1. Shakira's Illegally Copied Song Puts Sony on Hook for Damages

    August 20, 2014 3:20 PM EDT The 2010 song 'Loca' came without proper authorization from a Dominican Republic songwriter. On Tuesday, after conducting a bench trial, a New York federal judge concluded that a subsidiary of Sony Music was liable for copyright infringement for Colombian superstar Shakira 's …

  2. 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…

  3. Watch Katy Perry's Bikini-Clad ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, Nominates Madonna

    August 19, 2014 6:25 PM EDT Dressed in just a black bikini, a shawl, sandals and sunglasses, Katy Perry took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on Tuesday to help fight amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly called Lou Gehrig's disease.  Foo Fighters Parody 'Carrie' in Brilliant Ice Bucket Challenge Video The…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. Meek Mill's Appeal of Jail Term Rejected

    August 18, 2014 4:56 PM EDT Philadelphia rapper Meek Mill pleaded to be released from jail Monday (Aug. 18) to resume his music career and support his son and 30-person entourage, but the judge who jailed him on a parole violation last month was unmoved. She ordered the 27-year-old to take anger management classes for…

  7. 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…

  8. Exclusive: Pete Tong Expands 'Evolution' Radio Show Via Beatport and Premiere Networks Partnership

    August 13, 2014 2:55 PM EDT American commercial radio has been dogged for decades by limiting beliefs about its target market’s attention span, but Pete Tong isn’t buying it. “When you look at what intelligent television channels are doing, creating these incredibly deep series from Breaking Bad to House of Cards, that…

  9. Exclusive: T.I. Talks Female Rappers & Executive Producing 'Sisterhood of Hip Hop'

    August 12, 2014 11:50 AM EDT T.I. has advanced from being in front of the reality TV cameras to going completely behind the scenes, as executive producer of  Sisterhood of Hip Hop debuting Tuesday, Aug. 12, on Oxygen. The eight-episode docu-series produced by 51 Minds ( T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle , Below Deck )…

  10. MattyB Song Premiere: Listen to New Single 'Goliath'

    August 11, 2014 2:34 PM EDT Eleven-year-old MattyB is a rising star within the pre-teen set, and he's back with a new original single, "Goliath." The track will have its official music video debut on YouTube and be released to iTunes on Tuesday (Aug. 12), but you can hear "Goliath" one day early…

  11. Sam Gores, Chairman/CEO of Paradigm Talent Agency, on Leading Versus Bossing

    August 11, 2014 1:55 PM EDT The agency giant on the booming concert business, the art of the pitch and why being a leader is different (read: better) than being a boss. Paradigm Talent Agency may be located in the former Beverly Hills campus of MCA, where legendary entertainment moguls like Jules Stein and Lew…

  12. 15 Surprising Artists Without a No. 1 Album

    August 11, 2014 10:55 AM EDT What do David Bowie, Marvin Gaye and Kiss have in common? They've all failed to crack the top spot on the Billboard 200. In light of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ achievement of earning its first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 -- after a nearly 37-year wait -- what other…

  13. Billy Joel to Feature in PBS 'Boomer' Documentary

    August 07, 2014 11:15 PM EDT Billy Joel, Maria Shriver and Samuel L. Jackson -- baby boomers all -- will be among those featured in an upcoming PBS documentary about the post-World War II generation. PBS announced Thursday that American Masters: The Boomer List  will air Sept. 23 on member stations. The 90-minute…

  14. Fan Army Face-Off: The Championship (Update)

    August 07, 2014 1:15 PM EDT UPDATE: The Fan-Army Face-Off Championship round is now closed! During the championship round of voting of the Billboard Fan Army Face-Off , it has come to our attention that the poll has been compromised. For the sake of fairness, we are closing the current poll, and creating a…

  15. Twitch, Live Video Streaming Giant, to Silence Illegal Audio

    August 07, 2014 8:28 AM EDT Ahead of a likely acquisition by Google, the live-streaming behemoth is going legit. Twitch, the streaming video service most well-known for webcasting major video game events, has announced it is implementing a copyright identification system for audio within its videos. It has been rumored…

  16. Listen to Skid Row's 'Rise of the Damnation Army -- United World Rebellion: Chapter Two'

    August 05, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Life has started imitating art for Skid Row -- and the New Jersey rock troupe couldn't be happier.  The group releases "Rise of the Damnation Army -- United World Rebellion: Chapter Two" on Aug. 5 as the second in a series of three EPs. And bassist Rachel Bolan tells Billboard…

  17. Fan Army Face-Off: The Championship

    August 04, 2014 4:00 PM EDT UPDATE: VOTING IN THIS POLL HAS BEEN CLOSED. Voting in the championship will begin again at 5 p.m. ET on Aug. 7. It's time for the Billboard Fan Army Face-Off championship! The last two fan armies remaining -- Thirty Seconds to Mars ' Echelon and BIGBANG 's VIPs -…

  18. Common Returns to No. 1, 'No Flex Zone' Flies Into Top 20

    July 31, 2014 6:40 PM EDT Common leads Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with 'Nobody's Smiling,' while newcomers Rae Sremmurd hit the top 20 on Hot Rap Songs with 'No Flex Zone!!' Common commandeers the No. 1 spot on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums as Nobody's Smiling enters with 24,000 units sold…

  19. 'American Idol' Alum Constantine Maroulis Returns to 'Rock of Ages'

    July 31, 2014 6:25 PM EDT The season four alum talks about the return to the role he created in the '80s rock musical, making new music and what he has in common with Adam Lambert. It's mid-July, and Constantine Maroulis is getting ready to return to Broadway in one of his most beloved roles -- Drew, the…

  20. Exclusive: Fool's Gold to Release 'Draft Picks 2014' Compilation Through BitTorrent

    July 31, 2014 2:00 PM EDT Brooklyn label Fool's Gold has announced the release of a free BitTorrent Bundle,  Draft Picks 2014 , featuring unreleased tracks from new signees including Salva , Giraffage , and Troyboi . The compilation also features an assortment of demos, leaks, remixes, and remastered material. …

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