1. 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,…

  2. Justin Timberlake Takes The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge: Watch

    August 12, 2014 1:34 AM EDT Justin Timberlake has taken a cold shower, for a good cause. The pop superstar honored his nomination to complete the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, which he did for the cameras and shared on his social networks. Post by Justin Timberlake .   Timberlake was challenged to do the deed within 24…

  3. 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,…

  4. The Inside Story of How Lorde Came to Rule 'The Hunger Games'

    August 08, 2014 2:00 PM EDT A nontraditional deal with Lionsgate finds the 17-year-old curating a major soundtrack. The Hunger Games franchise has a new heroine on the horizon: Lorde.  The 17-year-old singer-songwriter has been commissioned by Lionsgate and music publisher Songs to deliver the first single from…

  5. Sinead O'Connor on Celebrity Crush Dave Chappelle: 'If He Were a Bike, I'd Be Riding Him'

    August 08, 2014 11:35 AM EDT Through the years, Sinead O'Connor -- who is featured on the cover of Billboard's Aug. 16 issue -- hasn't been shy about expressing unbridled lust for comedian Dave Chappelle and actor Robert Downey Jr., but she has never really gone into detail about her crushes. Until now.…

  6. 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…

  7. Billboard Cover Story Sneak Peek: 5 Revelations From Sinead O'Connor

    August 07, 2014 6:32 PM EDT   Sinead O'Connor photographed by Nicole Nodland on July 17, 2014 at Brunswick Studios in London.  Nicole Nodland Sinead O'Connor is undoubtedly one of the most fascinating, fearless and iconoclastic musicians of our time, but the last few years have found more people focusing on…

  8. 'Weird Al' Yankovic's Triumphant Return: A Manager's Perspective

    August 07, 2014 3:34 PM EDT Jay Levey, who's represented the comedian for more than 30 years, on hitting a home run with "Mandatory Fun." When the editors of Billboard asked me to answer a few questions about “Weird Al” Yankovic’s recent chart-topping, earth-shattering, game-changing, monumentally epic…

  9. Soul Legend Sam Moore Takes on Bluegrass With New Song 'Jesus & Jones'

    August 06, 2014 11:58 PM EDT During the years between 1965 and 1968, the R&B duo known as Sam & Dave embarked on what turned out to be a magical period. Seven of their Stax singles found a home in the top 10 on the Billboard R&B Singles chart at the time, including the classics “Hold On, I’m Comin',” …

  10. 'Weird Al' Yankovic Should Play The Super Bowl, New Petition Argues

    August 06, 2014 6:14 PM EDT "Weird Al" Yankovic collected the first No. 1 album of his 30-year career this year. What's next? Performing during the Super Bowl halftime show, of course. A new petition has urged the White House to influence the National Football League's Super Bowl halftime…

  11. Jay Z, Beyonce and the Rumor Mill: Who's Pulling the Strings?

    August 05, 2014 6:07 PM EDT For most of their six-year, seven-digit-earning marriage, Beyonce and Jay Z were a glimmering aberration in the world of celebrity rumors: an unflappable married couple seemingly impervious to gossip. In fact, just one year ago, two people tightly controlled the Jay Z/Beyonce media…

  12. Al Jarreau Salutes George Duke on New Star-Packed Album

    August 05, 2014 1:47 PM EDT The late musician’s influential legacy is saluted on 'My Old Friend,' featuring guests Lalah Hathaway, Dianne Reeves, Gerald Albright and more. It’s a year to the day (Aug. 5) since the untimely death of revered Grammy-winning keyboardist, composer and producer George Duke .…

  13. Jay Z and Beyonce's On The Run Tour Tops $100 Million, 'Everybody’s Winning'

    August 05, 2014 8:30 AM EDT Plagued by rumors of poor ticket sales and still a target for the tabloids, the Jay Z/Beyonce On The Run stadium tour will nevertheless wrap as a huge success. Jay Z and Beyonce 's On The Run tour wraps in North America with two nights at AT&T Park in San Francisco, both tonight …

  14. Drake Welcomes Usher, 50 Cent, Lauryn Hill And Many More To Fifth Annual OVO Fest

    August 05, 2014 4:37 AM EDT Drake’s OVO Festival is like hip-hop Christmas in Toronto – you anticipate it every year but you never know what you’re gonna get. Prior years have brought surprise cameos from the likes of Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj and Snoop Dogg , or Diddy, Mase, Kanye West and Lil Wayne , and this year’s…

  15. Nicki Minaj Explains How Beyonce's 'Flawless' Remix Came to Be

    August 04, 2014 2:19 PM EDT Nicki Minaj owned this past weekend. Before releasing her second single "Anaconda" on Sunday, August 3, Nicki Minaj surprised the Barbz when appearing on the remix to Beyoncé 's "Flawless." Late Saturday, August 2, Beyoncé dropped a remix to the Beyoncé song…

  16. 'American Idol' Alum Michael Johns Remembered by Nigel Lythgoe, David Cook, Paula Abdul & More

    August 03, 2014 12:00 PM EDT American Idol season seven finalist Michael Johns died unexpectedly on Aug. 1. He was 35-years-old. A fan favorite since he first auditioned in 2007 with the Otis Redding song, "I've Been Loving You Too Long," the Australian rocker was known for his soulful singing style and…

  17. Lorde Talks 'Mockingjay,' 'Weird Al' and New Music Backstage at Lollapalooza 2014

    August 02, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Staring out into the sprawling sea of bodies — a crowd so dense that it spilled over into the neighboring stage’s real estate — Lorde took time out in the middle of her maiden Lollapalooza performance to sit on the edge of the stage and breathe in the impressive scene. Lollapalooza 2014: …

  18. Brigitte DeMeyer Explains How Gregg Allman Inspired 'Savannah Road'

    August 01, 2014 5:22 PM EDT Brigitte DeMeyer thought she had something special when she released her current album, Savannah Road , but the Americana-inspired artist tells Billboard she was not prepared for the attention the album has received from critics and fans alike -- not to mention one legendary fellow artist. …

  19. Iggy Azalea Means Big Business for Brands

    August 01, 2014 2:49 PM EDT Two of summer’s biggest hits could lead to a $5 million year as branding deals and a revived House of Style rev up the female rapper. Iggy Azalea has been dominating the summer, holding down the top two slots of Billboard ’s Summer Songs chart for an uninterrupted nine weeks with “Fancy” and…

  20. Israel Conflict Turns a Promising Touring Summer Grim, to the Tune of $20 Million

    August 01, 2014 12:27 PM EDT The conflict in Gaza and insurance challenges have made for a cruel summer for promoters. Neil Young and Backstreet Boys have postponed shows -- are Gaga and Lana next? “This looked like it was going to be one of the best summers in Israel’s history when it came to international acts, but now…

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