1. U.S. Government Seeks to Keep Megaupload Money Because Kim Dotcom Is a 'Fugitive'

    November 19, 2014 7:05 PM EST Prosecutors argue that criminal defendants who won't willingly give themselves up shouldn't be allowed to use the resources of the court. On Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Justice told a Virginia federal judge that Kim Dotcom and cohorts have no business challenging the seizure…

  2. Exclusive: Is Tropical Premiere 'On My Way,' A Song Partially Recorded on NYC Streets

    November 19, 2014 12:00 PM EST Indie/electronic quartet  Is Tropical will be releasing their third album Black Anything in 2015. Too long of a wait? Billboard has an exclusive premiere of a new song, "On My Way," right now.  "We recorded a lot of 'On My Way' outside in Manhattan," member…

  3. Tracy Morgan Still Recovering From Brain Injury

    November 18, 2014 3:43 PM EST Tracy Morgan is fighting to recover from a severe brain injury suffered in a highway crash more than five months ago, and it's unknown if the actor-comedian will be "the Tracy Morgan he once was," his lawyer said Tuesday (Nov. 18).   Benedict Morelli said the former Saturday…

  4. Chart Highlights: Maroon 5 Moves To No. 1 on Pop Songs With 'Animals'

    November 17, 2014 4:57 PM EST The group extends its record for the most leaders among groups. Plus, Idina Menzel's AC debut signals the start of the holidays. 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…

  5. Catfish and the Bottlemen Announce U.S. Debut Album 'The Balcony' & New Tour Dates

    November 17, 2014 3:26 PM EST American audiences, prepare to be catfished. Billboard is excited to break the news of British indie rockers Catfish and the Bottlemen releasing their North American debut album. The Balcony -- first released Sept. 15 in the U.K. -- will drop Jan. 6 in North America via Communion Records.…

  6. Driver in Tracy Morgan Crash Seeks Delay of Case

    November 15, 2014 12:28 PM EST The truck driver charged in a New Jersey highway crash that injured comedian-actor Tracy Morgan and killed another man filed a request Friday (Nov. 14) to delay a federal lawsuit while his criminal case proceeds in state court. Tracy Morgan: 'Walmart Is Blaming Me for an Accident They…

  7. Damien Rice Talks Teaming With Rick Rubin For 'My Favourite Faded Fantasy'

    November 14, 2014 6:00 PM EST In 2002, Damien Rice released his debut solo album, O , a breathtaking collection that won the now-defunct Shortlist Prize and placed him in any conversation about the best new singer/songwriters of this century. Much of the magnificence of that album came from the way Rice paired his…

  8. Exclusive: Unsigned Indie Poppers Dreamers Premiere Addictive Self-Titled EP

    November 14, 2014 12:59 PM EST Start with “Wolves,” an infectious track that would sound at home on alternative radio in-between Phoenix and Young the Giant. An awful lot of unsigned indie bands are hustling around Brooklyn, but we’ll save you the time by pointing out one that definitely deserves attention -- an…

  9. 15 Musician Sex-Tape Scandals, From Tommy Lee to Usher

    November 13, 2014 2:54 PM EST News got out Wednesday that a sex tape featuring Usher and ex-wife Tameka Raymond was stolen and being shopped around, and the  singer's legal team is hot on the case .  Usher Hunting Down Stolen Sex Tape Like the rumors of an Iggy Azalea sex tape that surfaced in September , this…

  10. Ladies' Code Manager Arrested for Allegedly Causing K-Pop Girl Group's Fatal Crash

    November 13, 2014 11:05 AM EST Police booked the 26-year-old for excessive speeding in dangerous conditions. The manager for Ladies' Code  has been arrested for allegedly causing the fatal accident that killed members EunB and Rise and injured the remaining three. The 26-year-old, currently only identified by his…

  11. Viacom Beats Quarterly Earnings Forecast

    November 13, 2014 9:20 AM EST Viacom , led by CEO Philippe Dauman , on Thursday reported better-than-expected fiscal fourth-quarter and full-year financials. Its fiscal-year earnings per share and operating profit set a company record. Net earnings of $732 million for the latest quarter were down 9 percent from $804…

  12. 'Duck Dynasty' Musical Taking Flight in Las Vegas

    November 12, 2014 9:27 PM EST Not since Fiddler on the Roof has a theatrical project involved this much facial hair. A stage musical is being developed that will center on  Duck Dynasty 's Robertson family, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. The Dodgers, a New York-based theater company, and the Rio Hotel in…

  13. Will Sam Smith Pull an Adele at the 2015 Grammys or Get Bested By Beyonce?

    November 12, 2014 5:26 PM EST Sam Smith doesn’t relish being tabbed “the male Adele ,” and understandably so. But dominating the Grammys like Adele? We think he’d be down with that. The 22-year old British soul singer -- who spent three weeks at No. 1 on Billboard's Artist 100 chart -- has been one of 2014’s…

  14. Mark Cline Bates Brings His West Virginia Roots to New Album

    November 12, 2014 4:40 PM EST When describing his hometown, Mark Cline Bates can't help but light up with a heavy dose of Putnam County pride. "I was raised in a little town called Hurricane, West Virginia, which until they put the Walmart in was a one-stoplight town. The town was full of very friendly people.…

  15. Usher Hunting Down Stolen Sex Tape

    November 12, 2014 3:48 PM EST Maybe Usher should call his next album Looking 4 My Sex Tape . The singer's team is hot on the trail of an unknown suspect who's been trying to sell a sex tape featuring Usher and ex-wife Tameka Raymond , according to TMZ . Billboard Cover: Usher on Getting Tough With Justin…

  16. Damian Abraham Talks to Martin Mills About Beggars' Un-Punk Roots, Passing on Nirvana and the (Rare) Ramones Kudo

    November 12, 2014 3:45 PM EST You gotta hand it to Fucked Up frontman Damian Abraham . He kicked off the inaugural episode of his podcast, Turned Out a Punk , by interviewing his boss-of-sorts, Beggars Group founder  Martin Mills . Abraham, whose Canadian band is on the Beggars imprint Matador Records, used the…

  17. Taylor Swift's '1989' Spends Second Week at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart

    November 12, 2014 11:00 AM EST Meanwhile, Bette Midler and Calvin Harris score Top 10 debuts on the albums chart. As expected , Taylor Swift 's blockbuster 1989 album spends a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. The set sold 402,000 copies in the week ending Nov. 9, according to Nielsen SoundScan —…

  18. Eminem vs. Women: 13 Ladies He's Bashed in Raps

    November 11, 2014 8:00 AM EST Lana Del Rey is the latest in a string of female targets. Eminem has been known for his controversial rhymes since his major-label debut in 1999, but in a just-released cypher promoting the upcoming Shady Records compilation album, he crossed a new line: He invoked the name of Ray Rice,…

  19. Three 'Boyhood' Songs, Including Two by Ethan Hawke, Enter Oscar Race

    November 08, 2014 1:32 PM EST As the Oscar race approaches the Thanksgiving break, with only a small handful of major awards hopefuls that haven't yet screened, IFC Films' summer release Boyhood continues to look like the film to beat. Found Star: New Radicals' Gregg Alexander Grants First Interview in 15…

  20. Taylor Swift's '1989' May Sell 400,000 in Second Week

    November 07, 2014 10:07 PM EST She'll likely beat the No. 2 album by more than 300,000. Taylor Swift 's monster 1989 album is so big, it seems that the music business decided to mostly avoid releasing any albums that would have to compete with its second week on sale. Why? Industry sources suggest 1989 may…

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