1. Wiz Khalifa Earns First No. 1 Album On Billboard 200

    August 27, 2014 10:59 AM EDT Meanwhile, Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off" blasts in at No. 1 on the Digital Songs chart with a massive debut. Hip-hop star Wiz Khalifa earns his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 , as his new Blacc Hollywood set arrives atop the list. The album, which was released Aug. 19,…

  2. Morrissey Reportedly Compiles Ramones Best-Of

    August 27, 2014 5:40 AM EDT Morrissey isn’t dwelling on his fracas with Harvest Records. The former Smiths frontman has reportedly been busy curating a new Ramones compilation.  In a post published on his fan site True To You , Morrissey is said to have compiled the track-listing for a forthcoming Best of the Ramones…

  3. Suge Knight Investigation Moved to Homicide Bureau

    August 26, 2014 10:55 PM EDT Sheriff's department says updates are coming soon as scene of early Sunday shooting becomes stop for tour buses. Word of Suge Knight 's condition and the ongoing investigation following the reported six gunshot wounds he suffered early Sunday morning at a nightclub in West…

  4. Ariana Grande's Fashion Focus: Breaking Down Her Many Confident Looks

    August 26, 2014 3:55 PM EDT Ariana Grande is frequently compared to young Mariah Carey for her vocal and emotional range, but that's not where the similarities end. Both Carey's debut, Emotions , and Grande's latest, My Everything , depict the vocalists in whimsical generational repose, Carey mid-flip and…

  5. How Billy Joel and Jason Aldean Saved Six Figures By Splitting Tour Costs

    August 26, 2014 2:15 PM EDT With stadium-show production costs running as high as $1.8 million, Live Nation acts like Billy Joel and Jason Aldean are saving $500,000 to $700,000 apiece by sharing costs in order to minimize the significant costs of producing stadium shows, Live Nation has taken a creative divide-and…

  6. Bob Dylan Releasing 'The Basement Tapes Complete' This Fall

    August 26, 2014 1:00 PM EDT A six-disc set of Bob Dylan 's legendary Basement Tapes recordings with the Band from 1967 will be the next edition of Columbia Records/Legacy Recordings' Bootleg Series. The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11 will be released Nov. 4. Compiled from meticulously…

  7. Publishing Briefs: Raekwon to Scion Three, Warner/Chappell Signs The-Dream, SESAC Nabs Zac Brown

    August 26, 2014 10:43 AM EDT --  Warner/Chappell Music  has signed an agreement to extend its global music publishing agreement with  Terius "The-Dream" Nash , which covers the artist/songwriter's entire catalog, including such songs as Rihanna 's "Umbrella," Beyonce 's "Single…

  8. Ariana Grande Expands on 'My Everything': Track-By-Track Review

    August 25, 2014 2:57 PM EDT Ariana Grande's debut album Yours Truly was released almost exactly a year ago, and over the past 12 months, the former Nickelodeon star has transformed from pop artist you ought to know to an undeniable superstar, with three singles in the Top 10 of the current Hot 100 chart , a slot…

  9. Brad Paisley, 'Moonshine in the Trunk': Track-by-Track Review

    August 25, 2014 2:30 PM EDT Brad Paisley 's previous album, 2013's Wheelhouse , was a finely crafted effort that touched on such weighty topics as racism, domestic violence and heartbreak. It stirred controversy when he duetted with LL Cool J on "Accidental Racist," and the overall album might have…

  10. Which Fall Releases Have Blockbuster Retail Potential?

    August 25, 2014 12:52 PM EDT With streaming curtailing downloads and the holiday shopping season suffering sales erosion in five of the last seven years, retailers can feel buoyed by how the fourth-quarter release schedule is shaping up. One music retailer says that October alone could be the strongest in years,…

  11. Exclusive: Jackson Browne, Ry Cooder, Sturgill Simpson to Perform at Americana Awards

    August 25, 2014 12:14 PM EDT Spend any amount of time with Jed Hilly , executive director of the Americana Music Association, and you will no doubt be blown away with the sense of unbridled passion and energy that he approaches his job with. A great example of such an occasion came with Americanafest NYC -- which took…

  12. MTV VMAs 2014: Watch All Our Red Carpet Videos

    August 25, 2014 2:32 AM EDT Seconds of Summer, Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran & more stopped to chat before the big show. The MTV Video Music Awards got started long before Ariana Grande hit the main stage Sunday night. Billboard was on the red carpet hours before the big show began, talking to everyone from Ed Sheeran…

  13. Slim Dusty’s ‘Best Of’ Hits Chart Milestone Down Under

    August 25, 2014 12:58 AM EDT The late Australian country great Slim Dusty  has established a new chart milestone with his best-of compilation which appears on the ARIA Top 40 Country Music chart for an 800th week. First released in November 1998, The Very Best Of Slim Dusty is certified five-times platinum (350,000 units…

  14. Jay Z and Blue Ivy Present Beyonce With MTV VMA Video Vanguard Award

    August 24, 2014 11:15 PM EDT ***Flawless As part of her acceptance of the VMA Michael Jackson Video Vanguard award,   Beyonce  performed a medley of every song off her visual album, Beyonce , which of course she surprise-released without any pre-release publicity Dec. 13, 2013.  In a bedazzled long sleeve leotard…

  15. Will Suge Knight Shooting Mar Post-VMAs Parties?

    August 24, 2014 8:46 PM EDT News that Death Row Records founder Suge Knight was shot  early Sunday morning at a  Chris Brown -hosted pre- VMA Party in West Hollywood has had a rippling effect throughout the city leading up to the awards show.  After Knight and two others were shot during a party at 1 OAK nightclub,…

  16. Drama Reigns at MTV VMAs Before Awards Show Even Airs

    August 24, 2014 11:52 AM EDT Snakes and stage slips: There's drama and the MTV Video Music Awards haven't even begun yet. Days before the big show, Iggy Azalea slipped offstage while performing "Fancy" at a MTV benefit concert, later posting the video on Instagram and making fun of herself. More…

  17. Death After Hank Williams Jr. Concert Ruled Homicide

    August 23, 2014 9:00 AM EDT The Oakland County medical examiner's office has ruled as a homicide the death of a 55-year-old man after a confrontation with a teenager at a Detroit-area Hank Williams Jr. concert. Sheriff's officials announced the finding Friday as they investigate Tuesday's death of…

  18. Motley Crue Tribute Set for Rocking Debut on Billboard 200

    August 22, 2014 7:39 PM EDT The country-meets-rock tribute album to Motley Crue is heading for a top 10 debut on the Billboard 200 chart. Paging all "Girls, Girls, Girls!" The new Motley Crue tribute album is heading for the top 10 of the Billboard 200 chart. Vince Neil Talks Motley Crue Country Tribute Album…

  19. Taylor Swift, Charli XCX & Nicki Minaj: Real-Time Twitter Chart Rewind Ep. 12

    August 22, 2014 3:33 PM EDT Welcome to Billboard's weekly video show "Real-Time Rewind," which recaps the past week's hottest action on the new Billboard Real-Time Twitter Charts -- Trending 140 and Emerging Artists -- and the news that's driving the action. Hosted by Billboard's Joe Levy,…

  20. The Juice Podcast: Ferguson, Michael Brown & the Importance of Hip-Hop Artists

    August 22, 2014 3:30 PM EDT Ever since unarmed, college-bound Michael Brown was shot six times and killed by Ferguson, Miss. police officer Darren Wilson, eyes and hearts all over the world have been glued to social media streams, internet livecasts and traditional news outlets; mine included. From New York I watched as…

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