1. Parole Denied Yet Again for John Lennon's Killer

    August 22, 2014 3:44 PM EDT A parole board has again declined to release John Lennon 's killer. It's the eighth time 59-year-old Mark David Chapman has been denied parole. New York corrections officials announced the decision Friday (Aug. 22). They say a three-member board denied Chapman's parole after a…

  2. Watch Talib Kweli Call Out CNN & All Media for Ferguson Coverage

    August 21, 2014 9:35 PM EDT Rapper takes issue with reporting around Michael Brown's fatal shooting at the hands of a Missouri police officer. Talib Kweli 's CNN interview started off on a nice enough note, with host Don Lemon lauding the rapper for his activism and referring to him as a "passionate voice…

  3. Island Records Promotes Steve Yegelwel to SVP

    August 21, 2014 4:29 PM EDT Island Records has promoted veteran A&R man Steve Yegelwel to senior vp at the Universal Music Group imprint. According to a news release, Yegelwel will be involved in running the label's A&R department and will work closely with executive vp Eric Wong on marketing up-and-coming…

  4. Run the Jewels Drop 'Blockbuster Night' Song & Announce 'RTJ2' Release Date

    August 21, 2014 10:54 AM EDT The duo has signed with Mass Appeal Records. Run the Jewels are officially Mass Appeal Records' newest signee. Nas to Record On Mass Appeal Records; Will Release 'Lost Tapes 2' & Posthumous Pimp C Album The duo, consisting of El-P and Killer Mike,  will release their…

  5. Lauryn Hill Dedicates Song 'Black Rage' to Ferguson

    August 21, 2014 9:49 AM EDT In the midst of the tragic events still unfolding in Ferguson, Mo.,  Lauryn Hill  uploaded a version of her song, "Black Rage (Sketch)," dedicated to the beleaguered city.  Set to the tune of "My Favorite Things" the lyrics, of course, are much more serious than the Sound…

  6. No Surprise Here: Spotify Streams Soar While Track Sales Fall

    August 20, 2014 2:54 PM EDT Streaming activity at the most popular music subscription service has soared as digital track sales have fallen over the past year. The streaming numbers comes from Music Ally 's analysis of Spotify's Top 50 chart over the course of a year. It found the Top 50 tracks in the U.S., in…

  7. Billboard 200: Did 'Guardians Of The Galaxy' Soundtrack Stay at No. 1?

    August 20, 2014 11:13 AM EDT The Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack defends its position at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 for a second week. The compilation album sold another 93,000 copies in the week ending Aug. 17, according to Nielsen SoundScan (down 15 percent from the week previous). Soundtracks have crowned the…

  8. Who Are This Year's Highest-Paid DJs?

    August 19, 2014 5:58 PM EDT Surprise! There’s a DJ out there who's making more money than Jay Z, according to Forbes . It's Calvin Harris , who topped Forbes ' annual DJ moneymaking power list, Electronic Cash Kings , with $66 million in annual earnings. Harris played 125 gigs over Forbes' scoring…

  9. Read Ferguson Native Michael McDonald's Take On Violence, Race & Michael Brown

    August 19, 2014 3:54 PM EDT Before his time with Steely Dan and the Doobie Brothers, Michael McDonald learned music growing up in Ferguson, Mo., where he spent 14 years of his childhood. With the nation now watching his hometown in horror and disbelief, McDonald penned an insightful op-ed on Michael Brown's death…

  10. Op-Ed: Killer Mike on the Problems Underlying the Chaos in Ferguson

    August 19, 2014 3:05 PM EDT "This week I have seen tanks, rubber bullets and tear gas used by police against the citizens that pay them." I have searched all night and day for new and better words that could express my feelings and fear for the people of this country. I found no new words. I have no hope…

  11. Beyonce's Best Music Video Poll: Vote Now For Your Favorite Clip!

    August 19, 2014 10:56 AM EDT "Crazy In Love" or "Halo"? "Run The World (Girls)" or "Independent Women"? Sound off on your all-time favorite Beyonce video! On Sunday night (Aug. 24), Beyonce will receive the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards…

  12. Haim Release Full 'My Song 5' Music Video With Vanessa Bayer, Kesha, A$AP Ferg, Grimes & More

    August 19, 2014 9:50 AM EDT The Haim sisters have recruited a cool, eclectic cast of characters to join them in their new "My Song 5" music video. After teasing it with a 15-second clip on Monday, Haim released the entire video -- boasting cameos from Vanessa Bayer, Kesha, Big Sean, ASAP Ferg, Grimes, …

  13. Watch The Killers' Goofy Cover of Iggy Azalea's Summer Hit 'Fancy'

    August 17, 2014 7:07 PM EDT The popularity of Iggy Azalea’s "Fancy" is pervasive and undeniable. As if it wasn't everywhere already, The Killers brought it to their headlining set at the UK’s V Festival in Staffordshire with a goofy cover of the the summer anthem.   Iggy Azalea Closes In On Rap Chart…

  14. 10 Things You Will (and Won't) Hear on a No. 1 Summer Hit

    August 15, 2014 3:59 PM EDT While "Problem," "Fancy" and "Rude" vie for the position of 2014's Song of the Summer, we got to thinking about the previous decade of smash hits -- from 2003's "Crazy In Love" to 2013's "Blurred Lines" -- to earn the No. 1 Song…

  15. Musicians React to Ferguson & Michael Brown: Frank Ocean, J. Cole & More

    August 15, 2014 12:52 PM EDT Given the impact of Michael Brown's tragic death and the protests that followed in Ferguson, Mo., it's no surprise musicians are letting their voices be heard. Billboard has compiled some of the voices that have resonated the loudest via social media on the topics of life, death,…

  16. Billboard Cover: Ariana Grande on Fame, Freddy Krueger and Her Freaky Past

    August 15, 2014 9:00 AM EDT The “micromanaging workhorse” finally achieved her dream of becoming an R&B diva. Now, at 21, comes the hard part: conquering her fear of futuristic pop. Ariana Grande is easily mistaken for an old-school good girl. The singer wears Audrey Hepburn-style strapless gowns, travels…

  17. Billboard Cover Story Sneak Peek: Ariana Grande's 5 Most Surprising Role Models

    August 14, 2014 6:22 PM EDT Even though she's scored one of 2014's biggest summer hits and starred on a Nickelodeon series, Ariana Grande believes the public is woefully misinformed on Ariana Grande. If you ask her, the person behind "Problem" is far more "sardonic" than sweet. In…

  18. 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…

  19. Killer Mike Honors Michael Brown In Fiery Instagram Post

    August 12, 2014 4:52 PM EDT "Look at what govt sanctioned murder has done," the rapper writes in his moving essay. Atlanta rapper Killer Mike has never been shy about voicing his political opinions -- he once rapped "George Bush don't like blacks? No shit, Sherlock!" and has made his audiences…

  20. Exclusive Video Premiere: Rapper Maurico Pays Tribute to Nashville With "City Come Alive"

    August 12, 2014 4:20 PM EDT Many different styles flow in the musical waters of Nashville, and today we shine the spotlight on up-and-coming hip-hop artist Maurico , who releases his debut EP, I Am Maurico , this week. Billboard has the exclusive premiere of his brand-new video for the single "City Come Alive.…

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