1. Kim Dotcom Sells Stake in Baboom: 'The Music Industry Hates Me'

    October 02, 2014 9:11 AM EDT Fledgling digital music service Baboom has severed its relationship with Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom ahead of a planned launch in early 2015. The Internet entrepreneur, who is wanted in the United States on racketeering charges, had owned a 45 percent stake in Baboom through his family…

  2. Burning Man App Becomes Tool for Hong Kong Protestors

    October 01, 2014 1:52 PM EDT Now into a fifth day of pro-democracy protests that has seen downtown Hong Kong, one of the busiest districts in the world, come to a virtual stand still, demonstrators have been notable for their preparedness. Goggles, face-masks, plastic ponchos and umbrellas have been standard items…

  3. Anna Lunoe Premieres 'Classy' Soft Power Remix of 'All Out'

    October 01, 2014 12:55 PM EDT Anna Lunoe , who recently cracked Billboard's Twitter Emerging Artist chart for the first time, is premiering the remix of her song "All Out" on Billboard today. "All Out" is the title track of Lunoe's EP, which debuted in the top 5 on the iTunes Dance Chart…

  4. Juniel Crafts Poppy Ode to Young Romance With 'I Think I'm in Love'

    September 30, 2014 9:07 PM EDT The 21-year-old K-pop star is growing up...but still adorable as ever. Juniel   is growing up. On her new single "I Think I'm in Love," the K-pop star is trying out new sounds, trying out her hand at a relationship while maintaining her adorable, quirky side. While the 21…

  5. Sam Smith's 'Restart' Video Takes You on a Tour of His Tour

    September 30, 2014 10:55 AM EDT If Sam Smith 's Restart" video is any indication, going on tour with the U.K. soul singer seems like a good time. The video starts with footage of Smith on a bus with his backup singers, who are all gleefully singing along to  Beyonce 's "Flawless" remix. This…

  6. Original Stars of Broadway’s ‘Chicago’ to Reunite

    September 28, 2014 11:14 PM EDT Look closely and you'll see some familiar faces at the Nov. 23 performance of Chicago . Original stars Ann Reinking, Bebe Neuwirth, James Naughton and Joel Grey will be making cameos that night to celebrate the show becoming the second longest-running show in Broadway history. Carole…

  7. iHeartRadio Festival's 5 Best Performances

    September 21, 2014 4:51 PM EDT Each year, the iHeartRadio Music Festival collects nearly two dozen of music's biggest stars and lets them work their magic in the same Las Vegas casino as David Copperfield. This year's enthralling showcase at the MGM Grand Garden Arena had its fair share of mind-blowing…

  8. Angaleena Presley Represents the 'American Middle Class' on Debut Solo Album

    September 19, 2014 7:00 PM EDT If someone asks Angaleena Presley about coming from Beauty, it might not exactly be a pickup line. The singer-songwriter -- also a member of the Pistol Annies -- says she actually does come from Beauty: a small town in the eastern corner of Kentucky. "I came from a tiny town in…

  9. Britain's ITV Scraps 'Rising Star' Amid Soft Ratings in U.S., Germany

    September 17, 2014 8:55 AM EDT Britain's ITV has scrapped plans to air a U.K. version of Israeli talent competition Rising Star next year amid soft ratings in key international territories. ITV Studios and format owner Keshet's Keshet International UK unit had been working on the British version of the show…

  10. Tim McGraw, ‘Sundown Heaven Town’: Track-by-Track Album Review

    September 16, 2014 1:14 PM EDT Tim McGraw has scored more than 50 top 10 hits on Billboard's Country Airplay chart during the last 20 years. On Sept. 16, the singer rolls out Sundown Heaven Town , his 13th studio album. On the disc,  co-produced by McGraw and longtime collaborator  Byron Gallimore,  the singer…

