1. Pay for YouTube? Challenges Ahead for Google's Next Music Subscription Service

    August 22, 2014 2:24 PM EDT Ever since news broke in October that YouTube was planning a subscription service, people have been asking how YouTube would get people to pay to watch music videos. It's more than a fair question. For over nine years, YouTube has conditioned people around the world to watch music videos…

  2. Robert Christgau on 'Get On Up': Putting James Browns' Music First

    August 22, 2014 2:00 PM EDT In his 2006 Rolling Stone profile "Being James Brown," the great lost rock critic Jonathan Lethem made sense of the Hardest Working Man in Show Business, the Minister of Super Heavy Funk, the Augusta Akhenaten, and all the other honorifics Mr. Brown has and will earn by declaring…

  3. Are Taylor Swift and Country Splitting Up for Good?

    August 22, 2014 10:51 AM EDT Will Taylor and country radio ever get back together, or have programmers moved on? It was like a carefully planned breakup. First came the unabashed pop bangers on Taylor Swift 's last album, 2012's Red , "Trouble" and "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together"…

  4. 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…

  5. Met Opera Reaches Labor Agreements With Remaining Unions

    August 22, 2014 4:52 AM EDT The Metropolitan Opera has reached labor agreements with the remaining unions that had expired contracts, averting the threat of a lockout with about a month to go before the season is scheduled to start. The Met and the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees said Thursday that…

  6. K-Pop Trend: Beast, INFINITE & Henry Add Classical Musical to the Mix

    August 21, 2014 8:23 PM EDT The popular acts are bringing orchestras to modern-day dance beats. But who did it best? Typically, Western pop and K-pop stay on the same page with their trends. Recent hits have been born out of stark piano ballads ( John Legend 's "All of Me" and  Taeyang 's  "Eyes…

  7. John Legend Brings Marvin Gaye's 'What's Going On' to Hollywood Bowl

    August 21, 2014 4:35 PM EDT Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings join in paying homage to Marvin Gaye's landmark album. "Trigger-happy policing": That line from Marvin Gaye 's 1971 hit "Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)" still speaks volumes -- especially in the wake of the ongoing…

  8. Metropolitan Opera Reaches Deal With Stagehands Union

    August 20, 2014 9:43 AM EDT New York City's Metropolitan Opera reached a deal early Wednesday with its stagehands and said it expects to avert a lockout by reaching agreements with the remaining unions. The opera company said rehearsals will continue and the season will open as scheduled Sept. 22 with a new…

  9. Taylor Swift Is Going Pop. And That's a Good Thing.

    August 19, 2014 6:19 PM EDT With "Shake It Off," music's most dependable superstar dives into the unknown… and sticks the landing. Confession: I love Taylor Swift's country side. She's an incredible songwriter that has built an empire on evocative storytelling and polished guitar arrangements.…

  10. Will New York's Met Opera Avoid Bankruptcy?

    August 18, 2014 1:17 PM EDT The Metropolitan Opera reached tentative agreements Monday morning with the unions representing its orchestra and chorus after an all-night bargaining session, according to the  The New York Times .  "These were difficult and highly complex negotiations, and I wish to commend the parties…

  11. 'American Idol' Alum Josh Gracin, Feared to Have Committed Suicide, Is Alive

    August 15, 2014 3:21 AM EDT In an increasingly disturbing trend, another American Idol alum was thought to have died unexpectedly, until police found the former contestant alive, if not so well. Josh Gracin , who competed on season two of the Fox show, left a disturbing note on his Facebook page on Aug. 14 (screen…

  12. Chris Walla Leaves Death Cab For Cutie

    August 13, 2014 2:03 PM EDT Meanwhile, the band's follow-up to 2011's "Codes & Keys" is now slated for early 2015. Death Cab For Cutie's founding guitarist/keyboardist/producer, Chris Walla, will quit the long-running indie rock group following the remaining dates on their summer festival…

  13. Songs of Summer 2014 Quiz: Test Your Knowledge of the Season's Biggest Artists!

    August 13, 2014 12:35 PM EDT How well do you know the voices behind summer's most inescapable hits? Take our brain-busting quiz on Iggy Azalea, Sam Smith & more! While last summer's biggest hits were helmed by a parade of familiar faces -- Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams, Daft Punk and Miley Cyrus among…

  14. Jeff Goldblum to Perform at NYC’s Cafe Carlyle

    August 13, 2014 12:33 AM EDT Jeff Goldblum is coming back to New York but not to act -- he'll be singing. The Cafe Carlyle said the "Jurassic Park" and "The Fly" star will perform Sept. 16-20 with his jazz band, The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra . The actor has sung and played piano with the band…

  15. Bebe Rexha Video Premiere: Watch The 'I Can't Stop Drinking About You' Clip

    August 12, 2014 2:16 PM EDT The "Take Me Home" singer finds sanctuary in a Los Angeles home in her debut video. Pop singer-songwriter Bebe Rexha is finally having her solo moment, after fronting a band, co-writing a monster hit single and performing vocals on an EDM smash last year. Best known for her spot…

  16. Brian Setzer Video Premiere: Watch The Lyric Clip for 'Lemme Slide'

    August 12, 2014 11:57 AM EDT The veteran singer-songwriter discusses his new "Rockabilly Riot!" album, out today on Surfdog Records. Brian Setzer says his new "Rockabilly Riot!" was anything but premeditated. "I don't think in terms of writing certain records at all," Setzer tells…

  17. Robin Williams Dead at 63, Suicide Suspected

    August 11, 2014 7:41 PM EDT The Oscar-winning actor and comedian had been recently battling severe depression. Oscar-winning actor and comedian Robin Williams has died at age 63, according to police in Marin County, Calif. Robin Williams' Death: Music Stars React on Twitter The full statement is below. On…

  18. Kings of Leon Talk Writing New Music & Covering Robyn

    August 11, 2014 3:17 PM EDT "In Chicago we were just trying to get all the ladies dancing," Caleb Followill says of covering "Dancing On My Own." Kings of Leon hasn't been riding its Mechanical Bull for a full year yet, but the group is ready to saddle up for a new project soon -- and, in fact,…

  19. Justin Bieber’s DUI Hearing Delayed Again

    August 05, 2014 11:04 PM EDT A Miami-Dade County judge has postponed a hearing to determine whether Justin Bieber will be tried on charges of driving under the influence and resisting arrest. The judge on Tuesday postponed the hearing until 1:30 p.m. Aug. 13 at the request of prosecutors and Bieber's attorney.…

  20. Three Dead, 100 Hospitalized After Veld and Boonstock Festivals

    August 05, 2014 12:56 PM EDT Three people died and close to 100 people have been taken to hospital following two Canadian music festivals held on opposiite sides of the country over the long weekend (August 2-4). In Toronto, a 20-year-old woman and 22-year-old man died after ingesting “party drugs” at the Veld Music…

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