1. L.A. Mayor Defends Plans for Jay Z's Made in America

    August 29, 2014 8:14 PM EDT 'What's important is that Los Angeles figure out a way to get to 'Yes,'' he says of Jay Z-headed festival. The Made in America festival is coming to downtown Los Angeles, not as an inconvenience, but as a way to boost the local economy and create jobs for crew…

  2. L.A.'s Mayor, Jay Z and Live Nation's Alliance Draws Criticism Over Potential Conflicts

    August 28, 2014 10:00 AM EDT This story first appeared in the Sept. 12 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.  Revelers at Jay Z's Labor Day weekend Made in America festival might wonder how such a major music event in the center of downtown Los Angeles came together in only a few months without the usual…

  3. Robin Williams Biography in the Works

    August 27, 2014 6:56 PM EDT New York Times writer Dave Itzkoff will pen the 'definitive' account of the late comedian's life. In the wake of his Aug. 11 suicide, Robin Williams is getting a high-profile posthumous biography by The New York Times Writer Dave Itzkoff . Billy Crystal Pays Tribute to Robin…

  4. Song of the Summer 2014: Billboard Staff Picks

    August 27, 2014 2:00 PM EDT It’s time to face facts: summer 2014 is almost at an end. But before we pack away our beach towels and sunscreen, we’re taking a moment to salute all the great tunes that have soundtracked our lives for the last 3 months. In advance of naming Billboard’s official Song of the Summer next week,…

  5. Richie Hawtin to Receive ‘Outstanding Contribution’ AIM Independent Award

    August 27, 2014 4:09 AM EDT Richie Hawtin , the Canadian-born techno master whose trippy alter-ego Plastikman has melted minds for more than 20 years, is this year’s recipient of the Outstanding Contribution to Music Award at the AIM Independent Music Awards.   More AIM News AIM's Labelled With Love Fest Unveils…

  6. Emmys 2014: And the Winners Are ...

    August 25, 2014 11:08 PM EDT The 66th annual Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony were handed out Monday (Aug. 25) night.  The awards were presented during a live NBC telecast at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live.   Seth Meyers served as host of the telecast.  During the show,  Billy Crystal paid tribute to his late friend Robin…

  7. 2014 MTV VMAs: Best & Worst Moments, From Political Pleas to Fashion Flubs

    August 25, 2014 1:00 AM EDT The 2014 VMAs won't go down in MTV history as one of the best, but this year's show did give us a few touching and genuinely surprising moments, from Miley's plea for homeless youth to Blue Ivy's flawless hands. Sunday night also had its fair share of screwups: Production…

  8. Google & Apple Show Strong Potential for Digital Music Apps in New comScore Mobile Report

    August 22, 2014 7:18 PM EDT If the future of digital music will be shaped by mobile usage, the U.S. market could have few winners and many losers. Insights in comScore's new "The U.S. Mobile App Report" show that only a handful of companies offer apps that many Americans use on a regular basis. Time spent…

  9. Interpol to Play Concert at 2,000-Year Old Temple

    August 20, 2014 3:49 PM EDT Also, hear a new song titled 'Ancient Ways.' Coincidence? Interpol has been doing a good job of stirring up anticipation for their forthcoming album El Pintor lately -- well-received sets at Governors Ball and Lollapalooza and the fact that their new songs are quite good too. On…

  10. Russian Streaming Startup Zvooq Has a Unique Strategy (and Just Received $20M in Funding)

    August 19, 2014 3:20 PM EDT The piracy-rife country has a new, above-board option for music streamers -- with a pricing twist to boot. Russian music streaming service Zvooq has raised $20 million in Series A funding, led by Russian e-commerce company Ulmart with participation of Essedel Capital, a Finnish private equity…

  11. 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…

  12. Candlelight Vigil Marks Elvis Presley’s Death in Memphis

    August 16, 2014 10:37 AM EDT The scene is repeated each year on the anniversary of Presley’s death. Holding flickering candles, fans of Elvis Presley made a slow, nighttime walk past his gravesite at Graceland on Friday, marking the anniversary of his death 37 years ago. Fans strolled quietly through the Mediation Garden…

  13. 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…

  14. 'Frank' Talk: Inside the Head of the Oddball Indie Comedy

    August 15, 2014 5:45 PM EDT Maggie Gyllenhaal, Michael Fassbender and Domhnall Gleeson not only portray down-on-their-luck oddball musicians in an avant-garde rock band in Frank , they had to become proficient as musicians to give realistic performances. Director Lenny Abrahamson and composer Stephen Rennicks drew on…

  15. New Signings: DJ Mustard Joins AM Only, Eardruma/Interscope Signs Two-9

    August 15, 2014 11:40 AM EDT Here's a look at the latest artist signings across the music industry, including record labels, artist management firms, publishing companies, booking agencies and more.   RECORD LABELS  -- Rap collective Two-9 joins producer Mike WiLL Made-It 's Eardruma Records/Interscope Records.…

  16. Beats Music Releases 'Do the Right Thing' Doc

    August 15, 2014 11:07 AM EDT Apple's Beats Music has created a new documentary for the 25th anniversary of Do the Right Thing that reunites director Spike Lee with several members of the landmark film's cast and crew, and returns fans to the Brooklyn street it all made famous. Do the Right Thing 25 Anniversary:…

  17. Damon Dash Makes Move to Collect Money From Lee Daniels' Films

    August 14, 2014 3:53 PM EDT Roc-a-Fella Records co-founder says Daniels owes him money for such works as 'The Butler' and 'Precious.' Damon Dash believes he is owed money from several of Lee Daniels ' film and television projects, including The Butler . The Roc-a-Fella Records co-founder has…

  18. Midge Ure Album Premiere: Stream 'Fragile' Now

    August 14, 2014 10:31 AM EDT Midge Ure calls Fragile , the former Ultravox leader's first new release in more than a decade, "the type of album I needed a lifetime in music to create." And there was some bumpy terrain leading up to it. Listen to Fragile in full, exclusively on Billboard.com: "It'…

  19. Wayne Haun Leads GMA Dove Awards Nominees

    August 13, 2014 2:39 PM EDT Gospel awards air Oct. 7 from Nashville. The Gospel Music Association announced the nominations for the 45th annual GMA Dove Awards on Wednesday (Aug. 13). The awards show will take place Oct. 7 at Allen Arena in Nashville at 6:30 p.m. CT and will be broadcast on Trinity Broadcasting Network.…

  20. BET Orders Reality Series Starring Nelly, Keyshia Cole and Mann Family

    August 12, 2014 3:44 AM EDT BET is bulking up its unscripted programming. The Viacom-owned cable network has handed out series orders to docuseries starring rapper Nelly , a new entry with Keyshia Cole and one featuring Meet the Browns stars David and Tamela Mann . The untitled Cole project, picked up for six half-hour…

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