1. Michelle Obama Earns Cool-Mom Points at Beyonce/Jay Z Concert

    July 25, 2014 4:35 PM EDT First lady takes her two daughters to Chicago 'On the Run' stop. There were some very VIP guests at Beyoncé and Jay Z's Thursday night "On the Run" concert in Chicago: First lady Michelle Obama and her daughters joined the masses at Soldier Field to check out Bey and…

  2. Soundtrack to 'Finding Fela' Documentary Set for July 29 Release

    July 25, 2014 4:12 PM EDT On July 29, Knitting Factory Records will release the soundtrack to Finding Fela , Alex Gibney’s documentary on Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti. Finding Fela  tells the story of Fela Kuti's life as well as the evolution of the Broadway musical Fela!.  The film premiered at Sundance, played…

  3. Baseballer-Turned-Rapper Mike Stud Hits a Home Run With His No. 1 Album 'Closer'

    July 25, 2014 3:42 PM EDT Eight months after launching 300 Entertainment, principals Lyor Cohen, Todd Moscowitz and Kevin Liles are toasting their first No. 1 album:  Closer  by 25-year-old Mike Stud. The college baseball pitcher-turned-rapper surprised chart-watchers when he topped Billboard’s Rap Albums tally in the…

  4. David Byrne Talks Artists' Rights, Spotify & Touring

    July 25, 2014 2:16 PM EDT 'Artists in general can be given more agency regarding what happens to their work,' Byrne tells Billboard. Recording artist, songwriter, label founder, producer, author, actor: David Byrne , 62, has seen the entertainment business from many sides during his four-decade career. Amid…

  5. Beastie Boys’ ‘Paul’s Boutique’ at 25: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    July 25, 2014 12:30 PM EDT Believe it or not, there was a time when not everyone loved the Beastie Boys . It was back in the late '80s, before "Sure Shot," "Sabotage" and "Intergalactic" cemented their status as both rap and alt-rock elder statesmen. Despite monster sales of the group…

  6. Does Run The Jewels Have a Case Against Apple's New MacBook Ad?

    July 25, 2014 11:24 AM EDT On July 22, Apple released a new "Stickers" ad for the MacBook Air. Soundtracked by Glasgow producer Hudson Mohawke 's latest banger, "Chimes," the clip whips through a series of short clips of some stock and recognizable images, with outlines of the Eiffel Tower and…

  7. Mick Jagger & Chadwick Boseman Talk 'Get On Up,' James Brown and a Rolling Stones Biopic

    July 25, 2014 11:15 AM EDT What's it like when Mick makes you his movie's leading man? The legendary rocker-turned-Hollywood producer and 'Get On Up' star Chadwick Boseman reveal what went on behind the scenes to bring James Brown back to life. "It's good to be back," says Mick Jagger…

  8. Katy Perry Makes Splashy Brooklyn Debut With 'Prismatic' Tour: Live Review

    July 25, 2014 10:55 AM EDT "If you don't want to sing along," Katy Perry demanded on Thursday night (July 24), "then now is your time to leave." Positioned at the vertex of a triangular stage and swiveling her head in order to see her thousands of fans, Perry made this declaration three songs…

  9. Tomorrow's Hits: Bobby Shmurda, Priory & Anzel

    July 25, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Each Friday, Billboard presents Tomorrow's Hits, a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Bobby Shmurda Twenty-year-old Brooklyn native, and new Epic signee, Bobby Shmurda is heating up with "Hot N---a." The song rises 4-1 on the…

  10. Marsha Ambrosius Debuts on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

    July 24, 2014 6:11 PM EDT Also: Iggy Azalea's 'Widow' rises, Drake speeds onto Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs with 'O to 100/The Catch Up.' Marsha Ambrosius claims the Hot Shot Debut on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums at No. 2 with her sophomore set Friends & Lovers , moving 17,000 units in the week…

  11. Hollywood Docket: Chubby Checker Settles Penis Size App Lawsuit

    July 24, 2014 4:49 PM EDT A roundup of entertainment law news including the Sony's troublsome Playstation hack and Fox's (significant) "Glee" problems in the U.K. Ernest Evans , the singer-songwriter who performed as Chubby Checker , sued HP last year for selling the app under the punning title …

  12. Is There a Backlash Against Summer Songs?

    July 24, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Ross on Radio: The summer song is in danger of becoming more like New Year's Eve, a time of mandated enjoyment that feels forced to some people Remember when everybody loved "Blurred Lines"? It was barely more than a year ago. "Blurred Lines" was still exciting – not…

  13. Former Asia Singer Sues Las Vegas Casino Over 'Rock Vault' Show

    July 24, 2014 8:46 AM EDT After being fired from the Las Vegas musical Raiding the Rock Vault, co-director John Payne has fired off an expansive lawsuit that claims breach of contract, copyright violations and slander. Payne was a lead singer in the British prog rock group Asia from 1992 to 2006. Along with Grammy…

  14. 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…

  15. Apple Faces Class-Action Lawsuit Over Wages

    July 23, 2014 11:33 AM EDT Apple faces another expansive legal battle after a California court granted a three-year-old lawsuit over labor codes class-action status. The original suit, filed by four hourly employees in 2011 , claims the company failed to provide appropriate lunch and rest breaks as required by state…

  16. '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…

  17. iHeartRadio Music Festival: Taylor Swift, Coldplay, Usher, Ariana Grande Lead 2014 Lineup

    July 23, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Nicki Minaj, One Direction, Ed Sheeran, Paramore and Iggy Azalea are also part of the fourth annual lineup. The iHeartRadio Music Festival makes its fourth trip to Las Vegas on September 19 and 20, and this year's lineup is appropriately star-studded. Taylor Swift, Coldplay, Usher,…

  18. Beyonce Channels Rosie the Riveter In Girl Power Snap

    July 23, 2014 2:37 AM EDT Despite being married to one of the biggest names in the music industry, Beyonce has always modeled herself as a strong independent woman. On Tuesday, she took it a step further by posing as cultural icon Rosie the Riveter, who became the face of female empowerment during World War II, when…

  19. INFINITE Comes 'Back' With Orchestra-Pop Sound, Ass-Kicking Video: Watch

    July 22, 2014 9:56 PM EDT The septet pair their dramatic new single with an equally dramatic visual Just two months after dropping the '80s-inspired "Last Romeo," INFINITE brings a swift follow up in the K-pop scene with "Back." The boy band's latest opens quietly with a simple piano runs…

  20. La Roux Finds Peace on 'Trouble In Paradise': Track-By-Track Review

    July 22, 2014 6:05 PM EDT When La Roux arrived in 2009 with its Grammy-winning self-titled debut album, the U.K. duo's music smacked of the future. Sure, the songs were rooted in British synth-pop, but the steely beats and singer Elly Jackson's unflappability suggested that mainstream music was morphing…

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