1. Watch Steven Spielberg's Niece Audition for 'The Voice' Israel

    August 13, 2014 5:25 AM EDT More than two months after teasing its highly anticipated "Hollywood" blind audition, The Voice Israel finally unleashed its star power for season three: Contestant Jessica "Jessy" Katz , niece of Academy Award-winning filmmaker Steven Spielberg . The daughter of Playmount…

  2. Stax Records Musical: Lawsuit Explores Who Owns the Rights

    August 12, 2014 1:15 PM EDT Just last month, Concord Music Group announced that it was developing a Broadway musical about the iconic music label Stax Records, which launched the careers of such soul artists as Otis Redding , Isaac Hayes and Booker T. & the MG's amid the racial tension of the civil rights era.…

  3. Major Labels Taking 'Russian Facebook' to Court Over 'Large Scale' Piracy

    August 12, 2014 10:22 AM EDT VKontakte, known as the "Russian Facebook," is under fire in court from three major record labels that accuse the social media giant of doing little to stop wide-scale piracy by users. A judge in arbitration court for the St. Petersburg and Leningrad region decided on Monday to…

  4. Dawn Richard Pens Open Letter After Danity Kane Breakup

    August 10, 2014 5:04 PM EDT Shortly after Danity Kane revealed that they have broken up (again), Dawn Richard penned an open letter to her fans.  The letter is in response to the reports that she punched Aubrey O'Day after a recording session, a report she previously called "exaggerated lies and false…

  5. Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Shawn Mendes and the Great EP Comeback

    August 08, 2014 8:58 PM EDT This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers finally claimed its first No. 1 album , as Hypnotic Eye bowed in the top slot, selling 131,000 copies in the week ending Aug. 3, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Of course, aside from Petty there was -- as usual --…

  6. Beyonce, Nicki Minaj & Nick Jonas: Real-Time Twitter Chart Rewind Video Show Ep. 10

    August 08, 2014 4:15 PM EDT Welcome to Billboard's weekly video show "Real-Time Rewind," which recaps the past week's hottest action on the new Billboard Real-Time Twitter Charts -- Trending 140 and Emerging Artists -- and the news that's driving the action. Hosted by Billboard's Joe Levy,…

  7. Danity Kane on Their Breakup: 'My Group Member Punched Me in the Back of My Head'

    August 08, 2014 3:18 PM EDT The reunion of Danity Kane is already over. Aubrey O’Day got punched by Dawn Richard Monday after a recording session, according to TMZ . ( Billboard has reached out to Richard, but did not immeadiately receive a response.)  Now, earlier today, O'Day and Shannon Bex released a lenghty…

  8. Pharrell Williams, Tyler, The Creator, Rick Ross to Perform at 2014 Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival

    August 08, 2014 11:07 AM EDT Pharrell Williams , Tyler, the Creator 's mentor, will headline the third annual Camp Flog Gnaw carnival. There will also be performances by Tyler, the Creator, Rick Ross , Mac Miller , Earl Sweatshirt , the rest of the OFWGKTA camp, Murs , The Grouch & Eligh , Action Bronson , Step…

  9. Napalm Death's Barney Greenway Speaks to Being Loved by Indonesia's New President

    August 08, 2014 11:07 AM EDT The reformer likes his music brutal... not his government. Last week, Indonesia -- a country long embattled and embittered by corruption and violence -- elected Governor Joko Widodo of Jakarta as its new president. His favorite music? Metallica . Slayer . Napalm Death . Randy Blythe , singer…

  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. FCC Probes Complaints About 'Miley Cyrus: Bangerz Tour' Special

    August 06, 2014 10:16 PM EDT Although it only drew three complaints from the more than two million viewers, the Federal Communications Commission is in the process of determining if NBC's Fourth of July weekend special Miley Cyrus: Bangerz Tour violated its rules against broadcast indecency or profanity. The FCC…

  12. Bishop Allen Video Premiere: Watch The 'Why I Had To Go' Clip

    August 06, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Indie-pop quartet Bishop Allen has ended a five-year studio break with Lights Out , their fourth full-length, due out Aug. 19 on Dead Oceans. The group released the catchy track "Why I Had To Go" last month, and the song has received a captivating music video, which Billboard.com is…

  13. Partial Truce: Samsung, Apple to Drop Patent Lawsuits Outside U.S.

    August 06, 2014 9:22 AM EDT Smartphone giants agree to lessen hostilities after three years of bitter, and costly, disputes. However, existing cases in U.S. courts will continue. Samsung and Apple Inc. have agreed to end all patent lawsuits between each other outside the U.S. in a step back from three years of legal…

  14. Call Her Mrs. West: Kim Kardashian Shares Name Change With New Passport Photo

    August 05, 2014 9:05 PM EDT A couple months after making an honest man outta Kanye West , reality TV star Kim Kardashian has made it official: she's Mrs. West now, you guys. How are we privy to such details? Oh come on, she told us. Kardashian West took to Instagram on Tuesday to share of-all-things her new…

  15. Concert Review: Bluegrass Legend Ricky Skaggs Dips Into the Past (and Introduces a Future Star)

    August 05, 2014 5:04 PM EDT As has been the tradition the past few years, the legendary Ricky Skaggs closed out the Springer Mountain Farms Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman in Nashville on July 31. Along with his ace band, Kentucky Thunder, the performer delivered a set that showcased his love of the tradition of bluegrass…

  16. Action Bronson Cruises to No. 2 on Trending Chart With 'Easy Rider'

    August 04, 2014 7:05 PM EDT Queens native Action Bronson stormed the real-time Billboard Trending 140 chart Monday morning (Aug. 4) with his just-released track "Easy Rider." The song was premiered on WQHT New York (Hot 97) the night before by DJ Peter Rosenberg, and the conversation that ensued on Twitter…

  17. 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…

  18. A Royalty Pain: Making Sense Of Music's Compensation Issues

    August 04, 2014 1:36 PM EDT From the outside, it looks simple: Terrestrial radio and Internet-based music services play the songs, the creators and performers of which are then compensated -- no matter where they play and when they were released -- and everyone in the business lives happily ever after. From the inside,…

  19. Brad Paisley Dedicates Song To Doctor Infected with Ebola

    August 04, 2014 6:22 AM EDT Brad Paisley was so "moved" by the selfless actions of a doctor infected with the Ebola virus, he's dedicated a song to him. The country artist has tweeted to his followers to pray for Dr. Kent Brantly, who he described as “one of those brave souls who risks his life to save…

  20. Nicki Minaj Previews Steamy 'Anaconda' Video, Unleashes Full Track

    August 04, 2014 5:17 AM EDT The video to Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda” is slithering ever-closer to its big reveal. The hip hop artist has stayed true to her word with the release on iTunes  of her latest track which, as previously reported, had been delayed by a week and ended up leaking early.  Nicki Minaj Snakes Up…

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