1. Rock Against Trafficking Founder Gary Miller Hopes to Launch at the Grammys

    August 29, 2014 12:00 PM EDT The founder of the all-star Rock Against Trafficking (R.A.T.) campaign is eyeballing next year's Grammy Week for the organization's public launch, with a variety of activities that include the release of an album featuring Police and Sting covers, a party and perhaps a performance…

  2. The Madden Brothers on Overcoming 'Moments of Self-Doubt' and Working With Pharrell

    August 28, 2014 4:26 PM EDT Benji and Joel Madden are literally surrounded by their success. As they sit with Billboard in a Hollywood recording studio, the 35-year-old twin brothers are flanked by gold and platinum records and posters commemorating sold-out shows during the previous 15 years with Good Charlotte . They…

  3. Matrimony Video Premiere: Watch The Gorgeous 'Southern Skies' Clip

    August 28, 2014 11:47 AM EDT Alt-folk collective Matrimony released its lovely debut album Montibello Memories last May through Columbia Records, and after Billboard.com premiered the band's single "Southern Skies" back in March , we're happy to also launch the gorgeous music video for the song. Check…

  4. 615 Spotlight: Tim Menzies Explains Hiatus, Talks Gospel-Leaning New Album

    August 27, 2014 5:57 PM EDT This week, we go in a different direction with the 615 Spotlight. Rather than showcase a brand new artist, we update you on a singer-songwriter so highly respected in Music City that demo versions of songs he's written for big-name artists -- such as Reba McEntire, Mark Chesnutt and…

  5. How a 'Parks & Rec' EP Got She & Him, Childish Gambino & Superchunk to Play His Backyard

    August 27, 2014 11:30 AM EDT Donick Cary is enlisting musicians to help prevent teen suicide. Every year for one evening, Donick Cary opens his backyard to bands like Yo La Tengo, She & Him, The Polyphonic Spree and Childish Gambino . Cary, co-executive producer on NBC comedy Parks and Recreation , has used his Los…

  6. K-Pop Legend Lee Seung Chul to Perform With North Korean Refugee Choir in Boston

    August 26, 2014 9:33 PM EDT The South Korean singer will join With-U, a 55-member choir of young North Korean defectors, at Harvard University. Legendary South Korean singer  Lee Seung Chul will perform with a choir of North Korean defectors at Harvard University this week.  Dream On - Lee Seung Chul's Benefit will…

  7. Aaliyah’s Afterlife: How the Singer Still Lives on in Music and Fashion

    August 22, 2014 4:36 PM EDT years after her death, the R&B star lives on with an astonishing influence over music and fashion On her aunt’s porch in Haines City, Fla., in 2001, you could find a 15-year-old Sevyn Streeter doing her best Aaliyah impression. She and her cousin would glide from side to side,…

  8. A Critical Evaluation of Ariana Grande's Acting

    August 22, 2014 1:10 PM EDT Is the former Nickelodeon star a true double-threat? We take a closer look at the pop singer's onscreen abilities. Though the core of Ariana Grande 's audience was built from the tweens who became fans watching her acting work on Nickelodeon, as a pop star, the 21-year-old caters to…

  9. Hot 100 Chart Moves: Clean Bandit Continues U.S. Invasion With 'Rather Be'

    August 22, 2014 1:05 PM EDT The British group's hit is yet another by a foreign act. Plus, moves for Jeremih, Echosmith, Rae Sremmurd and Hozier. As previously reported, MAGIC! tops the Billboard Hot 100 for a sixth week with "Rude" and Ariana Grande and Iggy Azalea boast a whopping three titles each in…

  10. WME Board Member Peter Grosslight Dies at 68

    August 21, 2014 3:49 PM EDT Grosslight most recently served as the agency’s global head of music. WME board member  Peter Grosslight  died today after a yearlong battle with pancreatic cancer,  The Hollywood Reporter  has learned. He was 68. A 20-year veteran of the agency, Grosslight was most recently its Global Head…

  11. The K-Pop Makeup Craze: 2NE1, SPICA & More Share Favorite Products & Tips

    August 20, 2014 8:52 PM EDT As the popularity of Korean music acts soars, its effect on the beauty industry kicks into full gear. It's undeniable that K-pop is taking over the world. YouTube reports viewership of K-pop videos has grown from around 700 million views in 2010 to more than 5.5 billion in 2013. No…

  12. 5 Seconds of Summer Hopes to Release Next Album in 2015

    August 20, 2014 1:57 PM EDT "We've got a lot of time coming up, actually, to write and record again," says drummer Ashton Irwin. With a No. 1 debut album in hand, 5 Seconds of Summer is hoping to have a follow-up for fans by the time the group starts its world headlining tour next May. "We definitely…

  13. EP to the Rescue! Short Albums Are a Rare Music Business Success Story

    August 19, 2014 2:44 PM EDT How shorter, fan-tested collections are resuscitating the recorded-music business. It’s the rare music sales success story: In resurrecting the EP, or “extended play,” a format comprising eight or fewer songs, record labels are moving enough units to build revenue for a baby act with a song…

  14. The 25 Most Popular Music Clubs in the U.S.

    August 19, 2014 12:00 PM EDT On April 23, just one day after the release of her soon-to-be No. 3 album on the Billboard 200, Iggy Azalea was onstage at the House of Blues in Boston playing for a sellout crowd of 2,500. A major artist in front of a small crowd -- investors call it a "perishable experience"; fans…

  15. George Strait’s Final Concert to Get Cable Broadcast

    August 18, 2014 2:38 PM EDT If you weren’t one of the record-setting 104,000 fans in attendance at George Strait’s final concert, you’re in luck. The entire show will air on CMT Friday, Aug. 29 in a two-hour exclusive premiere. George Strait: The Cowboy Rides Away will air from 7 to 9 p.m. (ET) and includes new…

  16. 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…

  17. Spoon Scores Top 10 Debut With Unusual Vinyl Promotion

    August 14, 2014 7:53 PM EDT Spoon's eighth album lands the alt-rock band its best vinyl sales week. Plus, chart action from Godsmack, Hozier and Slipknot. Godsmack 's new album  1000HP  debuts on Top Rock Albums at No. 2 and the Billboard 200 at No. 3, selling 58,000 copies in the week ending Aug. 10,…

  18. Jason Aldean & More Country Stars Top Hot Tours

    August 14, 2014 5:09 PM EDT Blake Shelton & Rascal Flatts round out the top 3. Country music dominates the first three slots on the weekly slate of Hot Tours based on ticket sales reported from summer treks by Jason Aldean , Blake Shelton and Rascal Flatts . The country headliners are all on the road in North…

  19. Broadway to Dim Lights for Robin Williams

    August 13, 2014 3:32 PM EDT Comedy legend co-starred in Mike Nichols' 'Waiting for Godot' with Steve Martin. Memorials for Robin Williams have been created in Hollywood, Boston , Boulder and San Francisco , and on Wednesday night, New York City will pay tribute to the late actor. The marquees of Broadway…

  20. Exclusive: Sinead O'Connor on the Catholic Church and Why She Stepped Back From Being a Priest

    August 12, 2014 4:58 PM EDT Pope Francis bores Sinead O’Connor, but that doesn’t mean she’s let him off the hook.    While talking to the unflinchingly honest singer/songwriter about her new album, I’m Not Bossy, I’m The Boss , Billboard asked O’Connor, 47, what she makes of Pope Francis, who succeeded Pope Benedict…

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