1. Louis Vuitton to Invest $80 Million in K-Pop Culture Factory YG Entertainment

    August 20, 2014 8:47 PM EDT Louis Vuitton is getting into the K-Pop business. The world's largest luxury brand's private equity arm, LVMH, announced Wednesday it will invest up to $80 million in South Korea's YG Entertainment Inc., the record label and talent agency behind some of the genre's…

  2. Jennifer Hudson's Half-Brother Arrested After Alleged Stabbing

    August 20, 2014 11:35 AM EDT Jennifer Hudson 's half-brother Stephen Angelo Simpson was arrested Tuesday, Aug. 19, after he allegedly stabbed a man on Monday night. The stabbing took place at Simpson's estranged wife's apartment in the South Haven Charter Township in Van Buren County, Mich., according to…

  3. DJ Skee Debuts DASH Radio, Taps East Village Radio Co-Founder, L.A. Reid As Investors

    August 19, 2014 1:07 PM EDT Give Scott Keeney , a.k.a. DJ Skee , a minute to talk about his love for radio, and you’ll wind up getting five. That’s what Peter Ferraro , co-founder of East Village Radio, got on the day he announced the impending closure of his pioneering internet radio station. “At first I was like, …

  4. Upstart Label ChiBase Productions Targets Worldwide Audience For African Music

    August 19, 2014 11:44 AM EDT As the ancestral home of American jazz and the blues, Jamaican reggae and Trinidadian calypso, the music of Africa has had a far-reaching influence on genres throughout the world. Yet contemporary African artists, with few exceptions, struggle to impact beyond the continent, or fan bases…

  5. Ask Billboard: Iggy Azalea, Ariana Grande, Sam Smith & Charli XCX Are Seeing Double

    August 19, 2014 11:05 AM EDT The four acts each boast multiple top 20 hits this week. Do they set a record? Plus, Selena & Celine's top hits and more As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as…

  6. Willie Nelson, Neil Young To Play Pipeline Protest Concert in Nebraska

    August 18, 2014 11:36 PM EDT Willie Nelson and Neil Young will headline a concert next month in a Nebraska cornfield organized by opponents of a proposed pipeline that would carry oil from Canada south to the Gulf Coast. Bold Nebraska said Monday the concert will be held Sept. 27 on a farm near Neligh in northeast…

  7. Instagram Sensation ‘Fat Jew’ Is Making Big Bucks With His Crazy Antics

    August 18, 2014 4:39 PM EDT ”Up until a year ago I was pretty much just getting paid to be an idiot,” says 30-year-old Josh Ostrovsky , better-known as comic and Instagram sensation The Fat Jew . These days, he’s an idiot with a very bright future. After amassing half a million Instagram followers -- including Katy…

  8. Madonna Refuses to Let Instagram Ruin Her Nipple Pic Birthday Fun

    August 18, 2014 1:22 PM EDT Instagram's infamous anti-nipple policy has a new enemy: Madonna . On the Queen of Pop's 56th birthday, she posted an image of herself in 1920s garb next to a topless (well, unless you consider a pearl necklace a top) woman. Instagram swiftly removed the nipple pic, which Madonna…

  9. Paul McCartney Closes San Francisco’s Candlestick Park

    August 18, 2014 1:14 AM EDT San Francisco said goodbye on Thursday to Candlestick Park -- the stadium where the city's beloved Giants and 49ers celebrated some of their greatest triumphs. The storied venue shut down after an evening concert by former Beatle Paul McCartney that finished around midnight. It will then…

  10. Uforia Music Festival Brings Together Latin And Hip-Hop in Los Angeles

    August 17, 2014 3:57 PM EDT The L.A. festival featured performances by La Arrolladora Banda El Limon, Ludacris and more. Billed as the Uforia Music Festival, the daylong Univision-produced event at USC’s Exposition Park in Los Angeles on Aug. 16 was much more of a concert than a festival. Sure, there was a wide array of…

