1. Nas Finds His 'Roots' in PBS Series, Discovers Ancestor's Bill of Sale

    July 23, 2014 8:39 PM EDT When Nas became the first rapper invited to trace his family tree through the PBS series "Finding Your Roots," he welcomed the opportunity. But it hit him hard when he saw 1859 documentation of an ancestor being sold as a slave, he said during a panel discussion Wednesday. "…

  2. Facebook Eyes Record High Stock on Exceptional Second Quarter Earnings

    July 23, 2014 8:08 PM EDT Facebook is on a roll. The world's largest online social network posted sharply higher earnings on Wednesday as revenue from mobile advertising continued to grow, and more people used it, more often. The company's shares climbed nearly 4 percent in extended trading after the results…

  3. Randy Newman Inks Deal With Downtown Music Publishing

    July 23, 2014 7:12 PM EDT Rock and Roll Hall of Fame singer, songwriter and film composer inks administration agreement for North America. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame singer, songwriter and film composer Randy Newman has signed an administration agreement for North America with Downtown Music Publishing, it was…

  4. Ariana Grande Pays Tribute to Late Grandpa on Twitter

    July 23, 2014 7:02 PM EDT Singer gets condolences during 'Good Morning America' appearance Early Wednesday, Ariana Grande announced on Twitter that her grandfather, Frank, had died. The pop star stuck to her busy schedule, appearing on "Good Morning America" just after sharing the news. Grande was…

  5. CBS Local Media Acquires Eventful, Inc.

    July 23, 2014 6:34 PM EDT CBS Local Media has acquired Eventful, Inc., a San Diego-based digital media company that provides demand-based platforms for live, digital and broadcast events. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed, but Eventful's 55-person staff is expected to be integrated into the CBS…

  6. T.I. Addresses Rumors Of Ghostwriting For Iggy Azalea

    July 23, 2014 5:55 PM EDT T.I. "ain't no ghostwriter." When asked by Bijou Star TV if he's written rhymes for his Grand Hustle Records artist Iggy Azalea, he says that "Iggy got her own ideas and thoughts that she presents to the world in her own way." Claims of Iggy Azalea using…

  7. 'Glee' Star Naya Rivera Is Married

    July 23, 2014 4:28 PM EDT The actress wed actor Ryan Dorsey over the weekend. "Glee" star Naya Rivera is a married woman. The actress tied the knot over the weekend, marrying actor Ryan Dorsey in Cabo San Lucas on Saturday, Rivera's rep confirms to The Hollywood Reporter . A small group of close family…

  8. Wiz Khalifa, Jason Derulo & Future Perform At Reggae Sumfest 2014: Live Review

    July 23, 2014 4:18 PM EDT "I'm always nervous performing at home because Jamaicans are tough people to please but I am very happy with tonight's outcome," revealed Jamaica’s Tessanne Chin – and NBC’s The Voice season five winner – minutes after delivering a flawless, headlining set at Reggae…

  9. Pharrell Williams Goes for Knockout Win in 'Blurred Lines' Lawsuit

    July 23, 2014 4:17 PM EDT Marvin Gaye's family "smelled money," says a motion for summary judgment that argues that last year's summer hit isn't substantially similar to "Got to Give It Up." One year ago, the world was grooving to "Blurred Lines" when the song of the summer…

  10. Justin Bieber & Miley Cyrus Disco Demolition Was 'Poking Fun' At Pop Stars, Says Team Rep

    July 23, 2014 3:42 PM EDT "There's a lot of popularity for those two, but there are plenty of people who don't like their music," says the minor league team's general manager of Miley and the Biebs. On Saturday night (July 23), nearly 6,000 people gathered to watch music from Justin Bieber and…

  11. Beatport's New President Lloyd Starr on Download Farms, What EDM Even Is (Q&A)

    July 23, 2014 2:48 PM EDT A version of this article first appeared in the July 26th issue of Billboard Magazine . You could say Lloyd Starr, 35, was primed to be president of Beatport. As the 10-year-old company's former COO, there was nowhere to go but up. With Matthew Addell's June 24 exit, the door opened…

  12. Tomorrowland 2014: Top Picks for Weekend Two

    July 23, 2014 2:44 PM EDT It’s halftime for Europe’s most hyped music festival. With the first weekend in the books, Tomorrowland gears up for its second round this weekend. Before heading to Boom, Belgium to check out the scene, Billboard makes artist picks for each day of Weekend Two in light of Weekend One’s best…

  13. MAGIC!'s 'Rude' No. 1 On Hot 100, Sam Smith's 'Stay With Me' Surges

    July 23, 2014 2:18 PM EDT The Canadian pop/reggae group spends a second week at the summit, while Sam Smith's 'Stay With Me' lifts 5-3 after it became available for streaming on Spotify Not to be rude … but enough introduction. Let's get right into our weekly rundown of the Hot 100's top 10…

  14. Kirko Bangz & August Alsina Team Up For 'Rich' Video: Watch

    July 23, 2014 1:16 PM EDT Kirko Bangz chooses the wrong path to achieve success in his new video for "Rich." The Houston rapper is joined by the song's featured guest, August Alsina, in its accompanying Rock Davis and Jay Rodriguez-directed video, which portrays the consequences of living the fast life.…

  15. 15 Sensational Superhero Songs

    July 23, 2014 1:05 PM EDT Put on your bat-suits and rejoice, for today (July 23) is National Batman Day ! As part of the Caped Crusader’s 75th anniversary, DC Comics is celebrating with comic giveaways and movie showings around the country. The festivities continue tomorrow when comic-book fans from all over descend…

  16. New Traveling Festival Will Bring Bass Music to 20 Cities This Fall (Exclusive)

    July 23, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Safe In Sound Festival caters to bass heads across America. A new music festival geared toward fans of electronic bass music, a heavy sub-genre under the EDM umbrella, will travel to 20 U.S. cities this September and October. Called Safe in Sound, it will feature Adventure Club, Flux…

  17. 'Weird Al' Yankovic Gets First No. 1 Album On Billboard 200 with 'Mandatory Fun'

    July 23, 2014 10:57 AM EDT After more than 30 years on the charts, comedian-singer "Weird Al" Yankovic earns his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 , as "Mandatory Fun" debuts atop the list. The album is the first comedy set to top the chart since 1963, and logs the largest sales week for a…

  18. Chronixx, OK Go & Eli Young Band: Watch Late Night Performances (Video)

    July 23, 2014 10:50 AM EDT Plenty of the musical performances on last night's round of talk shows are worth another look -- beginning with a Jamaican artist making his U.S. television premiere. "The entire island of Jamaica is swelling with pride right now," Jimmy Fallon shouted as Chronixx took the…

  19. Pharrell Williams Recruits Miley Cyrus & Many Models for 'Come Get It Bae' Video (Watch)

    July 23, 2014 10:40 AM EDT Although "Happy" is still playing on repeat in the nation's collective consciousness, Pharrell Williams is currently pushing the funky "Come Get It Bae" as the latest single from "G I R L." This morning, the joyous jam got a music video featuring guest…

  20. SBTRKT's New Album 'Wonder Where We Land' Boasts An Eclectic Guest List

    July 23, 2014 9:48 AM EDT Not long after dropping the Ezra Koenig-assisted "NEW DORP. NEW YORK," SBTRKT has revealed his upcoming album "Wonder Where We Land" features an enviable slew of indie, hip-hop and R&B talent. Aside from the Vampire Weekend frontman, SBTRKT's new record features…

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