former president and first lady are the center of a production that is set to open for a week of performances in mid-July, as part of the New York Musical Theatre Festival. Hillary Clinton Praises Pussy Riot As ‘Strong …

  19. Kanye West Charms Cannes With His Moral Take on Brands and Culture

    June 18, 2014 4:41 AM EDT Kanye West was roundly ridiculed last year when he likened himself to Steve Jobs in a New York Times interview. But the rapper is very much like the late Apple founder in at least one respect: He is obsessed with good taste, and frames his pursuit of it in deeply moral terms. For Jobs, that…

  20. 'Top Model' Yaya DaCosta to Play Whitney Houston in Lifetime Biopic (Report)

    June 07, 2014 7:48 PM EDT Two years after her death, Whitney Houston's got yet another face: this time, according to a report, it's going to be "America's Next Top Model" alumnus Yaya DaCosta playing the late superstar in a previously announced  Lifetime biopic. Whitney Houston's 20…

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