1. Free Music Round-Up: Raury, Ty Dolla $ign, Rico Love & Melat

    August 29, 2014 5:00 PM EDT This was an exciting week for free music. Raury released a precocious album debut, Ty Dolla $ign and Rico Love delivered R&B-drenched projects and rising singer Melat channeled vintage hip-hop/soul on her EP. Raury's Indigo Child (Album) Raury aims for a powerful, cohesive statement…

  2. Exclusive: Guitarist Jason Becker, Who Suffers From ALS, Calls Ice-Bucket Trend 'Amazing'

    August 28, 2014 6:25 PM EDT Jason Becker, a former guitarist for David Lee Roth who has lived with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) for 25 years, is thrilled to see what the ice-bucket challenge is doing in the fight against the disease. “I love it. It is amazing,” Becker tells Billboard via phone from his…

  3. The Game Assembles All-Star Hip-Hop Crew for Michael Brown Tribute, 'Don't Shoot'

    August 27, 2014 7:31 PM EDT In the wake of the killing of the unarmed black teenager Mike Brown at the hand of a white police officer and the civil unrest that's followed in the town of Ferguson, Mo. we've seen an outpouring of engagement from musicians voicing their opinions.  Killer Mike penned an op-ed for…

  4. Suge Knight Investigation Moved to Homicide Bureau

    August 26, 2014 10:55 PM EDT Sheriff's department says updates are coming soon as scene of early Sunday shooting becomes stop for tour buses. Word of Suge Knight 's condition and the ongoing investigation following the reported six gunshot wounds he suffered early Sunday morning at a nightclub in West…

  5. National Dog Day: 6 Best Music Videos With Dogs

    August 26, 2014 9:22 PM EDT Puppies! Happy National Dog Day ! Sure, this is a totally made-up holiday, but any excuse to look at cute puppy pictures is fine by us. Or, better yet, you could look at cute puppy videos . Below, we list the six best music videos that include dogs. There are a surprising number of videos…

  6. How Billy Joel and Jason Aldean Saved Six Figures By Splitting Tour Costs

    August 26, 2014 2:15 PM EDT With stadium-show production costs running as high as $1.8 million, Live Nation acts like Billy Joel and Jason Aldean are saving $500,000 to $700,000 apiece by sharing costs in order to minimize the significant costs of producing stadium shows, Live Nation has taken a creative divide-and…

  7. Chinese Bear Bile Farms' New Nemesis: Former Guns N' Roses Drummer Matt Sorum

    August 26, 2014 12:47 PM EDT Drummer and animal rights activist Matt Sorum has taken up the cause of bears who've suffered years of abuse in Chinese bile farms. The former Guns N' Roses rocker, who now fronts the solo project Fierce Joy , teamed with Animals Asia to adopt a moon bear named Phoenix, whose bile…

  8. Ariana Grande Expands on 'My Everything': Track-By-Track Review

    August 25, 2014 2:57 PM EDT Ariana Grande's debut album Yours Truly was released almost exactly a year ago, and over the past 12 months, the former Nickelodeon star has transformed from pop artist you ought to know to an undeniable superstar, with three singles in the Top 10 of the current Hot 100 chart , a slot…

  9. Brad Paisley, 'Moonshine in the Trunk': Track-by-Track Review

    August 25, 2014 2:30 PM EDT Brad Paisley 's previous album, 2013's Wheelhouse , was a finely crafted effort that touched on such weighty topics as racism, domestic violence and heartbreak. It stirred controversy when he duetted with LL Cool J on "Accidental Racist," and the overall album might have…

  10. 'Rising Star' Recap: Season One Winner Crowned as Voting Proves its Worth

    August 25, 2014 5:35 AM EDT Tonight, a Capitol Records contract was awarded, and not even a West Coast save could have made its recipient anybody but Jesse Kinch . With 10 episodes under its belt, a few disappointed teenager in its wake, and hopefully not too much permanent follicle damage to Kesha’s hair, the Wall made…

  11. Watch Eminem and Rihanna Take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge On Stage in Detroit

    August 24, 2014 12:58 AM EDT Eminem and Rihanna saved the biggest splash of The Monster Tour for last. Literally. Eminem chose the duo's Saturday night show at Comerica Park in his home town of Detroit -- the sixth and final date of their tour -- to answer Dr. Dre's ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. As the MC and…

  12. Henry Rollins Apologizes for Robin Williams Suicide Criticism

    August 23, 2014 3:59 PM EDT “I am deeply sorry. Down to my marrow," Rollins wrote on his website. Henry Rollins has issued an apology for a recent LA Weekly column he wrote that criticizes Robin Williams and others who choose to kill themselves. “That I hurt anyone by what I said, and I did hurt many, disgusts me,”…

  13. Ariana Grande Knows How Frankie Can Win 'Big Brother'

    August 21, 2014 8:13 PM EDT 'It's been amazing to watch him, but it's been frustrating,' she tells Billboard of her brother's time on the show. If you follow Ariana Grande on Twitter , you know she is fully immersed in the game of Big Brother and fiercely backing up big bro Frankie to win it…

  14. The Weeknd's High on Sex in Trippy NSFW 'Often' Video

    August 21, 2014 6:52 PM EDT It looks like a whole lot of sex is making The Weeknd' s head spin in the new video for "Often," the loose and heavy track he released earlier this summer.  Code Picks of the Week: The Weeknd, Sam Smith & More In it a rotating cast of almost naked women cycle in and out of…

  15. 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…

  16. Why Don’t Today’s Hits Reflect The Times?

    August 21, 2014 3:22 PM EDT This week in 1965, the hottest debut on Billboard ’s Hot 100 was Barry McGuire ’s “Eve Of Destruction,” the lyrics of which were a wake-up call, from its opening shot of “The Eastern world, it is explodin’; violence flarin’, bullets loadin’,” to its warning of impending nuclear war (“If the…

  17. Sarah Dunn on Her Old-Fashioned Upbringing: 'We Didn't Have a CD Player or Tape Deck'

    August 20, 2014 5:58 PM EDT Sarah Dunn, the voice behind the Sarah Dunn Band 's "You or the Whiskey," definitely qualifies as an old soul. And not just in her attitude toward building her career.  "I was delivered by a midwife in Monett, Missouri, in this antebellum home. I like to think I had a…

  18. It's Official: You Can't Own a Facebook 'Like'

    August 20, 2014 5:03 PM EDT Florida judge says Facebook 'likes' aren't the property of page creators. A Florida federal judge made social media history on Wednesday, determining that the woman who created a Facebook page for The Game can't establish she owns a property interest in some 6.2 million …

  19. 5 Seconds of Summer Hopes to Release Next Album in 2015

    August 20, 2014 1:57 PM EDT "We've got a lot of time coming up, actually, to write and record again," says drummer Ashton Irwin. With a No. 1 debut album in hand, 5 Seconds of Summer is hoping to have a follow-up for fans by the time the group starts its world headlining tour next May. "We definitely…

  20. Marc Anthony, Enrique Iglesias and Others Dish on Their 2014 Latin Chart Smashes

    August 19, 2014 8:02 AM EDT The stories behind 10 of the hottest midyear hits from Prince Royce, Romeo Santos and Marc Anthony. The sound of tropical-laced romance dominated radio airwaves for the first half of the year, according to Billboard's Hot Latin Songs recap of hits charting in the issues dated Dec. 7,…

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