  11. German Music Market Dips in First Half of 2014 as CD Format Continues to Dominate

    August 15, 2014 12:16 PM EDT The music market in Germany saw a 0.8 percent dip after a weaker performance in the first half of 2014. As the German Federal Music Industry Association (BVMI) reported today, revenues from physical and digital music sales totaled $656 million euros in the first six months of 2014 -- four…

  12. New Signings: DJ Mustard Joins AM Only, Eardruma/Interscope Signs Two-9

    August 15, 2014 11:40 AM EDT Here's a look at the latest artist signings across the music industry, including record labels, artist management firms, publishing companies, booking agencies and more.   RECORD LABELS  -- Rap collective Two-9 joins producer Mike WiLL Made-It 's Eardruma Records/Interscope Records.…

  13. Broadway to Dim Lights for Lauren Bacall

    August 15, 2014 3:08 AM EDT The marquees of Broadway theaters will be dimmed on Friday, Aug. 15, at 7:45 p.m. for one minute, in honor of the stage and screen actress who died on Tuesday at age 89. Lauren Bacall's illustrious career includes two Tony Awards for best actress in a musical: in 1970 for Applause , the…

  14. Cliff Richard's House Searched in Sex Assault Investigation

    August 15, 2014 12:02 AM EDT British police said Thursday they are searching a house believed to belong to veteran singer Cliff Richard in connection with sexual allegations dating back to the 1980s. South Yorkshire Police said eight officers gained entry to the house in Berkshire, west of London, after receiving an…

  15. El Dasa Tops Regional Mexican Albums Chart

    August 14, 2014 7:38 PM EDT Also: Cartel de Santa earns its first a top 10 on Latin Albums, and Banda Sinaloense MS de Sergio Lizarraga collects a third straight top 10 on Latin Songs. Regional Mexican singer El Dasa reaches the Billboard album charts for the first time as  Alegre y Enamorado  opens at No. 2 on Latin…

  16. Jeremih Addresses Jason Derulo Internet Rumors: 'He’s Not My Brother'

    August 14, 2014 2:27 PM EDT Musically, Jeremih has been everywhere this summer, from his top 5 R&B songs hit “Don’t Tell Me” to his collaborative EP with Shlomo to another mixtape, N.O.M.A. (Not On My Album) named after the bedroom-ready seven tracks that didn’t make the cut on his forthcoming album Late Nights ,…

  17. Uncapped Concert Series Returns Aug. 19 With Run The Jewels and Jeremih

    August 14, 2014 10:01 AM EDT For the past three years, vitaminwater and The Fader's Uncapped concert series has been creating one-of-a-kind musical moments in intimate settings, from Frank Ocean and Bon Iver playing a New York City synagogue in 2012 to Solange performing at a laundromat in 2013.  For its latest…

  18. 'Finding Neverland' Musical Coming to Broadway

    August 13, 2014 8:58 PM EDT The musical adapts the 2004 film that starred Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet. Finding Neverland is officially soaring into Broadway . The musical adaptation of the 2004 film following Peter Pan playwright J. M. Barrie will begin performances on the Great White Way in March, according to a New…

  19. Panic! at the Disco's Brendon Urie Welcomes Fan Criticism: 'Bring It On, Man'

    August 13, 2014 5:37 PM EDT "I want you to love what we've done or hate it with a passion," says the band's frontman. Brendon Urie says Panic! at the Disco's latest album, Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die , has "exceeded all my expectations, to be honest." But you won't find him…

  20. Justin Bieber Reportedly Reaches Plea Deal in Street Drag Case

    August 13, 2014 3:02 AM EDT Justin Bieber will plead guilty to lesser charges stemming from his arrest in South Florida in what police initially described as an illegal street drag race, two people directly involved in the case told The Associated Press on Tuesday. The two people said the 20-year-old pop star would…

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