1. Made in America Philly Day 1 Highlights: The National, Steve Aoki, Kanye West & More

    August 31, 2014 2:22 PM EDT Here’s a minute-by-minute recap of Saturday’s Philly highlights. Now in its third year, Budweiser Made in America got off to an auspicious, business-as-usual start in Philadelphia on Saturday (Aug. 30), featuring headlining performances from The National , Steve Aoki and Kanye West . Made…

  2. 'X Factor' U.K. Season Debut Ratings Rise

    August 31, 2014 10:09 AM EDT Simon Cowell's return as a judge boosts the ITV show above its 2013 and 2012 premiere figures. The season opener of The X Factor in the U.K. drew stronger overnight ratings than the last two seasons' debut episodes as Simon Cowell returned as a judge on the ITV show for the first…

  3. Hip-Hop Moves As Strong Force for Michael Brown

    August 30, 2014 2:17 PM EDT Rappers are making their voices heard in song and on the ground in Ferguson, Mo., in the wake of Michael Brown's shooting death, channeling hip-hop's earlier roots when the genre worked as a voice for the oppressed and spoke out against injustice. Op-Ed: Killer Mike on the…

  4. Can Simon Cowell Revive 'X Factor' U.K.?

    August 30, 2014 10:00 AM EDT A Spice Girl will join the creator as he returns to the ITV show after its U.S. cancellation The X Factor creator Simon Cowell will return as a judge on the U.K. version of the show this Saturday night amid hopes that its ratings can be revived in what will be its 11th season. U.S. Version of…

  5. Demi Lovato Thanks DJs for Dance Club Songs No. 1

    August 29, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Plus: Imogen Heap scores her second leader on Dance/Electronic Albums, Amy Grant bows with her 'Remixes' set, and Deorro dominates at radio. Demi Lovato lands at No. 1 on Billboard's Dance Club Songs chart with "Really Don't Care," which rises 2-1. It's her…

  6. Ferguson Protest Songs Impact Real-Time Charts

    August 28, 2014 7:28 PM EDT The Game's 'Don't Shoot' is the latest Ferguson-related viral track to chart high on the Billboard + Twitter Trending 140 tally. The protests in Ferguson, Mo., over the shooting of Michael Brown on Aug. 9 have been an important topic of online conversation on Twitter,…

  7. Wale Leaves Roc Nation Management for 77 North

    August 28, 2014 6:58 PM EDT Wale has parted ways with Jay Z 's Roc Nation management group to be repped by 77 North Management, the team behind LeBron James and NFL upstart Johnny Manziel.  Wale’s ‘The Followers’ Shoots to No. 1 on Trending 140 Amid Meek Mill Feud Though XXL reports the split was reportedly…

  8. Where Is Pop's Response to Ferguson?

    August 28, 2014 5:00 PM EDT As chaos raged in Missouri, most of pop's brightest stars said nothing about the situation. Why didn't anyone want to speak? "For the past two weeks, the eyes of the nation have been on Ferguson, Missouri," Common said at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday night (Aug. 24…

  9. Suicidal Tendencies Announce Death of Bassist Tim 'Rawbiz' Williams

    August 27, 2014 10:28 AM EDT The bassist also worked with Toni Braxton, Keyshia Cole & Boyz II Men. Los Angeles thrash metal outfit Suicidal Tendencies have announced the death of bassist Tim "Rawbiz" Williams, a prolific musician who -- in addition to playing with Suicidal Tendencies since 2011 -- worked…

  10. Tomorrow's Hits: Jukebox the Ghost, Knox Hamilton & Tre Buggs

    August 22, 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. Jukebox the Ghost Together for more than a decade, Washington, D.C., trio Jukebox the Ghost is rising with what could be its first Adult Alternative…

  11. Tony Bennett, Lady Gaga Already Planning 'Cheek To Cheek' Sequel

    August 21, 2014 3:41 PM EDT "We'll be touring together for quite a while," Bennett also tells Billboard. Tony Bennett says he and Lady Gaga plan to spend more time joined at the musical hip -- or, if you prefer, cheek. With the pair's duets album, Cheek To Cheek , ready to come out Sept. 23 -- and…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. Diddy to Obama on Ferguson: 'Get on a Plane -- It's Serious'

    August 19, 2014 11:07 AM EDT Since the fatal shooting of Michael Brown on Aug. 9, the nation has watched the situation in Ferguson, Mo., continue to deteriorate as tensions boil between the police and protesters. While watching coverage of Ferguson on TV last night, Diddy took to Instagram to deliver a video message to…

  15. 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…

  16. Nelly Talks Ferguson & Setting Up a Scholarship in Michael Brown's Name: 'We Need to Strategize'

    August 18, 2014 11:37 AM EDT The St. Louis rapper tells Billboard about setting up a scholarship fund with Brown's family. Nelly may have been thousands of miles from his hometown of St. Louis this past weekend, but the city was at the forefront of his mind while playing the Uforia festival in Los Angeles. During…

  17. Exclusive: Chase Rice Talks Making It Despite Label Execs and Critics

    August 15, 2014 6:56 PM EDT This Tuesday marks a momentous date in the life and career of Chase Rice . The singer will release his third full-length disc, Ignite The Night , on Columbia Nashville/Dack Janiels Records. It also marks the birth anniversary of his late father, Daniel. Coincidence? Think again. "We…

  18. 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,…

  19. J. Cole Releases Heartrending Michael Brown Tribute 'Be Free'

    August 15, 2014 10:43 AM EDT “All we want to do is take the chains off. All we want to do is be free.” J. Cole  has responded to the tragic death of Michael Brown with a gut-wrenching new song. Over a somber, key-based beat, Cole pleas for peace and equality in light of Brown’s death and the protests in Ferguson, Mo.…

  20. Esperanza Spalding Signs With WME

    August 14, 2014 10:57 AM EDT Grammy Award-winning jazz artist Esperanza Spalding has new representation. Billboard  and The Hollywood Reporter have learned that the singer-bassist has signed with WME . Spalding joins a jazzed-up roster at WME that also includes Diana Krall , Natalie Cole , Chris Botti and Preservation…

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