  11. Exclusive: ACME Creative Group Launches With the Fall, Swans, Bad Brains Vinyl Reissues

    September 16, 2014 9:56 AM EDT The ACME Creative Group , helmed by veteran music executive Jeff Bowers and TV On The Radio co-founder and producer Dave Sitek , officially launches today. Among the independent vinyl manufacturer, design and development company's first contracts is a deal for a catalog campaign with…

  12. Calvin Harris, Sam Smith Lead U.K. Sales Charts

    September 15, 2014 5:00 AM EDT Calvin Harris landed his fifth U.K. No. 1 single as a solo artist in five years as “Blame” (Columbia/Sony), featuring John Newman , debuted at the top yesterday (Sept. 14). Sam Smith’s   In The Lonely Hour  (Capitol/Universal) continues to lead the album chart. Harris first topped the British…

  13. Billboard Cover: 'The Voice' Hasn't Created an Actual Star — But Is Making Bigger Stars of Its Judges

    September 12, 2014 9:30 AM EDT "The girl’s on time, right?" says Gwen Stefani to Blake Shelton . The 44-year-old No Doubt singer looks femme fatale-radiant in a black-and-white polka dot Saint Laurent blouse. "Well, you’re not the biggest girl here," Blake Shelton, 38, dead-pans in his Oklahoma drawl,…

  14. The 20 Best Songs About Friendships -- Good, Bad and With Benefits

    September 11, 2014 2:00 PM EDT Friendship is a complicated thing. It can save your life -- like when a good buddy gets you through a bad breakup -- or it can drive you absolutely nuts. After all, some friends lie and let you down, and if they’re not secretly plotting your demise, they might be harboring romantic feelings…

  15. Jason D. Williams Talks 'Hillbillies and Holy Rollers' Album & Vaudeville Inspiration

    September 08, 2014 8:36 PM EDT Jason D. Williams -- the rockabilly sensation who has been dazzling crowds live for three decades -- is back with brand-new music. Williams returns with his latest disc, Hillbillies and Holy Rollers , which was recorded at the historic studio address of 706 Union Ave. in Memphis. What enters…

  16. Spoon Might Take a Break for Another Divine Fits Record

    September 08, 2014 5:21 PM EDT “If that happens we're probably not going to do another Spoon record for two years,” predicts Jim Eno. he four years leading up to Spoon's new They Want My Soul was the longest gap between any of the group's eight albums and came after some dedicated time off for the band…

  17. Banks’ Gorgeously Gloomy Music Has Made Her a Breakout Star

    September 08, 2014 5:08 PM EDT Imagine the middle bit of a Venn diagram between socialite Olivia Palermo and 1990s model Bridget Hall -- if both were in mourning -- and you’d get breakout alt-pop star Banks . The 26-year-old singer, born Jillian Banks, is almost always shown in videos and photos dressed in all black,…

  18. How CeeLo Green’s Career Can Be Saved

    September 05, 2014 3:19 PM EDT How accusations of rape, a yanked reality show and a deplorable series of (since deleted) tweets stand to derail a once vibrant future for the artist and former 'Voice' coach. On Sept. 2, hours after Cee Lo Green pleaded no contest to a 2012 case alleging that he secretly slipped…

  19. Man Spends 8 Days in Jail for Posting Metal Lyrics on Facebook

    September 05, 2014 12:50 PM EDT Last month, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled that violent rap lyrics cannot be used as evidence in trials, except for special situations when those lyrics are closely connected to the case in question. "One would not presume that Bob Marley, who wrote the well-known song 'I Shot…

  20. The Top 5 Best Selling 'SNL' Digital Downloads of All Time

    September 05, 2014 11:30 AM EDT In the Sept. 13 issue of Billboard , readers can find an exclusive excerpt of the newly updated Saturday Night Live book Live From New York . In it, Andy Samberg , Justin Timberlake , and other key players break down two of the most iconic musical moments in the show’s history: “Lazy Sunday”…

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